“This offshore race, which is open to the public, will be held in the Gulf of Mexico starting at marker #11 near the Galveston jetties,” says LYC Fleet Capt. Rex Bettis. “Participants with a spinnaker will sail approximately 90 nautical miles on a triangular course, while those with non-spinnakers will sail a two-leg course of about 60 nautical miles.”
The classes of boats invited to participate are PHRF Spinnaker, PHRF Non-Spinnaker, Cruising Non- Spinnaker (Classic Canvas, i.e. Dacron sails), Cruising Poleless Spinnaker, One-Design and Multihull.
Visit the LYC website at lakewoodyachtclub.com to view the Notice of Race or register before the April 26 entry deadline. Crew waivers and other valuable information are also available.
The entry fee is $75 with a $5 discount available to U.S. Sailing members.
“Heald Bank is lauded as an overnight, offshore race that’s fun for all,” says Race Chairman Bob Hunkins. “The contest will start Saturday afternoon of the 29th and will conclude Sunday. LYC will host the awards ceremony and post-event party on Monday, May 1.”
Heald Bank Race is the first in the three-event Texas Offshore Circuit. The Houston Yacht Club Offshore Regatta and the Galveston Bay Cruising Association Regatta constitute the other two TORC events. Crew sailing in the PHRF Spinnaker Class will be eligible to compete for the circuit championship trophy, the Texas Navy Cup, if they enter all three races. Competitors sailing in the PHRF Non-Spinnaker Class in all three events will also be eligible for the S. Rhoads Fisher Trophy.