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Houston Yacht Club

February 2013

Commodore’s Corner BY BOB WRIGHT

2012-2013 Flag Officers Commodore: Bob Wright, Vice Commodore: Nancy Edmonson, Rear Commodore: Robert Williams,

Line Officers Fleet Captain: Gordie Keenan: Secretary: Ken Humphries, Treasurer: Steve Gillett, Measurer: Derek Beck,

Trustees Gary Banks: Madonna Breen: Farley Fontenot: Paul Francis: Pfrancis@ Lawrence Maher: Andrew McStay: Bob Wells: Jack Yoes:

Honorary Officers Fleet Historian: Sam Akkerman 713-526-0482 Fleet Surgeon: Dr. Michael Lucas 281-881-0265 Fleet Chaplain: Linda Christians 713-875-7454

Other Contacts Ensigns: Carol Lee Hollister 281-867-5068 Entertainment: Barbara Matuszak 281-471-1988; Debbie Cardenas 281-470-6602; Danna Jennings 713-247-9331 Harbor Committee: Bob Wells 281-471-0066 Heritage & Standards: P/C Ginny Garrett 281-4716131 House & Grounds: Ed Matuszak 281-471-1988 Ladies Association: Martha Gillett 281-471-4568 Membership: Andrew McStay 713-522-3201 Memorial Fund: Judy Lamkin: 281-471-2130 Mosquito Fleet: John Peter 281-471-8468 Race/Regatta: June Shaw 713-629-7747 Ragnots: Amy Beck, 281-480-0278; Maya Houston, 713-723-0868 WSA: Terry Eukel 281-531-7123 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: Katrina Williams Ex. 149 Member Services Administrator: Julie Dunlap Ex. 100 Marketing: Jennifer Glass Ex. 150

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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2012 ENDED WITH A BANG, AND 2013 IS OFF TO A WONDERFUL START! Over the Christmas holidays, Ross and the staff worked tirelessly to make the Clubhouse even more beautiful than usual with a touch of paint here and there and completely refinishing the ballroom dance floor and the dining room buffet area. New tile was laid in the staff serving area, making it safer and easier to take care of, and we are now ready for the much anticipated arrival of new carpet which will be installed soon. The New Year’s Eve party was a huge success! Al Henson was our DJ for the evening, keeping us all up and dancing in the ballroom, while Bill Parish played the guitar and sang, entertaining everyone in the Casual Area. Although Stephanie and I didn’t stay until the bitter end, I have been assured that everyone who hit the floor survived! Sandy and her staff worked their magic to transform the Club yet again into a magical place to ring in the New Year, and the night was followed by a challenging REVOGNAH regatta on New Year’s Day. A band of seven brave skippers and their equally brave crews bundled up against the chilly weather and mixed sailing conditions to compete, and the newest member of the Blue Gavel came out victorious in the spinnaker fleet, while Drew Peerless drove ALERT to victory in the non-spinnaker class. Congratulations, Pat and Drew, and kudos to everyone who competed! On Jan. 13, the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra (ROCO) Brass Quintet performed for the Commodore’s Concert, which was extremely well attended – in fact, it was totally sold out! We want to express our thanks to the HYC members who supported the event through their generous underwriting and to everyone who attended. We received nothing but positive feedback, and have been asked when we will have another such performance. The music was wonderful,

the performers were not only talented but also amusing, and an original composition by our own Ross Griffey which he composed in the summer of 2012 while studying music composition in Berlin was premiered. The piece was inspired by a folksong, “In Seaport Town,” based on a collection of Appalachian folksongs from the twentieth century. If you have the opportunity, everyone should check out ROCO’s website and attend one of their events because their promise of their events being “the most fun you can have with serious music” is an understatement! One thing I have learned over the years is that HYC fans are the greatest! Being “Texan Proud,” the Club was invaded by football enthusiasts for two separate tailgating parties in HYC’s bar to cheer on the home team. The first game was replete with a resounding victory which was celebrated by all, and even though the game results for the second game were not quite what everyone hoped for, the drinks flowed and everyone had a great time watching some prime football and enjoying each other’s company. This past weekend was one that Stephanie and I have been looking forward to for a long time, and I sincerely hope that everyone enjoyed the evening as much CONTINUES on page 3


Commodores Concert Series Concert Was a Success BY P/C GINNY GARRETT Commodores Concert Committee Chair

The Commodores Concert Series concert on Sunday, Jan. 13, was a great success. The River Oaks Chamber Orchestra Brass Quintet chose some music with a nautical flavor and was very warmly received by an enthusiastic audience of almost 200 people. A particular highlight of the performance was Variations on "In Seaport Town" by young HYC member CONTINUED from page 2

Don't Miss the Boat SAVE THE DATE for the 30th year of Windward Bound Camp for Women and discover your on-the-water dreams June 5-8 at HYC. Windward Bound Camp is for you, if you are female, New to sailing or want to improve your skills Want to build confidence as a crew member or skipper Want to feel good making decisions about tactics Need a refresher course Want to sail a Sunfish, Ensign or J-22 Want to improve racing skills Like being on the water The cost is $500 for HYC Members, $650 for Non-Members. Applications are available in the HYC office or visit our website at The deadline for signup is March 23. The 2013 Camp Co-Directors are Madonna Breen and Anne Lee.

as she and I did. The Club was beautiful, the food was excellent, and the company was the best. David Caceres entertained in the ballroom, and the dance floor was never empty, while Cindy Thomas crooned to the crowd in the casual area. John Peter was our DJ for the “afterparty” which saw much table dancing and lasted, I hear, until the very wee hours of the dawn. I am very pleased to report that after the Jazz Brunch yesterday, I personally checked out the bar, and based on visual observation and quite some time personally testing their strength, the tables are still supporting plates, glassware and silverware, and appear to be no worse for all the “table dancing” wear from the night before.

Alecia Lawyer, Executive Director of ROCO expressed her delight with the event and asked that her appreciation be extended to the membership.

all of their help in creating, assembling and setting up all of the decorations for the Commodore’s Ball. Additionally, Stephanie and I send our sincere thanks to Ross, Sandy and Chef Joseph and the entire HYC staff for making our special weekend so perfect.

Going forward, this promises to be a busy and fun-filled year at HYC, and there are a number of events I want to make sure everyone is aware of that are coming up quickly. On Feb. 2, the Mosquito Fleet will be hosting a fish-fry and Yachty Gras Boat Parade, and everyone is invited to the Super-Bowl Party in the HYC bar on Feb. 3, followed closely by the MidWinter Regatta which is set for Feb. 8-10. There are also two charity regattas coming up early this year – the Elissa Regatta on April 5-7 (the Competitor’s Briefing is Our thanks to everyone who came out to currently scheduled to be on the Elissa), share this special time with us, and a huge and the Leukemia Cup on June 21-23 – “thank-you” from Stephanie to Pam Dav- and Stephanie has assured me that NOW enport, Laurie Donley, Martha Gillette, is the time to start fundraising for both of Ginny McDonald, Jane and Hunter Mick- these regattas. Please make plans to atlitz, our guest “Georgia Designers” – Alli- tend any or all of these events – we look son and Jim Orchid, Judie Williams, Jay forward to seeing you there! and Jonese Wright, and Gena Young for

ON THE COVER... Commodore’s Ball


Commodore Bob and Stephanie Wright, V/C Nancy Edmonson and Charles Griffey with R/C Robert and Judie Williams.

Registration for the HYC Mid-Winter Regatta is now available online. Read about the Race and Regatta action on pages 4 and 5.

Photo by Lakewood Photography

and composer, Ross Griffey. The concert saluted Commodore Bob and Stephanie Wright and honored Vince and Margaretta Morvillo and the profit from ticket sales was turned over to the Club.

FEATURED INSIDE The Women’s Sailing Association is busy both on and off the water. Read more about WSA on pages 10 through 12.

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Race and Regatta

HYC Mid-Winter Regatta Scheduled Feb. 9-10 at HYC BY JUNE SHAW Race and Regatta

January came in with a lot of rain and chilly temperatures and the brave at heart arrived at HYC New Year’s Day to race Revognah. This was no problem for our experienced PRO Billy Richnow (11th year) and his team of expert committee members. When it came time to start racing the rain had stopped, the winds dropped and the sun come out. A total of seven boats participated in the race. The following took home the awards: Spin:Seco Tu Pelo, P/C Pat Gibson Non-Spin: 1st place, Alert, Drew Peerless; 2nd place, Redhead, Jack and Cissy Yoes The Doubled Handed Race had a great turnout and there were some close calls on Jack and Cissy Yoes and crew on Redhead won second place in the Non-Spin category CONTINUES on page 5 during the Revognah Regatta held recently at HYC.

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Race and Regatta CONTINUED from page 4

the water, but the following teams were rewarded with “Dark and Stormy Kits” which were prepared by the PRO Gordie Keenan. The Spinnaker Class was won by P/C Pat and Beth Gibson, Non Spinnaker Class by David and Pat Nielson and the Ensign Class was won by P/C Dean and Kay Snider. The racers were also treated to Annemarie Majewski’s famous sauerkraut and bratwurst and beer for all. The HYC Mid-Winter Regatta is Feb. 9-10 at HYC. This is an open event and all are invited. Please check the HYC website for registration and the Notice of Race. We are planning on having three lines: Pursuit, Ensign and PHRF. John and Debbie Cardenas have a lot of fun and racing planned for the weekend – just the cure for those winter blues. We can also help with crews and crews wanting to sail but no boat. See you on the water. P/C Pat Gibson and crew on Seco Tu Pelo took first place in the Spin category in the Revognah Regatta.

SUPER BOWL PARTY Sunday, Feb. 3 starting at 4 p.m. at HYC TVs will be set up in the bar and casual area with ample seating for all. A buffet consisting of sliders, a baked potato bar, salad bar, chili, hot dogs and cookies will be served, all for $10 per person. Come and join the fun. The event is sponsored by the Entertainment Committee.

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Everyone is Invited

Leukemia Cup Regatta Kickoff with Gary Jobson Leukemia Cup Regatta, National Chairman who will share beautiful films from around the world, great sailing stories and a lot of laughs

Friday, March 15 at 7 p.m. The Friday Night Buffet will be available before and after the program. Gary Jobson won the America’s Cup with Ted Turner, is Past President of US Sailing, is an award winning ESPN commentator, is Editor at Large of Sailing World and Cruising World magazines and is the author of 16 sailing books. The 2013 Leukemia Cup Regatta packets and online fundraising registration will be available during the evening. For more information, visit us online at

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More Than 50 Fans Have Fun At the Tailgate Party The HYC Entertainment Committee hosted two unfortunately too rare Texans playoff tailgate parties to cheer on our Houston NFL football franchise to victory in the HYC Bar. The first playoff party attracted about 20 fans and they heartily cheered on the Texans to a win over the Indianapolis Colts. The second tailgate playoff party, more aptly called a “Bar Gate Party”, on Sunday, Jan. 13 attracted a full house crowd of more than 50 fans. Unfortunately all the yelling, cheering, food and beverages were not enough fuel to power the Texans to a win over the New England Patriots. Although the score on the board was Patriots 48 – Texans 21 it seemed a lot closer in the bar. In the end, a fun time was had by all. Hey, there is always next year. Submitted by Barbara Matuszak There was a full house of fans for the Jan. 13 tailgate party.

February at a Glance Dominoes – Monopoly – Uno Candyland – Hearts – Clue

Family Games Night Feb. 15 starting at 6 p.m. * Enjoy a night with the family. * Have dinner at the Club. * Kid-friendly buffet available. *Bring your favorite board or card game to share and play. *Get to know others in the HYC Family. Open to all ages! Please call the HYC Office for reservations. Sponsored by WSA

Feb. 2: Mosquito Fleet Fish Fry & Mardi Gras Boat Parade Feb. 2: GBCA Icicle Series 5 Feb. 3: Super Bowl Party Feb. 6: Usual Suspects Luncheon Feb. 6: Ladies Association Board Meeting Feb. 7: Harbor Committee Meeting Feb. 9: Ladies Association Valentine Dinner Feb. 9-10: HYC Mid-Winter Regatta Feb. 9-10: TSA Kick-Off Regatta @ LYC Feb. 14: Membership Committee Meeting Feb. 15: Family Games Night Feb. 20: WSA In-Town Party Feb. 21: Board of Trustees Meeting Feb. 22: Go Texan Day Feb. 27: Ladies Association Games Day For more information on these events, please visit the HYC Online Calendar at Calendar.aspx

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LOOKING BACK: The Houston Yacht Club Airport BY SAM AKKERMAN Fleet Historian

In the late 1920’s HYC had a committee not often associated with yacht clubs, then or now. The Aviation Committee was chaired by Harry Baker, an active member who was both a motorboat enthusiast and a strong supporter of HYC sailing. (He was also one of the developers of Bayside Terrace subdivision. Baker and his partner Cecil Sisson, owner of Sylvan Beach, named all the streets in this “beautifully wooded bayshore tract” after HYC commodores, trustees, and friends.) Baker’s many interests included aviation and as chairman of the Aviation Committee, he was no doubt the moving force behind the Houston Yacht Club Airport. The HYC Airport consisted of an airstrip on land adjacent to the Club where the subdivision of Bay Colony now exists. Eighty years ago that land was bare and flat open acreage with no trees. (A narrow and shallow ditch did run through the property to the Bay – it is now known as the Bayport Channel.) When the formal opening of the HYC Airport was held, among the planes landing there for the festivities that day were A-3s, Curtiss Falcons of the Third Attack Group of the Army Air Corps stationed at Fort Crockett in Galveston. Keep in mind these fighters were 28 foot long bi-planes. Little more is known about HYC’s airfield. In 1927 the Houston Airport Corporation, a private company owned by W.T. Carter (original developer of Shoreacres who gave us the land upon which the clubhouse sits), opened a 193 acre airfield on Telephone Road. Ten years later the city of Houston would purchase Carter Field, expand it and rename it the Houston Municipal Airport. In 1967 it was renamed in honor of Governor Wm. P. Hobby. The websites of the USAF Museum and the 1940 Airport Terminal Museum are among the sources for this article.

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Pictured above: Harry Baker (right) and Bill Moores. The plane is believed to belong to Southern Air Transport, an airmail transport company acquired by American Airlines in 1930. This photo was possibly taken at the HYC Airport or at Carter Field.

Fleet Two Ensign Moment In History Ensign Anniversary Moments Uncle Bud (yes, he really was my uncle by marriage) had sold several on Galveston Bay and believed that bigger Submitted By P/C Ginny Garrett cockpits and smaller cabins would be a Chair, Ensign Fleet Two 50th Anniversary Committee Chair great design improvement for the hot summer months in Texas, and for our Bay which offered few cruising destinaIn the early 1960s Rufus G. (Bud) tions as compared to the watery recreaSmith, founding commodore of the Gal- tion areas on the East Coast. veston Bay Cruising Association, HYC member, and local yacht broker repre- Pearson Yachts embraced the idea and sented Rhode Island-based Pearson developed a "day sailer" version of the Yachts in this area. Electra which became the Ensign, and of the Triton which became the Ariel. In those years, the golden dawn of fiberglas cruising boat one designs, Pear- The Ensign rapidly became on the of son offered several in various lengths hottest selling one-design boats in hisincluding the 22' Electra, the 26' Triton tory up to that time. and the bigger Bristol and Vanguard.


BITTS AND TALES By Vice Commodore Nancy Edmonson

I am sure you have heard it said—if you don’t like the weather in Texas, just wait a few minutes and it will change. That is the sort of winter we have had. Most of December was beautiful, with unseasonably warm temperatures and sunny skies, allowing for great boating. January has been cold, wet, and gray, and few have braved the seas this month. Clearly, we were not going anywhere on the boat in the picture! So with few yachting adventures to relay, let’s talk about getting involved at HYC. We are blessed to have a number of new members who have joined the HYC family in the last year or so. Some of you may be wondering how to get involved in Pictured above: Charles Griffey, Ross Griffey, V/C Nancy Edmonson and Vivian Griffey Club activities. Major Regattas Each major regatta at HYC generally has a committee that is established to Youth Activities handle all of the logistics—things While many of our youth activities like registration, T-shirt design and are oriented around sailing and racsales, food, parties, and many other ing, many of you may not know that items. Major regattas this year inJust because someone hasn’t asked you this group also organizes events such clude the Elissa Regatta (April), to serve on a committee or volunteer to as the Easter Egg hunt and Boo HYC Offshore (April), Leukemia help with an event doesn’t mean we Boating. Help is always needed for Cup Regatta (June), Sears, Bemis, don’t want you! Let us know your interthese land-side events that are enSmythe Championship (August), and ests, and I promise we will get you connected with the right group or event. joyed by even the very youngest Houston Open One Design HYC members. (September). Here are a few ideas: Standing Committees For More Information I am happy to serve as a clearing house. Race Committee Key committees that work hard for Just call me (281-291-8355) or email me our Club include House and You don’t have to know anything Grounds, Harbor, Entertainment, and if any of the items I have listed (or others about racing or even sailing to be you can think of) interest you, and I will Membership. Each of these groups useful. It is a great way to get out on get you in touch with the right person. always needs fresh perspectives the water, meet some people, and get brought by newer members. The a front row view of the races. Tasks Hope to see you around the Club or on committees generally each meet range from recording (writing down the water soon! once a month and assist with a few which boats finish when), to dropprojects over the course of each year ping and pulling anchors for the racas well. ing marks, to raising flags to start The Membership Committee and many of our other groups try to reach out to new members or even longer term members who we haven’t seen much of, but I know we don’t reach everyone.

races, and more. You will get plenty of instruction—don’t worry!

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Women’s Sailing Association: In the Beginning BY ANN BORDELON Special to the Windjammer

In 2013 HYC’s Women’s Sailing Association will celebrate its 30th anniversary. The following is the first of a series of interviews with WSA members about the history of this group. In addition to these articles, WSA will celebrate its 30th birthday with special events throughout the year. Stay tuned for more fun. “Let there be women on the water, steering their own boats and trimming their own sails!” That was the pronouncement from the HYC Goddesses of Women’s Sailing in the early 1980s.

tried to make at the start was that they came to have fun, but we expected them to buckle down and learn to sail, capsize and right your boat and more. Still we had plenty of fun in the evenings and the bartender knew every camper well.” At the end of the first year, WSA was organized. “The women felt they couldn’t just say goodbye and walk away,” Florence recalls. “More women were sailing their family boats, sometimes without their husbands aboard. It was great to see them so excited about sailing and getting out on the water.

WSA still stages Windward Bound each year, and Florence is still part of the fun, One of those women was Florence Helm. teaming with Ginny to wake campers each She remembers that first, there was Wind- Florence Helm morning with drums, symbols and a horn ward Bound Women’s Sailing Camp and or whistle. Sometimes the campers take a then there was WSA. she recalls. “Our little friend Van (the late bit of revenge on the faithful wakeup crew. Van Callahan) was one of them. She had “Ginny Garrett and I were administrators been to camp as a child and knew to bring “It varies,” says Florence. “On the final for the first camp where we used the a care package. Van’s care package for day, we usually wear our weathers in case Windward Bound name,” says Florence. Windward Bound was a cooler filled with the campers decide to pelt us with silly “That was in 1983. The year before, Lynn her favorite drinks. Everyone had her own string or water balloons.” Stout and Ellyn Roof held a day camp personality and it came out under the cirwhere they taught women to sail, but the cumstances. I think we were kind of a One year they lost the campers. “I guess it next year was residential. Lynn and Ellyn shock to the Club staff.” was the last day of camp,” Florence rewere the sailing instructors and Ginny and members. “We were prepared to make a I were the administrators. We spent a lot At any rate, everyone behaved well and the lot of noise, but as we came up the stairs, of time in the engraving room with Bloody camp was a big success, according to Flor- we realized it was awfully quiet. There Marys. That was an important part of be- ence. She recalls one story about a camper was no one on the third floor. We got to ing an administrator.” who was eager to learn to sail but her hus- the end of the hall and there was a note, a band was not anxious to have her exert any rhyme, that told us the campers had left Florence believes there were 26 campers control on the boat. One day after camp and we should go to one of the boats in the that year. “They shared rooms and beds they were out in the bay this woman inharbor.” with people they had never seen before,” formed her husband that he was doing it all wrong and needed to let her sail the boat. On their way to the harbor they questioned When he refused, she tucked her purse the housekeeping staff. No one admitted under her arm and threatened to jump seeing more than 20 women sneak out of overboard if he didn’t let her take the the Clubhouse. So, Ginny and Florence helm. “I don’t remember how the story followed the clue to a boat. There they ended, but we did have several ladies who found another note. “This note said someturned out to be better sailors than their thing about going over a bridge, so we husbands. decided the campers had gone to Kemah. But that was against the rules, so we asked “That first year was fun and it’s very rethe security guard. He swore he hadn’t warding for those of us who were there seen anyone leave the Club grounds.” that year to know that camp is still in existence even though things have changed,” Florence notes. “One of the points we CONTINUES on page 11

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WSA CONTINUED from page 10 Finally, they found the campers camped out at the end of the north jetty, comfortably waiting with blankets and an urn of coffee. “They must have gotten up at 4 a.m. to hide from us,” Florence concludes. She also remembers a tale about Dr. Rene Maher when she was a counselor. Rene had long hair but kept it bundled up under her hat when sailing. She was coaching a camper when their Sunfish capsized and both went under water. The camper came up and then Rene came up. But Rene’s hair had come loose and was streaming down over her shoulders. “Who are you?” the camper squealed. Later, the camper said she thought they had switched counselors on her. And finally, Florence tells the story about Selma Newman when she was a camper. “The weather forecast was really bad that year, and Ginny kept telling the campers there was lots of rain, but if we could find a window, they could go out sailing. She mentioned finding ‘a window’ several times over two or three days. Finally, at lunch one day, Selma raised her hand and demanded to know where she could find this window Ginny kept talking about. We Campers and Counselors at the first Windward Bound Camp in 1983. The camp ingave her a window as her trophy during spired the founding of WSA in October of that year. the final banquet.” Like many other WSA members, Florence was also active in other aspects of HYC. She served on race committee and worked tirelessly with the Ragnots. Dubbed “Florence the Weather Watcher” by other race committee members, she was constantly on the lookout for thunderstorms that might threaten the sailors. At one time, she received a lightning rod fashioned from a coat hanger as a special award.

ous “Gut Bucket Band,” a group of women who played makeshift instruments and organized impromptu singalongs in the HYC lounge. At times, other members would join the band, bringing banjos and kazoos and raiding the kitchen for spoons, metal bowls and pots.

SAVE THE DATE WSA In-Town Party Feb. 20 Watch the weekly email for details.

“HYC is a great place and it’s been a great part of my life and my children’s lives,” Florence says. “I’ve made many lifelong friends here. They’ve stuck by me and “At that point, we had a harbormaster who I’ve tried to stick by them. I hope our was very protective of the women and chil- newer members have the same kind of dren,” she notes. “He made me very aware experience.” of the weather.”

SAVE THE DATE Windward Bound Sailing Camp for Women June 5-8

Florence was also part of the HYC Entertainment Committee for years, organizing progressive dinners around the bay, costume parties and well-attended theme events. She was a member of the notori-

The application is now available online. Please visit us online at

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WSA and Windward Bound - 30 years of Sailing Fun BY TERRY EUKEL WSA President

2013 is the 30th Anniversary for both Women's Sailing Association and Windward Bound Camp! All sorts of plans are underway for celebrations through the year in conjunction with our traditional events. February will be busy with WSA hosting a Family Games night at HYC Feb. 15 and the annual In Town Party Feb. 20. Watch for details in the weekly HYC email. Windward Bound promises to be the best camp yet. Camp Directors Madonna Breen and Anne Lee have been working hard to pack the schedule with lots of sailing/instruction and of course lots of fun. Who do you know that needs to come to camp? Sign up now before camp fills up! Patty Ward will organize a Moonlight Anniversary Sail, date to be announced. If you have a keelboat and would be willing to take other WSA members on the Moonlight Sail, please contact Patty at As part of the celebration, Laura Donley is heading a group to create a WSA archive ( Please let Laura know if you have notebooks, albums, documents or photos of WSA events over the past 30 years or would be willing to help sort through scrapbooks and notebooks. Andrea Zaite will set up a group photo of current WSA members to go on the cover of an issue of the Windjammer. Look for more info and plan to get into the picture when the time comes. October will be WSA Month at HYC because that is the month when WSA was originally organized. Carol Nicholson is planning a special WSA 30th Anniversary Happy Hour at HYC on a Friday evening in October. This event will also serve as a WSA reunion, so if you have contact information for former WSA members, please send that info to Ann Bordelon ( or Carol (

During its 30 year history, WSA has been represented by several women skippers who were quite competitive. Shown here in a 1990 HYC race on Miss Priss are skipper and owner Linda McKee, Ruthie Maudlin and Fount McKee. Becky Roof is just out of camera range. Photo by Jeff Debevec

30th Anniversary publicity throughout the year, including interviews with longtime WSA members for the Windjammer.

The 30th Anniversary Committee is asking for donations to help cover costs associated with the year of events. Contact Ann BorCindy McMordie will stage a style show featuring WSA fashions delon if you would like to make a donation. through the years, date to be announced. Special attention will focus on Sail to High Tea fashions and camper gear then and Last, but not least, in 2012 WSA and Windward Bound donated now. You can get on her team by contacting her at funds to HYC for the purchase of equipment for Race & Regatta. The harbormaster has purchased four new, large tetrahedrons with the funds. Watch for news about a special 30th Anniversary Shirt. You can preorder the shirt and proudly wear it to all HYC events. Don't be left out this year - join in the fun! Sabra Francis ( is producing a 30th Anniversary DVD. If you have media expertise, I know she would welcome your assistance. Ann Bordelon and Sabra will co-chair

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News February Dining Room Specials Wednesday Night Specials: Feb. 6: Beef Cannelloni Feb. 13: Smothered Pork Chops Feb. 20: Chicken Cordon Bleu Feb. 27: Shepherd’s Pie Thursday Night Specials: Feb. 7: Stuffed Flounder with Crab Feb. 14: Valentine Special Dinner Menu Feb. 21: East Texas Country Buffet Feb. 28: Snapper Mediterranean

Dining Room Hours of Operation 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.


I hope the new year is leading you all in a wonderful direction. The Ladies Association Board is making plans for the upcoming events. Due to inclement weather, the Tanger Outlet Shopping trip in January was cancelled. We hope to find another date in the year to make this trip happen. Our next event will be Saturday, Feb. 9, when we will have a Valentine Evening “Night of Romance.” Please join us for a scrumptious meal, a glass of champagne, dessert and dancing with your sweetheart to the tunes of our own D.J. John Peter. The event will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $40 per person. Please call the HYC Office at 281.471.1255 for reservations. Please remember to let our Sunshine Committee know of any events involving club members or family members so we can send them a card or make sure they are able to attend an event should they need transportation. You can contact Laurie Donley or Cindy McMordie at or Christmas cards were sent out and a card was sent to Tom Garrett wishing him a speedy recovery. We will be hosting movies and Games Days throughout the spring. So please make your reservations for lunch and join us on the fourth Wednesday of the month. Mark your calendars through spring with our upcoming events. As always, reminders will be sent out by myself and Jennifer through the weekly email and Windjammer, but thought you might want these dates now: Feb. 9 - Valentine Dinner Feb. 27 - Games Day March 13 - Spring Fashion Show March 27 - Games Day April 10 - Trip to Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center, Orange, Texas April 24 - Games Day May –Trip to L’Au Berge du Lac (Dates and details to be announced). First Vice President Danna Jennings is coordinating this event and with Danna in charge, you know it will be an exciting trip. May 22 - Games Day June 12 - Annual Picnic - Location to be determined June 26 - Games Day Hope to see you at a lot of these great events.

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News MEMBERSHIP NEWS BY ANDREW MC STAY MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE Well this month we don't have as many new member applications to report on, but that doesn't mean that we aren't hard at work growing the HYC membership. While our applications are always a bit slack at this time of the year, we are busy preparing for our single biggest member recruitment opportunity of the year, the Houston In the Water Boat Show scheduled for March 2124. HYC traditionally has a booth at this event and we see and talk to hundreds of people during the event and emerge each year with dozens of good prospects who either join during or shortly after the show or respond to the invitation to our HYC Family Fun Day recruiting event. Our devoted Director of Marketing, Jennifer Glass, devotes hours in preparation for the show and then is in almost constant attendance at our booth. You could really help out HYC by volunteering to help staff our booth. Even a few hours is a big help, particularly as our members are always our best marketing tool. If you think you can donate a bit of time to this important event, email Jennifer and she will get you set up. Also, see the coupon on page 15 for discount admission to the boat show. We are still working to improve the HYC website and will have some new and improved features up soon. One of the improvements we want to make is the addition of a video virtual tour of HYC and a video featuring our Ragnot program. It occurred to me after seeing the wonderful photographs that many of you contributed for use in the yearend double issue Windjammer that there may be some members out there with equal talent in the making of videos. If you are interested in helping on this project contact me at Likewise, if you have existing videos that we might edit for use on this project, we would love to see them. Once we activate the video feature on the website we intend to add more videos highlighting HYC activities. Lastly we are also looking for a volunteer(s) to help with publicity for HYC. This would entail both internal publicity for HYC events and external publicity about our club. We have several Membership Committee members who would be glad to mentor and aid the volunteer(s) for this task. Again, if you are interested contact me.

Nick van Nispen, Peter Salvati with Ryan and Nicole LeRoy attended the New Member reception held recently at HYC. Pictured on this page are some of the folks who have joined HYC over the last few months.

Michael Welch, Chris Thorp, Meagan Jackson and O.J and Gena Young

Linda and Ron Gerdes, Norman and Janet Odam, Andrew Resnick and Ellen and Jerry Giallanza, David Stephens with his guest Mattie.

The following applications have been submitted for February: James and Edith Hodges; Senior Membership; Recruiting Sponsor: Membership Committee Michael and Katharina Upchurch; Limited Retiree Membership; Recruiting Sponsor: Jim Tyson Arthur, Christopher and Juli Bieser with Ted and Stella Dow 14 WINDJAMMER February 2013


Sign Up Now For the Winter Sailing Program BY MARIE WISE Special to the Windjammer

The 2013 Winter Sailing Program is underway, running through March 10. The schedule and details for Optimist Green, Red, White, and Blue, as well as top-level coaching for Lasers and 420s are available from Katrina Williams, HYC Sailing Director, and on the HYC website. You don't have to sign up for the entire program to take advantage of practicing on days you select; daily options are available, so come join us! A Sunday Series of dinghy races is part of the fun. The next and final day for the Winter Series is March 10. Any class with 3 or more boats gets a start. (Dust off your Sunfish or Laser, this isn’t just for the kids!) 1 p.m. competitors briefing. The best is yet to come, look for a Friday night series in the Spring! 420s at HYC The New Year has seen a refresh of the 420 fleet at HYC. New rigging, new sails, and fiberglass where needed gives us a fleet of HYC owned 420s for all sailors to use. Plans are underway for a floating dock to make these boats easy to get on and off the water.

Richmond and Vanessa Keeling, Charlotte Rose, Alex Wise and Angelina Litton participate in the HYC Club Championship.

These boats will be an important part of reaching out to older potential sailors as well as for events and training for our current sailors ready to move out of the Optimist. The strength of our youth sailing program depends on getting more young sailors and their parents hooked on the sport, and we believe that a solid and competitive fleet of club-owned 420s is an important part of this goal. We are asking members for financial support for the full set of new sails for the fleet. Many thanks to our early contributors for kick-starting the campaign! Contact Marie Wise ( for more information about the fleet refresh. Contributions are tax deductible through RASA, and checks payable to RASA, memo: 420 sails, can be delivered to the HYC front office.

Two Ragnot J22s competed in the HYC Turkey Day regatta. Ian beck took home a turkey with his crew Rachel Walston, Joe Murone, Grace Bulgerin and Ethan Tyler. Vanessa Keeling helmed with Alex Wise, Shiloh Walston, and Paige Tyler as crew.

If you would like to volunteer to help in the HYC Booth at the Boat Show, please contact Jennifer Glass at 281.471.1255 or

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