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posted Apr 20, 2012, 5:51 AM by AUGUSTA SAILINGCLUB   [ updated Mar 23, 2016, 10:00 AM ]
Patty West recently sent me this quote from Mark Twain: “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.  So throw off the bowlines.  Sail away from the safe harbor.  Catch the trade winds in your sails.  Explore.  Dream.  Discover.”  This may become our cruiser motto.

We cruisers invite you all to come explore your lake with us!  While exhilarating, cruising is not necessarily about crazy adventures in treacherous waters and doubtful weather, although that sometimes occurs when out on the water far from your safe slip.  Cruising can also mean enjoying a beautiful sunrise and old—fashioned perked coffee at your slip the morning after ASC’s wine tasting.  This is where I am as I write this. Several other cruisers are also rafted up after last night’s festivities.  We had a great time and will continue to have more fun as the weather improves!  Many cruisers spend nights on their boats, but staying the night is certainly not required.  Cruising is about enjoying the lake in a sailboat.  Our next Full Moon Cruise is the weekend of May 5, so plan to come join in the fun.

                Tony and I took our boat out late last night, practicing for the next installment of Cruiser’s University: Night Sailing for Beginners.  I had almost forgotten how beautiful the dam is at night from the water, and how stunning ASC’s lights look from the South Carolina side of the lake.  Won’t you join us May 5, for a sunset cruise on our (or a fellow experienced cruiser’s) boat?  Just send me an email, and we’ll work out the details.  The email address is

                If you missed April’s Cruiser’s University topic:  Anchoring and Rafting Up, don’t fret.  Presenters Greg and Rhonda Hatcher agree to be available for private sessions.  I highly recommend it.  Until their class I had never been behind the helm during a raft-up.  I am now confident that if Cpt. Tony commits high treason on our boat and has to  walk the plank, I can still join the cruiser’s party by myself.  Sorry Tony, you are on your own!

                Tim Buss told me last night that the Poker Series is off to a great start.  These day cruises, disguised as a race series, are a great way to partake in longer sails with the companionship and safety of other cruisers. It is also a good way to learn about the basics of racing without the pressure of starts and finishes. It’s not too late to join!  Contact Tim, or come to the club any Saturday between now and mid-May and join in the fun.   

                The remainder of April will be busy for the ASC cruisers, as some not participating in the Poker Series are volunteering at Charleston Race Week, and others are continuing to Annapolis, MD for the Spring Sailboat Show and the “real” Cruiser’s University.   Tony and I have hopes of earning masters certificates in navigation, diesel technology and electrical systems while in Annapolis. 

Please also remember that ASC cruisers are spontaneous and often cast off the dock lines if a beautiful weekend presents itself.  To stay in the loop, make sure you are on the cruiser’s email “short list”.  It is always a “the more the merrier” type of assembly, so don’t be shy about contacting us just to see if anything is going on.  Who knows?  You just might start something!  Experience is not necessary - just a sense of adventure and willingness to, in the words of Mark Twain, “throw off the bowlines.” 

Contact Tony and Brenda Coy, at , or Bob and Becky Hopkins at to get on that email list.


MARK YOUR CALENDARS, and don’t miss, these upcoming events:

May 5:  Cruiser’s University: Night Sailing for Beginners.  Enjoy an evening cruise with us on a cruiser’s boat.  Topics to be discussed include required lighting, navigation and watch-keeping, docking and anchoring.

May 6:  Full Moon Cruise (come on out at your leisure and hail “full moon cruisers” on VHF channel 16.  Alternatively, call us 706/296-3027)

May 26:  Raft-up off the pavilion at Plum Brach to enjoy Freshwater Coastal Beach Music Association’s first concert and party of the season.  Shag Attack will be playing.