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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
Barefoot Bytes       ♦    ♦    ♦    ♦    ♦    ♦    ♦  ♦      Commodore - Ken Russell
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  February 22  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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First Saturday Cruise - Saturday, February 6th
Welcome       ♦  ♦    ♦    ♦    ♦    ♦    ♦    
Please welcome new members to the Barefoot Sailing Club: Cailen Wells, Monte Steen  and returning members:  Karen Cristy,  David Pope,  and Patrick Farley ! 
       ♦  No particular place to go    ♦           Cruising
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
Racing             ♦    Two or more boats on the water      
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
  ♦  ♦  ♦  Learning new stuff    ♦  ♦         Education 
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
Social            ♦  ♦   Gathering with friends      ♦ 
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

Sat, Feb 13th, @12:00pm - 05:00PM
Ice Breaker #5 - SSC
Sun, Feb 14th, @12:00pm - 05:00PM
UYC Winter #3
Sat, Feb 20th, @1:00pm - 05:00PM
LARC Winter #5 - BFSC Hosts
Sun, Feb 21st, @1:00pm - 05:00PM
Nippert #1 - SSC
Mon, Feb 22nd, @6:00pm - 09:00PM
BFSC Open Member Meeting


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Commodore's Corner

New 2016 BFSC Officers

Commodore - Ken Russell

Vice Commodore - Joyce McIntosh

Past Commodore - Alex Mazurek

Raciing Captains - Chris Webster

                            - Bill Boettcher

Cruising Captain - Lee Cook

Purser - Tom Seibold

Membership Captain - David Schenck

Social Captain - Mary Fornoff

Education Captain - Tom Graham

Boatswain - Ronald Spiers


Congradulations to all!

Sailing Rules Quiz

November quiz answer on Education page.
January Quiz:
Boats L (leeward boat) and W (windward boat) are approaching the starting line shortly before the starting signal.  both are on starboard tack with W near close-hauled and sailing slowly.  L becomes overlapped not far to leeward of W from clear astern.  The two boats sail for a few secords, on parallel courses.  L then hails her intention to luff.  W immediately reacts by shoving her helm hand to leeward and tacking.  During her maneuver, the port corner of W's transom contacts L near amidships.  In her protest, W claiins that L became overlapped too close thereby denying W of "room to keep clear" as required by rule 15. , Acquiring Right of Way.  The protest committe find that whn L became overlapped, W was in fact keeping clear because the boats were not on a collision course and because L would not immediately hit W if L changed couse.  The Protest Committee further finds that W had enough room to luff away from L provide she luffed slowly.  W is penalized for breaking rule 11 (a windward boat shall keep clear of a leeward boat).  W appeals, claiming that she isn't required to take any avoiding action until L announces her intentino to luff; and at that point she is entitled to room to tack away if she needs it..  You are on the appeals committee; how would you decide this?
January Quiz answer given at the January 25th membership meeting.


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