February 2020

Waterford Yacht Club Newsletter – February 2020

February Events

Our first Happy Hour of the year had about 20 members in attendance. You started the year by generously bringing snacks and beverages to share. Hopefully you’ll you will continue to do so through the year.


WYC couldn’t wait on the Houston Rodeo for its BBQ so we had our own BBQ Party on Saturday February 22nd.   At least 40 members were in attendance and enjoyed the smoked brisket from local Boots BBQ. There were also two tables full of bean, and sides dishes members brought to share. Many thanks to Social Director Monique Henson for organizing the party. You can get more of Boots BBQ from facebook: BootsBBQandCatering/.

GBCA’s 2020 Icicle Race Series concluded with the 5th race in February. Many WYC members participated; some of whom were very competitive.  Congratulations to all who participated, especially:

Shorthanded Class

1st place Doug Cantenaci (Point of Beginning)

2nd place Peter Larabee (Dram Bouy)

Non-Spinnaker Class

Peter Van Osteen ($phion)

Greg Green (Alive and Free)


The annual Yachty Gras boat parade along the Kemah Boardwalk was on February 15 included more than 40 brightly decorated boats complete with lively krewes. The krewes entertained a crowd of thousands along the Kemah Boardwalk and kept them yelling for more beads. Several boats from Waterford participated.


Two new members joined the club. Be sure to welcome:

Tracey and Lisa Brettmann – Sailboat Encore on Pier 11

Lee and Donna White – Sailboat Vela on Pier 13

Many 2019 members have not yet renewed their 2020 membership.  The Wine & Cheese party (below) on Saturday March 6 is perfect time to catch up.

Coming Soon

WYC will have another Happy Hour on Friday March 5th starting at 6:30.   Bring something for yourself, and if you like, something to share with other members.


The following night, Saturday March 6 6:00, be sure to attend our Annual Wine & Cheese Party – New Members event. Past Commodore Mike Pantoja and wife Tina will host the party and supply the various cheese pairings. It’s up to us to bring our favorite red, white or bubbly wines to share with the club. Also try to bring a friend from the marina to enjoy the evening with us and hopefully be so impressed that they want to join the yacht club too.

WYCs 2020 education series will start on Saturday March 14 as Daniel Knierien hosts an advanced knot clinic on rope splicing and marlin spike use. Plan to arrive at the Sundance Grill II by 10:00. Please reply to the event evites so Daniel knows how much rope to bring.


WYC’s Freeport sail/cruise event is on April 10, 11 and 12. Boaters need to make slip arrangements ahead of time at the two marinas we will visit.

Friday April 10 at Freeport Bridge Harbor – harbor master Mingo at 979 8242776, mention WYC.

Saturday April 11 Pelican Rest – Contact 409 7442618, mention WYC, proof of insurance must be on file.

Members who prefer to arrive at the marinas by land should also attend. Please contact acting Fleet Captain Daven Voorhies at davensport@sbcglobal.net for more details.