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Houston Yacht Club

April 2014

Commodore’s Corner BY NANCY EDMONSON

2013-2014 Flag Officers Commodore: Nancy Edmonson, Vice Commodore: Robert Williams, Rear Commodore: Gordie Keenan,

Line Officers Fleet Captain: Paul Francis, Secretary: Ken Humphries, Treasurer: Steve Gillett, Measurer: Bill van Ravenswaay,

Trustees Gary Banks: Derek Beck: Madonna Breen: Farley Fontenot: Andrew McStay: Travis Thomas: Bob Wells: Jack Yoes:

Honorary Officers Fleet Historian: Sam Akkerman 713-526-0482 Fleet Surgeon: Dr. James Pyle (281)339-7347 Fleet Chaplain: Rev. Dr. Linda Christians 713-8757454

Other Contacts Ensigns: Lythia Powell 281-450-9914 Entertainment: Debbie Cardenas 281-470-6602 and Becky Peter 832-722-3702 Harbor Committee: P/C By Baldridge 281-639-1147 and Gary Banks 281-492-7922 Heritage/Standards: P/C Ginny Garrett 281-471-6131 House & Grounds: Andrew McStay 713-522-3201 HYC Blue Gavel: P/C John Nicholson 713-899-6254 Junior Trustee: Terri Benson 713-240-9215 Ladies Association: Danna Jennings 713-247-9331 Membership: Madonna Breen 281-812-9971 Memorial Fund: Judy Lamkin: 281-471-2130 Mosquito Fleet: Steve & Martha Gillett 281-471-4568 Race & Regatta: June Shaw 713-629-7747 Ragnots: Marie Wise 713-419-5329 WSA: Sabra Francis 713-582-3021 Yachting Committee: Jack Yoes 281-480-1115

Staff General Manager: Ross Tuckwiller Ex. 106 Harbor & Facilities: David Hampp Ex. 107 Food & Beverage: Sandy Tuckwiller Ex. 104 Accounting: Barbara Belansky Ex. 141 Accounting: Sylvia Delgado Ex. 103 Sailing Director: Katrina Williams Ex. 149 Marketing: Jennifer Glass Ex. 150 Administrative Assistant: Kelley Hawks Ex. 100

WINDJAMMER is published monthly by the Houston Yacht Club P.O. Box 1276; La Porte, TX 77572-1276. 281-471-1255 Fax 281-471-9260

Deadline for the May issue is April 15. e-mail articles and photos to:

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Weather is always on the top of the conversation list with farmers and boaters, so I guess let’s start off with that. The weather wasn’t great this past month, but it was a whole lot better than the prior three. We managed to sneak in a boat parade, fish fry, and Spring series race in between the still too regular cold fronts. By the time you read this, the HYC BBQ Cook Off will have occurred and we will know who won Bay-wide bragging rights (in cooking and creativity) for the year. But Spring is finally on the way and with it the busiest time of year for HYC. April is just packed with activities so I want to see all of you this month at one or more. We begin the month with the Elissa Regatta (April 5 and 6), continue with Houston International Film Festival regatta, slide into Easter and the traditional Oak Island Cruise, and wind up a glorious month with Opening Day festivities. Tucked into the busy schedule will be other not-to-be-missed events, such as WSA’s Mermaid Sail and the Ladies Association trip to the Blue Bell Creamery. Speaking of Opening Day, be sure to read the other article in this Windjammer on activities planned for that weekend (April 26 and 27). I am excited to announce the return of the Opening Day Boat Parade, wherein member boats parade past the Flag officers and exchange salutes. Please plan to participate. The parade has been a tradition on and off at HYC, and I’d like to see it return with a big splash.

are critical to preserving our infrastructure. Let’s look out for a moment to the beginning of May. The Commodore’s Cruise to Port Aransas will be May 2May 10. If you would like to come and haven’t told me or Charles, please do so soon. We plan to have a meeting to discuss details in the first week of April. The cruise is for power boats, sail boats, and even land yachts, so everyone is invited and encouraged to come. It will be a lovely time of year for boating and a chance to stretch our sea legs a little further afield than we usually do. I wanted to close with a shout out to our newest members. Despite a cold and wet winter, we still added many new members to the HYC family over the past few months. Thanks for joining us—we encourage you to participate in all the Club has to offer and we look forward to get to know all of you.

In addition to fun, April will also be busy with important improvements to HYC. Any day now, we will start tearing ON THE COVER There was a great out and replacing the bar doors and associated wall. Time and weather took their turnout for the Yachty toll on the current doors and wall, but we Gras Boat Parade and Fish Fry. Please see got nearly 20 years out of them. We hope to begin work soon on the repairing page &&& for more photos. the north jetty bulkhead and sealing the Cover Photo by parking lot. While these projects are less Ed Matuszak visible and perhaps less glamorous, they


OPENING DAY Weekend is Just Around the Corner Join the Celebration Opening the Yachting Season BY DAVID MCMILLIN

Hamburger Cookout and Drive-in Movie Night – The hamburger cookout will be at the Beachcomber starting around The HYC Opening Day is a party for you, 5:30 p.m. This year the movie will be the members! It’s time to celebrate the “Burlesque” (PG-13) starting at dusk by “official start” of the yachting season. Of the Beachcomber. Bring your own chairs course we use our boats year round here in or view from your car. The movie “The Texas, so Opening Day is simply an exPrincess and the Frog” will be shown in cuse to have a really great party. the Ragnot room for younger kids. Opening Day Chairman

There will be a lot going on, so bring your family and friends.

Sunday, April 27

Boat Parade – The fun begins as boats assemble beginning at 10:30 a.m. just outside the harbor in preparation for the boat Family Fun Day – Bring your friends who parade starting at 11 a.m. Boats will be may be interested in joining HYC. Show lead by the Fleet Captain as they pass in off our club at its best! For more informa- review and exchange salutes with the flag tion, please call Jennifer Glass at officers on the Commodore’s boat. 281.471.1255. Brunch – Join us for brunch Sunday, April Boat Christening - Members are invited 27 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Please call the to watch the Boat Christening ceremonies HYC Office at 281.471.1255 for reservabeginning at 4 p.m. Many of the boats will tions. be decorated for the occasion and will also be open to visitors and serving snacks. Opening Ceremony – Opening ceremony Boats new to the HYC fleet will be at the at 2 p.m. with band music, flag raising, guest dock (dinghies on the lawn) and will introductions, eight bells ceremony, and be christened by our Fleet Chaplain, Rev. presentation of burgees and plaques to Dr. Linda Christians. All types and sizes skippers of newly christened boats. There of boats are included in this traditional will be a complimentary reception followceremony. ing the ceremony. This is a great time to meet and greet new and old friends.

Saturday, April 26

“Dress Ship” For OPENING DAY victory, the more flags. Eventually, navies developed sets of regulations about when and how to dress ship for ceremonial occaDo you have a boat in the HYC harbor? If sions. Since our Opening Day boat chrisso, you will want to “dress ship” for our tenings and parade qualify as ceremonial Opening Day parade and ceremony. And occasions, it is proper for us to dress ship if your boat is being christened, that’s also to celebrate. an appropriate time to do so. The naval regulations for dressing ship The custom of dressing ships for festive evolved to include a recommended seoccasions dates back to the early days of quence of signal flags. The sequence is sailing ships. When warships returned based on a harmonious color scheme and from battle, their captains would dress ship to signal their victories. The bigger the CONTINUES on page 4 BY DAVID MCMILLIN Opening Day Chairman

Joan and Bill van Ravenswaay and Becky and John Peter dressed for the occasion. Photo by Ed Matuszak

OPENING DAY Dress for the Occasion BY DAVID MCMILLIN Opening Day Chairman

Saturday is a casual dress day, but people will be more formally dressed on Sunday for the parade and ceremony, a tradition throughout the yachting world. Although the officers and trustees will be in formal uniforms, it is a time for the rest of us to dress “yachty.” Men – Get out your blazers and white/ khaki pants. No blazer? No problem! Just wear an HYC golf shirt, crew shirt or other attire appropriate to the day. HYC blazer emblems and shirts are available from the office but get yours soon before they run out! Ladies – Spring dress or blazer and white skirt/pants and of course a spring hat. If you will be aboard a boat in the parade, be safe and wear boat shoes, then change into shore shoes afterward. Examples are shown in the photo above.

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Join The Boat Parade on OPENING DAY BY DAVID MCMILLIN Opening Day Chairman

This year we will revive a former HYC tradition by having a boat parade on Opening Day! Long time members will recall the beautiful spectacle of our fleet passing in review. All HYC boats are invited to participate. Bring your family, friends and racing crew; the more the merrier. If you have room, please invite fellow HYC members who don’t have their own boat. The parade is all about member participation. We encourage you to dress “yachty” with blazers and white/ khaki pants or skirts, racing crew shirts, patriotic attire, or a theme of your choice. Be sure your vessel is decked out with “dress ship” flags and any other decorations you wish. See the article on how to dress ship. The parade is open to both power and sail boats that can maintain a speed of at least four knots. Sailboats that are not powered may be towed by a suitable power vessel. We are planning to have a fleet of Optis towed by a RIB. Our Fleet Captain will lead the parade, which will be held north of the harbor. The parade route will be marked by our yellow racing buoys. Boats will assemble outside the harbor, starting at 10:30 a.m. Starting at 11 a.m., boats will pass in review and exchange salutes with the flag officers aboard the Commodore’s boat. Opening Day 2013 photo by Ed Matuszak

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Please watch the Weekly Email for more details on the parade.

IMPORTANT: If you don’t have a set of signal flags, sets of decorative pennants are available at very modest cost. You can find them at West Marine in their stores or on line.

has no meaning in terms of letters or numerals represented by the flags. The recommended sequence is: However, please do not use the plain single color flags that are seen on used car lots! AB2, UJ1, KE3, GH6, IV5, FL4, DM7, PO 3 rd Repeater, RN 1st Repeater, ST Zero, CX9, WQ8, ZY 2nd Repeater Power boats too! This is not just for sailboats. Flags are flown beginning with “A” at the forward waterline, over the stem and the top of the mast, to the stern and finally to the waterline aft.

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So dust off your flags, get your champagne bottle and let’s make HYC’s Opening Day a colorful, memorable occasion.


Five Membership Applications Approved in March BY MADONNA BREEN Membership Committee

We are pleased to announce that starting in April, HYC will help you celebrate your birthday. Each month, the office will mail to each member who has a birthday that month a certificate for a complimentary dinner for one (either for the HYC member or a member of their family) to use during your birthday month. The certificate will be mailed at the beginning of your birthday month. Make sure to look for that and come celebrate your birthday with your HYC family. We are making an effort to increase our junior membership. HYC has three layers of junior memberships: ages 30-34, 25-29, and 18-25. All are attractive and afford(Pictured Left to Right) Ricky and Dawn Moses with Sandi and James Christy able options for those who are interested. If you know of some young people who are interested in sailing or boating, please The following applications were approved tell them about our membership options at for membership at the March Board of HYC. Trustees meeting:


In the meantime, we are organizing a mixer on May 17 for Junior Members exclusively. We have nearly 50 junior members. The mixer will be coordinated with the Petroleum Club's Young Professionals. An afternoon of sailing followed by dinner and dancing in the Porthole is in the early stages of planning. In the meantime, save the date. Should you have any questions, please contact Madonna Breen.

Ricky and Dawn Moses, Senior Membership, Recruiting Sponsor: Matt Webber Jon and Jennifer Blankenship, NonResident Membership, Recruiting Sponsor: John Peter Casey Mayzel and Daniel Radabaugh, Recruiting Sponsor: Membership Committee Sandi and James Christy, Nonresident Membership, Recruiting Sponsor: Membership Committee Jason and Danna Small, Junior 30-34 Membership, Recruiting Sponsor: Ragnot Program

The Club calendar is packed. Please make sure to join us for the following events and activities: April 5th-6th - Elissa Regatta April 9th - Ladies Association Trip to Blue Bell Creamery The following applications have been subApril 13th - Film Fest Regatta mitted for April: April 18th - 20th - Mosquito Fleet Oak Island Easter Cruise Joe and Chris Powers, Senior MemApril 20th - Easter Sunday Buffet bership, Recruiting Sponsor: Ken April 23rd - Ladies Association Game Humphries Day Sigrid Krause, Limited Retiree MemApril 26th - Boat Christening, Family bership, Recruiting Sponsor: MemberFun Day and Drive-in Movie Night ship Committee April 27th - H YC Opening Day

MIXER IN MAY for Junior Members The mixer will be coordinated with the Petroleum Club's Young Professionals Please watch the Weekly Email for details. Sponsored by the Membership Committee.

SAVE THE DATE WINDWARD BOUND SAILING CAMP JUNE 4-7 Please contact Madonna Breen or Mary Vance for camp information. April 2014 WINDJAMMER 5


Film Fest Regatta April 13 at HYC The Annual Film Fest Regatta will be sailed Sunday, April 13 at the Houston Yacht Club. This regatta has always been a great way to celebrate the wrap up of the 10-day WorldFestHouston International Film Festival, one of the oldest film festivals in the United States. For more information about WorldFest Houston visit Sailors are invited to sign up to race and power boats are needed to entertain spectators for the April 13 regatta. Your crew may include an actress or a director. There is no registration fee and everyone is invited back to the club for a Barbecue, music and a fun afternoon at HYC. Skippers and their boats are asked to arrive by 11 a.m. at HYC to check in. Racing action takes place from 1 to 3 p.m. After the race, boat owners and filmmakers will participate in a trophy presentation and barbecue meal and beverages from 4 to 6 p.m. Live music will provide entertainment, and two Longhorn steers will be available for photo ops. To sign up to participate in the regatta, call the HYC Office at 281.471.1255.

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RACE AND REGATTA REPORT By June Shaw Well the racing season of 2014 has finally gotten started; I thought winter was never going to end. The first club series races have started and were well attended. The results are on the official race board. This Spring Series consists of 3 race dates: the remaining Spring Series Race takes place May 18. Check the HYC website for the NOR and SI’s, there is still time to join the fun. These races have a pursuit style race with PHRF rating staggered starts and a Windward/Leeward line for the Ensigns.

Elissa Regatta On April 5 - 6 we will be hosting the Elissa Regatta. Gordie and Ruth Keenan have been busy getting everything together for a great racing weekend as well as many other scheduled party events. Come out and support this great event. Members of the Ladies Association toured Bayou Bend Gardens recently.

LADIES ASSOCIATION NEWS By Danna Jennings Ladies Association President We had a beautiful sunny day at Bayou Bend Gardens, the azaleas were blooming along with many other flowers and plants. We toured the gardens and the home of Ima Hogg. It’s hard to believe this place is right in the middle of Houston. After the tour we had a nice lunch at Black Walnut Café right across the street. Thanks to you ladies that drove. Next month we are headed to Brenham and the Blue Bell Creamery on Wednesday, April 9. Space is limited so make your reservations now. We will tour Blue Bell, try a few flavors of ice cream and then head to Must Be Heaven Tea Room for lunch. We have a bus setup to take us there so we can all relax and enjoy the day. If you haven’t joined HYC Ladies Association please send me an email and I will get you signed up.

Film Fest Regatta On April 13, we will be hosting the Film Fest Regatta. This event is a fun race where we host people visiting for the film fest. Come out and sail or volunteer your boat to take people out on the water. Who knows, maybe you might be a future film maker star.

Educational Seminars May we will be offering a few educational seminars in our area. Have you thought about becoming more involved in Race Management or working on a protest jury? Seminars will be held May 4, 2014 at HYC-One –day Race Management Seminar and /or May 3, 2014 at TCYC – One Day Judge Seminar. Call me if you have questions or need more information. Get out there, dust the cobwebs off and air out those sails and sailing gear and join us. We are always looking for volunteers as well as racers. See you on the water.

Sign-up now for the Commodore’s Cruise Commodore Nancy Edmonson will be leading a fleet of HYC sail and power boats to Port Aransas (and back!) beginning Friday, May 2, and returning Saturday, May 10. Stops will include Galveston/Harborwalk, Matagorda, Port O’Connor, Port A/Rockport, and Freeport, and we will also cruise through the Aransas Wildlife refuge. During previous trips we have seen numerous bird species, dolphins, and coyotes, so keep your eyes open.

will be joining the HYC Offshore race participants for their big party at Freeport on Friday, May 9, and sailors can participate in the Offshore Race on Saturday, May 10. If you are interested and have not yet signed-up, please email Charles Griffey at with your boat particulars (sail vs. power, length, beam, draft, power needs) and your contact information.

There will be a kick-off party Friday night in Galveston, and a Derby Day party when we reach Matagorda on Saturday. We

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Help Us Grow Membership Join Us For Family Fun Day Saturday, April 26

Many thanks to Stephanie Wright for donating the funds to landscape the beds outside the Harbor Master’s Office.

Please join us for Family Fun Day as this is a special time for your friends who may be interested in joining HYC. The process is very simple and requires little effort on your part. Basically, your role entails inviting potential members and joining them at the Family Fun Day event which will be held Saturday, April 26 at HYC. During the day, we will have information available on the different aspects of the club such as the youth sailing program, harbor, social activities, women’s sailing association, race and regatta, cruising, etc. This will be a fun day for the family. For more information on the April 26 event, please call Jennifer Glass at 281.471.1255 or email her at:

Join WSA For Happy Hour Friday Evening Sails BY SABRA FRANCIS

muscle strength and endurance and osteoporosis prevention. There were personal trainers designing work-outs focused on building upper body strength for those muscles used to grind March marked the first of our Happy Hour Sails program. Anwinches. In 2004, there was a perpetual trophy of a Mermaid drea Zaite, WSA Chairman of Women’s Racing, and her commit- sculpture designed which will be awarded to this year’s winner. tee, Cissy Yoes and Sandra Baldridge, have designed a fun and fabulous casual sailing event for one Friday evening a month The last month has been busy with the In-town party, the WSA from March through September. We kicked off the program with Games Night, and the CPR class. We have sent out scholarship a Kayak event on March 21. April 11 will be our Mermaid Sail. opportunities to the La Porte ISD 4th and 5th graders and will be May 30 will be the Ensign Extravaganza. June 20 will be the announcing the winner April 18. And, we are also working on Jovial J/22 sail. July 11 will be the Fun in the Sun Fish Sail. the upcoming WWB camp to be held June 4-7. Most of everyAug. 2 - 3 will be our Women’s Sailing Weekend. And, our final thing else we will be featuring from this time forward will be event will be the Big Boat Beverage Cruz on Sept. 12. Each sailing events. event listed above begins at 6 p.m. We do want to bring special attention to a change in our schedule The Mermaid Sail may be familiar to some who have been mem- for the Women’s Sailing Weekend. It was scheduled for July 12bers for a while. The first Mermaid Sail was chaired by Babs 13, but has been changed to the Aug. 2 - 3 Weekend. Bukowski in 2003. June Shaw was Co-Chair. The original Mermaid Sail theme was focused on healthy lifestyles in order to be As always, if you are not a member of WSA and are interested in fit to sail well. WSA members, the “Mermaids,” received 10 knowing more about our organization, please call Sabra Francis hours of instruction about handling boats of a length of at least 30 or Susan Ehrhardt. feet. There were also guest speakers presenting on subjects of WSA President

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Charles Griffey received the Hardiest Competitor award for braving PC James Liston and Madonna Breen display a variety of state, the cool breezes during the Yachty Gras Parade. Photo by Ed national and nautical flags, mixed with Mardi Gras flags. Photo Matuszak by Ed Matuszak

Manatee Wins Top Honors in 2014 Yachty Gras Parade BY ANN BORDELON Parade Judging Chairman

award because of their extensive use of Mardi Gras decorations and costumes. Jack and Cissy Yoes’ Valentine was named the Most Enthusiastic boat. Billy Richnow’s Parker received a troAs promised by Commodore Nancy Edmonson, the weather was phy for Best Bead Pitching and Best Quality Beads, and Terry better than one would expect in February and the harbor was dot- Cantrell’s Fishmudgeon received an award for the Best Masks. ted with purple, green and gold as six boats festively participated The judges recognized HYC race committee boat, Countdown, as in the 2014 HYC Yachty Gras parade. having the Most Unusual Decorations. PC James Liston and Membership Chairman Madonna Breen decorated Countdown “Yachty Gras” is a maritime version of Mardi Gras, a traditional with a variety of state, national and nautical flags, mixed with celebration for many Western Christians, and purple, green and Mardi Gras flags. gold are traditional Mardi Gras colors. "Mardi Gras" (French for ‘Fat Tuesday’), or Shrove Tuesday, is the last day of carnival. The commodore’s husband, Charles Griffey received the Hardiest Carnival is a celebration combining parades, pageantry, folk Competitor award for braving the cool breezes wearing shorts drama, and feasting that begins on January 6, each year, and ends and rowing his decorated kayak. An honorable mention went to on Ash Wednesday, which marks the arrival of the fasting days Rod and Lythia Powell for the Best Parade Watcher Costumes. of Lent. In some parts of the United States (Texas, Louisiana and Alabama, to name a few), the entire carnival period is called Thanks to Jack and Cissy Yoes, Yachting Committee chairmen, “Mardi Gras.” for organizing the parade, and to Billy Richnow for serving as parade marshal. Thanks also go to my fellow judges, David and After the Yachty Gras Parade, the Mosquito Fleet sponsored a Mary Haglund and John and Debby Cardenas. Fish Fry. Parade awards were announced after dinner. John and Becky Peter’s pontoon boat, Manatee, won the Best Theme

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John Peter gets the music going as Bob Wells get the food going. Photos by Ed Matuszak

MOSQUITO FLEET NEWS By Steve and Martha Gillett

The Fish Fry held March 1 at the Beachcomber was a great success. More than 120 Skeeters and guest showed up for fried fish, fries, hushpuppies and slaw. Thanks to John Peter for the great DJ action and Ed Matuszak for the great pictures featured with this article. A big thank-you to Laura Donley, Leslie Wells, Diane Allred, Becky Peter and Jill Strong for sign-up and serving, and of course, cooks Al Kinnard, Bob Wells and John Donley. A great time was had by all. The next Skeeter event is the annual Easter Cruise to Double Bayou/Oak Island on April 18-20. Yachting Association’s Jack and Cissy Yoes are heading up this joint cruise. Jack reports he has a large reservation list to date, but he is

GARY JOBSON ENTERTAINS CROWD Thanks to Leukemia Cup Regatta National Chairman Gary Jobson for an outstanding program and for answering the big question, “How did we win the America’s Cup?” Also, thanks to the volunteers, LLS staff and audience who made it a great evening. Start your fundraising now by picking up a Sailor Packet or Sponsor Packet at HYC or email The 2014 Leukemia Cup Regatta at HYC is June 20-22. Photo by Ed Matuszak 10 WINDJAMMER April 2014

(Left) Past Commodore Pat and Beth Gibson; (Right) Neave Nunes. Photos by Ed Matuszak

prepared to squeeze in as many boaters who wish to go as possible. If you haven’t made your reservations yet, contact him at and sign up. If you’re coming by land yacht and want to stay overnight, the nearby motel is available – they allow pats too. Contact Rene Hammond at 409-252-3474 to make your reservations. This is the first cruise of the year so don’t miss out.

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News a.m. The morning session will be a Roundtable full of information and the afternoon will be spent on the water either on a racBy Martha Hirsch ing boat or on a spectator boat (attendee’s choice). This seminar is for those who have never sailed before (or very little), those The Education Committee of the Houston Yacht Club is hosting a who want to see if they are interested in sailing or racing, or those seminar entitled You are going to DIG THIS. The seminar will sailors who have never raced before. All HYC members are welbe held in the Ballroom at HYC on Friday, April 25, 2014 startcome, especially those wanting to get out on a sailboat. ing at 7:00pm. You are in luck! If you missed the outstanding February Captains’ Roundtable at Lakewood Yacht Club about Looking for Skippers willing to take crew from the morning the current Mid-Bay Dredging activity you now have an opportu- seminar and non-racing boats willing to take out spectators. If nity to attend the presentation at HYC. As all of you should interested, contact Steve Morehouse: stevemoreknow, the Houston Ship Channel is being dredged near HYC as, if questions, contact Jack Yoes: you read this, and dredging will continue throughout 2014. In Watch for more details in the May February, US Army Corps of Engineers Project Engineer Al Windjammer and the Weekly e-mails. Meyer (who is also a sailor!) gave an excellent presentation not only about potential hazards when navigating around dredges and About the Education Committee: A new committee appointed to what you need to know to stay safe, but also about what goes on present an ongoing series of seminars entitled All Things Marine behind the scenes, the amazing equipment and how it works, and Roundtable and will focus on topics that will increase the pleaswhat is happening underwater where our keels are. Bring your ure of boating. questions and come see Mr. Meyer's exciting presentation - you will dig it! To learn more about the seminars, please contact Steve Morehouse, HYC Education Committee Chairman at stevemoreThe Education Committee is also hosting a seminar entitled troduction to Sailing and Racing on Sunday, May 18 starting at 9

You are going to DIG THIS!

The race was a course #4 with a fairly short weather leg. The R/C used good By P/C Dean Snider judgment choosing the course. During the weather leg, the crew was sitting on the Hooray!! The weather finally allowed weather rail, but there was no spray getting races to be completed. It has been weather into the boat or on the crew. wise a tough year so far. The Mid-Winter Regatta was canceled because of weather The boats were in close competition during conditions and Revognah was abandoned the race and Little Oil won by getting a because the wind died. couple of good wind shifts. Crusader had a handicap that cost them dearly. Prior to However, Spring Series #1 started out the race they started to practice with the “cool” and with 12-15 mph winds and no spinnaker. When they raised the spinnasun. The sailors and race committee were ker, all that went up was the spinnaker bundled up for the first race of the race day halyard. That ended up at the top of the but the wind let up and the sun finally mast for the rest of the day. Out Yonder came out and some of the weather gear with only two crew had a problem holding came off. It turned out to be a great racing the boat down and this was a handicap. day with winds dropping below 10 mph. The second race was a duplicate of the first Four Ensigns showed up at the starting line race except that the wind lightened up but in the first of two races: Crusader, Dyna- got a little bit more flakey. Again it was a mite, Out Yonder and Little Oil. In the good start, except that Little Oil was in first race, according to John Cutler who dirty air and had to tack behind some boats was on the R/C boat, the Ensigns had a to get clear. great start. Crusader followed and it became a duel Everyone was on the starting line at the with Crusader overtaking Little Oil gun with speed and clear air. How good (leeward boat). Little Oil managed to give does it get. It took a lot of close maneuCrusader enough dirty air and gain some vering for the boats to get there. ground. Again it was a close race. Out


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Yonder closed in on the Fleet with the lighter air. Crusader forgot that they didn’t have a spinnaker on the last downwind leg. Without a spinnaker and winging a blade. Crusader maintained equal speed with Little Oil who was flying a chute. The last half of the led the wind dropped and Little Oil pulled ahead for a win. Our thanks to John Cutler for representing Fleet 2 on the R/C boat. John’s boat was still at the “doctors” office being treated to cure a collision that happened at Ensign Mid-Winters on Tampa Bay. He will be back for the balance of the season training for Ensign Nationals.

Coming Events Elissa Regatta, April 5-6 Film Fest Regatta, April 13 HYC Opening Day*, April 27 *Opening Day will include a boat parade, dress up you Ensign and join the parade. This is a fun event and it is good to see it on the calendar again

News the term obviously implies, the boomvang is usually either a line system with a pulley (smaller boats) or a piston system with hydraulics (larger boats) that is designed to exert downward pressure on the boom (the horizontal bar that will smack you up the side of the head in mid-tack unless you duck) in order to change the shape of the sail (racers adjust this to make the boat go faster). See how easy this is? My personal belief for the naming of parts, obscure or not, is simply to be able to identify the item that you are replacing while being held up at the local marine store. And, of course, the more necessary the part is to making the boat go faster the more it will cost to replace or repair. It seems that the two most appropriate synonyms for boat parts should be “arm” and “leg”. I recall fond memories of purchasing on a weekly basis a new wind indicator (indicator of wind direction) or mast clip (a clip on the mast) for my daughDear John: ter’s optimist (boat that looks like a bathQ. As Measurer Emeritus you are my last tub). The rule concerning parts is basically hope. Why do sailboats have so many if it a part that is comes off or is detachable, names for obscure parts? What’s a boomit gets lost (recall daughter’s optimist). If it vang? Sailing isn’t football, so why is there is fixed in place, then it gets broken or a block and tackle on a sailboat? Is it so wears out. only a small circle of initiates can understand what is going on? I will admit that our HYC sailors (the Signed – Perplexed Power Boater. “initiates”) do possess a specialized vocabulary and can converse with one another (in English to boot) in such a manner that even less, especially coming to me for your anthe most learned non-sailors among us have swer. Nonetheless, my recent internet difficulty understanding their technical exsearches on “how to rig a sunfish” and “how change. For example, in an HYC bar disto crew on a viper” have provided me with cussion regarding the “Jib Sail” alone, you my usual ample knowledge (i.e. barest) might hear experienced sailors discuss concerning sailboats in general and sailing terms such as jib halyard, jib head, jib luff, tactics, as well as an understanding of the jib leech, jib clew, reef points, cringles, anatomy of a wind-powered vessel. I find roach, and jib foot just to name a few. It’s your observation that “Sailing isn’t footmadness! However, on the bright side, emball” to be quite astute, although please note ploying the extensive use of these terms that running backs do often tend to tack during a conversation in the bar is also a upfield (or downfield which somehow useful tactic in freeing oneself from a vermeans the same) when attempting to mabose member (see previous Dear John artineuver through the defense. And yes, with cle). But for your benefit, power boaters the depressing exception of our beloved can also talk technical (giving them the Houston Texans over their last 14 games, benefit of the doubt) for their parts such as: the terms “block” and “tackle” are usually motor, drink holder, icemaker, refrigerator, associated with a football team. blender, satellite dish, tv, and seat cushions. But, you probably should speak Spanish. In Now returning to your specific question, any event, don’t sweat it. It is okay to be the” boomvang” is a pretty self-explanatory “initiate challenged” (to be politically corterm (e.g. how many golfers are in a fourrect). Bon appetit and Cheers! some or what ocean borders the Atlantic coast) for an important part of the boat. As

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New Dining and Bar Menus Have Arrived The Club rolled out a new dining room menu last month, and just recently a new pub menu and a new wine list. As many of us start our evening at the club with a libation, I will discuss the new wine and drinks first. We are getting 4 new premium wines: Y3 Chardonay, Kris Pinot Grigio, Sebastiani Cabernet Sauvignon, and Rodney Strong Pinot Noir. They are all worth a try. Also, we are introducing 4 named drinks in the bar! The Commodore is a lemon drop martini made with Grey Goose, the Vice is a rum punch with Mount Gay 1703 rum, the Rear is a gin martini made with Hendricks gin, and the Commando is a Patron margarita on the rocks. Sip and enjoy! The pub menu is designed so you can have some good grub to go with those drinks. We are introducing a from scratch queso and chips, sirloin sliders, and loaded potato skins, as well as having go to options like chicken fingers, fried vegetables, nachos, and the HYC burger. On the new dining menu, we have many new options among appetizers, salads, and entrees, including Oysters Moscato, baked brie and apple, a wedge salad, grilled eggplant with feta, braised salmon, Chicken Milanese, and Snapper Marinos. We also have a new section titled International Ports of Call, which contains a selection of tapas (small plates that are often shared among diners). These include rooie druiwe toasties from South Africa (a toasty covered with melted cheese, grapes, and pistachios), chicken or beef satay, fried spring rolls, empanadas, fish tacos, and a personal-sized margherita pizza. Stop by the Club and try and the food and drinks! And please provide any feedback on the new items or items to Submitted by The Food and Beverage Committee April 2014 WINDJAMMER 13


Oscar Case takes his mom Andrea for a sail at the Ragnot Sailing Fun Day.

Jason Small enjoys a day on the water with his daughters Casey and Sydney


Ragnots are an important part of the HYC Opening Day events April 27. To join in the color guard or the Ragnot parade boats, By Marie Wise simply contact Marie Wise at The Ragnot schedule for April 27 is: The Ragnots have had a busy Spring on the water. In February, 10:00-10:30 — dress selected boats for the boat parade we had a Sailing Fun Day to welcome new friends and simply (boats will be under tow) have fun in boats together. Look for more Fun Days, and join us 10:30-11:30 — flag practice with James Liston at the flagin your Opti, 420, kayak, Laser, Sunfish or whatever floats your pole boat! 11:30-1:00 — boat parade 2:00 — Opening Ceremony (Ragnot attire is white polo with March 15-16 found the Ragnots at Canyon Lake Yacht Club for khakis) the TSA Spring Fling Regatta. Props to the Ragnot team: Ian and Abi Beck, Richmond Keeling and Grace Bulgerin on 420s; Charlotte Rose and Skylar Bayman in Lasers; and Paul Houston, Emi- Looking Ahead to Summer Registration is open online for overnight camp and summer saillie Janzen, Olivia Beken, and Alex Wise in Optis. ing:

Coming Up in April

There is still time to get your raffle tickets before the big drawing Overnight camp is June 8-13 with plenty of sailing during the day and fun activities throughout. No sailing experience is required, on April 27. Ragnot supporter John Cardenas can usually be found with some tickets for sale. First prize is front-row, Holly- just a willingness to have fun! wood parking at HYC for a year. The summer sailing program — June 16 through August 15 — offers sessions for all ages, skill levels, and sailing interThe Ragnot Easter Egg Hunt is on Easter Sunday, April 20, at 2 ests. Please contact Sailing Director Katrina Williams for addip.m. Older Ragnots will hide the eggs starting around 1 p.m. Ragnots, guests, family and friends, everyone is welcome to tional information at 281.471.1255 ext 149 or cell 832.472.1127 join the fun. Three egg hunting areas grouped by age, each with or prizes and a golden egg, make this a fun tradition for kids of all ages. Don’t forget your basket! 14 WINDJAMMER April 2014

Dining Room Specials Wednesday Night Specials April 2: Chicken Flores April 9: Baby Back Ribs April 16: Fried Snapper Almondine April 23: Seafood Pasta Au Gratin April 30: Yankee Pot Roast Thursday Night Specials April 3: Salmon En Croute April 10: Snapper Victoria April 17: Beef Oskar April 24: Chinese Buffet

Dining Room Hours The HYC Dining Room Hours of Operation are as follows: Wednesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for lunch Wednesday and Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. for dinner Friday from 6 to 10 p.m. for dinner and Friday night buffet Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

SAVE THE DATE Hamburger Cookout and Drive-in Movie Night Saturday, April 26 at HYC The hamburger cookout will be at the Beachcomber starting around 5:30 p.m. This year the movie will be “Burlesque” (PG-13) starting at dusk by the Beachcomber. Bring your own chairs or view from your car. The movie “The Princess and the Frog” will be shown in the Ragnot room for younger kids.

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