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Sunrise in Offatts Bayou

Anchoring in Offatts Bayou with the Foster Journey

There’s something about waking up to a new sunrise. Each day seems to bring with it a new promise of something good.

In Offatts Bayou, the sunrise is almost always over the bow as the Gulf breeze blow over Galveston island pointing you to our nearest star.

Episode 40 “Fun at Offatts Bayou and Sailing Back”

The poet, Suzy Kassem wrote it this way:

Each day begins with a sunrise…
The journey of the sun
and moon is predictable.
But yours,
is your ultimate
ART.”

A fellow sailor told me this week: Life isn’t a dress rehearsal. If you’re not loving what you do, you don’t get to try again on a second round.

I just love that.

I also love the views in Offatts.

I’m no poet, so I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves. Here’s a look at our first day in Offatts.

Sunrise in Offatts Bayou over Galveston Island.
A fresh cup of coffee and a sunrise, so nice!
When sun is hiding behind the horizon and the clouds, it sprays an array of color.

About Offatts Bayou

It’s an easy 4 hour trek from Kemah, Texas and only 90 minutes from the Galveston jetties. The Galveston causeway bridge is 76 feet high, so most sailboats will have plenty of sky clearance.

How Deep Is Offatts?

It’s about 20 feet in most places with some charts show a few deep holes of 40 feet. There is shallow shoaling of 1-3 feet on the entrance and south banks, so stay in the channel on the way in.

Is there fuel, water, and supplies nearby?

Yes. There’s a marina (Pelican’s Rest), bait shops, and a few shrimp trucks and convenience stores on the east shoreline.

What is the bottom in Offatts Bayou?

It’s dark mud. Most anchors hold well. Our 24kg plow anchor held firm in 20kts of wind.

If we go to shore, what can we do?

Moody Gardens has dinghy access, there are restaurants on the shore, and Home Depot and Target are a few miles away.

Is there good fishing in Offatts Bayou?

Yes. The fishing is great in the fall and winter. It is well known for holding fishing in the cold months as the mud bottom stays warm.


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