July 2018- August 2018
Ahoy WYC! The heat of summer is upon us and the it is time to escape to the Bay.
Join your yacht club in activities planned to keep you cool during the hot summer
months. See below for the WYC news and the details on upcoming events-
mark your calendars for the Waterford Yacht Club 5th Annual
Charity Regatta benefiting the Sailing Angels Foundation happening on October 20, 2018.
On The Horizon: The Month Ahead
Upcoming events: Watch for and respond to evites. .
- August WYC Board Meeting: Saturday, August 11th 9:00-10:00 AM
- WYC 2018 Pool Party-Movie Night- Saturday August 11th 7 PM
- Anchor Clinic- August 18th 9:00-10:00 AM
- Peanut Race Schedule for August : Races held weekly. Check evites for dates. Start time around 1:00 PM between Clear Lake Channel Markers #1 and # 2.
- September Happy Hour: Friday September 7th 6:30-9:00 PM
Remember to check the calendar on the web site for more information on all scheduled events! https://www.waterfordyc.com/event-calendar/.
WYC Pool Party and Movie Night
WYC’s 2018 pool party will headline the Ultimate Outdoor Movie and one of your favorite fishing- boating movies.
Arrive at the marina pool by 7:00 pm, cool off in the water, enjoy several food offerings (including popcorn) beverages
and activities for all. Showtime is at sunset! Prospective members: this is the perfect time to join, the year is half over
so you new membership fees are half off!
Sorry – unpaid continuing members still owe the full fee.
Plan on attending this informative seminar to perfect your anchoring techniques. Phil Geren,an accomplished yachtsman and world cruiser, will present an anchor clinic at 9:00 AM Saturday,August 18,2018, in our Members Only room at the Sundance Grill II. Phil has extensive anchoring experience with methods that work. He’ll discuss specific techniques and tackle for various bottom conditions so we can spend our next night on the hook worry free.
Fifth Annual WYC Charity Regatta Benefitting the Sailing Angels
The Fifth Annual Regatta Charity Event hosted by the Waterford Yacht Club benefiting the Sailing Angels Foundation provides an exciting opportunity for Galveston Bay sailors to enjoy an afternoon of fun, competitive sailboat racing, and an evening event featuring dinner, music and awards with all proceeds going to the Sailing Angels Foundation.
The regatta will be held on Saturday, October 20th , in Galveston Bay and the after-race event will be held at Sundance Grill II. Cost for the regatta is $110 per sailboat, dinner/event tickets are $25 per person – all proceeds go to the Sailing Angels Foundation. The race entry fee is tax deductible. Race registrants receive one dinner ticket and one long-sleeved skipper’s shirt if registered by the 10/11 deadline. Additional dinner tickets can be purchased for $25.00 via Waterfordyc.com. The evening event will feature dinner, music, awards, and a silent auction supporting Sailing Angels Foundation. The skippers meeting will be held Friday, October 12th at 7 PM at Sundance Grill II. A Skipper’s Bag filled with great items geared toward boaters will be handed out at this meeting.
Racing will be on an approximately 9.62 nautical mile course in Galveston Bay, outside of the Kemah channel bounded by Redﬁsh Island, the Houston Ship Channel and Red Bluﬀ Point. There will be both a Non-Spin and a Spinnaker Class. This event is open to area yacht clubs, sailing clubs and sailors. The PHRF system will be used for the Pursuit Type Race. All boats will have a unique start time based on their PHRF rating set at the Skippers meeting 7:00 PM on Friday, October 12th. If you do not have a PHRF rating one will be assigned to you by WYC Race committee.
Online registration and further race details are available at the WYC website or http://www.regattanetwork.com/event/17097#_home.
Sailing Angels Foundation
The Sailing Angels Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization, based in the Greater Houston area. Sailing angels provides boating trips free of charge and relies on volunteers who donate their time and their boats and is financed by charitable donations. As an opportunity for education and recreational therapy, they introduce the joy of sailing to special children with cognitive, physical or emotional needs or chronic illnesses. Also invited are wounded warriors and military veterans. The family unit is also encouraged to come. The special participants are encouraged to work on the boat to the best of their abilities.
The benefits of sailing as a recreational therapy go beyond balance, coordination, and relaxation. There is a lot of teamwork, communication, and social interaction involved in sailing. Captain Dave McCabe, the founder of Sailing Angels, reports that once the children get to work on the boat, steer the boat, raise the sails, tie the knots, to get really involved, they walk away with a tremendous feeling of self-esteem. One family reports: I have never, ever seen my boys so relaxed and focused. Especially my younger son, Noah. He was so focused and thrilled about sailing that boat! And, to see my older son, Cameron to not be consumed with anxiety was also extraordinary! I cried tears of joy with my husband when I told him about our day. Thank you again, for providing such a wonderful day of sailing!! The military personnel and veterans in Project Victory’s brain injury rehabilitation program are benefiting from sailing excursions. Christine Wiegman said, “The experience of sailing helps our clients practice relaxation strategies that decrease their stress response and anxiety. The rhythmical movement of the boat and reduced noise create a calm environment that is difficult to replicate to an activity filled rehabilitation center. The sensory stimuli created by a boat as it moves through the waves and changes course with the wind also helps mediate balance deficits often experienced by individuals who have sustained a brain injury. When our clients ambulate around the boat, hoist a sail, or take the helm, they’re integrating their visual field with their physical environment to remain balanced.”
All this charitable ‘work’ is accomplished by their tremendous team of volunteers and yacht owners: our “Sailing Angels” who donate their Time, Talent and Treasure to create this special experience. This non-profit foundation performs their charitable mission while (impressively) holding their administrative overhead to less than 4%. Since beginning the charitable nautical service in late 2007, as of sometime in June, they will have hosted 10,000 participants. All of this could not have been accomplished without the stellar support from so many volunteers, yacht owners, and the financial support from individual donors & institutions as well as the special needs community which they lovingly serve.
Please be on the lookout for the following new members and welcome them to the club!
Name Boat Name Boat Location
Visit the website URL: http://www.waterfordyc.com for information on joining or renewing your membership.
Tell us about your recent travels or how your boat got it’s name.
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
We’ll see you beyond Marker 2!