My plan is to take pictures and send reports from the front lines of the ongoing Texas200. This time I am going to be sure to have a way to charge my phone so you should be getting the very latest right here. With almost 50 boats participating there is sure to be a lot of excitement. You will also want to check the Texas200 Forum and particularly the Updates Section, where other participants should be posting information. You may also want to check out two Facebook pages - The Texas 200 Sailing Club as well as The Texas200 Rally.
Sunday, June 20 - Folks starting to arrive -
We finally arrived saturday night after dealing with some vehicle
problems around midnight. Andrew linn and Jon Kowitz passed us
south of Kingsville pulling Jon's PDRacer and Andrew's pre-fab
laguna. This photo shows Andrew about to begin unloading the parts
of Laguna Sinko.
||Unloading Andrew's Boat
After about 5 hours, this is what Andrews boat looks like! Better
than a 6 hour canoe.
||The Unpacked Boat
That's right, Andrew's boat was really flat packed and he towed
it 2000 miles.
As the sun set over Port Mansfield harbor, three different participants
head for their respective berths - a sailing kayak, a Potter 15,
and a Freedom ketch. Tomorrow the captains meeting and the shuttle
- then Tuesday we sail!
Monday, June 21 - The Shuttle -
Today is the shuttle day. The shuttle is what makes this event
work. This year, Mike Monies and his daughters and son-in-law
made breakfast for the crew. After a brief briefing, we took off
for Magnolia beach to park our vehicles and board the bus. I had
the embarrassing honor of being the last to arrive - I was over
an hour late!
||Breakfast for the Crew
Tuesday, June 22 - Port Mansfield to Happ's Cut -
Got up early this morning and cast off. This is Port Mansfield
harbor at sunrise. Next stop - Happ's Cut.
A few minutes out, we passed the Puddle Duck fleet including
A little while later, we were passed by Andrew in Laguna Sinko.
Try as we might, we could not catch him. We were also passed by
Bill Moffitt and Paul Haynie in Laguna Tres.
After a hard day of sailing, most of the sailors gathered under
the shade trees at Happ's Cut. Tomorrow, it's on to Padre Island
Wednesday, June 23 - Happ's Cut to Padre Island Yacht Club -
We were all happy to leave muddy Happ's Cut to head for the yacht
club. Jim and I took it easy and were passed by a lot of boats
including GIR, the first Goat Island Skiff, built by John Goodman.
||Goat Island Skiff
Just as we passed one of the smaller boats, Gordo passed us both
The Padre Island Yacht Club put on a fund raiser dinner for us.
What a great way to cap off two grueling days of sailing. Tomorrow
the tricky navigation begins - three ways to get to Paul's Mott
and none of them easy.
||Padre Island Yacht Club
Thursday, June 24 - PIYC to Paul's Mott -
On thursday morning, the Monies fixed a breakfast with the leftovers
from the Monday pre-shuttle breakfast. They sure know how to feed
||A Monies Breakfast
John brought this little dinghy all the way from Florida but
after two days in the diminutive craft, he gladly accepted a crew
position on Laguna Tres. But first we had to tow him to a marina
where he rented a space for his boat.
|Dinghy in Tow
As a result, we arrived at Paul's Mott around 7PM. Everyone was
tired and those that made it this far went to bed early.
||Sunset at Paul's Mott
Friday, June 25 - Paul's Mott to Army Hole -
We left Paul's Mott around 8 AM with a few boats following us
through the passes. Here, L3 and L6 talk about the lack of wind.
||L3 and L6 having a chat.
We took on Tom Pamperin for this leg and made him pay for passage
by manning the helm.
Finally we all made it to Army Hole. We enjoyed the relative
civility of the picnik tables to tell war stories. Tomorrow is
the final run to magnolia beach.
At 9:43, the first PDR's to make Army Hole arrived amid much
fanfare - and a few flares - not to mention a bottle of rum, for
the first time ever. Needless to say a grand celebration ensued.
Saturday, June 25 - Army Hole to Magnolia Beach -
As the sun rose over Army Hole, we started to think
about heading out on the final leg of the trip. Even though we
were all tired and somewhat sunburned, we were sad to see the
trip come to an end.
|Amy Hole Sunrise
Today Jim Michalak sailed with Bill Moffitt on my Laguna Tres
and I took John Vacha as crew. The ICW was crowded with barges
and for once the Lagunas did not catch us.
The Laguna did, however manage to sail in and land as a fleet
as the PDRs have done in the past.
And true to his word, Andrew burned his Laguna Cinco (Sinko)
to the ground as a grand finale. After all, the boat was leaking
25 gallons an hour by the final day.
After a delicious shrimp meal most folks headed home that evening,
tired but happy.
||Luguna Sinko now Laguna Burno
Spot the SPOT Pages
Just click the link to see where the person is:
Chuck in Caprice
Linn in Laguna Sinko
Paul Haynie in Laguna Tres
Mike Monies and Brandon Khoury in the Laguna Dos