Challenge Cup Reminder

For the 2019 Challenge Cup, Classes A and B will be scored using ORR-EZ.  A valid 2019 ORR-EZ rating certificate will be required.  I urge you to contact the ORR-EZ home office as soon as possible in order to apply for a certificate.  Please go to for more information on obtaining a certificate.



GYA Lipton Centennial Committee Club Request

Commodores and GYA Coordinators:

Your help is needed! The GYA Lipton Centennial Committee is closing in on its deadline to get the 1st draft of the commemorative book to the publisher. An item still needed is a high resolution photo of your club to be included in the book.

It will be greatly appreciated if you could send the photo to me at your earliest convenience.  Please email it to  If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to call me.

Thank you.
Cathy Cromartie

Advanced Judge Seminar at Southern Yacht Club.

Advanced Judge Seminar at Southern Yacht Club

There will be a two day Advanced Judge Seminar at Southern Yacht Club on March 9th and 10th.

The seminar is for all JITs, Club Judges, Judges seeking recertification and anyone else who is interested in becoming a judge and wishes to participate in the advanced seminar. Previous attendance at  a  “Club Judge Seminar” at least is recommended but not mandatory. The total cost of the seminar is $45 which includes course materials, online testing, breakfast and lunch each day. The GYA Foundation is supporting registration by contributing an additional $30 per student to cover US Sailing portion of the registration.   The seminar runs from 0800-1730 both days at the Southern Yacht Club. Walk-in registrations are not available for this seminar. Registrants will receive a link for online testing in the week before the start of the seminar. Online testing is available for four weeks following the end of the seminar.

Jim Tichenor is the lead instructor and I,  will be assisting. Dwight LeBlanc Is the local contact. Please let us know if any questions


Southern Yacht Club and the United States Coast Guard have had a mutually beneficial relationship for many years; we are asking you to help our friends who watch out for us when we are on the water.

Due to the government shutdown, Coast Guard families are struggling financially. Since many are young, with small children and living paycheck to paycheck, they are in need of basic household supplies, food and gas. As a community we would like to ask all SYC members to consider donating funds so that we can purchase gas and grocery gift cards for the Chief Petty Officer’s Association (CPOA) to distribute to our local Coast Guard servicemen and women.

The Southern Sailing Foundation has generously agreed to help us by setting up a page on their website dedicated to collecting funds for this worthwhile cause. 100% of the contributions earmarked for the Coast Guard will, in turn, be used to purchase the grocery and gas gift cards.

Donate link:
Thank you for your support of our local Coast Guard families who are responsible for protecting our coast and aiding in water rescue for the Southern Yacht Club. If you have any questions, please contact Elizabeth and Craig Ehrensing at

On behalf of the SYC Board, we want to thank Elizabeth and Craig for leading this effort, know that we fully support it and will be contributing to this important cause.

Guy Brierre, Commodore


First and foremost, thanks to all who purchased a raffle ticket. We sold all 200! The winning ticket was purchased by Ernest Posey at SYC. Congratulations Mr. Posey!!

We’re closing in on our self-imposed deadline of getting photos and text to the publisher for the Centennial book. While we have quite a number of Lipton programs and a complete list of skippers and crew for every Lipton race – Thank You Harry Chapman and Michael Hage – we don’t have a lot of photos. I would ask that everyone look around your club, look through your photos, look anywhere you think there may be Lipton photos, scan a copy of the photo and send it to me along with the year the photo was taken and, where possible, identify each person in the photo. Action photos/on-the-water shots are also needed.

Club Commodores: I need a photo of your current club.

Preferred media for all photos is .jpg with as high a resolution as possible.

Any of the above should be sent to with the subject line ‘Lipton Book’.

We’re still pre-selling the Centennial book. There are several ways you can purchase yours:
1) go to the GYA web site and on the left side of the home page you can purchase up to 3 books through PayPal
2) click here to go to the Pre-Order Form on the GYA web site if you want to go the old fashion route and use snail mail
3) give me a call and I can take your CC# over the phone

There is also still time to honor someone or their memory in the book.  Click here for the form and details.

If you have any questions feel free to give me a call at 251-895-0993.

Thanks to all.

Cathy Cromartie

Supporting Yachting in the Southeast since 1901