Commodore’s Corner 2017-2018 Flag Officers Commodore: Jack Yoes, Jack.Yoes@sbcglobal.net Vice Commodore: John Cardenas, firstname.lastname@example.org Rear Commodore: Jim Orchid, email@example.com
Line Officers Fleet Captain: June Shaw, firstname.lastname@example.org Secretary: Anne Lee, email@example.com Treasurer: Ken Humphries, firstname.lastname@example.org Measurer: Terry Cantrell, email@example.com
Trustees Shalina Warrior Barr: firstname.lastname@example.org Derek Beck: email@example.com Jay Grills: firstname.lastname@example.org Ed Matuszak: email@example.com John Mastroianni: firstname.lastname@example.org John McCutchen: email@example.com Jason Small: firstname.lastname@example.org Bob Wells: email@example.com
Honorary Officers Fleet Historian: Hon. P/C Sam Akkerman 713-526-0482 Fleet Chaplain: Rev. Dr. Linda Christians 713-875-7454 Fleet Surgeon: Dr. Itzel Mulhern 281-470-6810
Other Contacts Ensigns: John Cutler 713-526-5880 Entertainment: Jay & Andrea Grills 281-910-0942 Harbor Committee: Bob Wells 281-471-0066 Heritage/Standards: P/C Ginny Garrett 281-471-6131 House & Grounds: P/C Steve Gillett 713-818-0116 HYC Blue Gavel: P/C John Nicholson 713-899-6254 Junior Trustee: Meredith Eatough 732-859-7770 Ladies Association: Martha Braniff 281-402-5181 Membership: Laureen Hicks 760-579-1497 Memorial Fund: Judy Lamkin 832-429-3872 and Mary Haglund 713-417-8822 Mosquito Fleet: Stevan Hicks 760-415-4813 Publicity & Photography: Ed Matuszak 832-799-0098 Race & Regatta: Madonna Breen 281-382-4789 WSA: Kate Baker 713-443-1811 Yachting Committee: Thomas & Athena Bayman 214843-4319 Youth Activities: Shalina Warrior Barr 281-900-9467 Windjammer: Cissy Yoes 409-771-7685
Staff: Main Line 281-471-1255 General Manager: Adam Scott Ex. 106 Harbor & Facilities: David Hampp Ex. 107 Food & Beverage: Dawn Dustin Ex. 108 Catering Director: Cesar Hinojosa Ex 104 Chef: Scott O’Neal Roebuck Ex. 112 Accounting: Barbara Belansky Ex. 141 Accounting: Lisa Bradshaw Ex 103 Front Desk: Rachel Gillson Ex. 100 Marketing: Jennifer Glass Ex. 150
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BY JACK YOES Commodore
The year is off to a great start at the club. Entertainment hit the bullseye with the reception honoring Charlotte Rose followed by Sharon Green’s presentation. Members danced on the table ‘til closing time in the bar at the Ball. Thanks to the entire HYC staff for their hard work on the event and to the members for extending our reputation as a fun place to party. WSA WWB Reunion luncheon closes out the month next week by looking back at past WWB camps and forward to the 2018 camp. The intensity will pick up for February, if you can believe that. The first Trivia Night on the 3rd and WSA In Town Luncheon on the 6th will be happening about the time you see this note. Our Yachty Gras Boat Parade Feb. 10 will be well attended by children and families from Boys and Girls Harbor. Please come out and join them and/or get in the parade to celebrate. There will be a late lunch served for the Harbor folks before the parade. Come by to meet all the Harbor folks and learn more about the Harbor and how we can support their important work. Afterward, get your dancing shoes out and enjoy the Ladies Association Valentine Dinner and Dance.
The HYC Mid-Winter Regatta Feb. 24 & 25 gets the sailing season going. Let’s all get positive vibes out for good weather during this early season event.
Just a few words about the assessment projects to keep you all up to speed. You will see repairs going on in the outer harbor for a couple weeks in February and maybe into March. This will bring the outer harbor up to where it will need only the routine maintenance that we should plan for every 2 or 3 years. The replacement of the bar doors is in design. The plan and budget should be approved at the next BOT meeting and get underway in March. The new On Feb. 18, internationally renowned doors will take 6 to 8 weeks to get fabripianist Richard Dowling will perform a cated and delivered, so the project canconcert ranging from classical to ragnot be completed before May/June. The time. This will be the 2018 Commonext priory is for the HVAC sysdore’s Concert. Please come for the tem. There is communication ongoing buffet brunch before and stay for the with designers and installers now. The music after. Thank you to all the mem- path forward will become clearer over bers who have volunteered to organize the next few months. Thanks again to the event and the patrons who are keep- everyone involved in the Ball. It was a ing the cost to members low. I am look- hoot! ing forward to this performance.
On The Cover Commodore Jack and Cissy Yoes, V/C John and Debbie Cardenas, and R/C Jim and Allison Orchid were on hand for the 2018 Commodore’s Ball held recently at HYC. COVER PHOTO by Ed Matuszak
Commodore Jack and Cissy Yoes, Fran and Pete deBoisblanc, Dipak and Paramita Ghosh, John and Karen McCutchen, Jennifer and Hector Rodriguez. Commodore’s Ball Photos by Ed Matuszak
HYC Club Champion Lythia Metzmeier and Billy Richnow
P/C Tony and Lynda Smythe along with P/C Dave Haglund present P/C Tom Deen with the Yachtsman of the Year Trophy.
Josh Mittelman and Brittany Bilski
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News COMMODORE’S CONCERT By P/C Ginny Garrett Chair, 2018 Commodore’s Concert I was very happy when Commodore Yoes asked me to look into helping with a Commodore’s Concert this winter. This is the fourth or fifth time we have presented an afternoon performance of classical music in our ballroom and this year, through a string of unusual coincidences, we have managed to capture a real, coups! New York based pianist Richard Dowling will be our guest artist on Sunday, February 18, at 2 pm. Richard has local roots and has gone on to have an outstanding career. He is internationally known as a Scott Joplin specialist, having recorded all Joplin’s rags. He has performed a critically acclaimed recital at Carnegie Hall and is nominated for a Grammy. His program for us will be a mix of classical repertoire (including a Rachmaninoff prelude) and a selection of Joplin rags highlighted with a
medley from The Sting. Far from formal, Richard’s performance incorporates lively narration and an audience choice component. A few interesting details. A special challenge for the concert has been securing a concert grand piano. One is scheduled to be delivered to the Club on Saturday the day before – might be interesting to watch the process. I learned that the piano company charges by the step! Following the concert there will be a champagne reception. As a special feature of the afternoon we are honoring the past presidents of the HYC Ladies Association. Tickets are $15 for the concert and reception and are on sale at the HYC office. This nominal ticket price has been made possible by generous underwriting from several HYC members. I would like to acknowledge and thank them most sincere-
ly for their generosity. The list at this point includes: Platinum Level Martha and John Braniff P/C Nancy Edmonson and Charles Griffey P/C Gordie and Ruth Keenan Shan and Lynn Revak F/C June Shaw Commodore Jack and Cissy Yoes Gold Level Ann and Murphy Graham Silver Level P/C Ginny and Tom Garrett If you would like to be an underwriter we welcome your help. Please contact me for details: firstname.lastname@example.org And please don’t fail to buy your tickets – this is one afternoon you will not want to miss.
Ladies Association By Martha Braniff, LA President The Ladies Association started January with a special off campus luncheon at La Colombe d’Or. We had a delicious lunch and toured the mansion followed by a viewing of Karen McCutchen’s sculptures. These are very special and should not be missed if you get a chance to see them. The Valentine Dinner and Dance is fast approaching on Saturday, February 10th. Please grab your special someone and plan to attend. Cost is $55 ++ per person for a wonderful dinner followed by dancing. The Ladies Association trip to New Orleans is scheduled for Monday, March 19 leaving from HYC by bus and returning Thursday, March 22. We will stay at the Royal Sonesta on Bourbon Street and enjoy several optional tours….Cemetery tour, Plantation tour, City Tour, WWII Museum tour just to mention a few.
Ellen Prelle, Carol Nicholson, Susan Williams and Annemarie Majewski were some of the ladies who attended the luncheon at La Colombe d’Or. Photo by Naomi Joyner
HYC and adding your donation to your account. Please make sure you tell Barbara it’s for LA MAD campaign. This project is for the enjoyment of all club members Our MAD campaign fund of refurbishing and their guests. Thanks for everyone’s the lounge area outside the bar continues to generosity that have already contributed grow; however, we are still only about 1/3 and for future donations as well. Of course, how can we mention N.O. with- of the way there. Please consider donating out talking about the fabulous food and by sending your check to either Anna Matstreet sights. We have blocked 15 double thews or Athena Bayman. You may also rooms at a cost of $250 plus taxes for our donate by calling Barbara in accounting at
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enjoyment. Please call or email me to get your name of the list. More info will follow in Jennifer’s Weekly E-mail.
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P/C Brad and Chris Larson and Mary and P/C Dave Haglund share their 850-mile adventure. Photos courtesy Kestrel Bailey
Westward HO !! By P/C Brad Larson & P/C Dave Haglund P/C Dave and Mary Haglund and P/C Brad and Chris Larson had the good fortune to book passage last summer on the 1924 motor vessel Westward for a repositioning cruise from Petersburg, Alaska down the Inside Passage to Friday Harbor, Washington in the San Juan Islands, an 850-mile adventure, much of it in British Columbia. This boat has been in continuous service for 90+ years and even more amazing is the very original, four cylinder Ajax diesel that powers it. Westward has spent most of her life plying the waters of Alaska, but during the1990s made an around-theworld trek following a major refit. Westward is run by Pacific Catalyst and is owned by Captain Bill Bailey, who was skipper on our trip. Bill is proud of the fact that Westward has been designated a historic vessel and even more so that she is still a working ship, a status he is determined to preserve. She’s a slow boat (8 knots is pretty much top end with the Atlas diesel wound out to nearly 300 rpm), but if you want the scenery in these waters to pass you by quickly, you don’t deserve to be on her. At 86’ length overall, carrying only four cabins of paying passengers, there is plenty of room to stretch out with a particular favorite being in front of the fireplace at night with the captain reading sea stories (I kid you not). We learned how to spot a bald eagle. Turns out it’s really very simple: look for a white cotton ball on top of a pine and it’ll be an Back in the '20s and '30s when she started her career as an Alaska eagle (visible from quite a distance). We learned of “bubble netexcursion yacht, guests included only the very well-heeled (John ting” and saw it twice, a rare treat. “Bubble netting” is a fishing Wayne, E.F. Hutton, Walt Disney) and maybe he (Disney) was technique executed by humpback whales. The leader directs oththe one responsible for a film of those times that can be seen on ers (whales that is) to swim in circles at depth blowing bubbles. the company’s website. There are other videos that can be found Above them a school of herring become confused and bunch toon YouTube of the engine doing its clattering thing and of the gether, whereupon the whales zoom up through them with open whales, seals, and bald eagles that never ceased to captivate us on jaws scooping up as many as they can and eventually simultanethis voyage. ously breaking the surface of the water in a “ring around the
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News ENSIGN FLEET 2 NEWS By John E. Cutler An annual ritual at our home at the beginning of each year is to fill in the new year’s calendar with dates for the theater, the symphony, civic club board meetings, Trees for Houston Board meetings and HYC club series and regattas. After reviewing the 2018 HYC Upcoming Events calendar, there will be more open weekends on our calendar. The spring, summer and fall club series races have been condensed to one weekend (Saturday & Sunday) for the spring series, March 10 & 11, and the fall series October 6 & 7. There are four HYC Regattas, Mid-Winters, February 24 & 25, Leukemia Cup Regatta, June 23 & 24, the HOOD, September 22 & 23 and Turkey Day, November 17 & 18. So, no HYC organized racing in the months of April, May, July, and August. Of course, the Lakewood Yacht Club Shoe Regatta is May 19 & 20 which is an event the Ensign Fleet has participated in past years and one the fleet should seriously consider racing in 2018.
Dean Snider will present seminar(s) for Ensign racing and rig tuning and Dick Baxter has volunteered to video Ensign starting sequences as a tool for a future Ensign racing seminar. Watch for dates to be announced for these 2018 Ensign events. The Fleet 2 leadership for 2018: • Madonna Breen: Fleet Commodore • Rick Snell: Fleet Vice Commodore • Fleet Secretary/Treasurer: Kay Snider • Fleet Measurer: Lythia Metzmeier • Past Commodore: John E. Cutler
National Ensign Regattas in 2018 include: • Ensign Class Mid-Winter Regatta, March 16, 17, & 18 on Lake Murray, Chapin, South Carolina hosted by Fleet 83 at Lake Murray Sailing Club. www.LMSC.org • Ensign Atlantic Coast Championship, Annapolis NOOD, May 4-6, organized by Fleet 63. • Ensign Region II/III Championship, July 21-22, Matttapoisett Yacht Club, Marttapoisett, MA. • Ensign Region I Championship, AuThe Fleet 2 annual meeting was held Sungust 4-5 at Ocean Gate Yacht Club, day, January 14, and the good news is the NJ hosted by Fleet 63. 2018 HYC sailing calendar provides a lot • Ensign National Championship Regatof open dates for Fleet 2 to plan some sailta, August 11-16 on Barnegat Bay, ing /cruising events that have not been on Fleet 63 at Seaside Park Yacht Club, the Ensign calendar the past few years: the Seaside, NJ. overnight cruise to Double Bayou and • Ensign Region IV Championship Redownwind race back to HYC, lunch-time gatta at Lake Dillon, Colorado, dated day outings to Lakewood Yacht Club and/ to-be-determined. or Texas Corinthian Yacht Club. PC Robert Williams volunteered to organize the Of course, participating in National RegatDouble Bayou trip. Daniel Dalgleish will tas require traveling with your Ensign or continue his role of Race/Regatta Chair. arranging to charter a boat at the event. I Billy Richnow will host the annual Fleet 2 am going to Nationals, so if you are interWinter Party at his home on March 3. ested in making one of these out of town rosey” circle. There are only seven such leaders on the west coast. How did we obtain such insider information you might ask? Well, one of the crew was a naturalist and she was continually teaching us Texans about the birds and the bees (well not exactly, but we did learn about all sort of flora and fauna), as well as about bears and how not to get eaten as we hiked through the woods. First Nation totem poles found after hiking through ghostly rain forests dripping moss highlighted shore-side excursions and were explained in several museums visited along the way. She also taught us to kayak, but couldn’t convince us to jump in for a swim.
The Ensign Fleet has added the overnight cruise to Double Bayou to the 2018 calendar. Watch the Windjammer for details
events, I will share with you my check-list for Ensign road trips. If you are not a current member of the Ensign Class Association, it is easy to join. You sign up on the Ensign website www.ensignclass.com and use your credit card. The Class Association’s new website is doing very well, with current events, technical articles, a forum for exchange of information by members, and Buy an Ensign and Sell an Ensign venues. All HYC Ensign owners please join and support the organization that promotes Ensign class racing under uniform rules and maintains the one-design features of the Ensign. Also, please support our sponsors posted on the website. So, open up your 2018 home calendars and fill in the HYC events and sailing schedule. Dates for the Ensign cruises and seminars will be forth coming. One-Design sailboat racing and sailing is still alive in the HYC Ensign Fleet 2. The Ensign is the oldest active one-design fleet at HYC.
The voyage lasted two weeks and all but three nights were at anchor. A crowded anchorage in these waters meant another boat visible somewhere in the inlet. With a tidal range of 10 feet or more and currents of 8-10 knots in many of the narrows, you know you’re not in Galveston Bay. Forgot to mention, but the boat carries a gourmet cook whose sworn duty was to fatten us up (some more). This was an experience exceeding everyone’s very high expectations, and no one wanted to disembark at the end. We would only recommend this to some of you as we don’t want to stand in line to take our next trip on the Westward !!
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Race and Regatta
Double-Handed Regatta Winners include (left to right) Erwan le Gall, R/C Jim and Allison Orchid and Boyd Bluestein and John Cutler. Photos by Madonna Breen
water out, making the level way too low for many of the big boats to get out of their By Madonna Breen slips. Due to the heavy weather both days, Congratulations to Jim Marzonie for certi- the Ensigns were not able to race either day of the Regatta. The dinghy line was fying as a Club Race Officer. November the only line who raced both days with and December were very active racing only the lasers racing on Sunday. P/C months with lots more activity beginning James Liston served up the Grog at the in February. after-race party on Saturday with Jay Grills and P/C Gordie Keenan on the guitars Club Championship The Club Championship Nov. 4 was sailed providing the music. HYC served up the delicious turkey and fixings. P/C James in Flying Scots. Five teams competed: Liston, Jim Marzonie and Terry Cantrell Ensigns, Past Commodores, PHRF Spin, and R/C Jim Orchid were the race officers. Ragnots and Melges. The championship was won by the Ensigns (Lythia Metzmei- It sure was a lot of fun. er and crew Billy Richnow) with second place going to the Past Commodores (P/C Congratulations to all the competitors and Robert Williams, P/C Gordie Keenan, P/C to the following first place winners: Brad Larson), and 3rd Place to PHRF Spin • Pursuit Spin - WooHoo (Andrea Zaite) (John McCutchen, Karen Garrett, Daniel • Pursuit Non-Spin - Tanura (Tim VoDalgleish). The race was overseen by gelsang) PRO Jim Marzonie. • Opti Green - Alex Bishop - LYC • Opti RWB - Kirra Musgrove - TCYC Kirk Arnold Regatta • Laser - Skylar Bayman - HYC The Kirk Arnold Regatta was held Saturday, Nov. 11. Six races were sailed. Con- • RS Feva - Carter Perrin - TCYC gratulations to Kailey Warrior who won the regatta. Madonna Breen was the PRO. Double-Handed Regatta The Double-Handed Regatta was sailed Dec. 9. Nine teams competed in Spin, Turkey Day Regatta Non-Spin, or Ensign classes. CongratulaThis past TDR held Nov. 18-19 was the biggest turnout ever with a total of 57 reg- tions to all the competitors and the first istrants. The Pursuit line enjoyed two rac- place winners: es on Saturday but could not race on Sun- • Spin - La Rescator (Erwan le Gall) day due to the passing front pushing all the
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Non-Spin - Jammin (Allison and Jim Orchid) Ensigns - the other woman (John Cutler)
At the awards ceremony, the winners were presented with Gosslings Rum and Ginger beer keeping with tradition. All feasted on Brats and Annemarie Majewski's delicious Sauerkraut. P/C James Liston was the PRO. Revognah With New Year's Day bringing 15-20 knots of wind and air and water temperatures in the 40s, Revognah was cancelled. Thank you to Billy Richnow for being the event chair and planning the regatta. Farewell to Neptune Subs Sadly, Neptune Subs closed its doors in December. Neptune Subs was a loyal support of our races, many times making up sandwiches very early on Sunday mornings and delivering them to HYC. Commodore Jack Yoes presented Neptune Subs owner Vinny with a commemorative plaque with thanks for his many years of dedicated service to HYC and its Races and Regattas.
News Opening Day Weekend By David McMillin Start planning now for our club’s Opening Day weekend, which this year is April 21-22. It’s a time to celebrate the official start of the yachting season. Remember this is a party for you, the members! The tradition of Opening Day began in the northeast where boats are out of the water for the winter and having them back in the water for the yachting season is cause for a big celebration. Of course here we can sail year round so it becomes an opportunity to honor our yachting traditions while having a really great party. There will be a lot going on, so bring your family and friends! On Saturday, April 21: Christening Ceremony for boats new to the HYC fleet. New boats will line up along the guest pier and on the lawn. Members are invited to join the Christening Party of the Flag Officers and Fleet Chaplain as they formally welcome each new boat to the fleet. Plan to visit these boats and get acquainted! The new boat owners typically serve snacks and drinks. Family Fun Day for prospective members. This is a special time for your friends who may be interested in joining HYC. On Sunday, April 21: Traditional boat parade in the morning! Club boats will pass in review and exchange salutes with the flag officers. This will be followed by brunch. Then Opening Ceremony with band, flag raising, introduction of officers, trustees and past commodores, eight bells ceremony and presentation of burgees to skippers of newly christened boats. There will be a reception with free champagne and food following the ceremony. This is a wonderful time to meet and greet new and old friends. All Weekend: Boats in the harbor will “dress ship.” Boats will fly colorful code flags for this festive occasion. Plan to join in the spirit of the day by flying your colors – let’s make the harbor the most festive ever! Saturday is a casual day, while Sunday is when people will be more formally dressed in nautical tradition. Ladies, start getting your Spring hats ready.
Race and Regatta Save the Dates: • • •
More detailed information coming soon on all of this. Remember, this is a party for you, the members.
Introduction to Race Committee and Mark Set – Feb. 4 Midwinter Regatta – Feb. 24-25 Spring Series & J/22 Circuit Regatta - both on March 10-11
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WSA President Kate Baker was present for the Calendar Preview Day. Photo by Ed Matuszak
MEMBERSHIP By Laureen Hicks Membership Committee Chair The Membership Committee had a nice turnout despite the crazy cold weather on January 14th, Calendar Preview Day. Almost all committees and organizations were represented. If you are still interested in joining a group or volunteering on a committee please do reach out to Jennifer Glass and she will connect you with the appropriate person. A HUGE HYC Welcome to our new members who were approved at the January Board of Trustees Meeting: â€˘ â€˘
Paul and Corinne Cammarata, Senior Membership, Recruiting Sponsor: Membership Committee Tanner Bear, Junior 18-24 Membership, Recruiting Sponsor: Membership Committee
Have you heard about the New Member Recruiting Bonus? Contact Jennifer Glass at 281.471.1255 for details.
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HYC Members collect information on all of the fun events coming up at HYC in 2018. Photo by Lisa-Marie Kempvanee
WSA WSA is proud to have helped sponsor this articulate and dedicated young lady.
WSA By Kate Baker, WSA President WSA was well-represented at the Club Championships last November despite not having a flagged entry. Lythia Metzmeier carried off first-place honors for the Ensign fleet, beating the Past Commodores in the tie-breaker, while Karen Garrett crewed on the third-place boat representing the PHRF Spin Fleet. Other WSA members on the water in race management positions included Kate Baker, Athena Bayman, Laura Dalgleish, June Shaw and Ginny Vance. The Ragnot entry bodes well for the future of women’s sailing. Helmed by Kailey Warrior and featuring a largely female crew, the Ragnot boat took 4th place overall.
Even in Texas, winter is a time for social events and planning more so than sailing. December’s WSA Cookie Exchange was a great success. Event co-chairs Leslie Wells and Martha Gillett did a bang-up job with publicity and in securing door prizes and auction items, including several unique and creative items sewn or made by Beth Gibson and Martha. Many tens of people attended. Door prize winners included WSA members and their friends, granddaughters and mothers. Between the auction and donations, we raised over $700 to help replenish the WSA Scholarship fund. Among the door prize winners at the Cook-
Our next event is also a social one, the InTown Party, 6 February at Jane Thomas’s At the Turkey Day Regatta later in the house. The following weekend, WSA will month, first-place pursuit spin class winner support HYC’s Yachty Gras celebration Andrea Zaite’s Woo Hoo was nearly a with members bead-tossing from various mermaid boat, with only one merman boat-floats and assisting kids and host famaboard. Andrea is WSA’s Chair for ilies from Boys and Girls Harbor on the Women’s Racing this year. Again, WSA docks and beachcomber area. women were well represented among the big boat crews in both spin and non-spin, Late February is usually the bitter end of and in race management. winter. Thus, March will see the big-boat clinic, being organized by Laura Dalgleish. At its November Board Meeting, Charlotte This event will offer you a chance to imRose treated WSA members to an insider’s prove your knowledge in preparation for view of what it takes to take the podium at the Mermaid Regatta coming up in April a World Championship Single-handed and (weather and water levels permitting) Regatta. As you know, she then took the take a sail one of the large sailing craft that gold in the Youth Sailing World Champi- call HYC home and/or one planning to onships in Sanya, China in December. compete in the Mermaid Sail.
ie Exchange were both Patty Ward and her granddaughter Lexie Dunn.
From whence came the nautical term “bitter end”? Yore has it, nothing to do with bitter or biting. Rather, it originates from the bitts – that thing which, in the small scale, looks sort of like a cleat but is instead a set of paired posts. It refers to the end of a cable or rope that remains fixed on board ship when paid out. Often, this is the anchor line, but it could also be the end of any securing line made fast on a vessel or an anchored mark. Of course, those bitts resemble teeth – albeit molars, rather than incisors.
Calling all Women Sailors: Celebrating 31 years of Windward Bound Sailing Camp June 6-9 at HYC The Houston Yacht Club’s Women’s Sailing Association is now accepting applications for their 2018 Windward Bound Sailing Camp for Women, which will be held June 6-9 at the Houston Yacht Club. The overnight camp is open to all women who are 21 years or older. Experience the freedom and camaraderie of women’s sailing. For more information, contact one of our co-directors: Joanne Humphries, email@example.com or Martha Gillett at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also contact the HYC office at 281-471-1255. To download the Windward Bound Camp application, please visit us online at http://houstonyachtclub.com/Portals/0/News/wwb_app_18.pdf.
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Yachting Committee News By Thomas Bayman We had a successful Calendar Preview Day during which several boats registered for the upcoming cruises and events. The events shown below have been put on the club calendar and on-line registration forms have been added to the Yachting Committee page. Slip space is limited for some events so I would encourage you to sign up early to ensure you get a spot.
Yachty Gras Boat Parade Feb 10: All boats... power... sail... paddle... are invited to join the fun at this year’s HYC Yachty Gras Boat Parade. So, get out your Mardis Gras attire, grab some beads and join us at the club on Saturday, Feb 10. The parade will start at 1:30 PM. The club has invited the kids, staff and host families from “Boys and Girls Harbor” to join us for Yachty Gras this year. It will be a great opportunity to meet the kids and to learn more about this organization and their mission.
Allen’s Landing Cruise April 14-15: This will be a cruise to what is sometimes described as “Houston’s Plymouth Rock” at it was there in 1836 that August Chapman and John Kirby Allen stepped ashore and claimed Houston as their own. This site, at the confluence of Buffalo and White Oak Bayous, also became Houston’s first port. This cruise will take a lot of paper chasing to obtain the necessary permits and applications with the Mayor’s office, Coast Guard and Buffalo Bayou Partnership, but it should be well worth it for a unique trip up Buffalo Bayou to downtown Houston. For those that wish to join the cruise by land, you can make reservations at the nearby Marriott Icon or the Marriot Springhill Suites. There is no power at the dock, so you may want to reserve a hotel room if you don’t want to stay on your boat.
Oak Island Easter Cruise March 30-April 1: Easter will be here before you know it so signup, pack up your kayaks and paddle boards and get ready for a fun weekend at Double Bayou. After traversing Trinity Bay and making fast at Job Beason Park Marina the festivities will begin with a Friday evening Happy Hour. This will be followed by a catered dinner Friday night and a catered breakfast Saturday morning. Both meals provided by the Community Christian Fellowship for a reasonable donation. Bring your own meat to grill Saturday evening along with some sides for a potluck dinner at the pavilion. There will be an optional trek over to the local winery for a tour and tasting. Sunday will start with a traditional local Easter Parade, followed by the community Easter Egg hunt. A flotilla will leave for Double Bayou on Friday morning. For those that want
to travel by land, you can reserve a room at the local motel by calling 409.252.3474. You can also bring an RV to the park. Sign up early as the slips usually go quickly. Slip reservations and assignments will be managed by Commodore Yoes.
Commodore’s Cruise May 4-12: This year the Commodore is planning a cruise that will include both northern and southern destinations, ranging from Sabine Pass Marina to Matagorda Harbor and all points in between. Departure from HYC will be Friday May 4 and will be returning on Saturday May 12 in conjunction with the HYC Offshore Regatta. The cruise will cover a lot of water and it offers flexibility for those that can’t commit to the entire cruise as you have the option of doing just the northern leg or the southern leg, which ever best fits your availability. It also provides the opportunity to do the cruise and the HYC Offshore Regatta. Please see the Yachting Committee for more detail about the cruise or grab a flyer from the front desk at the club. Both sources provide a detailed itinerary for the cruise.
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Ragnot Report Article and Photos by Laura Dalgleish, Sailing Director Winter Practice is in full swing! Jan. 6 was our first day back on the water after the holidays and man it’s good to be back. We have 16 Opti and Laser sailors in the winter practice program, we started off our season by going to Lakewood for their Cold Front Series Regatta. Our sailors had a blast and did really well. It was a great way to start off the year. The Ragnots have a busy couple of months ahead. Our first TSA Regatta is at Lakewood Feb. 10-11, then we are off to Galveston for a team race regatta at Sea Star Base and look out for us on the water during HYC Mid Winter Regatta. Make sure to check out the summer camp dates; they are now posted online and registration is open. Up Coming Ragnot Events TSA Regatta at Lakewood - Feb. 10-11 Open Team Race Regatta at Sea Star Base – Feb. 17-18 HYC Mid Winter Regatta - Feb. 24-25 First Day of Spring Practice – March 3
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Calendar of Events
Looking Back at the Ragnots By Doug Hansen The HYC Ragnots began over 60 years ago, but a formalized instructional sailing program was not established until 43 years ago. In 1975 the loosely organized program was composed mainly of youth sailing sunfish boats that dominated the dry docks and piers at the north of the harbor. Casual sailing was the norm, but some races were held both in-house and with other clubs. That year Helen Hansen, who had three children with sunfish, was appointed as the Ragnot Mother. She decided that there should be some organized instruction and appointed her eldest son Douglas Jr., then a senior at St. John's, as the sailing instructor. Doug had been to a sailing school in Florida and somewhat reluctantly assumed the role. In following years this idea was pursued by other Ragnot Mothers but it did not have the active support of the Club. Several years would pass before the board saw the wisdom of an organized program and began to hire coaches to pursue a better sailing program for the HYC youth.
Commodore Jack Yoes, V/C John Cardenas and R/C Jim Orchid congratulate Charlotte Rose, who brought home the gold in the Girls Laser Radial at the 2017 Youth World Sailing Championship. Photo by Ed Matuszak
Both before and after the advent of the sailing program the Club has produced a number of excellent sailors who have achieved local, national, and international acclaim. And now we have a wonderful internationally acclaimed World Champion, Charlotte Rose. Ragnots, old and young, are proud to call her one of their own.
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HOUSTON YACHT CLUB 3620 Miramar Drive Shoreacres, Texas 77571
First Course Red leaf lettuce, grilled peppers and onions, pecans, and bleu cheese with sweet garlic white balsamic vinaigrette Main Course: Surf and Turf Sous vide Teres Major & grilled shrimp with demiglace, roasted potatoes with brussels sprouts & bacon, and asparagus Dessert Crispy Tortilla Shell with vanilla ice cream, chocolate dipped strawberry and chocolate sauce Each guest will receive a glass of champagne at check-in. Call the HYC Office at 281.471.1255 for reservations. This Special Evening is Sponsored by the Ladies Association.