Galveston Bay & Texas Coastal Sailors


Galveston Bay & Texas Coastal Sailors

For Galveston Bay and Texas Coast Sailors to share sailing stories, trips on ICW, good and bad anchorages, events and plan raft-ups, etc.

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Latest Activity: Jun 19, 2014

Hoping to connect with some of you who have boats in the Clear Lake, Galveston Bay and Texas coastal area. Galveston Bay has some of the most advantageous sailing around. Sailing/cruising options - east into Trinity Bay, north to HYC and Bayland, south to Redfish, East Bay and Galveston are among the highlights, as well as, navigating the HSC with the Big Ships. 

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Lets talk dingies

Started by Todd. Last reply by Capt Jerry Robbins Dec 2, 2012. 5 Replies

Yachty Gras 2009

Started by Todd. Last reply by ___/)ances With Sails Nov 21, 2009. 3 Replies

Main sail

Started by Todd. Last reply by Jay Jun 16, 2009. 3 Replies

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Comment by ___/)ances With Sails on October 21, 2010 at 6:58pm
th Harvest Moon regatta is bein tracked usin SPOT,,,follow here

only boats with th trackin device are shown
Comment by ___/)ances With Sails on April 21, 2010 at 12:23am
Comment by Marinus Van Hout on February 12, 2010 at 12:51am
My boat is normally docked in Rockport Tx. This winter it's however at my home in Austin. So many things to fix and so little time to do it.
Comment by Serenity on January 10, 2010 at 1:43pm
I'm down in the tip between Corpus and Brownsville, Should anyone be nearby and willing to take on crew or 'movable ballast' I'd love to get out. Since I moved here from Oregon I haven't been sailing in years it's tragic! I have lots of lake experience, and navigation training in coastal, and currents but no experience. I did used to mentor for sailing courses and generally get the difficult students so I'm reasonably competent :D
Fair winds!
Comment by John Shasteen on January 3, 2010 at 9:28pm
I posted this account of the March '08 storm in the northern gulf on the main list over a year ago, but thought Texas bay and coastal sailors would appreciate our adventure:

Thursday, March 06, 2008, three of us, all seasoned blue water sailors, sailed Paloma, my Bristol 29.9, out of Puerto Isabella and around the bottom of South Padre Island, just north of the Rio Grande River and the Mexican border, laying for Freeport about 250 miles to the ENE. It was the perfect sailing weather - we were in shorts and polo shirts, on a broad reach in warm 15 knot SE winds, gentle 5-7 foot seas and 70 degree weather - the only thing missing was a Jimmy Buffett CD on the stereo.
Later in the day a Coast Guard South Padre Island weather alert came over the radio, small craft immediately make for the nearest port. There was a northerly cold front (the one that dumped all the snow in the mid-west, mid-week) moving our way at 35 miles per hour packing internal winds of 50-60, gusting higher, seas quickly building to over 20 feet. Paloma is a not a small craft, but a second-generation Bristol, built and equipped to go anywhere in any weather, and since the weather report was coming from South Padre Island, we thought we could head more easterly and possibly get on the other side of at least the brunt of the storm. We should have reefed down, but we needed all the boat speed we could muster.
No such luck, around 6:30pm the front hit us full force, coming like a freight train, it hit us full abeam. It slammed Paloma through a 100 degree arc, from a 15 degree heel to port down to the starboard cabin trunk handrails in the water and the sails filled with water before she rounded up into the wind and we could start the engine and start dropping sail. On the initial hit, the mainsail, still dumping water, hung up in the spreaders and tore, at the same time (we later learned)’’’’’’’’’’’’ we lost cotter pins on the port and starboard upper stays and we couldn't haul the main more than about 3/4 of the way down. Then as bad luck and Murphy’s Law would have it, a jib sheet got of control and went under the boat, tangling in the prop, stopping the engine. Then, came the decisions not in the "game plan".
Under these circumstances, we made the only possible decision - turn south and run bare poles before the storm. From the point we turned South, about 35-40 miles NE of the Rio Grande, we screamed downwind in what we thought were 18 - 20 foot following seas (later the Coast Guard told us they were 28 - 30 feet) and winds 50-60 and gusting over 60 ( a Force 10 storm) for 36 hours. The stern and bimini windage was more than enough sail and it was a wild ride being pushed along by the seas, hitting over 10 mph (per the GPS) when sliding down the face of the seas. It was a strain to keep Paloma tracking, so we couldn't stay on the helm more than an hour at a time and we knew if we turned beam to the wind, we would likely broach. When anyone went below for an all too short, one-hour rest, they could only nap on the cabin sole - even that was comfortable after two hours in the cockpit. The winds were cold, but when waves broke into the cockpit, the water was warm. We kept speculating when the storm would abate - actually we just kept wondering if we were going to end up in Vera Cruz.
When the winds finally abated and shifted back to SE, we were about 135 miles down and 70 miles east of the Mexican coastline - we had been blown 180 miles off our original rhumb line, the mainsail was in tatters, no engine and only a 110 working jib. During the short calm of the wind shift, we unwound the line around the prop, by starting the engine in neutral then putting the engine in reverse and pulling like crazy on the line - after two tries, thank goodness it worked. We now had a working jib and an engine (if we needed it) - not a bad combination to turn and run North in what ended up being a much more comfortable 15-20 knot SE winds and 8-10 foot seas - still a chore to keep her on track with only a working jib and making hull speed, and better when shoved by the following seas, but easily manageable.
The closest US landfall was South Padre Island, about 135 miles NNW, and by mid-day Sunday we were in sight of the buildings on the island.
Comment by John Stowell on January 3, 2010 at 9:04pm
I recently bought (July 2009) my Irwin Citation 30 which I keep at Legend Point.
Currently enjoying Galveston Bay during my time off from working offshore.
I hope to explore more of the ICW and Texas coast. Therefore I greatly appreciate all the relevant articles that members have kindly produced. Many thanks.
Comment by ___/)ances With Sails on November 16, 2009 at 5:08pm
Anyone up for a camping trip. TASS (Texas Assoc for Single Sailors) members are sailing to Double Bayou for three day raft up 11/20-11/22. Ye dont have to be a member. It is a pot luck event however.

Comment by John Shasteen on October 1, 2009 at 10:41am
Watergate - nice place, we kept Paloma there for a year or so, many years ago - but when we moved to Dallas, we moved the boat over to Portofino - better security. Later we moved her down to Corpus Christi, where she still is - Corpus Christi Bay is much better sailing than Galveston Bay and the marina is only a couple of miles from the Gulf. .
Comment by Ladye on September 30, 2009 at 4:21pm
John, I'm in Watergate Marina. Thanks for the ICW tale.

Who decided to go on the Harvest Moon?
Comment by ___/)ances With Sails on August 31, 2009 at 3:29pm
Wanting to sail in this years Harvest Moon ( I need three more savvy sailors onboard. Deadline to register is 9/20...I'd like to pay before 9/13 to avoid $50 late fee,,,so if yer interested,,,let me know. If I do it, I plan on sailing back after th party the next day,,,I will reqiure ye bring yer own harness and tether as well as hope ye can pay a quarter of th $125 entry fee,,,hell, Im suppling th boat

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