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Surfside Shootout Presented by Pelagic

June 23rd, 2016

SURFSIDE SHOOTOUT date 01 3 Surfside Shootout Presented by PelagicIt’s time to prepare for the Surfside Shootout, Presented by Pelagic. Now in its fourth year, the Shootout takes place from July 28 – July 30, 2016 and will offer cash prizes for the largest Tuna, Wahoo and Dorado.

The Surfside Shootout is open to center console style fishing boats (including walkarounds, cuddys, catamarans, etc.) targeting three species: Tuna, Dorado, and Wahoo. Teams are awarded one point per pound and submit scores for their heaviest single fish per species caught during the tournament. At the end of the two (2) days of fishing, points will be tallied per team. The team that has the most points totaled across all three species will be crowned the winner.


General Entry payouts will be determined based on number of participating boats. If 25 or more boats are entered, payouts will be to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. If less than 25 boats participate, payouts will be to 1st and 2nd place only. The payouts for the General Entry tournament are:

  • If 25 or more boats are entered, 1st place = 65%, 2nd place = 25%, and 3rd place = 10%.
  • If less than 25 boats are entered, 1st place = 70% and 2nd place = 30%


  • General Tournament Entry Fee: $500 per boat and includes general entry for one boat. Teams must pay the general tournament entry fee to be entered into the Tournament.
  • Winners are determined by their cumulative points scored across all three species.
  • If no teams catch all three species, the winner will be determined by the cumulative point score across two species.
  • If no teams catch two species, the winner will be determined by the heaviest fish weighed.
  • Teams will score one (1) point per pound for their single heaviest fish weighed in each category. Each fish must weigh a minimum of 10 pounds. No Chicken Dolphin!
  • Teams can choose to weigh more than one fish of each species; however, only their heaviest entrant will be scored.
  • Gulf Slam Bonus: Teams that weigh an eligible fish of each species (Tuna, Dorado, and Wahoo) will be awarded an additional 100 bonus points.
  • Scoring Example:
  • Optional Jackpots: $500 per species. Species Jackpots are completely optional, and give teams up to three more chances to win cash by catching the SINGLE HEAVIEST FISH within each of the three species: Tuna, Dorado, and Wahoo.
  • Optional Jackpots are winner take all for each species – Optional Jackpots pay 1st place only for each species; there is no second or third place.
  • Entry Fee Breakdown:
    • General entry = $500 (mandatory)
    • Tuna, Dorado, and/or Wahoo Optional Jackpots = $500 each ($1500 total)
    • All In (General Entry and all three Optional Jackpots) = $2000
    • 90% of General Entry fees and Optional Entry Fees will be paid out. 10% of General Entry fees and Optional Entry Fees will be used to offset tournament expenses.
    • General Entry or Optional Jackpot fees paid by credit card will be charged an additional 3% Convenience Fee.
  • All fish must be caught on rod and reel by registered teams during tournament hours and weighed in before scales close on Saturday, July 30th.
  • No restrictions on tackle, line class, or number of anglers handling the rod. Jungle Rules apply.
  • Fish Handling: All fish that appear to have been altered, spoiled, mutilated or frozen will be disqualified from the tournament. Any team submitting a fish that is proven to have been weight-altered or frozen will be immediately disqualified.
  • Anglers and crews must comply with all applicable State and Federal laws regarding fishing licenses, permits, size limits, bag limits or any other regulations which may apply.
  • In the event of a tie in weight, the first fish weighed wins.
  • In the event of a tie in total points, the tie will be broken by the team which reached the total tied points level first (i.e., the team weighing their last fish first wins).
  • All rulings and final judgment are based on the discretion of weigh-master and tournament officials. There are no disputes or protests of judge’s rulings – this is a FUN tournament.

Host Marina

Surfside Marina – 827 Gulf Road, Surfside Beach, TX 77541
Phone: (979) 230-9400


Thursday, July 28th, 2016

  • Tournament Check-In, Kickoff Party and Captain’s Meeting

Friday July 29th

  • Boats can leave port any time after 12:01 AM on Friday July 29th, 2016 and begin fishing immediately.
  • Weigh Scales open from 6 AM until 6PM on Friday.
  • It is the team’s discretion if they choose to return to port on Friday or not. Teams may choose to fish through the night and return for the final weigh-in on Saturday. This is a “can to can’t” tournament.
  • Teams can choose to weigh in on either or both days. However, fish can only be weighed during official weigh in hours.

Saturday, July 30th

  • Weigh Scales open from 3PM until 7PM.
  • If there is a line up for weigh in the boat must be within sight of the weigh master, and visual contact must be made before 7PM.
  • If visual contact is not made with the weigh master before 7PM on Saturday, the fish will not be tournament eligible.

For further questions or to reserve your entry in the Texas Center Console Shootout, please contact Steve Arndt at Surfside Marina. By email: steve@surfside-marina.com, or by phone: (979) 230-9400.

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Register for the Upcoming Rain Barrel Workshop in Seabrook, Texas

June 14th, 2016

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Galveston Bay Foundation (GBF) invites you to attend a Rain Barrel Workshop at the Seabrook Community House on Saturday, June 25th from 9:30am to 11:30am. Rain barrels are an efficient, low-cost method for collecting rainwater. They are placed at downspouts in order to catch rain and reduce runoff from reaching storm drains. Accumulated rainwater can be used for watering a garden or houseplants, washing your car, your dog and more! Attendees at this workshop will learn the benefits of rain barrels and how to use them, as well as proper location and installation for the barrels. This workshop is part of GBF’s efforts to reduce stormwater pollution, conserve water, and keep Galveston Bay fishable and swimmable.

Preregistration is required. The cost is $35, which includes one rain barrel and kit, and admission to the workshop for two people. To register, visit www.galvbay.org/rainbarrel.  Contact Sarah Cunningham at scunningham@galvbay.org or 281-332-3381, extension 220 for more details. Space is limited, so register soon!

This workshop is made possible thanks to the following sponsors: LyondellBasell, Coca-Cola Bottling Company, and the City of Seabrook.

About the Galveston Bay Foundation
The mission of the Galveston Bay Foundation is to preserve, protect, and enhance the natural resources of the Galveston Bay estuarine system and its tributaries for present users and for posterity. The Foundation was  incorporated  in  1987,  and  is  a  non-profit  organization  under  Section  501  (c)(3)  of  the  Internal Revenue Code. GBF is located at 1100 Hercules Avenue, Suite 200 in Houston, Texas. For further information contact GBF at 281-332-3381 or visit the website at www.galvbay.org.

National Team Send Off To Celebrate U.S. Olympic Sailors

June 8th, 2016

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National Team Send Off, presented by Sunbrella on July 27, 2016 at Houston Yacht Club

Sunbrella and US Sailing invite all USA fans to the Houston Yacht Club on July 27th  for a grand send-off party to cheer on the US Olympic Sailing Team athletes before they depart for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.  The celebration will feature all 15 sailors who will be competing in the Olympic Games, providing guests with an exciting opportunity to support their national team as they get ready to compete on the world stage.  The party is free and open to all sailors and fans from around the country, and presents them with an exclusive opportunity to meet the country’s best dinghy, skiff, catamaran, and board sailors right before they depart for Rio to represent the USA!

Festivities will kick off at 3:45pm with the world premiere of Uncharted Waters, the first full length feature film about the US Sailing Team Sperry and the journeys of a few team athletes.

Immediately following the film, the party will continue with a meet-and-greet with the athletes, with opportunities for guests to take photos, collect autographs, and win some prizes.  We will hear from the athletes and a few of the team’s leaders, and of course all should be prepared for a few fun surprises!

Come to Houston to cheer on your national team!

Note: This is not an official event of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and is being independently organized by US Sailing and Sunbrella.

Deep Drop Techniques for Grouper and Tilefish

June 8th, 2016

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Chelsey Holden and a very colorful tilefish.

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Capt. Brett Holden with a real nice yellowedge grouper.

By Capt. Brett Holden

Deep dropping for tilefish and grouper is becoming more and more popular by the day here in the Gulf of Mexico. I began fishing for these deep-water critters in the mid-1980s, and the sport has grown into a daily routine for many Gulf anglers.

Faster boats with longer range have now made fish like warsaw grouper, snowy grouper, yellowedge grouper, longtail sea bass, barrelfish, tilefish and others easier targets for many Texas sport fishing vessels. These deep drop techniques will help you find these fish in 400–1,300 feet of water.


Capt. Matt Reed, left, and Capt. Jeff Wilson with a warsaw grouper.

Species of the Deep

Mike Parsons with the new Texas state record tilefish. 43 inches and 33.08 pounds.

Mike Parsons with a huge tilefish that measured in at 43 inches and 33.08 pounds.

Warsaw, yellowedge and longtail sea bass are commonly found around mountain tops, hard spots and deep water oil rigs in the 400–900 foot range. Warsaw grouper, on average, run anywhere from 40–100 pounds. But over the years I’ve seen several fish up to 250 pounds and a couple in the 300-pound range. Regulations have changed and now only one warsaw per-vessel is allowed.

Yellowedge grouper are delicious and average 8–18 pounds, with a few 20–30 pounders still caught fairly regularly. The largest one we ever caught was around 50 pounds.

'Bubba' with a longtail sea bass.

‘Bubba’ with a longtail sea bass.

Longtail sea bass are another fish that seem to inhabit the same area. They are good eating but hold a little stronger taste than the deep-water grouper. Once again, these fish are mostly found in the 400–900 foot range.

Barrelfish and tilefish run a little deeper on average. For big barrelfish, you want to fish down current from the edges and walls of deep water mountain tops. The edges will have well-defined drops and barrelfish can stack up very thick at the top and bottom of this structure. They’re usually found a bit higher off the sea floor and mark well on a good bottom machine. These fish are most often found between depths of 850–1,200 feet.

Capt. Jeff Wilson and Mike Parsons with a trio of barrelfish.

Capt. Jeff Wilson and Mike Parsons with a trio of barrelfish.

Many times the deeper you drop for barrels, the bigger the fish tend to be. Last year we found a pile of barrels at 900 feet that ran 3–8 pounds. We moved off that ridge and found another school in 1,170-to-1,225 feet of water. All of the barrels off that ridge were running 12–18 pounds on average. These fish are a blast; they fight all the way to the surface, unlike many deep water species that tend to “blow up” as they near the surface. The barrels fight hard and really put a bend in the rod.

Tilefishing is a fast growing sport and produces exceptional table fare. Not long ago, tilefish were pretty much unheard of as a rod and reel fish. I caught my first one in the mid-1980s and have been targeting them every since. This fishery was kept very quiet for a long time and was a pretty big secret. Back in the 1990s, there were no limits on tiles, and that is what we filled our freezers with. But still to this day, they are a fish you can actually go target and pick up a few meals.

We have bigger tilefish here in the Gulf than most people would think. Just a few years ago, the record tilefish was only around four pounds. But I have caught uncountable tilefish running 25–35 pounds

and several that have been 35–45 pounds, including a couple near 50 pounds. Now that eyes are opening to the new daytime swordfishing industry here on the Texas coast, more and more tilefish are being boated.

Tilefish are probably the easiest of all the deep water fish you can target. The golden tilefish is most commonly found in the 900–1,250 foot range. Smaller tiles, averaging 2–10 pounds, can be targeted on the continental shelf wall without any special areas or specific “numbers.” Muddy areas anywhere from 900–1,000 feet of open water will hold tilefish.

Finding better average sized fish will take a little more work. Tilefish will typically get bigger off the shelf, or in valleys against the shelf. Drop on the down current side of small dips and slopes in 1,000–1,250 feet of water. Tilefish tend to feed right on the bottom, so try to stop your bait and hold the boat on an area as tight as possible.

However, slow drifting will also produce tilefish and is great for covering ground. Drag the bait against the bottom, stopping often, and then continuing the drift to explore new areas.


Finding bigger tilefish is another story altogether. I have learned a lot over the past few years about these large fish. The biggest ones will hold against ridges at 1,200 feet and are bold enough to follow baits headed for deep water. Drop your bait near the edge of a ridge that looks over 1,500–1,600 feet of water and be ready. The biggest tiles, those from 35–50 pounds, seem to live alone. I have caught most of these big fish away from the schools and many times, several feet off the bottom feeding in schools of squid or dragonfish. The big tilefish really don’t seem to like a lot of leader in their face. Single rigs with the weight above the bait seem to work best. A whole squid, about 14-inches-long, works very well. Use a large hook and bait to avoid the smaller fish when targeting big tiles.

I seem to catch lots of big tiles early in the year, April through May, and sometimes in as shallow as 850–1,000 feet. I’m not sure if it was due to spawning or what, but I’ve caught several in the 30–45 pound class during these months.

Other Species

Josh Graves carefully holds up a scorpionfish.

Josh Graves carefully holds up a scorpionfish.

Beware of spiny, toothy and venomous critters that you might pull up from the deep. Spiny dogfish are small, deep water sharks that have spikes near the dorsal fins that can cause a painful sting. The spines on scorpionfish can also sting if you’re not careful. But these bright orange fish are pretty good to eat.

Once the sun goes down the tilefish stop biting and the eels take over in force. Conger eels have nice white meat but lots of bones.  Banded shrimp eels and moray eels have mouths full of big teeth so watch out.

Spiny Dogfish

Spiny Dogfish

Hake, a small brown fish averaging 1–3 pounds, also bite at night and can be a nuisance. They will eat pretty much anything. Their meat is good and tasty but very soft. I use hake filets to replace crab meat in gumbo.



The tilefish don’t bite at night but grouper will if you’re in an area free of eels. Snowy and yellowedge grouper will take baits and warsaw will feed as high as 400 feet off the bottom in 900 feet of water.

Triple deep drop leader with LP circle hooks.

Triple deep drop leader with LP circle hooks.


For years I never used any kind of light or strobe to catch tilefish and did okay. But over the past 10 years or so, I’ve started rigging them up and I think it does work better. I also found that rigging the light further from the bait will produce bigger fish. If we are targeting BIG tiles I will rig the weight and light 15 to 20 feet above the bait. Big tilefish will eat regular double and triple bait rigs, but once again, you’ll do better on a clean single rig. The standard double and triple bait drops work well for yellowedge grouper and smaller tilefish.

Your size of leader and weight will all depend on how much current you are fighting. The bite and fishing will be best when using less weight and smaller line. Thinner line means less bow in the line and that makes it easier to see bites. On the Booby Trap, we use Diamond braid made by Diamond Products. I like the orange 80 pound braid because it is easy to see.


Cannonball weights and lead stick.

With a light current and this braid, 3 pounds is a good weight to start with on your standard double bait leaders. I use cannon ball style weights because they don’t get hung up as easy on rough, rocky bottoms. If the current is strong then move up in weight size to 4 to 5 pounds. If it really cranking move up to 7 pound window weights or lead stick weights.

Some of these deep water fish have sharp teeth, so heavy mono leaders are a necessity. Yellowedge, longtail sea bass and other smaller grouper are not so bad but tilefish, eels and small sharks have sharp teeth. The grouper will wear through light leaders eventually and the tiles will bite clean through them. I use 300 pound LP or Momoi mono leader for our deep drops.

Use caribbean swivels to help keep the twist out of the leader and line. Most bottom fish will go into a spin on the way up.

Heavy duty circle hooks, from 8/0 to 16/0, work best for deep dropping. Tilefish and grouper have no problem snagging themselves on a circle hook and I would say it definitely helps keep the fish on when cranking them up from the deep. A sharp hook is also important. It’s a long way up and down, so a needle sharp edge is very important.

Be sure to take plenty of extra tackle when deep dropping. It is a long ride to the deep water fishing grounds and you might lose tackle to rocks and snags. Also, carry an extra spool or two of braided line. One break off at 1,000 feet can end the day if you are without replacement line.

When it comes to reels, the Lindgren Pitman S-1200 electric reel is the reel of choice on the Booby Trap. The LP is a deep dropping fishing machine that also has the strength and drag system to handle big warsaw grouper and swordfish. You can also hand crank tilefish and grouper on conventional tackle but it is a long way up and down.


Reel Crankie in action.

The Reel Crankie is a must have, great product that can assist in getting your rig up from the bottom fast. It’s not made for fighting fish but for retrieving your heavy weight and empty hooks when you don’t catch a fish. It does a great job of winding up all the line, instead of you wearing out your arm on empty hooks. The Reel Crankie fits on a cordless drill and clamps onto several different makes of conventional reel.

You can also deep drop with two lines but it can be tricky fishing and requires some boat handling. The more bow in the lines you have, the more likely you are to tangle your expensive gear.

What Bait?

Over stuffing your hook with bait can result in fewer hookups. It is more important to get less bait nicely hooked rather than too much bait, which will result in missed fish. Avoid hard, bony, bulky baits that can push a fish off the hook. Softer baits like fish fillets and squid will result in better hook ups. Larger squid are usually tougher and stay on the hook better than the small ones. I like to take a 12–16 inch squid and cut chunks for tilefish. Squid wings work well too but not as a whole squid or chunks.

Preparing Your Catch

Gut your grouper and tilefish ASAP for better table fare. These fish eat lots of shellfish, which can result in some nasty strong tastes in the meat if not taken care of properly.

Wash down your fish after gutting them and keep on ice. Try and keep cooler drained at all times so the fish don’t soak in water.

Connor Weigelt holds up a beautiful colored tilefish.Go Get Them

Now you’re ready to go out and find your own tilefish and grouper. The entire continental shelf from Texas to Louisiana holds great bottom structure, supporting tons of deep water species.

Some fish stay directly on top of structure, some live on the walls, slopes and drop offs and some species are found on flat bottoms. Don’t forget to mark your hook ups on your GPS and keep a track record of your best catches. This is the best way to build and notice patterns on the different fish.

It is a fun way to spend the day with miles and miles of perfect habitat for multiple types of great eating fish. You never know what you will come up with and that alone makes deep dropping fun in itself.

Brett Holden is the captain of the Booby Trap, which holds the record for largest swordfish in the Gulf of Mexico. Holden is a pioneer in daytime swordfishing along the Texas coast; he holds numerous billfishing records and shares his deep drop techniques every year at the Texas Swordfish Seminar. 

Offshore Fishing Boats for the Gulf

June 8th, 2016

Venture far into the Gulf on any of these fine fishing boats from 24 – 36 ft.

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Grady-White Fisherman 257

The Fisherman 257 was built ready to go offshore. Two insulated forward 120 quart boxes and a transom 185 quart box provide plenty of room for any pelagic or reef fish you bring in. The fully insulated 32-gallon lighted livewell keeps bait lively with full column raw water distribution. This ride makes for a comfortable, yet capable sport fishing machine.

  • Length: 24’ 9”
  • Beam: 8’ 6”
  • Fuel Capacity: 135 gal.
  • Max HP: 400 HP
  • Weight (w/o engines): 4,300 lbs.
  • Draft: 20”
  • Deadrise: 20°
  • Bait/Livewell: 32 gal.
  • Fish Storage: 120 qt. (2), 185 qt.

Visit Grady-White’s website for full specifications.

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Sailfish 270cc

Improved fishability with higher gunnels, larger fish boxes, more interior room and a transom livewell make the 270 one of the best laid out fishing platform on the market. The improved functional and stylish helm offers ample room for your larger electronics and multiple storage compartments for gear and equipment.

  • Length: 26’ 2”
  • Beam: 9’
  • Fuel Capacity: 188 gal.
  • Max HP: 400 HP
  • Weight (rigged): 6,700 lbs.
  • Draft: 18”
  • Deadrise: 22-24°
  • Bait/Livewell: 30 gal.
  • Fish Storage: 260 qt. (2)
  • Rod Holders: 10

Visit Sailfish Boats’ website for full specifications.


Cape Horn 24os

With a host of changes in both design and style, the new Cape Horn 24os is more ready than ever to face what awaits 50+ miles offshore. The newly designed hull provides impressive ride comfort and fuel economy. A sprawling floor plan leaves more room to fish. Two big live wells make sure you will never run out of bait.

  • Length: 25’ 1”
  • Beam: 9’ 1”
  • Fuel Capacity: 136 gal.
  • Max HP: 400 HP
  • Weight (dry): 3,700 lbs.
  • Draft: 20”
  • Deadrise: 23°
  • Bait/Livewell: 30/45 gal.
  • Fish Storage: 470 qt.
  • Rod Holders: 20

Visit Cape Horn’s website for full specifications.


Sea Hunt Gamefish 25

The Gamefish delivers exactly what serious fishermen demand in a sportfishing center console boat. This boat comes ready to fish with multiple insulated fishboxes and livewells as standard features. The cockpit has abundant room for 360° of fishing and the hull delivers a soft, dry ride.

  • Length: 25’ 6”
  • Beam: 9’
  • Fuel Capacity: 148 gal.
  • Max HP: 400 HP
  • Weight (dry): 4,700 lbs.
  • Draft: 19”
  • Deadrise: 21°
  • Bait/Livewell: 27/30 gal
  • Fish Storage: 148 qt. (2), 188 qt.

Visit Sea Hunt’s website for full specifications.


World Cat 320cc

The 320CC is a versatile performer that excels in our Gulf chop. You can run flat out to your favorite fishing spot, even in rougher seas. A large 45 gallon livewell provides ample space for bait and over 1,300 quarts of insulated storage keeps your catch cold. Twelve gunwale-mounted rod holders and comfortable seating for twelve means you can bring the entire crew out fishing.

  • Length: 32’ 2”
  • Beam: 10’ 6”
  • Fuel Capacity: 279 gal.
  • Max HP: 600 HP
  • Weight (dry): 9,200 lbs.
  • Draft: 16”
  • Bait/Livewell: 45 gal.
  • Fish Storage: 300 qt. (2), 225 qt. (2), 105 qt.
  • Rod Holders (gunwale): 12

Visit World Cat’s website for full specifications.

Yellowfin 36 Offshore

The combination of speed, an unmatched dry ride and rugged construction make the 36 Yellowfin the boat to beat no matter where you are fishing. The 36 can be powered by twin or triple outboards and either option will yield speeds that few other boats in its class can match. Numerous console, leaning post and top options, let you customize the 36 to perfectly complement the way you fish. A huge 477 gallon fuel capacity lends incredible range to this ride.

  • Length: 36’ 8”
  • Beam: 10’
  • Fuel Capacity: 477 gal.
  • Max HP: 1,250 HP
  • Weight: 9,500 lbs.
  • Draft: 20”
  • Deadrise: 24°
  • Bait/Livewell:
  • Fish Storage:
  • Rod Holders:

Visit Yellowfin’s website for full specifications.


Boston Whaler 330 Outrage

With its precision-engineered deep-V hull, high padded gunnels and unsinkable Unibond construction, the 330 Outrage delivers an incredibly soft, safe, dry ride, whether you’re venturing far from shore or cruising close to home. State-of-the-art navigation and command systems make captaining a breeze, while smart ergonomic seating ensures an enjoyable ride for every passenger. In the bow, a plush forward lounge lifts to reveal ample storage below while the facing bow seats invite easy conversation.

  • Length: 33’ 1”
  • Beam: 10’ 2”
  • Fuel Capacity: 300 gal.
  • Max HP: 700 HP
  • Weight (dry): 9,000 lbs.
  • Draft: 22”
  • Deadrise: 23°
  • Bait/Livewell: 40/50 gal.
  • Fish Storage: 228 qt. (2)
  • Rod Holders: 16

Visit Boston Whaler’s website for full specifications.


Cape Horn 36os

The 36os features “more of everything.” The wide beam and excellent speed let get out into the Gulf faster and in comfort.  A 1,400 quart insulated fish box will hold any fish you may catch, including swordfish up to 9-feet-long. The rear 40 gallon live well is standard, as is the large transom gate. The main live well sports 60 gallons for keeping the largest of baits frisky. The 36os is a solid choice for the seasoned angler looking for all the advantages needed to fish harder than any other.

  • Length: 36’ 11”
  • Beam: 10’ 6”
  • Fuel Capacity: 410 gal.
  • Max HP: 1,100 HP
  • Weight: 7,900 lbs.
  • Draft: 24”
  • Deadrise: 23°
  • Bait/Livewell: 60/40 gal.
  • Fish Storage: 1,400 qt., 85 qt.
  • Rod Holders: 26

Visit Cape Horn’s website for full specifications.

Texas Youth Race Week

June 7th, 2016

Texas Youth Race Week is a US SAILING Junior Olympic and USODA event with six days of racing hosted by three clubs on upper Galveston Bay.

The 2016 schedule begins with Lakewood Yacht Club and team racing for Optis. After one lay day, the event moves to Texas Corinthian Yacht Club. Optis move to Houston Yacht Club for the final two race days leading into USODA Nationals. Lasers and Double Handed fleets sail at TCYC for the entire event.

Texas Youth Race Week

July 16-17 Lakewood Yacht Club
Team Racing for Opti RWB at LYC
Fleet Racing for Opti Green at LYC
Fleet Racing for Lasers and Double Handed at TCYC
Sunday Banquet at LYC

July 18 No racing

July 19-20 Texas Coninthian Yacht Club
Fleet Racing All Fleets at TCYC

July 21-22 Houston Yacht Club
Fleet Racing All Fleets
Optis at HYC
Lasers and Double Handed at TCYC

USODA National Championships
July 28-31 at Houston Yacht Club

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High School Sailing Team Makes Texas History

May 26th, 2016

Mallory Cup 2016 Winners High School Sailing Team Makes Texas History

The first ever Texas team has captured the Mallory Trophy in a 1st place win for their area district, SEISA, at the National Championship at the College of Charleston in South Carolina this month. Trained by Bay Access in cooperation with Lakewood Yacht Club, the winning team from Clear Falls High School qualified in April in a two day qualifier in Mississippi to represent the state of Texas at the High School Doublehanded Championship for the Mallory Cup as well as the High School Team Racing Championship for the Baker Cup in Ana Cortes, WA.

The co-ed racing fleet for Division-A was made up of 17-year-old Wiley Rogers and his 18-year-old crewmate Hunter Skinner who dominated both days to pull in a victory overall. Dane Byerly and Laura Masterson partnered with Julia Sheaffer and Bailey Spatz to pull ahead to the finish in Division-B.

While the first day of racing brought on a light, westerly breeze, sailing conditions became shifty. As the day progressed, the wind picked up to 15 knots, slowing down most of the teams. But by the end of the day, the Clear Falls team had pushed themselves to a significant lead.

Day two saw some of the most difficult conditions with light winds out of the North. The team fought hard to come out on top for the duration of 20 races. After two days of intense sailing, the Clear Falls team finished with a 38-point lead.

Training with fellow high school and college sailors in the Houston area, the Clear Lake Knights have worked hard to prepare for the championships.

Leaving behind a rich legacy of sailing, Byerly, Masterson, and Skinner will graduate this year and pursue college sailing at Saint Mary’s College of Maryland, the College of Charleston, and Jacksonville University. The graduates look forward to their second national championship for the Baker Cup in Anacortes, WA at the end of May.

Bay Access is a nonprofit charitable organization that promotes amateur sailing for kids and adults alike. Camp fees include professional instruction, sailboat, and life jacket for those who can’t bring their own. Classes will begin on June 20 and continue on week days through early August. To learn more about the classes and how to register, please go to www.bay-access.org.

unnamed High School Sailing Team Makes Texas HistoryAbout Lakewood Yacht Club: Lakewood Yacht Club is a private, member-owned club reinventing the standard for a vibrant social life, exclusive yachting lifestyle, and premier youth sailing. One of the top ten yacht clubs in the nation, Lakewood beckons to those who love the water and live life to the fullest.

Torqueedo J/70 North American Championship Results

May 23rd, 2016

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J/70 Series Standing – 7 races scored

Division: Corinthian Pos,Bow/Sail, Boat, Skipper, Yacht Club, Results, Total Points
1. 26 / 3, 3 Ball JT, Jack Franco[Corinthian][Open], LIYC, 3-2-[26]-6-19-25-16- ; 71
2. 33 / 51, Black River Racing, doug strebel[Open][Corinthian], LYC, 25-[30]-27-14-14-15-21- ; 116
3. 12 / 850, Mojito, Forbes Durdin[Open][Corinthian], LYC, 29-[34]-30-4-30-21-11- ; 125
4. 37 / 898, Christine Robin, Tracy Usher[Open][Corinthian], St Francis Yacht Club, 12-25-20-23-21-29-[35]- ; 130
5. 06 / USA 55, JOUST, Tim Molony[Open][Corinthian], Southern Yacht Club, [32]-13-24-28-12-26-28- ; 131
6. 21 / 159, Torqeedo, Brandon Flack[Open][Corinthian], Mudheads, 28-28-17-34-28-34-[37]- ; 169T
7. 13 / 818, Rascal, Henry Brauer[Corinthian][Open], Eastern Yacht Club, 31-24-19-[38]-29-33-33- ; 169T
8. 03 / 382, Zombie, Kristen Robinson[Open][Corinthian], Annapolis Yacht Club, [37]-37-35-29-20-36-26- ; 183
9. 07 / USA 529, Bazinga, Robert McMahan[Open][Corinthian], Lakewood Yacht Club, [42/OCS]-38-36-36-36-39-32- ; 217
10. 02 / 98, usa98, Alfred Poindexter[Open][Corinthian], lakewood y c, 38-[39]-34-33-39-37-38- ; 219

Division: Open Pos,Bow/Sail, Boat, Skipper, Yacht Club, Results, Total Points
1. 24 / 384, Flojito y Cooperando, Julian Fernandez Neckelmann[Open], Club Nautico Valle de Bravo, 1-3-1-11-[13]-1-3- ; 20
2. 19 / 852, Hoss, Glenn Darden[Open], Fort Worth Boat Club, [23]-4-3-3-10-9-1- ; 30
3. 44 / US 49, Relative Obscurity, Peter DUNCAN[Open], American Yacht Club, 14-7-2-[22]-2-5-2- ; 32
4. 32 / USA 353, Heartbreaker, Robert Hughes[Open], Macatawa Bay, 4-9-[22]-7-3-7-4- ; 34
5. 43 / USA 26, Midlife Crisis, Bruce Golison[Open], ABYC, 2-1-5-16-5-8-[17]- ; 37T
6. 09 / 86, STAMPEDE, bruno pasquinelli[Open], fwbc, 10-8-4-5-1-[13]-9- ; 37T
7. 10 / USA 248, Scamp, Will Welles[Open], MDICSC, [19]-16-10-2-9-6-6- ; 49
8. 36 / BRA-650, Cloud Nine, Phil Haegler[Open], Rio de Janeiro Yacht Club, 5-10-[25]-1-7-20-13- ; 56
9. 42 / 96, Savasana, Brian Keane[Open], Beverly Yacht Club, 16-[18]-15-9-4-3-18- ; 65
10. 40 / 389, Hooligan Flat Stanley Racing, Trey Sheehan[Open], Put-in-Bay YC, 9-5-14-[25]-17-11-14- ; 70
11. 26 / 3, 3 Ball JT, Jack Franco[Corinthian][Open], LIYC, 3-2-[26]-6-19-25-16- ; 71
12. 34 / 602, Building A, Josh Goldman[Open], Cedat Point YC, 20-21-7-10-6-[31]-10- ; 74
13. 11 / USA 839, Reach Around, Thomas Bowen[Open], Annapolis YC, 22-12-[31]-17-24-4-7- ; 86T
14. 41 / BRA641, OceanPact, haroldo solberg[Open], ICRJ, 11-17-8-26-[33]-12-12- ; 86T
15. 25 / 230, Izula, Robert Willis[Open], Columbia Yacht Club, 6-[35]-13-12-8-35-23- ; 97T
16. 08 / 419, Joint Custody, Jennifer Wulff[Open], Annapolis Yacht Club, 18-15-12-[35]-26-18-8- ; 97T
17. 38 / USA364, USA364, David Kerr[Open], Edgewater Yacht Club, [33]-23-16-21-15-19-5- ; 99T
18. 27 / 187, Catapult, Joel Ronning[Open], Wayzata Yacht Club, 7-31-[35/ARB]-8-23-10-20- ; 99T
19. 15 / 157, Spring, Dave Franzel[Open], Boston Sailing Center, 27-6-6-13-34-17-[42/DNF]- ; 103
20. 18 / 820, Nasty Baby, Rick Schaffer[Open], FWBC, 8-22-[33]-15-18-28-19- ; 110
21. 01 / 181, GB, Chris Lewis[Open], LYC, 24-[27]-9-19-22-27-15- ; 116T
22. 33 / 51, Black River Racing, doug strebel[Open][Corinthian], LYC, 25-[30]-27-14-14-15-21- ; 116T
23. 12 / 850, Mojito, Forbes Durdin[Open][Corinthian], LYC, 29-[34]-30-4-30-21-11- ; 125T
24. 29 / USA 171, Running Wild, Peter Vessella[Open], St Francis YC, 21-[29]-21-24-16-14-29- ; 125T
25. 05 / 546, Zounds powered by Nautalytics, Jay Lutz[Open], Lakewood YC, [35]-26-11-18-11-30-31- ; 127
26. 37 / 898, Christine Robin, Tracy Usher[Open][Corinthian], St Francis Yacht Club, 12-25-20-23-21-29-[35]- ; 130
27. 06 / USA 55, JOUST, Tim Molony[Open][Corinthian], Southern Yacht Club, [32]-13-24-28-12-26-28- ; 131
28. 35 / #34, Parseverance, Bennet Greenwald[Open], San Diego Yacht Club, 15-11-29-[31]-31-22-25- ; 133
29. 14 / USA 497, Chinook, Frank McNamara[Open], Eastern Yacht Club, 13-[33]-18-27-32-24-22- ; 136
30. 23 / USA 380, Pied Piper, Gannon Troutman[Open], Fishing Bay YC, 30-32-32-23/RDG-25-2-[34]- ; 144
31. 17 / 175, , Matthew Romberg[Open], Austin Yacht Club, 26-19-28-[30]-27-16-30- ; 146
32. 39 / USA167, USA167, James Prendergast[Open], Chicago Yacht Club, 34-14-[42/DSQ]-20-37-23-24- ; 152
33. 30 / JPN 809, Esmeralda, Makoto Uematsu[Open], JSAF, 17-20-[38]-32-35-32-27- ; 163
34. 21 / 159, Torqeedo, Brandon Flack[Open][Corinthian], Mudheads, 28-28-17-34-28-34-[37]- ; 169T
35. 13 / 818, Rascal, Henry Brauer[Corinthian][Open], Eastern Yacht Club, 31-24-19-[38]-29-33-33- ; 169T
36. 03 / 382, Zombie, Kristen Robinson[Open][Corinthian], Annapolis Yacht Club, [37]-37-35-29-20-36-26- ; 183
37. 07 / USA 529, Bazinga, Robert McMahan[Open][Corinthian], Lakewood Yacht Club, [42/OCS]-38-36-36-36-39-32- ; 217
38. 02 / 98, usa98, Alfred Poindexter[Open][Corinthian], lakewood y c, 38-[39]-34-33-39-37-38- ; 219
39. 04 / 530, ApolloJ, bruno vibert[Open], HYC, 36-36-37-37-[38]-38-36- ; 220
40. 28 / 50, Rogue Warrior, Bruce McDonald[Open], AYC, [42/DNS]-42/DNS-42/DNS-42/DNS-42/DNS-42/DNS-42/DNS- ; 252T
41. 20 / USA, Baby Doll, Wiley ROGERS[Open], Lakewood Yacht Club, [42/DNS]-42/DNS-42/DNS-42/DNS-42/DNS-42/DNS-42/DNS- ; 252T

– Scoring System is RRS Low Point 2013-2016
– Finishes in [brackets] denote throwouts
– Click on race number to view detailed race information.

Information is provisional and subject to modification
All photos by Charles Milby
Check out the video here: https://youtu.be/Kravd8uQ_Lc
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Golden Spinnaker Gala Nets $252,000 for U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Sailing Teams

May 17th, 2016

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Athletes named to the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Sailing Teams at the Golden Spinnaker Gala in New York. Photo © US Sailing.

World-Renowned Sailor Ken Read Serves as Master of Ceremonies

The Sailing Foundation of New York (SFNY) held its biennial Golden Spinnaker Gala on Wednesday, May 4 at the New York Yacht Club in Manhattan, benefiting the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Sailing Team athletes representing the United States at the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games this summer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The Gala raised $252,000 for the athletes’ Olympic and Paralympic campaigns, which includes travel, shipping and accommodations expenses, as they embark on the final stretch of their Olympic and Paralympic campaigns in order to reach their medal goals. The SFNY has raised more than $500,000 in the last four years for the teams, and $1.2 million since the foundation was launched.

“The Sailing Foundation of New York is so proud to support so many amazing young athletes on the Olympic and Paralympic Sailing Teams. We believe these athletes should be training and preparing for the Games every waking moment and not worrying about raising money,” said Dean Brenner, the SFNY president. “So we are committed to giving them as much support as we can. We are grateful for all the guests’ generosity at the Golden Spinnaker Gala – and for those paddles raised high during the auction.”

While other countries’ sailing teams are funded by their respective governments and lotteries, the U.S. teams relies on generous philanthropists and corporate sponsors to stay competitive. Nearly 200 people attended the Golden Spinnaker Gala, which included cocktails, dinner and a live auction led by renowned Christie’s auctioneer Lydia Fenet.  Established in 2004, the Gala is held every other year at the New York Yacht Club in New York City and Newport, R.I.

Two-time U.S. Rolex Yachtsman of the Year and America’s Cup skipper Ken Read (Newport, R.I.) served as the evening’s Master of Ceremonies and interviews several athletes on stage during the program about what it takes to be Olympic-class sailors. He stressed the time they spend traveling and training – and noted the sacrifices they make to be the best at their sport.

The Galas was sponsored by US Sailing Team Sperry, Sunbrella, Chubb Personal Insurance, Gowrie Group, Sunsail, The Hinckley Company, Arader Galleries, The Heritage Flag Company, Soundview Millworks, Team One Newport and Serendipity Magazine.

For more information or to make a donation to the athletes’ campaigns, please visit: www.ussailing.org/goldenspinnakergala2016 or email Dean Brenner at sfny2014@gmail.com.

About the Sailing Foundation of New York

Founded in 2004 by New York Yacht Club Commodore George Isdale, Jr., the Sailing Foundation of New York supports individuals who demonstrate the commitment and the potential to represent the United States at the highest possible levels in the sport of sailing, and the organizations and programs that are committed to growing the sport. One hundred percent of all donations go directly to the athletes. During the last decade, the Foundation has raised more than $4 million for sailing athletes.

About the U.S. Olympic Sailing Team

The U.S. Olympic Sailing Team and U.S. Paralympic Sailing Team are managed by the United States Sailing Association (US Sailing), the national governing body for the sport of sailing and sailboat racing. The top boats in each of the 10 Olympic and three Paralympic classes will be named tot he US Olympic and Paralympic Sailing Teams. US Sailing helps these elite athletes with financial, logistical, coaching, technical, fitness, marketing and communications support.

Texas Flounder Regulations Proving Successful

May 17th, 2016

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Garrett Blumenshine with a 20-inch flounder he caught using a Berkley Gulp! Pearl White Shrimp.

By Capt. Joe Kent

Anglers around the Galveston Bay Complex have reported excellent catches of flounder this past winter and the action is getting better as the water warms and days get longer. This is a refreshing change from not too long ago when sportsmen were concerned about the drop off in catches.

Prior to the turn of the century, our flounder stocks were showing serious decline in both numbers and quality of fish. Liberal bag limits and no season restrictions were taking their toll on one of the most popular saltwater fish.
A bold and unpopular move on the part of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department several years ago has proven to be just what the stocks of flounder needed. Before we take a look at the changes that took place, let’s go back and see what was happening before the enactment.

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Max Conner, age 14, of Galveston with a chunky flounder.

Flounder have always been one of the top choices of a large number of fishermen all along the Gulf Coast. Flounder gigging especially was a popular way to bring good quantities of meat to the table in a short time span.
Prior to the changes, anglers could go out gigging after dark and take a day’s limit of 10 flounder before midnight and afterwards take another day’s limit of 10 as the possession limit was a two-day bag limit.

While mostly flounder giggers were the ones to reap the benefit of the liberal daily limits, pole and line fishermen would at times find concentrations of flounder stacked up around passes and also take advantage of the quantities.
Arguably, the most popular and productive time to fish for flounder, whether by conventional rod and reel or by gigging, was during the annual migration in the fall. During this time the flat fish stack up in huge numbers along the pathways to the Gulf of Mexico and are easy targets.

This is when I first noticed a problem. Prior to the 1990’s, quality flounder would be easy to catch at my favorite spots along the Galveston Ship Channel, but toward the end of the 80’s and early 90’s it became more difficult for the average angler to catch more than just a few flounder. During that era the size was also noticeably smaller as well.
Sportsmen were becoming well aware of the problem and so was the staff at the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

As mentioned earlier, in a bold move the TPWD recommended an overhaul of the regulations. The changes, which were not popular with a large number of anglers, included reducing the of anglers, included reducing the daily bag limit from 10 to five and eliminating the two-day possession limit. Flounder gigging would be prohibited during the month of November and at the same time the daily bag limit was further reduced to two per person during November.


Fortunately for all anglers, the original thought of eliminating flounder fishing all together during November was compromised with the two-fish limits. The only size and bag limit regulation that remained was the 14-inch minimum size. So, after everyone cooled down following such as dramatic change, how is this all turning out?

First, during November, most fishermen, regardless of experience level, are now able to go out and take two flounder. Prior to the changes, there were a lot of empty stringers as the fish were scattered.

Now, let’s discuss what I consider the most noticeable effects. This past winter, there were more flounder caught during the winter months than I can ever recall. Some anglers say it is because we had a warm winter and the fish never migrated. We have had a number of warm winters in the recent past and we did not see this take place.

This spring we are getting reports from both the flounder gigging sportsmen and rod and reel anglers of large numbers of quality flounder in the bays. Occasionally reports coming in to the Galveston Daily News during March and April resembled November reports from the flounder run.

All I can say is that it points to the results of the overhaul in flounder regulations several years ago. Thanks to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for making the move!

34th Annual Shoe Regatta Results

May 16th, 2016


EventLogo2016 34th Annual Shoe Regatta Results

J/22 Series Standing – 7 races scored

Pos,Sail, Boat, Skipper, Yacht Club, Results, Total Points
1. 53, Southern Belle, Stuart Lindow, None, 2-3-3-3-4-1-3- ; 19
2. 388, USA 388, Michael McGagh, GBCA, 3-5-4-4-2-2-2- ; 22
3. 365, , Vincent Ruder, None, 4-1-1-12/OCS-3-4-1- ; 26T
4. 498, Classy with k, Robert Allen, None, 7-2-2-2-1-6-6- ; 26T
5. 1531, Parrot Tales Light, Larry Blankenhagen, LYC, 5-4-5-5-5-7-7- ; 38
6. 918, TILT, Christopher Morlan, Grosse Pointe Sail Club, 1-8-7-6-8-5-4- ; 39
7. 951, , Dov Kivlovitz, none, 6-7-12/DNS-1-6-3-5- ; 40
8. 732, Helms a Lee, Anne Lee, HYC, 8-6-6-9-9-8-9- ; 55
9. 973, WooHoo, Andrea Zaite, HYC, 11-10-9-8-7-9-8- ; 62
10. 392, Loose Cannon, Rick Duste, GBAC, 9-12/DNF-8-7-10-10-10- ; 66
11. 1271, Razzmatazz, Jaime Balzac, PUR, 10-9-10-10-11-11-12/DNS- ; 73   

J/70 Series Standing – 7 races scored

Pos,Sail, Boat, Skipper, Yacht Club, Results, Total Points
1. 34, perseverance, bennet greenwald, san diego yacht club, 5-1-5-2-6-6-2- ; 27
2. 175, , Matthew Romberg, Austin Yacht Club, 1-8-4-1-1-7-7- ; 29T
3. 51, Black River Racing, Doug Strebel, Lakewood Yacht Club, 6-5-1-4-2-1-10- ; 29T
4. 181, GB, Chris Lewis, LYC, 7-2-3-3-5-2-9- ; 31
5. 852, Hoss, Glenn Darden, Fort Worth Boat Club, 3-3-9-6-3-5-5- ; 34
6. 820, Nasty Baby, Rick Schaffer, Fort Worth Boat Club, 2-7-6-8-9-3-1- ; 36
7. 3, 3 Ball JT, Jack Franco, LIYC, 4-10-7-11-4-4-3- ; 43
8. 167, USA167, James Prendergast, Chicago Yacht Club, 9-4-2-7-8-9-6- ; 45
9. 497, Chinook, Frank McNamara, Eastern Yacht Club, 8-9-8-10-11-8-4- ; 58T
10. 850, Mojito, Forbes Durdin, LYC, 11-6-10-5-7-11-8- ; 58T
11. 98, usa98, Al Poindexter, lyc, 12-11-11-9-13-13-12- ; 81
12. 529, Bazinga, Robert Mcmahan, Lakewood YC, 10-12-12-15/DNS-12-10-11- ; 82
13. 530, ApolloJ, Bruno Vibert, HYC, 13-13-15/DNS-15/DNS-10-12-13- ; 91
14. 50, , Bruce McDonald, AYC, 15/DNC-15/DNC-15/DNC-15/DNC-15/DNC-15/DNC-15/DNC- ; 105

J/105 Series Standing – 6 races scored

Pos,Sail, Boat, Skipper, Yacht Club, Results, Total Points
1. 296, Stinger, J B Bednar, LYC/GBCA, 3-1-1-1-1-5- ; 12
2. 624, Vici, John Barnett, Lakewood YC, 1-2-2-3-3-2- ; 13
3. usa378, infinity, Uzi Ozeri, LYC, 2-3-3-2-5-1- ; 16
4. 130, Tomahawk, Nat Kemberling, LYC, 4-4-6/DNS-5-4-3- ; 26
5. 649, Radiance, Bill Lakenmacher, LYC, 6/DNC-6/DNC-6/DNC-4-2-4- ; 28

J/109 Series Standing – 6 races scored

Pos,Sail, Boat, Skipper, Yacht Club, Results, Total Points
1. 181, Hamburg, Albrecht Goethe, LYC, 1-2-1-2-2-1- ; 9
2. 162, Leading Edge, Tom Sutton, LYC/HYC/GBCA, 5/DNF-1-2-1-1-3- ; 13
3. 238, Airborne, David Christensen, LYC/GBCA, 2-3-5/DNS-3-3-2- ; 18
4. 45, Harm’s Way, Andy Wescoat, GBCA, 5/DNC-5/DNC-5/DNC-5/DNS-5/DNS-5/DNS- ; 30

Cruising Classic Canvas Non-Spin Distance Series Standing – 2 races scored

Pos,Sail, Boat, Skipper, Yacht Club, Results, Total Points
1. 133, Stellar of Course, Ronald Eddleman, GBCA/TMCA, 1-1- ; 2
2. 792, Chloe, Grahame Gay, GBCA, 4/DNS-4/DNS- ; 8T
3. NA, Even Keel, Robert Terry, Bal Harbour, 4/DNF-4/DNS- ; 8T

PHRF N0n-spin Distance Series Standing – 2 races scored

Pos,Sail, Boat, Skipper, Yacht Club, Results, Total Points
1. 785, Magnum, Dennis Kokkinis, GBCA, 1-1- ; 2
2. 1152, SEUTE DEERN, Hans Knickrehm, LYC, 2-2- ; 4
3. 17, GOOD NEWS, Ash Walker, LYC, 3-4- ; 7
4. 60120, Bad Girl, Nicole Laster, GBCA, 6-3- ; 9
5. 2966, Wildcat, Kevin Orff, LYC, 4-7/DNS- ; 11
6. 31707, Tanura, Tim Vogelsang, LYC, 5-7/DNS- ; 12

PHRF Spinnaker Distance A Series Standing – 2 races scored

Pos,Sail, Boat, Skipper, Yacht Club, Results, Total Points
1. 25527, Picante, Tony/William Nunes/Plant, Houston yacht club, 1-1- ; 2
2. 178, Press to MECO, Glen Stromme, none, 2-2- ; 4
3. 3407, Renovation, Warren Miller, HYC, 5-3- ; 8T
4. 45, Figaro, Gerhard Wittich, LYC, 3-5- ; 8T
5. 21335, Firewater, Walter Horton, GBCA, 4-4- ; 8T

PHRF Spinnaker Distance B Series Standing – 2 races scored

Pos,Sail, Boat, Skipper, Yacht Club, Results, Total Points
1. 398, Flyer, Ben Miller, GBAC, 1-1- ; 2
2. 83076, FarFigNewton, David Nielsen, GBCA, 2-2- ; 4
3. 110, Restless, Robin Rice, Waterford, 4-3- ; 7T
4. 40645, Texas Ranger II, Chuck Wielchowsky, HYC, 3-4- ; 7T
5. 2342, Rodeo Clown, Jason Seibert, Seabrook, 5-5- ; 10

PHRF Spinnaker W/L Series Standing – 6 races scored

Pos,Sail, Boat, Skipper, Yacht Club, Results, Total Points
1. USA74, Second Star, J.D. Hill, LYC, 3-1-1-1-1-1- ; 8
2. US-51, Water Nymph lll, Brian Tulloch, HYC, 1-2-2-4-3-4- ; 16
3. 77, 77, George Cushing, GBCA, 2-3.5/TIE-3-5-2-5- ; 20.5
4. 5101, Pingo, Pedro Gianotti, GBCA, 4-3.5/TIE-5-2-5-2- ; 21.5
5. 31, Little Joe, Dan Sullivan, Southern Yacht Club, 5-6/DNS-4-3-4-3- ; 25   

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Photo by Jimmie Rogers

Photo by Jimmie Rogers

Photo by Jimmie Rogers

The J/70 North American Championship Arrives in Seabrook, Texas

May 11th, 2016

IMG 9765 The J/70 North American Championship Arrives in Seabrook, TexasLakewood Yacht Club welcomes over 160 crews of  sailors from around the world for the 2016 edition of the J/70 North American Championship. From May 19-22, competitors from all over the US, Japan, Brazil, Ireland, and Mexico will be vying for the title of North American Champion of the nation’s fastest-growing J/Boat class.

Welcoming judges from Canada, Mexico, Norway, and the US, Lakewood’s J/70 Chair and Yachtsman of the Year Al Goethe remarks “The boat has really attracted the attention of top-ranked sailors. Every boat has its own sweet spot. And the J/70 is a hugely popular race boat.”

Early arrivals the weekend before the race get the option of competing in the 34th annual Lakewood Shoe Regatta on Galveston Bay. Named for the boat shoes awarded to winning competitors, the race serves as a prime warm-up regatta for the J/70. Shoe Regatta competitors get to preview weather and race conditions of Galveston Bay as a trial run for the actual championship.

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David Schwope

While it’s all about competition on the racecourse, skippers and their crews look forward to exciting social events every night during race week. After winning the prestigious bid to host the J/70 world-class event this year, Lakewood promises to deliver on Texas hospitality. Through the generous support of our sponsors led by title sponsor Torqeedo, the club will headline entertainment by David Schwope, Kelly McGuire, and LC Roots. Additionally, Torqeedo will be sponsoring “Legacy” family awards for teams with two or more family members in the crew.

Lakewood has partnered with several local hotels to offer reasonable rates and event discounts for the J/70. Within driving distance from Houston, Hobby Airport, and Bush Intercontinental Airports, the surrounding area near Lakewood provides fun, unique dining and entertainment venues.

The deadline to enter the J/70 race is May 13, 2016. Registration details and information about the race are available at www.j70nac.com.

About Lakewood Yacht Club: Lakewood Yacht Club is a private, member-owned club reinventing the standard for a vibrant social life, exclusive yachting lifestyle, and premier youth sailing. One of the top ten yacht clubs in the nation, Lakewood beckons to those who love the water and live life to the fullest.

National Hospice Regatta Alliance

May 11th, 2016

Preparing Spin set National Hospice Regatta Alliance

The National Hospice Regatta Alliance held April 29 through May 1 st at Sea Scout Base Galveston was a big success. This annual championship helped raise much needed finds for hospice care throughout the United States. The Championship is an invitational regatta for sailors representing hospice regattas that are held in 25 U.S. communities and Toronto each year. This year’s event brought 12 teams to the island to compete in the Sonar class event. After 3 days of intense racing, a tie breaker decided the winner. The team from Haute de Grace, Yacht Club, Maryland, brought home the coveted “Virginia Brown Trophy”. The team from Nashville, Tennessee came in second, followed by Lake Norman, N.C. “We were delighted to bring the only national hospice charity sailing regatta to such a great facility in such a great sailing community,” said Tom Tomlinson, president of the National Hospice Regatta Alliance. That was surely evident as Galveston Community Sailing Center partnered up with HYC’s Jack Yoes and team who handled the R.C. and TCYC’s fleet captain, Pierce Owens who help arrange the loan of 6 additional Sonars.

“I am truly humbled by the amount of support we received from these two outstanding yacht clubs. They (HYC & TCYC) responded without hesitation to our every request. This speaks volumes to the spirit of these two clubs and makes us proud to be associated with them.” said Mike Janota, director of Galveston Community Sailing Center at SSBG.

Race Start National Hospice Regatta Alliance

Flounder Gigging Tips

May 1st, 2016

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By Brandon Rowan

Judging by this Spring, it appears we may have a banner year for flounder on our hands. I made multiple flounder gigging outings in March and April to Galveston’s West Bay and found more, and larger flounder than I have in the past five years. I believe this is thanks to the recent regulations enacted during November and December when these fish are most vulnerable. There were plenty big beds spotted and several fish found their way to my stringer this Spring. Gig some flatties in May and June with these tips:

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Which Tide?

Traditional wisdom says to gig right after a low tide but I consistently find more fish during the outgoing tide, a few hours before its lowest point. Flounder move to the flats to intercept bait pushed from shorelines and drains. Fish gigged during this time were full of newly hatched shad. Be warned though, visibility can be trickier if the outgoing tide is particularly strong. It can be very hard to see beneath the moving water if you use a lantern as your light source, which brings me to my next point.

PVC gigging lights

The gigging light on top was made with a mr16 LED bulb sealed in the PVC with a lexan lens and is powered by eight AA rechargeable batteries. The light on the bottom was made with a superbrightleds.com 10 watt IP68 marine light and is powered by a Tenergy 14.8v Li-Ion battery pack.

Light Em’ Up

Work toward building a submersible LED light out of PVC. Ripples on the bay’s surface will not disturb your visibility as badly compared to a lantern. You can purchase a pre-made gigging light but the web is full of plans and ideas for building your own. This 2cool thread in particular has some great information.

These light builds aren’t difficult and can be completed with a soldering iron, silicone sealant, light source, battery, PVC cement, PVC saw and of course, PVC. Lexan is required as a lens if you are waterproofing an LED module but there are several waterproof IP68 options out there like the 20 watt Eclipse from Oznium.com or this 2″ marine spotlight from Superbrightleds.com. Many connect their lights to an exterior 12v battery worn in a backpack or fanny pack but I prefer to connect to a rechargeable battery pack housed within the PVC.

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Where Are They?

The south shoreline of Galveston’s West Bay has miles of suitable gigging territory. You’ll find flounder in a variety of different habitats and at different depths. I’ve gigged flounder in just inches of water, as well as knee-deep water. Pay attention when you come near a shell point. Flounder will hug close to the sides and backs of these. The shorelines along or outside a marsh drain are also great. Flounder stack up in these areas to feed on bait escaping the flow of the outgoing tide. Sandy flats between shell pads and reefs are also worth searching. Marshy areas near grass are also productive but can be tougher to navigate on foot due to soft mud bottoms. Be ready if you spot abundant baitfish, beds or even undersized flounder as there could be legal flounder close by.

Remember, the minimum length for flounder in Texas is 14 inches with a bag limit of five fish. It’s best to leave a flounder alone if it looks too close to this length. Better safe than sorry.

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Don’t Be Afraid of the Moon

Many hesitate to gig under a full moon but don’t let that discourage you. I gigged four fish, up to 20 inches, in an hour’s time one night during April’s full moon. Wind speed (a light SE for West Bay) and tide should be the most important factors in selecting a night to gig. Use this link to check the tides in Texas, this link to see the marine forecast for the upper coast and this link to see current wind speed on Galveston Island.

Shell is Comfortable?

I gigged two good sized flounder this Spring laying directly on shell pads. This isn’t the first time I’ve seen this and it probably won’t be the last. In fact, I once missed a personal best fish by hurrying past a heavy shell area while walking the flats. By the time I realized I was looking at a 24+ inch fish she was spooked off by my less-than-stealthy approach. Keep an eye out for this and push that gig down hard.

The Future of Fishing As We Know It

May 1st, 2016

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By Thomas J. HiltonHilton’s Realtime Navigator

Few Americans realize there are forces at play that are silently working to reshape how we are going to be able to access and enjoy our own public trust natural resources, (in this case, our red snapper), now and for future generations to come.

Millions upon millions of dollars have been poured into a concept called “catch shares” in our nation’s fisheries these last few years by environmental corporations, with the full knowledge and complicity of our federal government. It is a slick campaign, put forward by public relations/marketing firms to paint catch shares as a needed “conservation” tool to restore depleted fisheries. In reality, catch shares are an “economic” tool, a mechanism that converts our public trust resources into private commodities – taking from what each American owns and giving it to a few well-connected corporations free of charge.

The name does what it implies; taking what they catch, and converting them into shares, similar to shares of stock on Wall Street where the “owners” can sell, lease or trade them for profit. When you are on the ground floor of this scam, it is a massive transfer of wealth from the many (all Americans) to the few, and we are talking hundreds of millions of dollars here.

Unlike other public resources like oil, gas, and timber where rents are paid to the government for usage of the public resources, these shares are being granted to favored groups free of charge. To add insult to injury, the resource rents are diverted and paid to the corporations each year instead of to the nation, and the shares handed down to heirs as assets for generations to come. In my opinion, this is grand felony theft of the highest magnitude and nobody is being held accountable.

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“If these groups get their way, the days of an American fisherman taking his kids fishing, catching a fish and placing that fish in their cooler “for free” are coming to an end.”

In the case of Gulf of Mexico fisheries, catch shares were introduced to the commercial red snapper fishery in 2007 when the Magnuson-Stevens language was added in our fisheries law by the Environmental Defense Fund’s “Oceans Team.” This “innovative market approach” gave 51% ownership of Gulf red snapper to a few commercial fishing corporations which today I estimate to be worth around $300 million. Many of the catch share “owners” have since sold their boats and don’t even go fishing at all, and instead opt to rent their shares to other commercial operations for $3.00/pound or more.

Al Capone would be proud of these guys, skimming hundreds of thousands of dollars per year, per owner, off of the harvest of America’s public trust resources while the nation, nor the fisheries, benefit from one red dime. They are laughing all the way to the bank, at your expense.

Now the enviro corporations, their front groups, and our own federal government are attempting to implement catch shares into our Gulf recreational fisheries. This is where I am compelled to draw the line. If these groups get their way, the days of an American fisherman taking his kids fishing, catching a fish and placing that fish in their cooler “for free” are coming to an end. You will be required to pay SOMEBODY in order to bring fish that YOU catch back home to eat. This will most likely be accomplished through the use of fish tags.

For example, recently under a pilot program for the Gulf headboats, each boat was given a certain number of fish tags with which the boat owners could utilize any way they wanted. Some operations offered their normal trips at $80/person with the option of catching (and keeping) one red snapper – that is, if you purchased a red snapper tag for $25. Wow. What a deal.

Recently, the Gulf Council segregated Gulf recreational fishermen based on what type of boat they fish upon, either a private vessel or a for-hire vessel, so that they could discriminate against one group for the benefit of the other. I find it appalling that our own federal government has resurrected failed management policies such as segregation and discrimination in order to push this privatization scheme, but that is exactly what is happening.

The proof is in the pudding – 2015 was the first year that gave different season days to the two groups. Private boats got 10 days and the for-hire boats got 44 days, and the 2016 red snapper season looks even worse for the average American Gulf fisherman. Remember, these are all recreational fishermen catching the fish – it really shouldn’t matter what type of boat they are fishing from, but separating them is essential to the next step; granting ownership of the fish to the for-hire sector of boat owners.

These are mafia-style tactics. Our own federal government is squeezing honest tax-paying American citizens into shorter and shorter red snapper seasons using bogus data to justify their actions, and then forcing the fishermen to accept the so-called “solution” of catch shares, or else be shut out of the fishery. Currently, the Gulf private recreational fisherman is prohibited from fishing for red snapper in federal waters for about 98% of the year – that is unless you want to pay a charter or head boat to take you, or…coming soon on your own boat…fish tag$.

The NMFS has failed all of us in this scam and needs to be fired, plain and simple. There is a bill that needs all of our support at the Congressional level; H.R. 3094 which would transfer management of the Gulf red snapper to the five Gulf states. We need to stop this privatization scheme now, as it will certainly not stop at red snapper – it will encompass every single federally-managed fish that swims in the ocean.

Please contact your Congressional representative and voice your support of this bill – your kids’ and their kids’ fishing future depends on it.

The Galley: Beer Pairings With Seafood

May 1st, 2016

By Betha Merit

Forget the Sauvignon Blanc  and Pinot Grigio for your seafood culinary accompaniments. Or, better yet, you assess your guests and enjoy the new age of beer. With the rise of craft beers, imports, and old standards, there are brewski choices that will make any chef proud.

The rule of thumb for seafood is for less hoppy styles. A Belgian Saison or light German lager or blonde ales pair well with a simpler recipe for fish or shellfish. By adding heavier sauces or pasta, you can go for heartier versions of German lagers or wheat beer. Then again, the old adage of “drink what you like” can still apply. Only you know what is your entertainment goal. To please your guests, is the likely choice. Ahhhh, freedom of expression.

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Flounder With Green Sauce

  • 4 fresh flounder fillets
  • salt & pepper to taste
    For sauce combine:
  • 1/2 container of Alouette herb and garlic spreadable cheese
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup fresh chopped parsley
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions
  • 4 TBSP fresh meyer lemon juice
  • Dash of Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 peeled, de-seeded cucumber, grated

Pat four flounder fish filets with salt and pepper. Saute in butter or olive oil until flakey. Serve sauce on fish. A great accompaniment is potatoes, see next recipe.

Dirty Potatoes

  • 4 medium white potatoes
  • 1/2 stick butter
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup chopped green onions
  • salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

Cut up un-peeled washed potatoes into cubes and boil in water until done but not too soft. Drain water. While still warm cut up butter into potatoes, add onions and salt and pepper.

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Shrimp & Broccoli Tortiglioni Pasta

  • 8 oz. tortiglioni or rotini pasta boiled in 6 cups of water, cooked al dente
  • 3 cups frozen broccoli, thawed
  • 2 TBSP olive oil
  • 1 pound peeled and deveined large gulf shrimp
  • 2 teaspoons meyer lemon peel zest
  • 3 TBSP unsalted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

Heat a large skillet or pan over high heat, adding oil to swirl and coat. Add shrimp to pan, saute two minutes. Stir in lemon peel, cook another minute. Add drained pasta, broccoli, butter, and lemon juice to pan. Saute another minute until broccoli is to your liking, stirring occasionally. (Hint, you can pre-cook broccoli if desired). Gently stir all ingredients and sprinkle with black pepper.

Another Successful Keels and Wheels

May 1st, 2016

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By Patty Kane | Photography by Debra Rueb and Charles Milby

keelswheels1 Another Successful Keels and WheelsA key ingredient to having a successful outdoor event is the weather and Mother Nature provided two nice days for the 21st Annual Keels and Wheels Concours d’ Elegance held the last weekend in April at Lakewood Yacht Club in Seabrook.

The country’s largest classic car and boat Concours gets better every year and this year was no exception. Tne crowd was able to view a rare display of the world’s finest examples of classic automobiles and an astounding collection of mint condition vintage wooden yachts.

The event is a draw for families as well as car and boat collectors and enthusiasts from all over the United States and the world. The beautiful grounds at Lakewood Yacht Club, located at 2425 NASA Parkway, make the perfect setting for exhibitors to show off their most prized vehicles while the picturesque Lakewood harbor is equally appropriate for displaying the pristine wooden boats. Visitors to the event are drawn back to the grace and beauty of days gone by.


Over the years the event has raised more than $1.5 million for local charities. Proceeds from this year’s event will once again go to the Boys & Girls Harbor. Attendees not only have a wonderful time but contribute to a worthy cause.

Keels & Wheels is the product of a lot of hard work and is the brain child of founders and Concours Chairmen Bob Fuller and Paul Merryman. Bob and his wife Judy, Laura Power, Paul and the Keels & Wheels Board are dedicated to making the event a big success every year. The Lakewood members who donate their time are also an important part of making Keels & Wheels able to continue year after year.

Fuller thanks the generosity of the 2016 sponsors. If you would like to be a sponsor for this spectacular event in 2017, contact Bob Fuller at 713- 521-0105 or email keelsnwheelssec@comcast.net.


Houston’s Flood Problem

April 29th, 2016

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Buffalo Bayou spills out of its banks between Memorial Drive and Allen Parkway on April 18, 2016 after heavy rains. Photo by Jim Olive.

By Janice Van Dyke Walden

Spring rains have hit Houston, and at the time of this writing, the Bayou City is flooding once again.

While offices are closed and workers stay home, the clock ticks on the 30-day public comment period for a Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) document that will affect future permitting on roads, storm water runoff and setting aside land to offset flooding.

The 53-page Permit to Discharge is TXDOT’s first attempt to standardize the agency’s permitting process across the State of Texas as it relates to water discharge.  The nation’s second largest environmental agency, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), has the document under review, and concerned environmentalists want to have time to study the permit and recommend changes.

Attorney and Galveston Baykeeper Board Member Jen Powis first heard of the document a couple of days before our talk on April 11, 2016.  Her requests to TCEQ for a copy in that first week did not produce the draft on her desk, but she has since obtained a copy of the document filed as Permit No. WQ005011000.

“Impervious surface is my concern,” says Powis, who lives in Houston.  No one doubts that flooding in the nation’s fourth largest city is due to more roads, higher density living and less surface area to absorb water when rainfall occurs.  What concerns Powis and her Baykeeper colleagues is how the State is going to allow more flooding through regulatory holes in the system   For about two years, she and other members of Galveston Baykeepers have been watching TXDOT’s moves toward “one, big statewide permit” system that could pave the way for more development and less saving of water-absorbing land.

About 27 states have adopted the policy of one permit for their entire transportation system, but with more highway miles than any other state, Texas has an unmatched amount of paving along with a variety of landscape to consider.

Till now, TXDOT has issued permits based on the specific conditions of each community.  Powis favors this approach, adding, “I’m a strong proponent of local solutions for specific places.  We all know that Houston looks very different from the Edwards Aquifer.”

Powis would also like to see metrics applied to the permitting process.  One metric would be to factor daily and statewide flow rates  – how much storm water flows through a community – to determine how and where development can occur.  This would be tied to the permitting process.

“A lot of the time we try to build our way out of the problem,” say Powis, “versus preserving land at the beginning.”  She and the other Galveston Baykeepers want to see TXDOT have more foresight in the allocation of green infrastructure.  “The burden should be on the developer to incorporate mitigation in the project,” says Powis.  She’d like to see the revised TXDOT permitting system require developers to set aside land to offset the impervious cover they create.  In an area like Houston, only one enforcement body controls such a process now, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), and the rule doesn’t apply to all conditions.

USACE has jurisdiction over all federal waters, including wetlands under the Clean Water Act (CWA).  But under CWA, land is only a wetland if it lies within the 100-year flood plain or connects to a body of water under federal jurisdiction.  Since most of Houston’s prairie and inland wetlands are technically not termed as wetlands under CWA, developers have been able to build on these parcels without mitigating or even going through the federal permit process.

Galveston Baykeepers’ Board Member John Jacob sees that TXDOT’s new permitting process could not only support federal wetland law, but go further to protect now unprotected land – the prairie and inland wetlands – and further offset urban flooding and poor water quality.

Of the couple of Houston parcels that Jacob cites as unprotected wetland “already gone” is Generation Park, a 4,000-acre business development less than a mile west of Houston’s drinking water source, Lake Houston.  Of the 4,000 acres, Jacob says that 67% (1,300 acres) were wetland.  The master plan calls for allocating less than 20% to green infrastructure.  In this case, if TXDOT had such a rule in its permitting structure, it could help protect both Houston’s drinking water and the water quality of Sheldon Lake State Park on Generation Park’s south boundary by requiring mitigation.

Jacob has been following the dramatic loss of inland wetlands for years.  He serves as Director of Texas A&M’s Texas Coastal Watershed Program.   In a 2014 Texas A&M AgriLife Extension report, Jacob notes that in the 12 years between 1992 and 2010, Harris County and the 7 surrounding counties lost over 30% of their freshwater wetlands.  “Coastal, tidal wetlands – about 10% to 20% of the State’s total wetland inventory – are not under threat like the prairie wetlands,” says Jacob, where most of Texas’ wetland inventory lies.  And, those prairie wetlands dot the periphery of Houston’s urban sprawl, mostly in tracts less than one-acre in size.

Jacob calls Texas’ prairie and inland wetlands the “lymph nodes” of our ecology.  “They are cleaning the water, purifying the water.”

So why should the loss of wetlands 30 miles inland concern a coastal fisherman?  Jacob puts it in simple terms: “Less wetlands: more flooding: worse water quality: less fish.”

Meanwhile, the opportunity for public review and comment narrows, with TCEQ’s comment period ending May 7th.

To find out more about how Galveston Baykeepers is working to protect Texas’ coastal water quality, visit: www.galvestonbaykeeper.org/threats

Frothing Over Spring Surf

March 2nd, 2016

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Connor Eck, Galveston. Photo by Adam Valadez.

Stay salty with these boards and accessories perfect for surfing Texas this spring.

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MRS PALMERS – Tropical Warm Wax. This ultra sticky warm water wax provides the best grip.







ZINKA – Nosecoat. Zinka is 25% Zinc Oxide, visible on your skin, reflects sunlight, blocks out UVA & UVB rays and is water resistant. Comes in a variety of colors. www.zinka.com







CAPTAIN FIN – Joel Tudor 9.5. Designed by legendary longboarder, Joel Tudor, for long nose rides and quick turns. www.captainfin.com





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RIVIERA – 10’6” Original. This paddleboard is perfect for first timers. It has a slightly pulled in nose and pinched rails for better maneuverability in the surf. www.rivierapaddlesurf.com

STRIVE – The Cruzer. This timeless design will keep you on the nose or trimming down the line. Available in 9’3”, 9’6” and 10”. www.strivesurfboards.com

RUSTY – The Dwart. Easy paddling, a fast ride, effortless glide, and lip blasting vertical capabilities, all packed into one board. Available in a variety of sizes. www.rustysurfboards.com




What’s In Your Bag? Custom Art Work by Jenifer Sundrla

March 2nd, 2016

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Jenifer Sundrla, local Bay Area Houston artist.

jensun logo Whats In Your Bag? Custom Art Work by Jenifer SundrlaJenifer Sundrla, a local Bay Area Houston artist, specializes in paintings and also enjoys creating murals, portraits and illustrations.  She mostly draws her inspiration from the sea. Her custom art work and murals have been featured in television episodes of Extreme Home Makeover and she has illustrated two children’s books.

Her beautiful, nautical art work is now available at Eagles Nest Gallery in Kemah. Jenifer’s creative works are the perfect wall accessory for home and yacht! For more information about Jenifer Sundrla’s art go to www.JenSunArt.com.



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