Lakewood gearing up for two August regattas

August 1st, 2018

Lakewood is gearing up for two big races in August — the Bay Cup II and Heald Bank Regattas, which provide the perfect opportunity to compete against your peers on the bay and offshore as well as a chance to tune up for this year’s Harvest Moon Regatta in October.

Lakewood will host Bay Cup II Aug. 4 along with the post-race party that evening. Liquid trophies will be awarded by Southwest Spirits, and artist Robert Greaney will perform for the crowd.

The Heald Bank Regatta will be raced Aug. 17-18, followed by a celebration at the club. Andy and the Dreamsicles will provide the live entertainment.
The fun doesn’t stop in August. Follow up these races by participating in the Harvest Moon Regatta Oct. 25-28. HMR is returning to its usual format and will race from Galveston to Port Aransas.

Primary sponsors for Bay Cup II and Heald Bank include the City of Seabrook, Blackburn Marine, Davis Marine Electronics, True North Marine, Mariner Magazine, Upstream Brokers, Sea Lake Yachts, Keven Severance Insurance, OJ’s Marine, Little Yacht Sales, and Texas Coast Yachts.

Bay Cup II Regatta
Racers can register at under the Regattas tab. The registration fee for Bay Cup II is $75 and includes entry into the Skippers’ Meeting on Aug. 3, as well as a meal and two drink tickets to be enjoyed at the post-event awards party. A $5 discount is available to U.S. Sailing members. The entry fee is payable by credit card or yacht club reciprocal charge. Aug. 1st is the registration deadline.

Bay Cup II is the second in a two-race series. One or more distance races will be sailed in either Trinity Bay or Galveston Bay. Potential classes include PHRF Spinnaker, PHRF non-Spin, Cruising Spinnaker, Cruising Non-Spin Classic Canvas (using only Dacron sails), Multihull and One Design class(es).

Non-racers and other out-of-town guests can enjoy an array of nearby activities in Seabrook and the surrounding area, which offer a variety of entertainment. Walk the trails in Seabrook, visit Space Center Houston, check out the wildlife at Armand Bayou Nature Center or experience the dining and amusement options at the Kemah Boardwalk.

Overall trophies for the Bay Cup series will be given out at the post-race party on the evening of Aug. 4 in the LYC Ballroom. Robert Greaney will provide live entertainment while guests socialize and savor great food and tasty drinks.

This year’s sponsors include City of Seabrook,, OJ’s Marine, Little Yacht Sales, True North Marine, Texas Coast Yachts, Blackburn Marine, Upstream Brokers, Davis Marine Electronics, Kevin Severance Insurance, Sea Lake Yachts, Mariner Magazine, Bay Area Houston Magazine and Southwest Spirits.

Regatta proceeds benefit Bay Access, a not for profit charitable organization fostering amateur racing and sailing on Galveston Bay.

For further information, call LYC at 281-474-2511 or David Comeaux, Bay Cup I Regatta chairman at or 832-993-5933. For visitor information, visit

Heald Bank Regatta
The Heald Bank entry fee is $80 and includes access to the Skippers’ Meeting on Aug. 16 and a ticket for dinner and two tickets for Texas Navy Rum at the post-event awards party hosted at LYC Aug. 18. A $5 discount is available to U.S. Sailing members. Don’t miss the Aug. 11 registration deadline.

Heald Bank is an offshore regatta open to all boats of the PHRF Spin, PHRF Non-Spin, Cruising boats with a PHRF Rating (non-spin or with Spinnaker), One-Design, and Multihulls.

The Buccaneer Bash dinner and awards party will follow the race at LYC, which will include a “Pirates’ Pig Roast,” live entertainment by Andy & the Dreamsicles and plenty of Texas Navy Rum.

Sponsors of the 2018 Heald Bank Regatta are the City of Seabrook, Texas Navy Light Rum,, OJ’s Marine, Little Yacht Sales, True North Marine, Texas Coast Yachts, Blackburn Marine, Upstream Brokers, Davis Marine Electronics, Kevin Severance Insurance, Marine Outfitters, Sea Lake Yachts, Mariner Magazine and Bay Area Houston Magazine.

For further information, call LYC at 281-474-2511 or Heald Bank Race Chairman Bob Hunkins 281-216-4082 or

Additional visitor information and accommodations near the club can be found at

City of Seabrook recognized as local leader of conservation

December 1st, 2017

Seabrook Mayor Thom Kolupski talks about the work of his city’s Open Space and Trails Committee as he accepted the 2017 Armand Award on behalf of his city.

Armand Bayou Nature Center recognized the City of Seabrook with the 2017 Armand Yramategui Conservation Award for its commitment to conservation through development and implementation of its Open Parks and Spaces plan on Nov. 2.

Mayor Thom Kolupski accepted the award on behalf of the City of Seabrook from ABNC President Linda Retherford at a luncheon at Bay Oaks Country Club. In an acceptance presentation, Kolupski highlighted the work completed by the city and driven by members of its Open Space and Trail Committee.

Trees for Houston Executive Director Barry Ward delivered the keynote speech which touched on the long-term economic benefits of conservation efforts on a local level. Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership Executive Director Dan Seal served as an emcee, leading the event attended by 120 community leaders and ABNC supporters.

Tom Kartrude, executive director of Armand Bayou Nature Center, talks with Port Houston Vice President Charlie Jenkins, as he joins the crowd at the nature center luncheon.

The Armand Award, which memorializes renowned Texas conservationist Armand Yramategui, is presented to an individual or organization in the Bay Area Houston/Clear Lake region that best represents community interests and efforts to conserve local natural resources for the benefit of native wildlife, ecosystem services, environmental education, and public access to nature.

Armand Yramategui was widely known for his unwavering dedication and commitment to public service and his strong desire to preserve Texas’ wetlands and wildlife. Following his death, Middle Bayou – the only remaining bayou in the greater Houston area still in its natural state – was renamed in his honor, beginning a campaign to secure donations to buy park land for the preserve.

Protecting the nature center and coastal preserve, which lie downstream from such a large and fast growing urban region, requires the cooperation and collaboration of many organizations and the dedication of many citizens and volunteers, . Today, ABNC relies on a network of public and private partners to achieve its conservation goals and to accomplish its environmental education mission and awards the Armand to recognize those contributions.

The first Armand was presented to Mrs. Lyndon Baines Johnson in 1987. In 2015 and 2016, the Armand was awarded to The Galveston Bay Foundation and Master Naturalist Emmeline Dodd, respectively.

Seabrook city secretary to retire after 32 years service

June 25th, 2015

4f5f780a0e684.imageMichele Glaser, who began working for the City of Seabrook in April 1983, is retiring from the city after 32 years of public service; her last day will be Thursday, July 2, 2015.

Glaser was appointed to the position of city secretary in April 1998. Prior to serving as city secretary, she began working for the City of Seabrook in 1983 as an assistant to the city manager and city secretary. In addition, she also served as an administrative assistant in the Building Department. Glaser then served as the city secretary for the City of Shoreacres from October 1995 to April 1998, before accepting the position of city secretary in Seabrook.

Glaser is a native of Youngstown, Ohio and is a graduate of the University of Minnesota. She moved to Texas in 1982 and became a resident of Seabrook in 1983. Seabrook has been her home ever since.

In 2000, Glaser became a Texas Registered Municipal Clerk and has since completed her third recertification. She served as the president of the Salt Grass Chapter of Municipal Clerks in 2006 and 2007. During her tenure as city secretary, Glaser has had the privilege of serving 6 mayors and 34 council members.

“It has been very evident to me, and those who have worked with Michele, that she truly cares deeply for the Seabrook community,” said Mayor Glenn Royal. “I personally know, that we are all better off having had Michele as our city secretary. She will be missed and we all wish her the very best as this next chapter in her life unfolds. Thank you Michele for all that you have done; you do it so very well.”

After 32 years of public service, Glaser plans to travel and spend more time with her children and grandchildren. Her daughter, Ingrid, is getting married this fall in Dripping Springs, so wedding planning is keeping her plenty busy.

“I have been fortunate, not only to work for the city, but also to have lived in Seabrook since 1983,” said Michele. “I have served under many wonderful mayors, city councils and city managers. The citizens of Seabrook and the city staff are the best I have ever worked with and I will miss my daily interaction with everyone.”

The City of Seabrook is hosting a retirement party for Glaser on Thursday, June 25, at the Seabrook Community House from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. This will be a time for city council, city staff and the public to show appreciation to Glaser who has had such a positive impact on the Seabrook community.