Views of the Neighborhood

Last weekend was the Harvest Moon Regatta which is a race from Galveston to Port Aransas. Here is some info on the race itself. This is taken from the Harvest Moon Regatta website which you can visit here.

The Harvest Moon Regatta ®steadily grew from the 17 yachts of 1987  (The first year) to over 260 yachts in recent years. This was due in large part to the perfect destination, Port Aransas. This ideal Texas port allows yacht owners and sailors to use minimal days from work to join in on what can be a most memorable overnight sail down the Texas coast during traditionally the best offshore sailing time of the year. And we can all do this in relative safety shared by some 200 other yachts. The race started on Thursday, October 13th at 2:00pm Central and finished at about 10:00am on Friday, October 14th

This first photo is of the boats beginning to arrive at the Port Aransas Jetty.

Harvest moon regatta

Here are two pictures of the boats up a little closer.

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This is a shot of the boats moving up the Corpus Christi channel toward Port Aransas

Boat Race


The jetty is made of limestone rocks brought in from the Hill Country up North. You can see people fishing off the jetty oblivious to the sailboats going by.

Sail boat race

Here is a shot of the first turn before the finish line.

Boat race

Here is the entrance to the marina which is the finish. The captains and crews stay in Port Aransas for a night of festivities and then depart on their own schedule.


  1. Jolly nice day for it, too. Thanks, John.

    1. Yes it was. Thanks, Keith.

    1. Thanks you for the reblog. 🙂

  2. It looks so beautiful and relaxing, John. Thank you for this little break from the day-to-day. Mega hugs.

    1. Always a pleasure. Super Sunday, Teagan. 😀

      1. And a splendid Sunday to you, my friend. 🙂

  3. It looks like a picture perfect day for the race. How were the winds? Thanks for sharing your gorgeous shots!

    1. According to the sailors the winds were a little tricky. I know that day they were blowing from the East which would give them a challenge. Thanks, Jill.

  4. It looks like they had beautiful weather, John. Great photos, especially the close-ups, and I appreciate the back story info. Up here, boaters are scheduling when the marina will pull their boats out and shrink wrap them for the winter.

    1. I remember the pull out and winterize process from living near the Great Lakes. Quite expensive as well. Thanks, Dan.

      1. I have a friend who just bought a boat this year. He’s requesting to be among the last taken out and the first put back in. I didn’t ask about the cost.

      2. I’m sure the boat crew will do exactly as he requests. (He may show up to an empty slip one of these days)

      3. I’m sure they will follow his wishes.

  5. In my youth I lived in Plymouth, Devon, which was a major Royal Naval base at the time so we had a lively sailing race culture from gig racing (fast sleek fishing rowboats) to the Tall Ships in the superb Plymouth Sound. It’s a lovely sight to behold a race under sail power – they’re really beautiful.
    Thanks for the lovely photos and the memories 😀

    1. Thanks for the visit and comments, Jan. 🙂

  6. Just imagining 260 yachts in one spot. Must be very crowded.

    1. Yes, it does get crowded. 🙂

  7. I look forward to these. You’ve shown us a lot of interesting things.

    1. Thanks, Craig. Fun to do too.

  8. It looks like they had a perfect day for sailing. Beautiful photos.

    1. It was almost perfect. At least no overnight storms.

  9. Lovely shots, John!. My youngest son, Dominic, has his own sailboat in a marina at Bayfield, Ontario – along Georgian Bay. They certainly are a beautiful sight in full sail! Unfortunately, his boat is now out of the water and sitting with others on a tennis court nearby for the winter.

    1. The curse of old man winter. Thanks, John.

  10. What a lovely sight, John. Thanks for sharing. It must be quite enjoyable for all. 🙂 — Suzanne

    1. Yes, It is. Thanks, Suzanne.:-)

  11. Such peaceful shots, John, and it looks as if you had the perfect day for capturing them! I imagine an event such as this is good for participants as well as the “natives,” right?!

    1. We all enjoy it. thanks Debbie.

  12. Love these tours around your little place. Looks so peaceful and relaxing. What a beautiful and what a beautiful day. I love all boats, but sailboats on the water make me swoon.

    1. It is very peaceful. Thanks, Susan.

  13. You truly live in paradise, John! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thanks, Jan. 🙂

  14. Looks like a perfect day for sailing.

    1. It was perfect. Thanks, Teri.

  15. It looks like it was a great day for sailing.

    1. It certainly was. 🙂

  16. The weather appears perfect for a little regatta and picture-taking. I can’t believe all that awesome blue. Wonderful pictures, John. Thank you for sharing. 🙂

    1. It was a beautiful day.

    1. Thanks, Audrey. I love blue.

      1. You were in the perfect place to see blue. Reminds me of League City.

      2. It is very special when the deep blue of the Gulf meets the blue of the sky and the horizon disappears.

      3. I agree. Breathtaking and I used to love seeing it happen from the Catalina 22.

      4. Beautiful boat. Just saw a 1978 classic.

      5. Equally beautiful. I can almost hear the waves.

  17. That’s something I need to watch some day, John! Thanks for showing,

  18. Hello John! Beautiful pictures. I love seeing the sun twinkle on the water––lovely. It must have been an impressive sight to see all those yachts together in the water and on such a pretty day.

    1. It was an almost perfect day. The fall is the best time here. The days are beautiful and the nights a little (not much) cooler. Thanks for the visit. 🙂

      1. You’re welcome. 🙂

  19. Beautiful shots and the weather was perfect! I have a friend whose husband would participate but was not able to make it this year. Our falls are different but they can be special with that full moon over the water. Makes one glad not to have run away in the heat of the summer!

    1. We are tougher than most. Live the spring and fall. Put up with the summer. 😉

  20. Gorgeous photos 😊

    1. Thank you, Charlotte.:-)

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