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 The Eleventh Annual Texas 200 June 11 - 15, 2018


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2018 CAMPS WILL BE PUBLISHED IN EARLY JANUARY 2018.  BELOW ARE 2017 CAMPS TO GIVE NEW PARTICIPANTS AN IDEA OF THE TYPE OF CAMP INFORMATION THAT WE TYPICALLY PUBLISH

For the first time, the Texas 200 will offer two different routes that participants can choose from.  If this is your first Texas 200, or you just want to enjoy the traditional Texas 200 experience that so many of us know and love, we offer the traditional Texas 200 event, which will run from Port Mansfield to Magnolia Beach.
For Texas 200 veterans who have successfully completed at least one Texas 200, and have the ability, boat type and interest in sailing a more challenging route, outside of the ICW, we are offering an alternative route which we are calling “Texas 200 the Hard Way”.  Participants in this version of the Texas 200 will depart from Magnolia Beach, beat to windward for a few days, and then turn around and sail with the northbound Texas 200 participants up to the finish line at Magnolia Beach.
When you register for the event, please indicate whether you will be sailing the traditional Texas 200, or the “Hard Way.”
Please note that we strongly recommend that all first timers sail the traditional Texas 200 event.

TEXAS 200
The Start – Port Mansfield
 
The 2017 Texas 200 will start in Port Mansfield.  You are free to arrange for and utilize any slip, marina, motel, boat ramp or beach in the Port Mansfield area that you feel is best for you and your crew.  Camping is permitted at Fred Stone Park located less than one mile north of Port Mansfield.  If you choose to utilize Fred Stone Park, you should contact the City or the Park directly for more information, fees, availability, services offered, etc.   The mandatory Captain’s Meeting will occur in the parking lot near the public boat ramps on the north side of the main channel into Port Mansfield at 7am on Sunday morning.  The location is shown with the yellow pushpin in this Google image. No rooms or slips are being reserved by the Club; each boat’s captain and crew are 100% responsible for their own room and boat slip accommodations.  The actual start of the sailing on Monday morning will be from wherever you and your boat are located in Port Mansfield; there is no starting line or starting time.

Camp 1 – Land Cut
 26 55’ 49” N,   97 27’ 24” W
23 nautical miles (26 statute miles) from Port Mansfield
 
This camp is located on the right (east) side of the land cut.  We have used this camp several times in the past few years.  Make sure your shoes are tied on good and tight before you step off your boat, and keep one hand on your boat as you do so. This is some of the thickest, deepest, foulest-smelling, shoe-eating, child-swallowing mud on the Texas coast.  The Land Cut forms part of the ICW and has active commercial barge traffic.  You do not want to anchor any more than just a few feet out from the beach into the Land Cut.  Also be aware of the large wakes than can be generated from these barges as they pass close by.  Anything you can do to fully beach your boat and get OUT of the Land Cut would be recommended for safety reasons.

Camp 2 – North Padre Island (south of Bird Island)
27 26’ 14” N,  97 19’ 47” W
31 nautical miles (37 statute miles) from Camp 1
 
This was a Texas 200 camp in 2014 and 2016.  A nice, west-facing, mostly sand beach on the barrier island.  This is one of the nicer camps on the trip.  Some folks did some wading and swimming here in 2014 and 2016.  Just be aware that the approach is shallow. 

Camp 3 – Mud Island
27 55’ 49” N,   97 02’ 46” W
36 nautical miles (41 statute miles) from Camp 2
 
This is a brand new never-before-used camp for the Texas 200.  The “beach” here consists entirely of oyster shells.  A December 2016 scouting trip showed a relatively deep approach (remember, we’re talking deep by Texas Gulf Coast standards), and a good sized beach for socializing and setting up tents.  This camp will be used as Camp 3 by both the traditional Texas 200 participants, and the “Hard Way” participants. 

Camp 4 – Army Hole
28 19’ 57” N ,  96 27’ 51” W
43 nautical miles (49 statute miles) from Camp 3
 
This is one of the best camps on the entire Texas Gulf Coast, and is always a Texas 200 fan-favorite.  Deeper draft boats will want to use the boat slips.  We ask that smaller, beachable boats please use the beach/grass area to the left of the pushpin on this image for entering and beaching your boats, since slip space is limited at the docks.  
Route Planning Note: from Mud Island, you can get most of the way to this camp by sailing in the ICW, and then heading across Espiritu Santo Bay to reach Army Hole.  However, you should be aware that it is also possible to sail from Mud Island to Army Hole through what are known by Texas 200 veterans as the “back bays”, and not sail in the ICW at all.  This is a route that is primarily for smaller, lighter, shallow-draft boats, but it offers a chance to get out of the ICW and explore several bays, cuts and passes that are quite interesting (and free of barges and tankers).   As captain of your vessel, you are 100% responsible for planning your route and sailing it.  This is just a suggestion that you might be interested in exploring further.

The Finish – Magnolia Beach
28 33’ 27” N ,   96 31’ 40” W
20 nautical miles (23 statute miles) from Camp 4
 
We will finish at Magnolia Beach where we will have our traditional shrimp boil and celebration starting at 4pm.  Please remember that the shrimp boil requires registration and pre-payment, which should be done on the Texas 200 webpage in advance.  This is a sand and shell beach and the approach is fairly deep right up to the beach.  There are relatively new public restrooms with showers right there at the beach, and tent and RV camping is allowed if you want to stay the night after the event.  At the north end, there is a boat ramp for pulling out, but many folks also opt to pull their boats out on the beach (with appropriate 4WD vehicles) just a few hundred feet north of where the shrimp boil is located.   Our vehicles and empty trailers are located about a mile from the shrimp boil, and it’s usually fairly easy to find someone to drive you over to get your vehicle. 

Route Planning Note:  From Army Hole, you can cross Espiritu Santo Bay and access the ICW in Port O’Connor.  From there, the ICW will take you out into Matagorda Bay and you can head over to Magnolia Beach.  However, as with the trip from Mud Island to Army Hole, it is possible to sail from Army Hole to Magnolia Beach without sailing in the ICW at all (except just to cross it once).  There are several ways to do this, utilizing either Saluria Bayou or Big Bayou to get from Espiritu Santo Bay into Matagorda Bay.  Again, these are routes that are primarily for smaller, lighter, shallow-draft boats, but they offer a chance to get out of the ICW and explore several bayous, cuts and passes that are quite interesting (and free of barges and tankers).   As captain of your vessel, you are 100% responsible for planning your route and sailing it.  This is just a suggestion that you might be interested in exploring further.




The “Hard Way” Start – Magnolia Beach
28 33’ 27” N ,   96 31’ 40” W
 
The “Hard Way” route for the 2017 Texas 200 will start in Magnolia Beach.  You are free to arrange for and utilize any slip, marina, motel, boat ramp or beach in the Magnolia Beach/Port Lavaca area that you feel is best for you and your crew.  Camping and RVs are permitted at Magnolia Beach, and that may be something you want to explore in lieu of a hotel room.  No rooms or slips are being reserved by the Club; each boat’s captain and crew are 100% responsible for their own room and boat accommodations.  Note that there are no marinas/boat slips in Magnolia Beach itself. The nearest marinas are in Port Lavaca.  You may want to consider launching your boat and keeping it on the beach (for smaller boats), setting your boat up on the trailer and launching at sunrise on Monday morning, or anchoring out off the beach at Magnolia Beach on Sunday night.  Our mandatory Captain’s Meeting will occur on the beach at Magnolia Beach, next to the public restroom building, at 7am on Sunday morning.  The actual start of the sailing on Monday morning will be from wherever you and your boat are located in Magnolia Beach; there is no starting line or starting time.

“Hard Way” Camp 1 – Hidden Pass
28 17’ 33” N ,  9636’ 11” W

25 nautical miles (29 statute miles) from Magnolia Beach
This camp was used for the first time in 2016, and it was a real crowd-pleaser.  It is a shell beach, similar to many others along the Texas Gulf Coast.  Let’s see how many boats can successfully sail through the diminutive Hidden Pass on their way to Camp 2. 
NOTE:  Google Earth images from January 2017 show Hidden Pass completely filled in.  This may or may not be the case come June.  Please take this into consideration when planning your route.


“Hard Way” Camp 2 – Cedar Point

28 06’ 54” N ,  9649’ 56” W


18 nautical miles (20 statute miles) from Camp 1
This camp has not been used on a Texas 200 in a number of years.  It’s a relatively small beach, but should be more than sufficient for a few hearty “Hard Way” participants.

Camp 3 – Mud Island
27 55’ 49” N,   97 02’ 46” W
19 nautical miles (22 statute miles) from Camp 2
 
This is a brand new, never-before-used camp for the Texas 200.  The “beach” here consists entirely of oyster shells.  A December 2016 scouting trip showed a relatively deep approach (remember, we’re talking deep by Texas Gulf Coast standards), and a good sized beach for socializing and setting up tents.  This camp will be used as Camp 3 by both the traditional Texas 200 participants, and “Hard Way” participants.

Camp 4 – Army Hole
28 19’ 57” N ,  96 27’ 51” W
43 nautical miles (49 statute miles) from Camp 3
 
This is one of the best camps on the entire Texas Gulf Coast, and is always a Texas 200 fan-favorite.  Deeper draft boats will want to use the boat slips.  We ask that smaller, beachable boats please use the beach/grass area to the left of the pushpin on this image for entering and beaching your boats, since slip space is limited at the docks.  
Route Planning Note: from Mud Island, you can get most of the way to this camp by sailing in the ICW, and then heading across Espiritu Santo Bay to reach Army Hole.  However, you should be aware that it is also possible to sail from Mud Island to Army Hole through what are known by Texas 200 veterans as the “back bays”, and not sail in the ICW at all.  This is a route that is primarily for smaller, lighter, shallow-draft boats, but it offers a chance to get out of the ICW and explore several bays, cuts and passes that are quite interesting (and free of barges and tankers).   As captain of your vessel, you are 100% responsible for planning your route and sailing it.  This is just a suggestion that you might be interested in exploring further.

The Finish – Magnolia Beach
28 33’ 27” N ,   96 31’ 40” W
20 nautical miles (23 statute miles) from Camp 4
 
Once again, we'll finish at Magnolia Beach where we will have our traditional shrimp boil and celebration starting at 4pm.  Please remember that the shrimp boil requires registration and pre-payment, which should be done on the Texas 200 webpage in advance.  This is a sand and shell beach and the approach is fairly deep right up to the beach.  There are relatively new public restrooms with showers right there at the beach, and tent and RV camping is allowed if you want to stay the night after the event.  At the north end, there is a boat ramp for pulling out, but many folks also opt to pull their boats out on the beach (with appropriate 4WD vehicles) just a few hundred feet north of where the shrimp boil is located.   Our vehicles and empty trailers are located about a mile from the shrimp boil, and it’s usually fairly easy to find someone to drive you over to get your vehicle. 

Route Planning Note:  From Army Hole, you can cross Espiritu Santo Bay and access the ICW in Port O’Connor.  From there the ICW will take you out into Matagorda Bay and you can head over to Magnolia Beach.  However, as with the trip from Mud Island to Army Hole, it is possible to sail from Army Hole to Magnolia Beach without sailing in the ICW at all (except just to cross it once).  There are several ways to do this, utilizing either Saluria Bayou or Big Bayou to get from Espiritu Santo Bay into Matagorda Bay.  Again, these are routes that are primarily for smaller, lighter, shallow-draft boats, but they offer a chance to get out of the ICW and explore several bayous, cuts and passes that are quite interesting (and free of barges and tankers).   As captain of your vessel, you are 100% responsible for planning your route and sailing it.  This is just a suggestion that you might be interested in exploring further.