Current Social Activities
This Week's Activities at RYC December-9-2018
Christmas sailboat 
Christmas time and so much to do!  Mark your calendars and make plans now for this week's happenings at RYC.  
  • Thursday, December 13th - Annual Christmas Party.  Bar opens at 5:00.  Bring goodies to share.  Wear an ugly Sweater for the annual Ugly Sweater Contest and bring a White Elephant Gift to Exchange.
  • Friday - Happy Hour at 5:00.  Bring an appetizer to share and catch up with your friends!
  • Saturday, December 15th - Lighted Boat Parade.  Dress up your boat and join in the fun.  The parade will take place in Rockport Harbor.  Be at the club with your boat ready to go at dark.  Bring something delicious to share, watch the parade from the RYC deck and welcome guests to our Christmas Open House immediately following the parade. 
Nautical Flea Market 2019 July-27-2018

The Nautical Flea Market 2019 will be on May 4th and 5th.  Members should block out some time to support this event, as it is the only fundraiser (except for dues) that we have during the year.  Vendors should get their places reserved early to make sure that they get the best spot by contacting Bill Coxwell at:


On The Water Activities
Lighted Boat Parade December-12-2018
xmas parade
Lighted Boat Parade
December 15, 2018
New This Year... In Rockport Harbor
Public is invited to participate!     
Decorate your boat and join the fun.
Sailboats, powerboats, fishing boats,
etc-all are invited!
Decorate it! Join the fun!
Skippers Meeting & Registration Saturday morning 9:00 at Rockport Yacht Club
For Viewing
 Along and around Rockport Harbor 
or from Rockport Yacht Club
Parade starts at Dark
"Rockport Harbor"
Open House at Rockport Yacht Club follwoing the parade
Hope to see you there!   
if you cant make the skippers meeting but would like to participate with your boat in the parade please call 361 463 1193
Boating Survey 2019 October-30-2018
Please fill in comments and interest to the item below, then forward to Shane at address below.
Lets make 2019 a fun year on the water...!
Rockport Yacht Club Boating activity for 2019 Sail and Power
Notes and ideas from sailing/boating interest meeting Oct. 25 2018
Sailing event/regatta (Big Boats): Saturday March 2nd    "Icebreaker Regatta" Purpose to get members involved and excited about sailing again and hopefully attract other boat owners to look at membership. Incorporate cruisers and non racing sailors in some fashion / Fun Sail. Advertise and invite all local boat owners.
 Comments and interest:______________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________
Beer Can racing (Big Boats) (Fridays nights or Saturdays?)(Spring, Summer, Fall)
Comments and interest:______________________________________________________________________
Sailing class and How to use the club fleet of boats (Cyclones, Sunfish, Opti's)(May).                                                         
Comments and interest:______________________________________________________________________
Tuesday Night Sunfish Races (June, July, August).
Comments and interest:______________________________________________________________________
Friday Night Racing (Small Boats) (June, July, August) (Cyclones, Sunfish, Opti's). 
Comments and interest:______________________________________________________________________
Annual Light House Regatta (Big Boats) Starts in Lydia Ann Channel near the Lighthouse racing into Aransas Bay and finish within view of RYC. (open invitation to all sailors and all yacht clubs) (Party and awards at RYC to follow) (May, June, July, Aug).
Comments and interest:______________________________________________________________________
Off Shore destination Regatta (South to South Padre, or to a Harbor North) or (out in the Gulf and back into Port A).
Comments and interest:______________________________________________________________________
Other Racing ideas or comments that interest you:_________________________________________________
Cruising Power and Sail
Lighthouse Visit (To HEB Lighthouse in Lydia Ann Channel for tour...self-guided)(bring your sack lunch).
Bring your own boat: Big boats anchor out and shuttle in on smaller boats.... Shuttle members from Port A docks to Lighthouse. (May, June, July).
Comments and Interest:___________________________________________________________________
Cruise to Redfish Willie's Aransas Pass Con Brown Harbor (Come by boat or by land) Saturday night music drink and food.
Comments and Interest:______________________________________________________________________
Cruise to Ingleside on the Bay (Bahia Marina) (Come by boat or by land) Saturday....cool off in the Pool, pot luck dinner dock side.
Comments and Interest:_____________________________________________________________________
Tiki Beach Party at Mud Island (bring your own boat or hitch a ride with someone) (spend the afternoon or stay the night)(beach combing, fishing, games, swimming, hanging out with fun folks) (maybe a scavenger hunt for buried treasure) Pot Luck food Saturday late afternoon/evening...Bring your refreshment of choice. (May, June, July).
Comments and Interest:___________________________________________________________________
Other Cruise ideas.... Fishing Tournament.....
Comments, ideas and interest:______________________________________________________________
Contact: phone and email: _______________________________________________________________
What Boats do you have:________________________________________________________________
Please copy and fill in your comments and interest for all above events and 
email / send to


Rockin' Rockport Regatta Photos August-20-2018






Chapter 3

In 1977 under Cap Henkel the club applied for and received their non-profit status. At this time the membership grew and grew and they overwhelmed the clubhouse at the Little Bay Club. So they went looking for a more permanent home. Little did they know the can of worms they opened when they did this. In early 1978 the Navigation District offered to the club a lease for the Saltwater Pool and a portion of land around it. Evidently the beach and pool were not the beautiful recreation area we have today and the District was looking to improve it or have it improved by an organized group. One way being to allow the Sailing Club to build a clubhouse, dredge the pool and build docks. Well, it would appear that it was not a popular idea with the good citizens of Rockport and there proceeded an 18 month fracas with the Navigation District, Coast Guard, City Council, Sailing Club and concerned citizens all aligned on various sides of the issues. The proverbial mudslinging was incredible in the articles from the Pilot of the day. Needless to say you cant fight City Hall and the club evidently lost the war after winning a few battles.

They next tried to obtain a lease on a portion of bulkhead in Key Allegro with the permission to build a small clubhouse and office above it. That idea also provoked a ruckus with Key Allegro residents and the year ended without a permanent home once again. The club continued to meet as best it could in various locations until at the end of 1981 they were able to purchase the Rockport Fish House from the Rockport Yacht and Supply Company. This was to become their first permanent home. (See the framed picture of the Ice House on the wall at the entrance to the kitchen). The membership spent the next month and a half cleaning, painting and fixing up the Fish House and they were able to hold their March 1982 meeting in the new facility. They spent the summer furnishing it and some of the ladies came up with a very inventive way of obtaining items. They asked the members to donate their gold stamps to the club. Now being from Neuw Yark I remember S&H green stamps and I'm sure some of you do also so I can only assume gold stamps were the Southern equivalent. The ladies collected over 130 books of stamps and were able to buy teakettles, coffeepots, utensils and other items for the kitchen.

Also in 1982 they held what would be the precursor of the Nautical Flea Market. In April they had a Shipwreck Rummage Sale and Nautical Auction to raise funds for the club. The purpose for the fund raising was to purchase an A/C unit for the new clubhouse. You can imagine meeting in tin shack in the heat of our summers. As one old Salt said it was brutal.


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