At the Helm
Five years ago, TMCA made history with our first trip to Cuba. It was not just history for our group, but as we understood, it was also the first time in Cuban history that a group of Texans or any foreign pleasure boating group was allowed to sail into Havana Harbor since their revolution nearly 60 years ago. One image that truly touched me was seeing an older Cuban gentleman sitting on the Malecón, Havana’s boardwalk, playing the Star Spangled Banner to us on his trumpet as we sailed by. I was very proud to have our officer flags flying and to represent TMCA at the Hemingway Yacht Club presentation. We had four of our 2016 officers onboard for that cruise.
One year ago, TMCA had to cancel most of our cruises and dock parties due to the pandemic, but our officers carried on the business of the club while several members came up with creative ideas to continue their boating activities. I was proud of how we persevered though a trying time.
A month ago, TMCA brought back our traditional themed style cruise to Moody with unique games, music and shared meals. There was a large attendance with a full marina, anchored boats and several that arrived by land and everyone that participated had a fabulous time. You all continue to make me proud to be a part of such a fun group of boaters.
And just last week, I visited Jackson Yacht Club in Mississippi and near the entrance I was greeted by our TMCA burgee that I personally exchanged with them several years ago. … another moment of pride.
This weekend we celebrate not only our country’s independence, but our freedom to reengage in activities we might have taken for granted just a year ago. Gathering with friends for cookouts, swimming, boating and fireworks. We can all be proud of our diligence as our nation rebounds from such unprecedented times.
The heat of summer is upon us and what better way to enjoy it than on the water – get out and sail, get out and play, soak up the sun and have some fun, make some memories. We have a lot of activities planned in July, so I hope you will join in. If you’re new to TMCA and not sure how things work, please contact me or any of the officers to assist you with how to find information on the website, with registration and/or how to join the TMCA Facebook group, so you don’t miss anything - because the more you participate in TMCA, the more you will gain from it and the more FUN you will have!
"It's a goodly life that you lead, friends; no doubt the best in the world, if only you are strong enough to lead it!'
'Yes, it's the life, the only life, to live,' responded the Water Rat dreamily ... “
― Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows
“Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.”
Ladye Jane Stone