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posted May 4, 2012, 6:01 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Mar 23, 2016, 10:00 AM by AUGUSTA SAILINGCLUB ]

Cruising at the Augusta Sailing Club is quickly becoming a strong part of the ASC family.  From Full Moon Cruises to the Poker Series, there’s something for everyone!  Thanks to Tim Buss, the Poker Run series is soon to enter its second year, and interest in a second Passage race is strong.  The Passage is a 24 hour race.  With our recent warm weather, the Full Moon Cruising season started off with a bang thanks to hosts Greg and Rhonda Hatcher, ASC’s current “Cruisers of the Year”!

The ASC newsletter lists the dates for full moon cruises, poker run races, raft ups and the Passage; however, ASC Cruisers are also spontaneous when the weather is right.  Make sure you are on the email “Cruiser’s Short List” so you won’t miss out on any last-minute fun!
Cruisers In The News:    Several cruisers are returning, and new cruisers are volunteering for the Charleston Race Week Regatta the long weekend of April 19-22.  It’s a great party, and ASC is always well represented!  Commodore Dan and Patty West, along with Tony and Brenda Coy will continue from there to Annapolis for U.S. Sailboat’s Cruiser’s University where they will take master’s courses in navigation, electrical and diesel systems as well as short courses on other topics pertinent to cruising.  
ASC Cruiser’s University:  Many new members or members with new cruising boats have expressed an interest in rafting out overnight, but don’t feel they have the skills or experience to do so.  To help get those boats off the dock, seasoned full moon cruisers invite you to join us for Cruiser’s University, ASC style!  Weather depending, the evening of April 6, Greg and Rhonda Hatcher will be hosting the first hands-on class, entitled “Anchoring and Rafting Up.”  They will teach you everything you need to know about the how, when and where of anchoring safely - alone and with friends.  Under the watchful eye of the Hatchers and other seasoned cruisers, you can try your hand at dropping anchor and rafting up on one of several boats out that evening.  For those of you with years of experience, come out and share your knowledge.
Next, in May, Brenda and Tony Coy will host the second hands-on class, entitled “Night Sailing for Beginners”.  The lights from the dam and reflections on the lake just after sunset are a must-see experience.  The really good news is that you can crew on their boat for experience and not worry about all the details!  
Topics to be discussed include required lighting, navigation and watch-keeping, docking and anchoring.

Please plan on joining the cruisers for some or all of the events coming up.  To stay in the loop on cruiser’s activities, please be sure you get on the Cruiser’s email list by sending your information to Brenda Coy at

See you at the lake!

Becky Hopkins & Brenda Renick