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Current Social Activities
On The Water Activities
Rockport Yacht Club Week of September 16 - 20, 2019 September-19-2019
Friday, September 20 Happy Hour 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
 
Members' Socials
Hosts are needed for the October, November and  December Socials.
 
At the October 10th Social, Rodney Nowell will show us his drone footage of the Race Around the Island.
 
At the November 14th Social, Bill Coxwell will share with us some of the history from the beginning of RYC.
 
The  December 12th Social will be the Christmas Party.  Details to follow as plans develop.
 
Please consider hosting with a group of friends and.
let me know.  lizhielscher@gmail.com
 
Important information
Thanks to Rose Williams for this information.  Sounds like a fun time for a group to go support John and his crew or follow him online.
John Williams and Crew (which includes Jonathon Atwood) have entered to race in the 33rd Annual Harvest Moon Regatta (race from Galveston to Port Aransas). John's boat is a Cosair F31(trimaran).  He will be in the multihull class.  The boat name is "Gimme Samoa".
 
Lakewood Yacht Club in Seabrook sponsors the race and Bacardi sponsors the BBQ/Awards Party in the Port A Marina Saturday evening.  Anyone can go online and buy a wristband for the BBQ/rum drinks (all you can drink until they run out!).  You can also BYOB.  Lots of people!!    Lots of fun!!
 
Race starts in Galveston on Thursday, October 10th, and first boats cross the finish line in Port A on Friday morning.  Boats come in all day and into the evening.   You can watch the start in Galveston on the seawall at 2:00 p.m. Oct.10th, and/or watch the finish line in Port A on Friday by the marina/jetty on the ship channel.  Most boats dock in the city marina thru the weekend.  It is an awesome site to see and to walk the docks.
 
Website to use:  harvestmoonregatta.com  Follow the links to Tracking and then look for Multihulls...Gimme Samoa.  You can watch all the boats as they race offshore all night long!  If you have any questions, email rwilliams@cableone.net or call Rose
 
Harbor 20" Launch and Christening June-13-2019
Harbor 20' Launch & Christening
  
 
    
  

 

 We have come a long way.... She is ready to for the water... Today a crew will put her in the water and take her to her new home at The Rockpord Yacht Club. 
She will be christened at tonight's members meeting. Jim and Heidi Marmion who are donating her to the club will be there. Come be apart of this great step forward for the RYC.

 

 
Contact: Bill Coxwell 361-463-1193
 
Harbor 20' work day June-3-2019
Harbor 20' work day 

Saturday June 1st - 8 to 12


  
    
  
The boat is at Hooking Bull Boat Yard in Cove Harbor. We will be able to lift the boat and complete sanding of the bottom.
If all goes well, we will go ahead and paint the bottom.
 
Contact: Bill Coxwell 361-463-1193  
 
Sunfish Races June-3-2019
The 2019 Sunfish Series is starting this Tuesday, June 4, at the RYC Tucker Coxwell Dock!   
 
First race is at 6 p.m.
 
Races are every Tuesday this summer, barring any weather-related cancellations. RYC Members are welcome to use club boats on a first come/first serve basis.
Racing is open to anyone with their own boat also. Even if you are not racing, come cheer on your favorite sailor!
 
We hope to see you there! 
  
 
 
 
 
RYC Harbor 20 April-27-2019
Work on The RYC Harbor 20' is coming along very well...!
  
 
    
  
Next work day will be Monday April 29th. 5:00 pm The boat is at Hooking Bull Boat Yard. We will be able to lift the boat and complete sanding of the bottom. If all goes well, we will go ahead and paint the bottom.
 
Contact: Bill Coxwell 361-463-1193  

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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