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Father & Daughter Sail

JohnThanks for the great time yesterday! I think I've got one of my kids now hooked...just have to get the other one on board.

John M. Cheramie

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Diane, Nathalie and Kids

Diane, Nathalie and KidsGood morning Capt.Jim. It was such a nice surprise to have a postcard from you guys waiting for me when I got home. Thanks for a great time on your boat. I had forgotten how fun sailing is. Reagan is still talking about the dinghy ride and swimming w the dolphins. It was nice of you to give the kids the extra attention. Hope to see you and Elaine again. Take care...sail safe  Nathalie

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Avi and Family

AviHi Captain,

It was great to meet you and Elaine. Thanks a lot for showing me the
ropes.. We really enjoyed spending the afternoon out on the boat. The
pictures looks great. Thanks again for everything.

Best regards,

Avi

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Sarah and Edward

Edward and SarahGood morning. Just wanted to say thank you for the wonderful charter last night. We enjoyed it greatly and it is something Edward will remember. Looking forward to seeing the photos when they are available. Thank you and your wife...,.we will return soon for another charter and who knows? I may start putting my boating license to use now. :) thanks again.

Sarah & Edward Smith

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Bruce, Jennifer, Ray & Kelsey

Bruce, Jennifer, Ray, Kelsey"Captain Jim and Elaine,
Thank you so much for such an enjoyable trip. Aside from Bruce none of us have taken a sailboat trip. Lots of smaller boats or different larger boats but never on a sailboat..
I must admit I was really nervous about going but after hearing all of your knowledge and passion of sailing, made me grow more comfortable in the adventure and even go up to the bow... and I was so glad I did... what a way to travel!
I wanted to send you a personal thank you for making this a nice present for my husband and for our friends we brought along.. all of us spoke all the way home about how nice you folks were and how fantastic the trip was!
We hope to go again and already have recommended you folk to others.
Thanks again,Jennifer Chidester"

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Day Sail on the Bay

Alan and Crew"Jim,
Just wanted to thank you again for a great time Saturday. It was first class and you could not have been more hospitable or patient. Got to tell you I slept like a baby Saturday night and would like to credit the sea air for it but I suppose it could’ve been all the energy I spent trying to steer a straight line? Have a great week and thanks again for a great experience.
Alan"

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Sunset Proposal

Sunset Proposal"Capt Jim,
Thanks for the pictures, we had a great time on your boat. I only wish we arrived earlier so we could sail in the bay. Anyway, everybody was VERY happy and I am sure we will come again.
Thanks again, Ash"

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Cliff and Andria - Night Sail

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"Captain Jim, Thank you for a wonderful experience, and for spending some extra time with us.  We really enjoyed it.  I hope to do it again. Cliff & Andria"

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Whitney, Andrew, Dan & Lisa - Afternoon Sail

Whitney, Dan, Andrew & Lisa"Couldn't have been better!! Dolphins, taking the helm, chatting at the front of the boat, heeling at 30 degrees, constant Jimmy Buffett, the great weather, the sunset. Capt. Jim is the best. Next visit will be an overnight sail. Thanks, Whitney, Lisa, Dan & Andrew"

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Stan & Cindy - Sunset Sail

Stan & Cindy" Jim & Elaine thank you for being gracious hosts on your boat. I hope to do this again, maybe an overnight next time. Thank you for a great sunset sail. Stan & Cindy"

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Ron, Midge & Tim - Day Sail

Ron, Midge & Tim"Thank you for an absolutely perfect sail. We could not have been happier. Allowing Ron & Tim to sail this beautiful yacht was a treat. We will return. Ron & Midge"

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Christy & Brian Sunset Sail

Christy & BrianA beautiful sail on Galveston Bay along with a fantastic sunset. Brian took the helm and piloted the boat like an old sea Captain. The moon even showed up and reflected on the bay making for some nice night sailing.  

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Daniel's Birthday Sail

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" The sail was challenging with a storm and gale force winds. Captain Jim dominated the gale force winds and rain. Our favorite adventure was the gale force winds, Stephaine about falling overboard crying and laughing at the same time. Dolphins! Lots of Dolphins!! Great time with friends. Thank you so much for our amazing adventure! We had a great time...Stephanie, Daniel, Kyle, Shea, Emily and Brett"

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Christine, Dad & Friends

Christine and Friends"Thanks Captain Jim for another great sail. We all had a great time and Barefoot Babe is a beautiful boat. Thanks for finding the dolphins and letting us swim. We will be back too, Christine"  

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Sunset & Birthday Sail

Birthday Sail"Thank you Captain Jim and Elaine for a great sail celebrating my wifes birthday. Michael"

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Redfish Island & a Swim

Bruce and familyBruce and Family 3rd year to sail on Barefoot Babe. "This was beyond our and the kids expectations. We really enjoyed swiming at the island and the sail back to Kemah, Bruce"

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Sunset & Fireworks - Mitzi & Zu

Mitzy & Zu"Hi Captain Jim- wanted to thank you and your wife for the boat trip last night. We had a wonderful time. Thank you for letting Zu sail the boat, it was nice of you!
Sincerely, Mitzy"

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Team Building (playing) on The Bay

Team Building"We had a great time having our team building on Barefoot Babe. Captain Jim gave us good instruction on how to sail the boat and we were making over 7 knots across the bay. Then it was time for a little play. Thanks Captain Jim for making our adventure both fun and memorable. We may have even learned something.... Thanks" 

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Sailing & Swim - Jenifer and Family 

Jenifer & Family" We had a great time on sailing on Barefoot Babe. Thank you for anchoring and letting us swim. We all had a great time and will be back"

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Day Sail - Joe, Amy, Ben & Lori

Joe, Amy, Ben, Lori"Thank You for sharing your boat with us. Ben and Joe taking the helm and Jim said Ben was the best at keeping us on course, Seeing Dolphins was fun too. Such a different day from being at home in Colorado. Your hospitality and snacks were so appreciated. Joe, Amy, Lori & Ben" 

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40th Anniversary Sail - John & Carol

John & Carol"Great - Wonderous The dolphins sharing with us on our 40th wedding aniversary! Sailing the waters! Thank you so much for making our special day so great. Good luck and God Bless you & your vessel. John & Carol" 

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Sunset Sail - Adam & Rachel

Adam & Rachel"It was a great sail and we really enjoyed Capt. Jim's stories. Adam really enjoyed learning how to sail the boat and taking the wheel. Rachel."

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Sunset Wedding Proposal- Robert & Alex

Robert & AlexRobert surprised Alex with a birthday sunset sail on Galveston Bay. But then really surprised her with a proposal of marriage. "She Said YES"

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Sail & Swim - Lee, Kristin, Sarah, Eric, Sarah, Elizabeth, Rachel & Alycia

Lee and FriendsHad a great sail and then we anchored off Bacliff for some swimming and lunch. Everybody had a great time.

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Double Bayou Overnight - Lynn and Mindy

Lynn & Mindy" Captain Jim, Lynn and I had a great time on Barefoot Babe. Thank You for everything. Mindy"

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Sunset Proposal Sail - Jeff & Zarina

Jeff & ZarinaJeff surprised Zarina with a sail on Galveston Bay. The sail was calm with some dolphins playing by the boat. Then at sunset Jeff proposed to Zarina. Zarina responded with a big "YES"... 

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Sunset Sail - Paul & Family

Paul & Family

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Day Sail - Mark & Friends

Mark & Friends

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Sail to Redfish Island - Christine, Rebecca, Jessica L., Michelle, Jessica B.

Sail to Redfish IslandWe had a great sail out to Redfish Island. We anchored out and then did a little Island exploring. After some lunch we had a nice sail back to Kemah.

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John and Friend's

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Susan Birthday Sail

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Pablo, Family and Friends

Pablo Family and FriendsWe had a good time sailing in 30 knots of wind flying along with a reefed jib.

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Josh and Priscilla -- Sunset Proposal

Josh and PriscillaHi Jim,

I just wanted to say thank you for helping make our engagement last night such a special event.  I appreciate you dealing as best possible with the wind and everything.  I was really very pleased at how much Priscilla enjoyed it and even more surprised  at how much all of the family enjoyed themselves.  I really didn't think that they would all want to get on board and I hope it wasn't to much.  They have all been calling and emailing me about how awesome it was to be able to go out on the boat and it is an experience that none of us will ever forget. Thanks again, we all had a fabulous time and will remember it forever.


Josh Wadley

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Rob's Birthday Sail

Rob, Lori and friendsWe had a beautiful day sailing Galveston Bay with Rob, Lori and friends celebrating Rob's birthday.

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Don & Angela - Double Bayou Overnight Sailing Adventure.

Don & Angela" Fantastic and Amazing time!! Sad to leave, but looking forward to comming back. Thanks so much to Captain Jim & Elaine!! Thanks for the patience with all the questions & especially for the stories!! Don & Angela "

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Billy & Char Overnight Sail

Billy & Char" Awesome adventure - couldn't ask for a better captain!! Beautiful boat, great food, but the thing I love the most is that I feel we are leaving with new friends! Jim & Elaine you are the awesome! Thanks for everything !! Billy & Char

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Josie & Carlos Valentine's 2010 Sail

Carlos & Josie" Everything was great!!! Good things and good times. The Best Valentine's Day Ever!!! Thanks "  Click on picture for slideshow/video--------->

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Randall & Beth -- Beth's Birthday Overnight Sail

Randall and Beth"We loved our overnight adventure to celebrate my 40th birthday. Will try to come back soon" Thanks Beth.

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Mack's Foggy Birthday Sail

Mack Mackenzie JudyMack, Judy and Mackenzie took a very foggy sail on Galveston Bay for Mack's birthday. Mack was at the wheel of Barefoot Babe and did a fantastic job. We then dropped anchor and enjoyed the end of the Texan game. CLICK ON THE PICTURE FOR A VIDEO

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Celebration of Family and 40+ years of Marriage

Heather and FamilyHeather, Hope, Jonas and Family took their mom Gail and dad Larry for a Anniversary Sunset Sail on Galveston Bay.   "Absolutely Gorgeous, Everytime We Sail, This is our 2nd voyage. We are so pleased. Thank You So Much, Jonas & Heather"

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Mary's 16th Birthday Sail

Mary's 16th Birthday Sail"Perfect day and cool. The occasion was our daughter's 16th birthday with her brother Paul and friends Daphne, Caithlyn and Julie. We enjoyed our time with Captain Jim and Elaine very much. The boat and eats were perfect. Wonderful cruise, thanks so very much. Wagdy & Tracie" 

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Team Building with Dance Houston

Dance HoustonDance Houston with Allie, Erin, Sammie, Fiona and Andrea. "This was sooooo much fun :) I would love to do this again. We had a wounderful, relaxing Sunday with you. Thanks captain Jim"

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Sunset Sail with Drew and Kate

Kate & Drew"Wonderful day and a great Captain. "Great movie quotes - I think he's dead and Not my fault I didn't do it"  Thanks, Kate & Drew

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Day Sail on the Bay

Christine and her husband toast to each otherThank you, Capt. Jim-- the photos are great!  (I am going to print at least one for framing to commemorate our day out)   It was a beautiful day and a perfect trip-- thank you both for making it a perfect birthday afternoon.     All the best, Christine

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Sunset Sail - Tommy-Lola-Mica

Tommy Lola MicaThank you for making our sail such a great experience.  The pictures capture the beautiful Galveston Bay experience.  You are correct, the pictures will be a future reminder of a memorial event in our lives. 

Take care and happy, safe sailing.  Lola

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Birthday Sail - Julie and Family

Julie and familyCaptain Jim,
Thank you for such a terrific day Saturday, we enjoyed our sail so much. My mom, the birthday girl, is a young, fun 81 and this is a birthday we will talk about for a long time. The number of groups of dolphins were the cherry. 

A windless day, who would have thought. And today… I work for a company that builds & operates wind farms and we have a monitor in our area that shows real-time wind speeds at our different wind farms in a bar chart format, and today, wouldn’t you know, we are having our best wind day across the U.S. since Spring. Maybe next time, and hopefully there will be. You know, you never know what you are going to get from an internet search without a referral but Saturday could not have been better.

Anyway, thank you from my family and I for helping us create a day full of great memories while reliving long leisurely days from a few (+/-20) years back.

Lots of well and safe wishes coming your way,

Julie

P.S.  I finally thought of a good nickname for Brett…Chum.  Poor little guy, he’ll/we’ll have much more fun sailing when he gets a little older, his sister, and the rest of us though definitely enjoyed ourselves. You are a patient man. J Thank you

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Day Sail with Hans and Family

Hans and FamilyHi Capt Jim,
Thanks a lot for the pictures. We surely enjoyed them. Also, we really enjoyed the trip and will certainly recommend you to friends if they want to have a great, relaxing sailing experience!
Hans

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Sunset Sail with Rozena-Diana-Darla-Nancy

Birthday SailCaptain Jim and Elaine -  Thank you so much for making my 60th birthday one to remember. I loved your boat and hospitality. We will be talking about you and our experience for many years. Thanks for making the trip so much fun and for the great pictures!..diana                            We had a blast! It was great to meet you both. Hopefully we will get a chance to sail together again someday. -Rozie

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Sunset Sail with Ribeye Dinner

ErikaKrista decided to surprise her boyfriend Jason with a sunset sail and ribeye dinner on Barefoot Babe.    Thanks again for everything, we really enjoyed it.
Krista

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Sunset Sail - Bob and Andrea

Bob and AndreaIt was a great day on the bay and a beautiful sail at night.

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Day Sail Memorial Service

Richard and familyRichard and his family sailed out to sea to perform a memorial service for a loved one. It was a beautiful day and we were joind by Dolphins.

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Sunset Sail & Marriage Proposal Tim & Ashley

Tim & AshleyTim surprised Ashley with a marriage proposal while sailing under the stars. "Ashley said YES".  Click on the picture for a full gallery of pictures.

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Afternoon Sail with Kelly and her Sister

Kelly & SisterKelly and her sister sail around Galveston Bay while on vacation. We had dolphins swiming with the boat.

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Sunset Sail Tom, Diane & Family

Hi Jim, We had a wonderful time on the sail.  You and your wife make wonderful hosts and it's great to see how much you enjoy sailing. We'll recommend you to all our friends. Best, Tom

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Britney and Travis on a Sunset Sail

Britney aand TravisGood weather, good wind, and a beautiful bay sunset is a recipe for a fantastic sail.

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Birthday Sail for Char and Family

Char at the wheelChar celebrated her 60th birthday sailing Galveston Bay on Barefoot Babe. We stopped at the Boardwalk for dinner then headed out to the bay. Char took the wheel and captained the yacht like a pro, chasing down and attacking another pirate boat with water cannons.   

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Sunset Sail - Sherry & Stacy

We had a great sail on the bay. Winds were 15 knots and the bay was smooth as we glided along at 6 knots.

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Full Day of Sailing with Jeff, Lisa, Randall, Gina, Scott & Robbie

Lisa-Jeff-Gina-Randall-Scott-RobbieWe had a full day of sailing across Galveston Bay. We then anchored out at Redfish Island, went swimming and then had a good dinner. We sailed back to Kemah with a beautiful sunset.

"Jim and Elaine,
Just wanted to let you know again how much we enjoyed last Saturday on Galveston Bay. You have a great boat, and you are wonderful hosts. Robbie"

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Day Sail - Bruce & Family

Bruce & Little BlakeBruce and his family returned for a sail on Barefoot Babe. We had 20 to 25 knot winds and cruised along at 6.5 to 7.5 knots. Squire, Cynthia, and little Blake all took the wheel and zoomed across the bay.

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Sunset Sail & Pirate Battle - Liza, Jesse & Karen

Jesse, Liza & KarenWe went out for a sunset sail and ended up in a priate ship battle with Windsong. We came up on them from behind and then went broadside for attack. CLICK ON THE PICTURE FOR VIDEO.

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Day Sail - Buu & Christine

Buu & Christine"Captain Jim was very friendly and informative. We'll definately sail with him again. We had a wonderful time." Buu & Christine

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Sunset Sail - Brandon & Alicia

Brandon & Alicia" We thoroughly enjoyed ourselfs and would recommend the trip to anyone. View was beautiful and captain was very attentive to our having a good time. Thank You" Brandon & Alicia

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Sunset Sail - Tom Martin & Friends (Bobs Birthday)

Tom Martin & FriendsTom and friends were celebrating Bob's birthday with a fast wild ride on Galveston Bay aboard Barefoot Babe. The wind was blowing steady 30kts with gusts as high as 43kts. We cruised at 7.3kts under a reefed jib only in 4ft seas. It was a very wet ride shared with friends, a beautiful sunset and full moon.

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Day Sail - Preston, Jill, Capt. Kros & Family

Kros at the helm.We set sail with good wind and great sailing. Capt. Kros was really interested in learning about the boat and navigation. He took the wheel and even through he could not see over the pedestal he held a good course. We were visited by a couple pods of dolphins who were very camera shy.  "Captain Jim, Thank you for a great day of sailing. A good time was had by all, especially Kros who is 10ft. tall and bullet proof as a result of his adventure at the helm with Captain Jim. Thank you again for a great time! Preston"

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Return Sail - Matt, Natalie, Austin  & Kate

Matt, Natalie, Kate and Austin returned to sail Barefoot Babe on Galveston Bay. As we were leaving the dock we attacked another boaat with water cannons. Good wind and weather made for some really good sailing. We zoomed all around the bay with both Austin and Kate taking the wheel of the boat. "What a great way to end a vacation with a sail on Barefoot Babe - The Taylors".

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Sail to Redfish and Swimming

Martha, husband and friendsMartha booked a sailing and swimming trip to Redfish Island. The wind was great for a direct sail at 7.2 knots all the way to the Island. We anchored at the island had a little lunch and then it was time to go swimming. After a nice swim we raised the sails and headed back to Kemah. Click on the picture for a full gallery of pictures.

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Friday Night Sail and Fireworks

Kemah FireworksWe had a great sail and attacked another pirate ship. We manned the water canons and made two passes shooting the water cannon at the crew of Windsong. After they got scared and ran we tacked and headed to Kemah where we anchored and watched some great fireworks,

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Sail to Redfish Island - Randall, Crystal and Family

Randall and CrystalWe had wind in the 25 knot range. Pulled out the jib and sailed along at 6.6 knots with all the kids taking a turn at the wheel. Travis held a course like a true Captain. We anchored out at Redfish Island and cooked some burgers. After lunch we sailed back to Kemah,

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Sunset Birthday Sail - Wade & Helene

Wade & HelenaHelene surprised Wade with a birthday sunset sail on Galveston Bay. The wind and weather was great for sailing. Helene took the helm and sailed the boat all over the bay. There were several races that she won while Wade just kicked back and relaxed. We were given a beautiful sunset and then a full moon to sail back under.

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Friday Fireworks Sail - Heather, Jonas and Friends

Heather, Jonas and friendsWe had a beautiful day and wind for a nice sail. As it started to get dark we sailed over to the channel and anchored for the fireworks. We anchored near another pirate ship and was attacked with a water cannon. We then fought back with our own super soakers. We called a truce and everybody enjoyed a great fireworks display on the water.

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Sunset Ash Scattering - Frances & Cynthia

Frances & CynthiaSail Galveston Bay assisted Frances with the celebration of her daughter's life. It was a beautiful day and sunset on the bay for a memorial service. 

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Fun Sunset Sail with Lillie, Diana, Tim, Helen & Kerry

Kerry, Lillie, HelenLillie and friends set sail on Galveston Bay to celebrate the end of the school year. The weather was beautiful with good wind to push the boat along at 6.5 knots. We enjoyed a spectacular sunset and some good conversation. Lillie also took care of the captain and crew with some great food.

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Overnight Sailing Adventure with Julia & Lynette

Julia and LynetteClick on the picture to view the story, track and pictures from this adventure.

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Anniversary Sail with Brett & Kelly

Brett and KellyBrett aand Kelly celebrated their one year anniversary by taking a sunset sail on Galveston Bay. The weather man did not cooperate. We sailed under a reefed jib and a cloudy sky. Captain Brett took the helm and piloted Barefoot Babe around the bay.

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Wedding Proposal Sail with Jeb - Virginia - Tyson

Jeb and VirginiaJeb surprised Virginia and Tyson with a sail on Galveston Bay. We had some great weather and the wind was just right for a great sail. We put Captain Tyson at the wheel where he got to be a Pirate Captain chasing other boats around the bay. As we were sailing in towards the Boardwalk Jeb got on his knee and asked Virginia to marry him. "She Said Yes". 

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Return Day Sail with Malcolm, Karen & Family

Malcolm and Karen returned and brought their British family for a sail out on Galveston Bay. We had some great winds and with Capt. Malcolm behind the wheel we flew across the bay. We put the starboard rail in the water a couple of times.

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Day Sail with Jennifer, Jin and John

Jin - Jennifer - JohnWe had a fantastic sail with good wind that pushed us around the bay. John was from up North and was enjoying the Texas weather. John took the helm and piloted the boat at speeds of 6+ knots under the jib alone.

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Team Building with Windsong for "Suchu Dance Company"

Suchu Dance CompanyOnce again Barefoot Babe and Windsong join forces to provide a two boat charter for the Suchu Dance Company. The weather was just right and provided some great sailing around the bay. Barefoot Babe had two small captains that took the helm as they chased the other pirate boat.

Captain DanteCaptain Dante is at the wheel and following the old German U boat style of "Crazy Ivan" navigation.

Captain Ethan Captain Ethan is at the wheel holding a steady course..

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Birthday Day Sail with Malcolm and Karen

Malcom and KarenKaren surprised Malcolm with a sailing adventure on Galveston Bay. The skies were blue and the sun was bright. But the wind was cool and blowing fast. With the winds at 35kts we sailed under a reefed jib only and with Malcolm at the helm we made over 7kts around the bay.

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Day Sail with Rebecca, Donald, Von, Michelle, Morgan & Sidney

Morgan,Donald,Michelle,Von,Sidney,RebeccaWe had a beautiful day with great winds. Capt Morgan and Capt. Sidney at the helm kept the boat flying across the bay and passing other sailboats.  

Captain Jim,

We all wanted to thank you again for a great afternoon on the Bay.  Your boat was very nice and the afternoon was very enjoyable.  Morgan and Sidney loved the opportunity to get behind the Helm.  We appreciated your hospitality and conversation.  We will definitely be back for another trip.

I have attached a photo of you and the girls as well.

Thanks

Von, Michelle, Morgan and Sidney Salmans
Eric and Rebecca Snyder


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Day Sail 1-2009 Galveston Bay - Dave and Family

Dave & FamilyWe left the dock with winds about 17knots and motored out to the bay where there were gusts to about 24 knots and a few that were 30 knots zipping us along at 6.5 to 8 knots. We put our Pirate Captain A.J. at the helm and he took us out to the ship channel and heavy fog where we kept watch for the pirates of the carribean and the Flying Dutchman. The fog lifted fast and the day turned out beautiful for sailing. Al kept wanting to get lost and end up in Mexico. (maybe next time)

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Christmas Boat Parade 2008

2008 Christmas Boat ParadeWe had thirteen persons to watch the 2008 Christmas Boat Parade in Kemah. We loaded up and sailed by the Kemah Boardwalk and started the parade by throwing Christmas beads to the crowd. We then found a place to tie up in the channel to watch the parade. Onboard were Alexander & Anastasia (from Russia), Mark, Diane, Brenda, Mary and her daughter and future son inlaw), Philis, Chrisima, Kevin and Elaine. And Capt. Jim

 “ It was great event to see decorated boats at Kehma! We are 13 members to talk, discuss may questions, and share our snacks and thoughts. Captain Jim Dobbins is a great professional and friendly facilitator. ” Alexander

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Sunset Sail Galveston Bay

Wayne catching the sunWayne and his wife returned to take a sunset sail on Barefoot Babe. There was a fantastic sunset as Wayne tried to catch it in his hand. " Thanks for making this a romantic sail for my wife and I." Wayne..

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Harvest Moon Regatta 2008

Harvest Moon Awards 2008Barefoot Babe participated in the 2008 Harvest Moon Regatta offshore from Galveston Island Tx. to Port Aransas, Tx. The distance is aproximately 156 miles. Barefoot Babe took third place this year in Cruising Non-spinaker Division I. It was a great race with speeds reaching over 10 knots during the night. Our starting time was 2:10pm Thursday and we rounded the #6 channel marker at Port Aransas Friday morning at 9:30am. The crew consisted of Capt. Jim, Jim B., Mark Z., and Greg P.

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Galveston Bay Post Ike

Peter at the helmPeter from Canada and friends took a post Ike sail on Galveston Bay. It ws a fantastic day for sailing. We had steady winds at 20knots and a hull speed of 6.5 with Capt. Peter at the helm.

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Team Building Charter for MASC Austin Properties.  Once again Windsong coordinated a 2 boat event with Barefoot Babe.  Starting the day off with Kathy's homemade Fajita for lunch then the pirate bunch boarded the 2 largest charter sailboats for a great day sailing on Galveston Bay.

Barefoot Babe & Pirate Crew"Its was a beautiful, peaceful day with wonderful people.  A day that filled the needs of each individual person on the ship.  We thank you." - Shirley Austin, President.

Windsong & Pirate Crew"Great food, friends, & drinks.  We had a blast & you guys are "Rockin Cool"  Thanks for making our 15th anniversary memorable." - Micki Sears

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HURRICANE IKE SEPTEMBER 2008

Hurricane IkeHurricane Ike roared across Galveston Island and came up the ship channel to Galveston Bay. It brought a strom surge of water that has not been seen since the great 1900 hurricane. There was devestation in most of the marinas and all along the coast. Many people lost homes, boats and lives. The eye of the storm passed over Kemah and Legend Point Marina. Sail Galveston Bay Charters and Barefoot Babe was spared by mother nature.

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Sail to Redfish Island - Cliff and Friends

Cliff and FriendsWe left on a beautiful morning. We glided past the Boardwalk raised the sails and caught the wind. You could not have asked for a more beautiful day on the bay. We sailed to Redfish Island and dropped the anchor and watched the ships go by. A really fine lunch was served. After every one was full we pulled up the anchor and sailed back to Kemah. A fantastic time was had by everyone.

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Day Sail - Samantha, Maureen, Louis, Teresa, Moses and Charlotte

Samantha, Family, FriendsWe left dock on a beautiful labor day Sunday. The boat traffic by the Boardwalk and in the channel was heavy. There was a very nice breeze and once we were out of the channel we raised the main sail then rolled out the jib for some exciting sailing. We sailed along the coast of Bacliff / San Leon then tacked and sailed across the bay past Red Bluff. For awhile we had the rail in the water. A few pairs of legs were also hanging in the water. Everyone had a great time.

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Beautiful Sunset Sail - Steve, Kathy, Nathan, Kayla and Little Capt. Caleb

Steve, Caleb, Nathan, Kathy & KaylaHAPPY BIRTHDAY KATHY.. Steve surprised Kathy with a sail on Galveston Bay. The wind was giving us a cool breeze to keep us confortable and move Barefoot Babe through the water nicely. We headed out across the bay towards Redbluff Pt. and the New Bird Island. Steve was at the helm and after a couple of lessons he held a course lake a true Captain. ;-) Once we entered the ship channel we tacked and sailed to Bacliff/San Leon with Captain Caleb at the wheel.

Captain Caleb & KaylaCaptain Caleb taking his work seriously! I think Capt. Caleb wanted to take the big leather teething ring home with him.

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Sunset On the Bay - David, Family & Friends

David, Family & FriendsWe headed out to the bay for a sunset sail. We got out there and rolled out the jib and found that the wind was very light. We had a nice cruise at about 3.5 knots out to the ship channel. We then tacked and raised the main sail for a nice sail back across the bay to the Bacliff shoreline. After another tack and gybe we sailed past the Boardwalk, under the bridge and to the slip.

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Day Sail - Matt, Natalie, Kate & Austin

Austin at the wheelWe had a beautiful day with little clouds and little wind to start. So we trained two new "Captains Austin and Kate". They both handled the boat very well and found some wind that made for some nice sailing.     Captain Austin finding the wind.

Matt & NatalieMatt and Natalie

Kate being CaptainKate is the Captain now!!!

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Day Sail - Bruce and his Family

Bruce and FamilyWe left in the morning for a day sail on Galveston Bay. The wind was not cooperating as it should and we cruised along at about 3 knots. So we went on a Dolphin watch and found a pod out near the ship channel. The Dolphins brought us some wind and we were able to get some good sailing in. Everyone got to be the Captain and take the helm. All the Captains are still trying to decide who got the boat up to the fastest speed. I think that this might be decided later over a beer. Everybody had a great time sailing on Galveston Bay.

Thanks for the pix and the wonderful sail. Elaine and you are excellent hosts and especially patient with children. Everyone is ready to book another sail for next year.  Bruce

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Day Sail - Tisha and Friends Return

Tisha and FriendsTisha and friends returned to Barefoot Babe for a day sail on Galveston Bay. The wind was light for most of the sail but the beer was plentiful and cold. Now the conversation on the other hand was a little warm ;-) and Captain Jim enjoyed all the new stories. We were able to find some wind and got in a some nice sailing. Everyone had good conversation and a great time just being together out on the water.

DolphinsJim,
Thank you guys so much, I can’t thank you enough.  We had the most amazing time.  I wouldn’t have thought we could top the first trip but you guys pulled it off!  I can’t believe all of the Dolphin’s we saw, it was AWESOME!  Looking forward to the next trip! Tish


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Day Sail - Michelle's Birthday Surprise

Michelle & FamilyMichelle's family surprised her with a return birthday sail on Galveston Bay. The weather called for 10 to 15 knots of breeze but the best we could find was about 5 knots. so we motored out to Redfish Island where we dropped the anchor. We took a little swim and grilled chicken and burgers for lunch. After lunch we pulled up anchor and found a little wind for a nice sail along the coast of san Leon and Bacliff before getting back to Kemah. 

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Day Sail to Redfish Island

Capt. Andrew at the wheelWe headed out the channel with good winds from the SE. Raised the main sail and then rolled out the jib for some fine sailing. We sailed across the bay a few times marking future anchorages. We then sailed to Redfish Island and dropped the hook (anchor) and had a very good lunch. After lunch we pulled the anchor and headed back to the marina.

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Day Sail- Stefan - Lisa - Mike - Raylene

Capt. Stefan at the wheelStephan picked a beautiful day to go sailing with his family. We had wind that varied from 14 knots to 24 knots. We cruised under full sail with speeds between 5.5 to 7.6 knots. We cruised the bay with Capt. Stefan and Capt. Mike at the wheel. After sailing the bay we dropped anchor in Clear Lake for a swim. Click on Picture for Gallery >>>>>

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Friday Night Fireworks Blast

Jim at the wheel. Hi Jim,  I just wanted to say thanks.  I had a very relaxing time being the "deck lizard".  Next time maybe I'll upgrade my status  to crew by helping trim the sails.  It was a real pleasure meeting you and Elaine.  I enjoyed talking with her about family, health and what she's been through as well as sailing questions.  I think she's amazing. I look forward to sailing with you all again in the near future.   Charisma

Fireworks Blast.Fantastic fireworks show over the bay and the hundreds of boats at anchor.

Best seat in the bay.The best seat in on the bay for the Friday night fireworks blast on Galveston Bay.

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Day Sail Ash Scattering-Mike-Marie-Tony-Alice-Jacob-Isaac

Mike and FamilyWe sailed out to the sea with little wind to say good bye to Alicia, a loved family member. Alicia loved the sea. We found a beautiful spot, dropped anchor and gathered at the rear of the boat. We performed a small memorial service with a celebration of life. With a prayer and rose petals we sent Alicia to the sea.

Alicia scattered to the seaWe say goodbye to Alicia, beloved Mother and friend.


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Sunset Sail Around Galveston Bay-Myron-June-Keith-Patrick-Kim-Greg-Karla-Rosemary

Myron, family, friends"Thanks for a great time.  Everyone had alot of fun and enjoyed the ride.  You have a very nice boat and are very friendly to talk to.  So again thanks for the great time.  Myron"  It was June's birthday and her family and friends took her on a beautiful sunset sail on Galveston Bay. They even fed the Captain. Happy Birthday June....... 29 forever.......

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Friday Fireworks Sail- Lisa- Robert-Roberto-Elizabeth-Kourtney-Michael

Lisa and FamilyHi Captain Jim,
 
Just opened your pictures, they are great!!  We really enjoyed sailing with you and and do want to sail again.  Thanks and I look forward to our next sail, we'll be in touch!!
 
Regards, Lisa and Robert

 Lisa picked a fantastic day for a Friday night sail and fireworks. We rolled out the jib in some fair wind and cruised around the bay at about 6.5 knots. We went along the ship channel and watched the big boys cruising by. We then headed back towards the Boardwalk and got us a really good spot close the the fireworks barge for a front row seat. We dropped the anchor and enjoyed a really nice show.

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Sunset Sail - Nancy, James, Bradley, Scott, Morgan

Nancy, James, Bradley, Scott, MorganWe had some wind that blew from 14 knots to 27 knots. We sailed under a beautiful sky and great weather. James took the helm several times while Scott and Bradley took care of the tacts and gybes. We cruised along at an average of 6.5 knots under the jib only. The wind dropped to 7 knots while we motorsailed in the channel past the Boardwalk on a beautiful night.

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Team Building Race Around The Bay

Team BuildingWe teamed up with Windsong a classic pirate ship and Paradise II for a team building sail and race around the bay. The group was divided into three teams for each boat. We had a great team from Singapore, USA, Mexico, France, Brazil and Bolivia. (sorry if I left a country out). The team did all the work with a little advise from Capt. Jim. The wind started out very light with boat speeds of 2.5 knots and picked up with boats speeds of 7.8 knots reached by a fantastic crew. Everyone had a great time and won the bragging rights for their company.

Windsong - Paradise IIThe beautiful pirate ship "Windsong" a 57' Formosa Center Cockpit sailing ship. Paradise II a 42' Hunter Center Cockpit.

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Day Sail - Allison, Leslie, Kevin and Neil

Allison, Leslie, Kevin, NeilWe had a really nice sail on Galveston Bay. The winds started out light but we still managed to get 4.5 knots. After awhile the wind picked up a bit and we had a great cruise all over Galveston Bay. We called this the non-red wine cruise ;-) Had alot of fun with a great crew.                                     "Jim,You are so cool. We loved the trip.  Thanks again for everything, Allison"

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Sunset Sail - Barbara and John

JohnWe had some wild sailing with winds from 10 knots to 45 knots. We sailed under a reefed jib only and cruised along at 7.5 knots. There were some storms brewing but never got to us.

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Friday Night Fireworks Sail

Sharon and RoyceRoyce and Sharon. We had some great sailing and then topped it off with anchoring in the bay and watched some great fireworks.

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Wedding Proposal - Thomas and Nikki (with Dolphins)

Nikki and ThomasNikki thought Thomas was taking her sailing for his birthday. But after some sailing across Galveston Bay and the escort of many Dolphins, Thomas suprised Nikki with a weddind proposal on the bow of Barefoot Babe. With hugs and kisses Nikki said "YES"!!

DolphinDolphin playing along Barefoot Babe while Thomas surprises Nikki.

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Friday Night Fireworks Sail - Jini & Carl (Carls birthday)

Jini and CarlThis was Carl's birthday and Kemah had the fireworks just for him. We had great sail with 18knot winds with a full main & jib making about 7.2 knots across the bay. We anchored out in the bay and watched a great fireworks display. We stayed a little longer in the bay after the display and got back to the dock late. Happy Birthday Carl.

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Day Sail - Patrick, Brian, Mary, Erin

Patrick & Capt. BrianThe sail started with the bay smooth as glass and no wind. So we put Capt. Brian behind the wheel and he found some air. We then sailed the bay at a nice speed. Way to go Capt. Brian you are a great helmsman.

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Wedding Proposal  - Brian and Cheryl

Brian and CherylBrian surprised Cheryl with a wedding proposal as we sailed by the Boardwalk. All of their friends and family were on the Boardwalk to witness as Cheryl said yes and Brian placed a ring on her finger. A beautiful ending for a great day.

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Friday Fireworks Sail with Lisa, Alexandra and Friends.

Lisa, Alexandra & FriendsWind was up and blowing hard on the bay. We scooted around the bay at 7.5 knots most of the day. The seas were a little choppy causing everyone on the front to get a little wet. This was a graduation and birthday celebration. We anchored in Clear Lake had a little to eat and watched the opening fireworks display from the Kemah Boardwalk.

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Day Sail with Kevin, Melinda, Andrew and Allen

Captain Andrew at the HelmThe wind was blowing at 25 knots with 30 knots gusts. The sun was shining and and it was a beautiful day. We sailed along at 6.5 to 7.5 knots most of the day with only the genoa out. "Captain Andrew" enjoyed piloting the boat most of the day. We sailed both Galveston and Trinity Bay. I think Kevin is going to be a new boat owner soon.

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Day Sail & Anchoring at Redfish Island - Mark, Brenda, Diane, Debbie, Mark & Clara

Day Sail Good wind and a great sail at 7 knots around the bay. After some great sailing we dropped the hook at Redfish Island for some lunch. We then took the tender to the island for a little exploring. We then sailed back to Kemah to end a great day. 

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Day Sail - Redfish Island - Tisha, Cassandra, Kristin, Cindy, Charles, Patrick, Ken

Tisha and friendsJim/Elaine,
Thank you so much for a great day, it couldn’t have been any better.  Everyone is still talking about our amazing Sunday afternoon.  It was really great meeting you both and hope to see you again very soon.  The Barefoot Babe is absolutely beautiful and I will send the web link to all of our Houston area friends.    Thank You,
Tish, Kenny, Kristin, Pat, Pat, Cindy and Cassandra 

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Saturday Sail and Raft Up - Sharon, Renee, Don, Steve

Renee, Don, Sharon "As Jane Seymour once mused about a favorite mansion, "There is something quietly fantastic about it." That's how this sail was! Capt. Jim, First Mate Elaine, Dr. Rubenzer, Great Sailor ZoomZoom, that "Fighter Pilot, AWARD Winning Photojournalist, Don, who is like a handsome kid in a candy store, and me, plus meeting Capt. Dave, hilarious, so funny, and ever so warmly hospitable, who could ask for more? This was a looooonnnngggg sail, but a spectacular one! Again?" Sharon....

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Gulf of Mexico & Galveston Harbor Sail

PatriciaWe headed out into the Gulf of Mexico with Patricia, Mary, and Frank to fulfill the last wishes of Tom who loved to fish the Gulf and jetties. We anchored in the Gulf and honored Tom's life. We then pulled up anchor and sailed back through the jetties and around all the ships that were anchored. There were lots of Dolphins to escort us back to Galveston Island. We then sailed through Galveston Harbor past the cruise ship, past the Elissa and Ocean Star back to Galveston Yacht Basin to end a beautiful afternoon.

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Day/Sunset Sail - Redfish Island Madelyn & Friends

Madelyn, Rose, Margaret, JodyMadelyn, Rose, Margaret and Jody made up a great crew. The day was beautiful and the temperture just right for a sail. We sailed out to Redfish Island and anchored out for a while among the other yachts. After pulling up the anchor we had a good sail back to Kemah with a fantastic sunset. The girls did not want to come back in and tried to talk the Captain into heading to Mexico.

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Day Sail - Sunbathing - Redfish Island

Renee-Sharon-LizA beautiful day with warm temps, bright sun, and good wind for sailing and sunbathing. After a brisk sail around the bay we dropped anchor at Redfish Island and lunch was served. After lunch we pulled up the anchor and sailed back past the Boardwalk under the bridge and then pulled the sail in. Fun was had by all.

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                                                                 Sunset - Full Moon Sail - Clark, Dana & Kids

Clark - Dana - FamilyWe motored past the Boardwalk and then rolled out the genoa for a reach across the bay to the new marsh island. The wind was just right and made for a good fast sail. We sailed past the North end of the island into Trinity Bay to view some offshore platforms. We then tacked till we reached the South boater cut and back into Galveston Bay. It was a big bright full moon and beautiful night. The kids took the helm and brought us back to port.

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Stella Cocktail CruiseSunset Cocktail Sail with Stella and Friends. We left before sunset and motored by the Boardwalk. We all waived to the people walking and sitting at the resturant. We then raised the sails in some high wind and waves. It wasn't long before the seas calmed and the wind gave us a nice fast sail around the bay. The wine was chilled and served for a beautiful Bay Sunset.

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Christie & FamilyChristie & Family Sunset/Full Moon Sail.  This was another fantastic sail with a beautiful sunset and bright orange moon over Galveston Bay.                                    Good Morning Captain Jim: Today, I was reminiscing about our wonderful family Charter upon the "Barefoot Babe".  Thank you again for sharing your beautiful yacht, wealth of sailing knowledge and answering all of our nautical questions.  Not only did we enjoyed the Sunset and Full Moon Cruise, we learned about ~ The naming of the "Barefoot Babe" ~ Some of your sea worthy Sailing Experiences ~ Rights of Way for Sailing Vessels ~ Boat Parts and Sails Points of Sailing ~ The Wind. We highly recommend your Charter Services and thank you again for running a tightship. Sincerely, Craig, Cyndie, Christie, Matt, Casey & Meagan"Wanna Be Sailors" 

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JC & CarolJ.C. & Carol Overnight Sail with a full moon shining on the bay. After a nice night sail under a gorgeous moon we anchored at the A-Frame anchorage off the coast of San Leon. There were three other sailboats there. The next day we pulled up anchor and had a nice sail back to Kemah. Light winds, smooth bay and a beautiful day.

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Jessica and TaylorSunset Sail  Taylor and Jessica        Taylor surprised Jessica at sunset with a proposal. Jessica did say yes!!            " Captain Jim we want to thank you for helping with this surprise. The boat is fantastic and I had a beautiful sunset backdrop for my marriage proposal to Jessica. Thanks again for everything."

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Sunset SailSunset Sail                                               "We want to thank you for a fantastic time. We really enjoyed ourselfs and love the Barefoot Babe. Thanks for letting us drive the boat, we had so much fun."

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July sailJuly 4th Fireworks Sail                             Galveston Bay

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Wayne and Tara Day SailDay Sail   Wayne  &  Tara                                      "You made this sail fantastic. Thank you for sharing your yacht and making this a really fun adventure for both Tara and I. We plan on sailing with you as much as we can. Thanks again Captain Jim and Elaine."

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Deanna and Kevin Sunset SailSunset Sail  Deanna & Kevin 

"Jim and Elaine, I just wanted to thank you guys for making our evening UNFORGETTABLE !!. You by far made this the BEST birthday for Kevin! Thanks Again!  Deanna & Kevin"

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Sunset Sail Kevin, Erin, Mark, LorenaSunset Sail Kevin, Erin, Mark, Lorena    

Great job.   We had a fantastic time! Thanks again. Kevin

GREAT!!!  Thanks a lot. We would surely do it again. Lorena

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sunset sailSunset Sail 

"We really had a good time. You made the sail lots of fun. The yacht is fantastic. Thanks"

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Sunset SailSunset Sail 

"Man this was da bomb. Capt. Jim made this a fine trip.  Thanks for having us aboard."

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Sunset, Full Moon SailSunset / Full Moon Sail 

"Captain Jim and Elaine,  thank you so much for our wonderful trip.  We talked about it all week.  The "kids" were very jealous and hilarious about us staying out so late. Thanks again for everything...traci" 

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Sunset on Galveston BaySunset Sail                                            "This was so more than we expected. We had a fantastic time and plan to do it again. Thanks so much"

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Sunset Sail  Doug & Angela

Sunset Sail Doug and Angela" We want to thank you for making this sail a memorable moment for us." Doug proposed to Angela with a beautiful Galveston Bay Sunset as the back drop. We wish you many happy memories to come.

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Air Products - Houston, Texas  

Air Products TeamBarefoot Babe and Windsong teamed up to provide a team building sail to a fun group from Air Products. You were a fantastic group and we enjoyed you being on board. 

Air Products CrewThe wind was blowing steady at 25 knots most of the time. Both yachts were zipping along between 6.5 and 8 knots. This made for a great sail. Lots of fun and excitement.

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