Kalaya Ricco was the winner of the
February Chili Cook Off.  Texans know that chili doesn't have beans, but the judges decided to overlook this important fact and awarded First Place to her out-of-state receipe (I think it is from Missouri!)  Kalaya will give us the receipe and we will publish it as soon as she lets her secret out.
The club's Mardi Gras party and Gumbo Cook Off was held March 1 with a good attendance.  Vice Commodore Larry Reiland presents Best Gumbo to Paula Henderson.  The revelry continued well into the night (at least to 8pm anyway!).  Getting into the act of begging for beads was Wylie.

April 5 - Spring Fling Dash to the ICW
Our first on the water event was held Saturday, April 5.   The winds were expected to be 13-15kts, but turned out to be 20+ kts out on the open bay.  Five boats left the harbor and three turned back, leaving two hearty souls to brave the wind and waves.  Dutch Boy, sailed solo by Hans, posted a commanding finish by 38 minutes corrected time over the other boat to finish the course, Vaya Con Dios 2.
Position    Boat                      PHRF       Elapsed Time     Corrected Time
  1              Dutch Boy              168                143 min                 97.64 min
  2              Vaya Con Dios 2    210                193 min               136.3 min
  3              Sloopy                     153                 DNF
  4              Mischief Managed   171              DNF
  5              Star Trek II             213                  DNS

Dutch Boy, with Hans sailing solo at the helm, on his way to a commanding finish. 
Club Cruise to The Sanctuary
On April 26-27, three boats from PYC made a weekend trip the The Sanctuary at Port O'Connor.  Mischief Managed, Vaya Con Dios 2 and Ed York's Little Miss Magic with a crew of youth met at The Sanctuary and enjoyed a dinner on the Pavilion.  An early start on Sunday and winds 20+ knots had everyone back in Palacios by early afternoon.   Thanks to Jim and Connie for leading the event.  Sorry, but we did not seem to find any time for pictures.
Ladies at the Helm Regatta

The Ladies at the Helm Regatta was held June 7 with three boats competing on the approximately 12.8 mile course.  Honors went to Brenda Reiland who was skippering Dutch Boy.  We want to give special recognition to the co-skippers of Little Miss Magic, Maggie and Emily York, who as youth took the responsibility of skippering their Dad's boat.  Congratulations to all who competed.

Little Miss Magic
Co-Skippered by Maggie and Emily York

Texas 200

The good ship IUKA II, with Mark Rusk and Barney Gulley, participated in this year's Texas 200.  The T200 is an endurance event for small boats, typically homebuilts under 20 feet.  IUKA II made the trip from Port Mansfied to Seadrift, about 180 miles. 
(Barges sure look BIG from a 16' boat!)
Little Miss Magic beating to first mark.
Dutch Boy
2014 Christmas Boat Lighting Contest

Serendipity Harbor was alight with the PYC Fleet Christmas Boat Lighting Contest.  Members went to great lenghts to decorate their boats to draw the judges' interests; from Santa and his sleigh to children singing "Here Comes Santa Claus" on their boat.  The winners were Paula and Rick Henderson.
Honorable Mentions