The First Sail Out at Lake Thunder Tiger

This past Sunday the 23rd, lead by our fearless commodore Jim Smith of Rockport and infamous Pirate Captain Mike Causey of Corpus Christi, 6 Victoria’s took to the water on this first outing of the Coastal Bend Model Yacht Club on Lake Thunder Tiger in Aransas Pass, TX.

Originally scheduled for Saturday the 22nd, Mike called for a date change due to ominous weather forecasts of 100% rain and 20-25 knot winds.   The call was “spot on” as Sunday the 23rd turned out to be absolute “Perfect” Victoria sailing conditions.

For those of you who haven’t been to Lake Thunder Tiger, the best description is of a Corona Extra beach commercial with a remote control in hand instead of a beer.    Run your boat up on the beach in between races without worry of fouling your keel with gunk or weeds.   No debris in the pond in spite of the heavy downpours the previous day.   No obstructions to swirl the winds regardless of the compass direction in which they predominately blew and sweet fresh water to dip your bare feet in as you launch your boat.

During the afternoon we enjoyed that famous comradery for which Victoria sailors are known for.   Joining us as a guest of Mike Causey was Bob of Corpus Christi and accompanying Jim was David Brown of Rockport.  We hope both gentlemen will consider building Victoria’s after this initial sail out.  From San Antonio, Eric Gregory brought his entire clan including wife Lea, son William and puppy dog Blitz.  8 year old William, who spent most of the afternoon happily playing in the sand, finished the day by taking over one of his father’s boats.  To the surprise of all he beat Mike Causey on his first race around the buoys….sorry Mike, I couldn’t resist buddy.

It was a leisurely afternoon of mark setting, boat tuning and simple enjoyments.  Talk of new docks and future activities abounded.   The feeling of having our efforts to date begin to pay dividends was simply priceless!

Our next sail out is scheduled for Saturday, December 13th at 1pm at the Lawrence Street T-Head in Corpus Christi, TX.   Our next sail at Lake Thunder Tiger will occur on Saturday, December 27th at noon.

Come join us!

Eric Gregory

Our 1st Official Sail Out – Lawrence Street T-Head  –  November 8, 2014

One of the key rules for a successful sailing club is to publish a schedule and then consistently stick with it.  This behavior allows potential new members to find the club and instills confidence about the organization among its current membership.    For a new club like ours, this activity also enables the transitions from the abstract to the concrete.  This past Saturday the 8th was our first official sail out under the Coastal Bend M.Y.C. banner.  We no longer simply exist on paper and cyberspace, we are now truly real!!!!

I arrived at the Lawrence Street T-Head 20 minutes before our planned 1pm start.   It was a beautiful day in the mid-60s.  The ultra light winds were barely strong enough to make the three 55 foot long stainless steel wind vanes which tower above the harbor on Shoreline Blvd point north.  I pulled my bike out of my truck and took a ride around the harbor and soon came across the Nina docked on the north side of the T-Head.  She is the last of the three Columbus ship replica’s built in Spain 25 years ago.  The other two ships, the Pena and the Santa Maria were demolished earlier this year due to their need for extensive repairs.  The Nina was manned by friendly members of the Columbus Sailing Association who are attempting to preserve this unique maritime artifact.  O’ how I wish my 8-year son would have joined me on this outing…he would have loved to have taken the tour being offered of the 15th Century vessel design.

Mike soon arrived with two young men from his church and we started our sail.  Our two young friends were delightful and we took turns racing our Victoria’s from the dock out to makeshift buoys and back.   Yes I know, a small group we are but we now exist in a concrete form.  Several new prospects are building boats or are planning to visit with us at our next sail out.  The Texas Coastal Bend is teaming with fine sailors and we have great expectation of growth.  Mike and I both agreed to bring our spare Victoria’s to the next sail out planned for Saturday November 22nd at  Lake Thunder Tiger in Aransas Pass, TX.

We have committed to sailing the 2nd Saturday of each month at the Lawrence Street T-Head in Corpus Christ, TX and the 4th Saturday of each month at Lake Thunder Tiger in Aransas Pass, TX.    Please use the Contact Page if you would like to meet us and learn more about our sport.

Images from the Sail out.

Eric Gregory