Lakewood Yacht Club hosted the 31st Annual Harvest Moon Regatta Oct. 5-6, 2017.
Under clear skies and breezy conditions, approximately 80 racers embarked on one of two newly charted triangular courses from Galveston's Pleasure Pier Thursday, Oct. 5 at 1400 hours. The fastest sailboats crossed this year's finish line the following morning approximately 19.5 hours later.
Winners of this year's major trophies are:
Bacardi Cup - Al Goethe, Hamburg II
Cameron Cannon - Ted Greak, Edelwiess
Commodore/John Broderick Memorial - Jim Foster, Big D
Founders' Award - Scott Weaver, Vivace
Bill Hall Memorial Trophy - JD & Susan Hill, Second Star / Ted Greak, Edelwiess
Mayor's Trophy - Scott Weaver, Vivace
Luna Trophy - Nancy Welch, Mischief
A complete list of race results can be found at harvestmoonregatta.com.
"We made the right call to proceed with the 31st HMR after Hurricane Harvey caused so much devastation along the Gulf Coast," says HMR Regatta Chair Paul Dunphey. "Our friends in Port Aransas, where the race traditionally finishes was hit hard by the storm, and I'm happy to report that
this year's racers, organizers and volunteers raised more than $22,000 to benefit recovery efforts for Port Aransas
, various raffles and the
Hurricane Harvey/HMR Port A Recovery Fund
, which was held in conjunction with the race."
This annual race is organized by Bay Access, a charitable organization supporting amateur racing, and hosted by Lakewood Yacht Club. Aside from Harvest Moon Regatta title sponsor Bacardi U.S.A., other major sponsors of the 31st HMR included the City of Seabrook, Banks Sails, Blackburn Marine, Davis Marine Electronics, Gulf Coast Mariner Magazine, Little Yacht Sales, North Canvas & Upholstery, OJ’s Marine, True North Marine and Upstream Brokers. Additional contributors were Boatpix.com, Coast Guard Foundation, Faron Daigle Realtor®, Fishbones Safety Solutions and Energy Services, Laguna Harbor, Mantus Marine, Ocean Navigator Magazine, Optima Marine, RejeX.com, Sea Lake Yachts, Superior Marine Services, Texas Mariners Cruising Association, The Insurance Navigators, The Yacht Sales Company, Texas Coast Yachts and Windward Sea Ventures.
"Enough cannot be said about our 2017 race sponsors, volunteers and the LYC staff, says LYC Fleet Captain Rex Bettis. "We simply could not manage this regatta without all the generous support."
Mark your calendars! Anyone interested in sailing in next year's regatta;
2018 Annual Harvest Moon Regatta is slated for Oct. 25-27, 2018.
Any questions about the HMR should be sent to HMR@lakewoodyachtclub.com.