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Launching & Sailing

Boatpark, launching and the race arenas


Boat Parking

The Club has a large lawn space that can accommodate our event right next to the gate to the beach and beside the pool. Trailers and containers will be as close as possible to minimise walking distance.

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Launching will be from Shell Beach, which is accessed through a gate.   It is 52m wide and can handle our event traffic. The seafloor is mud with very few rocks and is shallow  for quite a way out.   It is a beam reach in typical sea breeze direction on entry, and the harbour shelters us from the waves, so it is typically quite calm.


Race Areas

The racing area is bounded by the mainland to the west and north, Atkinson Island to the east and the Bayport Channel to the south. We have a roughly 2.75 mile diameter circle in which to locate the course.​


Introducing our Race Officer, Billy Richnow

A native Texan, Billy Richnow has spent over 20 years as a US Sailing Regional Race Officer, served as three-timeFleet Captain of HYC, is a past Club Champion and most importantly for this event, served as Principal Race Officer of the 2007 and 2012 A-Class World Championships. H  is resume was hard to trim down for size purposes, so below are some of his primarily multihull events.

  • Six-time Principal Race Officer for Hobie Cat Mid-Americas Regional Regatta

  • 2001 Principal Race Office for Nacra North American Championship

  • 2003, 2005 and 2007 Principal Race Officer for Sailing World NOOD Regattas

  • 2003 and 2008 through 2019 Principal Race Officer for The Great Texas 300 Race up theTexas Coast

  • 2004 Safety Boat Officer for US Olympic Trials for Laser/470

  • 2005 Principal Race Officer for Tornado North American Championship at HYC

  • 2007 Principal Race Officer for A-Class Mid-Winter Regatta

  • 2007 Principal Race Officer for Formula 18 North American Championship

  • 2007 and 2012 Principal Race Officer for A-Class World Championships in Islamorada,Florida

  • 2010 Principal Race Officer for US Sailing Multihull Championship at HYC

  • 2012 Principal Race Officer for A-Class National Championship at HYC

  • 2018 Mark Boat Officer for Laser National Championship at HYC

  • 2019 Mark Boat Officer for Etchells North American Championship at HYC

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