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March/April 2016 | gulfcoastmariner.com

[Letter from the Publisher]

Admiral (Publisher) Charles Milby 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


ne good thing about owning a boat is you get to name it. Boat names are very personal and they should be. The name of my sailboat is High Heels, do you get the pun? My wife’s favorite boat name is Eileen Over. You can name your boat anything. Some people like to name their boats after their wife or girlfriend. Some names just go well together like Love & Happiness. Here are a few names that have caught my eye over the years: Cibola, CeVa, Cheap Sunglasses, Virginia, Jalapena, Hurry Up, Sundance, Lady and Creyola. Bob Mosbacher named his first Soling Zelda, he named his next Soling Adlez which is Zelda spelled backwards. Do all boats have names? Not really but it’s fun to think of something original. My mother bought a new Sunfish and named it Mine. We got to sail it but everyone in the family knew it was her boat. I bought a Sunfish years later and was trying to think of a name. My daughter suggested we name it Not Amanda’s Car. The point was well taken. We hope you enjoy this issue. We had fun putting it together. The summer is getting closer so get your boat in shape and remember to have some fun out on the water.

Charles Milby Publisher


Gulf Coast Mariner Magazine

March/April 2016

Sales Crew (Advertising Executives) Judy Gaines Debbie Salisbury Editorial Alex Crowell Capt. David Dillman Kelly Groce Patty Kane Capt. Joe Kent Betha Merit Charles Milby Brandon Rowan Capt. Steve Soule Photography Kelly Groce Patty Kane Charles Milby Brandon Rowan Adam Valadez Distribution Timothy Shinkle Company Gulf Coast Mariner Magazine P.O. Box 1032 Seabrook, TX 77586

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Surfer: Connor Eck | Photo: Adam Valadez


March/April 2016

8|Sailing & Fishing Calendars

A look ahead to upcoming One-Design events and billfish tournaments in Texas and beyond.

10|Spring Fishing Patterns

Where did my fish go? Transitions from fish require transitions from anglers. Air and water temperature, as well as new food supplies, play a part in finding fish. By Capt. Steve Soule

11|The Beat of the Drum

Early spring is a great time of year to hit the jetties for large black drum in the 20 - 35-pound range. By Capt. David Dillman

12|Selecting Lure Color

Color can be the difference between a great or slow fishing day. A look at lure colors for clear, green or sandy water conditions. By Capt. Joe Kent


• Performance fishing shirts: page 14 • Offshore jigs: page 15 • Gear for boat, kayak and more: page 16 • Fishing boats for flats, bay and sea: page 18

20|Frothing Over Spring Surf

Gear up for the building surf that comes in spring. Boards, photography and more.

22|Viper 640 Sailing

This sailboat is the future for the GYA. By Charles Milby

23|Olympic Sailing

Barrows and Morris earn U.S. Olympic team selection in the 49er.

24|Calling All Women Sailors

The Houston Yacht Club’s Women’s Sailing Association is now accepting application for the Windward Bound Sailing Camp for Women.


26|Lipton Cup Regatta

The history of this southern tradition and its prestigious silver trophy. By Charles Milby

30|The Galley: Cocktails

Drinks on the water! Enjoy these fine cocktails when entertaining guests during spring cruising. By Betha Merit

32|Artist Jenifer Sundrla

What’s in your bag? Jenifer Sundrla’s beautiful nautical art is the perfect wall accessory for home and yacht. By Patty Kane

Cabela’s League City store grand opening Nautical numbers Nautical trivia

34|SW International Boat Show The largest in-water boat show in the Southwest announces March dates and adds second show.

ON THE COVER Look for surf to build along the Texas and Gulf Coast this spring. Photo by Denis Moskvinov

Waterfront home railings 2015-16 flag officers A tale from the Harvest Moon Mariner’s directory of boat brokers, repair and more Galveston Bay tide tables



2016 BILLFISH TOURNEYS CAJUN CANYONS BILLFISH CLASSIC www.comefishla.com May 31 – June 5, 2016


Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic at Sandestin www.fishecbc.com June 22 – 26, 2016

One-Design Events April



J-105 Invitational



Elissa Regatta



May 8

Sears Qualifier



Shoe Regatta



J-70 NAC


June 11 Catherine Spiller Women’s Regatta HYC 25-26

Leukemia Cup



Texas Youth Race Week



Texas Youth Race Week



USODA Team Race Nationals



USODA Girls Nationals



USODA Nationals


Offshore Events LYC


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Blue Marlin Grand Championship of the Gulf www.thewharfmarina.com/bmgc July 13 – 17, 2016

Bastante – John Uhr Memorial Billfish Tournament www.rockporttournament.com July 27 – 31, 2016 Texas International Fishing Tournament (TIFT) www.tift.org August 3 – 7, 2016 TEXAS LEGENDS BILLFISH TOURNAMENT www.txlegends.com August 10 – 14, 2016



81st Deep Sea Round Up www.deepsearoundup.com July 7 – 10, 2016

THE LONE STAR SHOOTOUT www.thelonestarshootout.com July 19 – 24, 2016

Texas Youth Race Week

28 Emerald Coast Regatta

World Cup Blue Marlin Championship www.bluemarlinworldcup.com July 4, 2016



Heald Bank Offshore Race

The Gulf Cup Blue Marlin Shootout www.thegulfcup.com July 4, 2016

Poco Bueno www.pocobueno.com July 13 – 17, 2016





TEXAS BILLFISH CLASSIC www.texasbillfishclassic.com August 17 – 20, 2016 Texas Women Anglers Tournament (TWAT) www.gofishtx.com TBA


Cabela’s League City Store Opens March 17


abela’s celebrates the official grand opening of its new League City store on Thursday, March 17, with a unique ribbon-cutting ceremony followed by a weekend-long celebration featuring giveaways, family activities, guest appearances and more. The ribbon-cutting ceremony, hosted by Cabela’s executives and special guests, will begin at 9:45 a.m. and conclude with the grand-opening ribbon being cut by an arrow shot from a bow by a local Cabela’s employee. Doors will open for business at 10 a.m. Opening day will kick off an exciting weekend-long celebration highlighted by special appearances, family events, giveaways, sales and more. A complete schedule of events will be available on www.cabelas.com/stores when finalized. The 72,000-square-foot store is located at 2421 S. Gulf Freeway and will anchor a new retail development at the intersection of Interstate 45 and Big League Dreams Parkway near Kohl’s, HEB Grocery and Big League Dreams Sports Park. It will become Cabela’s sixth location in Texas, joining stores in Fort Worth, Buda, Allen, Waco and Lubbock.

The store is being built in Cabela’s new-format layout, designed to offer customers an immersive outdoor experience with wood construction, stonework, dozens of wildlife displays and museum-quality taxidermy mounts, vintage outdoor photos and memorabilia, hand-painted murals, an aquarium and an indoor archery range. Additionally, the store will include an express cafe, Gun Library and Bargain Cave, along with thousands of quality outdoor products. Cabela’s has employed approximately 170 full-time, part-time and seasonal employees to staff the location, most coming from League City and the surrounding area. Throughout the year, the staff will host educational seminars and demonstrations, offering tips and insights on outdoor products and seasonal activities. Cabela’s Incorporated began as a kitchen-table dream in the home of founders Dick and Mary Cabela in 1961. The company is now famous for its strong brand and world-renowned reputation for delivering quality merchandise, value and legendary customer service.


A large sailfish was caught nine miles off the coast of Freeport in 2009.


The Gulf produces more than 500 million pounds of in-shell oysters each year.

210 The Texas state record for Tarpon is 210 pounds caught by Jeremy Ebert on October 4, 2006.

79 A single Lionfish living on a coral reef can reduce the presence of reef fish by 79 percent, which are eaten by snapper, grouper, etc.



Where did my fish go? Torrey Hawkins, owner of Bayou City Angler with a nice early spring red.

By Capt. Steve Soule


he upper Texas Coast typically falls into its spring time pattern by mid-to-late February. This year will certainly not be an exception to the rule after a very mild winter and rapidly warming daytime temperatures. Unfortunately, spring patterns are probably the most difficult to sort out. Fish are transient, temperature swings are frequent, and food sources change on nearly a daily basis.

shallower water. Clearly, you can see how this knowledge will benefit you in narrowing your search for fish. Keep in mind that this is all relative. Shallower or deeper is relative to current depth, warmer and colder being relative to current temperatures. There are some limits to when this information is

Wendell Breazelle with a big 27.75” trout.

of prey. Most are the smaller of their respective species, but it’s important to know that overall availability of food has increased. These sources come in from the warmer gulf waters or have descended from rivers and creeks, or even emerged from the mud where they took shelter during the winter. We can draw a few

Transitional Times Require Transitions From Anglers The easiest transition to see and understand is that of the temperatures, both air and water. There are a couple of fun things to note about the changing temperatures. First, it helps to understand the two basic rules of air and water temperature and how they affect fish and their food sources. The relationship is much like that of a large heat exchanger or radiator. Typically, the water is somewhat constant and much slower to change, while the air temperature is almost constantly changing. Here’s where it gets fun; if the air temperature is colder than the water temperature, then the surface water will cool most rapidly. In this scenario, shallow water will cool down much faster than deeper water. If this change is significant enough to cause discomfort in fish or their prey species, they will begin to move to deeper water. Let’s flip the equation: now the air temperature is warmer than the water and increasing. In this scenario, shallow water and surface temperatures will be on the rise and, following in suit, the fish and their prey will be moving toward


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“Be prepared to scale down the size of your offering.” useful. Once water temperatures and air temperatures stabilize above 65 degrees Fahrenheit, warming temperatures are not nearly so relevant. Most of the common predator and prey species are well within their comfort range so we need to be more aware of a cooling event at that point than we do of a warming event.

Fish Food There is a large food source transition that happens typically starting in late February. Through most of the winter months, predatory fish in the bays are limited in the overall variety of food sources. As the daytime photo period becomes longer and temperatures gradually start to trend upward, we see an increase in the number and availability

conclusions from this knowledge. Food on average is much more prevalent. Early in spring, the average size of food sources is typically much smaller than what was available through the winter months. Last year, I wrote about some of the species that become prevalent again in spring. Shad, shrimp, glass minnows, worms, eels, crabs and more start to make a showing. In the winter months we could do well just imitating a mullet or an eel, but in spring it can often be much more difficult to entice a bite from finicky fish. Many of the newly available food sources are not easy to see and therefore not easy to emulate. Some simple ideas that can help; due to increased populations, predators aren’t always so quick to jump on every passing opportunity. It is a safe expectation that numerous small meals are within reach and often easier to take advantage of than the single, larger meal. Keeping this in mind, it makes sense to scale down the size of the offering and this often leads to a greater number of bites.

So, we know that our predator fish are moving much more in spring due to availability of new food sources, changes in temperature and movements of their food sources. We also know that if the air is warmer than the water, shallow water will warm faster and conversely, deeper water will offer greater comfort in cooling periods. Mud, especially dark colored mud and areas of deeper mud, tend to retain much more heat than areas with sand or light colored bay bottom. Understanding that last thought, brings light to an interesting spring pattern. This will be disappointing to many anglers as it doesn’t fit the “dawn patrol” profile.

“Some of the best spring time bites I have ever experienced were much closer to sunset than sunrise.” Later is Better Warm spring days with abundant sunshine tend to warm soft mud areas. This may not always draw predator and prey populations during daylight hours, but the heat retaining properties of soft mud and shallow water create a comfort zone for overnight dwelling. In so many areas around the Galveston Bay complex you can watch this take place. As the sun draws lower in the sky, and the temperatures start to drop, baitfish swarm the shallows. Comfort and abundant plant food sources draw them in, followed closely by their predatory brothers and sisters. Pulling all of this together, be aware of both air and water temperatures and the relationship of change. Be prepared to scale down the size of your offering and perhaps most important, don’t get too hung up on being the first boat on the bay. Some of the best spring time bites I have ever experienced were much closer to sunset than sunrise. Many of those days were not really days, but more like evenings or even nights of fishing. There was a time when I would schedule guided trips from February through early April to all continue until at least sunset, if not later. That way we could be there when the fish were most concentrated and active. There is no guarantee anywhere in fishing, but narrowing the field, so to speak, can only add to our odds.

The Beat Of The Drum By Capt. David C Dillman


n March, several years ago, I looked forward to having a much needed day off. Spring Break had just ended and that is a busy time for fishing guides. My phone rang as I milled around the house that early morning. It turned out to be a good friend asking, “ Would you like to go with us to the Galveston Jetties?” I paused for a second and replied “YES.” Well, that day off from fishing did not last very long! They picked me up from the Galveston Yacht Basin and we made our way through the channel. As we motored toward the granite rocks near the North Jetty, I inquired about the bait. The response was “We have plenty.” A quarry of live crabs, fresh dead shrimp, and even a few live crawfish filled the bait cooler; perfect baits for March when the drum run is in full swing. We anchored up in position by 9:30 a.m. Several boats were already in the area known as the “boat cut.” The next four hours or so produced 62 black drum for myself, my friend and his dad. Just about every cast produced a fish. We had many triple

hook-ups that day. All the fish ranged from 25 - 45 pounds. Later that evening another guide called asking, “How many did yall catch?” I told him 62, to which he replied “Only 62? Why!” “Because we ran out of bait!” I said. March and April are prime months to venture out and tackle some of these oversized brutes. The drum you encounter this time of year mostly range from 20 - 35 pounds. On any given day, one pushing 50 pounds is possible. A medium to heavy action rod will suffice. Use enough weight to hold the bait down on the bottom. Fresh crabs cracked in quarter pieces, large fresh dead shrimp, and even live crawfish are the best bait for these fish. This is a catch, photo and release fishery. It’s great entertainment for families, especially the children. Tight Lines! Capt. David C Dillman is a full time fishing guide with over 30 years experience fishing the waters of Galveston. Call 832-228-8012 or 409-632-0924 for information and reservations with Spec-tacular Trout Adventures.






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Selecting Lure Color What a difference color can make! By Capt. Joe Kent


ave you ever been fishing with friends and either you or they were catching fish while the other person was not? Well, if you were using artificial baits, I bet the difference in success was a result of the color of the bait, assuming they all were different colors. Fish are not color blind and can see clearly on the darkest nights and can distinguish colors. Saltwater fish living where the water is very clear tend to be bluish or silver. This makes them almost invisible and lets them blend with the clear water background. When they move into the bays to spawn, they change colors and become brownish and stay that way until they move back into their normal habitat. The reason for this change is to camouflage and protect them from predator fish. The color of a lure has everything to do with catching saltwater fish. Personally, I have fished with others using baits of various colors and after an hour or more, certain


colors would be hit while fish turned up their noses to the rest of the colors. The example I mention has occurred on several occasions while wade-fishing or drifting and casting with the same type of baits, in each case we all were tossing soft plastics. One situation took place in Port Mansfield, the other in East Galveston Bay. In Mansfield, white Norton Sand Eels with chartreuse tails out performed other variations of the same bait three to one and root beer colored touts did the same thing over other colors of touts in East Bay. Rudy Grigar, who largely is credited with starting the interest in fishing with artificial baits in the Galveston Bay complex, had years of experience in dealing with baits and colors long before most “hardware” and “soft plastic” fishermen arrived on the scene. Grigar loved to check fish, that had been recently caught where he fished or planned to fish, for their feeding habits. Opening the stomach cavity would reveal just what was being consumed and would give a clue as to the color of bait to be used. Early in the season when glass minnows or small mullet

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were the top choices of trout, he would use light-colored baits. A silver spoon with a white bucktail often enticed a hungry trout that was feeding on the small fin fish. Later in the season when shrimp were migrating, he would use darker, preferably light brown, colored baits. Gold spoons with pink bucktails were one of his favorites.

“Early in the season when glass minnows or small mullet were the top choices of trout, he would use light-colored baits.” Grigar had a list of bait colors he recommended for various conditions and always had the caveat of saying “ I recommend the following colors; however, if you are on fish and they are not hitting your bait, try another color”. Fish will surprise you. They are not dumb.” The colors and conditions he recommended were: For bright, sunny skies and clear water use, he recommended white, silver or gold. Overcast skies or light drizzle, he recommended

bright colors such as red, green or strawberry. For green water, which is prevalent during windows of light winds and good tidal movement during the summer, his favorite was chartreuse. In sandy waters, florescent lures and yellow redheads worked well. The same held true for murky waters. For muddy waters or heavy, sandy conditions such as those created by strong southwest winds during the late spring and summer, his advice was to wait for the water to clear and not to waste your time. What about the tail colors? The colors recommended above do not reflect buck tails or different colors for the tails of soft plastics. Carlos Rogers who fished the Port O’Connor area for years, was adamant about different colored tails and buck tails for baits. He felt that the tail color would offset any ill-effects of the primary bait color and for that reason always had an assortment of soft plastics and spoons with various colors at the end. White and pink were Roger’s favorite colors and anytime he added one of those to a lure and did not catch fish he switched to the other color. If the fish still did not bite he was convinced that they were either not around or not feeding.



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The gliding, fluttering action from this OTI jig elicits strikes from big grouper and is a good choice for other Gulf species like tuna and snapper. Its erratic motion, due to a rear weighted design, draws aggressive reaction strikes from otherwise passive fish. The Jager is ready to fish out of the package with an OWNER split ring, 2 RAPTOR Assist Hooks, and solid ring. Use the 200g and 300g jigs in deep water and the 100g jig closer to shore.


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BOATS F LATS 19’ Catamaran The 19 Shoalwater Cat rides excellent in extremely shallow waters and runs well in moderate chop due to the tunnel hull design. The 6” draft will allow you to get shallower than most flats boats that are much smaller. Lower gunwales than the 21 & 23 make the 19 Cat an excellent boat for fishermen that like to travel to a destination, then get out and wade The efficient catamaran design allows the boat to run well with a 90 to a 130hp outboard. It has the capacity to carry 5 people and comfortably fishes 3-6 people with the large front casting platform and rear deck. A choice of 2 different consoles is standard or you can opt for a raised console allowing for extra storage or an in-deck fuel cell.

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It’s official, the Viper 640 is the sailboat of the future for the Gulf Yachting Association By Charles Milby


n what many think was a long time coming, the Gulf Yachting Association Board of Directors voted to replace the Flying Scott with a newer designed boat, the Viper 640. The other one-design sailboat in consideration was the VX1. The vote was close, 17 to 16, in favor of the Viper 640. The Houston Yacht Club is a current member in good standing with the GYA. They have a fleet of Vipers, all owned by individuals and if you’re interested in sailing one, they’re looking to build the class.


“This new boat will attract a much younger crowd of sailors.” For the 2016 - 2017 sailing season, the GYA will sail the Flying Scott in the Lipton Cup Regatta. The official change to the Viper 640 will happen in 2018. The GYA holds many regattas throughout the year. In 2016, four of the sanctioned events will be in Vipers, Then in 2017,

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eight regattas will be sailed in the new Viper class. For the next two years, club teams may sail in boats belonging to individuals but starting in 2018, all regattas must be sailed in club owned boats. Gulf Coast Mariner magazine would like congratulate the newest member club of the GYA.

We think Lakewood Yacht Club will be a perfect fit for this great southern institution and should do well in the regattas if they choose to send a team. One thing for sure, this new boat will attract a much younger crowd of sailors and, we hope, bring some new ideas to our sport of sailing.

Thomas Barrows and Joe Morris Men’s 49er, 2016 U.S. Olympic Sailing Team. Photo by Jen Edney.

Barrows and Morris Earn U.S. Olympic Team Selection in the 49er


he 49er World Championship came to a close in February, and with it came the end of the Rio 2016 U.S. Olympic Sailing Team Athlete Selection Series in the Men’s 49er class. Based on their combined scores from January’s Sailing World Cup Miami, Florida, and the Worlds in Clearwater, Florida, Beijing 2008 Olympian Thomas Barrows (St. Thomas,

U.S.V.I.) and teammate Joe Morris (Annapolis, Md.) have earned selection to Team USA. Barrows and Morris were locked in a tight battle until the final race with Judge Ryan (San Diego, Calif.) and Hans Henken (Coronado, Calif.), and had to execute a careful plan to defend their lead. The pair have been together longer than any other active U.S. 49er team, and have diligently worked their

way up through the ranks over the past three years by training heavily in all weather conditions. That paid off this week, as the 49er fleet was challenged by strong winds and unstable waves. Coaching Barrows and Morris for much of the past year has been three-time college sailing All-American and national champion Evan Aras (Annapolis, Md.). For Morris, Rio 2016 will be his first Olympic Games, and the realization of a lifelong dream. “Sixteen years,” said Morris when asked how long he’d been working towards this moment. “Since I was ten years old, and first figured out that sailing was in the Olympics.” A principle strength of Team Barrows/Morris is a strong preexisting friendship, which has carried them through the moments of doubt and adversity that characterize many Olympic campaigns. “Thomas and I were good friends in college, and

sailed against each other all throughout high school as well,” said Morris, a four-time All-American and five-time national champion in various classes. “We had a great opportunity to team up for this Olympic campaign. We started out at a pretty low level, and came a long way over the past couple of years. He’s the best teammate in the world, and there’s nothing else I could ask for.” For Barrows, this will be a second shot at the Olympic podium, having represented the U.S. Virgin Islands in the Laser class in 2008, before starting to sail under the U.S. flag in the 49er. Barrows noted that he’s excited for another chance to race at this level. “I feel as though we’re in a really good position to get a good result [at the Games],” said Barrows. “The time I went before, it was mostly for the experience. I was still in college, and wasn’t truly focused on it. It’ll be nice to go and put the hammer down!”



Calling all Women Sailors Celebrating 33 Years of Windward Bound Sailing Camp, June 1-4, 2016


he Houston Yacht Club’s Women’s Sailing Association is now accepting applications for their 2016 Windward Bound Sailing Camp for Women. The Windward Bound Sailing Camp for Women is June 1-4 at the Houston Yacht Club. The overnight camp is open to all women who are 21 years or older. Windward Bound Sailing Camp is a great opportunity to learn, expand and enhance your knowledge and skills in sailing, according to Anne Lee, HYC member. “Windward Bound Sailing Camp is the only program of its kind on the bay,” said Lee. “It is all about women teaching women how to sail in a fun, friendly and safe environment. The camp will help you gain new confidence, new skills and new friends.” The camp is for those new to sailing, those who are familiar with the sport but want to expand their knowledge and skills and for the experienced sailor who wants to race competitively. The camp format is concentrated and objectiveoriented which features small group instruction with individualized attention. The counselors are accomplished women sailors with years of experience in cruising, racing and teaching other women to sail.

The camp is divided into three levels of experience: Force I - Introductory: Beginning sailors learn practical skills to improve self-confidence and enable them to crew on a daysailer and single-hand a Sunfish. Force II - Intermediate: Sailors with basic skills expand skills and knowledge to enable them to skipper as well as crew on daysailers and Sunfish. Force III - Advanced: Experienced women sailors hone their skills for cruising and racing.

Camp Registration Open to HYC members and non-members but numbers are limited and HYC members receive preference. Registration deadline is April 6.

Camp Costs The cost for camp is $500 for HYC members and $650 for nonHYC members. Camp costs cover room and board, camp shirt, instruction and boat usage. Experience the freedom and camaraderie of sailing. The sport of sailing is for all ages and it is a sport for leisure or competition. For more information, contact one of our co-directors for 2016: Jane Heron, janemheron@ gmail.com or Anne Banks, anneabanks@sbcglobal.net. To download the Windward Bound Camp application, please visit: www.houstonyachtclub. com/OnTheWater/Education/ WindwardBound.aspx

Railings for your waterfront home By Alex Crowell Looking for a railing solution that is both hardy and stylish? Bahama Rigging’s Architectural Design Railings are far superior to most online and hardwarestore systems. We take pride in knowing that our railings will stand the test of time and are backed by Johnson here in the USA. We see homes and restaurants here on the coast replacing their online and storebought railings as early as 5 years. Systems


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installed with Johnson fittings have lasted over 10 years without maintenance. The cable is 316 stainless extra noncorrosive 1x19 wire rope for a higherstrength system that endures wear and tear. The fittings are attached using a mill-spec swager for strength and reducing size. Don’t waste your time and money, do it right the first time! Call us today. To contact Bahama Rigging for more information, visit www.bahamarigging.com or call (281) 636-7302.



Lipton Cup Regatta and the Gulf Yachting Association By Charles Milby


The Lipton Cup Trophy


n 1920, yachtsman Sir Thomas Lipton, founder of Lipton Tea, presented the Southern Yacht Club of New Orleans with a magnificent silver trophy. This trophy would come to be known as the Lipton Cup. In the fall of that year, five yacht clubs from five states along the Gulf Coast came together and formed the Gulf Yachting Association -- Eastern Shore Yacht Club in Mobil, Ala., Southern Yacht Club in New Orleans, La., Biloxi Yacht Club in Mississippi, Pensacola Yacht Club of Florida and the Houston Yacht Club in Texas. Then in 1921, these five clubs started racing against each other as a way to promote the sport of amateur sailboat

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Founder of Lipton Tea and yachtsman, Sir Thomas Lipton.

racing, which still exists today. Currently the GYA is made up of 39 yacht clubs, stretching from Sarasota Fla., to Houston. The first Lipton Cup Regatta was held in 1921 at the Pensacola Yacht Club. For the past 96 years, with an interruption for World War II, teams have gotten together every Labor Day weekend for a regatta. They all want to win the Lipton Cup. It’s quite an honor to take it back home to their

yacht club. If you ever get the chance to attend one of these regattas, do it. The parties after the racing ends each day are legendary, and the competition on the race course is like nothing you have ever seen before. It’s all in good fun but they get after it. The original Lipton Cup, the one Sir Thomas gave the Southern Yacht Club in 1920, was badly damaged in a fire during Hurricane Katrina. When the Lipton family heard about the loss they went back to the original silversmiths in London, took the drawings from the old cup and had a new one commissioned. This year that cup will be presented to the winners of the regatta and the tradition that started so long ago and helps to make amateur sailboat racing special along the Gulf Coast will live on.



2015-2016 Flag Officers Lakewood Yacht Club 2015-2016 Flag Officers Commodore Don Mitchell Vice Commodore Jim Winton Rear Commodore Ashley Walker *Fleet Captain Tom Frankum

Houston Yacht Club 2015-2016 Flag Officers Commodore Gordie Keenan Vice Commodore Steve Gillett Rear Commodore Jack Yoes *Fleet Captain Bill Van Ravenswaay

The 2016 Lakewood Yacht Club Flag Officers arrive at the Seabrook club for the annual Commodore’s Ball. They are, from left, Fleet Capt. Tom Frankum, Vice Commodore Jim Winton, Commodore Don Mitchell and Rear Commodore Ashley Walker. Photo by J. Pamela Photography

Texas Corinthian Yacht Club 2015-2016 Flag Officers Commodore Charles Prioleau Vice Commodore George Francisco IV Rear Commodore Stewart Masterson *Fleet Captain Pierce Owens

Galveston Bay Cruising Association 2015-2016 Flag Officers Commodore Marilyn Horton Vice Commodore Charles Broaddus Rear Commodore Nicole Laster *Fleet Captain Bob Hunkins

Seabrook Sailing Club 2015-2016 Flag Officers Commodore Brad Bain Vice Commodore Mark Clayton *Fleet captains fall under line officers but are included here as it is a tough, important job to the club.

Houston Yacht Club Commodore Gordie Keenan and his wife, Ruth, from right, Vice Commodore Steve and Martha Gillett and Rear Commodore Jack and Cissy Yoes welcome HYC members to the Commodore’s Ball held recently at the Shoreacres club. Photo by Ed Matuszak

Harvest Moon was cancelled but they sailed it anyway By Paul Britton

W Paul Britton, from left, Gene Vandevoir, Nico Trevino, Enrico Ladendorf


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e secured our boats and prepared for the high wind forecast for the following day. Thirtysix hours later on Sunday morning, we held a skipper meeting to review weather conditions for the return voyage. The forecast was the same - 30 to 40 knot winds. Since the majority of the day’s journey was up the protected ICW, the decision was made to start the return journey. It was a challenging day! After sailing across San Antonio Bay in gusts of 40 knots, we were contacted by a tug captain with beached barges (waiting for weather) on the other side of the bay: “Eastbound sailing vessel - you got a big set of nuts...” I never thought that would be the highest form of praise from a seasoned tug captain. We all felt a sense of pride after that.



DRINKS ON THE WATER Cocktails For Spring Cruising By Betha Merit


ntertaining friends and family often includes sharing a special drink, or making a toast. My friend, Tony, always has a new holiday drink to try with seasonal ingredients such as pumpkin for Thanksgiving, or watermelon for a 4th of July barbecue. He inspires. So, I invited several friends and family to my house to concoct libations and tweak basic recipes, until they passed muster. Now they are “just right” for a cruise. Notable, most glassware is available in plastic versions for serving while in motion.

Dark & Stormy

Ingredients: • • • •

4 ounces ginger beer 2 ounces dark rum Dash of bitters Lime slices for garnish

High Seas Lemonade Ingredients: •

2 ounces vodka, chilled

5 ounces lemonade, chilled

3-5 slices cucumber

Meyer lemon wedges for garnish

Directions: Shake first three ingredients, pour into a tall glass and add lemon wedge. For nonalcoholic version, serve plain lemonade with cucumber wedges.


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Directions: In a glass of ice, add rum, a dash of bitters, and fill with ginger beer. Garnish with lime wedge. For nonalcoholic version, serve plain ginger beer with a fresh lime squeeze.

Espresso Martini Ingredients: • • • • •

1 ounce vanilla vodka 2 ounces coffee flavored liqueur 1 ounce half and half 1 cup crushed ice Sugar and powdered espresso for rim

Directions: Combine sugar and powdered espresso on a plate, dip rim of glass in half and half, then sugar/ espresso mixture and twirl until glass is garnished. Mix all other ingredients in a shaker; shake until chilled. Pour into glass.



What’s In Your Bag? By Patty Kane


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South West International Boat Show announces 2016 dates The region’s largest inwater boat show adds second show in Fall 2016


he South West International Boat Show, the largest in-water boat show in the Southwest, and the premier sail and power show for new and pre-owned vessels, will hold its 8th annual event March 17-20, 2016, at South Shore Harbour

“Being able to see how a yacht or sailboat performs in water allows buyers to learn so much more about the vessel than seeing it on a trailer or showroom floor.” Marina on Clear Lake, League City, Texas, located between Houston and the beaches of Galveston Island. For the first time, the South West International Boat Show is adding a second show in September. The three day event will take place September 23-25, 2016, at South Shore Harbour Marina.


“We are thrilled to give boating lovers not one, but two opportunities this year to see these incredible vessels up close and in their element,” President of the South West International Boat Show Peter Bryant says. “Being able to

children of all ages can participate in remote control boat races and more than 200 vendors will offer a variety of services and products for the boating and outdoor lifestyle, including fishing gear, engines, apparel and outdoor equipment, in addition to a full range of marine electronics, sailing gear, accessories and hardware from top industry names. Dealers and manufacturers will also be on hand to provide valuable information and answer any questions. Show highlights include Discover Boating with programs of one and three hours of hands-on, onwater workshops for all experience levels, taught by USCG licensed captains who are professional, certified instructors. Once again, a comprehensive seminar program, featuring FREE

easy; Storm/steering drogues and para-anchors to digital communication technologies and marine electric propulsion. In addition, the advanced educational seminar workshops, with three opportunities to advance boat owners’ skill sets, will offer full and half day workshops on weather, couples cruising, understanding electrical systems and boat maintenance. The event also offers the Boat Show Cruiser Party on Saturday, March 19, 2016.

Show Dates and Hours: • • • •

Thursday, March 17 12 p.m. – 7 p.m. Friday, March 18 12 p.m. – 7 p.m. Saturday, March 19 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Sunday, March 20 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Adult tickets are $13 and two day tickets are available for $20. Seniors and military tickets are $11, children 6-14 years old are $5 when accompanied by an adult and children 5 and under are free. Parking is free with complimentary shuttle buses available for overflow parking on Saturday and Sunday. About South Shore Harbour

See yachts from Viking, Hatteras and many more at this year’s show. Boat pictured: Viking 66 Enclosed Bridge Convertible. Photo: Viking Yachts

see how a yacht or sailboat performs in water allows buyers to learn so much more about the vessel than seeing it on a trailer or showroom floor.” Each show will feature boats ranging in size from 10-foot to more than 100foot, both freshwater and saltwater, ready for boarding and viewing, with pre-season specials and dealer incentive programs available on many models. Onshore, live music will provide entertainment,

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hourly seminars for Boat Show attendees, will be offered across the four days of the show. These entertaining and educational seminars are hosted by industry experts, authors and world travelers, and cover a wide variety of topics from: Visiting Mexico by private boat - A guide to entry requirements into Mexican marinas; Women and cruising; Sailing made

South Shore Harbour Marina and Resort is conveniently located near the area’s primary leisure attractions like Space Center Houston and the Kemah Boardwalk, it is also within easy access to the beaches at Galveston and many of Houston’s most popular destinations. Guests also have access to a neighboring 27-hole golf course, a 130,000 square-foot state-of-the-art fitness center and spa, tennis courts and free, ample parking. www.sshr. com

Tickets are available online at: www.southwestinternationalboatshow.com


M A R I N E R ’ S

D I R E C T O R Y West Marine - Kemah (281) 535-0820 www.westmarine.com Boat Repair

Clear Lake Power Boat Service 281 326-4800 www.clpbs.com Boat Dealers

Galati Yacht Sales

Lakewood Yacht Services

409 741-8716 www.galatiyachts.com

281-474-2885 www.lakewoodyachtservice.com

South Texas Yacht Services

HSH Yacht Sales 832 864-2030 www.HSHyachts.com

281 334-7245 mgrinstead@styacht.com

JK3 Yacht Sales

True North Marine

281-957-9788 jon@jk3yachts.com


281 549-4300


Sea Lake Yachts 832 561-3344 doug@SealakeYachtsllc.com

Newcoast Financial Services 713 819-0955 www.newcoast.com

Boating Supply

Blackburn Marine 281 334-5474 casey@bbmsupply.com

Trident Funding Corporation 281-334-8833 glaster@tridentfunding.com Fishing Guides & Charters

Breakwater Marine Electronics 281-316-9071 www.breakwatermarine.com 36

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Bad Intentions Private Offshore Charters

409-737-4855 flyrod99@gmail.com

281-474-5875 | art@baygroupmedia.com for placement. View the complete directory at: gulfcoastmariner.com/mariners-directory

Galveston Yacht Basin

Bluefin Charters Freeport Offshore (979) 239-1133 info@bluefinfreeport.com

409 765-3000 www.galvestonyachtbasin.com

Spec-Tacular Trout Adventures

Kemah Boardwalk Marina

Galveston Inshore 832-228-8012 captcrok@aol.com

281 334-2284 bgrace@ldry.com

The Shallowist

Marina Del Sol

Upper Coast - Inshore 281 352-6289 shallowist@msn.com

281 334-3909 mdsmarina@aol.com

Williams Party Boats

Seabrook Marina

Galveston Offshore 409.762.8808 www.charterfishinggalveston.com

281 474-2586 ssyard@aol.com

Inflatable Boats & Liferafts

Triad Marine & Industrial Supply

South Shore Harbour Marina

281 334-0815 www.triadmarine.com Kayaks

281-334-0515 www.southshoreharbourmarina.com Sail Rigging

KO Sailing - Seabrook

Bahama Rigging

281-867-8200 www.kosailing.com

281 636-7302 www.BahamaRigging.com Sailmakers

Outback Kayaks

NeilPryde Sails Texas

409-229-1119 sales@outbackkayaks.com

713 854-2591 dlirdsa@gmail.com Trailers


Blue Dolphin Yachting Center 281-474-4450 www.bluedolphinmarina.com

McClain Trailers 713-675-0440 www.mcclaintrailers.com



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Gulf Coast Mariner Magazine - March/April 2016  

Our 'Gear Up' spring issue! Gear for surfing, boating, sailing, fishing, offshore jigging, apparel and more.

Gulf Coast Mariner Magazine - March/April 2016  

Our 'Gear Up' spring issue! Gear for surfing, boating, sailing, fishing, offshore jigging, apparel and more.