Texoma Sailing Club
Welcome to Texoma Sailing Club! Just one hour north of the hustle and bustle of the D/FW Metroplex lies this largely undiscovered outdoors and sailing paradise.
If you like to sail – or think you might like to give it a try – we encourage you to contact Texoma Sailing Club or come visit our facilities.
CONGRATULATIONS LAKEFEST REGATTA
& FLOTILLA COMPETITORS!
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. Please see the attached link
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.
Congratualtions to the Lakefest
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.
TSC MOURNS LOSS OF FORMER COMMODORE JAN RHEA
Denison, TX (January 11 , 2013) – Texoma Sailing Club and the sailing community lost a valued friend in the recent passing of Jan Rhea. The Memorial Service will be held January 25th at 10:00AM at the Wildwood Chapel at Restland Cemetery of North Dallas.
Sailboat racing with Texoma Sailing Club and offshore racing in the gulf brought out Jan's competitive spirit. As a TSC member she served the club well as an officer, board member and Commodore. Jan always loved, took the helm and energized many of the TSC activities including pot lucks, special theme meals, costume parties, progressive dock parties, overnight anchoring and the annual Commodores' Party. The perfect hostess, Jan loved the evening meals aboard Final Trade with her special music and always great food. Sailing activities were not limited to Lake Texoma and also included Alaska, Georgian Bay, the Caribbean, the Sea of Cortez, the Mediterranean Sea, Greece, the Greek Islands and the canals of France. If these sailing accomplishments stir a sailing desire in you, Jan would be pleased.
Jan had an insatiable desire to travel and with her husband Joe traveled extensively throughout the U. S. and Mexico in their land yacht. Not restricting their travels to the US they made land cruises in Europe including Germany, France, Switzerland, Italy and to the Far East to Thailand.
Her competitive spirit was not limited to the sailing world and after years as a VP with an international real estate firm Jan established her own Commercial Real Estate firm in Dallas providing a path into commercial real estate for her Son Wayne.
Donations may be made in her name to the American Cancer Society or the charity of your choice.