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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 - Alex Mazurek
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 

  ♦    ♦        March speaker - Robert Estrada - Towboat US    Featured Speaker

Robert has a captains license as well as all his captains. He has been towing boats on lake Lanier for over 20 years. His towing company is one of the most decorated towing companies in the Boat US fleet. There are over 300 ports in the fleet. He is on the boat us advisory counsel. He represents all the tow company's in fresh water. He is also a member of C-PORT, a conference of all the tow company's in the US. He is the president of the eastern inland marine assistance association and serves on the C- PORT board and also on their executive board 

Monthly Membership Meeting:   Monday  March 23rd -  Dave & Buster's  4000 Venture Dr #15, Duluth, GA ‎(770) 497-1152 ‎ · Dinner from 6:00, meeting starts at 7:00. Social following.
Spring commissioning - We will talk about preparing your boat for the upcoming sailing season.  There will be a raffle and door prizes.  Don't miss it.
 ♦    ♦    ♦    ♦   Annoucements     ♦    ♦    ♦  
First Saturday Cruise - Saturday, March 7th INFO
Dorton #1 - Saturday, March 14th
Race Committee Training - Sunday, March 15th - UYC.
Introduction to Sailing - To be held the third week of April, 2015 INFO
2015 Blue Water Cruise - Will be on May 1st through 8th, 2015 and will be in Pamlico Sound, NC.  INFO.
Welcome       ♦  ♦    ♦    ♦    ♦    ♦    ♦    
Please welcome new members to the Barefoot Sailing Club: Earl Meggison, Michael and Joanne Justice and returning members:  Nancy Spraker,  Carl Johnston, and Mark LaPlante ! 
       ♦  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/Brunch Cruise - Bless the fleet and raft up and brunch
  • 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 - Seven race series with PHRF being adjusted for each race.
  • Sunset Races - Seven race series in the evening - pursuit start
  • 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 41st 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 
For more infomation on our education offerings - MORE
Social            ♦  ♦   Gathering with friends      ♦ 
Barefoot Sailing Club has many social events throughout the year.  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
   • 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, Mar 7th, @11:00am - 05:00PM
First Saturday Cruise
Sun, Mar 8th, @10:00am - 04:00PM
Nippert #2 - SSC
Mon, Mar 9th, @6:00pm - 09:00PM
BFSC Board Meeting
Sat, Mar 14th, @11:00am - 05:00PM
Dorton #1
Sun, Mar 15th, @10:00am - 04:00PM
Nippert #3 - SSC


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Commodore's Corner

February Membership Meeting was a great meeting.  There were around 30 in attendance.  Mike Ventura got everyone excited about going to the BVI's.  Congratulations to Paul Zantzinger, Tom Beechem and Thomas Horner for winning the raffle and door prizes.
Thank you

Sailing Rules Quiz

January and February quiz answers on Education page.
March Quiz:
Boat P (Port Tack) and Boat S (Starboard Tack), sailing close-hauled, are converging on a collision course.  When four lengths apart, P bears away in order to pass astern of S.  When three lengths apart, S tacks, During which time P holds her course.  After S completes her tack, P luffs to her close-hauled course to avoid hitting S, and protests S under rules 16, Changing Coourse and 13, While Tacking.  You are on the protest committee; how would you decide this?
March Quiz answer given at the March 23rd membership meeting.


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