Sunfish Nationals at Midwinter – BWYC


Come get your last of 2020 sailing in at the Sunfish Nationals at Midwinter in Bay St. Louis, MS!   This is all kinda last minute so register and let’s make this happen.  I know a lot of people have been clamoring for a big regatta in 2020. Well, this is it!

We have the last 4 of the 2021 World spots up for grabs.  We’ll award for the top 3 juniors, top female, tops in all the master categories, and top 5 overall.  Most importantly, we’ll have a lot of fun.

Registration is officially live.  If you don’t know your sail number make it “0” and we’ll get the specifics later.  I need to know you’re coming though so we can plan accordingly.

Conner Blouin, you gotta come as the reigning national champ.  Think about it, you’ll save all that money from shipping the perpetual to Bay St. Louis.

We’ve got Rich Chapman, Bob Findlay, and Gretchen Seymour driving all the way from Chicago so no excuses from anyone else.  If you happen to arrive early, we’ll have an informal practice session on Thurs, Nov 12.

We have plenty of room at BWYC to spread out.  We’ll have a safe regatta and a guaranteed good time.

Sail Fast,

Eugene Schmitt

Enhanced GYA PHRF Rating system


The PHRF Board of Area Handicappers voted unanimously at their September 22 board meeting, to implement the enhanced GYA PHRF Rating system based on the Offshore Racing Association’s (ORA) proprietary velocity prediction program (VPP). The enhanced GYA PHRF rating system based on ORA’s science will provide fairer, more competitive racing and be more manageable for current and future PHRF administrators.

GYA PHRF fleet members will receive (effective January 1, 2021) their new PHRF ratings for two course configurations (W/L and RLC) with two wind strengths (Light and Medium) for each course. Both spinnaker and non-spinnaker ratings will be provided. In addition, bench-mark ratings (BMR) will be provided for both Spinnaker and Non-spinnaker classes based on the average of their four ratings. The BMRs should be used to set class breaks but can be used for scoring races as Club/Race organizers gain experience with the four course/wind ratings provided. Existing scoring systems, such as the Regatta Network, can handle multiple ratings.

Initial certificates will be similar to current GYA PHRF certificates except with a rating block that will show the 10 different rating options based on ORA’s VPP program for year 2021. The new certificates will be valid for 3 years, to expire December 31, 2023. (Current PHRF certificates are for a 2-year period). The 2021 VPP baseline will be held constant for the 3-year period. All PHRF members will be required to renew for the 2024-2027 period and will be notified accordingly.

New boats and changes/modifications to existing boats will continue to submit applications as is currently done through the or web sites.

An excel spreadsheet will be available on the and web sites so competitors can readily view the fleet’s rating information.

Current GYA PHRF certificates that expire December 31, 2020 will be renewed for 3 years at $60 (based on our current fee schedule of $40/2-year period).

Current GYA PHRF certificates that expire December 31, 2021 will now expire December 31, 2020 and will be renewed for 3 years at $40.

The ORA group has begun work on our existing 484+ PHRF certificates and will make a public announcement of our working relationship.

Tom Beery
Chairman, GYA PHRF Rating Committee

Up Coming Events

Oct 3-4, GYA 420 Championship – BWYC (venue change)

Oct 3-4, GYA Finn Championship – BucYC

Oct 10-11, Wadewitz – FYC

Oct 17, Back to School Regatta – PontYC

Oct 23-25, Hospitality Regatta – JYC

Oct 23-25, LPRC – PontYC, NOYC, SYC, TYC

Oct 31-Nov 1, GYA Fish Class/John G. Curren – BucYC

Oct 30- Nov 1, J30 North American – NOYC

21st Annual Gulf Yachting Association Fish Class Championship for the John G. Curren Trophy

September 22, 2020


I wish to invite your Club’s participation in the 21st Annual Gulf Yachting Association Fish Class Championship for the John G. Curren Trophy, to be held October 31st and Nov 1st 2020, at Buccaneer Yacht Club.  The GYA Fish Class Championship is sailed in borrowed boats and competing teams draw to determine the boats they will sail in each race, just as Fish were sailed in the original Sir Thomas Lipton Challenge Series.

Enclosed please find the Notice of Regatta for this event for posting, in accordance with GYA Regulations for Sanctioned Events 4.3(a), as well as an Application to compete for your Club’s team.  Specific regulations for the GYA Fish Class Championship are contained in the GYA Regulations for Sanctioned Events 40.

Your Club’s completed Application must be sent to no later than October 15th, 2020 for eligibility in the Competing Clubs Selection.  Results of the Competing Clubs Selection will be e-mailed not later than October 19th 2020 to all Clubs returning Applications.

Please note that a similar email package has been sent to your Club’s Fleet Captain and GYA Coordinator in accordance with GYA Regulations for Sanctioned Events 4.3(c).

Yours truly,

Mark Caraher
Regatta Chairman

Supporting Yachting in the Southeast since 1901