Description:  :  The 12th annual Great Texas Catamaran Race is a 300 mile open ocean beach catamaran race from South Padre Island to Galveston, Texas.  The race is the most challenging catamaran race in the world.  In 2011, only 4 of 16 boats finished the race – the other 12 boats were knocked out due to breakdowns and injuries.  (Catamarans are two hulled sailboats commonly referred to as Hobie Cats.)

 The race attracts top notch sailors from around the country that are willing to take on the challenge of off-shore racing during the windy month of June.  The race is closely followed throughout the world via live internet streaming at www.gt300.com.

 Like the Tour de France, the Great Texas is divided into four day long legs.   The first leg on Wed, June 11th, is from South Padre Island to Mustang Island State Park near Corpus Christi.  The second leg on Thursday, June 12th, is from Mustang Island to Matagorda beach.  The third leg on Friday, June 13th, is from Matagorda beach to Surfside. The final leg on Saturday, June 14th, is from Surfside to East Beach at Galveston.  (See schedule below for complete details.)

 Each of the four legs of the race begins and finishes on the beach.  Sailors launch their boats through the surf, sail 60-100 miles at speeds as fast as 25 mph, and then finish on the beach.   Each leg starts precisely at 10 am. 

 

Press Contact:  If you wish to schedule interviews with the sailors or get information on the race, please contact Terri Reuwsaat  512-797-4483, treuwsaat@gmail.com.  Contact information for all racers and organizers of the race is available in the Information Booklet at GT300 Race Info at www.gt300.com.  Backup press contact is Kate Wodash Catlow, katewodash57@yahoo.com, 512-809-5782.

  

Action:  :  Three years ago, the event attracted international attention after a severe storm hit the sailors near Corpus Christi.  Two boats were disabled and the sailors were rescued by the Coast Guard.  Also, the boats start and finish on the beach so there is great action watching these boats starting from and coming back to the beach.

Interesting People Participating in the Race:
All the sailors in the Great Texas have interesting backgrounds but we thought we might highlight the following participants...

John Tomko, 38, Canyon Lake, TX, Cabinet Maker.  John is the six time winner of the race.  He may be favored to win this year but has stiff competition coming in from Florida.  Contact information:  tomko@gvtc.com, 210-683-1016

Steve Piche, 50, Austin, TX, Engineer.  Steve is the founder of the Great Texas.  He has sailed in every race and finished all 10 races.  Contact information:  stevepiche@gmail.com, 512-844-0160

Mike Rohrer, 51, Austin, TX, Engineer, Mike, a former winner of the Great Texas, is a cancer survivor.  Mike missed the race two year age because he had to have surgery prior to the race.  Can the former champion regain his form after a tough couple of years of battling cancer? Mike.p.rohrer@gmail.com, 512-335-2865

 

Live Streaming:

Live streaming of the starts and finishes of each leg will be available at www.gt300.com.  

 

Schedule: 
Details on locations available in the Information Booklet at GT300 Race Info 

June 10th, Tuesday, 7 pm, Clayton's Beach Bar, South Padre Island, Opening Ceremonies


June 11th, 10 am, Beach in front of Tiki Condos, Race begins with a beach start of all boats.

June 11th, 4-7pm, Mustang Island State Park, First Leg Finishes with boat finishing on the beach.  Time of finish dependent on weather.


June 12th, 10 am, Mustang Island State Park, Race begins with a beach start of all boats.

June 12th, 4-7pm, Matagorda Beach, Second Leg Finishes with boat finishing on the beach.  Time of finish dependent on weather.


June 13th, 10 am, Matagorda beach, Race begins with a beach start of all boats.

June 13th, 2-4pm, Surfside Beach, Third Leg Finishes with boat finishing on the beach.  Time of finish dependent on weather.


June 14th, 10 am, Surfside beach, Race begins with a beach start of all boats.

June 14th, 1-3pm, East Beach Galveston, Fourth Leg Finishes with boat finishing on the beach.  Time of finish dependent on weather.

June 14th, 7pm, Awards Ceremony at Cat Alley Beach House on Jamaica Beach in Galveston.