The Legacy of Scott Self and Seawolf, Founder & Captain
Scott Self was the builder and captain of Seawolf from 2008 to 2020.
Seawolf was hand built in Rockwall over the course of 2 years, from 2006 to 2008. The construction team consisted of 5+ experts and workers putting in 40+ hr weeks for that period of time. Click here to view the entire build process within our Rockwall warehouse, where we sectioned off 5,000 square feet of warehouse space exclusively for the building of Seawolf.
Scott Self was diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive brain cancer, on May 19th, 2020. He passed away on June 30, 2020 to continue sailing in Heaven. The Self family will carry forward the legacy he built and the love he shared of sailing on Lake Ray Hubbard.
For at least 500 years – sailors have kept 4 hour watches. Shipboard time used double-bubble sand half-hour watch glass. Max time the bell can be struck is 8.
At the end of a four-hour watch, eight bells were sounded and the sailor on watch was relieved.
“Eight bells and all’s well.”
Tradition in the sailing community is to note the passing of a shipmate with the signaling of eight bells. The sounding of a ship’s bell is a reminder of the special bonds mariners forge among one another.
Captain Amy Lee Pierce is now operating Seawolf with the same ardent love of the lake. She worked under Captain Scott’s tutelage for several years and enjoyed adventures in the Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific Ocean from Panama to Los Angeles.
Captain Scott’s son, Billy Self, will continue the business as the owner of Sail with Scott LLC. We will continue with the name Sail with Scott legacy in his honor. You can reach Captain Amy Lee or Billy Self at [email protected].
The Flagship of Sail with Scott is the Seawolf
Seawolf is a beautiful 40-foot-long by 25-foot-wide sailing catamaran, hand-built of beautiful Spanish cedar. Its guest capacity is 49. It sails from the Harbor in Rockwall, where it has a private docking area between the shore and the lighthouse.
Seawolf is perfect for spending time on the water. With plenty of seating all over the deck if you’d like to sit and relax, and open space at the bow which is perfect for pictures. It also has electric flushing toilets and a large changing room below deck. Scott didn’t miss a single detail when he built Seawolf.
Want to learn more about how our beautiful 40 ft. long, 25. ft. wide sailing catamaran, Seawolf, was built? Check out our slideshow presentation to learn more about the care and dedication Scott put into his boat over its two-year build to create Sail With Scott.
When you come aboard the Seawolf, you’ll see first-hand his attention to every little detail in his craftsmanship and understand his passion for ensuring you have as great a time sailing on it as he had building it.
Seawolf, the Legend
Along the southern coast of England, just west of the English Channel, lies a group of villages between Lands End and Plymouth.
During the 1820’s – 1830’s when ships chanced to wreck as they sailed their way into the Channel, villagers seized the foundering ships, plundered the cargo and killed the survivors. The British Navy warned the villagers to stop. They did not.
Initially the Royal Navy tried to arrest the piracy ringleaders, but it had become a way of life. So, the Royal Navy instituted a strategy of arresting all the villagers along this section of coastline; man, woman and child. Each one became known as a Seawolf.
The British Royal Navy’s policy heretofore had been to take the country’s undesirables and/or prisoners to Australia. The Royal Navy sailed annually to Sydney, Melbourne or Fremantle with passengers from poor houses and prisons.
In the meantime, in 1836 Texas won its independence from Mexico and became a republic. So eager was it to gain its own identity, the new republic welcomed any person of Caucasian appearance, no questions asked.
Word came to England of this new Republic of Texas in North America and its acceptance policy. A sail to Texas was one-third the distance of a sail to Australia. The British Navy began diverting their prisoner ships to Galveston, Texas. When the ships unloaded their human cargo in Galveston, the Texas government desired to keep track of the pirates and changed all the names of those known as Seawolf to a contraction of Seawolf: Se + lf = Self.
Today, the villages located along the southern coast of England have adopted an entirely different moral code. In fact, they are credited with embracing and practicing the “lifeguard tradition”. The people of these villages, even in the roughest weather, man their boats and head out to sea, putting life and limb in jeopardy to save lives aboard ships in distress.
The builder, owner and captain of this sailing vessel Seawolf, was Captain Scott Self.
Scott Self’s Sailing History:
- 2007 US Coast Guard Master Captains 100-ton License
- 2005 Division Winner of the Transpac Yacht Race, a sailing race from Los Angeles to Hawaii – Scott’s most prized accomplishment in yacht racing.
- 2005, 2006, and 2012 Overall Winner of the Harvest Moon Race from Galveston to Port Aransas
- 2004 2nd Place in J-22 World Championship
- 1973 Winning crew of Men’s North American Sailing Championship (Mallory Cup)
- In addition, Scott has sailed across the Atlantic Ocean twice in a 44 foot sailboat (once heading east, and once heading west!) and twice raced in the Fastnet Race off the coast of England, winning his division each time. In 2014 Scott sailed a 60 sloop from Houston through the Panama Canal and onto Marina Del Rey, CA.
- He also placed in the top 10 of several sailboat classes at national championships, from the 14-foot Sunfish to 60 footers.
- Scott Self was the Mayor of Rockwall, a Rockwall City Council member, a Rockwall County Commissioner and a County Treasurer. He ran for Rockwall County Judge in 2005. We (the family) are grateful he lost that race, because he moved on to his next project, the building of Seawolf.
If you have any questions about Sail with Scott that the Frequently Asked Questions page doesn’t answer, email us at [email protected]