October 2018



Ahoy, WYC!  October is an exciting month for Galveston Bay  Sailing with the Fifth Annual WYC Charity Regatta to Benefit the Sailing Angels taking place on October 20th. The cooler temperatures make life around the Marina and the Bay very enjoyable. It is time to leave the air conditioned comfort of our cabins and visit with neighbors on the docks. Make plans to attend the evening socials planned for the rest of the year.

Visit the online calendar often so you do not  miss any upcoming events.


On The Horizon: The Month Ahead

Upcoming events: Watch for and respond to evites. .

  • November WYC Board Meeting: Saturday November 10th  9:00 AM- 10:00 AM
  • Annual Chili Cookoff: Saturday November 10th 6:00 PM- 10:00 PM
  • December Happy Hour/ Holiday Desert and Boat Light Contest: Friday December 7th 6:30-9:00 PM Pavilion B
  • December WYC Board Meeting: Saturday December 8th 9:00 AM- 10:00 AM
  • Kemah Christmas Boat Parade: Saturday December 8th 6:30- 9:30 PM

Remember to check the calendar on the web site for more information on all scheduled events! https://www.waterfordyc.com/event-calendar/.

WYC Annual Chili Cookoff:

Marina temperatures will be cooling by now, but WYC’s chili and fixin’s will be hot.  Its more than a blind taste test, its a full meal of delicious Texas style foods.  Before the event just prepare your secret recipe, or put a special ingredient to a store bought pack of fixins. Bring your crock pot and your appetite to Pavillion B  on Saturday ,November 10th for a chance to be crowned the Chili King or Queen. You do not have to enter chili to participate and  prizes will be awarded to the chilies that receive  the most votes.  All votes count and no political wrangling. Sides or deserts are as welcome as chili!  Be sure your bring your shopping bag and your wallet! WYC gear will be available for purchase at this event!


Welcome Aboard!

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

Name                                                                           Boat Name / Location

Todd and Barbara Craig                                          S/V Sly Fox / Pier 10 Slip 26


Visit the website URL: http://www.waterfordyc.com for information on joining or renewing your membership.

Under the Keel: Scuttlebutt and Rumor

Happy Hour at the Railean Distillery:

WYC’s  October Happy Hour was held at  Railean’s Distillery in San Leon on Friday, October 5th. The Buccaneer Bar was filled with Pirates and rum, as is only appropriate for a gathering of mariners. The costume contest was a rowdy affair with everything from well dressed pirates to those that looked like they washed up on the beach. Prizes were awarded for the best dressed pirates, both male and female.

The Best Dressed Lady Pirate was Michelle Weidner with Sandy Records taking second place and Trisha Stetzel  receiving the third place prize.

The Best Dressed Pirate among the men was John Judas with Doug Catenaci taking second place and Daven Voorhies receiving the third place prize.


Well deserved bottles of Railean rum were presented to the winners. Be very wary when encountering the pirate duo of John and Michele, they definitely enjoyed the pirates life.The bar has been set very high for our next Pirate Party.

Fifth Annual WYC Charity Regatta Benefitting the Sailing Angels:

The WYC Charity Regatta Benefitting the Sailing Angels was held on Saturday October 20th and was a HUGE success! The event began with the Regatta in the afternoon followed by an evening party with the dinner and silent auction held at Sundance Grill II. A tremendous amount of work by both the Waterford Yacht Club and the Sailing Angels went into making the Regatta an overwhelming success. Your WYC Board put in countless hours lining up sponsors, putting together a much sought after skippers bag, and coordinating the race and social events. The amount of money raised for the Sailing Angels far exceeded the expectations of either the WYC Board or the  Sailing Angels. The exact amount of money raised is still being calculated and will be reported and shared as soon as all the receipts are filed. The Silent Auction room was filled to capacity with items for auction and generous bidders to purchase them. The libations flowing from the bar probably helped make the bidding wars a bit more lively.The 50/50 Raffle raised over $8000.00 dollars with the total being split between the Sailing Angels and the winning ticket holder. However, none of this would have been possible without the generous support of our sponsors whose donations underwrote much of the Regatta cost and allowed all the money raised to directly benefit Sailing Angels. The sponsors of the Fifth annual WYC Charity Regatta Benefitting the Sailing Angels are:

Donor (Org) WebSite
Little Yacht  Sales www.LittleYachtSales.com
BIC Media www.bicmediasolutions.com
Midtown Cabinetry http://www.midtowncabinetry.com/
Port of Houston http://porthouston.com/
OJs Marine ojsmarine@aol.com
Stetzels www.dennisstetzel.focalpointcoaching.com
Borsena / Adams Elfie Borsena & Bill Adams
Joe Hambrick State Farm X
Faces @ Dawn facesatdawn@comcast.net
Ragged Edge Kurt and Ellen Van London
Anchor Fundraising www.anchorfundraising.com
Mark and Adriene Clark Mark and Adriene Clark
Ricky Jackson www.rjdrone.com/


The Regatta Results:


During the dinner, trophies were presented to the top finishers in both racing classes.





In the PHRF Non- Spin Class the top finishers were:

Pos Sail   Boat   Rating Skipper Yacht Club  1  Total Pos
31707   Tanura   148   Timothy Vogelsang   LYC/GBCA   1   1  
32887   $iphon   108   Peter van Oosten   WYC/GBCA   2   2  
125   Point of Beginning   179   Doug Catenaci   WYC   3   3  

In the Multihull Class the top finishers were:

Pos Sail   Boat   Rating Skipper Yacht Club  1  Total Pos
213   Delta Tango   138   Darryl Hanus   None   1   1  
002   Chaton Noir   141   John Scherer   WYC   2   2  

Special thanks to Rafael Brom and Peter Larabee for coordinating the Regatta and to the crews of the Big Booty Loch’R, the Relapse, and the Ragged Edge for serving as Committee Boats and helping out on the race course:

Thank You from Sailing Angels:

Below is a letter from Captain Dave from the Sailing Angels sent to our Commodore following the event:

Mike and fellow Team members:

I wish to thank you for your Leadership, and to all your magnificent team members who were instrumental in “Making Happen” your WYC’s outstanding Charitable event, in recognition of the Sailing Angels charity and those whom we lovingly serve.

Your generosity of Time, Talent & Treasure made this a Super Event and the results were AWESOME … far exceeding my (and probably most, if not all) expectations!

(I recollect, at our first joint planning meeting: you had solicited from me ‘what had been achieved in the previous fundraiser’ as well as my expectations for this one. My reply re ‘expectations’ was that I thought $10K was achievable.  I’m sure that some in that meeting ‘puckered up’, including my folks!)

Well, the LORD Blessed us (the entire TEAM, being WYC & SA) most abundantly!

We, Sailing Angels, are most grateful for your embracing us and recognizing us for the charitable service which we provide.

As I said in my brief comments to the crowd on Saturday night, ‘We are most unique, and the only charity of this type in the entire USA’!  We joyfully offer our service, Free, 360 days/yr., to ALL those in need’.

Since we began 10 years ago, we have served more than 15,000 patrons and have never turned away a single one!  This year alone, we have already served 2,300 and anticipate hosting 200-300 more by year-end 2018.

In addition to my gratitude expressed above, we would like to invite you folks as well as the members in your WYC to consider joining the Sailing Angels group.

We need more boats, and skilled Skippers and Crew.  It requires very little of your time … and on your own schedule!  Come give us a try.

May you savor a Blessed day,

Capt. Dave

Captain Dave McCabe, Founder & Executive Director

Sailing Angels Foundation – a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity providing a unique therapeutic experience to the special needs community


Facebook: Sailing Angels Foundation



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