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[Letter from the Publisher] Admiral (Publisher) Charles Milby

Looking back on 2014: A fine year

Vice Admiral (President) Rick Clapp Rear Admiral (Editor) Mary Alys Cherry Captain (Director of Art) Brandon Rowan Commodore (Graphic Designer) Kelly Groce Sales Commodore (Director of Sales) Patty Kane Sales Crew (Advertising Executives) Shannon Alexander Judy Gaines Debbie Salisbury Lisa Waxman



or eighty degrees out there, partly cloudy, not much wind and low humidity, I think to myself, “I’m going to replace that spinnaker halyard and a few other lines that need tending.” This is a great time of year to get some work done on your boat. 2014 has been a good year for Gulf Coast Mariner Magazine. We launched our online Mariner’s Directory in early September and so far the response has been favorable. Go to www. and click on the Mariner’s Directory up at the top. It’s got every nautical related service, business, charter or vendor right at your


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fingertips, and it’s fast. Let us know what you think of it and if you’ve got a service to offer, let us know and we’ll list you too. Be sure to find a place this December to watch the Christmas Boat Lane Parade. This annual event will be lots of fun for the entire family and the community. Whatever you’re planning for the holidays, I hope you get to spend some time with your family and friends out on the water. Happy Holidays from the entire crew here at the Gulf Coast Mariner. See you in the New Year.

Charles Milby Publisher

Editorial Don Armstrong Mary Alys Cherry Alex Crowell Patty Kane Capt. Joe Kent Betha Merit Charles Milby David Popkin Photography Patty Kane Charles Milby Distribution Timothy Shinkle Company

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November/December 2014

10|Harvest Moon Regatta

Photos, trophies, results and recap of Lakewood Yacht Club’s 28th annual race from Galveston to Port Aransas.

12|A Little Trouble At Sea

The experienced sailors of Ground Effect encounter an unusual situation at sea while racing in the 2014 Harvest Moon Regatta’s multihull division. By David Popkin

14|Ask The Rigger

Bahama Rigging answers your sailboat and rigging questions with professional expertise. By Alex Crowell

15|Holiday Gear Guide

The perfect kayak, paddleboard and sailing gifts for the mariners in your life.

16|What’s In Your Bag?

24|The Galley: Five Easy Entrée Recipes

These five main dishes use five ingredients and can be prepared partially or fully before you set sail. By Betha Merit

28|2015 Cadillac Escalade

This ride is at the top of the food chain when it comes to full-size heavyweights. A towing capacity of 8,000 pounds lets you pull your small boat and outdoor toys with no lapse in luxury. By Don Armstrong

32|Port of Houston Celebrates Centennial

Build a port 52 miles inland?? This seemed an impossible dream and almost laughable a century ago. Nevertheless, we observe 100 years of the Port this November. By Mary Alys Cherry

A Clear Lake tradition! The 53rd annual League City Christmas Boat Lane Parade on Clear Lake lights up the water on Dec. 13.

Nautical Trivia 2014 Hood Regatta results History of the ‘Corky’ Build a beginner’s tackle box

18|Wade Fishing The Bays

20|Christmas Boat Lane Parade

Snapshots Nautical Numbers

Christmas gifts, apparel, fashion and decor for all of your seafaring family and friends! By Patty Kane

Fall and early winter are prime times for fishing the Galveston Bay Complex for flounder and trout. We discuss lures, baits, gear and tactics. By Capt. Joe Kent


ON THE COVER Elaborately decorated boats light up Clear Lake every year during the Christmas Boat Lane Parade. Collage by Brandon Rowan.

Fishy facts Seabrook Saltwater Derby Results Seafood recipes Galveston Bay tides


S N A P S H O T S | send your photos to

Pictured from left, Jessie Fulmar, John Gluek, Terry Flynn and Casey Lambert, far right, are presented the J-80 North American Champion trophy by a flag officer of the Annapolis Yacht Club. Skipper and sail maker Terry Flynn also placed 2nd in the J-80 Worlds. Quantum Racing did pretty good this year!

A brown pelican dives and slips from the sky into sea in search of a meal. Photo by Steve Byland.

Sea Scout Center hosts veterans This past October, the new Sea Scout Center hosted its first event, the Combat Wounded Veterans Challenge. While the facility is primarily for sailing by Sea Scouts, they catered to the veterans for fishing during this event. Pictured above are the participants of the Combat Wounded Veterans Challenge and the Galveston Community Sailing Center’s Adaptive Program.


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78 pounds The largest Black Drum on record weighed 146 pounds, but the Texas Black Drum record taken by a sport angler is 78 pounds.

Above: A pod of dolphins follow Howard Kells’ sailboat, The Black Pearl, in Galveston Bay. Photo by Howard Kells. Top Right: Crafty dolphins have learned that recreational fishing boats throw back red snapper for the majority of the year. Well, at least they get to keep the snapper in Federal waters! Photo by Doug McMurrey.

20 million The world’s leading brand in fishing lures, Rapala, manufactures approximately 20 million lures a year.

120 kHz Dolphins have the ability through echolocation to have a sound frequency of 120 kHz. Dogs, who have better hearing than people, still don’t compare to the dolphin with their sound frequency of 45 kHz.



28th Annual Lakewood Yacht Club

HARVEST MOON REGATTA Lakewood Racer O.J. Young Captures Second Bacardi Cup Longtime, experienced racer O. J. Young of Lakewood Yacht Club won the Harvest Moon Regatta Bacardi Cup for the second year in a row and was presented the prestigious award during the Oct. 12 Awards Ceremony held at Port Aransas’ City Pavilion. Racing on his yacht “Happy Ending,”a Hallberg Rassy 42F, the competition in the Bacardi Fleet this year was in high gear as the Gulf of Mexico’s unpredictable winds came at the racers from all directions. A 150-mile race across

the Gulf of Mexico from Galveston to Port Aransas that started at the Pleasure Pier on Thursday afternoon, Oct. 9, the Harvest Moon Regatta had 166 boats start the race and 144 actually finish. Of that, 11 boats were from Seabrook, 20 from Kemah, eight from League City, seven from Corpus and eight from additional Texas cities outside of Houston. “Lakewood Yacht Club had a record number of trophy winners this year – 28, with 14 of those being first place,” said Regatta Chairman Jack Seitzinger. His Principle Race Officer this year was Andrea Todaro. When asked what his racing strategy this year

Bacardi Cup: PHRF Spinnaker winner O.J. Young, center, and Harvest Moon CoFounder John Broderick, on mic, and the crew on Happy Ending. LYC Commodore Tom Collier is second from left and third from left is Richard Ancy, Regional Manager for Bacardi USA, the race’s founding sponsor.

Bill Hall Memorial Trophy:  First monohull to finish winner Steve Hastings and crew on Passion with LYC Commodore Tom Collier.

was, Young replied that when one has a well prepared boat, good sails and a good crew, that boat should do well in the race. “Everyone in Seabrook said I had the ‘dream team’

crew with three racers being former America’s Cup winners,” Young remarked. The crew consisted of Young’s son Robbie who re-rigged the boat and design, Doug Cooke, Farley

Commodore’s Trophy: Cruising with Spinnaker winner Jim Demarest and wife Jan, Founder’s Trophy: Best Multihull time winner John Williams, far right, and crew on center, right holding child, and crew on Sodalis along with LYC Commodore Tom Collier. Gimme Samoa along with Harvest Moon Regatta co-founder John Broderick, center, and LYC Commodore Tom Collier.


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Fontenot, Jim Davis, Joe Taylor, Cal Herman, Robbie Baldridge, and Paolo Shaffer. Young said the winds this year were light at the beginning but picked up during the middle of the night. He sailed a little above the Rhumb line and by using his spinnaker at the finish, he was able to beat fellow club racer John Barnett on “ViCi” by several minutes. “The winds this year were ideal for my boat,” he added. Young has extensive racing experience, having been a professional sailboat racer in the 1960s and 1970s. He came in second, twice, in the Olympic Trials, won the North American Championship 11 times, and won the ¾ Ton World Championship in 1974. He has raced with Dennis Conner in numerous ocean races. Conner, in his book No Excuse to Lose, named Young as one of the top ten racers in the world. Other major perpetual trophy winners were Cameron Canon, cruising non-spinnaker overall (corrected), Doug Byerly on “Jonre;” Commodore’s Cup, cruising spinnaker overall (corrected), Jim Demarest on “Sodalis;” Founder’s Trophy, overall multihull (corrected), John Williams on “Gimme Samoa;” Judy’s Mission, ovarian cancer Sail-a-thon; John Walsh on “Candace Ann;” Mayor’s Trophy, first multihull to finish, Bo Kersey on “Abandoned Assets;” and the Bill Hall Memorial Trophy, the first monohull to finish, “Passion” owned by Steve Hastings. New trophies this year were the Bacardi Superior, sport boat winner, Don Lemke on “Aloha” and Bacardi OakHeart, heavy displacement winner, John Mastroianni on “Andiamo.” The Bacardi Watch for the overall monohull (lowest corrected time) went to Doug Byerly on “Jonre.” The Harvest Moon Regatta is organized by Bay Access, a charitable organization that supports amateur racing. It has been hosted by Lakewood Yacht Club for 28 years. Port Aransas and Mustang Island are co-hosts of the event. Sponsors that make this first-class event possible include founding and primary sponsor Bacardi USA, the City of Seabrook, Nautic Group, Hays, Little Yacht Sales, West Marine, Sea Lake Yachts, Volvo Penta, OJ’s Marine, Banks Sails, True North Marine and Windward Sea Ventures.



A-Cat 1st 2nd 3rd

Bruce Mahoney Bob Webbon Kevin Grice

Catalina 22 1st Ben Miller 2nd Dennis Kokkinis 3rd Michael Hallett Cameron Canon Trophy: Cruising without Spinnaker winner Doug Byerly, family and crew on Jonre, along with past honorary Commodores John Cameron’s wife Trina, center, and LYC Commodore Tom Collier.

Ensign-Spin 1st Dean Snider 2nd George Dahmene 3rd John Cutler

F18 1st John Tomko 2nd Chris Green 3rd Michael Rohrer J-22 1st Frederick Lindsey 2nd Marvin Beckmann 3rd John Halter

Bacardi OakHeart: Heavy displacement winner John Mastroianni of Houston Yacht Club and crew along with LYC Commodore Tom Collier.

J-24 1st Stuart Lindow 2nd Bryan Dyer 3rd Juan Mauri J-70 1st 2nd 3rd

Al Poindexter Jack Nicola/Franco Abate Bruce McDonald

J-80 1st Ramon Torres 2nd Claude Welles 3rd Bryan J-105 1st 2nd 3rd

Uzi Ozeri JB Bednar Taylor Ilhan

J-109 1st Albrecht Goethe 2nd David Christensen 3rd Tom Sutton Bacardi Superior: Sport boat winner Don Lemke and crew on Aloha with LYC Commodore Tom Collier. Mayor’s Trophy:  First multihull finisher Bo Kersey and crew on Abandoned Asset along with Harvest Moon Regatta Chairman Jack Seitzinger, on far left.

Lighting 1st Steve Harris 2nd Gary Schwantz 3rd Christopher Shipman Melges 24 1st Steve Rhyne 2nd Ryan Glaze 3rd David Hoye VX ONE 1st 2nd 3rd

Vernon Green Shawn Cina Matt Haddon

Viper 1st Farley Fontenot 2nd Robert Williams 3rd Ben Robbins



A Little Trouble at Sea A Harvest Moon Regatta Story By David Popkin


HE SMOKE from the

3:15 p.m. starting gun in the 2014 Harvest Moon Regatta was still visible, drifting to leeward of the line as Ground Effect, Martin Hamilton’s Condor 40 trimaran crossed the line and began reeling in the fleet. The multihull class is traditionally the last class to start and this year was no exception. Our start was one hour and fifteen minutes after the first of five consecutive monohull class starts, the first at 2 p.m. There is no challenge in sending the fastest boats out first, since a big part of the race is managing the inherent risks of passing or being passed by other boats. Being one of the dozen or so fastest boats in the regatta meant we would overtake more than 150 boats in the course of the race, and if all worked as planned, Ground Effect would be one of the


first three or four boats to finish the 150 nautical mile race in Port Aransas early Friday morning. Onboard were six very experienced sailors. Four were veteran multihull sailors; the owner Martin Hamilton, Joe Peine, Roy Shaw, and Jeff Linn. Terry Hudson and I both had extensive offshore experience on various monohulls, but limited experience on multihulls. Tactically, our plan was to work to windward of the rhumb line, that line being the most direct course to the sea buoy in Port Aransas. The winds were predicted to be relatively light at the start, then building to 18-20 knots true, around 1 a.m. Friday morning. There was also a predicted shift from SE to S or possibly even SSW by early morning Friday. Hence our desire to “put some in the bank,” meaning we would keep to windward of the rhumb line and if the wind did indeed shift, we would not then need to be close hauled, or possibly struggling to make

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our mark without tacking. Based upon our assumed speed, we set up a furthest offshore waypoint on our chartplotters, which by coincidence, was directly offshore from the Matagorda Ship Channel, approximately 50 nautical miles from Port Aransas. We were hoping to reach it as the winds freshened and possibly shifted. From that waypoint, we would crack off and have a comfortable and speedy reach straight to the sea buoy and then on to the finish line inside the Port Aransas channel. Right on schedule, we reached our tactical waypoint around 2:45 a.m. The boat was really in a groove, handling the jumbled 4-6 ft seas with ease and making near 10 knots in building pressure. We eased our sheets, cracking off and immediately picked up 2 knots of boat speed. It was an amazing ride! At around 3:30 a.m. there was a loud noise at the transom. Suddenly, the boat lost all momentum and rounded up into the wind and seas, sails flogging. Terry Hudson was at the helm and yelled that there was no response. We were all dumbstruck. Roy made his way back to the rudder cage and felt below the waterline. “It’s gone! Sheared completely off! Let’s get the sails down, we’re done.” With the sails put away, we began slowly drifting northward at just over one knot. The disappointment was palpable. We were in no immediate danger, but clearly would need assistance. We tried hailing the HMR fleet and got no response. That was due, I can only assume, to our distance offshore and being in front of most of the fleet. Finally, the US Coast Guard responded. We gave them our position and the condition of boat and crew and asked them to try and

reach BoatUS to arrange a tow to the nearest port. Our communication with the Coast Guard was ongoing for nearly two hours before they decided it would be in everyone’s best interests to send a vessel out to tow us into Port O’Connor. They had made contact with the BoatUS main office on the East Coast, but efforts to reach an associate on the Texas coast were unsuccessful. Around 6:30 a.m. Friday morning, the Coast Guard vessel arrived and came close enough alongside so we could discuss towing procedures. Once their main line was passed to our boat, it was made fast with a bridle and the last wild ride began. Despite cleats ripped from the deck, bowsprits broken, and toe rails splintered, all from the tow line, we were delivered safely to the bulkhead in front of the US Coast Guard Station, in Port O’Connor by 9:30. Subdued but in good spirits, in the end, no one got hurt, and with time and money, the boat could be made whole again. Despite his declaration minutes after the rudder failure that this was his last offshore race, Martin was already talking about next year’s race and what it would take to build a new improved rudder. To paraphrase Lance Armstrong, it’s not about the boat. Those of us who do this do it because we welcome the challenges, the possibility of facing unknown events or improbable outcomes, be it failures or triumphs. To be sure, we all take risks in our everyday lives, but that world is ultimately predictable and pretty tame. The ocean is our last, greatest and most beguiling wilderness. We have no more control over its whims today than Columbus did in 1492. And that’s exactly why we choose to go.



getting over powered. Tell your rigger what you feel are the wind conditions you find yourself in the most. They will set the bend to fit the way you sail. I’m looking for some new spinnaker sheets for my J-105, what brand do you recommend and why?

Ask the Rigger I own an older boat and I’m thinking of replacing some of the running rigging. What are your thoughts on the best type of line to use? It all depends on what kind of sailing you are doing. You need to ask yourself, “Am I cruising around the bay, club racing and long-range cruising, or just racing full time?” If you are cruising around the bay, you can get away with the lesser performance lines and go for price and durability. If you are club racing or long range cruising, you should go to a blended core to a full performance line for things like the main and genoa halyards. With control lines, you can get away with the lesser performance lines. If you are pushing the boat around the race course, the less stretch, the faster. You should be using full performance lines with a low stretch core; the less stretch in lines transfer to the mast and boat turning energy into speed. What’s the difference between mast rake and mast bend?

of the boat, helping it point higher. Too much forward rake, the boat will turn down causing a negative steering moment. With too much aft rake, you will have to fight the rudder causing drag, which slows the boat down. In a perfect world, you should have a couple of pounds of weather helm and rudder angle should not exceed three to seven degrees, unless steering wind shifts. You should tell your rigger during a mast tuning how the boat is performing. Mast bend is set to help your mainsail. As a sail gets older you can increase the bend to get more performance out of the sail. When you order a new sail, the sail maker may ask to have you decrease the bend since the sail is new. The other thing bend does for you, is it flattens the mainsail in windy conditions helping you keep control and not

Mast rake is the angle of the mast fore and aft on the boat. It controls the center of effort


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The J-105, just like most asymmetrical boats, uses a high heat covered line with a performance core. We taper the sheets, which reduces weight and leaves the core exposed. All line companies have equivalent line types. Color and feel is the only difference between most lines. My anchor is always slipping, how much chain do I need and who makes the best anchor on the market today? The anchor is probably the most argued boating topic ever. I feel that every type anchor has its purpose. We used to cruise with a CQR and a Danforth. The CQR was our workhorse. After getting a lot of education we switched to Mantis anchors. They use technology and NASA engineers to design their product. They added a roll bar that I know I could have used it in the past for more reasons than it was designed for. When it comes to chain, we always carried 100’ on one anchor and 25 to 40’ on the secondary. That is all the boat

“As a sail gets older you can increase the bend to get more performance out of the sail.”

could fit. Both anchors had 150’ of three-strand line; the more chain, in my opinion, the better. For storms we carried a bridal and another 300’ of three-strand that we could add in line to the scope. That worked for us. You will have to find what works for your boat. How can I keep my roller furling from overriding, it works for a while and then it gets hard to pull in. You should control your furling line when you unfurl your sail. If you just untie it and unfurl, more than likely, it will get some loose rolls and possibly override. The other thing to look out for is the lead block into the drum needs to be at 90 degrees in the center of the drum guide. The last thing, is to make sure when the unit is furled, it has two wraps on the jib sheets and you should have at least five wraps on the drum. Do you recommend buying a used roller furler? We are against buying old furling units. Technology is so much better today than 10 to 20 years ago. Always remember there is a reason the furling unit was replaced in the first place. The foil connectors and bearings wear down over time. We end up having more time fixing the used unit than what a new one would have cost with installation. Also, when fixing old units you don’t get a warranty, so even if you patch it, you will have to pay to repair it every time you have a problem. Most new units have a two to seven year warranty and rigging companies should back their work. Alex Crowell is the owner of Bahama Rigging in Kemah, a full service shop for all sailboat rigging needs.

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HISTORY OF THE ‘CORKY’ Paul Brown’s Original Suspending Twitchbait in Copper Top

This Texas legendof-a-lure is a favorite for fishermen targeting large speckled trout. The “Corky” as it is most popularly known, was first built in the Houston area garage of Paul Brown in 1974 and sold at nearby tackle shops. It didn’t take long for Texans to figure out that this was a serious big trout lure. The slow sink rate and soft body elicited strikes from sow winter trout when other lures were ignored. An easily bent internal wire allowed anglers to adapt the Corky to their fishing style. By the 1980s, what started out as a small mom and pop operation had quickly developed a cult following, and for good reason. In 1996, Houstonian Jim Wallace caught a Texas state record 13.11-pound speckled trout while fishing a corky in Baffin Bay. In January of 2010, Brown turned over production of the Corky to MirrOlure®. Today, these lures are sold as the “Paul Brown Original Series” and are fished by anglers from Texas to North Carolina and beyond.


Wade Fishing the Bays By Capt. Joe Kent

When the water is comfortable to wade fish in a bathing suit or shorts it’s not the best time for fishing action while wading.


HE LATE FALL and early

winter are prime times for wade fishing. When the water temperature drops below 70 degrees, it is a bit uncomfortable for wading in typical summertime attire; however, the fish love the cooler waters and tend to roam the shallows more. While wade fishing, especially in the surf, will produce fish year round, it is not until the water cools that the action pops open in the bays. The annual flounder run will attract hordes of waders as it is usually late October or early November when the flat fish start stacking up along the pathways to their winter home, the Gulf of Mexico. Colder water is one of the signs flounder look for before deciding to exit the bays and readings in the 60’s will do the trick. Trout and reds will spend more of the day in shallower waters during that time and wade fishing is the best way to sneak up on them. Now, if you are new to this style of fishing I hope to cover some of the basics to help you get started and for you to have more productive fishing trips. We need to begin with the basic wading gear. A pair of insulated waders is a must and the prices run the gamut depending on what

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“For flounder my favorite three soft plastics are Flounder Pounders, Chicken Boys and Gulps.” Flounder Pounder Curly tail tube in pumpkinseed/ chartreuse.

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quality you desire and your budget. A full service sporting goods store can show you the wide range of options. Wading shoes, whether part of the waders or separate pieces are important. You will need shoes that can handle the sharp, cutting edges of shell while withstanding soft mud. Wade fishermen tend to cover a lot of territory and different underwater terrains are encountered. One of the worst things to experience is to lose a shoe in deep mud. Stingrays are one of the big enemies of waders and protective covers are vital to prevent a barb from piercing your foot or leg. Again, your sporting goods store can show you options for this. Additionally, a long stringer, one that places your catch a number of feet behind you is a must or one of the more popular donut style container nets can be used. In either case your catch should be far enough behind you to allow a shark to attack it without mistaking your leg for a fish. A good wading belt with pliers and a bait compartment is needed. Now, for the fishing equipment itself, most wade fishermen use artificial baits as they eliminate the need to drag along a live bait bucket. This allows the angler to cover more territory and faster. The rod and reel is a personal choice; however, the length of the rod is normally longer than those used by boaters. Long, accurate casts are a must for success while roaming the shorelines. Your choice of artificial bait depends on the species of fish you

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Wading and big trout go hand-in-hand. Daniel Popovich with an impressive speck.

are targeting. Personally, I prefer soft plastics as they are easy to use and I have had success with them. For flounder my favorite three soft plastics are Flounder Pounders, Chicken Boys and Gulps. For trout and reds, Bass Assassin Sea Shads in various colors, Norton Sand Eels, Saltwater Assassins in Chicken on a Chain and Down South soft plastics are good choices. One color that seems to add to the odds is chartreuse in combination with other colors. Now, let’s talk about where to wade. The biggest limitation is whether you have a boat to access wading areas or depend on entering from land. Boaters have many more options as the Galveston Bay Complex is limited in areas where the public can cross land to enter the water. Briefly, for those without boats, the Seawolf Park area offers access to water along with Eight-Mile Road on the west end of Galveston Island. All along the road from the Texas City Dike to the Moses Lake Flood Gate offers good wade fishing at times as does the April Fool Point Area in San Leon.

The Seabrook Flats are well-known for winter wade fishing and have easy access at several points along the shore. Now for the most important aspect of wade fishing! Do not go it alone. Have a fishing buddy join you as there are too many incidences of a wader falling into a

“Trout and reds will spend more of the day in shallower waters during that time and wade fishing is the best way to sneak up on them.” deep hole, and with the heavy equipment on, could not swim and drowned. A companion fishing close by could have saved the day. To be on the safe side, two or more anglers should wade fish together.

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Christmas Boat Lane Parade ON CLEAR LAKE

For over fifty years the official beginning of the holiday season for the Bay Area has been the annual Christmas Boat Lane Parade on Clear Lake.


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sets sail at 6:00 p.m. on December 13 from the South Shore Harbour Marina in League City and the Nassau Bay Lagoon. This parade started with five guys sittin’ and talking at Lakewood Yacht Club. They decided to decorate their boats and parade around Clear Lake the following weekend. It was cold, foggy and rainy as they pulled out of the marina to begin the parade and they had a hard time seeing where they were going. The people at Jimmy Walker’s Restaurant

(now Landry’s), had heard about the parade so they kept looking for the boats through the fogged up windows, finally they appeared. Five decorated boats bravely paraded in the wind and rain down the channel and when the Captains saw the people in Jimmy Walker’s loving it, Captain Jack Campbell got on his radio and announced that this is our INAUGURAL Christmas boat parade -- and it’s been a tradition ever since. This parade has grown tremendously to become one of the largest, lighted boat

parades in the nation with over 100 entries annually. Attracting 100,000 people, the brilliant display of boat lights can be seen by viewers on land, and by the hundreds of boats anchored throughout the lake. The restaurants along the shores and at the Kemah Boardwalk do a booming business while homeowners and apartment dwellers on the lake plan annual parties. Some of the boaters have participated for over 25 years and their decorations become more creative and elaborate each year. Plans begin well in advance and are kept “secret” right up to parade night. Floating entries of all sizes include rowboats, bicyclepowered craft, sailboats and power boats. The boats have music, passengers in costume, and all types of moving and non-moving parts. Some outstanding past entries include an airplane with a turning propeller, a hot air balloon, a waving teddy bear, a brigade of toy soldiers, a space shuttle with flaming red lights “blasting” it through the channel, 40 ft. tall Christmas tree with lights synchronized to Christmas music, a giant leg lamp from A Christmas Story and a 42 ft. flying dove with wings that moved up and down. Just imagine 100 boats with hundreds and sometimes thousands of lights reflecting off the water, the boat crews wishing onlookers a joyful holiday; it’s an unforgettable experience that captures the true meaning of the Christmas spirit.

This year Texas Navy’s Sam Houston Squadron out of Lakewood Yacht Club, along with Parade Marshall Admiral R.B. “Bob” Taylor will lead the parade along with League City Mayor Tim Paulissen and honorary Parade Marshall Dr. Brian Babin. Boats will reach the judges at the Kemah Boardwalk around 7:00 p.m. then ride out into Galveston Bay and return. The boaters will cruise past the spectators at the South Shore Harbour Marina, the Nassau Bay Lagoon and down the channel near Seabrook, Clear Lake Shores and the Kemah Boardwalk. The City of League City is proud to be the title sponsor of this traditional parade. The City of Nassau Bay, also

a long-time sponsor, will signal the start of the parade with a spectacular fireworks display from their peninsula. Additional major sponsors are the City of Kemah, Gulf Coast Mariner Magazine/Bay Group Media, the Kemah Boardwalk, Hollis Huff Lewis & Co. P.C., Photosbyeddieharper. com, South Shore Harbour Resort, The Pet Palace and Boating Trades Association of Metropolitan Houston. The Blue Marlin hosts the parade committee while the judges enjoy their evening at the Cadillac Bar on the Kemah Boardwalk. The following morning local businesses sponsor individual awards at the Awards Brunch held at South Shore Harbour Resort in League City. The

grand finale of the morning is the presentation of the top five awards presented in honor of the parade’s founders. Visitors are encouraged to spend the weekend at our sponsoring city’s hotels in League City, Kemah and Nassau Bay. Go to www. for information. The Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce parade committee is dedicated to making the event a success every year. Families and businesses with boats of any size are encouraged to register for the parade. Go to www. or call 281-488-7676 for an entry form or more information regarding December 13 and 14.


One puffer fish contains enough poison to kill 30 people.

Starfish don’t have blood, instead their blood is filtered sea water.

Most brands of lipstick use fish scales.

Bluefin Tuna can retract their dorsal and pectoral fins into slots to reduce drag.

Grouper swallow prey whole. They don’t have many teeth on the edges of their jaws, but they have heavy crushing tooth plates.






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Heaviest Stringer Redfish

Photos by Rebecca Collins

Team: Saldana Bros with Gerardo Saldana and Ovidio Saldana

Heaviest Stringer Trout Team: Scandy Candy with Chris Gonzales, Jason Nolan, James Plaag and David Schmidt

Heaviest Individual Redfish Team: Young Guns with Ron Dixon

Heaviest Individual Trout Team: Remax Galveston with John Sincox and Ryan Moody

Flounder Pot Team: CCS Fishing with Jason Otto, Jeff Koester, Austin Owens and Tyson Schindler

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Five Easy Main Dishes With Five Ingredients By Betha Merit


HEN TIME is most valuable, it is good to know that you don’t have to sacrifice flavor for a meal on board your vessel. Depending on your galley set-up, these main dish selections may be partially or fully prepared ahead of time in your home. You can either freeze or refrigerate and bring the items on board to create main dish meals that will satisfy the hungry. Simple ideas like cooking pasta or rice ahead and storing them in plastic freezer bags to be thawed and added to the dish onboard is a time and clean-up saver. Having salad greens for a side dish will add both healthy and aesthetic value to each meal. You can just change up the veggie, nut, fruit, or cheese salad fixings for each separate meal. And don’t forget the dressings, unless you are a chef who can whip up a balsamic vinaigrette with herbs, a healthy option with no additives. The following five main dishes can be served for lunch, dinner, or even breakfast. Both the Quinoa Salad and the Pork Fried Rice are gluten free. Feel free to add salt and pepper, herbs, onions, and anything else that makes a recipe your own. All recipes serve 4.


BROCCOLI QUICHE Ingredients: • 1 Frozen Deep Dish Pie Crust, thawed, in tin • 4 Eggs • 1 cup half-and-half • 2 cups shredded cheese (Swiss, cheddar, or a blend of your choice) • 1 cup cooked chopped broccoli (or chopped bacon, meat or veggie) • salt, pepper, spices of your choice Set oven to 375 degrees. Sprinkle half of cheese in piecrust. In a bowl, whisk eggs, half-and-half, and spices. Place well drained broccoli over cheese. Sprinkle rest of cheese on top. Pour egg mixture evenly over top. Bake for 45 minutes or until knife inserted in the center comes out clean.

PORK FRIED RICE (gluten free)

In large skillet, cook chopped pork, green onions, and optional veggies in 1-2 tablespoons hot oil ‘til warmed through. Push to side of skillet. Break eggs in center of skillet, stirring ‘til eggs are set, chopping into pieces. Push to side. Heat about 1-2 teaspoons more oil in skillet and add cooked rice. Stir-fry rice ‘til it is slightly crunchy or browned. Add 2 T soy sauce to rice and stir through; add more to taste. Mix rice with all the ingredients at the side of skillet. Serve in bowls with more onions for garnish.

QUINOA SALAD (gluten free) Ingredients: • 1 ½ cups cooked quinoa, chilled • small jar sundried tomatoes in olive oil • small jar marinated artichoke heart quarters • container feta cheese • lemon juice from 1 to 2 lemons • (optional, serve with cold grilled chicken breast slices for heartier meal).

Ingredients: • 4 tilapia filets (about 1 lb) or any meaty white fish • ¼ to ½ cup butter • ¼ cup white wine (sauvignon blanc) • ¼ cup capers • 12 oz cooked spaghettini (thin spaghetti) • salt, pepper, spices of your choice.

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 11 x 13 casserole dish (or use two smaller dishes and freeze one). Pour drained pasta into dish. Drizzle with butter, mix in the shredded cheeses, half-and-half, and seasonings to taste. Sprinkle with herbs for color on top. Bake in oven, covered with foil that has been greased to not stick. Bake 30 minutes. Remove foil and bake an additional 15 minutes. Cheeses should be bubbling when ready.

Ingredients: • 1 cup chopped cooked pork (tenderloin, chop, or similar) • 3 cups cooked rice (white or brown long grain) • ¼ cup chopped green onions, add a bit more for garnish • 3 eggs • vegetable oil and soy sauce • (optional veggies).


Brown the butter in a large skillet or pan on moderately high heat. Sear fish filets on each side ‘til browned. Reduce heat, and add rest of butter, wine, and capers to pan. Continue cooking for three to five minutes, until fish is done. Serve fish over spaghettini, spooning sauce and capers over fish and pasta.

¼ cup butter, melted ¼ cup milk or half-and-half 2 teaspoons herbes de provence pepper, salt, garlic salt to taste.

FOUR CHEESE PASTA BAKE Ingredients: • 1 lb pasta noodles (pick your favorite), cooked, drained. • 4 cups shredded cheeses (pick any four…gouda, havarti, cheddar, jack, bleu, mascarpone etc.)

Place about 1 cup cooked quinoa on each plate, arrange sundried tomatoes and artichoke hearts over top, sprinkle with feta cheese, and splash heavily with lemon juice. Add salt and pepper, to taste. Add a few chilled, grilled, seasoned chicken slices to side of plate if desired. Note: many recipes serve these ingredients warm and mixed all together; an option for a chilly night at sea.



• 20 jalapeno peppers • 1/2 lb crab meat • 1/8 cup real bacon bits • 3 oz cream cheese • 3 oz cheddar cheese (sharp , graded) • 1/2 teaspoon seafood seasoning • sea salt and pepper to taste Cut jalapeno peppers in half length wise and remove the seeds. Place peppers in boiling water and blanch for 2 minutes. Remove and allow to cool. In a mixing bowl combine your cream cheese, bacon and cheddar cheese then gently fold in the crab meat. Fill cooled pepper halves with crab mixture and place them on a greased baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes. Place stuffed peppers under broiler for final couple minutes if you prefer them slightly browned.

SEARED MAHI MAHI WITH ZESTY BASIL BUTTER Serve on a bed of rice with your favorite side of vegetables • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter • 1 ½ teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice • 1 large garlic clove, finely chopped • 1/4 teaspoon salt, plus additional for seasoning • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus additional for seasoning • 1 ½ tablespoons chopped fresh basil leaves • 3 tablespoons olive oil • 4 (6 to 8-ounce) mahi mahi fillets Zesty Basil Butter: Combine the butter, lemon juice, garlic, salt, pepper, and basil in a medium saucepan and cook over low heat, stirring until the butter melts. Cover and keep warm over low heat. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Season the fish with salt and pepper, to taste. Cook the fish for 3 minutes; then turn and cook until just opaque, about 3 to 4 minutes more. Transfer the fillets to individual plates. Spoon the warm basil butter over the fish and serve.


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By Don Armstrong

Put a lid on it! That’s pretty much what General Motors did when they created the Suburban – dubbed “Carryall” in 1935.



simply replaced the bed with a lengthened cab and put in on the same half-ton truck chassis. A GMC version quickly followed, and in 1999 Cadillac badged its own iteration called Escalade. Now comes the 12th version of the iconic “Carryall” for 2015. The Cadillac Escalade is at the top of the food chain when it comes to full-size (continued on page 31)


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heavy weights; and we do mean heavy, as in poundage. Rolling out of its birthing ship in Arlington, Texas, the Escalade, branded four wheel drive Suburban, tips the scales at three tons. Moving all that weight is a 6.2-liter V-8 delivering 420 horsepower and 460 lb.-ft. of grunt; more than enough juice to also tow another 8,000 pounds. That’s why we thought this would be the ultimate luxury hauler, not only for people and their stuff but a nice sized bass boat or camper. The new sheet metal is

Corvette. Wind and road noise used to be a given in most vehicles. Not in the Escalade. Triple door seals and lightweight, yet very effective sound deadening materials, bring a new meaning to a quiet interior. Speaking of interiors, this is where the Escalade really shines. When we used to speak of fit and finish, our minds went to most financially unreachable rides. Say hello to a new era. Cadillac suits said, “We can do that too, but in volume,” and they did. With layered materials,

“The Cadillac Escalade is at the top of the food chain when it comes to full-size heavy weights.” fitting for a modern do-all with plenty of edgy Cadillac styling cues including LED lighting all around. This big beauty makes heads turn no matter what neighborhood you’re cruising. Ride quality has always been part of the Cadillac success equation, and the Escalade is no different. To achieve its comfortable level, without sacrificing control, the Caddy engineers installed GM’s Magnetic Ride Control system; first developed for the

cut-and-sewn craftsmanship and real wood accents, you are officially dared to compare. Remember that heavy, old third row seat that most owners removed and stored on their dirty garage floors? No more, ‘cause there’s no need to remove it. Both the third and second row seats fold flat with the touch of a power button. Finally. Pricing starts at $71,695, but with 72-month notes available…well, you know you want it.


Photos: POHA

Port of Houston: Impossible dream turned into a reality By Mary Alys Cherry


HE PORT OF HOUSTON will celebrate its 100th birthday Monday, Nov. 10 – an anniversary that seemed an impossible dream and almost laughable a century ago. Build a port 52 miles inland? At first, almost no one thought it would happen, but through a combination of Mother Nature’s fury, the discovery of oil and a young congressman’s dedication, the Houston Ship Channel paved the way for Houston to become the nation’s fourth largest city and the Port of Houston to become the nation’s leading port in foreign tonnage and second in overall tonnage. According to the Port’s history, in the 1890s Congressman Tom Ball – for whom the town of Tomball is named – worked hard to get support for a deep water port for Houston. In September 1900, a devastating hurricane nearly wiped Galveston off the map, killing some 8,000 people in one of the nation’s worst


disasters in history. Ball’s colleagues began to listen to his argument for a protected inland port. Then, with the discovery of oil at Spindletop and the growth of crops such as cotton and rice, it became clear that Houston’s ship channel

Houston Ship Channel opened on a Tuesday morning, Nov. 10, 1914, with a 21-gun salute and thousands of people on hand to celebrate as President Woodrow Wilson fired a cannon via remote control to officially open the channel. Today, the Port of Houston,

Texas’ first cargo container terminal which opened in 1977 at Morgan’s Point, and its $1.4 billion Bayport complex, which opened Feb. 7, 2007 just north of Seabrook. A computerized inventory control system tracks the status and location of individual containers at each terminal. With the widening of the Panama Canal, which is also celebrating its 100th anniversary, the Port Authority is preparing for the larger generation of vessels (9,000-plus TEU in capacity) that soon will need to call at Bayport and Barbours Cut with an $80 million dredging project to deepen the channels from 40 feet to 45 feet to match the depth of the Houston Ship Channel. “This has been a tremendous effort by all parties involved to make sure we are ready to handle the larger ships needing to call our facilities,” Port Executive Director Roger Guenther said, adding that dredging already is under way at Barbours Cut, and when completed later this year, work will begin at Bayport.

“The Houston Ship Channel opened on a Tuesday morning, Nov. 10, 1914, with a 21 gun salute.” Port of Houston opening celebration in 1914.

needed the capacity to handle larger vessels. Through Tom Ball’s persistence, Houston and the federal government shared the cost of dredging the ship channel that would link Houston to the world. Work began in 1912 and the

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a 25-mile-long complex of diversified public and private facilities along the ship channel, is home to the largest petrochemical complex in the nation. It has giant container terminals at Barbours Cut,

Quite a change from those days long ago when the Port was located near the confluence of Buffalo Bayou and White Oak Bayou at Allen’s Landing, now a park known as the birthplace of Houston.



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

NOVEMBER Sat 11/1 05:18 AM 08:51 PM

1.4 H 0.6 L

Sun 11/2 04:02 AM 10:50 AM 02:54 PM 08:56 PM

1.3 H 0.9 L 1.0 H 0.8 L

Mon 11/3 03:47 AM 10:43 AM 05:18 PM 09:59 PM

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Tue 11/4 03:34 AM 11:06 AM 06:59 PM 10:59 PM

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Wed 11/5 03:21 AM 11:37 AM 08:26 PM

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Thu 11/6 12:00 AM 03:02 AM 12:12 PM 09:54 PM Fri 11/7 12:50 PM 11:41 PM

1.2 L 1.3 H 0.2 L 1.4 H

0.1 L 1.4 H

Mon 11/17 03:22 AM 10:32 AM 05:05 PM 09:15 PM

1.0 H 0.6 L 0.8 H 0.8 L

Tue 11/18 03:00 AM 10:38 AM 06:33 PM 10:07 PM

0.9 H 0.4 L 0.9 H 0.9 L

Wed 11/19 02:37 AM 10:56 AM 07:49 PM 10:57 PM Thu 11/29 02:12 AM 11:21 AM 09:08 PM 11:40 PM

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Fri 11/21 01:43 AM 11:51 AM

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Sat 11/22 01:22 AM 12:26 PM

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Sun 11/23 01:46 AM 01:06 PM

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Sat 11/8 01:30 PM

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Mon 11/24 02:24 AM 01:49 PM

Sun 11/9 01:47 AM 02:12 PM

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Tue 11/25 02:59 AM 02:36 PM

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1.0 H 0.2 L 1.0 H 1.0 L

1.4 H 0.1 L

Wed 11/26 03:22 AM 03:26 PM

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Thu 11/27 03:22 AM 04:17 PM

Wed 11/12 03:50 AM 04:38 PM

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Tue 12/2 01:46 AM 10:08 AM Wed 12/3 01:32 AM 10:41 AM Thu 12/4 01:13 AM 11:17 AM Fri 12/5 12:26 AM 11:56 AM Sat 12/6 12:12 AM 12:36 PM Sun 12/7 01:05 AM 01:16 PM Mon 12/8 01:50 AM 01:57 PM Tue 12/9 02:25 AM 02:38 PM Wed 12/10 02:49 AM 03:18 PM

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Sat 12/20 12:08 AM 11:29 AM

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Sun 12/21 12:46 AM 12:12 PM

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Mon 12/22 01:32 AM 12:56 PM

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Tue 12/23 02:15 AM 01:43 PM

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Wed 12/24 02:47 AM 02:29 PM

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Thu 12/25 02:27 AM 03:14 PM

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Fri 12/26 01:18 AM 03:58 PM

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Sat 12/27 12:45 AM 04:37 PM

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Sun 12/28 12:24 AM 07:48 AM 01:23 PM 05:02 PM

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Mon 12/29 12:09 AM 08:16 AM 11:56 PM

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Fri 11/28 02:58 AM 05:09 PM

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Fri 12/12 02:49 AM 04:35 PM

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Thu 11/13 04:06 AM 05:32 PM

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Sat 11/29 02:33 AM 06:01 PM

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Sat 12/13 02:28 AM 05:11 PM

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Fri 11/14 04:09 AM 06:29 PM

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Sat 11/15 03:59 AM 07:25 PM

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Sun 12/14 02:04 AM 05:42 PM

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Tue 12/30 08:54 AM 11:42 PM

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Sun 11/16 03:43 AM 11:02 AM 02:51 PM 08:21 PM

Mon 12/15 01:38 AM 09:28 AM

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Wed 12/31 09:36 AM 11:24 PM

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Tue 12/16 01:14 AM 09:29 AM

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Join in on a Clear Lake tradition! The League City 53rd Annual Christmas Boat Lane Parade on Clear Lake lights up the water on Dec. 13, 2014...

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Join in on a Clear Lake tradition! The League City 53rd Annual Christmas Boat Lane Parade on Clear Lake lights up the water on Dec. 13, 2014...