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Coast Guard Foundation Appoints New President

November 18th, 2016

url Coast Guard Foundation Appoints New PresidentRegional Director of Philanthropy Susan P. Ludwig Selected to Lead Organization

The Coast Guard Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to the education and welfare of all Coast Guard members and their families, announced today that Regional Director of Philanthropy Susan Ludwig will replace Anne B. Brengle as president. Ludwig will assume her new position in January following Anne’s retirement this December.

With ten years of non-profit fundraising and administration work, coupled with two decades of experience working in corporate sales and product management, Ludwig is well positioned to lead the organization, its board and staff through a nationwide effort to increase awareness for the Coast Guard and the Foundation and strengthen support for programs that benefit Coast Guard members and their families. Ludwig joined the Coast Guard Foundation staff in 2013 as the primary fundraiser and relationship manager for Coast Guard Foundation programs and investors in the Northeast region of the United States.

“Having traveled throughout New York, New England and many of the Coast Guard communities across our nation over the last three years, I have been inspired by the deep devotion and commitment to honor, respect and duty of the Coast Guard members and families that I’ve met,” said Ludwig. “As a civilian-based organization, we have a great opportunity to make a difference for the members of the Coast Guard and I look forward to leading the Coast Guard Foundation to new heights.”

“We welcome Susan to her new role as president. She is a successful leader with a strong record of strategic, operational and commercial accomplishments. We look forward to working with her as we continue to provide meaningful support and recognition initiatives to benefit the people of the United States Coast Guard and their families, as they carry out their mission of service to our country,” said Will Jenkins, Coast Guard Foundation board chairman.

To learn more about the Coast Guard Foundation or to help support its work, please visit


About The Coast Guard Foundation
For more than 45 years, the Coast Guard Foundation has been committed to inspiring leadership, education and a proud legacy of service to our nation by supporting the men and women of the United States Coast Guard. The Foundation provides college scholarships to enlisted members, their spouses and their children, scholarships and support for families of Coast Guard members lost in the line of duty, and support for morale programs, including funding recreation, exercise and family-oriented facilities. The Coast Guard Foundation is headquartered in Stonington, Connecticut, where it maintains a staff of 13, with regional offices in the New York City area and St. Petersburg, Florida. To learn more about the Coast Guard Foundation or to help support its work, please visit

Fishing Gear

November 1st, 2016

simms womens waders Fishing Gear froggtoggs Fishing Gear

Christmas gifts for the mariner in your life



(Left) frogg toggs® Men’s Hellbender™ Stocking-Foot Wader is engineered with DriPore2Gen Technology for breathability and moisture management.

(Right) Simms® Women’s Freestone® Stocking-Foot Wader is made of 4-layer Toray® QuadraLam™ waterproof fabric that offers great breathability.

















(Left) Simms Women’s Vapor Wading Boots with Vibram Soles and lightweight VaporTread™ platforms have been engineered for balanced fast hiking and wading performance. Neoprene partial liners deliver wading warmth, cushioning and easy on and off.

(Right) frogg toggs® Men’s Aransas™ Surf And Sand Wading Shoes are lightweight 5mm neoprene uppers with zipper closures, hook-and-loop ankle straps and full gussets ensure a secure, comfortable fit while sealing out sand and debris.




Perception Pescador Pro 120 is designed with a center console for your fishfinder electronics and offers a 1-piece hull that is abrasion, UV and impact resistant for durability. The seat is removable and adjustable for comfort, and the boat provides a multitude of storage options for your tackle box, rods, paddles and other fishing essentials.




(Top) The Waterloo Phantom series is a versatile rod. Works great for various applications such as artificial and live bait. Built on a medium light, moderate fast action graphite blank with a light tip and moderate backbone. Available in 6’6”, 6’9” or 7’0”.

(Middle) The Waterloo Salinity series is a light-weight, very sensitive and versatile rod. Ideal for various applications such as small swimbaits and topwaters, and live bait. Built on a medium, moderate fast action graphite blank with a light tip and moderate backbone. Available in 7’0’ or 7’6”.

(Bottom) Same as the above Waterloo Salinity, but this is a special pink edition wrapped with teal thread.


penn-clashFISHING REELS:

The PENN® Clash gear train runs off Dura-Gear technology which offers a more durable and long lasting gear. 9 sealed bearings keep everything in line and moving freely while a full metal body eliminates twist caused by high drag pressure. The Clash also features a thick aluminum bail wire, slow oscillation system, Line Capacity Rings, and a braid ready spool.



The Concept A from 13 Fishing is a smooth, lightweight reel that performs. Engineered with the right materials in the right places, it is built to withstand the rigors of competitive fishing. With 22 lbs of Bulldog drag, it will put the brakes on any fish in salt or freshwater.




Line Cutterz Ring is a sleek, adjustable ring with double-sided blade perfect for quick and efficient cutting of mono-filament and braided fishing line. Great for all types of fishing including kayak fishing, surf fishing, chartered fishing and ocean fishing. Velcro adjustable strap to fit all sizes. Two-sided stainless steel blades and stainless steel rivet set in a black ABS plastic for ultimate durability and safety.



stinkypants-stringerThe 8’ Pro-Series from Stinky Pants Fishing® is handmade in the USA using first rate materials designed for the toughest conditions. The stringers will not knot, fray, ravel or get stuck on teeth or hooks like other stringers. Simply release the stringer from the removable float and drop your days catch in the cooler. Available in a variety of colors.


Great Results for Texas Sailors at High School Champs

November 1st, 2016

The Texas raised sailors did a great job at the High School Nationals held right here in Galveston Bay.  Here is a “shout out” to four local stars and the amazing new facility, Sea Scout Base Galveston, that hosted the races:

  1. In the Laser Full Rig Division, Max Guerreiro took second place and Ford McCann took third. Awesome!  Results:
  2. In the Laser Radial Division, Charlotte Rose finished third overall (and was the second girl) and Carly Broussard finished 10th(and was the fourth girl).  Awesome!  Results:
  3. The championships were held right here in Galveston Bay at the new Sea Scout facility  It is an amazing facility and many in our community do not know about it, yet (here is a link to high schools already using it:
  4. I recommend visiting this 200+ bed facility it and hope that it hosts many more regattas (Link to view facility:  AND  There were great views for watching the races… from shore!  The downwind mark was only 20 yards away from the spectators.
  5. College Singlehanded Nationals will be there this coming weekend.

7th Annual JFest Southwest Regatta Results

October 31st, 2016

J/22 (13 boats)
Series Standing – 7 races scored

Information is provisional and subject to modification
Regatta results last updated: Sunday, October 30, 2016 3:01:11 PM CDT

Pos,Bow/Sail, Boat, Skipper, Yacht Club, Results, Total Points
1. USA 307, Blackburn Marine Racing, Casey Lambert, Lakewood Yacht Club, 3-3-2-4-3-2-1- ; 18
2. 878, Meehem, Tom Meeh, Gbca, 4-2-3-3-4-1-2- ; 19
3. USA 707, Tejas, Terry Flynn, GBCA/ FWBC, 2-1-1-2-1-3-14/RET-BF- ; 24
4. 203, Pressure Drop, Mark Foster, Corpus Christi YC, 4.3/RDG-4-4-5-6-5-6- ; 34.3
5. 365, , Vincent Ruder, None, 6-6-5-1-7-4-7- ; 36
6. 26 / 951, , Dov Kivlovitz, None, 1-8-7-14/RET-AF-2-7-3- ; 42T
7. 1531, Parrot Tales Light, Larry Blankenhagen, Lakewood Yacht Club, 5-5-6-6-8-8-4- ; 42T
8. 919, Three Amigos, Kevin Orff, LYC / GBCA, 8-7-8-8-5-6-10- ; 52
9. 392, Loose Cannon, Rick Duste, GBCA, 9-10-11-11-12-11-5- ; 69
10. 650, Forget Me Not, Nataleigh Perez, Fort Worth Boat Club, 10-14/OCS-9-9-9-9-11- ; 71
11. 8 / 732, Helms a Lee, Caroline Burda, HYC, 7-9-14/DSQ-7-10-14/DNS-14/DNS- ; 75
12. 33 / 449, mule mechanic, Ben Kyzar, LCYC, 12-12-12-10-11-10-9- ; 76
13. 578, Student Driver, Gary Thies, GBCA, 11-11-10-12-13-12-8- ; 77


J/24 (17 boats)
Series Standing – 5 races scored

Information is provisional and subject to modification
Regatta results last updated: Sunday, October 30, 2016 3:20:34 PM CDT

Pos,Bow/Sail, Boat, Skipper, Yacht Club, Results, Total Points
1. 06 / 126, GIGGLES, Natalie Harden, AYV, 1-1-1-2-1- ; 6
2. 01 / 3734, Miss Conduct, James Freedman, DCYC, 3-6-2-5-2- ; 18
3. 69 / 2702, After Midnight, Mark Smith, FWBC, 2-3-10-9-3- ; 27T
4. 23 / 1155, Trick Bag, Barry Bailey, none, 7-5-5-3-7- ; 27T
5. 05 / 3358, Chupacabra, John Parker, Austin Yacht Club, 11-2-7-1-11/SCP- ; 32
6. 03 / 267, Team BadMoon, Christopher Holmes, DCYC, 4-19/OCS-3-4-4- ; 34T
7. 42 / 4200, Zero Gravity, Josh Bowens-Rubin, Dillon Yacht Club, 10-8-4-6-6- ; 34T
8. 07 / 2822, Vang Go, Stuart Juengst, Austin Yacht Club, 5-7-6-12-11- ; 41
9. 94 / 267, Navy Blue Faded Lady, Peter Brigaitis, DCYC, 12-9-9-8-5- ; 43
10. 19 / 1903, El Rayo-X, Gary Roesler, GBCA, 14-4-8-11-10- ; 47
11. 16 / 2380, superman, David Broadway, Austin YC, 8-11-12-10-12- ; 53
12. 09 / 3894, Sforzando, Christopher Hammel, AYC, 15-10-11-7-13- ; 56
13. 60 / 1565, Gray Wolf, Tim Johnson, DCYC, 6-14-13-15-9- ; 57
14. 13 / 2160, Stray Dog, Jorge Martin-de-Nicolas, AYC, 9-12-19/DNS-13-14- ; 67
15. 11 / 3757, clairebouyant, graham marshall, none, 13-13-15-14-15- ; 70
16. 77 / 2342, Rodeo Clown, Jason Seibert, R2AK, GBCA, 16-16-14-17-16- ; 79
17. 91 / 53191, WHITNEY, Charlie Daniel, LBYC, 17-15-16-16-17- ; 81

J/70 (9 boats)
Series Standing – 7 races scored

Information is provisional and subject to modification
Regatta results last updated: Sunday, October 30, 2016 1:43:43 PM CDT

Pos,Bow/Sail, Boat, Skipper, Yacht Club, Results, Total Points
1. 181, GB, Chris Lewis, LYC, 1-1-3-1-1-2-2- ; 11
2. 850, Mojito, Forbes Durdin, LYC, 3-2-2-2-7-3-1- ; 20
3. 546, Zounds Hearing, Jay Lutz, Lakewood YC, 2-3-4-3-2-4-6- ; 24
4. 240, Stampede, Bruno Pasquinelli, fwbc, 5-6-1-5-3-1-4- ; 25
5. 51 / 51, Black River Racing, Douglas Strebel, Lakewood, 8-4-8-4-4-5-5- ; 38
6. 242, Jason Bradley, JASON Bradley, Jason Bradley, 4-5-5-8-6-8-8- ; 44
7. 241, , Alfred Poindexter, lakewood yacht club, 9-9-6-6-5-6-7- ; 48
8. 28 / 50, Rogue Warrior, Bruce McDonald, AYC, 6-8-9-7-9-7-3- ; 49
9. 1041, Green Onions, Bill Mcnally, Perry Yacht Club, 7-7-7-9-8-9-9- ; 56

J/105 (10 boats)
Series Standing – 8 races scored

Information is provisional and subject to modification
Regatta results last updated: Sunday, October 30, 2016 1:42:12 PM CDT

Pos,Bow/Sail, Boat, Skipper, Yacht Club, Results, Total Points
1. 378, infinity, Uzi Ozeri, LYC, 4-1-1-3-1-4-1-5- ; 20
2. 393, Aftershock, Scott Spurlin, AYC, 1-2-2-2-8-2-3-1- ; 21
3. 624, Vici, John Barnett, Lakewood YC, 2-7-4-1-4-3-2-2- ; 25
4. 344, Two Feathers, Mark Masur, FWBC, 3-4-5-8-5-5-4-3- ; 37
5. 294, Rumpus, Brad Robbins, LYC, 5-3-3-6-6-9-6-7- ; 45
6. 130, Tomahawk, Nathaniel Kemberling, LYC, 7-5-7-4-2-10-9-4- ; 48
7. 649, Radiance, Bill Lakenmacher, LYC, 8-6-8-7-7-1-7-6- ; 50
8. 124, Blue Flash, Matthew Arno, FWBC, 10-10-6-5-3-8-5-9- ; 56
9. 430, Kinderspel2, John Bell, CCYC, 6-8-9-9-9-7-8-8- ; 64
10. 296, Stinger, J B Bednar, LYC/GBCA, 9-9-10-10-10-6-10-10- ; 74

J/PHRF Spin(Sym) (2 boats)
Series Standing – 7 races scored

Information is provisional and subject to modification
Regatta results last updated: Sunday, October 30, 2016 1:44:32 PM CDT

Pos,Bow/Sail, Boat, Skipper, Yacht Club, Results, Total Points
1. 178, Press to Meco, Ray Bentele, GBCA, 1-1-2-1-1.5/TIE-1-1- ; 8.5
2. 28, Toccata, Gary Trinklein, GBCA, 2-2-1-2-1.5/TIE-2-2- ; 12.5

J/PHRF Spin (Asym) (8 boats)
Series Standing – 8 races scored

Information is provisional and subject to modification
Regatta results last updated: Sunday, October 30, 2016 2:56:51 PM CDT

Pos,Bow/Sail, Boat, Skipper, Yacht Club, Results, Total Points
1. USA74, Second Star, J.D. Hill, LYC, 1-1-1-1-1-1-1-3- ; 10
2. 162, Leading Edge, Tom Sutton, lyc,hyc,gbca, 2-2-3-2-2-2-3-1- ; 17
3. 181, Hamburg, Albrecht Goethe, LYC, 3-3-2-3-3-3-2-2- ; 21
4. 31, Little Joe, Dan Sullivan, Southern Yacht Club, 6-5-4-5-5-4-4-4- ; 37T
5. 238, Airborne, David Christensen, LYC / GBCA, 5-4-5-4-4-5-5-5- ; 37T
6. 45, Harm’s Way, Andy Wescoat, GBCA, 7-6-6-6-7-6-6-7- ; 51
7. 77, 77, George Cushing, GBCA, 8-7-7-7-6-7-7-6- ; 55
8. 1, Second Wind, Chris Waters, Kemah Boardwalk Marina, 4-9/DNF-9/DNS-9/DNS-9/DNS-9/DNC-9/DNC-9/DNC- ; 67

– Scoring System is RRS Low Point 2013-2016
– Finishes in [brackets] denote throwouts

Information is provisional and subject to modification

The Right Gear for Redfish

October 31st, 2016

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Alisha Soule with Galveston marsh redfish.

By Capt. Steve Soule

This year has been one of the most inconsistent years, with regards to weather and conditions that we haven’t seen in a long time on the upper Texas coast. With flooding rains, high winds, high tides and just generally different conditions, fishing hasn’t been as consistent compared to recent years.

For those new to fishing the upper coast, I’m sure it seems like a very difficult fishery. For those with years of experience, it has taken a lot of work and effort to keep up with fish in shallow water. We have grasses growing that don’t normally grow, due to heavy rainfall. Our shoreline erosion is accelerating to an alarming rate with the constant high tides. Water clarity has been greatly reduced when compared to recent years. Fishing the marshes and shallow shorelines has just been plain challenging.

Redfish Gear

In an inconsistent year, being prepared and having the right gear in tip top condition can make all the difference.

With all of this change and challenge, every opportunity counts. The gear that we use, the lures that we fish and the way that we rig can help us capitalize on limited shots at fish.

Spinning Rods

Let’s start with the fishing rods. For spinning gear, my preference is a 6-7 foot medium to medium-light rod. The rod should have enough power, or backbone to battle the fish we target. Redfish, even the bigger ones, don’t make incredibly long runs, but they will try to get to the cover of shorelines and almost always try to go under the boat near the end of the fight. Be prepared with a rod that can help you prevent this.

Conversely, the rod tip still needs to be light enough to allow casting with 1/8 or even 1/16 ounce lures. Your reel should have a capacity of 150 yards of line, but don’t overdo this with a large, heavy reel. Lightweight is better. I have switched to braided line on all of my reels. For my spinning reels, I use 6 pound diameter that has a break strength of 20 pounds. The diameter of these lines helps with casting and the strength provides more than enough to battle the biggest marsh reds we see.

Baitcasting Rods

If you prefer bait-casters or casting rods, the set up is very similar. I prefer casting rods in the 6’6”-6’10” range. Again, they should have a very light tip section to allow you to cast well with lightweight lures, but maintain enough power lower in the rod to maneuver fish as they get near the boat. Reel capacity again, should be around 150 yards or a little more, but light weight is key as you will be holding and casting all day when fishing in shallow water. Again, use braided line, for abrasion resistance and durability. On my casting reels, I have found that 8 pound diameter, with a break strength of 30 pounds, seems to work very well. For a very experienced caster, the lighter line mentioned for spinning reels might work, but I have found that it will break more readily if you get a backlash. Don’t forget that you need to pick a reel with a very smooth drag system to handle the “burst” runs of bigger redfish.

 redfishfly 3 The Right Gear for Redfish

Fly Rods

If you prefer to fly fish, you should pick a medium-fast to fast action 8 weight rod with matching line. I almost exclusively use floating, weight forward fly lines designed for saltwater fishing. This can get a little technical on the Texas coast; we see more temperature change than most other redfish habitats. Generally speaking, the lines designed for tropical species are great in our summer temperatures, but will leave a lot to be desired in the cooler months. Most of the lines designed specifically for redfish work well as the coring material used is not as stiff and won’t cause excessive coils in the cooler seasons.

So, use weight forward saltwater or redfish taper lines matched to your rod. In other words, if you buy an 8 weight rod, use 8 weight line. Our leaders should be 10-16 pound tippet strength and of an abrasion resistant variety. Our redfish aren’t very “leader shy” like in some heavily pressured, clear water fisheries, so I tend to fish heavier leaders here, on the upper end of the range of what I mentioned. As for the fly reel, pick a reel designed for the weight line you are using. Most will have way more line/backing capacity than we will ever need fishing for redfish, but it will make for a great travel rod when you head to the tropics for longer running or more powerful fish.

The Things We Throw

Norton Bull Minnow in Roach

Norton Bull Minnow in Roach

When it comes to shallow water redfish lures, I keep the selection fairly simple. A small variety of spoons and soft plastics will work day in and day out for catching not only redfish, but trout and flounder as well. Because I’m primarily sight fishing, I rarely utilize a cork and prefer to fish soft plastics on a lightweight jig head.

Bass Assassin Lures 4" Sea Shad in Slammin' Chicken

Bass Assassin Lures 4″ Sea Shad in Slammin’ Chicken

Presentation is everything with this style of fishing. I rig with 1/4 ounce or less, typically 1/8, screw lock style heads, and utilize smaller swim tail or paddle tail designs in the 3-5” range.

For colors, I prefer the darker shades in most situations, especially in the marshes. Dark colors silhouette better in dirty water and have worked well for me for many years. Here’s my short list of colors; purple, dark blue, and “Texas Roach.” You may want to keep some light colors like white or bone on hand, but I’ve been very consistent with the darker shades. I especially like the blues and purples for the hint of crab coloration they provide.

Retrieves with soft plastics can be steady, as the tail vibration will help fish locate the lure. I often impart a bouncing or “jigging” action with the rod tip to help make the lure more visible in the water column.

Looking at spoons, I prefer to use weedless spoons in most situations, though in slightly deeper water, or when water is “off color,” I will use a sprite style or treble hook spoon. In very shallow water, under a foot, spoons don’t really require much added action on the retrieve. A steady and constant speed without added rod tip movement works very well.

The trick is to find the speed range for the spoon that you have tied on. You want to see that spoon wobbling or rocking from side to side, without turning full rotations. This retrieve gives the most vibration without causing line twist that can come back to bite you later in the day. You will find that this speed can be slowed to nearly a crawl, or sped up by adjusting the angle of the rod tip up or down. The key is to maintain the wobble.

When it comes to color choices for spoons, gold is my standard. I fish weedless gold, 1/4 ounce spoons more than any other, but occasionally need a 1/8 when fish are very shallow and spooky.

A Few Quick Tips On Maintaining Your Gear

All lures should be rinsed with clean fresh water. Rods can be rinsed as well. For your reels, I recommend that unless they get splashed or dunked in saltwater, they should only be wiped clean with a soft cloth dampened with clean fresh water. Excessive spraying of water can often force salt and dirt deeper into the reel which will cause problems later down the road. If you rinse down your fishing rods, take a moment to wipe them off after with a soft cloth to remove the water. Not all rod guides are designed to withstand saltwater, so the wipe down will help remove any remaining salt.

Good luck and tight lines! Don’t miss out on what the shallows have to offer this fall and winter.

Tips For Catching More Fish

October 31st, 2016

redflounderstring Tips For Catching More Fish

By Capt. Joe Kent

There is an old adage that 10% of the fishermen catch 90% of the fish. Well, while not statistically proven, the odds are that the old adage has a lot of merit.

If you are one of those anglers who comes away feeling like everyone around you is catching fish while you are left with an empty or sparse stringer, hopefully some of these tips will help you join that exclusive 10% group that takes 90% of the fish.

While actively guiding fishing trips, there were a number of things I observed that definitely handicapped my guests from catching many fish.

Most likely the biggest obstacle was in casting skills.  Other fishing guides agreed with me that if there was one big fault it was in the lack of being able to cast a bait to a target and at the same time avoid another big problem, backlashes.

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Good casting skills are imperative for fan casting or placing your bait precisely near structure or jetties.

Line Control

There are a number of other skills anglers need to address; however, accurate casting and controlling the line is at the top of the list.

Casting skills take practice and the time not to practice is when on a fishing trip with others.

Choosing a rod and reel you are comfortable using and is appropriate for where you are fishing is the first step.

Practice, practice and more practice is the key to developing your skills in the art of casting.

Once you have become comfortable with your choice of rod and reel and have developed control over where and how far you can cast, then attention can be given to a number of other problems that tend to plague those not bringing home stringers of game fish.


Hook live shrimp under the horn.

Bait & Tackle

While space does not allow an elaboration on each of the following, using the wrong bait for the occasion, hook size and hooking live bait, especially shrimp, are key issues.

For newcomers and those not seasoned at saltwater fishing, I always recommend using live bait, especially shrimp when fishing.

Hooking live shrimp involves practice and experience.  There is a small area under the horn on the shrimp’s head that is the appropriate spot to hook the bait.  Using too large a hook or hooking the shrimp anywhere else is going to kill the bait and render it in the same category as dead bait. Use a number 6 or 8 treble hook or a small live bait or kahle hook.

Once you have become comfortable with your casting skills and can hook live bait properly, then you are ready for the easier parts of this lesson.


A light southeast breeze is usually best on the upper coast.

Learn to Read the Water

Tide movement and water clarity are of utmost importance in triggering feeding among schools of fish.  Once you see those elements come together then you can start looking at the wind direction.

Along the Texas Gulf Coast, the southeast wind is called the fishermen’s breeze as it brings clear Gulf water into the bays and along the beachfront.  This is a big plus when choosing a time to go fishing.

The so called 10% group takes time to plan their trips and, based on the forecast, they know what the odds are for a productive excursion.

Hold Steady

Most of the seasoned anglers limit their fishing to given areas that they tend to get to know well and learn where the fish will be at a given time. Concentrating on a particular bay, the jetties or surf can do wonders for your confidence.

Patience is a major key to success.  Guides and other experienced fishermen choose a spot and will stay there knowing that the fish have appeared there regularly while often having to fight boredom themselves and the impatience of their guests.

There is no way anyone can expect to take home a big stringer of fish on each trip; however, following the steps mentioned above you should greatly enhance your chances of increasing your odds of catching fish when hitting the water.

Corsair Marine Pulse 600 Trimaran

October 31st, 2016

pulse600 Corsair Marine Pulse 600 Trimaran

Sailboats are either built for comfort or for speed. The new Corsair Marine Pulse 600 Trimaran falls in the latter category. Longtime friends and Galveston Bay sailors Martin Hamilton and Bob Webbon recently purchased a Pulse 600. These guys have been racing catamarans for years so we thought it would be a good idea to ask them what they thought of the boat.

What is your idea of the perfect sailboat?

Martin: In two words stable and fast. For the last decade, I have been sailing a Condor 40 trimaran and an A-Class catamaran. The catamaran provided the opportunity to compete around the country in a single handed fast boat. The trimaran allowed me to entertain on a quick boat with plenty of stability (set a beverage down and come back later and finish it).

Bob: The perfect boat? For what? For sailing? For cruising? For having friends onboard, etc. If it’s a perfect day sailing boat then it must have a groove. It should give back what you put in. It should have a feel that is pleasurable, it should take you away from the mundane of life. It should be exciting. There are plenty of great boats that do that.

What do you like most about this boat?

MH: The Pulse 600 is the new standard. It has the speed and excitement of an A-Cat and at the same time is stable enough for my wife and I to handle even in winds of 20+ knots. And the boat easily accommodates 4 adults. Perfect for a family outing.

BW: The Pulse 600 is light weight so it is lively, responsive but forgiving. It’s quick in a breeze and remains fast with four people on board. It’s just downright fun. Get a little boom box on board with a nice cold beverage, sheets cleated doing high teens, what more do you need for a great afternoon.

What is it that you most dislike about this boat?

MH: Probably the difficulty pinning the mast base onto the pedestal in order to raise mast. Once pinned the mast is easily raised

BW: Yes, it takes a bit more work, but it gives back so much more.

Both of you guys are obsessed with speed, why can’t you cruise along like the rest of us?

MH:  I understand the desire to cruise. It is always easy to ‘throttle back’ and enjoy a beverage and conversation. But, you can enjoy the beverage and conversation even at top speed.

BW: First of all I do have a cruising boat, but I’m just not obsessed with going slow. I can’t think of any other sport where slower is better. I think if more people knew they could set their beverage down on a boat without it spilling and they could actually sail much faster while doing that, they would figure it out.

If you could describe this boat in one word, what would it be?

MH: Friendly

BW: Perfect

These boats are pretty wide, are you having problems finding a slip?

MH: We actually keep the boat on a trailer. The boat can be launched and motored with the wings folded. Bob and I are storing the boat with the wings extended at the Houston Yacht Club and are set up to launch from the crane.

BW: Corsair Tris have been around for decades. Their folding systems are proven, so we can launch via crane, ramp or even wet sailed from a normal slip.

Are you guys still friends, now that you own a boat together?

MH: Bob and I actually owned a Tornado catamaran in the late 80s. We sold it after the Tornado Worlds. We continued spending a lot of time together sailboarding. Eventually in the early 2000s we both purchased A-Cats and have traveled the country together with our multi-boat trailer. Did I mention that it’s always been Bob’s idea?

BW: I’ve been partners on sailboats and power boats. It’s always been great. I think that realization is what’s driving a growing part of the boating industry right now. Look at all the new boat sharing programs and companies. We now even have a community sailing program in Galveston. It just makes sense. There’s just no reason to feel like ownership has to be expensive. Partnerships also bring folks closer together through their shared interests. We’re better friends because of the boats we’ve owned together.

You both grew up sailing on Galveston Bay, what is it about this place that you like most?

MH: It’s such a great sailing area. Lots of water and wind most of the time if you’re willing to wait for the shore breeze.

BW: Wind. Unlike a lot of other sailing venues we seem to have more wind. We also have great racing organizations on the bay.

Near Perfect Weather During the 30th Annual Harvest Moon Regatta

October 31st, 2016

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Harvest Moon racers could be seen off the Galveston beachfront. Photo by Kelly Groce.

harvestmoonlogo Near Perfect Weather During the 30th Annual Harvest Moon RegattaMore than 140 boats took off from Pleasure Pier in Galveston on a beautiful, clear Thursday afternoon and raced down the coast to Port Aransas to complete the 30th Annual Harvest Moon Regatta.® Saturday, Oct. 15 was a busy day as the sailors were treated to a barbecue dinner and awards banquet followed by the Welcome Sailors Rum Party.

Lakewood Yacht Club was well represented among the race winners. John Barnett seized the coveted Bacardi Cup; Ted Greak earned the Cameron Cannon; Charles Herpich won the Commodore/John Broderick Memorial, and Jim Demarest took home the PHRF Spin Overall. Other Lakewood members who achieved top finishes in their divisions include: First Place winners Kevin Tyrrell, Ash Walker, Uzi Ozeri, Bob Giles, and Randy Pike; Second Place winners Carl Drechsel, J.D. Hill, Jay Zittrer, Cran Frasier, Taylor Smith, Gerhard Wittich and Richard Fawcett; Third Place winners Al Goethe, J.D. Bednar, O.J. Young, and Fred Pounds, and Fourth Place winners Robert Crosby and Gregory Way. Visit for the full results.

This annual race is organized by Bay Access, a charitable organization supporting amateur racing. It is hosted by Lakewood Yacht Club, the City of Port Aransas and Port Aransas & Mustang Island. Aside from Harvest Moon Regatta title sponsor Bacardi U.S.A., other gracious sponsors of the 30th Annual Regatta included the City of Seabrook, all Bay Access annual race sponsors, Banks Sails, Windward Sea Ventures, Alliant Marine & Energy Insurance,, Mantus Anchors, The Yacht Sales Company, Edna Rice Executive Recruiters,, Optima Marine, Faron Daigle Realtor®, Superior Marine Services, True North Marine, Coast Guard Foundation, Little Yacht Sales, North Canvas and Upholstery, Davis Marine Electronics, Gulf Coast Mariner Magazine, Ocean Navigator, Eagle Maritime Services, Inc. Saved by Spot, The Insurance Navigators, Fishbones Safety Solutions and Energy Services, Triumphus, Laguna Harbor, Oj’s Marine and several others.

“As usual, we could not continue to host this hugely successful event without the support of these enthusiastic sponsors, and this year’s no different,” says Harvest Moon Regatta® Chairman Rex Bettis. “Our sponsors make this an exciting first-class event for our racers, spectators and guests.”

Congratulatulations to all the race winners and thanks go out to the numerous volunteers who helped make this a great event.

If you have questions about the race or have an interest in sponsoring next year’s regatta, visit

Galveston Bay Fishing 2016

October 31st, 2016

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Doug Cadwell with a Texas two-fer of redfish and speckled trout.

Recap of 2016 and a Look Ahead

By Capt. David C Dillman | Spec-tacular Trout Adventures409-632-0924

It has been said that the older you get, the faster time goes by. It seems like only yesterday I was penning my first article for 2016 and now I am writing the last one for the year. But 2016, for sure, is a year to remember.

Winter started off typically here on Galveston Bay. In between fronts, the fishing held consistent. The upper reaches of the bay, Scott, Burnett, Crystal and West Galveston Bay lived up to their reputation as winter hot spots. In March, and the first two weeks of April, fishing really turned on in the Texas City/ Eagle Point area for speckled trout. Great catches were coming from both locations. This sure did set the stage for Galveston Bay to have an epic year of fishing.

In mid-April of this year, an upper level low stalled over the Rocky Mountains. During the overnight hours of April 16-17 and into the morning of the 18, Houston received over 17 inches of rain, the most since Tropical Storm Allison in 2001. The resulting runoff from this event flooded Trinity and Galveston Bay. This fresh water pushed the fish into lower Galveston and East Bay.

East Galveston Bay remained the best location until about the last week of May. The fish began to move back up north, following the flow of saltwater back into our bay system. Everything seemed to be getting back to normal until June 3, when the Houston area received even more rain! Another runoff event ensued, turning our bay fresh and off-colored. This time though, while some fish retreated back to East Galveston Bay and further south, lots of fish stayed in the area. They sought deeper water along the spoils and gas wells.

As we moved into June and August, the area along the ship channel spoils and gas wells, known as the A-lease wells, saw very good numbers of speckled trout and redfish. Limited supply of live bait was a problem for area fishermen during the first few weeks of summer, another adverse effect from the June flood. But by the third week of July, Galveston Bay and the fishery was back to normal. Towards the end of August, we started seeing fish make a move back into Trinity Bay and farther up the channel, a normal movement that happens every year.

September is a month of transition where schools of speckled trout are harder to locate. This certainly was the case this year. Scattered catches of redfish and speckled trout were the norm. By the end of September and the first week of October, as I type this article, fishing for trout has seen an upswing. But the problem we are experiencing is the size of the trout. Numerous undersized fish are being caught, compared to keepers. I believe this is due to the higher than normal water temperature and tide.

I am optimistic that November and December fishing will get us back on track for numbers and size of trout. We are finally experiencing some cooler weather with the passing of a couple fronts. Although a true cold front has not passed, water temperatures have cooled a little. The first cold front should help drop the tides and flush the bait out of the marsh and inlets of our bay system. This should help fishing tremendously.

Eagle Point Fishing Camp will maintain a good supply of live bait through the year. Remember to be courteous to others on the water. Happy Thanksgiving, Christmas and Holidays to all!                                          

Teach Your Youngsters to Fish

October 31st, 2016

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Five-year-old Brett Holden ll with a Costa Rica ‘toadfish’ on board his father’s 52′ Viking, the Booby Trap.

By Capt. Brett Holden | Booby Trap Fishing Team

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It’s not all fun and games. Brett Holden II earns his way as part of the crew by learning good boat maintenance and cleaning.

Start them young, teach them right. Never force your youngsters to fish and keep it entertaining. Give them fast action and fun but don’t push them to the extreme if they are bored. Forcing the kids to fish at young ages can push them away from the sport. Let it come naturally; make it so they ask to go fishing. I would actually leave my boy at the dock or home until he begged me to go. It really ate at me too, but I did that on purpose. At first, he was okay staying home but now he eats it up every chance he gets. It is still very hard to say no to the long trips, because he can’t be missing school.

I teased him into loving fishing and hunting, rather than forcing him into it. Less video games and more fishing, spooling reels, driving the boat and cleaning with the crew. He is earning his way as part of the team.

Dave Canterbury’s Wild Guide

October 31st, 2016

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The Bushcraft Field Guide to Trapping, Gathering, and Cooking in the Wild is an invaluable resource for the seasoned outdoorsman and weekend warrior alike.

By Brandon Rowan

Many of us, especially in the hunting and fishing crowd, fancy ourselves champions of the wild. But how well would you really fare without the camper, the endless gear and a cooler food of full?

Dave Canterbury, an army veteran and survival instructor, has penned an excellent guide on all things outdoor. The first chapter begins with the basics; deciding what to bring, what to wear and the necessary tools and items for your excursion. This is a key discussion for those new to the game or the trekker who carries it all on his or her back.

Food is an important part of existing in the wild and Canterbury does not slouch on this subject. He lists which foods are best to bring, and those that require minimal processing or refrigeration. The guide is also liberally peppered with recipes for camp favorites, like chicken and dumplings, trail mix, corn fry bread and raspberry cobbler.

After the first few chapters, the techniques and subjects covered focus more on survival and self reliance. Fire, that basic and most essential element, is covered in extreme detail, with various methods of achieving it explained. Canterbury does an good job of providing several techniques for the same end goal. For example, the guide has multiple solutions for clean water filters, accompanied by helpful illustrations.

The book is actually full of handy illustrations. These include visuals for camp tools and utensils, deadfall and ground traps, bird traps, snares, nets and other traps for fish, turtles and frogs. Even the subject of which gun to use, if you are that lucky in the wild, is covered.

Catching dinner is one thing but preparing and preserving it presents another challenge. No worries there, as Canterbury provides this information for most game and fish you might encounter. In fact, he even includes exotic recipes for game, like squirrel and potatoes, dutch oven raccoon roast and opossum cracklings. There is even a chapter on cooking with your vehicle’s engine in case of emergency.

One of the best parts of the book is the color picture section of edible wild plants and their toxic look-alikes. Many plants and herbs found outdoors can alleviate common ailments like headaches, cuts, bites and stomach distress. Canterbury reveals which of these herbs can ease distress.

The Bushcraft Field Guide to Trapping Gathering and Cooking in the Wild is a must-own for the outdoorsman and makes a great gift for the wild one in your life. In Canterbury’s words, “This book will be useful to anyone who recreates outdoors whether it be for a day hike, a trail hike, a weekend camp, or a longer-term hunting trek.”

Keep this one in your camp pack or better yet, memorize it by heart.

Dave Canterbury is a New York Times Bestseller and the co-owner and supervising instructor at the Pathfinder School in southeast Ohio. He is an army veteran and currently a self-employed hunting guide and survival instructor. His book can be purchased here.

Simple Galley Recipes Using Canned Goods

October 31st, 2016

By Betha Merit

Sometimes simple is best. Due to time constraints, lack of fresh ingredients, or a desire to finish that compelling novel, you find yourself hungry and inspired to whip up an easy meal. Pat yourself on the back that your galley is stocked with canned goods, and that you have a few recipes up your sleeve that require minimal time to prep. The following recipes are enhanced with just a few fresh ingredients.

pasta recipe Simple Galley Recipes Using Canned Goods

Lemony Caper Tuna Pasta

  • 1 large can tuna, drained
  • 1 teaspoon dried minced garlic
  • grated zest of 1 medium lemon
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons capers, drained
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped (or 2 Tablespoons dried)
  • freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 8 oz. dried pasta of your choice

In a pasta serving bowl, break tuna into bite-size pieces. Add garlic, lemon zest, lemon juice, olive oil, salt, pepper, and capers and stir gently to combine. Set aside to warm to room temperature.

Cook pasta in large pot of boiling salted water until al dente. Drain pasta well and immediately add to sauce in bowl. Sprinkle with parsley and toss. Serve at once with Parmesan cheese and pass the pepper mill.

chicken rice recipe Simple Galley Recipes Using Canned Goods

One Pan Chicken Rice & Veggies

  • 2 cups cooked rice (microwave rice is easy option)
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup frozen vegetables, leftover veggies, or drained canned vegetables
  • 1 large can chicken, drained
  • 2 Tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons water
  • Spices: 1 Tablespoon thyme, 1 teaspoon dried minced garlic, 1/2 teaspoon pepper

In skillet pan, sauté veggies in olive oil and spices until crisp tender. Add soy sauce and water. Stir in rice until blended. Stir in chicken; heat through. Let stand about 2 minutes.

Christmas Boat Parade to kick off Yule season on Dec. 10

October 31st, 2016

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55th Annual League City Christmas Boat Lane Parade on Clear Lake presented by the City of Kemah

For the last 55 years the official beginning of the holiday season for the Bay Area has been the annual Christmas Boat Lane Parade on Clear Lake.  This year the parade sets sail at 6 p.m. on Dec. 10 from South Shore Harbour Marina in League City and the Nassau Bay Lagoon.

This parade was started by five gentlemen who decided to decorate their boats and parade around Clear Lake. It was cold, foggy and rainy as they pulled out of the marina to begin, and they had a hard time seeing in front of them.  The people at Jimmie Walker’s Restaurant (now Landry’s), had heard about the parade, so they kept looking for the boats through the fogged up windows. Finally they appeared.  Five decorated boats bravely paraded in the wind and rain down the channel and when the captains saw the people in Jimmie Walker’s loving it, Capt. Jack Campbell announced that this is our inaugural Christmas boat parade — and it’s been a tradition ever since.

The parade has grown tremendously, attracting thousands of people to witness the brilliant display of boat lights that can be seen by viewers on land, and by the hundreds of boats anchored throughout the lake.  The restaurants along the shores and at the Kemah Boardwalk do a booming business while homeowners and apartment dwellers on the lake plan annual parties.

Some of the boaters have participated for over 25 years and their decorations become more creative and elaborate each year. Plans begin well in advance and are kept secret right up to parade night. Floating entries of all sizes include rowboats, sailboats and power boats. The boats have music, passengers in costume and all types of moving parts.

Outstanding past entries include an airplane with a turning propeller, a hot air balloon, a brigade of toy soldiers, a moving train, a space shuttle “blasting” through the channel, a 40 foot tall Christmas tree with lights synchronized to Christmas music and a 42 foot flying dove with wings that moved up and down.

Following the tragedy of 9/11, a boater built the New York skyline out of lights with a fireman on one of the World Trade Center buildings. It was touching and heart wrenching to say the least. Just imagine 100 boats with thousands of lights reflecting off the water, the boat crews wishing onlookers a joyful holiday; it’s an unforgettable experience that captures the true meaning of the Christmas spirit.

The Texas Navy’s Sam Houston Squadron out of Lakewood Yacht Club with honorary Parade Marshall Admiral R.B. “Bob” Taylor and 2017 Parade Marshall Kemah’s very own Miss Texas USA Nancy Gonzalez will lead the parade and reach the Kemah Boardwalk around 7 p.m.  The boaters will follow past the spectators at the South Shore Harbour Marina, the Nassau Bay Lagoon and down the channel to Seabrook and the Kemah Boardwalk.

Visitors are encouraged to spend the weekend in our sponsoring city’s hotels League City, Kemah and Nassau Bay.  Go to for information.

The following morning local businesses sponsor individual prizes at the Awards Brunch inside South Shore Harbour Resort.  The grand finale of the morning is the presentation of the Mayor’s awards and the top five trophies presented in honor of the parade’s founders.

The Clear Lake Area Chamber parade committee produces the event every year.  For information and entry forms go to or call 281-488-7676.

Boat Preview: The All New Hell’s Bay Boatworks “Estero”

October 20th, 2016

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The all new “Estero” from Hell’s Bay Boatworks. Photos by Kelly Groce

The first Hell’s Bay boat designed around inshore and near-shore fishing, the Estero™, combines the classic features of a Hell’s Bay skiff with the capability to handle the big waters of the coast. Designed for performance and fishability, this Bay Boat offers a smooth dry ride, a silent hull, plenty of storage, and all the elements the Hell’s Bay skiffs feature. At a full 24 feet, 10 inches in length with a 8′ 6″ beam this boat can handle up to a 400 hp engine. While stable and fast, the Estero™ only draws 13″-15″ inches of water on the flats. After two years of development, Hell’s Bay Boatworks has produced a top of the line Bay Boat that any hardcore fishermen or weekend angler would love.

Standard Specifications

  • DSC 0172 Boat Preview: The All New Hells Bay Boatworks EsteroWeight – 3100 lbs.
  • Draft – 13″ with engine & fuel
  • Length – 24′ 10″
  • Beam – 8′ 6″”
  • Recommended Power – 300hp Standard (400 hp Max) – Single Engine


    • Stainless steel prop
    • 80 gallon aluminum baffled gas tank
    • 200 hp – 400 hp motor (Single)
    • Jackplate

dsc_0179Steering & Handling

    • Hydraulic steering

Quality Finish & Construction

    • Vinyl ester resin 100%
    • Vacuum-bagged Core Cell™ construction throughout entire structure
    • Heavy duty rub rail
    • Spray rails incorporated in hull

dsc_0181Fishing Features

    • Lean post w/ tackle station – 105 Yeti cooler on slide – 4 rod holders – 2 cup holders
    • 4 In-gunnel rod holders
    • Silent hull design

Livewells & Pumps

    • 130 gallon in-floor fishbox w/ macerator pump

dsc_0171Cockpit & Storage

    • Quiet & dry hatches with rubber gaskets
    • Gas Shocks
    • Conventional & fly rod storage in front hatches
    • Anchor locker – front deck

Saftey & Convenience

    • Cockpit lights
    • dsc_0178Custom aluminum dual axle trailer w/brakes, spare tire, LED lights
    • Rear seat cusions w/ integrated backrest
    • Locker lights
    • (6) Flush mount cleats


  • Running lights/Livorsi LED
  • Optima ultra high performance battery
  • Battery management system

Don’t Miss the 7th Annual J/Fest Southwest Regatta Skippers’ Meeting

October 20th, 2016

unnamed2 1 Dont Miss the 7th Annual J/Fest Southwest Regatta Skippers MeetingThe 7th Annual J/Fest Southwest Regatta Skipper’s Meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m., Friday, October 28 in the Lakewood Yacht Club Ballroom.

“All racers are encouraged to attend,” says 2016 J/Fest Southwest Regatta Chairman Dave Christensen. “You will receive important information and updates about the race and its surrounding activities from an informative agenda of speakers.”

J/Fest Southwest, hosted by Lakewood Yacht Club, will take place in Galveston Bay October 29-30. Entries in this year’s race include J-boats ranging from 22′ to 40′ in length.

Saturday evening, the L.C. Roots band will provide live entertainment and a traditional “Frogmore Stew” shrimp and sausage boil and drink specials will be available on the Lakewood Yacht Club grounds.

The awards ceremony will be held Sunday, October 30 in the Lakewood Ballroom.

Questions about the Skippers’ Meeting or the J/Fest Southwest Regatta should be directed to Dave Christensen at For information about the event or event accommodations, visit

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About Lakewood Yacht Club

Rated among the top 10 yacht clubs in the United States, Lakewood Yacht Club (LYC) is one of the best-kept secrets on Clear Lake as well as the Greater Houston and Galveston communities. LYC is a private, member-owned club with great amenities to enjoy with friends and family. Located on 38 beautifully landscaped acres in the NE corner of Clear Lake, it’s an exceptional environment for social and water activities.

30th Annual Lakewood Yacht Club Harvest Moon Regatta Results

October 17th, 2016

Withdrew Prior to Start (top)
Series Standing – 1 race scored

Division: (5 boats) Pos,Sail, Boat, Skipper, Yacht Club, Results, Total Points
1. 1145, Nachtwacht, Thomas Caskey, Lakewood yacht club, 1- ; 1
2. 110, Restless, Robin Rice, WYC, 2- ; 2
3. 183, T-REX, fred soward, none, 3- ; 3
4. 39, Lady Daphne, Douglas Ottens, HYC, 4- ; 4
5. 436, Free Spirit, Jeff Hirsch, GBCA, 5- ; 5

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Photo by Ashleigh Davis

Multihull (top)

Series Standing – 1 race scored

Division: A (6 boats) Pos,Sail, Boat, Skipper, Yacht Club, Results, Total Points
1. 009, Nelda Ray, Peter Pattullo[A], Longview Yacht Club, 5- ; 5
2. 273, Condor, Chris Croninger[A], LCYC, 8- ; 8
3. 51231, Trilobyte, Russ Myers[A], Port Arthur Yacht Club, 9- ; 9
4. 129, Gimme Samoa, John Williams[A], RYC, 11- ; 11
5. 276, Abandoned Assets, Bo Kersey[A], Austin Yacht Club, 13- ; 13
6. 215, Tribology, Doug Casey[A], Austin Yacht Club, 14- ; 14

Division: B (5 boats) Pos,Sail, Boat, Skipper, Yacht Club, Results, Total Points
1. 64, Flight Simulator, Tom Reese[B], Youngstown Yacht Club, 1- ; 1
2. 40133, Linda O, John King[B], TOMA, 3- ; 3
3. 30, Tritium, Steve Frick[B], Austin Yacht Club, 7- ; 7
4. A32, Josephine, William Pack[B], Island Moorings, 10- ; 10
5. 8, Pachuco, William Loving[B], None, 16- ; 16

Division: C (9 boats) Pos,Sail, Boat, Skipper, Yacht Club, Results, Total Points
1. 002, Chaton Noir, John Scherer[C], Waterford YC, 2- ; 2
2. A394, Brie, Chris Block[C], Austin Yacht Club, 4- ; 4
3. 5855, JEDICCO, Fred Pounds[C], LYC, 6- ; 6
4. 853, Vivace, Scott Weaver[C], Scott Weaver, 12- ; 12
5. 22, CatNap, Richard Wheeler[C], HYC, 15- ; 15
6. A270, Double Vision, Brad Kaylor[C], no, 17- ; 17
7. 44, Folie A Deux, Gary Vaughan[C], Waterford Yacht Club, 18- ; 18
8. A45, Nauti-Cat, Richard Griffin[C], None, 19- ; 19
9. 563, Ellie Jane, Joel Turner[C], Watergate, 21/DNF- ; 21

Cruising Poleless Spinnaker (top)
Series Standing – 1 race scored

Division: A (6 boats) Pos,Sail, Boat, Skipper, Yacht Club, Results, Total Points
1. 415, Bev ‘n Jo, Charles Herpich[A], Lakewood, 1- ; 1
2. 158, Force Majeure, John Lehman[A], none, 3- ; 3
3. 83, Karma, Alan Moore[A], GBCA, 4- ; 4
4. 40860, Tomfoolery II, Tom Meeh[A], gbca, 7- ; 7
5. 27, Soy Un Gatito JPB, Bob Brindley[A], Bowling Green State University Sailing Team, 8- ; 8
6. 46, Makan Angin, Jill Hughes[A], LYC, 10- ; 10

Division: B (9 boats) Pos,Sail, Boat, Skipper, Yacht Club, Results, Total Points
1. 60184, Moondance, Randy Pike[B], LYC, 2- ; 2
2. 111, Fiddler, Taylor Smith[B], Lakewood, 5- ; 5
3. 319, Back on Tack, Craig Yakel[B], TMCA, 6- ; 6
4. 1326, le Fay, Erik Jansson[B], none, 9- ; 9
5. 99, Orion, David Popken[B], None, 11- ; 11
6. 270, Quiet Flight, Andy LeRoy[B], Waterford YC, 12- ; 12
7. 121, Topaz, Tom Frankum[B], Lakewood Yacht Club, 13- ; 13
8. A28, Rodeless Traveler, Paul Britton[B], Sail Ventures USA, 14- ; 14
9. h31, Sunshine, Michael Sylvers[B], Watergate, 15- ; 15

Cruising Non-Spin (top)
Series Standing – 1 race scored

Division: M (5 boats) Pos,Sail, Boat, Skipper, Yacht Club, Results, Total Points
1. 455, EDELWEISS, Ted Greak[M], LYC, 1- ; 1
2. 380, Resolute, chris parrish[M], TMCA, 6- ; 6
3. 91699, Docket, Eric Lipper[M], Seabrook, 10- ; 10
4. 168, Osprey, Walter Barnett[M], GBCA, 11- ; 11
5. 102, Escapade, Lonny Doss[M], Lake Charles Yacht Club, 13- ; 13

Division: N (4 boats) Pos,Sail, Boat, Skipper, Yacht Club, Results, Total Points
1. 60187, Sea Nymph, Joan van Ravenswaay[N], Houston Yacht Club, 2- ; 2
2. 42, Paradise, Andrew Bahr[N], Lake worth Sailing Club, 3- ; 3
3. 174, No Le Hace, Aaron Gladish[N], None, 7- ; 7
4. 50, Attitude of Gratitude, Larry Lawyer[N], Lakewood, 14- ; 14

Division: O (5 boats) Pos,Sail, Boat, Skipper, Yacht Club, Results, Total Points
1. 14641, Bianca, Marc Bruderer[O], none, 4- ; 4
2. 110, Renegade, Bill Hoffman[O], TMCA, 5- ; 5
3. 101, Athena, John Swanson[O], GBCA, 8- ; 8
4. H41, Surface Interval, Craig Gaines[O], Portofino Harbour, 9- ; 9
5. A31, Nora Marie, Stephen Caughron[O], Harborwalk, 12- ; 12

Cruising Non-Spin Classic Canvas (top)
Series Standing – 1 race scored

Division: E (5 boats) Pos,Sail, Boat, Skipper, Yacht Club, Results, Total Points
1. 35, Tropical Impulse, Kevin Tyrrell[E], LYC, 2- ; 2
2. 31456, Ibis, Thomas Goldsbury[E], GBCA, 5- ; 5
3. 306, Josephine, Joe Powers[E], HYC, 28- ; 28
4. 53, Barefoot Shoes, James Coe[E], TMCA, 29- ; 29
5. 1, Nauti Girl, Shannon Hicks[E], Watergate, 38- ; 38

Division: F (8 boats) Pos,Sail, Boat, Skipper, Yacht Club, Results, Total Points
1. 21335, Firewater, Walter Horton[F], GBCA, 3- ; 3
2. 41749, SSTV Gremlin, Rob Freas[F], Sea Scouts, BSA / LYC, 4- ; 4
3. 466, Relentless, Lucy Newman[F], South Coast Sailing Club, 11- ; 11
4. 655, Royal Crescent, Robert Crosby[F], LYC, 13- ; 13
5. 53, Astarte, Cheryl Morvillo[F], TASS, 14- ; 14
6. 760, Island Time, Jimmy Jones[F], PHYC, TMCA, 21- ; 21
7. 16, Rapide, Don Pearson[F], Waterford Harbor, 26- ; 26
8. 044, Wine Knot, Robert Best[F], LYC, 37- ; 37

Division: G (4 boats) Pos,Sail, Boat, Skipper, Yacht Club, Results, Total Points
1. M45, Tropic Breeze, John E. Jones[G], Blue Dolphin, 1- ; 1
2. 432, Knot Guilty, Robert Scardino[G], Waterford Yacht Club, 12- ; 12
3. 777A, Mary Jane, Mike Wilkinson[G], LYC, 30- ; 30
4. A40, Carioca, Evan Macaluso[G], Sail Ventures USA, 31- ; 31

Division: H+B%26R (6 boats) Pos,Sail, Boat, Skipper, Yacht Club, Results, Total Points
1. 45, DagEli, Dag Calafell II[H B&R], Waterford YC, 6- ; 6
2. 19A, The Gail Mary, Daniel Knierien[H B&R], Optima Marine, 9- ; 9
3. 3600, Moonlight Serenade, Charles Sharp[H B&R], None, 15- ; 15
4. 38109, Wandering Star, Thomas Sherrill Jr[H B&R], GBCA, TMCA, PHYC, 24- ; 24
5. 427, Ketchup, mike baker[H B&R], watergate, 27- ; 27
6. 162, Tara Shell, David Cathcart[H B&R], WYH, 34- ; 34

Division: I (5 boats) Pos,Sail, Boat, Skipper, Yacht Club, Results, Total Points
1. A36, Shell Seaker, David Glascock[I], HYC, TMCA, GBCA, 8- ; 8
2. 133, Stellar of Course, Ronald Eddleman[I], GBCA, TMCA, 17- ; 17
3. 52846, Susanne B, D Slack[I], Houston Yacht Club, 19- ; 19
4. 165, Mischief, Nancy Welch[I], TMCA, TASS, GBCA, 25- ; 25
5. 243, Two J Birds, R Michael Glass[I], None, 36- ; 36

Division: J (5 boats) Pos,Sail, Boat, Skipper, Yacht Club, Results, Total Points
1. 125, Point of Beginning, Doug Catenaci[J], Waterford Yacht Club, 16- ; 16
2. 828, Sanctuary, Mike Tyson II[J], HYC, 20- ; 20
3. 3371, Sea Gypsy, Bill Jenko[J], GBCA/TMCA, 22- ; 22
4. 55, Gemini, James Hammond[J], United States Power Squadrons, 32- ; 32
5. 208A, Lady Melinda, Terry Hollar[J], South Shore, 33- ; 33

Division: L (5 boats) Pos,Sail, Boat, Skipper, Yacht Club, Results, Total Points
1. 1945, Gypsy Soul, William King[L], Island Moorings, 7- ; 7
2. 376, Moonlighter, Travis Smith[L], Brazosport Yacht Club, 10- ; 10
3. 472, Breezing Up, William Howze[L], Nonsuch, 18- ; 18
4. 84, Dram Buoy, Peter Larabee[L], Waterford Yacht Club, 23- ; 23
5. 37, Blanca Luna, Mark Zimmerman[L], None, 35- ; 35

Cruising Non-Spin Cutter (top)
Series Standing – 1 race scored

Division: D (7 boats) Pos,Sail, Boat, Skipper, Yacht Club, Results, Total Points
1. 24, Cimboco, Phil Pierce[D], None, 1- ; 1
2. 86, Company, Dave Miller[D], SYC, 2- ; 2
3. 41, Homers’ Odyssey, Jason Anderson[D], None, 3- ; 3
4. 302, windship, GARY WATKINS[D], none, 4- ; 4
5. A44, No Wahalla, John Bartges[D], Waterford, 5- ; 5
6. A34, Stardust, E Wayne Alderman[D], GBCA Watergate, 6- ; 6
7. 045, Texas Gypsea, Arthur Boos[D], GBCA, 8/DNF- ; 8

Cruising Non-Spin Ketch (top)
Series Standing – 1 race scored

Division: K (5 boats) Pos,Sail, Boat, Skipper, Yacht Club, Results, Total Points
1. 17, Patriot, Carl Drechsel[K], LYC, 1- ; 1
2. 1068, Liberty, David Gohlke[K], none, 2- ; 2
3. 144, Morning Star, John Gross[K], HYC, 3- ; 3
4. Y50, Mermaid III, William Young[K], Seabrook Shipyard, 4- ; 4
5. 2, Salsa 2, Loren Cadenhead[K], Galveston Community Sailing, 5- ; 5

Cruising PHRF Non-Spin (top)
Series Standing – 1 race scored

Division: A (4 boats) Pos,Sail, Boat, Skipper, Yacht Club, Results, Total Points
1. 334, Cache’, Robert Giles[A], LYC, 2- ; 2
2. 32, Moonlight Shadow, Richard Fawcett[A], LYC, 5- ; 5
3. 51338, Musica, Kylie Schischka[A], B Sailing, 8- ; 8
4. A46, Estuary One, Elliott Bouillion[A], none, 9- ; 9

Division: B (5 boats) Pos,Sail, Boat, Skipper, Yacht Club, Results, Total Points
1. 17, GOOD NEWS, Ashley Walker[B], LYC, 1- ; 1
2. 001, Other Woman, Brantly Minor[B], GBCA, 3- ; 3
3. US 1237, felicity, gerald lawrie[B], TCYC, 4- ; 4
4. 1152, SEUTE DEERN, Hans Knickrehm[B], LYC, 6- ; 6
5. 312, Esperanza II, PAUL MAGNINI[B], BYC, 7- ; 7

PHRF Spin (top)
Series Standing – 1 race scored

Division: A (6 boats) Pos,Sail, Boat, Skipper, Yacht Club, Results, Total Points
1. A122, Easy Does It, Uzi Ozeri[A], LYC, 3- ; 3
2. 45, Figaro, Gerhard Wittich[A], LYC, 4- ; 4
3. 77932, LickitySplit, Corey Harding[A], BYC, 5- ; 5
4. 007, Parrot Tales, Larry Blankenhagen[A], Lakewood Yacht Club, 6- ; 6
5. 202, Concussion, Jason Seibert[A], R2AK, GBCA, 9- ; 9
6. 7288, Encore, Sawnie McEntire[A], Watergate Marina, 12/DNF- ; 12

Division: B (5 boats) Pos,Sail, Boat, Skipper, Yacht Club, Results, Total Points
1. 52, Sodalis, Jim Demarest[B], LYC, 1- ; 1
2. 11899, BANJO GIRL, jay zittrer[B], Lakewood Yacht Club, 2- ; 2
3. 40645, Texas Ranger II, Chuck Wielchowsky[B], HYC / GBCA, 7- ; 7
4. 42570, Phoenix, David Atkinson[B], HYC/GBCA, 8- ; 8
5. 584, Big D, Jim Foster[B], GBCA, 12/DNF- ; 12

ORC Club Spinnaker Bacardi Fleet (top)
Series Standing – 1 race scored

Division: A (8 boats) Pos,Sail, Boat, Skipper, Yacht Club, Results, Total Points
1. 12039, AEOLUS, James Liston[A], Houston YC, GBCA, 2- ; 2
2. 51709, Hamburg II, Albrecht Goethe[A], LYC, 4- ; 4
3. USA74, Second Star, J.D. Hill[A], LYC, 6- ; 6
4. 75, Gold Rush, Gregory Way[A], LYC, 13- ; 13
5. 35008, Deja Vu, Jeff Kitterman[A], GBCA, 15- ; 15
6. 45, Harm’s Way, Andy Wescoat[A], GBCA, 17- ; 17
7. 46864, Joyride, Greg A Casamayor[A], GBCA, 18- ; 18
8. 32111, Passion, Steve Hastings[A], CCYC, 19- ; 19

Division: B (7 boats) Pos,Sail, Boat, Skipper, Yacht Club, Results, Total Points
1. 624, Vici, John Barnett[B], Lakewood YC, 1- ; 1
2. 23, Veloce, Josh Richline[B], Corpus Christi Yacht Club, 3- ; 3
3. 296, Stinger, J B Bednar[B], LYC/GBCA, 5- ; 5
4. 430, Kinderspel2, John Bell[B], CCYC, 7- ; 7
5. 93270, Señor Moment, Jeffrey Progelhof[B], RCYC/HYC, 10- ; 10
6. 158, Stampede, Mark Gardner[B], grand lake sailing club, 20- ; 20
7. 46, Barbarella, Jim Blakewell[B], Oklahoma City Boat Club, 21- ; 21

Division: C (6 boats) Pos,Sail, Boat, Skipper, Yacht Club, Results, Total Points
1. 398, Flyer, Ben Miller[C], GBAC, 8- ; 8
2. 40306, WHISTLER II, John Fraser[C], Lakewood Yacht Club, 9- ; 9
3. 135, Happy Ending, O.J. Young[C], LYC, 11- ; 11
4. 10312, Danelaw, Roy Olsen[C], GBCA, 12- ; 12
5. 53, SolAire, Chris Haas[C], GBCA, 14- ; 14
6. 307, Good Leif, Hedda Kukla[C], BDYC, 16- ; 16

– Scoring System is RRS Low Point 2013-2016
– Finishes in [brackets] denote throwouts

Information is provisional and subject to modification

Galveston Offshore Fishing with Bad Intentions Charters

October 17th, 2016

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Bad Intentions returns home to Galveston after a tournament winning charter.

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Now Offering Galveston Offshore Fishing Charters

Galveston offshore fishing at its finest! Bad Intentions, a tournament winning 64’ Viking sportfishing yacht, is now available for big game fishing charters out of Galveston, TX. A group of six anglers can expect high action fishing for blue marlin, sailfish, dorado, wahoo and tuna. Bad Intentions is fully outfitted with the best, tournament level fishing setups, trolling lures and teasers.


Tuna over 100 pounds are no stranger to the cockpit of Bad Intentions.


This serious fishing machine boasts a refined, comfortable interior as well.

Bad Intentions is a 64′ Viking with enclosed flybridge, water and ice makers, plenty of cockpit seating and fish storage. Fish one or more nights in comfort with AC, beds, showers, bathrooms and a fully stocked galley.

Bad Intentions Charters is a smart choice for birthday or bachelor parties, corporate retreats or for a group of die hard fisherman looking for the best Galveston offshore experience available. Charters are available year-round but ask about which times of year are best for your target species. Get in the fighting chair and catch your fish of a lifetime!

For pricing and information, call now at 409-737-9578 or 505-577-0385 or email

2016 Laser Gulf Coast Championship Results

October 16th, 2016

Laser 4.7 (7 boats) (top)
Series Standing – 8 races scored

Pos,Sail, Skipper, Division, Yacht Club, Results, Total Points
1. 205399, LUCIJA RUZEVIC, [Junior][F], DCYC/P1, [3]-2-3-1-3-1-2-2- ; 14
2. 186510, MICHAEL MORSE, [Junior], Lakewood Yacht Club, 1-1-2-[6]-6-2-1-4- ; 17
3. 20410, Matthew Morrell, [Junior], Lakewood Yacht Club, [6]-3-1-4-2-4-3-5- ; 22
4. 169816, Ethan Froelich, [Junior], Austin Yacht Club, 2-4-5-[7]-4-3-5-1- ; 24
5. 206098, Jacob Granberry, [Junior], CCYC, 5-5-4-5-1-[8/OCS]-6-3- ; 29
6. 165422, AnaClare Sole, [Junior][F], Texas Corinthian Yacht Club, 4-6-[7]-3-5-5-4-6- ; 33
7. 1, Sara Boyd, [Junior][F], Fairhope Yacht Club, [7]-7-6-2-7-6-7-7- ; 42


Laser Radial (27 boats) (top)
Series Standing – 8 races scored

Pos,Sail, Skipper, Division, Yacht Club, Results, Total Points
1. 207144, Chase Carraway, [Junior], Lauderdale Yacht Club/ CYC-NC, [7]-1-3-1-3-2-1-1- ; 12
2. 210460, Gage Wilson, [Open], LYC, 1-2-1-3-1-7-2-[28/DSQ]- ; 17
3. 196848, Charlotte Rose, [Junior][F], Houston Yacht Club/ GCYSA, 2-3-2-2-2-6-3-[9]- ; 20
4. 204109, Ricky Welch, [Junior], Long Beach Yacht Club, 3-4-5-4-6-5-5-[10]- ; 32
5. 208059, Caden Scheiblauer, [Junior], Santa Barbara YC | SBYSF | GCYSA, 6-7-6-[28/OCS]-4-13-6-5- ; 47
6. 197044, Carly Broussard, [Open][F], LYC, 9-[16]-4-10-5-4-4-13- ; 49
7. 204438, Marc Andrew Robin, [Junior], RStLYC, [19]-5-9-9-11-11-13-6- ; 64
8. 201251, Conrad Vandlik, [Open], MYC, 5-[19]-8-8-9-8-11-16- ; 65
9. 203630, Sophia Sole, [Open][F], Texas Corinthian Yacht Club, 14-12-10-7-10-1-[16]-14- ; 68
10. 206615, Brandon Cassard, [Junior], GCYSA, 13-15-[19]-6-16-9-10-3- ; 72
11. 204111, Alexander Hankins, [Junior], GCYSA /LYC, 10-10-7-13-7-19-7-[21]- ; 73
12. AHO 205411, Tijn van der Gulik, [Junior], YSCO – Asiento, [17]-6-11-5-8-16-17-12- ; 75
13. 191997, Luke welker, [Open], Lauderdale YC, 4-14-15-14-14-[17]-8-7- ; 76
14. 204103, Tomas Samitier, [Open], Seabrook Sailing Club, 16-13-14-12-[28/DNS]-3-14-8- ; 80
15. 206098, Spencer LeGrande, [Open], GCYSA, 11-17-12-11-12-15-9-[18]- ; 87
16. 211535, Bryan Trammell, [Junior], TCYC/GCYSA, 12-[20]-16-16-13-12-15-4- ; 88
17. 204106, Peter Vaseliades, [Junior], CCYC, 15-11-18-17-17-10-[20]-2- ; 90
18. 209727, Kiera O’Reardon, [Junior][F], GCYSA / Houston Yacht Club, 8-9-13-15-18-14-18-[28/OCS]- ; 95
19. 208098, Colin Dorsey, [Junior], LYC/CGSC, [22]-8-17-18-15-20-12-20- ; 110
20. 171186, Benjamin Froelich, [Open], Austin Yacht Club, 18-21-20-20-19-[23]-19-11- ; 128
21. 208108, Daniel Tindall, [Junior], CCYC, [25]-18-21-24-22-24-23-17- ; 149
22. 208569, Camille McGriff, [Junior][F], Fairhope Yacht Club, 20-23-23-23-20-18-[24]-24- ; 151
23. 153272, Andrew Butler, [Open], Austin Yacht Club, 21-[26]-24-22-23-21-21-22- ; 154
24. 158824, Nick Dunphey, [Junior], Lakewood Yacht Club, 24-24-22-19-21-[26]-25-23- ; 158
25. 178918, Jacob Warner, [Junior], Lakewood Yacht Club, 23-22-[25]-25-24-25-22-19- ; 160
26. 197593, Tyler Kemberling, [Junior], Lakewood, 26-25-26-21-26-22-[27]-15- ; 161
27. 181139, Nicolas Svec, [Junior], LYC, 27-27-[28/RET-BF]-26-25-27-26-25- ; 183  

Laser (28 boats) (top)
Series Standing – 7 races scored

Pos,Sail, Skipper, Division, Yacht Club, Results, Total Points
1. 206050, Chase Burwell, [Junior], Lauderdale Yacht Club – Carlouel, 2-3-2-1-1-[4]-1- ; 10T
2. 194070, Skylar Bayman, [Junior], Houston Yacht Club, 1-2-1-2-2-2-[4]- ; 10T
3. 156548, Dustin Brennan, [Open], Southern Yacht Club, 8-5-[9]-4-3-3-2- ; 25
4. 170989, Raleigh Christman, [Open], Seabrook Sailing Club, 3-6-7-[8]-4-1-5- ; 26
5. 191910, Ryan Minth, [Master], C-vane, [14]-1-3-5-10-12-3- ; 34
6. 199760, David Morgan, [Grand Master], Seabrook Sailing Club, [16]-4-4-13-7-6-6- ; 40
7. 208567, Peter McGriff, [Junior], Fairhope Yacht Club, 4-8-10-3-[11]-9-11- ; 45
8. 191086, Dominic Van der Walt, [Open], Houston Yacht Club, [21]-14-11-6-5-7-13- ; 56
9. 181864, Marten Kendrick, [Open], Houston Yacht Club, [20]-15-8-7-6-18-7- ; 61
10. 185837, Charles White, [Grand Master], SSC, 11-10-[15]-10-12-13-8- ; 64
11. 187956, Alexander Goldberg, [Open], Corinthian Sailing Club, 6-18-6-12-9-15-[19]- ; 66
12. 206110, Lance Kim, [Apprentice Master], Birmingham Sailing Club, [19]-13-5-15-8-19-10- ; 70T
13. 208379, Ty Geiger, [Grand Master], Seabrook Sailing Club, 15-7-12-14-13-[20]-9- ; 70T
14. 190275, Griffin Orr, [Open], Corinthian Sailing Club, 5-[19]-17-9-18-14-14- ; 77
15. 10055, Ian Hunter, [Junior], Fort Walton Yacht Club, 9-17-13-16-[23]-10-18- ; 83
16. 157833, Forest Atkins, [Grand Master], Corinthian SC Dallas, [27]-9-14-17-14-21-12- ; 87T
17. 160049, Deon Van der Walt, [Master], Houston Yacht Club, 10-12-16-18-15-16-[20]- ; 87T
18. 171593, Josh Rubin, [Grand Master], CLSC, 23-16-20-11-16-5-[29/OCS]- ; 91
19. 206099, Ian McKeige, [Open], Houston Yacht Club, 12-[22]-18-20-19-11-16- ; 96
20. 176241, Pablo Freire, [Open], Seabrook Sailing Club, 18-23-19-[25]-21-8-15- ; 104
21. 164245, Sebastien DUBOIS, [Apprentice Master], Seabrook sailing Club, 7-20-21-23-17-25-[29/DNF]- ; 113T
22. 209728, Jody Smith, [Grand Master], Corinthian Sailing Club, 17-11-[29/OCS]-22-20-22-21- ; 113T
23. 174254, Tim Ponter, [Open], Corinthian Sailing Club, [25]-24-25-24-22-17-17- ; 129
24. 149083, Greg Wallace, [Master], CSC, 13-25-23-21-24-24-[29/RET]- ; 130
25. 174300, John Oliver, [Grand Master], CSC, 24-26-22-19-25-26-[29/DNF]- ; 142
26. 204104, BRIAN HANNAN, [Open], CSC, 26-[27]-26-26-26-23-22- ; 149
27. 182721, Mike Lorenz, [Grand Master], None, 22-21-24-[29/DNS]-29/DNS-29/DNS-29/DNS- ; 154
28. 20315, Fred Schroth, [Grand Master], Austin Yacht Club, [29/DNS]-29/DNS-29/DNS-29/DNS-29/DNS-29/DNS-29/DNS- ; 174

– Scoring System is RRS Low Point 2013-2016
– Finishes in [brackets] denote throwouts

Information is provisional and subject to modification

The Houston Yacht Club Ladies Association Presents Holiday Market on the Bay

October 3rd, 2016

2014 ladies banner The Houston Yacht Club Ladies Association Presents Holiday Market on the Bay

The Houston Yacht Club Ladies Association

The Houston Yacht Club Ladies Association will hold a Holiday Market on the Bay Tuesday evening, Nov. 1 from 6 to 9 p.m. and again on Wednesday, Nov. 2 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Houston Yacht Club is located at 3620 Miramar Drive in Shoreacres.  The event is open to the public and admission and parking are both free.  There will be a buffet lunch available for $15 per person.

Bring your friends and family to enjoy the festive atmosphere and get your Christmas shopping done early. The annual Holiday Market on the Bay is the best way to kick-off the holiday season, spend time with friends and find some unique treasures.

More than 40 vendors are participating in this annual Holiday Market on the Bay.

Some of the items available to purchase include Holiday items, baked goods, jewelry, clothing and more. Please visit us online at for a map with directions.

Field Season Highlights

September 27th, 2016

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image004 Field Season HighlightsSummer is field season for Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary. Typically, the Gulf of Mexico is warmer, seas are calmer, and underwater visibility is at it’s best this time of year.

But, this has not been a typical summer. Challenging sea conditions have caused us to reschedule or cancel several research cruises and have limited work efforts on others. While this isn’t entirely unusual, it is frustrating.

  • Data collection was completed for Long-term monitoring efforts at East and West Flower Garden Banks and Stetson Bank. In addition, a new monitoring program was started at High Island A-389A, the gas production platform located within sanctuary boundaries.
  • A mass mortality event was discovered by recreational divers at East Flower Garden Bank. We still haven’t figured out the cause, but the investigation is ongoing. Check out the latest news.
  • As of late August, coral bleaching had begun in parts of the Flower Garden Banks. While some level of bleaching in late summer is not unusual due to elevated ocean temperatures, we try to keep an eye on it to gauge the severity and long-term consequences.
  • Additional ROV exploration was conducted at several banks under consideration for sanctuary expansion with the help of the University of North Carolina Wilmington-Undersea Vehicles Program and the Mohawk ROV. We also conducted additional deepwater monitoring in areas around East, West and Stetson Banks.
  • The second Lionfish Invitational took place aboard M/V FLING. Twenty-two recreational divers removed 394 lionfish over four days of diving, and an eight-person science team conducted pre- and post-removal surveys of each area.

With any luck, the field season isn’t quite over. We have three more trips on our October calendar and an optimistic outlook!