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Stories from the JHM Women Skippers Regatta
Sunday, June 23, 2024

Brimstone Tavern & Restaurant
10595 Old Alabama Rd Con, Alpharetta, GA 30022

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Around Alone Recap and Lessons Learned

April 28, 2024

Several solo racers from this year's regatta spoke of their experiences and lessons learned from the day. Sharing their experiences were:

Bill Bond, Chico Wojna, J. Lillian Gray, Jon Wittlin, and Norman Plotkin.

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March Madness

March 24, 2024

Vice Commodore Bill Anchors led us in a March Madness competition. The winner will be announced at the April social.

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Spring Racing and Pursuit Starts

February 25, 2024

Racing Captain Chico Wojna discussed Spring Racing and Pursuit Starts

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Sailfest 2024

January 28, 2024

Barefoot member Christopher Harding updates us on Sailfest 2024 planning.

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Online Election and Social

November 26, 2023

Election confirms suggested slate of officers.

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Bradford Rogers
Author of "How Not to Sail" book (and podcast)

October 22, 2023

Guest Speaker Bradfor Rogers drops by to discuss his cruising life and of course, how NOT to sail.

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Final Preparations for the 49th Barefoot Open

September 23, 2023

Final preparations for the Barefoot Open with a creative Q&A session (e.g. “what’s the most exotic place you’ve sailed?” and “what’s the funniest moment you’ve ever had aboard a sailboat?”)

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Tying ourselves in knots!

August 24, 2023

Long-time member and mentor John Martin showed us how to tie ourselves in knots.

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"What is a Wellerman anyway?"

July 23, 2023

Linda Hoopes, BFSC Yeoman, presents an introduction to sea songs and chanteys, with a little bit of singing along.

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June Member Meeting & Lobster Boil

June 24, 2023

Combination annual Lobster Boil and June meeting. Members and guests enjoyed a low country boil w/live Maine lobster (or veggie skewers).

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Memorial Weekend Social

May 28, 2023

Relaxed Memorial Weekend social with no agenda

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Recap of Joan Holcomb and Spring Race #3

April 23, 2023

Past Commodore Tom Beachem was presented w/a monogrammed sailing jacket in appreciation of his 4(!) years serving as commodore. 

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Byron Tobin on Sailfest 2024

March 26, 2023

Visit our Sailfest 2024 page to learn more. 


Volunteers are encouraged to signup at the Sailfest website.


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Mike Kaplan on"Adventures of a Trailer Sailor" 

February 26, 2023

Mike Kaplan regales us with his "Adventures of a Trailer Sailor." 

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Election and Change of Watch

January 22, 2023

Kicking off start of 2023 with election of officers and change of watch.

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Membership Survey Results

November 27, 2022

Kerry and David reviewed the membership survey results. Members and guests brainstormed on 2023 improvements.

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Norman Plotkin on Blue Water Cruising

October 24, 2022

Cruising Captain Norman Plotkin talks on Blue Water Cruising

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Final preparations for 2022 Barefoot Open 

September 26, 2022

48th Barefoot Open is in 2 weeks - All Hands on Deck!

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August Social and Member Meeting

August 22, 2022

No guest speaker this time - rainout moved group inside for dinner.

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Vinnie Mendes on Ancient Mariners and Ancient Boats

June 27, 2022

Vinnie has been on boats his entire life. It's in his blood as his family owns a marina in New Jersey. At the meeting, Vinnie spoke on best practices for winterizing boats and entertained us with stories.

Follow-up column to his talk: Ancient Mariners and Ancient Boats

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Edith Collins on Joan Holcomb Memorial Women Skippers

April 25, 2022

Past Commodore and US Sailing Judge Edith Collins regaled us with stories of her old friend Joan and what she meant to those that loved her. She also talked of the race and her sailing experiences.

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Around (Lake Lanier) Alone Racers

March 28, 2022

Bruce Barton, Tom Graham, Norman Plotkin and Robin Terrell regaled us with stories and hard-earned wisdom.

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Bradford Rogers
Author of "How Not to Sail" book (and podcast)

February 28, 2022

Bradford regaled us with stories and tips of what NOT to do while sailing.  We expect he'll be returning when we meet again in person.

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Margaret Sherrod, Commander of America's Boating Club Atlanta and Past Commodore of BFSC (2009)

January 24, 2022

Margaret Sherrod spoke on her many years with ABCA and the life and service of ABCA. There are many benefits of cross-membership.

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Norman Plotkin
Barefoot Cruising Fleet Captain

November 15, 2021

Norman is lifetime sailor having grown up in Miami Beach, Florida and started out at age 8yrs old on Optimist Prams. For 16 years, he belonged to the Passport Sailing Club then purchased Starcather, a Catalina 28, in February 2016, soon after joining BSC.  

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Vinnie Mendes
Columnist, Lakeside News on winterizing boats

October 25, 2021

Vinnie has been on boats his entire life. It's in his blood as his family owns a marina in New Jersey. At the meeting, Vinnie spoke on best practices for winterizing boats and entertained us with stories.

Follow-up column to his talk:

Preparing Your Boat to Face Old Man Winter

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Bruce Barton
BFSC Member on Boat Speed

September 20, 2021

Long the nemesis of many racers in the club, Bruce shared racing advice: everything from learning your boat's best point of sail to trimming sails to learning the lake's typical wind patterns.

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Jennifer Flowers
Executive Director, Lake Lanier Association

August 23, 2021

Jennifer talked about the work of Lake Lanier Association and asked for our help in partnering to help identify abandoned boats. Barefoot agreed to come help with the upcoming September Shore Sweep.

Join us for a recap of the June 1st JHM Women Skippers Regatta!
Racers are invited to share their stories from the JHM race.

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