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Sailboats for Annual Rent B Sailing Club grew out of the Bates family tradition of racing on Lake Erie. Walter Bates, my father, ran what we called the “Bates Academy” – anyone able-bodied and interested in sailing was welcomed aboard, encouraged to participate fully, and invited back to sail with us again on the family’s C&C 35 MK II, Tumbril. From 1974 to 1992, he hosted over 100 sailors in regattas and pleasure cruises. We called ourselves “ Bates Academy” because so many sailors learned to sail on board Tumbril and then moved on to other boats or their own boat. My father instilled in all of us good seamanship, respect for Mother Nature, and a passion for the sport of sailing. I am inspired to pass this along to others. My experience sailing since 1974, with thousands of miles of racing in all weather conditions and countless mark roundings, has produced a profound respect for sea and wind. Racing in Lake Erie and Lake Huron, Atlantic Ocean, Chesapeake Bay, Puget Sound, Gulf of Mexico and Galveston Bay on various boats ranging from Sunfish to Farr 50, Beneteau 36.7 to Etchells, J-24,80,105,120 and C&C 35, 40, 42, and cruising the Caribbean. I have worked at Shore Sails in Cleveland, Doyle Sailmakers in Annapolis and various rigging and boat maintenance positions. I am well qualified to provide safe club boats and help you with your goals in sailing. I have managed a fleet of 14 J Boats and 130 members in Annapolis, Maryland. I have organized races, clinics, and social events for the members. We will do the same here. I remain open to suggestions on how to better serve our membership and the community. Please feel free to contact me My hope is to make you as comfortable on the water as I am by providing expert instruction and unlimited hours of practice so you can feel completely confident taking your family or friends sailing.

New Sailors “Ever wondered how you were going to start sailing?” You have arrived at the solution. Our mission is to provide a simple way for people interested in sailing to become proficient sailors. B Sailing Club provides a complete and simple way to learn how to sail, get experience sailing, and enjoy unlimited sailing with family and friends on fast, stable, easy-to-sail boats.

There is no huge monetary burden of buying a sailboat. There is no boat maintenance. We guide you through the whole process. Our club provides a cost effective way for new sailors to enjoy the sport. The annual cost of membership easily beats the cost of owning a sailboat or frequent charters. As a beginner, you will have unlimited access to me for personal training and practice. You will be able to skipper these boats safely. My focus is teaching hands-on, in varying wind and weather conditions. I prepare you to be a competent skipper able to take family and friends sailing.

The club boats will race in the Wednesday Night Races on the Bay. Racing is a fun way to enjoy some friendly competition, learn more about boat handling. You are invited to sneak out of work and join us. We leave the dock by 5:30pm and are back around 8:30pm. The fleet has prizes awarded at the Seabrook Beach Club immediately following the races. J/80 and J/105 Racing The B Sailing Club supports the J/80 Wednesday Night Race Series (April through September) and the GBCA Icicle Series (Jan-Feb). B Sailing will also be racing competetively in the J/105 Fleet Galveston Bay events There are nine J/105 Fleet regattas and various offshore races we will participate in.

Skipper and crew positions are available on B Sailing boats. Skippers must qualify by having experience at the helm under race conditions and have a good understanding of the Racing Rules of Sailing.

Boats will be filled with members on a first come-first served basis. Call Alan Bates to schedule.

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B Sailing Club grew out of the Bates family tradition of racing on Lake Erie. Walter Bates, my father, ran what we called the “Bates Academy...