Our Origin, Objectives and History
In early spring 2002 an idea was taking shape in Southport. A small group of ten individuals conceived to bring “new and old” together in Southport’s growing community,with a focus on social and water activities. Stated more formally in the “Club By-Laws.” This Club was formed to provide cruising, sailing, and racing activities to foster friendships and encourage boating knowledge and skills.
In 2002, the first year, there were a number of events with friends who invited friends, and what began with 10 quickly became 20 and then 30 and more continued to come. The enthusiasm was overwhelming, the season moved swiftly, and left the questions of “how do we top this?”
In 2003, the founding ten formalized the Club and officially named it “Southport Sailingand Boat Club", initiating charter membership based on those that participated in the prior season's success. The Club grew adding organizational structure, By-Laws, and incorporation as a nonprofit status, and obtained insurance coverage. Today our Club has a maximum limit of 100 memberships. A membership consists of the members and their spouses, significant others and live-at-home children.
Our Club no longer participates in racing activities, however, still maintains an active social schedule with our annual events like the Spring Dance, Clambake, Aloha Party, Dock Parties, and our End of Season Party; plus, a number of boating outings.
The majority of the boat owning members have power boats, but sailing vessels are more than welcome and many members have a sailing background. In addition, and in keeping with our name and founder's vision, we continue to include numerous organized cruises (outings) each year with many of our members participating. Although we are primarily a boating club, we do not require boat ownership to join or participate in our activities, including the cruises. Many of our cruises are close enough that members ride with their boater friends or arrive at the destination by car and stay in a local hotel or B&B in order to partake in the various dock parties and other fun events that are planned.
Some of the destinations we include are Bald Head Island, Federal Point, Wilmington, Beaufort, Myrtle Beach and Georgetown. Our Club consists of a group of people with a common interest that have become friends and family. Our primary mission is to provide fellowship and fun activities for both our boat owning and non-boat owning members. We currently have members from Southport, Oak Island, St. James, Winding River, and the surrounding community, as well as some members that are only part-time residents.
The Club is managed by a nine-member Board of Directors that oversees the planning of activities and administers the budget. The Board of Directors is complemented by several “Advisors” who assist the Board with general oversight. Advisors are expected to have been former members of the Board. Each Board member serves a 2-year term. All planning is done by committees consisting of Club members and all members are expected to participate in planning an event each year.
One thing that hasn't changed, over the years, is our adherence to the Club By-Laws as formulated by the founding members as well as our mission to provide cruising and boating activities, to foster friendships, and encourage the acquisition of boating knowledge and skills.
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Board of Directors
Position Member Term Ends
Chairman Joe Wersosky 2020
Co-Chairman Sid Rampy 2020
Treasurer Jack Sturtevant 2021
Membership Jim Board 2020
Secretary George Arndt 2021
At Large Craig Thompson 2020
At Large Debbie Massa 2020
At Large Susan Boyer 2021
At Large Keith Knauer 2021
Advisor Jeanne Rampy
Advisor Allen McLeod