Texoma Sailing Club
Another Lakefest in the History Books!
We have another Lakefest in the books! I have volunteered my time over the past 5 years working to make this regatta a success and I have to say, this year was the most challenging. Our wonderful lake, Lake Texoma has been below normal levels all season. This made it real challenging to attract boats from other area lakes to attend. We were worried as regatta time came closer and closer, then our Texoma Sailing Club members came through and we signed up over 30 boats for Lakefest in the last 2 weeks before regatta. So; my first thanks goes to all of you who signed up and sailed Lakefest. You saved the regatta! I want to thank our sponsors, Fossil Creek Liquor, Burrage Law Firm, Hampton Inn and Suites, Texas Instruments, Morgan Stanley, and Dave The Printer Incorporated. Your generous donations will go a long way to making a few wishes possible for our kids of North Texas through Make a Wish. We could not have done it without Grandpappy Point resort and marina hosting our Saturday Night shindig and all of the help they gave us. Whenever we hit a roadblock Jason Cottingame and his crew stepped in. I want to thank all of our wonderful volunteers; Chuck Flanagan for heading up the foundation work and working with Jason getting sponsors to donate. Haley Cottingame for running the dock challenge and organizing a lot of the ground operations. Angela Bell for running the silent auction. Bill Nichols and Gary Witt for getting all of the equipment ready. Gary Witt and Mary Nichols for organizing race committees and running the races. Mary and Larissa Nichols for organizing our check in process and running it. The Festas for being in charge of and running Friday night festivities. Mike Hinton D.J. extraordinaire – we had a lot of fun Friday night dancing through the mist. Jack Montani for doing all the handicaps and stepping in where needed. Dave Ramsey for printing all that he printed. We would be in a meeting and would try to figure out how we would get things out and Dave would just say “I can handle that”. Dave Long for being our virtual race captain and help running the races once he got out of Boston. Last but not least Ted Robichaux for making our home The Texoma Clubhouse just like home for everyone who attended. I would get shot and would have to live somewhere else if I didn’t mention my lovely wife Judi for doing all she does to make this thing work. I know I’ve missed a lot of folks who volunteered to take tickets and check in people. You are all key to making this event happen.
All in all it was a lot of fun, there was wind some of the time and each night was a lot of fun! Thanks to you all!
REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!
Denison, TX (March 2, 2014) – Texoma Sailing Club, the Texoma Lakefest Foundation and the Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas are excited to announce that registration for Lakefest 2014 is now open. Register for the Regatta or the Flotilla. Or if you're not racing, be sure to order your party tickets so you can join in on the festivities and support the Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas.
ANOTHER GREAT LAKEFEST!
Denison, TX (April 24, 2013) – Wow! What a great Lakefest! We had the largest turnout of boats that we’ve had in 10 years. Our regular spinnaker fleets and cruising fleets came out again and we had 7 VX One Designs as well but the real story was the turnout of our Flotilla fleet. Last year we had approximately 20 Flotilla boats participate in Friday and or Saturday and this year we set a record with 34 boats dusting off their dock lines and sailing in this year’s Texoma Lakefest regatta. This year we had great support from Grandpappy Marina and local TV.
I want to thank all of the volunteers who took part in this great regatta. If I name then all the website would overload but I do want to personally thank the board members who attended the meetings starting with Dave Long ( a few virtually from Boston) giving us his insight from the past 3 regattas he ran. Tim Wylie past commodore came up with the idea of videoing the whole regatta. We can’t wait to see the final product. Mary Nichols secretary of the club was in charge of skipper bags, registration, and helped with all the equipment for race committee. She also sent out numerous emails to the club members. Judi Nitsche was in charge of our sweat shirts and T-shirts not to mention club treasurer keeping all the money straight with the help of Larissa Nichols. Chuck Flanagan our Lakefest foundation chairman and Vice Commodore did another great job recruiting our major sponsors. He also kept me on task whenever he saw an issue surface. His experience and perseverance was critical.
Another big surprise and win this year was Alan Oppenheimer’s dock challenge! Alen thought of having a dock challenge in the marina 3 years ago. We raised around $3,000 that year and were ecstatic. Then he outdid himself last year with approximately 6 grand for the kids. Well hold your sheet lines, this year Alan and his dock captains hit $11,000!!
Tamie Odom and her Compass Rose Team put on one of the best looking silent auctions this year and generated over $10,000 for the kids. Not only that they donated the Compass Rose and proudly anchored at the opening of the marina so we could have our blessing of the fleet on a real Pirate ship! Way to go Compass Rose! Carolyn and John Festa volunteered to run the party on Friday night and along with their volunteers it went off without a hitch.
Saturday Night was taken on by Grandpappy Marina and Jason Cottingame’s team. Big players were Haley Cottingame and Rene Birchall. Wishing away in Texomaville was a big hit. The Pavilion has never looked better and Fin City did a great job. We all thought we were dancing and singing to Jimmy Buffett himself.
Club operations were run by our own Ted Robichaux who kept the clubhouse in great shape all weekend. He made sure we had coffee and food every morning.
Our ground operations were superb. I want to turn to our on the water magic this year because it was no small feat what Gary Witt and his team pulled off this year. Typically you have to worry about 1 course until the last couple of years then we threw the flotilla at Gary (incidentally his genius idea) and they had to run 2 courses. Then his crazy commodore along with JD Hill’s help threw another course at him to manage. Everything was perfect on the water. Not only did they run 3 courses instead of 2 but we also through a whole bunch of new boats out there. That is where Jack Montani came in. He meticulously rated a number of new boats that had not ever been on the race course. Usually the handicapper gets a lot of grief but this year Jack pulled it off without any issues. Everything went great on all 3 courses way to go Gary, Mary, Larissa, Bill, Joe, Gayle, Terry, Arlene, Gary, Haley, Sue, Patty, Gill, Mark, Steve, Kelly, Dave, Wayne, Suzie, Karen, Rick, Danielle and the Fort Worth officials ( I hope I didn’t miss anyone). Gary was even able to work his magic and give us 3 perfect days of sailing.
Again Thanks to the board for attending the Sunday morning meetings and donating their time over the last 7 months to make this happen.
Alan Oppenheimer, Bill Nichols, Chuck Flanagan, Dave Long, Gary Witt, Haley Cottingame, Jack Montani, Jason Cottingame, John and Carolyn Festa, Judi Nitsche, Mark Nagel, Mary Nichols, Rene Birchall, Tami Odom, Ted Robichaux, Tim Wylie
When you see them in the club or at the marina please thank them. If it wasn't for these folks there would be no Lakefest.
TEXOMA LAKEFEST FOUNDATION PRESENTS RECORD DONATION TO THE MAKE-A-WISH FOUNDATION® OF NORTH TEXAS
Denison, TX (June 30, 2012) – The Texoma Lakefest Foundation presented a donation on behalf of the Texoma Sailing Club and Grandpappy Point Marina to the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of North Texas. The donation of $30,250 represented the fourh consecutive year of increasing donations to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas, and will be used to grant wishes to children in the Texoma region with life threatening medical conditions.
EVERYTHING'S BIGGER IN TEXAS
by Ken Hurst, SAILING magazine
It might come as some surprise to sailors in other parts of the country, but there are big boats on the inland Lake Texoma. Big Texas-sized boats. Thirty to 40-footers. And lots of them.
Lake Texoma, which straddles the Texas-Oklahoma border, is the twelfth largest inland lake in the country at about 90,000 acres, with 580 miles of shoreline and distances greater than 25 miles between points of interest. With an average depth of over 30 feet and some spots up to 100 feet, it is home to the kinds of boats that you would normally see on coastal waters.
TEXOMA LAKEFEST FOUNDATION PRESENTS RECORD DONATION TO
THE MAKE-A-WISH FOUNDATION® OF NORTH TEXAS
Denison, TX (June 11, 2011) – The Texoma Lakefest Foundation presented a donation on behalf of the Texoma Sailing Club and Grandpappy Point Marina to the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of North Texas. The donation of $23,000 represented the third consecutive year of increasing donations to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas, and will be used to grant wishes to children in the Texoma region with life threatening medical conditions.
MATCHMAKING, TEXAS STYLE
by Ken Hurst, SAILING WORLD magazine
Clubs everywhere are looking for ways to engage younger members, and down in Denison, Texas, a group of sailors has found a solution. In 2009, Texoma Sailing Club race captain Dave Long sat down with fellow racers Juan Mauri and J.D. Hill. They settled on a plan that capitalized on two resources they had in abundant supply; eager sailors at nearby institutions like Texas A&M University, University of Central Oklahoma, the University of Texas, and Texas A&M University at Galveston, and keepboat owners looking for crew. The result of their brainstorm, the Collegiate Challenge, connects college sailors with club members for the Lakefest Regatta [more].
TEXOMA LAKEFEST REGATTA RAISES $20,000 FOR MAKE-A-WISH
Sherman, TX (July 6, 2010) – For the past 24 years, the community minded sailors of the Texoma Sailing Club have hosted the Texoma Lakefest Regatta. The Regatta, held each April at Grandpappy Point Marina on Lake Texoma, was the first charity regatta in the United States. The mission of the regatta is to hold world class sail boat racing to raise money to benefit children's charities in the Texoma area.
CONGRATULATIONS TEXOMA SAILING CLUB ON ANOTHER GREAT YEAR!
The Texoma Sailing Club presents a check representing the proceeds from the 2010 Texoma Lakefest Regatta to the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of North Texas. The donation will grant wishes to children in the Texoma region with life threatening medical conditions.
Front row from left: Chuck Flanagan of the Texoma Lakefest Foundation, Erin Michel and Claire Christensen of the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of North Texas, and Grandpappy Point Marina General Manager Jason Cottingame.
Denison, TX (April 15, 2010) – Nearly a quarter century old charity event is taking place at Lake Texoma this weekend and participants aren't letting a little rainy weather get in the way of their plans.
Last year, the Texoma Lakefest Regatta changed their charity recipient to the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of North Texas. Hundreds gathered at Grandpappy Point to take part in the event. Weather was a little better for the first day of the competition but captains, skippers and first mates say what's most important is what's at the heart of this event, a fund raiser for children with life threatening medical conditions.
A few boaters sat out Saturday as the clouds hung overhead. "We decided it was to icky to go out there and do it, we're fair weather sailors and today wasn't fair weather," Boat Captain, Steve Parry, said. Although boaters like Parry didn't take part in Saturday's race, they still gathered at the marina to watch the competition from a distance.
"Texoma's so big that we can set up and run very good quality races," said Primary Race Officer Wayne Coulon. "We usually have good wind. Out on the west coast, we don't get wind until about noon. Here, we've got it all the time."
This year marked the 24th regatta on Lake Texoma. Funds raised have gone to multiple local charities in the past, but last year the competition began donating to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The partnership began after the commodore for the Texoma Sailing Club saw a touching photo.
"I happened to see one of their annual reports, and there was a little boy on there steering a sailboat and it just wrenched your heart so I was like, yea this would be a great fit," Commodore, J.D. Hill, said.
Parry says purpose of the event shines through despite the weather and his team enjoyed the event on land today. They're proud of their victories from Fridays race. "We got fourth in one race and fifth in the other. Well there's fifty boats out there but there's not fifty boats in our group so I would say there were about four or five in our group and that's about how we did," Parry, said.
Today's events concluded at the Regatta Pavilion for the Shipwrecked Ball. There's still a chance to catch the tale end of the weekend long celebration. Sunday afternoon awards will be handed out by the Make a Wish Foundation of North Texas.
NO SIBLING RIVALRY AMONG SAILORS
Denison, TX (April 12, 2010) – Dallas and Ft. Worth... Two great cities with plenty of crosstown rivalries. One of the best parts about working for a great cause like the Texoma Lakefest Foundations and the Make-A-Wish® Foundation is that it brings out the best in people. Almost all North Texas yacht clubs are involved in Lakefest to some degree, but our crosstown "rivals" from Ft. Worth really stepped up this year to demonstrate the very best qualities in sailors and in sportsmanship. Not only are they sending three boats to compete in Lakefest this year, but many FWBC members can be found scattered throughout Lakefest crews. They're also bringing in a fairly large contingent to participate in the spectator fleet. One anonymous sponsor, a doctor from FWBC, when making a generous donation merely requested we make the following acknowledgement:
"The Fort Worth Boat Club salutes Texoma Sailing Club and the Lakefest Regatta participants for their community generosity."
Denison, TX (January 11, 2010) – Texoma Lakefest Regatta is now on Facebook. Please become a fan of Lakefest and help us promote this great and worthy event to all your sailing friends. We want to see 100 boats on the starting line in 2010, and with your help, we might just be able to get there. This year, there will be spectator boats for your friends and family to come out, watch and cheer you to victory, and Saturday night's Shipwreck Ball dinner and party is open to everyone. More party details to follow soon...
CONGRATULATIONS TEXOMA SAILING CLUB!
Texoma Lakefest Foundation board members present proceeds from the 2009 Texoma Lakefest Regatta to the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of North Texas
From left: TSC Race Captain Chuck Flanagan, David Burrage of the Burrage Law Firm, Grandpappy Point Marina General Manager Jason Cottingame, Make-A-Wish Foundation® of North Texas Development Officer Megan O'Brien, Make-A-Wish Foundation® of North Texas President Barry Smink, and TSC Vice Commodore J.D. Hill, Jr.
LAKE TEXOMA RACING
Red River Interrupted
by Kimball Livingston, SAIL Magazine
Off the bow I could see Oklahoma. I looked over the stern, and yonder was Texas. Around me whitecaps were building on a special lake that splits the difference between two be-all, end-all rivals, and the name of that body of water says it all. Texoma [more].
Thank You, Race Committee
April 23, 2008
by Kimball Livingston, SAIL Magazine
On the north coast of Texas, you can see all the way to Oklahoma. But what I carried away from Lakefest on Lake Texoma was a renewed appreciation for the volunteers who make sailboat racing possible [more].
Texoma Lakefest Regatta - Annual Charity Event Raises Funds for Special Needs Children
February 21, 2008
by Andi Hunt, Associated Content, Inc.
Texoma Lakefest Regatta is in its' 22nd year in April 2008 and known throughout the U.S. as the Grand Dame of sailboat racing. The charity event has raised more than $1.5 million for special needs children throughout Grayson County, making it one of the top charitable regattas in the nation [more].
For more information, please visitwww.northtexaswish.org