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Race to the River 2014

The challenging Race to The River Offshore Regatta followed Labor Day weekend in 2014. The race began just offshore of The Port Aransas jetties, ending offshore of The Colorado River jetties some 73 miles NE of the start. The boats ended up in Matagorda Harbor. Happy hour Saturday afternoon was followed by the awards dinner. Awards included 1st, 2nd, 3rd for the racers, and awards for the most creative log of the trip and the biggest fish caught.  Sunday the boats headed home, some via the ICW and some via offshore. The ICW cruisers made a stop-over at the Sanctuary in Port Oconnor for another fun evening of camaraderie and yachting tall tales.

 

 

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Harvest Moon Regatta (RYC participates annually)

For more than 24 years, the Harvest Moon Regatta has been held in mid-October in Galveston from a Wednesday to the following Saturday. Sponsored by Lakewood Yacht Club, 200 or more sailboats with colorful sails take off from the Flagship Hotel in Galveston and head 150 miles through the Gulf of Mexico to Port Aransas, all vying for the Bacardi Cup. The race typically begins at 2 pm on Thursday and ends some 25 hours later around 1 pm Saturday. Various awards are presented at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Pavilion at City Marina in Port Aransas. If you subscribe to the axiom, "Gentlemen don't go to weather," then this offshore regatta is for you. Unlike heading out for a Gulf crossing to Mexico or Florida, you will remain relatively close to shore. Starting order is determined according to the speed and other characteristics of each vessel, helping to keep the fleet closer in proximity and increase the competitive spirit. Harvest Moon Regatta is a Category 3 (ISAF Offshore Regulations Governing Offshore Racing for Monohulls & Multihulls) open regatta for all racing, cruising, spinnaker and non-spinnaker sailing yachts. Yachts must be at least 27 feet length on deck ("LOD").  Monohulls must have a minimum crew of four capable sailors. Multihulls must have a minimum crew of three experienced and capable sailors.A "Welcome Sailor Rum Party" is held at the City Marina Pavilion, Port Aransas, followed by an awards Party & Banquet at 5:30 pm. Then, for those who stay Saturday night, there is a "Donuts and Rum Mary Party" Sunday morning.

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