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January/February 2014 |

Celebrating Coastal Life

[Letter from the Publisher]

Gulf Coast Mariner Magazine

January/February 2014

Sales Commodore (Director of Sales) Patty Kane Sales Crew (Advertising Executives) Shannon Alexander Patty Bederka Terry Grover Debbie Salisbury Editorial Don Armstrong Rod Evans Capt. Joe Kent Charles Milby Photography Charles Milby Brandon Rowan Distribution Timothy Shinkle Company LF



Commodore (Director of Art) Brandon Rowan


Charles Milby Publisher

Captain (Editor) Mary Alys Cherry



s we usher in this new year, don’t let this cold weather get you down. Make a list of things you need to do to your boat and then get her done. The winter is a perfect time to do a bottom job on your boat everyone waits til the spring and then the yards get too busy to work you in. A quick haul bottom job is money well spent. Thinking about replacing some of the electronic instruments that always seem to be not working properly just when you need them? Watch for after the holiday sales you know they’re coming, so be ready. Sailmakers slow down just a little in the winter and sometimes they are willing to cut you a deal before the spring rush comes around. Check the batten pockets and leach line cleats, they are easy to replace. Routine maintenance on your engine will prolong the life of your boat. The spring boating season will be here before we know it, so take a little time now and then get out on the water when you can.

Rear Admiral (President) Rick Clapp


January is a Time to Start Fresh

Admiral (Publisher) Charles Milby

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

10 |Sailing from North Palm Beach to Key West Florida is the perfect place for a winter sailing adventure. Avoid the snow birds and see the Keys the best way possible aboard Orion, a Sabre 38. By Charles Milby

12 | Are Our Fish Stocks Declining?



It is a lot of work to keep a boat up to scratch but it’s even more work, time and money if something breaks down. Perform these basic maintenance tips before the weather warms. By Rod Evans

16 | A Day in the Life of a Ferry Boat Captain


8 | Keep Your Vessel Seaworthy


January/February 2014



588 tons, 265 feet long, 65 feet wide and 3,000 horsepower. We take the greatest free ride in Texas with Captain Johnny Smith By Charles Milby

18 | Marvin Beckmann

We interview the 2013-2014 Etchells World Champion on his career, influences and what it takes to win.


Contents Letter from the Publisher Nautical Numbers Dredging Hazards in Upper Galveston Bay

Anglers chasing trout, tarpon and flounder saw less than prolific action in 2013. Are the populations of these and other beloved Texas game fish in decline? By Capt. Joe Kent

David Fincham Named LYC Facilities Manager

14 | 2014 Jeep Wrangler

Sailing with the Byerly Brothers

There is no trail too tough for this iconic ride. The 2014 Jeep Wrangler has all the power and options you need, whether you’re on a serious outdoor excursion or just driving to the boat.

Jamie Rose of Rose Matchmaking

By Don Armstrong

The Atlanic Tarpon (megalops atlanticus) makes a mighty leap.

Tide charts


Map: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Notice to Boaters in Upper Galveston Bay Mariners are advised to be aware of an increase in waterborne hazards in the Bayport Flare and Houston Ship Channel as a result of maintenance dredging work scheduled to begin this month and continue through October 2014.


he U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District contracted with Weeks Marine Inc. to remove approximately 4 million cubic yards of shoaled material from Redfish Reef to Beacon 78 (with material being placed into the Mid Bay Placement Area and Placement Area 14). “Boaters are advised to be aware of the safety risks caused by submerged objects such as pipelines, floating pipelines and increased waterborne traffic to include work boats, barges, crew boats, tow boats and tenders,” said Chief of Safety and Occupational Health Patrick Spoor, USACE Galveston District. “Boaters are asked to slow down, proceed with caution and be prepared for sudden maneuvers by work boats in the area, to prevent unnecessary accidents.” According to Spoor, mariners should proceed with caution while boating in the area and take the following into consideration:


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Dredging vessels can be identified by visual aids, normally displayed on the centerline near the forward portion of the vessel. At night, look for a red-white-red vertical light pattern.

Determine the safe passage side, which is marked by two diamonds during the day and two green lights at night. The danger side will be marked with two black balls and two red lights.

Always confirm the safe passing side with the dredger on VHF 13. If mariners have trouble reaching the dredger, contact the U.S. Coast Guard Vessel Traffic Service on Channel 12 (below light 113). The dredge operator will often respond with either one or two audible whistles signal.

“The greatest hazard is running into a dredging pipeline, which could possibly result in a serious or fatal injury or cause significant damage to vessels,” said Spoor. “Indicators, such as signs or buoys that state ‘DANGER SUBMERGED PIPELINE’ will be placed at the beginning and termination points of the pipeline. In addition, indicators will be placed every 400 feet to clearly warn of the pipeline

length and course in areas where the charted depth is reduced by more than 10 percent.” Additionally, Spoor notes that where the pipeline does not cross a navigable channel, the flashing yellow all-around lights will be spaced not over 200 feet apart, unless closer spacing is required by the U.S. Coast Guard. Submerged pipeline located outside of the navigation channel, which reduce the charted depth by more than 10 percent, will be identified with high visibility buoys marked with 360-degree visibility retro-reflective tape, such as orange neoprene buoys (placed at an interval not to exceed 200 feet) to clearly show the pipeline length and course. Spoor advises mariners to view the attached map showing the project location and disposal sites and states that as the project progresses, staff will provide periodic updates as to the location of the dredging operation to keep mariners informed of potential hazards. Additionally, he encourages boaters to report any unsafe conditions or operations immediately by contacting the district’s Safety Office at 409-766-3101. For news and information, visit Find them on Facebook, GalvestonDistrict or follow on Twitter,

NAUTICAL NUMBERS 286 lb 9 oz The International Game Fish Assocation all-tackle world record for tarpon. This record was set by angler Max Domecq on March 20, 2003 in Rubane, GuineaBissau, a small country in West Africa.

29 species David Fincham Named Facilities Manager for Lakewood Yacht Club


pon the retirement of longtime staff member Gary Mathews at the end of 2013, former Dock Master David Fincham has been named the new Facilities Manager for Lakewood Yacht Club. Gary had been working full time for Lakewood since 1990 while David began his career at Lakewood in December of 2007. Although born in Houston, David actually grew up in Galveston and moved to Hitchcock while in the sixth grade. Upon graduation from Hitchcock High School, he worked as a mechanic for Todds Ship Yard in Galveston in the areas of barge construction and ship repair. After Todds closed, he went on to other fabrication shops where he was a quality control manager and production manager for building containers. In 1997, David established his own

business, Fincham’s Marine which is a boat repair operation in the areas of mechanics, electrical and plumbing. He met Lakewood’s Harbor Administrator Lynda Hall in 1996 and they have done several boat deliveries together through the years. Regarding his new position at Lakewood, David related that he is looking forward to carrying on all the good work that Gary has accomplished through the years. His first priority is having the grounds look beautiful so that members and guests have a wonderful first impression of the club. The second priority is to fix things as soon as possible if they are in need of repair. After living aboard at Marina Del Sol, David purchased a home in League City a few years ago. His hobby is radio controlled airplanes and he is a member of the Texas City Radio Control Club.

The number of marine mammal species found in the Gulf of Mexico. These include dolphins, whales and the manatee.

50 gallons The amount of water a single oyster can filter in just one day.

1958 The year the first Boston Whaler boats were marketed and sold by the FisherPierce company. The first design was a collaboration between Dick Fisher and C. Raymond Hunt.


Keep Your Vessel



n a perfect world, taking your boat out on the lake or in the gulf would be the ideal remedy for a blazing hot summer day. But this past summer’s hot weather made just getting out on the water a matter of survival. With the cooler weather upon us, perhaps you’re looking to make up for some lost time by heading to your nearest body of water. However, it’s a good idea to make sure your boat is equally as ready as you are. “It’s a lot of work to get a boat up to standards, but it’s even more work if it breaks down in a strange location, like in the gulf,” said Dan Cantrell, the delivery captain for Marine Max in Seabrook. Cantrell says if your boat has been inactive for a while, it’s advisable that


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either you or your mechanic perform some basic maintenance. He says a good place to start is the sea strainers for the air conditioning and the main engine. Those should be checked and cleaned, with special attention paid to possible algae build up in the air conditioning system. The impellers should be replaced after 100 hours of use. Cantrell says the devices will fail to pump enough water to cool the engine if they are worn. Fuel filters are another important area that must be inspected before taking your boat out, and making sure you add a fuel stabilizer to your fuel tank is critical as well. “Stabilizers are a necessity these days,” Cantrell says. “If the boat has been sitting for a month or more, the ethanol will separate and play havoc with the engine.

Running your boat without stabilizers can lead to some pretty expensive repairs.” He recommends stabilizers sold by Star Brite or Sta-Bil. According to Cantrell, who teaches boating safety and maintenance seminars at Marine Max, inspecting the

Cantrell says another oft forgotten maintenance concern is inspecting the shaft log and rudder post, especially making sure the packing gland is functioning properly. On the safety front, Cantrell says boaters should inspect the fire extinguishers annually, but also give a quick look at the gauge indicator

searching for them,” Cantrell says. He says many boaters opt for having the Coast Guard Auxiliary give their boat an inspection for an added peace of mind. The agency will issue a sticker to be displayed on the boat indicating all safety checks have been performed. One of the best things boaters can do, he says, is leave a “float plan” with family or friends that details where and when you’ll be boating, which could prove valuable should something happen on the water. For Cantrell, perhaps the best habit to get into is doing a quick inspection of your boat at the dock. “If you haven’t run the boat in a while, start up the engine and let it get up to operating temperature. Check for any leaks by sight and smell. Check all of the engine fluid levels before you leave the dock.” He also recommends becoming a member of organizations like Sea Tow or Boat U.S., which offer rescue assistance among other services. “Making sure your boat is ready at the dock is the key,” Cantrell says. “There’s usually no one out there to help if you have trouble.”

“It’s a lot of work to get a boat up to standards, but it’s even more work if it breaks down in a strange location, like in the Gulf.”

condition of the steering connections is often overlooked. “You’ve got to check the turnbuckle and all of the steering mechanisms for rust and, if you have cable steering, make sure it is not locked up. Be sure to look for any hydraulic leaks and check for sufficient pressure.”

periodically to check for signs of lost pressure or discharge. All flares should be changed annually and life jackets should be U.S. Coast Guard approved. Don’t leave the dock without a hand held VHF radio and GPS system loaded with fresh batteries. “If you’ll be boating with kids, allow them to decorate their life jacket with reflective stickers because they make it easier to find them if they should go overboard. Also, attach a whistle to the jacket. It might be a little annoying at times, but will come in handy if you’re


North Palm Beach

to Key West

By Charles Milby


inter sailing in Florida can be fun. The water is turquoise and the weather is usually warm. Over the Thanksgiving Holidays, Suzanne and I were invited to help our friends Dave and Kris Popken move their sailboat from North Palm Beach to Key West. We had a great time. Most of the coast of Florida is developed, but when you travel by boat you get to see the best parts and avoid the snow birds. Key Largo and Marathon were two of the most delightful stops on our trip. I didn’t make it to Sloppy Joe’s Bar, which is where Hemingway hung out, but I did go to the Schooner Wharf Bar and the Island Dog Bar. Suzanne liked Grunts, a very nice dinner spot off Duval

Chickens were brought into Key West by Cuban immigrants in the 1800s for the purpose of cockfighting. This was outlawed in the 1970s and now these birds roam the streets freely.


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Street. You will have to explore and find your own little place in Key West; it’s filled with friendly watering holes where everyone is welcome. As we were walking down the pier at our marina one day we saw a manatee. He was so big. I thought it was a rock on the bottom until he moved. I’m not sure what he was looking for as he posed for pictures, to the delight of our party, but he was fun to watch. Having been to Key West I would definitely go back, so check it out. If you like to fish and sail then make some plans soon. I’m sorry to say Southwest Airlines will no longer be flying into Key West. You can still get there is by car or by boat. I preferred the boat.

The manatee at the marina was not shy.


Anglers fishing the Galveston Bay Complex during 2013 often asked if we are experiencing a decline in our stocks of speckled trout.


rout action for the most part was far below the norm for the past few years for most anglers, including me. Tarpon catches appeared to be down for the average angler and the annual flounder migration was disappointing to a large number of those who patiently waited until signs of the migration to start their fishing. What has happened to our fish was a common question? Since I did not have the answer, two professionals with the


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Texas Parks and Wildlife Department were consulted, Lance Robinson and Bill Balboa. Both work out of the Dickinson Marine Lab in Dickinson and offered some interesting insight as to what is taking place. I started out the conversation with the primary question, has there been a decline in our stocks of trout and flounder? The answer was basically no. Balboa cited samplings and onsite surveys as not giving any indications of a noticeable reduction in our stocks of fish. OK, if that is the case, why were catches for the average angler down this year, I asked? Both gentlemen had a lot to offer in regard to why we are seeing changes and why we will continue to see even more. To start with, let’s look at redfish, the other specie of the Big 3 Saltwater Fish. Redfish have bounced back to the point that more liberalized bag and size limits were discussed. Feedback from a large sampling of anglers along the middle and lower coast indicated a majority did not want to see any changes.

“Tarpon catches appeared to be down for the average angler and the annual flounder migration was disappointing to a large number.” Crabs are bouncing back from a low point several years ago and were harvested in good numbers and sizes last year. If the stocks of trout and flounder are in good shape, then why were the catches off last year? Several explanations have been put forth; however, first let’s look at trout. The anglers having the success with trout found them in different locations and at different depths than typical in the past.

Part of the reason has to do with salinity levels in the bays and the water temperature. Since 2011, we have been in a severe drought causing record high salinity levels in the Galveston Bay Complex. During 2013 we had more rain and a slight reduction in salinity compared to 2011 and 2012. The continued warming trend has raised the normal temperature levels and all of this has had its effect on trout, a species that is sensitive to salinity levels

and temperature. While some of the normal hot spots for trout did not produce, the surf exploded with action in late summer. One noticeable difference was that the fish were generally much closer to the beach. Most fishing guides reported reduced catches and having to look hard to find where the fish were stacking up. One guide said that typical of last year was his charters experiencing a catch of 15 fish compared to 25 to 30 in prior years. What about the flounder? While there has been no proof shown that this was the answer, it is commonly accepted among seasoned flounder fishermen that the big moves occurred during the strong outgoing tides at night during November and lots of the flatfish made their exit during the numerous strong frontal systems that kept anglers off of the water. Balboa cited a survey of bank fishermen along the Galveston Channel during a hard norther. The wind was too strong for boats; however, anglers fishing from shore were quickly limiting out on flounder. Tarpon was another fish that was on the list of poor results last year. While there has been no recent survey of their numbers, all indications are that the stocks are in good shape. Last year tarpon guides reported that the fish were being caught in different areas along the upper Texas Coast than in previous years. The shift seemed to be from the Bolivar Peninsula area to points south of San Luis Pass, all still in the mythical highway called Tarpon Alley. Our next article will pick up with the ecological changes occurring in the Galveston Bay Complex and how they will affect fishing.


No Trail Too Tough By Don Armstrong

For many, part of the outdoor experience is navigating terrain and no vehicle is more capable than the Jeep Wrangler.


ince 1941, this original fourwheeler has gotten more people out of tough spots than we can count, including our armed

forces. The 2014 Wrangler has come a long way since its debut, yet its body style is still the most recognizable in the world. The 7-slot grille, round headlamps, squared shoulders and rear-mounted spare are, today, very much a part of its long lineage. Now featuring a more powerful and fuel efficient 3.6-liter Pentastar engine, there’s enough oomph to get you up and over almost anything, with on-road


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civility and power for freeway on-ramp speed squirts. The 285-horsepower V-6 gets up to 21-mpg on the highway while delivering 260 lb.-ft. of torque. For those that like autonomous shifting, there’s an available 5-speed automatic transmission, but for the do-it-yourselfers, a 6-speed manual will impress your fishing buddies. Here are the numbers, the off-road stuff that makes Wrangler a winner in every category; Able to tackle the steepest grades and deepest ruts, approach angle for Wrangler is up to 44.6 degrees, breakover angle is 25.5 degrees and

it’s smoother and more compliant than you might think, certainly better than many import sport cars. Jeep purists still enjoy all of the amenities that make this do-all an outdoorsman’s dream; fold-down windshield, removable doors, washable floors, standard soft-top and optional removable hardtop. And let’s not forget Chrysler’s available Uconnect touch screen, the best in the business, featuring Bluetooth streaming audio, SiriusXM satellite radio and Travel Link, Uconnect media center, web, navigation and voice command. The Jeep Wrangler 2-door

“The 285-horsepower V-6 gets up to 21-mpg on the highway while delivering 260 lb.-ft. of torque.” departure angle is up to 40.6 degrees depending on tire size. Ground clearance of the front axle is 9.1 to 10.5 inches depending on tire size. At the rear, axle-to-ground clearance is 8.8 to 10.2 inches. On Jeep Wrangler Rubicon models there’s an electronic front sway bar disconnect to help provide additional wheel travel in difficult terrain conditions. As for on-road ride quality;

and Wrangler Unlimited 4-door are available in four models: Sport, Sport S, Sahara and Rubicon. Limited, special edition versions of the Wrangler are snapped up as fast as they are built. Right now Jeep is offering the Willys Wheeler Edition in the 2-door model and the Polar Edition for fourdoor fanatics. Pricing starts at $22,395 for the 2-door sport.


A Day in the Life of a Ferry Boat Captain


he Galveston-Bolivar Ferry started service in 1930. The Texas Department of Transportation operates the ferry year round and it’s free to the public. There are five ferry boats in the fleet. These boats weigh 588 tons. They are 265 feet long and 65 feet wide. We spent some time with Captain Johnny Smith, he started out as a deck hand in 1989 and four years later he was a captain. Grab the kids, a camera and take the greatest free ride in Texas. GCM: How did you get interested in this line of work? Smith: In the summer of 1989 I took advantage of the great opportunities the Texas Department of Transportation had to offer and I like the work so much I decided to make a career out of working on the Ferry. GCM: Why a ferryboat captain, why not a tug boat captain? Smith: I enjoy working on inland vessels, this allows me to go home every day and spend time with my family and friends. If you work offshore then you’re gone a lot. GCM: How long have you been a captain? Smith: I’ve been a captain with TxDOT for 20 years. GCM: What type of engines do you have in the current ferries now in service? Smith: Currently there are two 12 cylinder engines that


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provide 1500 horsepower each. These modern boats have plenty of power and are fun to drive. GCM: How long does it take to make the trip over to Bolivar? Smith: A normal trip to Bolivar takes about 18 minutes. To make the trip to Bolivar and then back to Galveston takes about 50 minutes.

GCM: Where did you receive most of your training? Smith: I received most of my on the job training with TxDOT and some offsite training with various schools in the area. GCM: How many cars can you get on a ferry? Smith: It takes approximately 65 cars to fill up the Ferry. That can vary with

the addition of trailers and other work vehicles. For more information on the GalvestonBolivar Ferry go to the TxDOT web site


A Conversation With 2013-2014 Etchells World Champion MARVIN BECKMANN GCM: How old were you when you first started sailing? Beckmann: About 10. My dad pushed me off on a sailfish with my mom. Not knowing much, it took me some time to make it back. I remember doing races with my sister on that same sailfish at the Seabrook Sailing Club and not doing so well. GCM: Who was the biggest influence in your early sailing career? Beckmann: As a youngster I enjoyed the camaraderie of friends and members of the Seabrook Sailing Club. The biggest influences on my sailing were Martin Bludworth, Earl Gerloff and my father. Each of these individuals taught me how to be competitive, what makes a sailboat go and what to look for in the wind. GCM: One design racing on a club level seems to be on the decline, what can clubs do to get more people involved with the sport? Beckmann: That is a tough one. Sailboat racing takes time which people don’t seem to have a lot of these days. The ironic thing is that if you don’t take the time to race locally or on the road as the pros do, your results won’t be good. The local clubs schedule and run series races, but the turnout usually isn’t there. The turnout is better for key local events, but that also has fallen off. It takes the effort of a few people to improve fleet turnout to races. I watched Ian Edwards do it for the Lighting class in 2012 where he organized half day events in preparation for the Worlds. It was a low

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turnout initially but ended up having enough boats to support the participation. We set up a short course Saturday afternoon and held numerous starts and mini races. This was followed by a great get together at the club or my bay house. GCM: Did you ever crew for Martin Bludworth? Beckmann: I sailed against him and must have crewed with him a time or two. I remember that he could be difficult on the boat, something I may have acquired from him. He was a great inspiration for the sport of sailing. GCM: Now that you’re a world champion are you going to sail as much as you did last year?

Maudlin, Mike McCann, Tom Meeh and Tony Smythe. We were getting ready for the 1999 North Americans where Ash Beatty, John Wilson, and I finished 2nd. The Etchells is a tactical boat that rewards boat speed and good decisions, a lot like a Soling which I sailed for years before the Etchells. GCM: In 1977 you won the Clifford D. Mallory Cup. In 1978 and in 1979 you won the Prince of Wales match racing trophy and now you’re a world champion. Which of the three trophies do you savor the most?

“The biggest influences on my sailing were Martin Bludworth, Earl Gerloff and my father.”

Beckmann: We are gearing up for the Etchells Worlds next year in Newport, RI. I have already participated in several sailing events and will continue in preparation. To win a Worlds you have to be at the top of your game and have a few things fall your way. GCM: Big money always seems to drive the sport, what’s your take on the Americas Cup? Beckmann: This year’s final event was exciting to watch but seemed a little one sided, first for NZ and then for the US. I would like to see the countries represented by their own countrymen. The US boat was controlled by a Brit and Aussies and the office by NZ. I don’t think the cheating represented our country very well. I also think the race track was short and predictable, minimizing passing opportunities. GCM: I know you have sailed a bunch of different kinds of boats in your career, what was it about the Etchells that attracted you to the class? Beckmann: I got started in the Etchells because of the local fleet with notable locals of Don Genitempo, Don Harbin, Tom McCulloch, Mike Little, Johnny

Beckmann: The one-on-one game of anticipating and controlling your opponent was very rewarding and fun. Winning the Worlds in the highly competitive Etchells class is my best achievement. We had a great team and did a lot of prep for the Etchells Worlds with a lot of good results leading to the Etchells Worlds, which included winning the Jaguar Cup ( a series of 4 regattas in Miami), the Etchells Nationals and the Italian Nationals. GCM: What is it about racing sailboats that keeps you coming back year after year? Beckmann: I think it’s my competitive nature and I like a challenge. I do it as a hobby, so finding the time is sometimes difficult. In my younger years it was the turnout and camaraderie. Sailing J-24s with 40-60+ boats at weekend circuit stops was a blast. Over the last few years the larger events (NAs, Worlds, etc.) draw the competition and challenge in preparing to give it your best shot at doing well. It feels good to get the results against all the pros.



The Byerly Brothers

We recently caught up with a band of sailing brothers who have had the opportunity to sail around the world competitively. These up-and-comers are active here at home with high school sailing and also with Lakewood Yacht Club.

Dougie Byerly – age 14 GCM: What got you started in sailing? Dougie: My brother Dane started sailing at Lakewood and I wanted to learn too.

Dane Byerly – age 15 GCM: What got you started in sailing? Dane: I read about winning a scholarship to go to Sailing Camp at Lakewood Yacht Club through Bay Access. My dad is a sailor and I really wanted to learn how to sail. GCM: Who was instrumental in helping you learn how to sail? Dane: My first coach, Mattia d’Errico, taught me how to sail. He introduced me to Scott Lindley, another coach, who taught me how to race. GCM: Why and what do you like about sailing? Dane: I really like the competition in sailing and also getting to hang out with my friends. I have met kids around the country and around the world.

GCM: Who was instrumental in helping you learn how to sail? Dougie: Coach Mattia – he was my first coach. GCM: Why and what do you like about sailing? Dougie: I like having fun on the water with my friends. GCM: How do you apply what you learn in sailing to everyday life? Dougie: I have dyslexia and sailing helps me learn to focus. I am also able to use what I have learned about weather in my everyday life. GCM: How many years have you been sailing? Dougie: Six years. GCM: What are your future goals?

GCM: How do you apply what you learn in sailing to everyday life?

Dougie: I would like to continue sailing, especially high school sailing. I don’t know what I want to study but would like to attend Texas A&M. I hope to use what I have learned in sailing in big boats when I am older.

Dane: Sailing has taught me how to be more organized and how to plan ahead.

Dutch Byerly – age 12

GCM: How many years have you been sailing? Dane: Seven years. GCM: What are your future goals? Dane: If there was a chance, my dream would be to represent the United States on the Olympic Sailing Team. Of course, sailing in the America’s Cup would be awesome too. I would love to attend and sail for the U.S. Naval Academy or Boston College.

GCM: What got you started in sailing? Dutch: My older brothers, especially Dane. I was also having fun hanging around the sailing kids. GCM: Who was instrumental in helping you learn how to sail? Dutch: Coach Mattia, then my brother, Dane. Then Coach Scott taught me a ton about racing. He taught me how to team race and I got to qualify with our team who were able to attend

the Volvo Open Ocean Race Academy in Miami. We represented Team Abu Dhabi and got to see the boats and met some of the team members. They trained us in the special team boats. It was really fun. GCM: Why and what do you like about sailing? Dutch: I like being competitive and it helps me stay in shape. I like being active. GCM: How do you apply what you learn to everyday life? Dutch: It helps me when I have to think quickly and notice my surroundings because of what I have to do on the water with wind and race course conditions. GCM: How many years have you been sailing? Dutch: About four years but I have been in the boats with my dad and brothers since I was tiny. GCM: What are your future goals? Dutch: I want to sail in the Olympics for the U.S. I also want to be on the U.S. National Team for Optimist Sailors like my brother, Dane. I want to team race a lot and compete in bigger boats, especially in high school sailing and travel to sail. I am going on my first international trip to Argentina in February to sail in a regatta.




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Wed 1/22 05:54 AM 11:53 AM 03:29 PM 10:23 PM

-0.2 L 0.1 H 0.1 L 0.2 H

Wed 2/19 03:30 AM 10:51 AM 03:02 PM 08:16 PM

0.0 L 0.3 H 0.2 L 0.4 H

-0.1 L 0.0 H 0.0 L 0.2 H

Wed 2/5 05:39 AM 09:25 PM

-0.3 L 0.3 H

Thu 2/20 04:17 AM 07:56 PM

-0.2 L 0.5 H

Thu 2/6 06:37 AM 09:02 PM

-0.4 L 0.4 H

Fri 2/21 05:12 AM 07:44 PM

-0.3 L 0.6 H

Fri 2/7 07:37 AM 08:39 PM

-0.5 L 0.5 H

Sat 2/22 06:14 AM 07:50 PM

-0.3 L 0.7 H

Sat 2/8 08:36 AM 08:54 PM

-0.5 L 0.5 H

Sun 2/23 07:21 AM 08:16 PM

-0.4 L 0.8 H

Sun 2/9 09:34 AM 09:35 PM

-0.6 L 0.5 H

Mon 2/24 08:30 AM 08:53 PM

-0.5 L 0.8 H

Mon 2/10 10:28 AM 10:33 PM

-0.6 L 0.5 H

Tue 2/25 09:35 AM 09:29 PM

-0.5 L 0.8 H

Tue 2/11 11:16 AM

-0.5 L

Wed 2/12 12:01 AM 11:58 AM

Wed 2/26 10:36 AM 09:26 PM

-0.5 L 0.7 H

0.5 H -0.5 L

Thu 2/13 02:00 AM 12:35 PM

0.5 H -0.5 L

Thu 2/27 11:32 AM 08:52 PM 11:46 PM

-0.4 L 0.6 H 0.6 L

Fri 2/14 03:29 AM 01:07 PM

0.4 H -0.4 L

Fri 2/28 03:32 AM 12:23 PM 08:30 PM

0.6 H -0.3 L 0.5 H

Sat 2/15 04:47 AM 01:35 PM 09:55 PM

0.4 H -0.3 L 0.3 H

Wed 1/8 07:51 AM 11:30 PM

-0.4 L 0.3 H

Thu 1/9 08:34 AM 11:15 PM

Fri 1/24 07:15 AM 09:41 PM

-0.5 L 0.4 H

Fri 1/10 09:18 AM 10:53 PM

Sat 1/25 08:05 AM 09:36 PM

-0.6 L 0.4 H

Sat 1/11 10:02 AM 10:47 PM

Sun 1/26 08:58 AM 09:58 PM

-0.7 L 0.5 H

Sun 1/12 10:46 AM 11:24 PM

Mon 1/27 09:53 AM 10:46 PM

-0.7 L 0.5 H

Mon 1/13 11:29 AM

Tue 1/28 10:48 AM 11:54 PM

-0.9 L 0.6 H

-0.8 L

Tue 1/14 12:19 AM 12:10 PM

Wed 1/29 11:42 AM

-0.9 L

0.5 H -0.7 L

Thu 1/30 01:26 AM 12:33 PM

0.6 H -0.9 L

Fri 1/31 03:17 AM 01:22 PM 10:52 PM

0.5 H -0.7 L 0.3 H

Thu 1/23 06:31 AM 10:00 PM

-0.3 L 0.2 H -0.5 L 0.3 H -0.6 L 0.4 H -0.7 L 0.5 H -0.8 L 0.6 H

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0.2 L 0.3 H -0.4 L 0.2 H

Tue 2/4 04:40 AM 11:36 AM 03:58 PM 09:41 PM



Sun 2/2 02:37 AM 07:03 AM 02:51 PM 10:06 PM

0.0 L 0.0 H -0.2 L 0.1 H

-0.2 L 0.0 H 0.0 L 0.3 H

0.4 H -0.7 L

0.3 L 0.4 H -0.2 L 0.3 H

Tue 1/21 05:27 AM 08:25 AM 03:29 PM 10:47 PM

Tue 1/7 07:10 AM 01:23 PM 04:49 PM 11:41 PM

Thu 1/16 01:59 AM 01:22 PM

Sun 2/16 01:24 AM 06:04 AM 02:02 PM 09:25 PM

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0.3 H 0.1 L 0.1 H -0.2 L 0.3 H

0.5 H -0.7 L

0.3 L 0.4 H -0.6 L 0.2 H

Mon 1/20 03:09 PM 11:15 PM

Mon 1/6 12:06 AM 06:41 AM 09:14 AM 04:27 PM 11:52 PM

Wed 1/15 01:13 AM 12:48 PM

Sat 2/1 01:23 AM 05:09 AM 02:08 PM 10:23 PM

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