Ruff Rider Regatta 2015
Labor Day Weekend
Sept 5-6, 2015
Monday June 29, 2015 -- GT300 is finished for the year, now its Ruff Rider's time!!!
Sorry for the radio silence this summer. The Great Texas 300 is finally finished and thus my daily free time has increased dramatically. I've received several messages lately asking if the Ruff Rider Regatta was happening this year or not? OF COURSE IT IS!!! Labor Day weekend, around the island. Registration will open middle of June, details will follow.
Monday Sept 8, 2014 -- Reorder Tshirts
If you want another Tshirt I will be submitting a reorder at the end of the week. Place your order here by Friday. The cost is $25/shirt including shipping.
Tuesday Sept 2, 2014 -- What a fantastic year!
Results are posted here.
This year turned out to be just a fantastic year all around. Saturday was really light to begin, but the breeze filled and we all received our high speed sleigh ride down the coast. Sunday we all took a HUGE ass kicking in the surf. After that the breeze was generally lighter than we wanted but we were all moving steadily down the coast. Many thanks to go out this year, Carla Cardini for being our PRO this weekend. She also organized the raffle at the registration party. She really did a huge amount of work. Tim and Pilar for being my go-fers this weekend. They also cooked the breakfast Sunday morning and were in charge of breaking down camp. This is the job all the sailors usually forget about but it is not an insignificant amount of work. Our sponsors, Gulf Coast Downhole Technologies, Robert Eckles, Cat Alley, C&C Sailmakers, Cat Sailor Magazine, Banks Sails, and the Sailboat Shop in Austin.
I hope to see all of you next year!
Monday Aug 25, 2014 -- Two Beach Houses for RAFFLE!
If you haven't registered already, I haven't increased for being late. No more Tshirts are available, but you certainly can sail I will consider feeding you at the halfway as well.
TWO BEACH HOUSES FOR RAFFLE!!! Cat Alley was gracious enough to donate a weekend and now we have a second beach house for raffle as well. That's TWO chances to win a weekend at the beach! Thanks Dennis Banks!
We have 5 days until registration at Louie's Backyard, 6-9pm Friday night. You must come by to pick up your race bag and sign in. There will be no sign in on the beach Saturday morning.
Monday Aug 11, 2014 -- Beach House Weekend Rental for $145!
Want to rent a beach front, mast up, beach house for the weekend for only $145? Well, step right up and register, your entry gets you entered in the raffle for a weekend at the beach plus tons of other cool stuff.
Only one week left before early registration is over and you have to pay the late fee.
Monday July 7, 2014 -- Registration is OPEN!
The 40th running of the Ruff Rider Regatta is getting close. Registration is now open. Visit the registration page for details.
Tuesday July 1, 2014 -- Ruff Rider Regatta is On!
This is the 40th anniversary of the Ruff Rider Regatta. We are a go for this year! However, unfortunately we will not be sailing to Corpus this year. We will be sailing a route which keeps us on South Padre Island for the whole weekend.
Registration will open next week.
Monday Sept 16, 2013 -- Photos are Posted
Photos from this year's event can be found here.
Wednesday Sept 4, 2013 -- Results are up
Final results are posted in the results section of the website. A big thanks to all that helped out this weekend, Carla, Christie, Othal, Patricio, and Scott. Another big thanks to our last minute sponsor Trey Garrison with Silver Bullet Racing. Hope to see you all next year!
Sunday Aug 18, 2013 -- 2 weeks!
Normal registration is closed. From here on out there is a late fee of $30. T-shirts are not guaranteed for late registrations.
Tuesday July 30, 2013 -- One month to go!
In one short month we will start the 'round the island format of the Ruff Rider Regatta. Get your spot on the line, register here.
Thursday July 18, 2013 -- REGISTRATION IS OPEN!!
Go to the registration page to register online. First to register is first on the start line!
Tuesday July 9, 2013 -- Round the island we go! -- Who's ready to run around the island? The Ruff Rider Regatta registration will open in the next two weeks. First to register is first on the line. An email will be sent out when registration opens, get on the list! Go to the Contact Us page to join the email list.
Tuesday Sept 4, 2012 -- Successful Year -- We had another great year! We had a few exciting moments, but generally speaking it was a great run north. Full results are posted here.
Special thanks to our sponsors HEB, Brockhaus Jewelry, Kenedy Foundation, Cat Alley, C&C Sailmakers, Louie's Backyard.
Huge thanks to our volunteers, Matt Parker, Carla Cardini, Andrew Tatton, Stephanie May, Nick Curra, John Galway, Patricio Brito, Andrea Eckles, and my road crew Mike Hammond.
From here on out we will alternate formats each year. Next year is round the island.
Wednesday August 29, 2012 -- NEW SPONSOR!!! -- Lighthouse Liquor in Rockport has come on board as a donation sponsor. They are providing drinks for the halfway point. If you've never drank a beer at the halfway point, you can't understand the complexity of the situation. Lighthouse Liquor is taking one crucial step out of the complex problem of delivering cold beer 50 miles into the middle of nowhere south Texas in the summer.
Monday August 27, 2012 -- The days seem to be moving quicker the closer we get! All the halfway point gear is laid out in my barn. Cases upon cases of drinks have been purchased. Final head counts are underway. We are all ready to move south. If you haven't registered, you still can (no guarantees on T-shirts) See you there! Oh yeah, eff you Isaac! I will string you up by your balls if you screw me like Lee did last year.
Monday August 20, 2012 -- Less than two weeks away from the start! We will postpone the late registration fee until next weekend, but from this point forward we can't guarantee T-shirt sizes.
Thursday August 2, 2012 -- Half price for students. If both skipper and crew are college or high school students we will reduce the entry fee by half.
We are 1 month out. The registration list is getting longer and the wait is getting shorter. Are you ready to roll north?
Friday July 20, 2012 -- HEB has agreed to help out again this year with groceries for the halfway point. Yeah HEB! Show them how much you appreciate this by visiting your local HEB next time you get hungry!
St. Arnold's Brewery has agreed to donate several cases of beer for the halfway point again this year. Where else can you enjoy a fine cold microbrew in the middle of absolute nowhere??? Nowhere else but Ruff Riders!
Thursday July 12, 2012 -- Registration is OPEN!!! Bring on the boats! $40 late fee after August 18th. Who's going to be first this year?
Wednesday June 20, 2012 -- We are headed back up the ditch. The GT is over for this year, which means its time to gear up for the greatest sleigh ride north of the Rio Grande. Registration will open in the next few weeks. Keep your eyes open, ears peeled, and calendar cleared for Sept 1&2, 2012.
Sunday August 7, 2011 -- Late Fee Coming Soon Dial the above number and when prompted enter the access code. You will then be automatically joined to the conference. For the sake of everyone on the call, please use the mute button on your phone unless you are actively speaking in the call. This eliminates a bunch of background noise which is very distracting. Anyone in the Houston area is more than welcome to listen in at my house. Email me separately for directions. We are about 10 min west of Katy on I-10, just south of Brookshire. Although our house might be closer to the Austin folks than some of the Houston folks! While on the call please help us keep to the agenda and stay on topic. If the call gets off topic we can table the conversation for the end of the call and move on to the next item on the agenda. Items on the agenda: 1.) General status report 2.) Race committee support. Volunteers. 3.) Halfway point to-do list. 4.) Finish to-do list. 5.) Trophies 6.) T-shirts 7.) Sponsorship leads. 8.) Powerboat commitments. 9.) Open floor. Questions should be directed to Shannon Galway at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you want to save $40 get your registration in by Midnight August 12. After that the registration price goes up.
Wednesday August 3, 2011 -- New Sponsor
Eckles Land & Cattle of Holdenville, OK has signed on as a cash sponsor. We really appreciate the gift!
Sunday July31, 2011 -- Aerial Photography!
South Texas Pools in Harlingen has agreed to provide aerial photography of the start and beginning of the first day. Photos will be available for download after the event free of charge. Check them out at www.southtexaspools.com.
Monday July 25, 2011 -- Volunteer's conference call
We will have a conference call for all volunteers interested in helping out with the event. If you want to help but don't know how, this is the place to be tomorrow evening at 7:30 (Tuesday July 26).
Call in #: (213) 417-9250
Access Code: 646449#
Sunday July 10, 2011 -- Registration is OPEN!
Go to register.ruffrider.net or click the button on the navigation bar to the left.
See you in Padre!
Previous Messages --
Thursday June 23, 2011 -- Registration is getting close
Registration will open within the next week or so. Keep your calendar open for Sept 3-4, 2011!
Hello fellow Ruff Riders! I just wanted to post a quick note letting everybody know what is in the works Ruff Rider 2011.
As most know, I have assumed the role of “Head Cook and Bottlewasher” for the Ruff Riders Regatta. I am really excited to take on this challenge and can’t wait to see how the next year goes. I have been a little lazy so far, Scott made it look so easy I figured I had nothing to worry about until mid August -- turns out I was wrong, especially when considering my plans. I intended to return the course to Corpus Christi for Ruff Riders 2011. Details of the exact finish location are still being worked out but will be within sight of the JFK bridge. I will warn you now, services provided at the midway point will be adequate but sparse for the first year until we can get our feet under us.
This is no small task and I will not be able to do it alone. I am asking for volunteers to assist in particular tasks. My plan is to assemble a committee of volunteers to share the workload. Areas where help is really needed are beach captains, on the water transport, race committee, and midway workers. Several people that have powerboats which can be used for the weekend are needed. We need to get all the equipment to the halfway point and also have a boat or two for chase boats. We will need spare hands at the midway point who are not sailing that can cook and serve dinner/breakfast. Beach Captains will be responsible for all activities occurring on their particular beach. Start captain will organize the registration, Friday sign in party, and the skippers meeting. Midway captain will organize dinner and breakfast at the midway point. Finish captain will organize the awards and finish activities.
Current Regatta Leadership
Regatta Director – Shannon Galway
Regatta Treasurer – Scott Kee
Start Beach Captain – Scott Kee
Midway Beach Captain – Andrew Tatton
Finish Beach Captain – Dennis Banks
Race Committee -- Open
Midway Workers – Open
Another area where help is DESPERATELY needed is attendance. I need everyone that is receiving this message to spread the word that we need more boats at the start line. The more people that register, the cheaper the registration fee is for everyone.
I look forward to the next year and I encourage anyone that has constructive ideas for this regatta to make them known on the website forum. I really want to make sure this is the regatta you want it to be. I must thank the people that have already volunteered to help and Scott and Ana for making this transition as smooth as possible. I’m glad to be here.
Dial the above number and when prompted enter the access code. You will then be automatically joined to the conference. For the sake of everyone on the call, please use the mute button on your phone unless you are actively speaking in the call. This eliminates a bunch of background noise which is very distracting.
Anyone in the Houston area is more than welcome to listen in at my house. Email me separately for directions. We are about 10 min west of Katy on I-10, just south of Brookshire. Although our house might be closer to the Austin folks than some of the Houston folks!
While on the call please help us keep to the agenda and stay on topic. If the call gets off topic we can table the conversation for the end of the call and move on to the next item on the agenda.
Items on the agenda:
1.) General status report
2.) Race committee support. Volunteers.
3.) Halfway point to-do list.
4.) Finish to-do list.
7.) Sponsorship leads.
8.) Powerboat commitments.
9.) Open floor.
Questions should be directed to Shannon Galway at email@example.com.