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Sea Star Base Koch Cup Awards

November 6th, 2017

Sea Star Base Galveston recently hosted the 9th Biennial William I. Koch International Sea Scout Cup Regional Regatta Trial, “Aggie Cup”,  Saturday, September 23, on Offatt’s Bayou, 7409 Broadway.

The oldest continuing qualifier for the Koch Cup, the regatta is open to any Sea Scout Crew in a Southern Region Ship, and is one of four races held in Scouting’s Southern Region. Qualifiers from the regatta will compete in the William I Koch International Sea Scout Cup to be held at Sea Star Base Galveston in 2018. Regatta Director is Skipper Dan Wilson, Commodore of Sam Houston Are Council that includes Houston and the surrounding 16 counties.

Admission to the race was open to all Southern Region  and is governed by the ISAF Racing Rules of Sailing 2017 – 2020, Boy Scouts of America Guide to Safe Scouting, posted Aggie Cup sailing instructions and the Official Notice of Racing, the regatta is a Sea Scouts, BSA event. Sailors  compete on  FJ’s, or Flying Junior, which are popularly used to teach young sailors the skills of boat handling and racing.

At the conclusion of the races, following the protest and penalty review, winners were announced as follows:

  • 1st place:  Ship 1000, Andrew Vandling  and Isaac Barkely
  • 2nd place: Ship 45, Ryan Shaw and Kaytlynn Welsch
  • 3rd place: Ship 846, Zander Sexton and Simon Sexton
  • 4th place: Ship 45, Jonathan Franks and Bo Steber
  • 5th place: Ship 45, Esteban Garcia and Amber Steber

Sea Star Base Galveston is a high-adventure aquatic destination offering marine and maritime education programs that foster teamwork, skills, lifetime leadership, and independence in body, mind, and spirit. The Base offers sailing and educational programs for youth, adults, and physically challenged individuals.

For information on upcoming regattas or SSBG Community Sailing programs go to www.ssbgalveston.org or call (409) 572-2560.

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Koch Cup Regatta Trials, 1st place – L – R: Dan Wilson, Commodore of San Houston Area Council, Andrew Vandling and Isaac Barkely

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Koch Cup Regatta Trials, 2nd place – L – R: Kaitlynn Welsch, Commodore Dan Wilson, and Ryan Shaw

Koch Cup Regatta Trials, 3rd place – L – R: Zander Sexton, Dan Wilson, and Simon Sexton

Koch Cup Regatta Trials, 4th place – L – R: Jonathan Franks, Bo Steber, and Skipper Dan Wilson

Gift Guide for Surfers

November 1st, 2017

Surfers Gift Guide Gift Guide for Surfers

Rob Sawyer (@singlefinsociety) in Galveston. Photo by Adam Valadez (@adamisraelvaladez)

CAPTAIN FIN 272x300 Gift Guide for Surfers

CAPTAIN FIN Slasher El Bull 6.5 – The Slasher is a must have. This fin works best in 2+1 longboards providing smooth rail-to-rail surfing and tight turns. www.captainfin.com

TRUEAMES Greenough 4-A Volan – Chuck Ames and the crew at TrueAmes make some of the best fins in the world, by hand, in California. The 10” Greenough 4-A Volan is an all around great fin for any singlefin longboard. www.trueames.com

BIRDWELL BEACH BRITCHES 311 Medium Length Boardshorts – Handmade in the USA with a lifetime guarantee. These iconic boardshorts are made with SurfNyl fabric for strength, comfort, and durability. They also feature triple lace closure with nickel plated grommets and the signature Birdwell wax pocket. www.birdwell.com

BEECH BRAND Serape Beach Towel – Beech Brand towels were created and designed for surfers. These towels have a revolutionary antimicrobial technology to help prevent the growth on a wide array of odor and stain causing bacteria, fungi, mold, mildew, algae, and is environmentally friendly. www.beechbrand.com

BRIXTON Bells Straw Hat – This wide brimmed straw hat from Brixton is key for long beach days. This hat will provide full coverage protection for the face, neck and ears. It is also lightweight. www.swell.com

PICKLE WAX REMOVER – The Pickle Wax Remover® is a unique tool used to remove the surf wax from any surfboard. It is not only green in color it is “green” for the environment. The Pickle contains 100% recycled ingredients and does not contain or use any harsh chemicals. The Pickle is reusable and can clean board after board after board. www.picklewaxremover.com

SMITH OPTICS Lowdown ChromaPop – Smith Optics’ signature sunglasses with ChromaPop color enhancing technology make beach days easier on the eyes. These lenses are impact-resistant and offer 100% UV protection. www.smithoptics.com

AQUATECH AxisGO iPhone Water Housing – AxisGO™ is the ultimate Smartphone Imaging System. Designed to protect your iPhone from the harshest weather conditions, while offering the freedom to safely capture those special moments underwater. Capture beautiful images and stunning video with ease, then share instantly with full touchscreen sensitivity. www.aquatech.net

 

CANVAS SURFBOARDS Purchase Longboard – The Purchase is the perfect classic noserider. Its deep dish concave in the upper third portion of the board makes for long nose rides through critical sections. It does it all. www.canvassurfboards.com

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: http://scores.hssailing.org/f16/laserperformance-cressy-full/
  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:  http://scores.hssailing.org/f16/laserperformance-cressy-radial/
  3. The championships were held right here in Galveston Bay at the new Sea Scout facilityhttp://ssbgalveston.org/).  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: http://ssbgalveston.org/community.php#anchor1).
  4. I recommend visiting this 200+ bed facility it and hope that it hosts many more regattas (Link to view facility: http://ssbgalveston.org/events.php  AND http://ssbgalveston.org/events_contact.php).  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.  http://2016singlehanded.collegesailing.org

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

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

Electric

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

Galveston Marsh Fishing and Kayaking Report

August 24th, 2016

redfish 1 Galveston Marsh Fishing and Kayaking ReportBy Cody Phillips of Galveston Kayak Charters

During the middle of summer, it’s hard to get your fix AKA time on the water. That’s why this time of year until the first signs of fall, I am on the water by 3 a.m. With temps hovering around a hundred by midday water temps are well into the nineties. This makes me focus my fishing in or around marsh. This time of year I make sure there is plenty of foliage to keep the water cool into the mid day hours. Using this strategy has kept my clients and I on solid redfish during this heat wave. It’s amazing a couple of degrees in water temp will make or break a marsh fishing adventure. I’ve put this theory to the test up and down the Texas coast and the end results are all the same big red fish in less than 2 feet of water.

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Egret Baits Mambo Mullets in Golden Nugget

Preferred baits:

When it comes to baits of choice Egret Mambo Mullets in Golden Nugget and solid chartreuse have been my go-to. Then Egret Wedgetails in Plumb/Chartreuse for fishing over thick grass and cover.

Preferred boats:

One of the kayaks I recommend is the Ocean Kayak Prowler 13. This boat is incredibly fast able to paddle long distances with little too much effort. Another reason is it is a very quiet hull enable to go in the shallowest of marshes when the tide is below normal.

Native Watercraft's Versa Board Angler

Native Watercraft’s Versa Board Angler

The second boat I recommend is Native Watercraft’s Versa Board Angler. It is a crossbreed between a paddle board and a kayak. This boat is very wide and glides across the water. This is a great advantage when you’re standing up push polling through the marsh sight casting redfish.

To book a trip with Cody, call 832-339-4441.

Cristina Maldonado

Cristina Maldonado with a beautifully spotted redfish out of Galveston.

Phillip Grosman with his first ever redfish.

Phillip Grosman with his first ever redfish.

 

Sea Scout Base Galveston Short-course Fleet Racing Regatta

August 10th, 2016

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Short-course Fleet Racing Regatta
Notice of Regattas 2016
September 17-18
October 22-23
November 12-13

Host

The Texas OPEN Short-Course Fleet Racing Regattas will be hosted by Sea Scout Base Galveston at Sea Base Galveston, 7509 Broadway, Galveston Texas 77554.

Schedule

Saturday

0800 Breakfast
0900 Competitors meeting
1000 First Race
Last Race of the day NLT 1700
Pizza and beverages after racing

Sunday

0800 Breakfast
0900 Competitors meeting
1000 First Race
Last Race of the day NLT 1400

Boats

Racing will be in 18+ Collegiate FJs provided by Sea Base Galveston

Format

The regatta will be OPEN short-course fleet racing (10-15 minutes per race), available to high school, college and seasoned dinghy sailors. If more than 18 teams (i.e., skipper and crew) register, two fleets may be designated. Boats will be assigned to competitors, and there will be no rotation of boats. The regatta will be governed by the rules as defined in the Racing Rules of Sailing 2013-2016. Everyone is encouraged to bring a refillable water bottle.

Housing

Housing will be available at Sea Scout Base Galveston, the site of the regatta. Reservations should be made directly with Eva LaFour (409-572-2560 x1002). Sea Base is offering accommodations for $50/night/person. These are apartment suites with shared bathroom; rooms can accommodate males and females). Housing reservations with Sea Base should be arranged at least one week in advance.

Berths and Entries

Berths will be available to the first 18 teams registered (see below). Additional teams will be added if a second division is created. Below is the link for the regatta network form. Entry requires $60 fee and $100 damage deposit (damage deposit to “Sea Scout Base Galveston.”)

Registration

Von Steuben Day Regatta (September)
https://www.regattanetwork.com/clubmgmt/applet_registration_form.php?regatta_id=11577

Boo Bowl Regatta (October)
https://www.regattanetwork.com/clubmgmt/applet_registration_form.php?regatta_id=11578

Chili Bowl Regatta (November)
https://www.regattanetwork.com/clubmgmt/applet_registration_form.php?regatta_id=11579

Galveston Yacht Basin: Galveston Island’s Historical Fishing and Boating Icon

July 5th, 2016

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For over 40 years Galveston Yacht Basin has been the center of boating on the Gulf coast. Our friendly staff is highly motivated to make your experience at GYB flawless.

We’re located just minutes from the Gulf of Mexico right off the Galveston Ship Channel at a location which simply no other marina can offer. Conveniently positioned within the heart of Galveston Island. Beaches, shopping, hotels, night life, dining, and the historical strand district are within a few miles of GYB. Our convenient location and surrounding amenities allows everyone the opportunity to enjoy their time on the island while the avid anglers are exploring the endless inshore and offshore fishing that only the gulf coast can offer. Explore our website and you’ll learn how GYB can be the center of your own fun-filled boating and island adventure.

Amenities:

Ship Store outside b 11-5-14 edited 630 pixShip Store – Conveniently located in the heart of the marina next to the boat launch. The Ship Store offers all of your general boating needs as well as basic food and drink items. Items can be special ordered and delivered to your boat upon request.

Bait Camp – Frozen/artificial offshore bait, inshore/offshore tackle, live shrimp, croaker, crab, mud minnows, frozen shrimp, and crab.

IMG_3080 630 pixThe View Deck – Come enjoy a beer and the view!

Boat Rentals – Caribbean Breeze is at GYB offering parasailing, jet skis, kayaks/canoes, fishing boats, pontoon boats, and sailboats for rental.

Yacht Service – R&S Yacht Serviceis based out of GYB and will be happy to meet any of your boat service needs such as boat cleaning/detailing, outboard motors, inboard motors, electronics, generators, canvas, and fiberglass.

LogoBoat Brokerage – Johnston & Mayer is GYB’s onsite boat broker who offers years of experience in both power and sailboats.

Ron HooverRon Hoover is now selling used and brokered boats at GYB.

 

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Contact Information:

  • 409-765-3000 or 800-866-BUOY(2869)
  • 601 N Holiday Drive Galveston, TX 77550 (Club House)
  • 715 N. Holiday Drive Galveston, TX 77550 (Marina)