Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Welcome to Houston YC

Hurricane Ike made U.S. landfall at Galveston, Texas, on September 13, 2008 at 2:10am CDT (07:10 UTC), as a Category 2 hurricane with winds of 110 mph. Among the sailing clubs based in Galveston Bay is Houston Yacht Club, where both the facility and local boaters are now cleaning up. Needless to say, the club might want to rethink the information currently on its home page:

Welcome to Houston Yacht Club…what will you do this weekend?
• Put your sails up just 50 yards from your slip?
• Spend the evening at anchor in a protected cove with friends and family?
• Snuggle into your berth after an evening of dining and dancing in the clubhouse?
• Visit with friends after a day of first-class racing?
• Watch your children play in the pool and sail dinghies in the harbor?

To view photos of the carnage:

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At 7:22 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can we give Houston YC a break and not jump on the negativity wagon to criticize when the website hasn't been updated? There are thousands in the area without water, electricity, food or fuel. And, sadly, there are many who do not have a home anymore. Let's rally behind Houston YC (and all the clubs in the area) and support the members, who must first rebuild their lives before their website.

At 8:07 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Could not agree more. Under the circumstances this is quite the reverse of SA at the moment.

At 9:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Most folks in Houston/La Porte/Seabrook don't have electricity yet, let alone internet access. I'm pretty sure they're not thinking about the chamber of commerce aspect of their website. You need to get yourself a life, and do something to help the folks along the Gulf Coast, rather than whine about the HYC website.

At 5:57 PM, Blogger Scuttleblog said...

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At 6:20 PM, Blogger Scuttleblog said...

Based on the feedback, I realize our presentation did not take into account the dire straits that some find themselves in as a result of the storm. You must remember that we are in the communication’s business, and we were surprised that the HYC website was not being used to provide information to its members, as we recall how handy it was when Southern Yacht Club used their site during Katrina. I suspect that there are a lot of people outside the local community that are interested, though perhaps YC website communication is not at the top of to-do list right now. We do regret any hard feelings that our story might have caused.

At 6:27 PM, Blogger Scuttleblog said...

Due to damage caused by Hurricane Ike, the 2008 Sperry Top-Sider Houston NOOD, scheduled for September 19-21, has been canceled. -- http://www.sailingworld.com/nood_regatta.jsp

At 12:49 PM, Anonymous Bob Patterson said...

No offence should have been taken. For those of us who aren't there, it brings home the power of hurricanes. The GYA was supposed to host a major regatta a week or so ago. BAy Waveland YC in Waveland, MS took a lot of flack for having to reschedule. Then people found out that Gustav had taken out the steps to the club and the dinghy park was in a shambles. People gave them a break then. Oh, and by the way- the club had just finished re-building this year from Katrina.

Still no power in Houston, and tons of trees down. Most of the vehicles on the road are utility trucks trying to get it going.

Regards, Bob Patterson

At 3:27 PM, Anonymous Hunter Todd said...

We have posted more than 300 detailed pix of all the boats at HYC, in, out and under the water on flickr.com --- simply search on hyc ike or Houston Yacht Club Ike. We tried to cover all boats, on the hard, still floating and impaled on pilings. HYC was hit very hard, but we shall steam on and return even stronger.
S/V Valkyrie


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