and objectives for which the Seadrift Sail and Yacht Club is
organized and operated are to encourage yachting and the
science and art of designing, building, navigating, and
handling small boats of all types, and to assist the members
of the Club in becoming proficient in such pursuits; to
provide a meeting place for the members; to foster the
mutual exchange of ideas and the development of common
interests with respect to yachts, sailing and yachting; and
for the promotion of social activities among the Club
members; to gather and disseminate such information as the
members may desire; to aid them in the conduct of their
sailing and yachting activities; to encourage an
intellectual contact among the members of this corporation
and the members of other associations devoted to similar
pursuits; to qualify the members, participation in various
sailing and yachting association activities, achieved by
Club membership in those associations and to promote boat
Please take a look at our site, and let us know if you would
like to be a part of the SS&YC.
News and Events
Seadrift Sail & Yacht Club Cleanup Seadrift Bay Front
The Seadrift Sail & Yacht Club recently participated in its quarterly cleanup of the Seadrift bay front. This time the club had some help from the Lakeside 4H club and Extension Agent Rhonda Cummins. Please check out a few of the photos from the cleanup and BBQ.
Seadrift Sail & Yacht Club and Lakeside 4H Build Puddle Duck and More...
In many rural communities, 4-H is seen through the light of its rich past of agricultural and livestock oriented projects. Yet as times have changed, so has the Texas 4-H and Youth Development Program. Today's 4-H is more than just “cows and cookies”. The mission is “to prepare youth to meet the challenges of childhood, adolescence and adulthood, through a coordinated, long-term, progressive series of educational experiences that enhance life skills and develop social, emotional, physical and cognitive competencies”. In other words, 4-H is about having fun, learning, exploring and discovering. Young people make new friends, develop new skills, become leaders and help shape their communities. Youth have the opportunity to pursue their own interests - from fashion to photography, from raising rabbits to building rockets.
So if you live near water, why not build a boat?
The final days of summer found 4 boys from the Lakeside 4-H Club doing just that, building a boat alongside the commodore of the Seadrift Sail and Yacht Club. Brothers Ethan and Casey Wooldridge, Drew Rivera, and Grant Gray teamed up with Jack LaBarge, 4-H club manager Connie Wooldrige and Texas Sea Grant Extension Agent Rhonda Cummins to build a puddle duck racer. The group met on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings for about 3 hours each for two weeks. Almost any one can build a complete boat for $100 or less using materials that come from the local lumber yard/hardware store. The building activity utilizes some important life skills such as using tools and reading plans, as well as the application of several math concepts outside the classroom.
The basic boat is 8 feet long and 4 feet wide. In it's simplest configuration it can be a rowboat, or it can be completed as a sailboat.
The boys choose to start with a rowboat and Jack built in some additional supports for later in case they decide to upgrade and learn to sail. On the last day, the oar locks and sockets were installed to complete the project and the Wooldridge boys took the vessel on it's maiden voyage. Conditions at the bayfront were perfect for beginner rowing lessons. Once everyone settles into their new school routines, keep your eyes open on the bay...you just might see one of the club members rowing by in the Lakeside Duck.
Many thanks to Jack for his patience, tools, and expertise. Thanks to the mom's who brought the boys and stayed to help: Becky Gray, Linda Rivera, and Connie Wooldridge. And thanks to the club members who participated. You guys did a great job!
Seadrift Sail & Yacht Club Wednesday Night Sail and Potluck
We have started back with our Wednesday evening sail and potluck/bbqs again. These will be held on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month starting May of 2010.Email Jack if you need directions. These are a great way to get out of the house and brake up that long work week. Lots of fun, food, and sailing! Meet down at the club area around 5:30pm - 6:00pm and come watch the sunset! If you have never sailed before and want to learn or just want to have a good time please join us! We welcome all just bring your own beverages (No glass bottles please)and a dish if you would like. No glass bottles please!
Bay Front Cleanup March 2010
August 8th 09 Club Distributes Personal Monofilament Recycling Cans at Port Lavaca Leg of the Texas Redfish Series.
Club member and local Texas Sea Grant Extension Agent, Rhonda Cummins coordinated for the remaining collection bins to be assembled, she is also overseeing the program. The Mid-Coast Chapter Texas Master Naturalists™ helped club members to assemble approximately 775 bins on Saturday, August 8th in Port Lavaca. Special thanks to all who volunteered, your time is greatly appreciated! For more info about this volunteer program please visit http://midcoast.tamu.edu or http://masternaturalist.tamu.edu
August 7th 09 SS&YC Distribute Personal Recycling Cans at the Texas Redfish Series in Port Lavaca
Distribution began Friday, August 7th in Port Lavaca, Texas at this yearís registration for the last stop of the Texas Redfish Series. The Texas Redfish Series was an excellent starting point for SS&YC where approximately 150 collection bins were distributed to tournament anglers. The programís goals are to help keep monofilament fishing line out of waterways, landfills, and the environment by stowing used fishing line, or any found during trips, in a personal collection bin. The clear plastic tube is small enough to be attached to a railing, mast, or tackle box on any boat. It can also be stowed in a cubby on a kayak, or attached to a boat dock. Itís also good for boaters because it helps eliminate tangled props!
SS&YC begins Monofilament Recovery & Recycle program at the Texas Redfish Series Registration in Port Lavaca on August 7th.
Club members will be present at the Texas Redfish Series Tournament stop
in Port Lavaca to distribute collection bins made to hold monofilament line.
Funded by a grant from the BoatUS Foundation.
Used monofilament fishing line can be recycled. Help keep monofilament fishing line out of waterways, landfills, and the environment by stowing used fishing line, or any found during trips, in a personal collection bin. Itís simple and easy. The clear plastic tube is small enough to be attached to a railing, mast, or tackle box on any boat. It can also be stowed in a cubby on a kayak, or attached to a boat dock.
The collection bins were designed to hold monofilament fishing line, once the bin is full it can be emptied into an indoor collection bin or an outdoor PVC bin. These may be found at local boat ramps, fishing piers and parks, local shops, marinas, recycling centers, or the County Extension Office. Drop your line into one of these recycling bins. Larger bins, available in many locations, are overseen by volunteers, government agencies, non-profit groups, and businesses as part of a statewide program.
Distribution will begin Friday, August 7th in Port Lavaca, Texas at this yearís registration for the Texas Redfish Series Tournament. The Texas Redfish Series is an exciting one-day event where 125 two-person teams compete for cash and prizes, an excellent starting point for SS&YC. Club member and local Texas Sea Grant Extension Agent, Rhonda Cummins has coordinated the grant with BoatUS and is overseeing the program.
ďClub members are excited to begin promotion for the Monofilament Recovery and Recycle Program,Ē states Jack LaBarge, SS&YCís Commodore. ďThe program will help distribute 1,000 collection bins statewide. As a non-profit organization, the Seadrift Sail and Yacht Club would like to contribute to the community. We all fish, sail or kayak in these waters, letís keep them clean. Thank you to Rhonda for all her help and introducing us to this program.ď The program is very simple, low maintenance, and extremely good for waterways and their inhabitants. Itís also good for boaters because it helps eliminate tangled props!
If youíd like more information about this program, to request a brochure or to schedule an interview with Jack LaBarge, please call 361.772.8002 or e-mail Jack at firstname.lastname@example.org
It isnít very often these
days that one meets strangers that are really
nice and accommodating right up front.
Well, me and the group I
sail with did just that last week. There were
five of us in sailboats that sailed into
Seadrift late one afternoon, looking for a place
to get a shower and hot meal.
Within just a few minutes
of tying up to the docks at the marina, we were
greeted by a gentleman by the name of Jack
LaBarge, who introduced himself as Commodore of
the Seadrift Sail and Yacht Club, and, shortly
thereafter, we met Wesley Hunt and a fine gent
by the name of Kelly.
Jack let us know
immediately that we were welcomed at Seadrift
and insisted that if there was anything we
needed or somewhere we needed to go, that the
Yacht Club would be at our disposal, and they
would consider it an honor to be of help to any
We were also invited to the
weekendís festivities and were invited to return
to Seadrift on our next cruise in the area.
We dined at a local
restaurant and stayed at a local motel and spent
a few dollars at the Marina as well.
Upon leaving, there was
another turnout to see us off and ask us back
again, things that you just donít see happening
anymore, or at least rarely.
As we sailed off, we could
see them in the distance, still talking to each
other and waving at us.
Personally, my hat is off
to the guys at the Seadrift Sail and Yacht Club,
their wives and friends; they made all of my
group feel really good about returning to
I think the city of
Seadrift and the mayor and council should be
really proud to have that group representing the
We will very likely return
next year, and I wouldnít be surprised if the
Texas 200 sailboat race picks Seadrift as one of
its many waypoints.
Fair winds to you, too,
Jack. Wesley and Kelly et al., see you again
Pictures of the Texas 200
Guys taken during the event
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