Greetings Laserites. Ike has come and done its worst to the Galveston Bay area. Seabrook Sailing Club took a direct hit and was washed out. Fortunately, the members evacuated all of their boats before Ike came through. Here's a link to Chris Kuhlman's pictures of the area and the clubhouse and the damage Ike wreaked. http://www.ckpro.com/IKE Three board members' homes right behind the club were washed away, only the pilings remain. The cinder block walls downstairs and almost all upstairs washed away as designed, leaving the reinforced concrete structure intact, including the roof. Too bad we just had new windows installed. The piers are very badly damaged. The mausoleum, a wood and metal structure that housed one of the motor boats, race marks, and members' boards and gear is gone. The contents of the building and mausoleum are scattered debris, even most of what was moved upstairs. I can't tell from the pictures too clearly, but it looks like the drink coolers and refrigerators upstairs are probably gone. I haven't heard about the status of our three motor boats, but I was told they had been moved to safe ground. Right now, we're hoping all of our members are comfortable and glad everybody got away to safety. At my house in the Heights, just north of downtown Houston, we had lots of wind and tons of rain. Trees are down everywhere and we got electricity back at 1:30 a.m. last night. Comcast came back around 1:00 p.m. We have some huge pecan limbs to cut up, as soon as we can get a chainsaw. Fortunately, the roof's fine and nothing broke any windows. Thank god for the gas stove and water heater. Much of Houston is still without electricity, and gasoline's hard to find. Thank you ahead of time for all your support and best wishes. We have quite a rebuilding ahead and we hope all the other Gulf Coast sailing clubs fared better than us. Peace from Texas.