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!