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Meet Tom, The Boat Coach

April 30th, 2018

boatcoach 227x300 Meet Tom, The Boat CoachMy first encounter to boating was being drug up and down the San Bernard River near Churchill bridge behind a Yellow Jacket 15’ runabout trying to mount the skis – yes, two skis.

I graduated to boat building during 11th grade summer break when my best friend and I decided to create a sailboat with no plans or even pictures. Remarkably, it turned out to look about right for a Laser.  The designer, my buddy, was a little ahead of his time and went on to graduate UT as an aeronautical engineer and a career at NASA

I was addicted, and from then on I cannot remember ever not owning at least one boat. There was always something to be installed, repaired or improved on any boat I owned. My passion crowded the need for 100% adherence to my real job. But it was easier when I bought a Offshore 27 Choey Lee sloop, had it trucked into Houston and planted in my driveway for a major refit, including refreshing the mast and rigging.

Can you imagine the West University ordinance police if that was tried now! But still it was not the boat I had in mind for what I had in mind.

I had upgraded to a 40’ Valiant and proposed to my girlfriend that we take off and spend a year cruising the Caribbean. She said ‘let’s go!’ and off we sailed for a year across the Gulf, the Keys, Bahamas, DR, Virgins and Windwards and Leewards to the Grenadines. 

When you’re out on a trip like that, you might need to know how to fix whatever went wrong.      

For boat consulting, call Tom at 713-254-3105. First 12 callers to make an appointment get one hour free.

Calling all Women Sailors: Celebrating 31 years of Windward Bound Sailing Camp June 6-9, 2018

January 11th, 2018

WSA Team O BY ED MATUSZAK 1024x636 Calling all Women Sailors: Celebrating 31 years of Windward Bound Sailing Camp June 6 9, 2018

The Houston Yacht Club’s Women’s Sailing Association is now accepting applications for their 2018 Windward Bound Sailing Camp for Women, which will be held June 6-9 at the Houston Yacht Club. The overnight camp is open to all women who are 21 years or older.

Windward Bound Sailing Camp is a great opportunity to learn, expand, or enhance your knowledge and skills in sailing. This camp is the only program of its kind on the bay. It is all about women teaching women how to sail in a fun, friendly, and safe environment. The camp will help you gain new confidence, new skills, and new friends; and is for those new to sailing, those who are familiar with the sport but want to expand their knowledge and skills, and for the experienced sailor who wants to race competitively.

The format of the camp is residential, concentrated, and objective-oriented and features small group instruction with individualized attention. The counselors are accomplished women sailors with years of experience in cruising, racing and teaching other women to sail.

The camp is broken down into four categories to include:

Waves (Beginners): Great for first-time sailors or those of you that need a refresher on the basics! We will focus on terminology, rigging, boat handling skills, sailing theory, and becoming comfortable and confident on the water. Our enthusiastic instructors guide sailors through hands on lessons and adventures making time on the water enjoyable and safe.

Flamingos (Intermediate): After mastering the basics of sailing, our Flamingo group will continue to sharpen their rigging, boat handling and terminology skills. In addition to becoming more comfortable with your beginner knowledge, you will also be introduced to detailed lessons on wind and waves and how they relate to your boat. Intermediate sailing is taught with a greater emphasis on the sailor’s self-reliance; we expect that once the course is completed, the sailor can rig, launch, sail out and back, without assistance and with confidence and efficiency.

Nautigirls (Advanced): Experienced sailors will learn to sharpen their sailing skills. Lesson will be given on fine tuning a boat for speed, skippering, spinnakers, and racing. This group of sailors will perform drills that will enhance their understanding of boat speed and small boat racing.

Mermaids (Big Boat): Sailors in this group will discover all things related to big boats! We will teach the basics of sailing but will also cover details of crewing on or owning a large boat (30+ feet) – everything from working the head to steering with a wheel versus a tiller and maneuvering in and out of the dock. All skill levels are welcome.

Camp Registration

Open to HYC members and non-members but numbers are limited. Registration deadline is May 1, 2018.

Camp Costs:

The cost for camp is $500 for HYC members and $650 for non-HYC members. Camp costs cover room and board, camp shirt, instruction, boat usage and banquet.

Experience the freedom and camaraderie of women’s sailing. For more information, contact one of our co-directors: Joanne Humphries, humphriesjc@hotmail.com or Martha Gillett at fifimg2@gmail.com. You may also contact the HYC office at 281-471- 1255. To download the Windward Bound Camp application, please visit us online at http://houstonyachtclub.com/Portals/0/News/wwb_app_18.pdf.