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Current Social Activities
Rockport Yacht Club Week of August 19 - 24, 2019 August-21-2019
Monday, August 19 Game Night 7:00 p.m.
Bring a game or play one at the Club
 
Tuesday, August 20 Last Sunfish Race
The Race Around the Island 6:00 p.m.
Come encourage the sailors as they get under Key Allegro Bridge
 
Friday, August 23  Happy Hour 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.  
 
Saturday, August 24 Lydia Ann Lighthouse Cruise/Regatta
Go to the Lighthouse at your leisure, beach your boat and  enjoy the Lighthouse beach area. 
Sailboats are to race back at 1:00 p.m. GPS time.
Light snacks and cool drinks at the Club about 2:30 p.m. 

 

 
On The Water Activities
Tiki Beach Party August-22-2019
RYC Cruise Aug. 24th
We have been talking about a cruise for Aug 24 and plan is set....!
Cruise to mud Island/Tiki Beach. This is a great location just across Aransas Bay. The plan is for a Shrimp Boil on the Beach. Everyone bring your shrimp and what ever to throw in the pot. The plan is to arrive noon or sooner, get the pot going about 1:00.
Bring; Lawn Chairs, Shade, your drinks of choice, other snack to share, sun screen, water shoes/sandals.
Tiki Beach Party
Tiki Beach is at approx:
27 56.864 N    97 0.352 W
From Rockport Harbor 
less than 5 miles at 155 heading
from Leggett Lights 169 heading
Location offer good protection/anchorage from the SE wind. Nice shelly beach, careful coming ashore can be oyster shells in the water. 
Jump in your boat or hitch a ride with another member and come spend the day at Tiki Beach.
We will have some boats to bring you in from anchorage if your a deep draft boat.

 

 
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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