Membership Captain: Kerry McGrath
Become a Member of Barefoot Sailing
$55 per year New Members
$30 per year College Students
$75 per year Renewal (please renew by March 31st)
All memberships include everyone living in the member's household.
Now in our 51st(!) year, BFSC was founded in 1971 for sailors who love sailing on Lake Lanier whether or not they own a boat. Originally a dinghy racing club, we've since expanded our racing program and developed a robust cruising one as well. And although COVID definitely curtailed our events these past couple of years, we're excited to begin slowly reintroducing social events where safe to do so this year. Regardless of your level of expertise on a boat, BFSC is one of the best sailing homes you can find on Lake Lanier. And as a bonus, members qualify for a discounted U.S. Sailing membership as BFSC is an MVP Partner.
Our monthly membership meetings will be resuming in person beginning March of 2022. So, feel free to join us as a guest at any meeting. Beginning each year, the annual Dean Holcomb Poker Run and Chili Cook-off starts the year with a day filled with fun, sailing and friends. Our annual Lobster Boil and Steak Out are enhanced potluck gatherings you won't want to miss. Vegans and vegetarians welcome! When COVID safety allows, our social events culminate with a year end holiday party where we recognize several members w/club awards and present next year's slate of officers.
Racing begins with our Spring Series in early spring and ends with our club Dorton Cup in the fall. Several of our racing events are open to all sailors including the fun Dean Holcomb Poker Run to kick off the new year, the Around (Lake Lanier) Alone race in April and the Joan Holcomb Memorial Women Skippers Regatta in May. The Fall Series kicks off in late summer/early fall, followed by our premier event, the Barefoot Open Regatta, held each October. Many of our sailors also participate in the LARC races including the LARC Moonlight Series.
Our regattas capture both Social and Racing aspects for the most fun:
Joan Holcomb Memorial Women Skippers Regatta (May 22, 2022)
Named after one of our beloved Past Commodores, the women skippers regatta provides a space for growing the (still) small number of women skippers. For the races, only women helm the boat and make the tactical decisions. This year we'll be co-hosting with LLSC, a don't miss regatta.
Barefoot Open Regatta (October 7-9, 2022)
This year marks our 48th year hosting the regatta, settling racing scores on Lake Lanier since 1975! We hope* to resume the popular Saturday evening dinner, dancing and live music this year. *While this is our plan, we'll be keeping a watchful eye on COVID trends closer to the weekend. And will adjust as needed.
Each First Saturday of the month, boat owners and boatless members suit up for a day of cruising the lake often ending with either a raft-up party or sit down for more talking and sharing of sailing life stories. Look for specific monthly online signups for the individual cruises. We also have a Crew Volunteer Board for boatless sailors wishing to crew aboard our cruises and races.
Need sailing instruction? We urge our members (newbies and experienced, alike) to take the Sail course offered by America's Boating Club Atlanta and taught by our Cruising Captain, Norman Plotkin.
As our club is all volunteer, we encourage members to get involved in assisting with our various events and committees - whether it be cruising, racing or social. Additionally, we participate in Lake Lanier Association (LLA)'s annual Shore Sweep clean-up event and encourage everyone to join us for this necessary and ongoing cleanup of our lake.
Not ready to join yet? Quite understand. We invite you to get to know us by attending Membership Meetings, First Saturday Cruises and our Racing events.
Please reach out to any board member if you have questions.
Barefoot Sailing Club