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Cruisers Corner

posted Dec 14, 2018, 7:12 AM by AUGUSTA SAILINGCLUB   [ updated Dec 14, 2018, 7:18 AM ]

December  2018

 Hello ASC Sailors,


Welcome to the newly revitalize Cruisers Corner.  The Cruisers Corner was originally something that Brenda Renick-Coy did some time ago.  She passed it on to me after being named cruisers of the year for 2014.  Well I dropped the ball big time back then, for good reason, as many of you know.  However, I am determined to do a much better job of it this time around.  I will need some help from all of you.  Here is what I have in mind for this new and I hope improved (over my last attempt) version the Cruisers Corner


 I want to bring more awareness to what members are doing.  I’m interested in youyou are doing both on and off the water.  Now that doesn’t  mean I want to know your daily schedule.  But if you get together with other cruisers / club members and do something fun, or you take a trip that includes sailing in any form, I would love to include a paragraph or two about it in the next months issue.  Who knows maybe you will be an inspiration to someone.  Be creative with the term sailing: You “cruised” up the river on your paddle board, you went on a cruise liner and while on the private island you took out a sunfish or you visited a friend off the coast of Madagascar and sailed their 100 foot yacht - inquiring minds want to hear about it all.  So please feel free to email me with your adventures at


On the home front check the club calendar for Full Moon cruise dates.  Generally speaking and weather permitting it will be the closest Saturday to the full moon.  You can start to hail full moon cruisers on the radio chanel 16 or by cell phone about an hour before dark.  The largest boat will drop anchor and direct others in.  Be sure to have your fenders and tie lines ready.   There has been some interest in adding a New Moon cruise.  On a clear night with no moon the stars are spectacular.  So keep your ears open and check face book for an announcement.


Until the next issue Happy Cruising

Rene Hopkins

Soup and Sip

posted Nov 30, 2018, 6:53 PM by AUGUSTA SAILINGCLUB

Soup and Sip
Jan 19,  6:00 PM   


posted Aug 21, 2018, 12:00 PM by AUGUSTA SAILINGCLUB

Cruisers to busy to report

posted Aug 23, 2017, 5:54 PM by AUGUSTA SAILINGCLUB

They have been going out, but have no report

Next Full Moon Cruise May 21st.

posted Mar 2, 2016, 7:04 AM by AUGUSTA SAILINGCLUB   [ updated May 2, 2016, 5:54 PM ]

April 30 Full Moon Cruse Report.    
The Full Moon Cruisers were at it again on Saturday, April 30th.  There were 2 monohulls and a trimaran that rafted up in a cove just west of Savannah River Red Buoy 19.  The moon came up right on cue, music trivia was played and the cocktail flag was flying.  We even had a fishing boat join us for a bit and then decide to stay overnight.  We may of set a record in that we had 4 dogs stay with the group.  It was a quiet group of canines for sure and they were fun to watch as they were ferried to shore a couple of times for 'potty breaks".  On Sunday morning 2 bottles of champagne and a gallon of orange juice made sure that everyone had their fill of Mimosas. It seems as though no matter who shows up for the raft up that there is always ample food and appetizers to share, adult beverages to enjoy, a plethora of music and the sunsets and moonrises are almost always spectacular. 
        Our next Full Moon cruise will be Saturday, May 21st, anchorage to be determined by the cruisers and the wind!  For those of you who haven't rafted up in a long time, it may be just the weekend to come out and rejoin the group.  For those who haven't tried it at all yet, we welcome everyone!  Stories are always told and songs are always sung and have we mentioned the adult beverages yet?  We welcome those with cruising experience as well as those who are just starting out --- heck if you just want to come and play until it gets dark we have room for you too!
Fairwinds to all! 
Bob Centers       -    706-830-2500

2015 Cruising Award

posted Nov 19, 2015, 6:55 AM by AUGUSTA SAILINGCLUB   [ updated Mar 23, 2016, 10:00 AM ]

The Cruiser of the year award for 2015 went to Bob and Margaret Centers. 
The award being made at the 2015 Annual dinner by New Commodore Tony Coy

Photo by: Andrea Elizabeth Moore   Charisma Photography

March 2015

posted Mar 19, 2015, 7:48 PM by AUGUSTA SAILINGCLUB   [ updated Mar 23, 2016, 10:00 AM ]

Old Jack Frost thought he was going to get the better of us….. Well he had better think again.  Augusta Sailing club cruisers are made of tougher stuff than that.  The weekend of Feb. 7th and 8th was absolutely spectacular with temps in the upper 50’s and low 60’s.  That brought the cruisers out in force.  Saturday saw winds as high as 23 mph and at least 7 boats out enjoying it.   Sunday was even better with continued winds and at least 8 boats.  Jay and I had our 25 foot Helms out and put the rails in the water.  How exciting for me.  I can’t tell you how much fun I had.   I know I was not the only one having a great time as each boat we past was filled with great big smiles and cheerful greetings.


The actual full moon cruise scheduled for Saturday Feb. 14th was cancelled due to the frigid outdoor temperatures.   While there was not actual raft up, inside it was warm and cozy as several club members having a valentines get together by the fire.  I was not able to stay but I saw the clubhouse being set up and I know they were in for a fun filled night and great food.


Next month the full moon cruise will follow the commodores reception on March 14th and I hope you will join us.  We are looking forward to warmer weather and a moon lit sky.

February 2015

posted Feb 14, 2015, 8:00 AM by AUGUSTA SAILINGCLUB   [ updated Mar 23, 2016, 10:00 AM ]

A belated welcome to 2015.   Jay and I were so excited to be named cruisers of the year at the Nov. annual meeting.   Thank you all.   As Jay says he can now tell all his friends that he has been given an award for being a good partyer.  It was after receiving that award that we were informed that we now get to coordinate the full moon cruises.  So I need to start off by saying that this is new to me so please be patient with me as I learn.  I am sure that I will make mistakes so feel free to offer words of wisdom or suggestions.  However, the first event of 2015 was a real success and attended by about 40 or so people.  Since the first full moon of the year was on Monday Jan. 5th we declared the first official raft-up of the year to be on New Year’s Eve.  It was a great celebration of the new year with food, fellowship, fireworks and fun.  Oh did I mention the food?  Everyone contributed and it was over the top.  This was a wonderful time to be “rafted up” as many of us stayed to participate in the Hangover regatta the next day.  So here’s looking forward to a fun filled 2015 with windy days to fill our sails and calm nights to raft up and enjoy each other’s company.  Oh and be looking for invites in your email from signup genius announcing full moon raft-up dates.   If your are not receiving them and want to please email me at and I will add you to the list

June Update...

posted Jun 24, 2014, 2:21 PM by AUGUSTA SAILINGCLUB   [ updated Mar 23, 2016, 10:00 AM ]

Finally the winter is over, Spring sprung and the Full Moon Cruisers came out to play!  In March was the wonderful Mardis Gras event.  The blind referee did it!  The food was fabulous and so much fun was had!

Jay and Rini Hopkins led the April Full Moon Cruise while several Cruisers including Tony and Brenda Coy, Tim Buss, Bob and Becky Hopkins, Dick Dermody, Stitch and others made their annual trek to Charleston to perform various duties as race officials for Race Week.
In May, Cruisers Bob and Becky Hopkins put on a wonderful and very well attended wine tasting event.  
The Coys signed on as crew for a 850-mile passage up the coast (650 non-stop) to Maine, and Cruisers Dan and Patty West, Johnnie and Mickie Poole and Harry and Anna Garcia all pirated the waters of Florida before returning to us in Augusta.  

The Poker Series of big boat racing is underway and will conclude with the Firecracker Regatta on June 28-29.  You need not have raced in the Poker Series to partake in this weekend of race fun.  Just stay tuned to the ASC website for more information.

May’s Full Moon Cruise was well attended by 7 boats, and June’s Passage to Plum Branch was a great success with even more.  19 human and 4 canine members of ASC dined at the Lakeside Grill and listened to local musicians June 14, before returning to the raftup.  Thanks, Jay and Rini Hopkins and Bob and Margaret Centers for shuttling those ashore who forgot their kayaks! 

Need to make changes to the electrical systems on your boat before you bring her out to the raftups?  There will be an afternoon of electrical system design and installation instruction on June 22.  Again, just stay tuned to the ASC website for more information.

Firecracker Regatta.  Racing for cruisers!  June 28-9.

Our next “Full Moon” Cruise is July 4-6, for the Thunder Over Thurmond raftup.  This is traditionally our longest cruise and largest raftup, often with in excess of 10 boats attending.  Come watch the fireworks with us Saturday night at the entrance to Soap Creek!  Make sure you are on the email list, as some of us will depart Friday in search of true 4th fireworks up either the Savannah or Little rivers.

Don’t forget Beach Day July 19th!  The Bragg’s Tiki Hut will be back with threatened improvements.  Don’t forget your water toys!

See you at the lake,
-Brenda Coy

Cruiser Corner April update...

posted Mar 28, 2014, 2:20 PM by AUGUSTA SAILINGCLUB   [ updated Mar 23, 2016, 10:00 AM ]

What an interesting winter we’ve had, but it hasn’t slowed the Full Moon Cruisers down at all!  The Mardi Gras Murder Mystery Party was well attended with nearly 40 guests, and the March raft-up was as well, despite the forecast for foreboding weather.  Hearing about Maggie Centers’ 3 years in France (she just returned) was one of the highlights of the evening.

The next Full Moon Cruise is set for April 12, and many of ASC’s full moon cruisers will be in Charleston as Race Week volunteers.  If you haven’t been able to get on one of their race committee crews, fear not!  The Full Moon Cruise will be held as scheduled, and Jay and Rini Hopkins have agreed to coordinate the raft-up.  Just hail “Full Moon Cruisers” on VHF16, and the location of the raft-up will be revealed.706/373-9146.  They are relatively new members, but have rafted up on several occasions and are veterans.   Don’t know them?  Meet them by ensuring you attend the Commodore’s and New Members Reception at the club on March 29.  Haven’t RSVPd?  Contact Rhonda Hatcher immediately!
Also, if you're not getting emails from the ASC Cruisers, please ensure your email is added to the list by contacting Brenda Coy at  Thanks!
 See you on the lake,
Brenda Coy

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