The club continued with its sailing activities beginning in 1983 but the most fun seemed to be the sunfish excuse me board boat races as they were called. Almost every member of the club participated in them that summer. One reason may have been the no A/C in the clubhouse and their unwillingness to hold meeting inside so everything adjourned to the great outdoors. Finally in Sept. Bill Coxwell obtained an a/c unit and the clubhouse became a much nicer place to meet.
Also in October 1983 a group of 10 boats and crew left Rockport for a sail to New Orleans via the ICW.
||Bill & Mary Southwell and Ed & Peggy Lehn
||Hugh & Glo Jamieson
||Bob & Ann Jones & Tony Stromby
||Elmer & Lucille Hartley
||Tom & Barbara Miller
||Tucker & Nikki Coxwell
||John & June Meyer
|Tennie B. III
||Jim & Teenie Bailey
||Fred & Margie Hauck
||Jeff Coxwell, Bill Coxwell & Large Crew
After a stay in New Orleans most of the boats returned to Rockport but the American Express, Silver Fox, Curlew and Sante pressed onward to the Virgin Islands and the Bahamas.
It would seem that Bill Coxwell's intro as Commodore in 1984 was a chilly one, weather wise. It was a brutal winter. Pictures show the harbor coated in ice and icicles hanging from the roofs of houses in Key Allegro. But that didn't deter Coxwell and his race committee. They scheduled races from New Year's Eve right thru the end of 1984. And the names of the races were classics: Frostbite-Hot Tub Cruise to No Name Harbor, Mud Island Day Sail and Treasure Hunt, The April Fool's Regatta, and the one I like best Mustang Island-Hot Tub-Oyster Roast-Hot Buttered Rum-Beach Party. You keep noticing the Hot Tub Parties and wonder what the heck. Well they had a hot tub on wheels no kidding. Boy our early club members were adventuresome.