GYA Annual Meeting and Opening Regatta Room Blocks

The following hotels in downtown Mobile will be offering a special room rate for the GYA Opening Regatta to be hosted at Mobile Yacht Club May 5 – 6, 2018.

 The Battle House Renaissance Mobile Hotel & Spa
26 North Royal Street, Mobile, AL 36602 (251) 338-2000
Book your group rate for Gulf Yachting Club Opening Room Block
Parking is an additional $21.00 per day

Hampton Inn & Suites Downtown Mobile
62 South Royal Street, Mobile, AL 36602 (251) 436-8787
Booking Link: Mobile Yacht Club Regatta
Parking is an additional $9.00 per day

ECSA/FWYC Sailing Director – Spring/Summer Sailing Program – Job Opening

The Emerald Coast Sailing Association ( operates as a non-profit 501 C3 in conjunction with the Fort Walton Yacht Club ( and Bluewater Bay Sailing Club ( in Okaloosa County, FL.  ECSA/FWYC is seeking a seasonal Sailing Instructor/ Coordinator for the Spring/Summer Sailing Program (April to August).  The Sailing Director would be responsible for coordinating all Assistant Sailing Instructors, developing productive and fun sailing/class sessions, and oversee all boat maintenance as needed.

We’ll have sessions for kids aged 7- 16 year-old in Opti’s, Taz, Sunfish and 420’s and adult sessions in Flying Scots.  Also, we’ll have after-school/weekend practices and a few fun regattas.

We are looking for someone with experience and a minimum US Sailing Level I Certification.  This position may turn into a Full Time Sailing Director year-round.

Please contact Robert Harrison for additional details 850-217-2177 or

Message from Capdevielle Committee

Publication of the 2018 GYA Directory, with an up to date edition of the Regulations for Sanctioned Events, will be delayed this year until after the Annual Meeting in May.  So, for now, the latest edition available, both online and in hardcopy, is in the 2017 Directory.  Host clubs and competitors please make note of the following:

Of course you know, Capdevielle events will be sailed on Viper 640’s this year for the first time.  The Regulations published in the 2017 GYA Directory included modified regulations substituting the Viper 640 for the Flying Scot.  There is a note on the first page of the Regulations stating that “Regulations preceded by “>” and that are in italics indicate an effective date of January 1, 2018”.  So, where you see that symbol and italicized text, THOSE are the current regulations.

Also, the regulations covering the Capdevielle Challenger Division Competition, found in Appendix H, were modified at the 2017 Annual Meeting and are in effect for 2018.  The changes altered the format of the competition, affect which clubs are eligible and added a trophy to be awarded by host clubs at all events.  The current text of Appendix H is available on the GYA website under the “Documents” dropdown tab along with the list of INELIGIBLE clubs.  All other clubs are ELIGIBLE.

Finally, a regulation permitting the limited use of chartered Viper 640’s by clubs that do not own one was approved at the 2018 Winter Meeting and is immediately effective.  That regulation is also available under the Documents tab.

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