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Barefoot Sailing Club at Lake Lanier

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 Barefoot Sailing Club • P.O. Box 147 • Flowery Branch, GA 30542
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Who is Barefoot?  We were founded in 1971 for people who enjoy the sport of sailing.  Barefoot offers a wide variety of activities.  We have a racing program, a cruising program, training events and social events.  There is something at Barefoot for everyone.  Many of our Barefoot members do not own a boat.  All BFSC members get discounts on training and inexpensive access to boats with our exclusive agreement with SunRise Sail. There is a crew board, monthly speaker and various other activities.  For more information - MORE 

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Monthly Membership Meeting:   Monday  May 23rd  Dave & Buster's  4000 Venture Dr #15, Duluth, GA ‎(770) 497-1152 ‎ · Dinner from 6:00, meeting starts at 7:00. Social following. There will be a raffle and door prizes.  Don't miss it.

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Great Wednesday Night Video
First Saturday Cruise & Blessing of the Fleet - Saturday, May 7th - meet in front of the Aqualand Store at 11am  Sign Me Up
Women Skippers Race - Saturday, May 14th - NOR
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Please welcome new members to the Barefoot Sailing Club: Cailen Wells, Monte Steen  and returning members:  Karen Cristy,  David Pope,  and Patrick Farley ! 
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Barefoot Sailing Club has many cruising events throughout the year.
  bw cruise 2014-dsc01557• First Saturday Cruise - Cruise with BFSC the first Saturday of every month.
  • Annual Blessing of the Fleet - Bless the fleet
  • Brunch Cruise - Raft up and brunch on the water
  • Wednesday Night Cruise -  Wednesday night cruises during the summer
  • Annual Blue Water Cruise Cruise on open water at remote destination
For more infomation on our cruising events - MORE
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Barefoot Sailing Club has many racing events throughout the year, including the following annual events:
  bfo 2014 img 3368-ti• Dorton Cup - One day regatta.  Part of skipper of the year
  • Spring Race series - Six races in the spring, 1pm start, several races will be run
  • Fall Race series - Six races in the fall, 1pm start, several races will be run
  • Women Skipper's Race (Joan Holcomb Memorial) - To promote women skippers
  • Moonlight Scramble -  Two evening race series held in the summer on the full moon.
  • Around Alone Race- Premier solo race to the dam and back
  • Barefoot Open Regatta - The 42nd Annual Barefoot Open is an event not to be missed!
For more infomation on our BFSC races - MORE
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One of Barefoot Sailing Club's main objectives is education.  We make our members better sailors by offering the following:
 p10200811  • Introduction to Sailing - Offered each spring
   • Racing committee training - How to do the flags for a fleet start and setting up a race course
   • Monthly Sailing Education - At each month's meeting we have a mini education lesson
   • Various seminars - Miscellaneous training seminars held hroughout the year.
In 2016 we plan to have Novice racing, Spinnaker and Barge training. For more infomation on our education offerings - MORE
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Barefoot Sailing Club has many social events throughout the year.  We also have monthly meetings with speakers.  These are activities designed to get members, spouses and new sailors together.  Our annual events are;
 lbstr 2014 img 0468  • Poker Run - On New Year's Day- a fun race collecting playing cards and a Chili Cook Off
   • Membership Meetings - Held the 4th Monday of each month
   • Wing Fling - Where we party with buffalo wings and beverages
   • Lobster Boil - In the fall, where we cook Lobster and have great get-together
   • Steak-Out - In the fall where we grill steaks and raft up
   • Awards Dinner - Where we celebrate our members accomlishments for the year.
 We also do some non-sailing social events.  For more information - MORE      


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Current Events

Wed, May 4th, @6:55pm - 09:00PM
AISC Wednesday Night Race series 1
Sat, May 7th, @11:00am - 05:00PM
First Saturday Cruise
Sat, May 7th, @11:00am - 01:00PM
Blessing of the Fleet
Sat, May 7th, @1:00pm - 05:00PM
Spring #4 - BFSC
Mon, May 9th, @6:00pm - 09:00PM
BFSC Board Meeting


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Commodore's Corner

BFSC Announces its annual Women Skippers Race

(Joan Holcomb Memorial)

The Race is scheduled for Saturday May 14, 2016. Come out and show the Lake Lanier sailing community on the race course who is the best Woman Skipper, party with other sailors, and have fun! Barefoot Sailing Club is the organizing authority for this regatta.

It is a requirement that a woman helm the boat. A woman is also to be making the strategic and tactical decisions for the race. The remainder of the crew can be made up of women and men.

This race is open to all auxiliary sailing boats, spinnaker, non-spinnaker, cruising.

Schedule of Races
Saturday May 14, 2016
10:00 AM  Skippers Meeting and Registration Aqualand Ship’s Store parking lot Flowery Branch, Georgia
11:55 AM  Warning Signal for First Race; Subsequent Races to follow.

Anticipated Fleets
Fleet 1: LOW PHRF – Flat Starts (Non-Spin 15+ PHRF adjustment)
Fleet 2: HIGH PHRF – Flat Starts (Non-Spin 15+ PHRF adjustment)
Fleet 3: CRUISING – Staggered Starts/Pursuit Races

Sailing Rules Quiz

January quiz answer on Education page.
April Quiz:
Thiry seconds before the starting signal, boat W is nearly wayless, her sails flapping.  At least three lengths prior to becoming overlapped to leeward, boat L hails "leeward boat". W takes no evasive action.  Immediately after L becomes overlapped, L has to bear away to avoid contact with W; meanwhile W begins to trim her sails and head up.  L protests.  The protest committee finds that W, having been given adequate warning of the impending situation fails to keep clear of a leeward boat, thereby breaking rule 11, On the Same Tack, Overlapped.  W appeals..  You are on the appeals committee; how would you decide this?
April Quiz answer given at the April 25th membership meeting.


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