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Houston Yacht Club

August 2012


Commodore’s Corner BY PAT GIBSON

2011-2012 Flag Officers Commodore: Pat Gibson, PTGibson@spectraenergy.com Vice Commodore: Bob Wright, bobwright101@gmail.com Rear Commodore: Nancy Edmonson, NRedmonson@aol.com

Line Officers Fleet Captain: James Liston, jtliston@aol.com Secretary: Andrew McStay, mcstay@texlawpros.com Treasurer: Robert Williams, apachenite@aol.com Measurer: John Cardenas, cardenas01@aol.com

Trustees Madonna Breen: mbreen@embarqmail.com Farley Fontenot: FFarleyF@aol.com Paul Francis: Pfrancis@ Bakerlaw.com Gordie Keenan: gordiek@higman.com Lawrence Maher: gaylamaher@sbcglobal.net Bill van Ravenswaay: billvanrav@earthlink.net Bob Wells: wellsea44@comcast.net Jack Yoes: Jack.Yoes@UOP.com

Honorary Officers Fleet Historian: Sam Akkerman 713-526-0482 Fleet Surgeon: Dr. Jacki Kendrick-Mostert 713-465-4515 Fleet Chaplain: Linda Christians 713-875-7454

Other Contacts Ensigns: Carol Lee Hollister 281-867-5068 Entertainment: Madonna Breen 281-812-9971 Harbor Committee: Robert Williams 281-326-2153 Heritage & Standards: P/C Ginny Garrett 281-4716131 House & Grounds: Ed Matuszak 281-471-1988 Ladies Association: Linda McKee 713-665-6615 Membership: Andrew McStay 713-522-3201 Memorial Fund: Judy Lamkin: 281-471-2130 Mosquito Fleet: John Peter 281-471-8468 Race/Regatta: Bill van Ravenswaay 713-917-0992 Ragnots: Amy Beck, 281-480-0278; Maya Houston, 713-723-0868 WSA: Ann Bordelon 281-470-8253 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 Sailing Director: Scott Lindley Ex. 149 Member Services Administrator: Julie Dunlap Ex. 100 Marketing: Jennifer Glass Ex. 150

Commodore

Hello it’s me again. Some of my predecessors have told me that once you get past the 4th of July and a nominating committee is in place the commodore is basically a lame duck. Perhaps I should refer to this as the Commodore’s Around the Corner article for the rest of the year. Any way you slice it I don’t necessarily feel like a lame duck as there still seems to be so much to look forward to before closing out this chapter of the book. keep raining so the Skeeters pulled the plug on the cruise. But never to be It’s been a short time since our last visit fussed by a little weather these guys together but in that time we had an acconverted the calendar entry into a killer tion packed day of 4th of July activities. Beachcomber party. The weather in fact The Commodore’s Cup was hotly concooperated and while we intended our tested with 12 fired up entries and lots of new enclosures to be used mainly for pre-race “psychology” was employed in wintertime they worked out perfectly as the days leading up to the event. a sun shade. So versatile we are! We also enhanced the tradition by including members of the Ragnot Flag in the action. There were several lead changes and the top boats came in very tightly packed with a photo finish. Clearly there was motivation to capture the trophy (see photo below) or maybe some stalling to avoid taking it home. OK I won! We also had the lawn games, The Great Card Board Boat race (which was temporarily hijacked by a bunch of loose Razorbacks) and the Firework display. The other big event on the calendar was the Mosquito Fleet trip to Moody Gardens. Good news - it was raining leading up - bad news it was predicted to

Looking forward, our next big events include the Women’s sailing weekend where two separate events take place in which the Catherine Spiller trophy will be awarded followed by the Women’s Regatta trophy. It’s a cool format that allows for co-ed sailing one day and women only the other. Shortly after that the Lightning North Americans will kick off in early August. This will be a major event taking place over 10 days. We could have in the neighborhood of 60 boats involved in several events over the course of the week. A number of teams have been practicing at HYC all year to prepare. Come check out the action but be prepared as with this many boats – and they haul out everyday – there will be more than normal traffic around the club. So please “pardon our dust” so to speak. Finally, the entertainment committee continues to innovate with; Jamming in the Porthole, Ice House Happy Hours and Dip & A Movie Pool Parties. Check the HYC calendar on the website for all the dates.

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

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Commodore’s Cup Trophy

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News Projects. So much has been done you would think the list would shorten. We have slowed a little due to the hotter weather but the ideas keep flowing. Right now one of the biggies is the work being done up by the north bath house. We have an arrangement in place with San Jacinto College to provide an area for them to conduct life boat training as part of their maritime curriculum. This arrangement includes a joint effort to repair the bulkheads on the north jetty and the shoring up of that area, repairs which have been needed since Ike. More projects are on the drawing board so stay tuned for what is still to come. Ok but I have to spill this one - new carpet is on the way! Our efforts on the Port of Houston Deepening and Widening project continue. HYC submitted an excellent comment letter to the Corps of Engineers and it was complemented with our outreach program that generated hundreds if not thousands of additional letters to the Corps and the Port. That has all had an impact. Additionally, and among many other things, we have had senior Port Staff, Port Commissioners and elected officials to the Club and out on the water to help them gain a better appreciation for the size and potential impact of the disposal location under consideration. As you know the Corps comment period ended July 5. The Port is in the process of accumulating the complete “file” of comments and is formulating a recommendation on the path forward. What we are looking for is a recommendation to amend the permit application to remove the new disposal location. Given the timing it is not likely that a recommendation will be ready until the Port Commission meeting in late August. Meanwhile the committee is continuing to contact and discuss this issue with many people who can have an impact on the final outcome. From all of that work we have reason to be optimistic and I look forward to updating you in the near future on the resolution of this matter. See you at the Club!

Nominating Committee To Hold Open Meeting The 2012 Nominating Committee has been appointed by the Commodore and approved by Board of Trustees and is composed of P/C By Baldridge, chair; and members P/C Cheryl Thomas, P/C Tony Smythe, John Cardenas, Farley Fontenot and Ed Matuszak. The committee will hold an open meeting to which all members are invited to in order to make suggestions for candidates for all elected positions that will be on the ballot for next year's Board of Trustees. This meeting will be held Sunday, Aug. 26 starting at 2 p.m. in the Commodore's Room.

The Leukemia Cup Regatta top fundraisers include (front row, left to right): Stephanie Wright, Brenda Cheney, P/C Cheryl Thomas, Travis Thomas, Cherie Lecompte and Al Goethe.

Regatta Was A Success BY P/C CHERYL THOMAS Leukemia Cup Regatta Chair

Thank you to those of you who helped raise a total of $135,535 for the 2012 Leukemia Cup Regatta at the Houston Yacht Club June 22-24. The Skippers’ Meeting was held on Friday night with free beer donated by David Thomas Construction. Races took place on Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday night a party was held in the ballroom with live music, buffet dinner, live and silent auction. The Leukemia Cup was won by Brenda Cheney by raising $30,498. Brenda also won Chris’ Cup named for Stephanie Wright’s brother. Brenda had her annual Sip & Sail at Sullivan’s in Houston and brought in several sponsors. Stephanie Wright came in second by bringing in $24,138 with her Blues on the Bay Party at Cabo and rounding up a sailing team at Vitol. Stephanie won the Claudia Sparks Cannon Charity Trophy for being the HYC member bringing in the most in donations. P/C Cheryl Thomas came in third by raising $15,645. Other top

REGATTA continues on page 4 ON THE COVER Participants and spectators had a blast during the Great American Cardboard Boat Race held July 4 at HYC. See more 4th of July fun at HYC on page 5.

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News fundraisers were: Al Goethe ($4,850), Travis Thomas ($4,210), Martha Hirsch ($1,245) and Cherie LeCompte ($1,235). PROs were Bill van Ravenswaay for Dinghy Line, James Liston for One Design Line and Mark Smith from Ft. Worth Boat Club for the Cruising Line. Those taking their boats out to work the race were Ed Matuszak, Terry Cantrell, Mike and Ann Bordelon and Bill Baker. Seventy-two More than 70 boats competed in the 2012 Leukemia Cup Regatta held recently at HYC. sailboats competed in the regatta. Linda McKee organized having the children at Texas Children’s Hospital paint the beautiful tiles for the racing trophies. Once again, Kirby’s “Observer” came to be our Spectator Boat. More than 70 patients and their families were treated to a cruise out to watch the races with entertainment by the Houston Rodeo Clowns and lunch served and donated by Kroger. The Mike Ogden Memorial Golf Tournament hosted by Brazoria County Commissioner Matt Sebesta and held in Pearland was once again part of our regatta. Thanks to Bob and Leslie Wells for providing a day on their boat with the Commissioner and Stephanie and V/C Bob Wright for gourmet food and beverages during the regatta for a live auction item at the golf tournament. Other auction items were regatta jackets and rides on the Spectator Boat. Thank you to all members of the Leukemia Cup Regatta Committee, the Race Committee, Brian Cannon for computer support and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, the Houston Yacht Club staff and everyone who raced, fundraised and donated or bought auction items. Local sponsors were Vitol, Deloitte, Regions Bank, JV Industrial Companies, Kirby, Kroger, Sullivan’s Steakhouse, KO Sailing, Tynes Sparks Building Corporation, Cabo, Kayne Anderson Energy Funds, Stoldt, Black Iguana, PMB-Helin Donovan, Truluck’s, New Prospect Company, Obie O’Brien, Harry Faulkner & Tracy Orolin, David & Jody Marrs, David Thomas Construction, George Lingenfelder, The Capital Grille, and The Blevins Family.

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National sponsors were West Marine, Jobson Sailing, Inc., Sailing World, Mount Gay Rum, North Sails, Offshore Sailing School, The Moorings, and Ken Gardiner Mode Maker. Regatta photos by Dmitriy Yegorov


Time Out For Fun At HYC

The Mosquito Fleet held a cookout recently at HYC. Pictured above from left to right include: Martha Gillett, Diane Allred, Joan van Ravenswaay, Becky Peter, Barbara Matuszak, Deborah Lundin, V/C Bob Wright, Daphne and Gerald Pickering and Stephanie Wright.

(Left to right) Madonna Breen, Annemarie Majewski, Leslie Wells, Patricia Shockley, Mary and P/C David Haglund, Douglas Shockley, Beth, Halle and Commodore Pat Gibson August 2012 WINDJAMMER 5


Membership

Three Membership Applications Approved in July BY ANDREW MC STAY Membership Committee

By now I hope you have had the opportunity to explore the new HYC website. We are getting a lot of positive feedback and complements on the site from members and non members alike. The traffic counter we have to monitor the sites usage indicates that many people are viewing our site every day. In the computer age this really is our front door and the main billboard for marketing HYC. I want to encourage you to compare the new HYC site to other yacht club websites in the United States and around the world. I think you will find that while there may be some sites the equal to ours, there are none better. In particular the dynamic design of our site seems to be perfect for the use of an active boating community.

Dora and Ronald Murone with Terri and Jack Walston

We want to create several video features The following applications were approved including one for recruiting purposes that for membership at the July Board of Trusvisually demonstrates how quickly after you tees Meeting: enter the gate you can be sailing and another Ronald and Dora Murone, Senior MemAs great as the new website is, it is still a video showing action from our youth sailing bership, Recruiting Sponsor: Walston work in progress. We designed the site spe- activities. If any of you has a strong skill Family cifically to be easily updated internally set as a videographer, we would hope you Harris and Helane Knecht, Senior which also allows us to make changes that would consider volunteering to help on this Membership, Recruiting Sponsor: June make the site work better for our members. project. If you are interested email us at: Shaw When you are cruising the site, make a note membership@houstonyachtclub.com. John and Dorothy Flato, Senior Memof what you think could work better or bership, Recruiting Sponsor: Houston needs to be included and email your comLastly, here is a great idea suggested by a Family ments to Marketing Director Jennifer Glass member. Set the HYC website as the homeat membership@houstonyachtclub.com. page for your Internet browser. That way, The following application has been submitYour input is invaluable to us in keeping the whenever you surf the web you begin with a ted for approval in August: website in tip top shape. look at what’s going on at your home on the Amanda & Richard Welch, Junior 30bay. 34 Membership, Recruiting Sponsor: One of the items on our website “to do” list Membership Committee that is still pending is the addition of video.

Ladies Association Has Been Going Strong Since 1946 BY LINDA MCKEE Ladies Association

Summer is nearing an end and so is my year as President of the HYC Ladies Association. It has been an honor and privilege to serve and I want to thank all who participated and the outstanding board members who helped make this year a success: Martha Gillett, Danna Jennings, Anna Matthews, Judy Lamkin, Barbara Matuszak and Janis Lamb Wiley. Now is the time to start planning for next year, please join us for lunch and a "Brainstorming" session to discuss programs and events for 2012 - 2013. This will be on Aug. 8 at 11:30 a.m. 6 WINDJAMMER August 2012

Please bring your bright ideas and join the fun. If you cannot attend but have a suggestion, please contact me or Martha Gillett. The event of the year is just around the corner – The Ladies Association Annual Cocktail Party. Many say this is the best HYC party! This will be a "3D" night – dinner, dancing and drinks. Everyone who paid Ladies Association dues will get an invitation in the mail. Your dues cover the cost of the party - what a deal. If you are not a member of the Ladies Association you can still attend, just call the HYC office at 281.471.1255 and RSVP and watch the weekly email for more information. The Ladies Association has been supporting HYC and all related activities and events since 1946 when the group was chartered. Let's keep the tradition strong. Join and support.


Feature In 2008 and 2009 Jody sailed five regattas in Florida finishing with the Miami Olympic Classes Regatta. Upon his return to Houston in the early spring 2010, Jody was presented an BY P/C JOHN FOCKE honorary membership in the Houston Yacht Special to the Windjammer Club and allowed to use the club facilities to store and launch POSITIVE, his new 2.4mR "In 2006 when I was injured, lying on the hos- sailboat which requires the use of the crane to pital bed, in excruciating pain, unable to move launch the boat and to place himself in the my legs, at first all I was thinking about was cockpit. Club members have likely seen Jody that I would never be able to sail again,” said and his dog, and constant companion "Rocky", Jody Hill, Clear Lake resident and Houston in the launching area and on the water. He Yacht Club Honorary Member. “My career as a trains at HYC when he is not traveling and yacht captain was over. The feeling of utter competing in regattas. hopelessness was almost more than I could bear." POSITIVE is a beautiful 2.4mR design which originated in Stockholm in 1983 and is uniquely In 2008, two years after his accident Jody resuited to paraplegic sailing competition. In turned to Texas with a positive energy and new 1992 the 2.4mR attained "International Status" confidence that he would sail again. It was at and the 2.4mR class World Championship is an this point in his life when he decided that he annual event. was going to bring sailing to the disabled world. Spurred on by his boating achievements and Jody set up Team Positive Sailing, which is a with the support of his loved ones, Jody has charity to help others with physical disabilities taken on the challenge to represent the USA in cope, via the therapeutic power of sailing. The the 2012 Paralympics. goal of Team Positive Sailing is also to provide Jody Hill photo by Woodallen Houston access to a boat and instruction to people with Never one to give up, Jody's continued resildisabilities who want to learn to sail and learn ience knows no bounds and this next year will Follow @jodyhill2012 on Twitter to follow to race sailboats so that they may discover the prove to be a new challenge as Jody competes Jody's progress to the Paralympics. freedom and sense of accomplishment that in a range of U.S. based regattas to position sailing has given him. himself among those for consideration to represent the United States in the 2012 Paralympics.

Meet Jody Hill

A Good Crowd Joined in for Jamming With Jay BY MADONNA BREEN Entertainment Committee

A good crowd joined in to listen to the music of Jay Grills and Gordie Keenan on Saturday, July 1. Bill van Ravenswaay provided additional vocals with Becky Peter on backup. The audience participated and new HYC Members attended. The Porthole was so packed that folks spilled outside to the patio. Even from that distance, the music could be enjoyed. Later in the evening, Bill van Ravenswaay, Race and Regatta Chair, handed out the trophies for the Spring Series. Ginny Garrett and John Cardenas provided limericks and other jokes. It sure was a lot of fun.

Gordie Keenan and Jay Grills entertain the crowd during the Jamming with Jay event held July 1 at HYC. See more photos on page 8.

The Jammers are up to another event in the fall. We’ll be scheduling that in the near future. Gordie is hoping that some more aspiring artists will come out and play and/or sing. I’ve got my guitar warming up just in case. Our next themed happy hour is Ice House for the hot days of August. That event is set for Friday, Aug. 10. Watch the weekly email for details. We are scheduling a date for another Jamming session sometime in September. On Oct. 20, Oktoberfest will be celebrated. Our last themed happy hour for 2012 will be Friday, Nov. 2 for a Yankee Doodle (Pre-election) Happy Hour. Come and join us for the fun.

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News

Some of the folks on hand for Jamming with Jay event include (from left to right) Andrea Zaite, Lauren Grills Anne Lee, Julie Fryer, Lindy Edwards, Brent Marsden, Travis Thomas and Rebecca Tallerine.

VIEW FROM THE AFT DECK By Rear Commodore Nancy Edmonson I have been fortunate to take some interesting trips this summer. And while my travels have taken me far from HYC, they have not taken me away from the water or boats. Instead, I have gotten to see and even ride on a huge variety of watercraft, providing perhaps a mini-overview of the wide range of purposes that boats provide humans. People have been drawn to water and to boats for millennia—our obsession has a long history in the making! Boats were first documented in Ancient Egypt before 3500 BC as rudimentary fishing canoes with paddles, pre-dating even wheeled carts. Larger boats with oars used on rivers followed, with the first sailing vessels appearing in the historical records in about 3200 BC. Motors (via steam-power) were added to boats before trains were invented, and regular trade routes via water (oceans, rivers, and The boat pictured above serves as a type of motorized private even man-made canals) transformed the world. transport boat to an outlying island in the Caribbean, but started Our first trek this summer took us to Belize, where boats are often work horses in a country that can be hard to traverse by land. There, we rode on one of the oddest boats I have ever seen (see picture). This boat now serves as a type of motorized private transport boat to an outlying island in the Caribbean, but started its life as a trans-Atlantic sailboat. At first glance, the boat looks like a catamaran but in fact is a mono-hull with an oversized outrigger. When it was a sailboat, it did not tack to change direction. Instead, the boom swung around and the skipper moved to a second helm at the other end of the boat and simply reversed the bow and stern of the boat. Really, the weirdest thing I can imagine but it kept the outrigger always on the leeward side of the boat. As a powerboat with only one helm and one engine, it must turn to change directions and it turns like a battleship. Other Belizean boats we were able to enjoy were more normal, including ferries, fishing boats, kayaks, and paddleboards. Boats tended to be functional and simple but enjoyed and treasured. On to Germany and different kinds of boats. Here, commercial boat traffic is very heavy on major inland rivers, with barges and these odd low-slung river ships plying routes that have carried trade since the Roman era. But pleasure craft abound as well. 8 WINDJAMMER August 2012

its life as a trans-Atlantic sailboat.

Lake Constance, nestled where Germany, Austria, and Switzerland meet, is a hot-bed of sailing. I found it fascinating that so many of the boats are the ones sailed here—Optis, Lasers, and other familiar types. Powerboats of all kinds and sizes also cruised the smooth waters of the lake. The rivers teemed with boats ranging from cruise ships to tiny runabouts and even some sailboats, despite the challenges of low bridges. Somehow I end up here at almost the same place I ended up last month. And that is—our passion for boating is rooted in history and HYC’s 110 year role of providing an outlet for that basic human instinct is important to preserve. Just as functional and recreational uses of water co-exist around the world, so too can they here. As many of you may know, our battle to preserve our access to Galveston Bay is going well. Let’s keep up the pressure and we will prevail—after all, history is on our side.


Ragnots RAGNOT REPORT By HYC Sailing Director Scott Lindley This year’s Texas Youth Race Week was one of the best I can remember despite the rain. All three venues were well run and the race committee did a fantastic job under tough conditions. This year’s TYRW had the lightest airs I have seen in 5 years. It was not your typical 10-18 sea breeze that fills in at 1 p.m. It was a venue of storms that dictated the time of sailing and the light, shifty winds. I think it was great because it gave the smaller kids a fighting chance and it produced conditions that would challenge our sailors mentally. On-the-water action during Texas Youth Race Week at HYC.

Team HYC rose to the challenge and did awesome! Eight kids from Team HYC qualified for Team Trials and Dane Byerly took Top Honors Overall in the Opti RWB Class with finishing 2nd at HYC, 2nd at TCYC and 1st at the LYC venue. Jake Bulgerin was our top dog on the Green Fleet Opti Line finishing 4th Overall for TYRW. Way to go Jake. All of our Opti kids sailed tremendously. William Romeo finished 7th overall and won the last event in the Laser Radial. Daniel Kendrick finished 4th overall in the Laser 4.7 Class out of 18 boats. Ian Beck and Tyler Killian finished 2nd Overall in the 420 class. Yuki Yoshiyasu will be representing HYC at the Bemis Trophy in San Francisco for winning the HYC Event which was the Bemis Semi-finals for Area F which was held in the 420s. The Sears Cup Semi-finals which was held in Sonars on the Lay Day at TCYC was a 2-race series because of thunderstorms. HYC had 3 teams participating. Our best finisher was Team Mares who had a 3rd and a 1st but lost by one point to Team TCYC who had a first and a second. I am so proud of all our kids. They all gave it 110 percent all week. I would like to thank the coaches who did a great job and I would also like to thank all our parents and members who volunteered. None of this could happen without you! I look forward to next year.

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WSA

WSA Plans Sail to High Tea on Aug. 25 BY ANN BORDELON WSA

By the time you read this article, Women’s Sailing Weekend will have happened, but too late in the month to include regatta results. We’ll have to wait until the September issue of the Windjammer to tell you who won the Catherine Spiller and Women’s Regatta trophies.

(Directors Cindy McMordie and Laura Donley will remain on the board, serving the second year of their two-year terms.) Election of officers will be on the agenda for the WSA Annual Membership Meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, in the HYC Ballroom. At this meeting, we will also hear reports from our officers and committee chairmen. In the meantime, the WSA Board will hold its regular monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15, in the Commodore’s Room at the HYC Clubhouse.

At the July meeting of the Women’s Sailing Association, the nominating committee, chaired by Immediate Past President Julie Goetschius, presented the following proposed slate of officers Sail to High Tea and directors for 2012-2013. Please plan to attend our Annual Sail to High Tea Saturday, Aug. 25, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the home of Lindy Edwards at 2601 South President—Terry Eukel Broadway in La Porte. That’s in Pelican Bay. You can sail your Vice-President—Sabra Francis dinghy to the Pelican Bay pier or you can drive, but please plan Secretary—Jo Tyson to attend. We’ll check out the water depth, pier construction and Treasurer—Mary Vance the Pelican Bay rules to see if it’s practical for larger boats to use Directors (two-year terms)—Lou Rosenfeld and Terri Benson the pier.

WSA continues on page 11

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WSA This event is a cross between a dock party and the British tradition of High Tea. Those who sail to the event usually wear sailing clothes, but bring along gloves, jewelry and hats they can put on when they dock. If you are worried about your hat getting squashed on the sail over, ask one of our land cruisers to bring it for you. Land cruisers may also wear casual clothing with elegant or even comically elegant accessories.

had two main meals, breakfast and dinner? Breakfast was ale, bread, and beef. During the middle of the 18th century, gas lighting was installed in many grand homes and dinner for the upper and middle classes shifted from noontime to an evening meal served late at night. Many ladies found themselves experiencing a “sinking feeling” about 4 o’clock in the afternoon. Drinking tea had recently become popular, so they had the servants sneak them some bread and butter with a cup of tea. Then By the way, did you know that prior to the they abandoned all restraint and began introduction of tea into Britain, the English ordering small cakes and assorted sweets

with their tea. Soon, they began inviting friends to join them for “low tea,” so named because it was served on low tables set near the couches and chairs in the hostesses withdrawing room. “High Tea” developed during the Industrial Revolution (mid 18th Century) when working families would come home from work tired, exhausted and much too hungry to wait for a late-night meal. A simple snack would not satisfy them. The table would be set about 5 p.m. with any manner of meats, bread, butter, pickles, cheese and of course tea. Today, in the UK, high tea may also include complicated side dishes and casseroles. Because it was eaten at a high dining table rather than the low tea tables, it was termed "high" tea. Nowadays, many people outside the United Kingdom think of fashionable afternoon tea, with its dainty sweets and savories, as “high” tea. WSA’s High Tea, of course, is a creation of our own HYC culture, with an eclectic selection of heavy hors d’oeuvres, desserts, wine and Long Island iced tea. We will, of course, have tea this year. Food is served on low and high tables, as well as buffets and kitchen counters. Perhaps we should call it “Sail to All Levels Tea.” All women members and spouses of HYC members are invited. Cost for the event is $15 per person, payable at the door. Sorry, no club charges; cash or checks, please. For more information, to volunteer to help or to make reservations, contact WSA Programs Chairman Cindy McMordie, at cindy@mcmordie.com or 281-471-7268. Keel Boat Sail...The next day, Aug. 26, WSA members will have an opportunity to sail in the HYC Summer Series #2 race. If you are a WSA member and would like to crew on a keel boat in that race, please contact Laura Donley at laura.donley5252@gmail.com or 713.703.1685. Come on out and join the fun! The WSA Keel Boat Sail on the HYC Calendar for Sept. 1 has been cancelled.

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LADIES ASSOCIATION COCKTAIL PARTY SATURDAY, SEPT. 8 at HYC The fun begins at 7 p.m. with fabulous food and beverage. Please make sure you have paid your Ladies Association dues of $40 as this entitles you and one guest to attend the Cocktail Party. Additional tickets cost $40 per person. If you are a new HYC member, or are not sure you have paid this year’s dues, please call the Club office at 281.471.1255 for details. Reservations are a must. Call the HYC Office at 281.471.1255 for reservations. The event is semi formal.


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