HYC celebrates new pool complex and Ragnot reunion

June 1st, 2019

By Rick Clapp

The esteemed Houston Yacht Club celebration and Ragnot reunion was simply awesome. This legendary yacht club had much to revel over such as its rich history, sailing, community involvement, fundraisers and noteworthy world class sailors and members.

All who attended this outstanding outdoor event enjoyed great weather on Galveston Bay and were greeted with tropical drinks and champagne. It was festivities galore and a colorful opening ceremony with flag draped sailboats, white tents, and the beautiful renovated club grounds and pool area.

The party was majestic with ice cold drinks, hand passed appetizers, a wonderful selection of hors d’oeuvres such as oyster shooters, jumbo shrimp on ice, fruit and cheese platters. Live music and dancing was thoroughly enjoyed by members and guests.

Again, thank you HYC for a wonderful celebration!

Anchors away.

Mermaid Regatta

April 16th, 2019

On-the-water racing action during the 2019 Mermaid Regatta held at the Houston Yacht Club. Photo by Dmitriy Yegorov

By Babs Bukowski, DPH, RN

Houston Yacht Club recently held the Mermaid Regatta – a women’s only race. HYC is the only known yacht club at this time to have a Spinnaker fleet in a women’s only regatta. The downwind leg had 17- to 19-knot winds and boat speeds of more than nine knots.

  • Winner: Allie Cribbs, helmswoman of S/V Pesto, a J 105, in the Spinnaker class.
  • Second place: Lisa Cushing driving S/V #77, J92.

Three minutes and 3 seconds separated these two racers.

Joining Allie Cribbs on the Mermaid throne winning the perpetual trophy were:

  • Nicole Laster, racing S/V Bad Girl, a Cal 33-2, PHRF Non-Spinnaker. She was 2 seconds ahead of her next competitor.
  • Nancy Welch driving, S/V Mischief, a Catalina 380, HYC Club Handicap. Nancy won same class in 2018.

In sum, there was the 1st spinnaker competition, a photo finish (NS), and repeat winner (Club Handicap)… MER-mazing!

More than 100 women were on-the-water representing at least 12 local, national, and international sailing/yacht clubs. Sailors traveled from Michigan, New Jersey, Illinois, Louisiana, Florida, Virginia, Alabama, and Mississippi.

Following is a list of six upcoming women’s races for 2019:

  • May 11, the off-shore Mermaid division of HYC’s Offshore Regatta
  • June 1, GBCA’s in-shore Women’s Regatta
  • June 15, HYC’s in-shore Catherine Spiller Race
  • June 16, HYC’s in-shore Fairfax Moody Race
  • Sept. 28, TASS’ in-shore Carol Becker Race
  • Oct 10-13 LYC’s off-shore Harvest Moon Regatta’s, Luna Trophy