GYA Foundation Grant Requests

 It is time to get your GYA Foundation grant requests sent to Janet Miller-Schmidt, P.O. Box 73, Monteagle, TN 37356, Secretary/Treasurer.

If you are interested in completing a grant application, please go to the GYA Foundation website for the application under GYA Foundation Documents (click here).  All applications must be postmarked not later than December 1, 2020.

The GYA Foundation Board will consider all requests for grants in late December.  Each Applicant will be notified by mail the determination of the request in January after the annual meeting of the Foundation.

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

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