New Burgee

So according to Mike the burgee design is on the way to the graphics department for work before embroidering on our hats.

Hope to see you folks this weekend for our regular 2nd Saturday sail out on the Corpus Christi sea wall.

Saturday, January 13th from 10am to 5pm.

Last Group Sail Out Before the Salt Water Challenge, Planned for Saturday, January 13th.

Hey folks, we are coming up on our last group sail outing before the Salt Water Challenge in February.  So far 7 attendees have let me know they are coming and we’d love to have more as there certainly is room…. This Saturday will be the public debut of our new chase boat. Maybe we can talk Mike into a cruise around the harbor 

Some of us are also planning to try out the Water Street Oyster Bar as a potential Saturday Night Dinner Location for the Salt Water Challenge. The promise of local seafood delights and those famous Corpus Christi steaks have my mouth watering in anticipation. Live music and a festive atmosphere can be expected every Saturday night and this is all right next door to the host hotel. We’ll certainly let everyone know how it turns out. Meanwhile, here is a link to their website: http://www.waterstmarketcc.com/


Inside the Water Street Oysterbar….yes the walls are covered in oyster shells.


Corpus Christi at Night.

The Awesome Corpus Christ Sea Wall: “An Amphitheater to the Sea!”

36 days until the RED CHEVRON, First Annual Salt Water Challenge – RC Laser Regatta in beautiful downtown Corpus Christi, TX!  We normally stand some 15 feet above the water on top of the sea wall and look down upon our boats with never a worry about a blocked view!  In fact, the sea wall structure was originally designed as “An Amphitheater to the Sea” where spectators would watch sailboat races on the bay. 

Winds are consistently strong this time of year and stream across the bay in an uninterrupted straight line.  C and D rigs are the norm and the locals usually forego purchasing an “A” rig as there is never an opportunity for its use.

Is it too early to talk about weather? Yes and No. Today the brilliant folks at the weather service are forecasting Partly Cloudy skies, 77 degrees, with Winds from the South at 15mph. Tomorrow that forecast could change to Hurricane Force Freezing Winds, Pouring Rain, Ice, Snow, Massive Flooding, you name it. So, what do we do if the weather turns foul?  Simple, WE SAIL! This venue is weather proof and so is the RC Laser!  All weather reports from here on out are just to help our skippers pack the appropriate clothing.  Here is a video showing the condition of the venue just hours after the passage of Hurricane Harvey.

Here are some additional photos and video of the sailing venue:


The Upper Walkway.


The Lower Walk Way


RC Lasers Lined Up and Ready to Sail


The Race Committee’s Pergola


Lunch will Arrive Soon


Preparing to Race


A Walk Way at Water Level and Another 15 Feet Above.


An Outer Sea Wall Divides the Harbor From The Bay.


Flat Water in The Harbor No Matter How Hard the Wind Blows


In the Distance White Caps Role Across Corpus Christi Bay

Video of the Racing Venue from the Water: 

Fun Highlights of Last Year’s Salt-Water Challenge RC Laser Regatta:

We hope that you will consider attending the 2018 Salt Water Challenge RC Laser Regatta scheduled for February 10-11th, 2018.  If you do plan to attend please e-mail us a copy of the registration form so that we may prepare for your arrival.  

Here are our favorite highlights from the 2017 Salt Water Challenge RC Laser Regatta.    If I missed anything please chime in……
1.) The Ladies Were in Charge:  

Very special thanks to Sylvia Dimayuga for being our RD and Josephine Camarillo for assisting with Race Scoring.  We were all in very competent hands that afternoon.

We must also give special thanks to Lauren Causey for her efforts organizing our most excellent lunch, handling registration and being our representative to the public which gathered to watch the event.

2.) Our Regatta Plays Host To A Wedding:

In the final hours of the Regatta a wedding party arrived and took over the Gazebo which overlooks our venue.  RD Sylvia Dimayuga would not let us play our starter tape during the wedding. Fortunately, the ceremony was brief and we were back to sailing in no time at all.  The young couple will forever have the memory of getting married at the Inaugural Salt Water Challenge – RC Laser Regatta.  And yes, we are in the back ground of all their wedding pictures. They even took one of our brochures as a keep sake.

 

3.) Rollercoaster Skateboarding Display by AMYA President:

AMYA President, Ray Seta, entertained the crowd with a rollercoaster style skateboarding display on the upper walk way of the sea wall.  Thankfully for the AMYA he walked away unscathed.  Click Here for Video of Ray Seta Skating On Sea Wall During Lunch.

 4.) Corpus Christi is Invaded by UFO’s:

Sailors watch from the Host Hotel Lounge on Friday night before the Regatta as Corpus was invaded by UFOs!!!!!!!!  Below is photographic evidence of the UFO’s flying in over the city and bay. 
 

5.)  The Rescue Boat Captain Needs a Rescue:

Our Rescue boat captain spends more time in the drink than in the boat.  In the photo below Stephen Gregory, AKA, The Drowned Wookie, wades to a safe swim ladder after rolling his kayak. 
 

 6.) Video From The Water:

Here is a link to a Cool Video Taken By a Sail Boat Returning From Corpus Christi Bay After A Day of Racing:  Click Here to View Video of The Regatta From A Passing Boat

7.) Complete 2017 Inaugural Salt Water Challenge Recap:

Here is a link to a complete recap of the 2017 Inaugural Salt Water Challenge – RC Laser Regatta

Host Hotel’s Negotiated Rate, Map, Photos, and Alternatives

POSTED: January 1ST, 2018

The First Annual Salt Water Challenge – RC Laser Regatta is now scheduled for February 10-11TH, 2018.  This AMYA RED Chevron event will be hosted by the Coastal Bend M.Y.C. in downtown Corpus Christi, TX on the famous sea wall overlooking the municipal harbor.


HOST HOTEL
Several of us plan to stay at the Best Western at 300 N Shoreline Blvd.   The Best Western is roughly 550 yards to the north of the Sailing Venue.   We have a group rate of $119.00 per night.  Please use Rate Code: now2  All hotels this time of year are a little higher as its Spring Break for some colleges and universities.  I suggest making reservations quickly as many of the hotels listed in this e-mail will soon be full.  Rooming with another sailor is always a smart choice to save a few bucks.  Other nearby hotels are listed at the bottom of this e-mail but I think you will be happier staying with us at the Host Hotel.  Here are some photos of the Best Western: 

Best Western Corpus Christi (Host Hotel) 
300 N Shoreline Blvd, Corpus Christi, TX, 78401
Phone: (361) 883-5111
www.facebook.com\grandviewlounge
www.facebook.com/Best-Western-Corpus-Christi
www.marinagrandhotel.com


Best Western at Night


Literally watch the Race Committee deploy the buoys
 while you have breakfast on the Best Western’s 11TH floor lounge.

Join us Friday evening to watch the sun set over the marina and sailing venue. Here are some views from the 11TH floor lounge:

View of the Harbor and Corpus Christi Bay


View of The Sailing Site & UFOs


Our Favorite Place to Sit with Friends and Enjoy the Evening Over Looking the Marina


MAP TO SAILING VENUE
The section of S Shoreline Blvd which ran along the water between the Sailing Venue and the Best Western has been blocked off and turned into a park.  I’ve marked this on the map below in YELLOW.  Google Maps and Map Quest still do not show this properly and they will try and guide you down a road which no longer exists.  To get to the Sailing Site stay on N Shoreline Blvd as indicated by the RED LINE on the map.  Turn left on to Kenny St, cross the intersection, and then turn right into the park.


OTHER NEARBY HOTELS:

The following hotels are all in sight of the Marina and 1/2 mile of the Regatta Venue:

THE 2018 SALT WATER CHALLENGE REGATTA ANNOUNCEMENT

Notice of Race for the First Annual, Salt Water Challenge.

POSTED: DECEMBER 30TH, 2017

Skippers,
As many are aware, the following year has been full of both tragedy and challenge for the Texas Coastal Bend Region.  Through it all the Coastal Bend Model Yacht Club has clung together and now stands ready to reemerge as a force in the RC Sailing world.   

The following link is to the “OFFICIAL” Notice of Race (NOR) for the Coastal Bend’s First Annual, Salt Water Challenge – RC Laser Regatta scheduled for  February 10-11th, 2018.   

This AMYA RED Chevron event will be hosted by the Coastal Bend M.Y.C. in downtown Corpus Christi, TX on the famous sea wall overlooking the municipal harbor.   Please read the NOR and send in your registration soon so that we may plan for your arrival.


                                           ITS OFFICIAL!!!!!!!!!

              The Coastal Bend Model Yacht Club Will Host 

          THE FIRST ANNUAL, SALT WATER CHALLENGE

                              On February 10-11th, 2018

THE 2017 SALT WATER CHALLENGE FINAL REPORT

Congratulations to Al Ross for his 1st place victory at the Coastal Bend’s Inaugural Salt Water Challenge – RC Laser Regatta.

Very special thanks to Sylvia Dimayuga for being our RD and Josephine Camarillo for assisting with Race Scoring, we were all in very competent hands this afternoon. We must also give special thanks to Lauren Causey for her efforts organizing our most excellent lunch and for handling registration. Yes, the ladies were in charge and we were all better off for it!

The morning began with winds out of the South at 10-15mph allowing us to run races parallel to the sea wall. This venue has two great concrete walk ways, one at water level and the second on top of the sea wall allowing plenty of room for us to pace up and down the race course.

A very satisfying lunch arrived at noon.  With at least 7 different sandwich and taco choices to choose from everyone could have something they liked.  During lunch Ray Seta entertained the crowd with a rollercoaster style skateboarding display on the upper walk way of the sea wall.  Thankfully for the AMYA he walked away unscathed.

After lunch the winds quickly clocked around from South to East forcing us to reset the course and run our races out away from the seawall toward the breakwater separating the marina from Corpus Christi Bay.  The winds steadily increased to 20mph allowing for a mix of B & C rigs during the last of our 14 total races.

In the final hours of the Regatta a wedding party arrived and took over the Gazebo which overlooks our venue.  RD Sylvia Dimayuga would not let us play our starter tape during the wedding. Fortunately, the ceremony was brief and we were back to sailing in no time at all.  The young couple will forever have the memory of getting married at the Inaugural Salt Water Challenge – RC Laser Regatta.  And yes, we are in the back ground of all their wedding pictures. They even took one of our brochures as a keep sake.

Al Ross put on a fantastic sailing display truly dominating the rest of the fleet.  He seemed especially dominate the last few hours of the regatta as he easily pulled away from the other race leaders.  Filling out the top 3 were Ray Seta and Will Rottgering who never surrendered and pushed for ever more races in hopes of catching our leader.  From CBMYC our friend Eric Gregory pull-in a surprising 4th as he split his time between chase boat duty and racing.

We had divided our skippers in to Gold and Silver fleets based on experience at the skippers meeting.  Of the Silver Fleet captains our 1st Place winner was Tirza Dabdoub.  Tirza not only won the Silver Fleet trophy but she also won the Special Finisher award for having the most point awarded to a skipper without a DNF or DNS. Congratulations Tirza, from now on you are in the Gold Fleet. Finishing second in the Silver Fleet was newcomer to RC Laser sailing, Butch Willson of Austin, TX.  Butch gets to return home as top gun among the 5 strong Austin Team and we look forward to seeing his progression.  Finally rounding out our Silver Fleet winners was Mike Causey from CBMYC.  Mike has come a long way with his sailing and we at CBMYC are extremely proud of him and his performance at today’s event.

Finally, we must make note of that peculiar position called “Mid-Fleet Hacker” which some seem to prize so highly.  At this regatta the honor falls to everyone’s favorite sailor, John “JK” Kuc!  John blew a servo which cost him a few positions at the end of the regatta but it won him this beloved position in the fleet. Congratulations to him.

To all the fine racers who helped make this Inaugural Salt Water Challenge – RC Laser Regatta such a roaring success, the members of the Coastal Bend Model Yacht Club extend their greatest gratitude.  Hope to see everyone next year.

 

Saturday Evening Dinner at Harrison’s Landing

Harrison’s Landing Restaurant- A Series of Boats and Floating Barges

JK and Eric – Crazy Don’t Describe This

 

The Austin Contingent

L to R: Tirza, Al, Mike, Lauren and Will

L to R: Robert, Vicky, Ben and Commodore Big Jim

Full Table

Another View

Big Winner #1

 

Big Winner #2

Maybe Not So Big A Winner….Stop Pouting Ray

View from Harrison’s Landing Floating Barge

Multiple Views of Harrison’s Landing

 

FRIDAY PRACTICE & EVENING RELAXATION

Great Friday practice with JK and Theresa joining Mike and I on the water.   Fred James came by and registered and hung out with the gang.   Later in the evening Al and Tirza from Mandeville arrived and joined us on the 11th floor of the host hotel lounge where we watched the sun set over the marina and sailing venue. This morning breakfast on the 11th floor host hotel diner with JK and Theresa overlooking the sailing venue.  Here are some views:

  

Inside The Lounge

View of The Sailing Site from the Host Hotel’s 11th Floor Lounge.

Nice Place to Sit with Friends and Enjoy the Evening Over Looking The Marina.