By Rick Clapp
Sea Lake Yacht Sales again sponsored this world class event which included guest speakers, cold drinks, good food and festivities. There was also lots of rum for the sailors and their guests to enjoy. Regatta participants were treated to a plethora of door prizes, gift bags and raffle items.
Talk about fun, the Rendezvous began with Friday night’s awesome Beneteau Party on the Patio which overlooked the picturesque Lakewood Yacht Club’s inner harbor. It was filled with nearly 40 plus Beneteaus and their owners, the party was a very nice meet and greet gathering which included complementary hor d’oeuvres, beer, wine and good fellowship.
Saturday was a day of housekeeping, business and presentations by dynamic speakers such as Doug Hughes, Captain Steve Polk and Dr. Greg Kutsen, who spoke about medical care on board as well as Dave Lindsey of Cameron Sails who presented the proper way to trim your mast furling rigs to get maximum performance. Steve Hegyesi and Sea Lake’s Doug Hughes concluded business and provided important instructions for Sunday’s Rendezvous Unruly Regatta on Galveston Bay. That afternoon it was “Smorgosaboard” time. This traditional Scandinavian food hospitality custom was held on the individual Beneteaus who graced guests with personally made delicacies and imaginative drinks. Sailors Michael Brooks and Sunnie Byenly served a mean rum concoction to their revelers. Another BBQ Party on the Patio was held along with an awards ceremony that night. The Best Beneteau award went to Carlos Townsend.
Sunday was back to sail business and the Regatta Winners of the Beneteau Unruly Regatta went to Larry and Jimmie last year’s winners. Sea Lake Yacht Sales provided the red carpet treatment for several owners of new Beneteaus and a new Lagoon. Congratulations to Scott and Kathy Moore on their new Lagoon, Ron and Karen Anderson, Rob and Deb Newman as they took ownership of their new Beneteaus respectfully.
Special thanks for organizing such a world class event goes to Marci Fryday, Angela Pounds, Jamie Bobcock, John Barnett, Steve Hegyesi and Doug Hughes.
Let me recommend a nice 40-foot Beneteau or Lagoon this Christmas. Enjoy the “Finest in Sailing,” Beneteau. Joyeaux Noel!