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Boating | Yachting | Sailing | Racing | Kayaking | Fishing | Coastal Lifestyle May/June 2013 |

Celebrating Coastal Life

A great summer offshore ahead Story on page 14

Racing advice from the pros Story on page 16

The boating industry looks bright in 2013 Story on page 12


“Time is the great equalizer; it waits for no one.”


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Charles Milby Publisher

Commodore (Director of Art) Brandon Rowan First Mate (Graphic Designer) Victoria Ugalde Sales Commodore (Director of Sales) Patty Kane Sales Crew (Advertising Executives) Shannon Alexander Patty Bederka Ashley Karlen Kathleen McNeil Debbie Salisbury Amber Sample Editorial Don Armstrong Rod Evans Terry Flynn Capt. Joe Kent Barbara Meeks Betha Merit Charles Milby David Walker Photography Thomas Meric Charles Milby Amber Sample Brian Stewart Franklin Viola Pam Wright Distribution Timothy Shinkle Company Admin. Assistant Lillian Harmon LF



for no one. Just ask the guy who needs to pull his boat and get a bottom job or the guy due to stand the next watch. You only have twenty four hours in a day and anytime you can spend quality time with your family and friends on the water is time well spent. We look forward to having you on board with us as we shove off on this grand adventure. Look for us all over the Bay Area, we’ll be there. Putting this magazine in your hands and online is a team effort. When the whole crew works together good things happen. I want to thank my colleagues for their hard work; it’s truly been a labor of love for me and my thanks go out for a job well done.

Navigator (Editor) Mary Alys Cherry


ay Group Media is proud to introduce the new Gulf Coast Mariner bi-monthly magazine. Our goal and focus is to further economically develop the boating, fishing and the entire Gulf Coast maritime industry. Along with the popular topics above, we will feature articles on bird watching, waterfront properties, gourmet galley cooking and more. When it comes to Gulf Coast lifestyles we have it covered. The entire magazine can be accessed online at www., which means you can read it anywhere during your travels around the globe. Gulf Coast Mariner Magazine strives to promote the theme of safety during your fun time on the water. Time is the only thing that binds us all together. Time is the great equalizer; it waits

Rear Admiral (President) Rick Clapp


That’s what it’s all about

Admiral (Publisher) Charles Milby


[Letter from the Publisher]

Gulf Coast Mariner Magazine P.O. Box 1032 Seabrook, TX 77586 Phone: 281.474.5875 Fax: 281.474.1443

CONTENTS May/June 2013 8 | Ram 1500

The 2013 Truck of Texas features bestin-class towing and options specifically tailored to outdoorsmen.

16 | Advice from the Pros A discussion on racing strategy and tactics with J-22 North American and World Champion Terry Flynn.

By Don Armstrong

10 | Kayaking

Kayaking is for everyone! The Gulf Coast provides ample opportunities for this great outdoor sport. By Barbara Meeks

12 | Making Waves

After weathering some down days, the boating industry is poised for a breakout in 2013. By Rod Evans

14 | Offshore Fishing

A great summer of fishing ahead! Migratory pelagic species will soon be roaming the near shore waters of the Gulf. By Capt. Joe Kent

18 | The Lady

Tommy Dickey’s 1970 Grand Banks 32’ By Charles Milby

20 | Waterfront Lifestyle

Scenic views near Nassau Bay’s nature preserve. A tour of the Yates’ 3,800 square foot waterfront home. By Betha Merit

ON THE COVER Todd Gardner and Heather Hughes cut a glassy-wake on a vintage Boston Whaler Supercat 17 off Texas City Dike in Galveston Bay. Photo: ©Franklin Viola



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Email us for a free gift certificate to Floyd’s Cajun Seafood!

Photo: Pam Wright

Photo: Amber Sample

Raise a sail with the Leukemia Cup Regatta JUNE 22-23 Houston Yacht Club will present its 15th annual Leukemia Cup Regatta on June 22-23. This exciting event combines both racing and fundraising. It will be sailed in dinghies, one-design and cruising boats. Trophies for sailing and fundraising will be presented in each class. The overall Leukemia Cup trophy will go to the sailor or virtual sailor who brings in the most donations. All donations will go to the Gulf Coast Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society for research and patient services. Each sailor or virtual sailor who raises $10,000 or more will win a Fantasy Sail with world-renowned sailor and ESPN commentator Gary Jobson in Florida in December. For fundraising information, please email Roxana Gomez or phone 713840-0483. The public is invited to view the regatta on the water onboard the Observer, a 100foot long, three-story tall spectator boat. Spectator boat tickets cost $30 per person and include lunch and soft drinks. Participants will board the boat June 22 and June 23 starting at 10 a.m. at HYC. Reservations for the Observer are a must, please contact Cheryl Thomas at csthomas25@gmail. com for reservations or call the HYC Office at 281.471.1255. All ticket money is donated directly to the Leukemia Cup Regatta.


2013 Truck of Texas

RAM 1500 By Don Armstrong Texas Auto Writers Association member

IS IT ANY SURPRISE that Texas is home to the biggest truck market – in the world? 2013 Ram Outdoorsman


ith that kind of clout, it’s no wonder that truck-makers covet winning the big Truck of Texas trophy from the Texas Auto Writers Association. Once a year about 50 of us card carrying members gather at the Knibbe Ranch, just north of San Antonio. We test about 65 trucks, SUV’s and CUV’s to see which are the best-of-the-best in each category. In the truck bracket, the writers decided the 2013 Ram 1500 topped everything competitors could muster and was, after two grueling days of punishment, ceremoniously handed the big silver cup. President and CEO of Ram Truck Brand and Chrysler de Mexico, Fred Diaz said, “We changed every area of the truck – from a newly designed


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frame with air suspension, to a new eight-speed transmission to a new interior with the next-generation Uconnect® system. “With best-in-class towing and payload, best-in-class ride and handling and best-in-class aerodynamics, the 2013 Ram 1500 delivers unmatched content, performance and capability to our customers.” The new 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine offers 305 horsepower, 269 lb.-ft. of torque and best-in-class fuel economy for V-6 trucks, 17-city and 26-highway. The 2013 Ram 1500 retains its ruggedly handsome appearance with all-new interior and exterior designs, improved aerodynamics and all-new, technology.

Designed for hunters, fishermen, campers and boaters. About RamBox RamBox provides secure storage options for tradesmen, craftsmen, sportsmen, athletes and outdoorsmen. RamBox can store golf clubs, fishing rods, sports gear, tool boxes and more. Two weatherproof, lockable, drainable, lighted storage bins that run the length of the pickup bed and are as wide as the wheel well, creating a total of 8.6 cubic feet of space.

The Uconnect systems provide the Ram 1500 with a built-in wireless connection, allowing vehicle occupants to be automatically connected to a variety of new services. Users can remotely lock or unlock doors or start their vehicles from any distance via the web or a Smartphone application.

“Users can remotely lock or unlock doors or start their vehicles from any distance via the web or a Smartphone application.�

To compliment the range of Ram 1500 models, the interior design team created new, individualized themes with different colors and materials. For the Laramie Longhorn, the design

team sought out a very rare Walnut grain with a unique burl that was unintentionally created by ranchers using trees as fence posts for barbed wire. Eventually, the trees grow over

the rusting metal wire, creating a swirl coloring pattern and tone that is not found anywhere else. We could go on and on about the new Ram 1500, but if you’re in the market for a light duty pickup, I encourage you to visit your favorite Ram dealership to see and experience what we journalists think is the best truck for Texas. Pricing starts at $22,590.


KAYAKING is for Everyone! As the weather warms up it is time to get outdoors.


ne way that more and more people are enjoying the great outdoors is through kayaking. Kayaking is reported to be one of the fastest growing sports in North America, according to a recent article in Time magazine. The best news is that kayaking can be enjoyed in this area! The City of League City recently opened three kayak launch sites along Clear Creek. Clear Creek is a scenic bayou that forms the boundary between Galveston and Harris Counties. The area of Clear Creek between Friendswood and Walter Hall Park

has heavy vegetation that provides a natural habitat for many small mammals and birds. Here are a few statistics: • There are nearly 8 million regular kayakers in the U.S. • The number of kayakers has more than doubled over the past 10 years. • The numbers are almost evenly divided between men (55%) and women (45%). • Fastest growth has been among women.

A map of the scenic Clear Creek Paddling Trail.


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By Barbara Meeks

Do you wonder why kayaking so popular? • It is a user-friendly sport, even for a complete novice. • It appeals to outdoor enthusiasts of all ages. • It is an enjoyable way to connect with nature. • Anyone can reach a level of competence for that feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction. • Today’s kayaks are lighter and easier to carry, handle, maneuver and transport. • An abundance of paddle trails are cropping up across the region and the state of Texas.

“Kayaks are safe but it is always best to take a friend any time you go on the water.”

By David Walker


Sit-on-top fishing kayaks offer stealthy access to marshes and shallow flats that most boats can’t access.

Another reason for the growing popularity is simply the basic appeal of the sport itself. Kayak enthusiasts point to the solitude, peace and quiet offered by kayaking. Others enjoy the fact that they can combine it with other pastimes such as fishing, fitness, photography and socializing. The easiest way to see if kayaking is for you is to rent one before you buy and give it a try. Kayaks are safe but it is

always best to take a friend any time you go on the water. Single person kayaks or tandem kayaks are available and paddle clubs are springing up all over and they offer training and group outings. A few hours on the water can be one of the most peaceful and stress relieving activities anyone would enjoy. If you are ready to try kayaking it is a great way to re-connect with nature and get a little exercise!

always loved playing a game around the dinner table with my two daughters, Haley, Isabella and my wife Jeanette, called “remember when.” Sadly the girls’ busy high school lives and schedules don’t permit much time for the game anymore. One of our favorite “remember when” memories involved our vacation in Fiji, when I decided it would be fun to try something different. I signed Jeanette, Haley, Isabella and myself up for a little white water kayaking. Being an avid boater for many years, I thought this would be a great water adventure for all of us. I didn’t give my daughters an option to say no when they asked, “So what are we doing today, Dad?” My reply was that we are going white water kayaking. After a one hour journey on a very small bus up mountainous logging roads our day’s adventure began. As soon as we arrived, Haley started to voice her concern and asked “Can I go with you Dad?” My reply was, “Sorry Haley, these are all single kayaks, everyone to themselves.” The river looked fast and furious and our guides gave us a safety brief. “If you capsize, be sure to lay on your back with your feet facing on top and in front to kick away from the boulders and rocks, and we will assist as required,” we were told. When we were ready to shove off, Jeanette went first. She encountered the first rapid and was quickly ejected from her kayak. This made Haley even more nervous. Bella and I set off with no problems but I stayed at the bottom and waited for Haley just in case and shouted encouragement as she made her way down. She shot right passed me! “Back paddle, back paddle,” I cried. As I caught up with her she slowed down and proceeded to swat at me with a paddle yelling, “Keep away! Keep away!” She was obviously still not happy about having to do this. We spent a great day on the water shooting through rapids and seeing spectacular landscapes, waterfalls, fish and many different types of birds. Wet and sore, we reached the pick up point and climbed out of our kayaks all smiles after a great day on the water, and Haley, well her smile said it all…. she loved it, and wants to go again!


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Grady-White Freedom 375

AFTER WEATHERING some down days, the boating industry is poised for a breakout in 2013 By Rod Evans


umerous business and personal horror stories arose out of the economic downturn that swept across the U.S. from 2007 through 2010. The housing market imploded. The American auto industry was on the verge of collapse and millions of Americans found themselves looking for work. The boating industry was hit especially hard by the sour economic conditions, with both manufacturers and retailers struggling to survive in the face of a drastic reduction in demand for new boats. According to the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), demand for new power boats among U.S. consumers in 2010 dipped to its lowest point since the trade organization began keeping statistics in the mid-1960s, with a little more than 100,000 boats sold. That represented a 55 percent drop from 2006 and pales in comparison to the “boating boom” days of the early 1970s—and again in the mid-‘90s— when over half a million boats were sold.


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“New boat sales became almost non-existent after 2007,” said Doug Hughes, general sales manager at Sea Lake Yachts in Kemah. “Manufacturers were building boats in 2008 and ’09 and were still sitting on them a year later in many cases. Dealers were still able to sell some brokerage boats, which kept us alive, but new boat sales weren’t even half of what they had been in previous years.”

“Most manufacturers have really stepped up their interiors by using woods and granite and other premium materials.” The NMMA report indicates that 2009 through 2010 was the low point for the boating industry, with the total number of recreational boats in use in the U.S. dropping to a little more than 16.5 million, down from the all time industry high of over 17.5 million.

For Hughes, who’s been at Sea Lake Yachts since 1996 and working in the boating industry since 1989, the past several years have been a far cry from the recent heyday of boat sales in 2003 and ’04, and he says the evaporation of the new boat market had a trickle down effect that dampened the used boat market as well. He says buyers who wanted to buy boats that were two to three years old had a hard time finding those vessels and had to settle for buying boats that were six or seven years old. But the boating industry was able to ride the wave and now faces a much brighter outlook. The NMMA reported an estimated 10 percent increase in new power boat sales in 2012 and predicts that 2013 will see continued sales increases of five to 10 percent. The NMMA credits manufacturers with producing more versatile and accessible 15- to 26-foot boats intended to appeal to buyers with a variety of interests and budgets. These smaller boats—less than 27 feet—make up 96 percent of the estimated 12.4 million registered boats in the U.S. Boats that fall into

this category include aluminum all-purpose boats and pontoons, fiberglass bowriders, fish and ski boats, and jet boats. The results of two recent surveys also point to better days ahead. An NMMA survey shows that in 2011, boating participation increased 10 percent to 83 million Americans—the largest proportion of adults (34.8 percent) who went boating since 1997 (35.8 percent). And the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service reports that participation in fishing is up 11 percent in the past five years. David Hunt, sales director at Seabrook’s Lonestar Yacht Sales, says through the first quarter of 2013, his shop has noticed a marked increase in boating interest and sales.

guys with lots of money still have lots of money to spend, while guys who are more in the middle class of boat buyers who might have been able to afford a $100,000 boat 10 years ago are more cautious now. Right now boats that are 40 feet and above are selling greater than the smaller boats, which used to be our bread and butter.” Hunt says powerboat manufacturers are also going big in the horse power department by equipping an increasing number of models with beefy 12- and 16-cylinder engines that are easily capable of pushing boats over 30 knots and, in many models, over 60 knots. Hughes says the sailboat market, while also crippled by the economic downturn, is more vulnerable to

“It’s been good so far,” Hunt said. “We’ve sold a few boats and are looking forward to a good summer. I’d say the first quarter has been good for the global market also.” Hughes says Sea Lake Yachts is enjoying a good 2013 thus far and he expects the prime selling period, which begins in May, will be a good one. “We’ve seen a little bit of an upturn in new boat sales. It’s still not super, but it is coming back,” Hughes said. But in contrast to the NMMA report citing sales of smaller, more versatile boats as the catalysts behind the resurgence, Hughes says larger boats are fueling the increased sales at his shop and at other retailers along the Gulf Coast. “Manufacturers keep coming out with bigger and bigger models,” he says. “Our sales of larger models are good, but sales of smaller models are not so good. I think a reason for that is

swings in the price of fuel. “Because sailboats have a lower cost to operate, their prices come up when fuel prices go up,” he said. “Right now, fuel prices are not at an unreasonable level; still around $3 per gallon.” According to industry reports, dual console boats are another growing market segment. Initially popular in the 1970s, dual console boats, which feature a helm station on the starboard side with the passenger station at port and a walk through at the windshield in the middle, are ideal for fishing and water sports activities and have been increasingly popular. But while dual console boats have traditionally been in the 18- to 30-foot range, a new breed of dual console vessels, like the Grady-White Freedom 375, at more than 36 feet and powered by triple Yamaha outboard motors, each producing in excess of 350 hp, represents a movement toward bigger,

more luxurious dual console boats. Whether it’s a powerboat or a sailboat, one thing remains a constant among today’s boat buyers: the desire to wrap themselves in luxury and convenience while on the water, including having all the latest technological gadgets at their finger tips and full connectivity. “People are looking for high quality and luxury,” Hunt said. “Most manufacturers have really stepped up their interiors by using woods and granite and other premium materials. Most buyers want bed rooms and all the amenities. We see a lot of people who come down for the weekend who want to have basically a floating condo.” The three leading sailboat manufacturers—Beneteau, Catalina and Hunter—are all producing sailboats that feature high quality cabin materials and state-of-the-art electronics, as are leading powerboat makers, such as Bertram, Azimut Yachts and Grady-White. After nearly 25 years in the boating industry, Hughes has seen his fair share of market swings and corrections, but he says there are several reasons why this is a great time to be a buyer … or seller. “When I started in 1989, we had luxury taxes, so interest rates on a boat loan were around 12 percent. Today, it’s four to five percent,” Hughes says. “So you could have a 20-year note on a $100,000 boat and have a monthly payment of around $600. Plus, if they don’t already have a second home, buyers can write off the purchase as a second home. The other plus is that manufacturers are holding steady on prices, we anticipate a good 2013.” Ever had had your chain hook fall off your chain when deploying your snubber bridle? The Mantus Chain Hook securely latches to the chain even when the chain is unloaded, making it much safer than the standard chain hook used on a bridle system. Designed to be as strong as the hi-test chain it might be used with, Mantus Hook is available in galvanized steel and 316L stainless steel. The hook has no moving parts so there is nothing to jam, bend or deform. Mantus Hook is available for 5/16, 3/8 and 1/2 chain or its metric equivalents. 32-67$ Stainless Steel Version 20-45$ Galvanized Steel Version





have been looking forward to this first article for the Gulf Coast Mariner Magazine ever since the invitation was received to write the fishing articles. First, let me tell you something about my background in fishing. Fishing has been a life-long passion of mine. One of the reasons I decided to take an early retirement from the legal profession was to devote more time to my passion in life. I have been a licensed captain and fishing guide for over 15 years, operating Sea 3 Charters Guide Service and writing daily fishing articles for the “Galveston County Daily News” and several magazines. My wife and I live on the water in Galveston where I have easy access to fishing upper West Bay and other spots including the offshore waters of the Gulf of Mexico. I have fished both offshore and inshore waters along with the surf and jetties. With that, let’s get started with the fishing column for “Mariner Magazine”. By the time most anglers read this column, we are going to be


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entering the 2013 offshore fishing season. Beginning Memorial Day Weekend and going through much of September, our migratory pelagic species of fish will be roaming the waters of the Gulf not far from shore. This time of year, especially during July and August, is prime time for the smaller boats, collectively referred to as the Mosquito Fleet, to make trips. The Mosquito Fleet will venture well within its fuel range to spots that offer action on a variety of fish including king mackerel, ling, Dorado, bonito,

sharks and many varieties of reef fish. Not all boats are suitable for making journeys beyond the jetties; however, those that are can, find action as close as eight to ten miles out. So, what does it take to go deep-sea fishing and what will you find in the way of fishing spots within 10 miles of shore? First, the boat needs to be seaworthy, meaning that it can handle a sudden squall with strong winds and choppy seas. The length is not as important as the style of hull. Boats as short as 17 feet fall into that category. Flat bottom boats and others designed more for inshore waters are not safe at anytime in the Gulf. A whole article could address what is considered a seaworthy boat and discuss the equipment needed to make it offshore. One of the best approaches is to make a trip in tandem with another boat.

“Within 10 miles of shore mostly wells and platforms commonly called oil rigs are the top choices.”

No boat and want to fish? No problem!

Offshore anglers generally target structure whether visible like wells and platforms or subsurface like rocks and reefs. Weed lines and anchored shrimp boats are other popular destinations to find fish. Within 10 miles of shore mostly wells and platforms commonly called oil rigs are the top choices. Beginning in July anchored shrimp boats and weed lines add another dimension to the offshore selection. Each area has its own unique way of being fished. More on that aspect will come in a future article focusing of offshore fishing. For now, the objective is to give an overview to the small boat operator who has not ventured beyond the jetties.

the waters off of Galveston and around them are concentrations of reef fish of all sizes. For this type of fishing, anglers normally use heavier equipment in the 50-pound category for mainly dragging the fish from the structure, as most everything that has been underwater for a while is covered with sharp barnacles that will easily cut line that comes in contact with it.

The required fishing equipment will be heavier than typical trout and redfish tackle; however, the big rods and reels that are commonly associated with offshore fishing are not needed for a short run offshore. Most of the surface fish, such as king, ling, Dorado, bonito and sharks, are going to range in size from close to 10 pound to 30 pounds. There will be that occasional hook-up with a really big fish well beyond that size range. One of the keys is to have enough line on your reel to play your fish. For this type of fishing, line strengths of 20 to 30 pounds are the most common. There are lots of structures in

Your choice of bait will differ from inshore fishing where live shrimp is one of the top choices. While live finfish such as piggy perch and mullet are top baits, frozen Spanish sardines, ribbonfish, squid, ice fish and cigar minnows are widely used. Trolling is a popular way to fish for the kings and other surface fish; however, newcomers tend to prefer drifting natural baits (mentioned above). The key here is to keep the bait close to the surface. If you are new to fishing the offshore waters, once you make that first trip and hear your reel scream with a strike, you will be hooked. It is music to the ears of old salts. Have fun and put safety as your number one priority.

Author Ed Eidson


f you and the kids want to go fishing and do not have the luxury of a boat; no problem! Pick up a copy of the Sportsfisher Map & Guide booklet. This handy and brief book on local fishing is the brain child of local sportsman, Ed Eidson. The booklet is full of information for saltwater fishing in the Galveston Bay system. The book provides the general public with places to go fish and what to expect when they get to their destinations. This gives you the heads up to be prepared before your fishing trip. Fishing locations are declining yearly due to public ownership of property. Hurricanes are also a factor when piers are destroyed and there are no plans to rebuild them, such as the San Luis Pass Pier. Also, Rollover Pass on Bolivar Peninsula, a fine fishing location, will probably soon be filled. Giving fisherman and families a place to go and information of what to expect upon arrival will also help them save time and gas money. You will find contact information for nearly each location in Eidson’s booklet. The Sportsfisher Map and Guide booklet is filled with great information for both the beginning fisherman and pro. Not only does it offer good holes, but also nice maps and the description and pictures of the local catch. The price is only $10.99 per copy, which includes tax, and shipping and handling. Two types of payment are available.You may go to and use Pay Pal for purchasing or by sending a check or money order to the following P.O. Box address. Please make payment to Seascape Enterprises: Seascape Enterprises, P.O. BOX 364, League City, Texas 77574-0364 Either method of payment will require name and mailing address. Booklets will be delivered in 3-5 days by U.S. Mail. You will thoroughly enjoy reading and using this quick reference guide booklet. If you require additional information please email or call cell 713-819-0743.


Advice From The Pros J-22 NORTH AMERICAN AND WORLD CHAMPION Terry Flynn is a third generation sail maker from Annapolis, Maryland. It was there he developed a great foundation for both cruising and racing.


e grew up on the family sailboat, cruising all over the Chesapeake Bay. By the age of 15 he had already made ten offshore deliveries from New York to Florida. Flynn grew up around sailors and naturally fell into sail making and has never looked back. He has worked his way up through the ranks, doing everything from bench work to design during his 37 year career. Flynn races all over the country and has been with Quantum Sails since the beginning. He draws from his experiences to make sails that help customers improve their racing results or simply get more enjoyment out of their boats.


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GCM: What are three of the most important on the water, pre-race activities you do when you get to a regatta? TF: First, I think the most important thing you can do is sail more. Time in the boat is always good. Second, on race day get to the race area early enough to sail an entire beat before the race. I will get someone out there before the regatta to use as a pace boat. We will go out together, line up, test speed and talk about conditions, rig settings and what they think may happen during the day with the wind. This helps both boats.

The last and most important thing is to have a good plan for the first beat. Take into account what you learned in practice along with wind patterns, potential shifts and history of the area. GCM: There is a lot going on in a sailboat race. How do you block out all the distractions and concentrate on making the boat go fast? TF: I sail on a lot of different boats, some as a driver and some as crew. As the driver it is important to have a member of the crew to do the tactics so I can keep my head down and concentrate. Sailing with people who are good helps a ton. As part of the

crew I try to keep the helmsman aware of what’s going on around the race course. The best tacticians constantly talk about what they see and are thinking so everyone knows and can get involved. GCM: What is a good way to practice starting in big fleets? TF: Try not to get overwhelmed by the total number of boats at the regatta. Starting is more about controlling the boats around you. We try to split the line into thirds for areas to start in. Keep in mind that if you want to go right the first beat you may not want to start on the left side of the line, even if it is favored.

everything and the more we did it the more comfortable we got. GCM: In a race when two boats cross going upwind one is on the lifted tack. How does this play into your overall strategy going up the beat? TF: Wow, that’s a hard one. When two boats are crossing we discuss a few things. Do we want to be on this tack? Are we lifted or headed? Is it taking us to the side of the course we want? Is the other boat seeing anything different where he is going? If the answer is you want to keep going now you need to protect your

“Giving up a little at the beginning but going the way you want is usually a better plan.” Giving up a little at the beginning but going the way you want is usually a better plan. GCM: Who was the biggest influence on you in your sailing career? TF: I guess my dad to start with. Sailing with him as a kid I learned the value of preparation for both crew and boats. He was also very supportive, well, now that I think about it maybe he wasn’t. I can remember early on at a regatta I was in the back of the fleet and got hit a couple of times. He sat me down and reminded me that since I was in back with them I deserved everything I got. I went through the junior program at Severn Sailing in Annapolis. Frank Lawson was the head instructor and on days that it was too windy to race he would send almost everyone home. He kept a few of us and we would go race the 420s. We got used to sailing in

lane. If you think the crossing boat is going to tack on your wind bear off a few lengths before you cross. This may force him to tack early and give you a little more room. If you have the right of way, Starboard tack you may wave him across even if it means you have to duck him. It is quicker than two tacks and going the wrong way. If you decide you don’t want to be on this tack make sure you have clear wind in the new lane. If there are other boats around think about it you want to tack on their wind or give them a clean lane. Remember tacking on someone will usually drive them away from you and make it harder to keep track of. If it is early in the race of regatta it is not a bad think to keep everyone friendly and give him some slack. Most of the time the good will comes back later on. Later in the race start to clamp down harder on the boats so we don’t lose any points. Terry lives in La Porte and works for Quantum Sails in Seabrook.




Tommy Dickey’s 1970 Grand Banks 32’ By Charles Milby


ommy Dickey was born into a boating family. His parents had a house on Galveston Bay and he spent his summers sailing and boating at the Texas Corinthian Yacht Club. Tommy has cruised and raced sailboats all over the world. In 1971 Tommy, along with Bob Mosbacher and Thad Hutcheson, won the Soling World Championship on Long Island sound in Oyster Bay New York. I’ve known him all of my life, he crewed for my parents Mary Nell and Charlie early in his sailing career and he still turned out okay. There is no place he would rather be than on his boat in the middle of Galveston Bay. The Lady is a 1970 Grand Banks 32, hull # 198. She was built in Singapore by American Marine, LTD. Tommy bought her in January of 1985 from his good friend George Francisco. She is of all wood construction. The following is part of an interview I did with Tommy earlier this year. GCM: Why buy a wooden boat and


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not fiberglass? TD: For me it was economics. When I bought her in 1985 I couldn’t afford a new boat and the older ones were made of wood. I wasn’t afraid of wood. I built my first boat, a Sailfish kit, at age 16 and had worked on other “woodies.” I was, however, naïve about how much upkeep is required, especially in our warm and damp climate. GCM: I know you like working with wood, when did this hobby start for you? TD: My dad gave me a wood lathe when I was 15. I loved looking at the grain of the wood. I always figured out how to put wood stuff together. GCM: How long will an old woody like you last? TD: Needless to say she will be around a whole lot longer than me. A judicious use of the tough finish

products available now will actually make an old boat more resistant to the ravages of water, sun, and movement than when they were new. The Lady has had every inch of her exterior except the teak decks covered with epoxy and all the horizontal surfaces have been glassed and epoxied. All of those surfaces have been painted with Awlgrip and that is an amazingly tough finish. GCM: How did you come up with the name? TD: She was Singapore Lady when I bought her. It was logical to shorten the name so I could remember it. I also have Babe, Mother, Babycakes, Chica, and my son and I built Hussy. GCM: What’s the likely future of her? TD: She’s 43 years old now and is in better shape than ever. I keep thinking I should sell her as I have too many boats now but we shall see.


Waterfront Lifestyle in Bay Area Houston What Does That Look Like?


By Betha Merit

ay Area Houston is full of residential nooks and crannies where houses with waterfront access are home to a variety of people. From condos with gorgeous lake views to single family dwellings with a private marina, there are an abundance of choices for those who want to partake of the coastal life from their own backyard. Brian Yates and Joanna Yates are a couple that thoroughly enjoy the coastal lifestyle offered in Bay Area Houston. They not only live and play here, they work and give back to the community as well. Married for 20 years, Joanna and Brian began their courtship and life together in big city style, near the Houston Galleria, where Joanna worked in the modeling industry. However, when it came time to build their first house together, Joanna was won over by Bay Area native, Brian’s, tour and introduction to all the fun and lifestyle benefits of living on the water. “I might have started out kicking and screaming at the idea, but soon was thinking I could so do this…” says Joanna. So they bought a lot and started building in 1999. And that lot grew into more than a house and became a gateway into an adventure. Located in League City near South Shore Harbour on


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a peninsula at Clear Creek across from the nature preserve/bird sanctuary at Nassau Bay, the property has a private marina with deep water access to the Gulf. Views of Clear Lake, Clear Creek, and Nassau Bay have brought the wild life and nature literally into their backyard. “I was taken out of my comfort zone and engulfed in new opportunities,” says Joanna. Instead of buildings and neon lights, there were pelicans, herons, and deer. Joanna chose to embrace her love of nature and became a Galveston Bay Master Naturalist volunteer. She can now identify the difference between the myriad waterfowl which inspired her to write her children’s book series, “A Bird’s Eye View of Life”; character building stories utilizing Black Headed Herons, Roseate Spoonbills, White Snowy Egrets and more. “While this area was home to Brian, I literally had to re-invent myself,” says Joanna. Wanting to meet new girlfriends she founded The Women Who Wine of Texas, a 501c3 organization that raises money for local charities. She has produced fashion shows for several charitable foundations in the Bay Area and also has a flourishing business in motivation and self improvement called People Productions.

Brian is a well-known commercial real estate developer with current projects spanning from League City to Galveston’s Historic Strand District. Brian brought the first Starbucks to League City and Emergency Room to South Shore Harbour. He is a hands-on developer and valued for his personal management style. “We built one of the first homes on our block, and I saw the potential of what this peninsula would offer in lifestyle and opportunity,” says Brian. The Yates’ house supports the open hearted and freedom loving vision of its owners, with 3800 square feet of rooms that show 360-degree water vistas that take your breath away. You barely notice the warm wood accents and slate floors (a decorator’s delight) because the beckoning of nature calls your eyes to the outdoors. The bottom floor has an entertaining great room and long granite bar, that fully opens to a large patio, an almost Olympicsized pool, and a practically runway-sized manicured lawn with a pavilion near the water. Fish jump in that water, begging to be tonight’s dinner, and blue crabs await becoming your next feast. All from the backyard. Joanna and Brian have hosted a multitude of events and parties, including three weddings, 50th birthdays and anniversary parties with hundreds of people in attendance. They have hosted smaller backyard gatherings, for example, enjoying the hot air balloons that fill the sky during Ballunar Festival and watching the 4th of July fireworks while floating in their pool. Boat lovers themselves, they have hosted the annual Blessing of the Fleet for Lakewood Yacht Club’s Mosquito Fleet Swarm, with up to 20 boats docking at their marina for the afternoon. Brian agrees that the call of water and this idyllic lifestyle is actually in his blood, and Joanna refers to living by the water as a zen-like, healing experience. However, life does evolve, as do our lifestyles. Joanna and Brian are flipping the switch and adjusting their lives to include more freedom to travel. Their home and all it offers is for sale, and they plan to divide their time between their Galveston property, a place back in the City, and parts unknown. The goal is to pare down their lifestyle to allow for traveling on the spur of the moment, and yet to stay involved in the community they have come to know and love. Will they miss it? Yes. But individuals with the same vision for a waterfront lifestyle, gift for entertaining and a desire for a private oasis will discover it and make it their own. And that wildlife isn’t going anywhere.

“The Yates’ house supports the open hearted and freedom loving vision of its owners, with 3800 square feet of rooms that show 360-degree water vistas that take your breath away.”


Son of a Son of a Sailor Wiley Rogers was born into a sailing family. Growing up on Galveston Bay he started sailing at the age of six. Now at the age of thirteen he is well on his way in his sailing career and is considered a formidable competitor among his peers. Wiley lives in Houston with his parents and attends River Oaks Baptist School. The major influences on his sailing life are his dad Yandell and his mom Dee Ann. Wiley has been busy.

Regattas Completed Include: South American Optimist Championship Florida State Championship Gulf Coast Championship

6th Place 1st Place 1st Place

Regattas in the future: USODA Team Trials May 2-5 Trodeo Marco Rizzotti Team Race May 9-12

Galveston Bay Tides EAGLE POINT, TX NOAA Station Id: 8771013

MAY Wed 5/1 06:02 AM: 0.1 L 05:15 PM: 1.3 H

Thu 5/16 05:29 AM: 0.3 L 04:44 PM: 1.2 H

Thu 5/2 07:09 AM: 0.3 L 05:05 PM: 1.2 H

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Fri 5/3 08:19 AM: 0.4 L 04:52 PM: 1.1 H 11:48 PM: 0.8 L

Sat 5/18 07:09 AM: 0.5 L 04:02 PM: 1.0 H

Sat 5/4 02:42 AM: 0.9 H 09:29 AM: 0.6 L 04:39 PM: 1.0 H 11:25 PM: 0.7 L Sun 5/5 05:37 AM: 0.9 H 10:37 AM: 0.8 L 04:25 PM: 1.0 H 11:42 PM: 0.5 L Mon 5/6 07:19 AM: 1.0 H 11:47 AM: 0.9 L 04:08 PM: 1.0 H Tues 5/7 12:07 AM: 0.3 L 08:37 AM: 1.1 H 01:06 PM: 1.0 L 03:37 PM: 1.1 H

Sun 5/19 08:10 AM: 0.6 L 03:34 PM: 0.9 H 10:48 PM: 0.6 L Mon 5/20 05:30 AM: 0.8 H 09:22 AM: 0.8 L 03:05 PM: 0.9 H 10:52 PM: 0.4 L Tue 5/21 07:14 AM: 1.0 H 10:49 AM: 0.9 L 02:30 PM: 1.0 H 11:14 PM: 0.2 L Wed 5/22 08:33 AM: 1.1 H 11:47 PM: 0.0 L Thu 5/23 09:49 AM: 1.2 H

Sun 6/2 05:27 AM: 0.7 H 08:22 AM: 0.7 L 02:30 PM: 0.9 H 10:37 PM: 0.2 L Mon 6/3 07:39 AM: 0.9 H 09:40 AM: 0.9 L 02:07 PM: 0.9 H 11:05 PM: 0.1 L Tue 6/4 08:56 AM: 1.0 H 11:36 PM: -0.1 L Wed 6/5 09:53 AM: 1.1 H

Sun 6/16 05:33 AM: 0.4 L 01:40 PM: 0.8 H 09:35 PM: 0.3 L Mon 6/17 01:11 PM: 0.8 H 09:39 PM: 0.1 L Tue 6/18 12:38 PM: 0.8 H 10:05 PM: -0.1 L Wed 6/19 11:49 AM: 0.9 H 10:42 PM: -0.2 L Thu 6/20 10:53 AM: 1.1 H 11:25 PM: -0.4 L Fri 6/21 11:34 AM: 1.2 H

Thu 6/6 12:08 AM: -0.1 L 10:50 AM: 1.1 H

Sat 6/22 12:13 AM: -0.5 L 12:36 PM: 1.2 H

Fri 6/7 12:42 AM: -0.2 L 11:52 AM: 1.1 H

Sun 6/23 01:04 AM: -0.6 L 01:37 PM: 1.2 H

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Mon 6/24 01:56 AM: -0.5 L 02:23 PM: 1.2 H

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Tue 6/11 03:03 AM: -0.1 L 03:11 PM: 1.1 H

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Wed 6/12 03:37 AM: -0.1 L 03:17 PM: 1.0 H

Fri 6/28 05:07 AM: 0.1 L 01:15 PM: 0.8 H 08:23 PM: 0.4 L 11:59 PM: 0.5 H

Fri 5/24 12:27 AM: -0.2 L 11:14 AM: 1.3 H

Thu 5/9 01:03 AM: 0.1 L 10:46 AM: 1.3 H

Sat 5/25 01:13 AM: -0.3 L 12:54 PM: 1.4 H

Fri 5/10 01:34 AM: 0.1 L 11:55 AM: 1.3 H

Sun 5/26 02:02 AM: -0.3 L 02:22 PM: 1.4 H

Sat 5/11 02:06 AM: 0.1 L 01:21 PM: 1.3 H

Mon 5/27 02:54 AM: -0.3 L 03:17 PM: 1.4 H

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Tue 5/28 03:48 AM: -0.2 L 03:41 PM: 1.3 H

Mon 5/13 03:19 AM: 0.1 L 03:51 PM: 1.3 H

Wed 5/29 04:43 AM: -0.1 L 03:34 PM: 1.2 H

Thu 6/13 04:10 AM: 0.0 L 03:02 PM: 0.9 H

Tue 5/14 04:00 AM: 0.2 L 04:28 PM: 1.3 H

Thu 5/30 05:37 AM: 0.1 L 03:17 PM: 1.0 H

Fri 6/14 04:41 AM: 0.1 L 02:36 PM: 0.9 H

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Fri 5/31 06:31 AM: 0.3 L 03:01 PM: 1.0 H 10:37 PM: 0.6 L

Sat 6/15 05:10 AM: 0.2 L 02:08 PM: 0.8 H

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Sat 6/1 01:35 AM: 0.6 H 07:24 AM: 0.5 L 02:46 PM: 0.9 H 10:16 PM: 0.4 L

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Sat 6/29 05:42 AM: 0.3 L 12:59 PM: 0.7 H 08:38 PM: 0.2 L Sun 6/30 12:41 PM: 0.7 H 09:11 PM: 0.0 L

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Gulf Coast Mariner Magazine May/June 2013  

Gulf Coast Mariner Magazine celebrates coastal life and focuses in-depth on boating, yachting, sailing, racing, kayaking, offshore fishing a...

Gulf Coast Mariner Magazine May/June 2013  

Gulf Coast Mariner Magazine celebrates coastal life and focuses in-depth on boating, yachting, sailing, racing, kayaking, offshore fishing a...