64th Annual Blessing of the Fleet

March 18th, 2019

Lakewood Yacht Club’s activities calendar stays full year round, but the Annual Blessing of the Fleet is one of the longest-standing traditions at the club that members look forward to each spring.

This year’s Blessing will take place March 31 on the club’s beautifully decorated grounds in front of many members and guests who will dress for the occasion. Men will don their white slacks and blazers, and the ladies will raid their wardrobes for classy nautical attire.

“Each year, members who have recently joined Lakewood, those who have purchased a new vessel, long-term members who have not previously christened their boat and those who enjoy the ceremony and want to re-christen their boat, participate in this afternoon of celebration and naval tradition,” says LYC Fleet Captain Gary Romer.

“Participating boats Dress Shipand participants invite friends and family to join them in celebrating the christening of their boat, the blessing of the Lakewood fleet and the opening of the Club’s sailing season.”

Traditional Irish bagpipers as well as the Clear Springs High School Marching Band will be on-hand to help observe the occasion. Each Blessing participant will be introduced, have a little information about their boat shared with the guests and then will receive a Lakewood Burgee, commemorative plaque and a bottle of champagne to bathe the bow.

Members will be able to enjoy a fun-filled weekend that includes a crawfish boil on Saturday night, and then on Sunday, a Champagne Brunch, the Blessing ceremony, a poolside soiree, and a post-ceremony Tour de Fleet, where participants host guests aboard their boats.

The act of “Blessing of the Fleet” has been observed among boaters as a fun celebration as well as a formal blessing; a tradition that dates back thousands of years.

Tom Frankum honored as new LYC commodore

March 4th, 2019

Lakewood 2019 Flag Officers get together for a photo as they arrive at the yacht club Jan. 26 for the Commodore’s Ball. They are, from left, Commodore Tom Frankum and wife, Bonnie; Fleet Capt. Mike Romer and his wife, Sherri; Rear Commodore Mike Downs and wife, Jane; and Vice Commodore Rex Bettis and his wife, Kimberly.

By Mary Alys Cherry

LAKEWOOD YACHT CLUB’S Commodore’s Ball is always a grand night for celebrating, and this year was no exception as the crowd honored 2019 Commodore Tom Frankum and First Lady Bonnie, along with 2018 Commodore Ash Walker and First Lady Stephanie.

Other flag officers stepping into the spotlight with their wives included Vice Commodore Rex Bettis and his wife, Kimberly; Rear Commodore Mike Downs and wife, Jane; and Fleet Capt. Mike Romer and his wife, Sherri.

It was also a night to honor retiring General Manager Terry Chapman for his 43 years of service to Lakewood. And, here’s the good news for those who didn’t know: he’s not really leaving but staying on as general manager emeritus or assistant general manager to new General Manager Kelly Hoist.

Former commodores and their wives in the crowd included Bob and Judy Fuller, Jack and Alice Thomas, Drew and Sandy Lewis, A.J. and Gayle Ross, Joyce Maxwell, Don and Jill Rauscher, Thomas and Marsha Taylor, Gary and Viki Anderson, Glenn and Martha Robinson, Carl Drechsel, Jim and Cynthia Winton, Don and Marilyn Mitchell and Tom and Sue Collier.

Some of the others spotted in the crowd that filled up Lakewood’s ballroom included Randy Allen and Sue Broughton, Rita Matthews, Joy and James Edwards, George and Patt Pappas, Amy and Paul Dunphey, Jack and Marcy Fryday, Marion and Michael DeHart, Carol and Bob Robinson, Jay and Rosemary Bettis and Robert and Sue Warters.

Four from LYC finish first in Bay Cup I Regatta

April 1st, 2017

Four Lakewood Yacht Club members were first place finishers in the 16th Annual Bay Cup I Regatta, which LYC hosted in cooperation with Bay Access.

This year’s regatta had 42 registered boats. Racers dealt with choppy, windy and rainy conditions on Trinity Bay throughout the duration of the March 4 race, but nine Lakewood members managed top-four finishes among the five race classes.

The 2017 Bay Cup I Regatta first-place winners include Houston Yacht Club member Ken Humphries in the PHRF Spin – (Non-Sprit) and LYC members Carl Drechsel in the Cruising Non-Spin Classic Canvas, Gerhard Wittich in the Cruising Poleless Spin, Ash Walker in the PHRF Non-Spin and Uzi Ozeri in the PHRF Spin – Sprit.

Complete race results can be found on the website, www.lakewoodyachtclub.com

A celebratory dinner, party and awards ceremony followed the race in the LYC ballroom. Sailors, spectators and guests enjoyed camaraderie over dinner and drinks and tuned in to live entertainment by Kelly McGuire, an award-winning singer and songwriter.

Interested racers should begin preparing for Bay Cup II, the second of this two race series. Overall trophies will be presented at the conclusion of that regatta Aug. 5.

“Many thanks to the land volunteers, on-the-water volunteers, scorers, protest committee and Lakewood staff for your efforts in planning and executing all of the activities for the Bay Cup I Regatta,” said Bay Cup I Race Chairman Larry Rogers. “We had another great day on the water, and the sailors enjoyed the festivities on land as well.”

The LYC Race Committee said it also would like to acknowledge the generous sponsors that helped make this a great long-distance sailing event including the City of Seabrook, George Ocean Rum, Bay Access, Little Yacht Sales, OJ’s Marin, True North Marine, Blackburn Marine, Alliant Marine & Energy Insurance and Davis Marine.

Sailboat classes eligible to compete in this series include PHRF Spinnaker, PHRF Non-Spin, PHRF under 30 feet, Cruising Poleless Spin, Cruising Non-Spin-Classic Canvas (i.e. Dacron sails), Shorthanded Offshore Sailors, Multihull and One Design Classes.

For further information about Bay Cup II, contact LYC at 281-474-2511 or Larry Rogers, Bay Cup I Regatta chairman, at 832-228-7052 or lrogers@cfpglobal.net