Marc Borde’s Captains log – “Guitar Strings & Sailboat Things” Tour
The following is a log that I kept of our tour/voyage. Please forgive the typos and grammatical errors, as this was all typed on my iphone, often while underway in rough seas. It may seem repetitive, and like we were a bunch of drunken pirates or something, but this is just a brief log and does not go into much detail. It does however have a daily account of where we were and how we got there. I suggest listening to the music player above while reading to get the full effect…
Saturday 7/2 Seabrook-Galveston
Wind variable 0-5mph
Left Cabo at 5:45am
Ryan and Blake fast asleep so me and Craig take first shift. Motor to houston ship channel and took short cut south of redfish island. Took just over 2hrs to get to there – avg speed about 5.2mph. Head south for about an hour then got real tired. Craig already passed out on deck. Woke up Ryan and Blake. Shift change. Got some rest in v berth. Ryan drove. 3 hrs later got back on deck. Almost to Galveston. Docked at Galveston yacht basin – about noon.
Hopped on bikes and went barhopping on the seawall. Somehow only spent $2 after a crazy day of drinking. Ryan kept falling off his bike and had to go back to the boat for recuperation. Me and the rest of the crew kept drinking and met up with some friends who came back to the boat and partied with us.
Sunday 7/3 Galveston
Woke up on the boat and rode bikes with the crew to La Estacion. Eric brought the band trailer to the boat and we rode bikes down the seawall and went to Capital Q for beers. Dru was DJ’n and there was a beach cruiser competition. I left early to get some food and rest back at the boat. Ryan woke me up and we headed to Loading Dock to set up the PA. Mama Tried played a great set and Shark Attack did too. Got back to the boat late and passed out.
Monday 7/4 Galveston
Motored to a slip provided by abe from captain jacks. It took about 15 minutes and is right behind joes crab shack on harborside.
Rode bikes with gear trailer to captain jacks and played a crew show. Had fun got drunk and made some money…. Got ice, beer, food, and supplies for the trip to Freeport and passed out on the boat at about 2am.
Tuesday, 7/5 Galveston – Freeport
Left dock at 7am and motored to fuel dock at yacht basin. Got fuel and supplies. Left at 8am and motored out the jetties in no wind and calm conditions. Motor sailed with main and genoa – avg speed 5mph. Breeze started filling in at about 2 pm (Ryan drove for a couple hours at 1pm while I got some sleep in the hot cabin). Killed the motor at about 3pm. Speed ranged from 4-7.4mph with main and genoa on a close reach on port tack heading close to 240deg. Blake caught a mackerel but lost it at the boat, and we saw a huge sea turtle, jumping sharks, and lots of dolphins. It got kinda rough at about 5pm but we were constantly over 6mph so I kept full sails and reached Freeport jetties at 7:30pm. Sailed wing and wing in the channel til we turned left into old brazos. Sailed through the narrow snake-like channel for about an hour and arrived at Freeport municipal marina at about 9pm.
Nice slip in a boring town. We went to a bar across the street on bikes for a beer, then rode a few miles to valero for food, beer, and cigarettes. Rode back to the boat, watched a movie, then passed out.
Wednesday, 7/6 Freeport – surfside
Everyone slept well and we woke up and paid the harbormaster who also got us set up with a marina in surfside. We motored to surfside (about 30 minutes) and tied up. The bar (castaway) was pretty close so we rode bikes to it for an early beer then cruised bikes around surfside. It’s hard to get boat supplies in surfside – the west marine is closed, so all the options are: valero, marina ship store, liquor store, and the surf shops. We rode the music gear to castaway at 7:30pm and started playing at 9pm during a poker tournament. We all made some money and drank beers and ate burgers. After the show we rode back to the boat and passed out.
Thursday, 7/7 surfside – Sargent
We all woke up later than planned – 9:30am instead of 7:00am. Got ice and fuel at the marina and left the dock at 11:30am. The wind was coming almost straight up the icw so we kept the motor on the whole time, and only raised the mainsail for about an hour. We kept the boat speed over 5mph and made it to sargent in about 4.5 hrs. At brazos river there is a floodgate… We had to call in on channel 13 for them to open it. We did circles while we waited for clearance and had a quick soft grounding near the east floodgate. When we reached Sargent we had to call in to the swing bridge and wait for them to open it. We passed through and pulled up to pier 57 on the left… And ran aground 2ft from the dock. We had to pull nose in to the dock to keep the keel from touching bottom. It still touched though, but not bad, during low tide.
We were greeted with cold beers and a Mexican food buffet at pier 57. Hospitality was great. We arranged to play at 8pm in exchange for a place to dock with electricity and water,and all we can drink and eat. There was a small crowd – maybe 10 – 20 people, and they were real cool salty folks that really enjoyed the show. We sold a few cd’s and met some new friends. By the end of the night we were pretty good and drunk and hung out by/on the boat with friends. Passed out hard.
We got invited to play again the next day for the same deal and since we don’t have any more shows confirmed till Tuesday in port oconnor, we decided to do it. We’ll try to score a gig in madagorda on Saturday.
Friday, 7/8 Sargent
Woke up around 9 and got breakfast and coffee at pier 57. Delicious! Went for a bike ride with the crew down the beach. Sargent has a very unique beach with clay cliffs that go into the surf… In-between the clay peninsulas, there are little sandy bays that hold tons of seashells. The crew went back to the boat to rest and do some boat maintenance. After a seafood buffet, we grabbed the guitars and tuned up. We started the show early because it seemed appropriate. Word had spread in Sargent about what we were doing and folks were starting to show up. We had a good show and by the end of the night we had a real nice (and rowdy) crowd. We made some $$$ in the tip jar too! After we loaded out I went to sleep. Ryan and Blake attempted to ride bikes to another bar that was open, but ended up turning around and going back to the boat.
We had an offer to play at another bar in Sargent on Saturday night, but after talking it over with the crew, we decided that we should head south to Matagorda to stay on schedule.
Pier 57 and staff for the amazing southern hospitality
Bob for the drill
Shan for the guitar strings
Avery for the showers
Carson for the fishing lures
Ponytail and mike for elevation
Sargent for good people and great times.
Saturday 7/9 Sargent – Matagorda
After an awesome breakfast buffet, the crew loaded up the boat. We sailed away from Sargent at 11:30am and headed to matagorda using the motor and main sail. The wind was out of the south west so it was almost head-on, but we managed to stay close-hauled without the sail luffing much. We kept the speed over 6mph and pulled into matagorda harbor at about 3pm.
The crew rode bikes around town for a while and we ended up back at the marina. There was gonna barbecue at 6 for the matagorda mermaid offshore fishing tournament. We talked to folks in charge of the tournament to see if they wanted a band. They did! We got the gear from the boat and set up. We had a great crowd and made great tips including a whole brisket and a bunch of beer. We loaded the gear onto the bikes and headed to Matagordaville. They were stoked we were gonna play and it was a Badass show. The crew is sounding better each day. What an awesome place – my kind of people. We sold some cd’s, Ryan broke (and fixed) his guitar, they loved Blake’s banjo pickin, we made good tips, and the crowd was great. Bart ,the owner of Matagordaville, gave us a ride back to the boat and invited us to come back any time.
Sunday 7/10 Matagorda
Boom-boom had invited us to go to “church” and he was knocking on the boat at 9am. Ryan wouldn’t wake up, but Blake and I went. Church consisted of surfing, drinking beer on the beach, and hanging out with cool locals until noon. The waves were about waist high and clean with very steep faces – fun! After returning to the boat, Blake and I crashed out, Ryan woke up, and the rest of the day was spent relaxing. We caught a few trout when the sun went down. The whole crew passed out early. Long day tomorrow…
Monday 7/11 Matagorda – matagorda peninsula
We woke up and got fuel, ice, and supplies. We ended up leaving Matagorda harbor at about 10am and headed westbound in the ICW. After passing through the east lock at Matagorda, we had to wait up river (Colorado river) for a barge to pass, before going through the west lock. We used the motor and main sail averaging a speed of about 6mph until we reached Matagorda bay. The bay was plenty deep, so we killed the motor and sailed south of the channel with main and jib. Speed ranged from 4-7mph, and we reached the Matagorda club field anchorage around 3 or 4 in the afternoon. It was a fairly protected area behind Matagorda peninsula where a military base had been abandoned. Basically, we were in the middle of nowhere, with a little protection from the wind and waves. We dropped anchor in about 6.5ft of water and Blake and I started to fish. Ryan was still recovering from over exhaustion from the brutal sun and our crazy schedule, so I set up a wind scoop into the cabin for “A C”, and he got more rest. We caught some trout and gafftop, but nothing worth keeping. For dinner, I heated up some brisket, and we had BBQ sandwiches with chips and cokes – pretty damn good.
Tuesday 7/12 Matagorda Peninsula – Port O’Connor
It was a rocky night… The wind and waves had increased and shifted directions, but the anchor held nicely. We pulled anchor and sailed off with the main sail only. The gusts still had the boat leaning over pretty good. There are basically two channels that go across the ship channel into port oconnor from where we were. The southernmost one didn’t work out for us, so we backtracked and and went to the northern one that actually WAS deep enough. On the way we saw a shovel-nose shark swim by the boat. The water was pretty clear and there was lots of life. The folks at Josies Cantina got us set up with a slip at The Sanctuary. After docking we rode 7 miles to Josies Cantina and ate some Mexican food. The guys from mama tried met up with us and we picked up the music equipment from the boat and set up. The crew played first, and then mama tried. It was a fun show, and it was nice to see familiar faces. Afterward the crew and Mama tried went back to the boat and passed out in, on, and around the boat. Probably an unusual sight for such a fancy marina!
Wednesday 7/13 Port O’Connor
The guys from Mama Tried left at about 8am, and the crew slept in. After cleaning up a little, we got a ride into town. Josies was closed but we were able to score some fried chicken from Eloisa the owner, then we rode around town getting supplies. The list consisted of: batteries, fuel, rope, fiberglass repair kit, wire, alligator clips, pocket knife, chart of area from port oconnor to port aransas, beer, soda, water, and food. We got the supplies and went to check out the poco bueno fishing tournament. It was a busy mess of fancy million dollar sport fishing yachts, fishermen, rich assholes, staff, and pretty ladies. We didn’t stay too long cause we needed tickets and they were about $150 each. To enter a boat in the tournament costs $25,000!!! We ended up at the cantina for cold beer and friendly faces. Melanie gave us a ride to drop off the supplies at the boat and returned us to the cantina where we hung out with the locals until the bar closed.
Thursday 7/14 Port O’Connor – Rockport
Due to a night of partying, we did not wake up at 6am like we planned. We managed to leave the dock at 8am, and since our marina was 6 miles west of port oconnor we were about an hour closer to our next port, so I wasn’t trippin. Ryan drove the first 6hrs while I slept and did boat repairs, cleaning and maintenance. When I took the helm, we put up the mainsail to help out with speed. The wind had been head-on until that point. It was a windy day! Once we sailed into Aransas bay conditions got rough. We plowed through the waves at about 7mph as spray constantly got us wet. I made the decision to pull into rockport so we didn’t have to navigate any of shallow water near port Aransas at night. We pulled into key allegro marina and were happy to see a bar (“Grog”) in the marina. During the first round of lonestars we managed to score a gig… We were to play in 2 hrs., and were stoked that the stage was only a short walk from the boat. Fun show for cool people! They seemed happy to hear something different and called their friends who came out to see the “gipsy pirates who floated into town to cause a ruckus”. What a long day… 11hrs of sailing immediately followed by a 4 hr show. I fell asleep sitting down, and didn’t make it to the v berth until I woke up hours later.
Friday 7/15 Rockport – Port Aransas
The crew slept til about 10am. After all the laundry was done, we cooked some eggs and bacon on the boat and it was great. We left Rockport around noon and motored straight upwind toward port Aransas at about 4mph through the waves. We were able to put the main sail up a couple times which boosted speed to over 7mph, but mainly it was a slow cruise through beautiful water. It felt like we were in the carribean. We arrived at the island moorings marina in port Aransas at about 5pm. It is a fancy yacht club style marina with a pool, hot tub, bar, restaurant, and really nice facilities. People were cool too. We were invited to hang on other boats within an hour of our arrival, but we jumped in the pool to cool off instead. Nice. We quickly found out that we were already supposed to be playing music at the Gaff… Oops! We loaded up, hopped in a cab, and made our way to the show. Set up was quick, and we started jammin. The gaff is such a cool place – a real pirate bar. We had a good show, ate pizza, and drank a bunch of lonestar. We got a ride back to the boat, and Ryan and Blake walked around the marina (probably causing a ruckus), and I passed out. This is the start of a long string of shows with no days off… Rest will be hard to come by!!!
Saturday 7/16 Port Aransas
The crew woke up and went for a bike ride into town. We rode down the beach and then met up with Kip, the owner of the gaff, and went to a few bars. It was fun, but we had to get ready for our show so we met Wayne at the gaff and went back to the boat to get our gear. He gave us a ride to tequila cove and we started jammin. After the show we went to a beach party with the 207 locals. We saw the sun come up before heading back to the boat.
Sunday 7/17 Port Aransas
The crew was up and moving around by 2 in the afternoon. We slowly made our way to the gaff. We played at 6 and we all agree it was the best show of the tour so far. We headed back to the marina to prepare our next trip and get some rest.
Monday 7/18 Port Aransas – Corpus Christi
We were exhausted, so we woke up late… We wanted to leave by noon, but ended up leaving after 2pm. I wasn’t sure we were going to make it to our gig on time but once we were under way, we made good time. We were over 7mph the whole time with the genoa and motor on a beam reach. When the boat would surf waves, we would reach speeds of over 8.5mph! It was a fun sail and we got to Harrisons Landing in the Corpus Christi marina with 45 minutes to spare before show time. Nice! We played a good show and then hung out with friends. Somehow we ended up back on the boat without anybody falling in the water. The slip was kinda sketchy, but we had shorepower and AC, so good sleep.
Tuesday 7/19 Corpus Christi
The crew woke up to people doing construction on the building the boat was pretty much tied to and they had unplugged our shore power so the boat was hot. We rode bikes to Whataburger, and then to the marina office to get set up with a proper slip. We decided to go ahead and pay for the whole week because it would end up saving us money. Jason from Weak Day Boyz picked us up and took us to our show at Scuttlebutts on padre island, which was fun, and then we hung out with friends. We made it back to the boat late with beer and cigs.
Wednesday 7/20 Corpus Christi
The crew decided to take our “day off” easy and slept in. Blake and I rode about 10 miles round trip to get our phones situated, and ended up getting a gig set up for later. We were to play at the seawall and they expected us at 8pm. When we got to the boat, Ryan was still resting and getting over being a little sick. The crew loaded up the bikes and headed to the show. Nice pick up gig! We all went to sleep early.
Thursday 7/21 Corpus Christi
The crew rode bikes around downtown Corpus Christi promoting and running errands for most of the day. We got invited to play a show with the Weak Day Boyz at Morgans so we headed up there around 7pm. We ended up playing two sets. They were both good, and the second one was in front of a packed house. After the show, everybody went to Jasons house for the after party. What a fun night!
Friday 7/22 Corpus Christi & Rockport
The crew woke up and ate breakfast at Jasons house, and then he gave us a ride back to the boat. We spent most of the day coordinating the shows for the weekend and the arrival of Shark Attack and Mama Tried. We had decided that sailing the boat to Rockport didn’t make sense, so we started looking for a ride. Meagan from House of Rock wanted to interview us and offered us a ride. We did the interview on the way to Rockport and when we arrived, most of the band members were already there. Alice Fayes had a great crowd, and all the bands had people dancing. After the show, we got kicked out of another bar before we even made it in the door! I guess we were a little to rowdy… The next bar had already heard about us, but let us in anyway. Good times in Rockport! Everyone went to different places for the night, but the crew made it back to the boat at the marina in Corpus Christi.
Saturday 7/23 Corpus Christi
We woke up around noon and Blake and I rode bikes to get coffee. Ryan went to the bike shop to pick up his bike – it was so rusty from the salt water that the chain wouldn’t move – but they fixed it. We rode around, got food, and ended up at House of Rock for load in at about 6pm. The club provided a Mexican food dinner which kicked ass… The crew (with friends), eleven fingered Charlie, and the supervillains all sound checked, hung out around the club, and filled their bellies til the show. House of Rock had posted a really cool interview with the crew on the website and people were talking about it. There was a nice 18 & up crowd. The crew played a 30 minute set, and eleven fingered Charlie was next. We weren’t able to stay because we had to make it to another gig on the island. When we reached tequila cove, there was another band playing, who the club owner thought was mama tried. Apparently there was a booking mix up, but we sorted it out. Basically, we didn’t play but got compensated for the mix up. After some drinks, we went to mile marker 207 for Johnny Loves birthday party. There was a stage set up on the beach, a huge bonfire, and hundreds of people jamming out to the music. Shark attack and mamma tried were supposed to play pretty late… It was already about 1:30am and there were still 2 bands before us. Shark attack ended up playing a short set at about 4am, and mama tried didn’t play. We had some issues with sound equipment. We made it back to the boat a little after the sun came up, and then got a call from Blake who was neither with us or the rest of mama tried. Oops! He slept on the stage on the beach, and hunter picked him up later.
Sunday 7/24 Corpus Christi
Once everyone was reunited at the boat we went to subway for lunch. The mama tried guys headed back home and the crew rode bikes around town and then to Waynes house for a BBQ. The ride back to the boat was awesome – 4 miles downwind with sick downhill bombs in the dark. We made it to dr rockits at 10pm and got set up. This was probably our best show in corpus. We had great sound, played well, had a great crowd and sold lots of cd’s. After the show we rode our bikes back to the boat and passed out. That was our 22nd show in the last 24 days!
Monday 7/25 Corpus Christi & Port Aransas
A much needed day off. It was my sisters birthday, and her and Joel were in town. The crew went to lunch with them in corpus, and then they drove us to Port Aransas where we all hung out for Michelle’s birthday. We all ended up at the pool at island moorings marina where we partied til about 4am. The crew ended up staying on Captain Casey’s sport fishing boat “Barracuda”.
Tuesday 7/26 Port Aransas & Corpus Christi
We woke up to the sound of the “Barracuda’s” diesel engine at 6am. I went to the ship store for coffee, Dramamine, sandwiches, beverages, and cigs, and Michelle and Joel met up with the crew shortly after. We were going fishing!!! I passed out in the cabin for about an hour as we were heading out and woke up to the feeling of large waves. We were offshore and the waves were 4-6ft with some chop. Captain Casey had me drive the “barracuda” while he set up fishing stuff and I was stoked – it is a badass boat. I’m not sure if it was the hang over or sea sickness or a combo, but I was starting to feel queasy. We would drift fish and we would troll, and all of us caught fish. We caught mackrel, king fish, Bonita, and a mahi mahi. I eventually stopped throwing up and everyone was having a great time. Nobody wanted to head back to land, but the crew had a show I corpus christi at 6pm. We made it to the dock around 4pm, cleaned the fish, and then headed to corpus. We were late to the gig at Harrisons landing and they were pissed! We still played though and had a bad ass show. People danced, bought cd’s, and we had a blast playing (even though we were once again exhausted). They kept buying us beers and tipping us so we wouldn’t stop playing… So we didn’t! After the show we rode bikes back to the boat with our gear and passed out hard.
Wednesday 7/27 Corpus Christi
The crew slept in. We had thought about making the sail to Port Aransas, but we decided to stay another night so we could get rest and take care of some much needed boat maintenance. We also had a gig on the island at Docks that we needed to find a ride to. Jake hooked us up with a ride and even took us by west marine and guitar center. Docks was really cool and we played well. We made it back to the boat after meeting up with some friends at another bar in corpus. Supposedly there was a potential hurricane heading to Port Aransas…
Thursday 7/28 Corpus Christi – Port Aransas
The boat was ready, so we were able to leave the dock by 10am. Port Aransas bound with a reefed mainsail and medium sized headsail. We were close hauled the whole time with a good lean and punching through the waves. Blake drove the second half of the trip. We made great time, arriving at island moorings marina at about 1pm. The crew loaded up the instruments and got a ride from steve-o to Tarpon Ice House. We played out front and had a good time. When we got back to the marina everybody was talking about the Tropical Storm Don and the party we would be having for it at the marina. We passed out late.
Friday 7/29 Port Aransas
Everybody in the crew did their own thing today. Activities included swimming in the pool, hanging out at the “circle of nautical geniuses” table by the ship store, and surfing the building storm waves (way overhead when I surfed it). When the sun went down and the storm drew closer, we started grilling fish with everybody from the marina. We cooked our catch and other peoples too. It was delicious… Mahi Mahi, Mackrel, Ling, King Fish, and shrimp. Everybody had a great time and the crew performed an unplugged concert for the party. When the storm hit there were a few raindrops and some strong gusts of wind, but nothing major. We all went to sleep pretty late.
Saturday 7/30 Port Aransas
I woke up around noon and Ryan was hanging out with the captains by the ship store, and Blake was still sleeping. I caught a ride to the pier to catch some surf and it was amazing (chest to head high clean walls with power). When I returned to the marina, everybody was hanging out by the pool and the road crew with shark attack and mama tried members was on the way. We decided to rent a golf cart for the night to make transportation easier especially since all the musicians would be here (we figured it would be fun too). We loaded up the gear and went to the gig. Tarpon Ice House was a blast. Sound was great, crowd was great and everybody played great. So fun! All the musicians headed back to the marina. Most people slept on the boat, and a few slept on the beach.
Sunday 7/31 Port Aransas
We were supposed to head to Rockport… That didn’t happen. Instead we hung out on the beach with the guys from Mama Tried. It was a beautiful day and there was still some small longboardable swell, so we caught waves and enjoyed the day. We probably should have been getting rest for the long haul to Port O’Connor, but we didn’t. We were at the beach til about 2am.
Monday 8/1 Port Aransas – Rockport
We were so exhausted that we decided to get more sleep, so instead of waking up at 6am as planned, we woke up around 10am. We gathered supplies and raised the mainsail at the dock for departure around 2pm. The shackle that connects the mainsail to the halyard broke loose and got stuck at the top of the mast. Not cool. I had to climb the mast… I wasn’t able to free up the halyard but I was able to rig up a mid mast light, which had been on the to do list since the beginning of the trip. We also replaced our spare halyard which we ended up using as a temporary main halyard. We got the main back up (reefed) and the spare halyard worked ok. We couldn’t get it completely tight though because of the placement of the block (pulley) at the top of the mast. It had to go around the side stay which didn’t allow the halyard to pull straight up and caused some chafing. Oh well… The sail was up and we untied from the dock, way behind schedule. We only had time to sail to Rockport before the sun went down and would have to make up for lost time another day. We did however, make good time. With the wind and waves coming from astern, we didn’t have to use the motor much and still kept an average speed of over 6.5mph. Mostly we used our big gennoa by itself. We got to Rockport before the sun set and pulled into key allegra marina. After getting hooked up to shorepower, we rode bikes to the HEB that was only a few miles away, and bought supplies for the next run. The crew went back to the boat, watched a movie, and passed out (early for once).
Tuesday 8/2 Rockport – Matagorda
We woke up at 7am and sailed out. There was a good breeze and we used a medium sized jib with the reefed mainsail along with the motor. In order to make it to Matagorda before the sun set, we would need as much speed as possible. The crew all took turns at the helm, and we made it to Port O’Connor just after 3pm. We decided to push on through even though our ice was almost melted because stopping would jeopardize our arrival time in Matagorda. Good thing we didn’t stop. We made great speed motor sailing on a beam reach and reached the Colorado river locks at about 7:45pm. We followed a barge through and made it to Matagorda harbor about 15 minutes after sunset. The crew loaded up the gear and got a ride to Matagordaville with Bart and Boom-Boom. We immediately set up and started playing for an excited crowd. It was a great show, and everybody had a blast. We headed back to the boat with some friends and passed out soon after – exhausted.
Wednesday 8/3 Matagorda – Sargent
The crew left the marina before noon with fuel, ice, and supplies. There was a stiff breeze so we sailed without the motor, using a reefed main and a medium jib. We made good time and made it to Sargent well before sunset. We were greeted at pier 57 with cold lonestars before the boat was even tied up! We loaded the music equipment into the bar and then were treated with steak dinners. Pier 57 is awesome! We played a few sets to a small crowd and then hung out with them after. We ended up passing out pretty late.
Thursday 8/4 Sargent – Surfside
We woke up, ate breakfast and cruised out. We made such good time that when we approached surfside, we decided to take a little trip offshore. I wanted to test the conditions for a potential offshore sail to Galveston tomorrow, and we all wanted to do some fishing. We headed out the jetties and sailed to one of the rigs. We trolled lures and circled the rig a few times. No bites. Heading back into surfside was pretty rough, but very fun, and the boat performed great. We docked at the surfside marina and headed to castaway for our show. They were rude, but we played anyway and still ended up meeting some cool people. We got back to the boat around 2am and went to sleep. Long day tomorrow.
Friday 8/5 Surfside – Galveston
We got supplies from the ship store and left the dock at about 7am. We decided to make the run offshore, so we headed out the jetties. It was a great sail. I rigged up a tarp for shade and motor sailed with a medium jib. It was nice to not have to worry about water depth. I just followed the compass and relaxed. We sailed in pretty close to the seawall and saw big schools of stingrays. After sailing through the Galveston jetties, we pulled around to the Galveston yacht basin. We got a ride to Yagas and started setting up. It was a great show with a packed house. People danced all night long and we had a blast. After the show I skipped out on the after parties to get some needed rest back on the boat.
Saturday 8/6 Galveston
Everybody did their own thing for the most part today. At one point Ryan and I met up with local legend Bert Wills and had an amazing jam session. Later, I moved the boat to joes crabshack where they had a slip for us, and we set up our gear for the show. We played a few sets and ate crabs. After the show we met up with some friends at another bar. Nice night.
Sunday 8/7 Galveston
Pretty much a repeat of yesterday with alot more beach time. We had some family and friends in town for the show, which made it extra special, and it was also the last scheduled show of the tour. We loaded the gear on the boat for the “last time”, and hung out with friends. I am pretty sure that Ryan and Blake are looking forward to their homes on land… It has been a long tour… 33 shows in 38 days, by sailboat and bicycle.