May 2018


April- May 2018

Ahoy, WYC!  Summer sailing is in full swing and the docks are busy. Waterford Yacht Club has may exciting events planned for both shore and sea for the summer months.Make plans to be part of the festivities.

On The Horizon: The Month Ahead

Upcoming events: Watch for and respond to evites. .

  • Red Fish Raft Up: Saturday, May 19th- Sunday, May 20th   11:00 AM- 1:00 PM
  • June Happy Hour: Friday June 1st 6:30 PM- 9:00 PM  Pavilion B
  • June WYC Board Meeting: Saturday June 9th     9:00AM- 10:00 AM
  • WYC 3rd Annual Pinewood Regatta: Saturday June 9th  4:00 PM-9:00 PM
  • International Night: Saturday June 23rd   6:00 PM-10:00 PM
  • Peanut Race Schedule : June 10th and June 17th. Start time around 1:00 PM between Clear Lake Channel Markers #1 and # 2.

Remember to check the calendar on the web site for more information on all scheduled events!

Redfish Raft Up:

Join your WYC friends on Saturday May 19 for the day and/or overnight raft up.

Redfish02PotLuck03Plan on departing Waterford Harbor Marina by 11:00am and head out to Redfish Island to anchor or raft up for at least the afternoon.  If conditions are right several boats will anchor and stay over night.

We’ll gather on Redfish Island for an afternoon cookout and pot luck, all day happy hour, and bonfire.  WYC will provide the campfire, hot dogs, buns, condiments, s’mores,  and a cooler.  Volunteer side dishes, beverages, beach chairs plus Uber dinghies are needed.

It has come to our attention that TMCA is having a KiteFest at Redfish this weekend. They are expecting at least 15 boats. Come early to secure a good anchoring spot.


WYC 3rd Annual Pinewood Regatta:

This year there will be three different classes of boats.  Pavilion B will serve as the boat yard with basic boat kits ($15 per kit) and tools provided, The races will be held between two nearby piers.  Prizes will be awarded to the winners in each of the 3 classes.  This a family event, so bring the children and grandchildren. Snacks will be served.

Children Class:  the basic boat kit is assembled, sailed, etc by kids (minimum adult assistance)

Adult Class: the basic boat kit

Custom Class: Your own design, kit, or model, (pre-assembled).  Entry rule – the hull and masts are made of wood, and the boat is powered by sail.

4:00pm – The boat kit purchases start with 75 minutes  for assembly which amounts to just some easy cutting, taping, sanding, and decoration.

5:15pm – The first races begin, multiple heats as needed, followed by the awards.


Welcome Aboard!

Please be on the lookout for the following new members and welcome them to the club!

Name                                                                           Boat Name / Location

Thomas and Hope Denicola                                        S/V  Fidelity

Greg and Beth Dugat                                                   M/V LaVida /  MC0115

Vince and Alexandria Hayward                                   M/V Callisto/ Pier 16 Slip 26

Visit the website URL: for information on joining or renewing your membership.

Under the Keel: Scuttlebutt and Rumor

Freeport Regatta: 

WYC’s own 2018 Freeport Regatta was once again a success with great weather and these features, unique to the Clear Lake boating community:

  • Almost a dozen sailboats accepted the challenge and raced from the Galveston Jetty, to the Fish Haven artificial reef marker and on into Freeport.
  • Several power boats joined up with the fleet in Freeport.
  • Overnight docking was available at both Freeport and Galveston Island.
  • Dinners were served at both marinas. A special thanks to Bill and Elfie Adams for doing such a great job with the meals both nights.
  • Trophies were awarded to the winners.

Even with the great sea conditions there were plenty of boating challenges as racers had to navigate around huge tankers anchored on the lay-line, use navigation tools perfectly to find and turn around the small Fish Haven marker, and many skippers had to steer around a real time double barge grounding in the ICW.

Daven Voorhies

Freeport Regatta Results:

PHRF Non- Spin Class

Pos Sail   Boat   Rating Skipper Yacht Club  1  Total Pos
007   Neon Moon   214   Joe Myers WYC   1   1  
125   Point of Beginning   179   Douglas Catenaci   Waterford Yacht club   2   2  
84   Dram Buoy   196   Peter Larabee   WYC-Waterford   3   3  



 PHRF Spinnaker Class

Pos Sail   Boat   Rating Skipper Yacht Club  1  Total Pos
32887   $iphon   87   Peter van Oosten   WYC/GBCA   1   1  

Gumbo Cookoff/ May Happy Hour: No automatic alt text available.

The Waterford Yacht Club May Happy Hour was a Gumbo Cookoff hosted by Scott and Jennifer Stillman. They did a wonderful job of coordinating the event as the 25 attendees can attest. Great gumbo and sides, plus ice cream and cookies were provided along with plenty of libation to add to the fun.There were eight pots of gumbo presented for tasting and judging with awards given to the three cooks receiving the most votes. The awards were presented to the following chefs:


First Place: Jerry and Cindy McElwee                                                     

Second Place: Doug and Mishelle Catenaci

Third Place: Scott and Jennifer Stillman

Thanks for the great prizes donationed for our winners. Thanks to the Raileans for the basket of rum and the Pantojas for the botttles of wine. The third prize was a $50.00 West Marine Gift Card provided by Waterford Yacht Club. The winners were allowed to pick their prize and it was a very hard decision. We are sure to see even more participants next year.

Bling and BaseBall: 


Our very own Vice Commodore, Ellen Van London,and her gang of Baseball babes hosted the sporting event of the year on Saturday, April 14th in the Ice House. The Ice house was filled with baseball fans decked out in their baseball best embellished with bling. Sundance Grill provided a ball park feast of hotdogs and all the ballpark  favorites. There were games and challenges for all to enjoy. Rumor has it that Trisha Stetzel walked away with the prize for the peanut count game.

Sailing Angels Presentation: 

Captain Dave McCabe and Ms. Debbie Hughs  from the Sailing Angels held an informative session on the Sailing Angels Organization on April 14th at the Sundance Grill. They shared the history, mission and vision of Sailing Angels. The Sailing Angels Foundation is the only one of its kind in the entire United States. They are in need of more volunteer boats and skilled crew, as well as financial support. A USCG Captains License is not required to participate and they need crew as well as skippers.. The June Newsletter will detail the mission of Sailing Angels and how you can get involved with this worthy organization.

2018 Boat Safety Check – USCG Auxillary: 

Jessie Bouley and his team were at the marina on Saturday 4/21 to conduct safety checks on our boats. Five members participated and had their vessels inspected. Vessels passing safety checks are awarded a U.S. Coast Guard / Auxiliary Decal that informs:

  • Coast Guard / Auxiliary
  • Harbor Patrol
  • Sheriff’s & Police
  • other boating law-enforcement & safety agency’s

that your boat was in full compliance with all Federal and State boating laws during a safety check for that year. Best of all every Vessel Safety Check is 100% Free of charge! Thank you Trisha for scheduling this important event for our club. If you are not familiar with the safety checks here is a site with detailed info

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We’ll see you beyond Marker 2!