|Route: 2022 Texas 200|
The 15th Annual Texas 200 will be held from June 13-18, 2022. This year we are going to utilize most of the camps that were planned in 2021, since nearly all of them were not utilized due to the adverse wind conditions we experienced most of the week. So, if you were looking forward to the 2021 event, you're in luck, because we're going to give it another shot in 2022! In addition, we are presenting an alternative to the full 6-day Texas 200 event this year too. This alternative may be attractive to those who don't have the time for the full Texas 200, but still want a taste of the Texas 200 experience. It will begin in Rockport on June 16th and finish with the fleet on Saturday, June 18th in Magnolia Beach, and will involve sailing two days with the rest of the fleet. Following are details for both options:
The Full, Traditional Texas 200
The Start – Port Mansfield
The 2022 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 typically 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. Note that in 2021 Fred Stone Park was closed, so you're definitely going to want to check in with them if you plan to camp there this year. 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 red location marker in the Google image above. 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 – The Port Mansfield Jetties|
26° 33’ 46” N, 97° 16’ 43” W
8 nautical miles from Port Mansfield
One of the best camps on the trip, this is a large, north-facing sandy beach. The camp is located a few hundred yards from the beach on the Gulf of Mexico, right before you get to the jetties themselves. This camp offers an opportunity to take a walk on the Gulf beach or just sit back at camp and enjoy the sound of the surf in the distance. From Port Mansfield, the camp is located about 8 nautical miles up the channel, usually only 15 or 20 degrees off the wind, so it is a real challenge to tack up it. In the past this camp has been used when we start in Port Isabel, and after 7 or 8 hours of sailing, many participants have found it difficult to decide to point almost directly into 20+ knots of wind and beat to windward for 3 or more hours to make this camp. As a result, most Texas 200 participants have never made this camp. The original plan for the 2021 event was to use this as Camp 1, but we had to cancel that last minute due to adverse winds. So we're going to make it happen this year. We will be holding a brief memorial ceremony at Camp 1 for Texas 200 participants who have crossed the bar in the past year, if we become aware of any. As of late December 2021, the Board is not aware of any Texas 200 participants who have recently passed away. If anyone becomes aware of any Texas 200 participant who passes away prior to this year's event, please email Matt Schiemer at firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can plan the memorial accordingly. The memorial will be held in the late afternoon, before sunset.
|Camp 2 – The Land Cut|
26° 55’ 49” N, 97° 27’ 24” W
29 nautical miles from Camp 1
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, including last year. 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, fall-down-and-never-get-up-again 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 3 – “Texas Coastal Explorer Day”|
26 to 33 nautical miles from Camp 2
We're dubbing this one "Texas Coastal Explorer Day". We'll all be exploring and camp-scouting like the Spanish and French explorers did 300+ years ago. Starting about 2 nautical miles north of Baffin Bay, we are recommending that participants pick a spot to camp in a roughly 7 nautical mile section of North Padre Island, shown (approximately) in the red circle on the above Google Map image. From the Land Cut camp, this will mean a sailing day of between 26 and 33nm. We will discuss this more at the Captain's meeting, and at Camps 1 and 2, so that first-timers have a few options to consider, and so that participants can camp in several small groups at a few locations, as opposed to having the entire fleet spread all over.
|Camp 4 – Quarantine Shore|
27° 55’ 00” N, 97° 04’ 36” W
32 to 39 nautical miles from Camp 3
This is a great camp that we've used several times over the years. It is a generally north-facing shell and rock beach, with an approach to the beach that is deeper the further west you go, with the deepest approach (for deeper draft boats) even slightly further west than the red marker in the above Google Maps image. Depending where you choose to camp the night before, it will be a 32 to 39 nautical mile sailing day to reach Quarantine Shore. Participants who choose to the do the shorter "Rockport Option" this year will utilize this camp after departing Rockport on Thursday morning June 16th, so this will be the first camp where the full fleet will meet up. From here, participants in both the traditional and Rockport options will sail together for the rest of the week.
|Camp 5 – Army Hole|
28° 19’ 57” N, 96° 27’ 51” W
34 nautical miles from Camp 4
This is one of the best camps on the entire Texas Gulf Coast, and is always a Texas 200 fan-favorite. This camp is used almost every year. Deeper draft boats will want to use the boat slips, which are shown in this image in the top center portion of the photo. 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. Participants should note that a permit is required for camping here. One permit is required for each person, and permits must be purchased in advance. There are no permit sales on-site at Army Hole; they must be purchased in advance, and this can be done online. More information on permits can be obtained at www.tpwd.texas.gov.
|The Finish – Magnolia Beach
28° 33’ 27” N , 96° 31’ 40” W
20 nautical miles from Camp 5
We will finish at Magnolia Beach where we will have our traditional shrimp boil (or BBQ - to-be-determined) and celebration starting at approximately 4:00pm. Please remember that the shrimp boil/BBQ 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. 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.
|The Shorter, "Rockport Option"
This option will begin in Rockport on Thursday morning, June 16th. Participants can launch at one of several locations in Rockport, including Cove Harbor Marina and Rockport Beach Park. There are other options too. It is up to each participant to independently investigate these options and confirm that multi-day parking is permitted for your tow vehicle and trailer. Several Texas 200 Board Members have utilized Cove Harbor Marina and Rockport Beach Park for multi-day trips in recent years, but participants should make direct contact with these facilities to confirm that overnight/multi-day parking is still permitted. The Captain's Meeting for Rockport participants will either be held early Thursday morning in Rockport, or will be handled in advance via email. Matt Schiemer will coordinate with Rockport participants to make this determination. Rockport participants will depart their location of choice in Rockport on Thursday morning June 16th, and sail south to meet the rest of the Texas 200 fleet at their Camp 4 - Quarantine Shore. Depending on the departure point in Rockport, this will only be a 5 to 7 nautical mile sail, but it will most likely be directly into the wind, so it could take a few hours. Once at Quarantine Shore on Thursday evening, the Rockport participants will sail with the rest of the fleet for the rest of the week. There will not be a Club-sponsored bus or shuttle to get Rockport participants from the finish line in Magnolia Beach back to their tow vehicles in Rockport, but it is anticipated that this will be easy to coordinate informally via our FB page and email among the Rockport participants.