Are you intimidated by the thought of hurricane-anchoring in the soft mud of our creeks? Well, once you know how, it's far safer than staying in a slip.
Have you stayed away from rafting because you're confused by the cats-cradle tangle of lines used? Well, once you know how, you'll find rafting is a terrific way to spend a weekend with friends on another boat.... and you'll sleep better doing it.
Do you find that traditional sailing texts on these subjects are overloaded with technical details you'll never use? If that's you... or maybe your crew... then the linked on the left of this page are for you!
The July edition of Blackbeard's Epitaph is available to read, download or print. Please click here.
Bill Green - 06/29/2016
Change to Ice Purchase Procedure
We've updated the procedure for purchasing ice at BSC. The price is still $2 per bag or block and members can charge ice purchases to their account if they wish. Here's what has changed.
The envelopes are gone and have been replaced by a simple clipboard fastened to the wall near the wooden money box. Just record ice purchases on the sheet provided.
Be sure to provide your member number if you want to charge your account.
Put the money in the wooden box if you're paying in cash.
Jan Green - 06/29/2016
Strategic Planning Task Force Says,
Our survey of the Membership's views on a number of questions concluded on June 20th. We'd like to thank the 105 Members who submitted their responses. You have provided us with a mountain of data that we're just now beginning to wade through.
It will take us some time to reach any conclusions but we thought you might like to have an early preview of some of the common threads we see woven throughout your input.
We are and should continue to be a sailing club.
Most members belong to BSC because we have slip/storage facilities, have an active social atmosphere and are affordable.
Most members had strong opinions that the club would benefit from an overall cleanup of the grounds, storage areas and docks.
Dock condition is of paramount concern to members.
Road condition is also of concern.
We should keep future dues/fees increases at a modest rate to retain the club’s affordability.
The club should seek out opportunities for collaboration with other sailing organizations.
In addition to work days, most members are willing to serve the club in other ways.
Most members prefer to communicate via email, Epitaph and website.
Member demographic is heavily weighted to age 56 and over and more than two-thirds are retired.
More than half of members consider themselves primarily day-sailors and/or cruisers.
Future boat purchases by the majority of members is split, with about one-third planning to go bigger; one-third indicating they have no plans for another boat; and one-third planning to go smaller or switch to power.
Thanks again for taking the time to provide your insights to the Strategic Planning Task Force.
Bill Green - 06/23/2016
Notice of Intent to Dispose of Abandoned Property
Notice of Intent to Dispose of Abandoned Property
Our dry storage and dinghy captains have been working diligently to identify the owners of all of the boats and trailers on our property. There have been pictures and locations of unidentified boats listed in the Epitaph for the last three months, and progress has been made. There are still a number of items stored at the club for which we do not know the owner. Boats and trailers that we consider abandoned property. This has been a growing problem, and one that needs to be addressed. If you haven’t done so, review the list and let the appropriate person know if an item is yours. If you have not notified Blackbeard Sailing Club by workday, your item will be removed from club property.
Eddy Parker, Commodore
Eddy Parker - 02/25/2016
2016 Officers and Directors
Our election of Officers and Directors for 2016 concluded on November 6th and the results were announced at the Annual General Meeting on the 7th. Participation was 65% with 125 of 195 eligible ballots cast. For those who missed that event, here are the results. These volunteers have taken on a large responsibility and deserve our thanks and support.
Our Membership Application Form has been revised to accommodate the new Intermediate Membership class. The new form is available online from the Members | Club Documents page. Paper copies are also available in the Clubhouse. As a brief refresher, please make note of the Membership process as outlined here:
Application for membership requires two sponsors who must be current members in good standing. One of the sponsors has to have been a member for more than one year. These members will explain the basics of the Club and will act as mentors.
Once the prospective Member and his/her sponsors have filled out the Application form, one of your sponsors should ensure that it reaches the Membership Committee.
The Membership Committee will schedule an interview with the prospective Member—an informal discussion to determine what their expectations are and to explain more about BSC.
The next step will be to email names and addresses to the members at large who will have 10 days to contact a member of the Board of Directors with any questions.
At the next BOD meeting, the prospective Members’s name will be submitted for approval.
Once approved, the Membership Committee will schedule an orientation session. We usually wait until we have 4 candidate families before scheduling orientation.
Dave Whitney - 07/08/2015
Boat US Hurricane Preparation Guide
Hurricane Irene has taught us a lesson: We can never be too prepared for a major storm! Thirteen boats in the trees. Dock boxes and dinghy racks thrown around like matchsticks. We could have been better prepared!
Boat US publlishes Preparing Baots and Marinas for Hurricanes which can be found under "Tips | Hurricane Prep".
Every member should review this document!
Bill Green - 09/05/2011
Security at BSC
The gate should never be left open after dark! If you are not sure whether you’re the last person on site, then please assume you are and close the gate!
If you don’t know how to do this, please ask a Board member who will be happy to assist. The security of the Club’s assets (and every member’s assets) is the responsibility of each and every one of us.
Bill Green - 08/03/2010
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Alcohol Must Be Under Your Direct Control
The Club's permit issued by the NC Alcoholic Beverage Commission is at risk if members do not comply with the ABC Commission rules. Every member who brings beer, wine or liquor on the premises must have the items under their control at all times.
If you bring alcoholic beverages to the club house, please bring them in a small cooler or bag with your name on it. DO NOT place alcoholic beverages in the refrigerators. We have been given one warning in the past. Do not be the member that causes our permit to be revoked.