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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  

 

Racing

Rockport Yacht Club welcomes the participation of non-members in our races. In fact, we welcome you to participate even if you do not own a boat. There are three important links to the right. One is the Crew Volunteer Form. If you'd like to sail, but don't have a boat, fill out the form and a club member will get back to you. The other is a chart of the fixed marks in Aransas Bay used in our races. Pictures of each mark are included for easy identification of the marks. The last is a set of Simplified Racing Rules.

Crew Volunteer Form

Aransas Bay Marks: Chart

Simplified Rules

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Aransas Bay Race Series

The Rockport Yacht Club sponsors Spring, Summer and Fall racing series. The races are on Saturday and average 2 hours or longer and, weather cooperating, may include two races in a day. The races are held on Aransas Bay and utilize RYC's set of fixed marks (see the Aransas Bay Marks link at the bottom of this page) along with temporary marks. 

Aransas Bay Race Marks: Photos

Aransas Bay Marks: Chart

 

 

 

Sunfish Races (Series/Annual)

  • A fun time is had by all participating in the Summer Sunfish Series. Old hands are available to give instruction and young people have a great time learning the basics of sailing. Sunfish races are held every Tuesday evening at 6:00pm starting from the clubhouse boat ramp..
  • The annual Around the Island Race is always exciting, and a great race to watch if you can't sail in it. It starts in Key Allegro channel; the boats head out Leggit Lights and turn north circumnavigating Key Allegro. An interesting part of the race is at the Key Allegro bridge: the Sunfish do not fit under the bridge without being turned over or derigging. Once out from under the bridge, the sailors cross Little Bay and finish at the starting point in Key Allegro Channel.                       Come on out, cheer on the sailors, watch the mayhem at the bridge, and join the post-race hot dog party!                                                         2019 Around the Island Race date will be posted here soon.

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Lighthouse Regatta (Annual)

The Lighthouse Regatta  is open to all sailors. The race starts in Lydia Ann Channel near the Lydia Ann Lighthouse just north of Port Aransas. The course takes the sailors out Lydia Ann Channel into Aransas Bay, around a few marks in the bay, and finishes just bayside of The Rockport Yacht Club. Sailors from other clubs often join in the race and stay for the hors d'oeuvres, dinner, and live music that evening.

2019 Lighthouse Regatta date, skippers' information, and registration form will be posted here when confirmed.


 

 

 

Two-Handed Race (Annual)

The Two-Handed Race is held in June. Typically, sailors prefer to have four crewmembers on a 28 to 35 foot boat if planning to raise a spinnaker. This race can be a good test of skills and teamwork.

2019 Two-Handed Race date, skippers' information, and registration form will be posted here when confirmed.

 

 

Navy Regatta (RYC participates annually)

The Navy Regatta, typically held in early August, is hosted by the Corpus Christi Yacht Club (CCYC) and is the Organizing Authority for this regatta and provides race management. Bay Yacht Club (BYC) and Naval Air Station-Corpus Christi (NAS-CC) are cooperating sponsors. Twenty or more boats gather on a Friday evening at the Lawrence Street T-Head in Corpus for crew assignments and dinner. The Titanic Cup Racebegins on Saturday about noon followed by an awards Luau with live music and dancing. Sunday's noon race, the First Flag Military Challenge Cup follows a provided breakfast. Assigned military personnel must be at the helm during this race. In most cases that means a newbie or two will crew the race and lots of quick training on the fly. Great fun is enjoyed by all hands. A trophy presentation and pool party at CCYC ends a fine weekend and the beginning of a sail back to Rockport after dark. Boats must register before midnight that Thursday.

 

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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