Marcus Eagan wins Viper 640 World and North American Championships

August 25, 2019

Congratulations to Marcus Eagan, Andrew Eagan, and Jackson Benvenutti (Mandeville, LA) for winning both the Goslings 2019 Viper 640 World Championship and the 2019 Viper 640 North Americans. Hosted by Alamitos Bay Yacht Club (Long Beach, CA), the four-day Championship consisted of 13 races in atypical Long Beach conditions – light, 8-10 knots except for the final race on Day 2 and the last two on the final day when winds were mid to high teens. It was a regatta where sailors were faced with a wide range of conditions and those atop the podium had to be capable of dealing with them all.

Eagan ended with 33 points after five of the races atop the 41-boat fleet. In second was Geoff Ewenson (Annapolis, MD), Ryan Cox, and Jon Ziskind with 44 points having won an extremely consistent series with 11 top-ten finishes. In third, from South of Perth Yacht Club in Western Australia, were former Viper 640 World Champions Nick Jerwood, Brian DeVries, and Matt Jerwood.

The real story about this regatta was the blend of sailor experiences both on and off the water. The sailing, despite many light-air races, was keenly competitive; but it was the blend of great racing and spectacular on-shore activities that made the Goslings 2019 Viper 640 World Championship the event it was. ABYC volunteers, Goslings rum, and the full cadre of Viper sailors came together every morning and evening to deliver a bucket list event.


Images by Sharon Green (#ultimatesailing) and videos by MikeyFoxtrot can be seen at


Sail Button Purchase and How to Register Sails – Viper 640 International Class Association

Please familiarize yourselves with this information: . There were several Vipers at the Jr. Lipton Challenge that did not have the proper sail registration buttons on their sails. This could potentially be an issue for this weekend’s Knost Regatta and Sir Thomas Lipton Challenge.

Shan Kirk
Gulf Yachting Association


GYA Annual Notice of Meeting

TO: Commodores of General and Affiliate Members
GYA Executive Committee
GYA Past Commodores
GYA Standing Committee and Council Chairmen
GYA Coordinator of each GYA General Member Club
GYA Associate Members

The Gulf Yachting Association Semi – Annual Meeting and Sir Thomas Lipton Cup Challenge will be held August 30th – September 1st, 2019, at the Gulfport Yacht Club, 800 East Pier Road, Gulfport, MS., (228) 863-6796. As some mailing and/or email contact information may have changed at your club since our last meeting, please distribute this information to the appropriate contacts at your club.

Friday, August 30th
1100 – 2100 Anchor Bar Open
1000 – 1630 Boat Measurement – Regatta Parking Area
1800 GYA Executive Committee Meeting – 2nd Floor Boardroom
1800 – 2100 Dinner Service Chartroom – 2nd Floor

Saturday, August 31st
0800 – 2300 Anchor Bar Open
0800 – 1100 Breakfast Service – 2nd floor
0900-1000 Capdevielle Committee Meeting- 2nd Floor Boardroom
Trophy Committee Meeting – 2nd Floor Skippers Room
1000-1100 GYA Board of Directors Meeting- 3rd Floor – Ballroom
1100 – 1400 Lunch Service – 2nd floor
1115 Team Captain’s Meeting – 2nd Floor – Boardroom
1200 Flag Raising Ceremony on the Beach
1400 Warning signal for Race #1. Race #2 will be sailed immediately after crew changes
1800 – 2200 GYC & GYA Cocktail Party (open to all competitors) Live music & Free buffet

Sunday, September 1st
0800 – 1100 Breakfast Service – 2nd floor
1030 Warning Signal for Race #3. Race #4 will be sailed immediately after crew changes
1100 – 1400 Sunday Champagne Brunch
1430 No warning signal after this time
Trophy Presentation after racing – 3rd Floor – Ballroom

This schedule is subject to change – please be sure to check the official bulletin board.

Saturday, August 31, 2019
Gulfport Yacht Club
800 East Pier Road
Gulfport, MS 39501

Proposed Business:
As per the Annual GYA Board of Directors meeting minutes dated May 1, 1993, “The question of the renewal of the GYA Foundation assessment would annually be voted upon by the GYA Board”.
GYA COMMODORES – GENERAL MEMBER CLUBS – As a member of the GYA Board of Directors, your club’s attendance is very important. If you are unable to personally attend the Board meeting, please send a WRITTEN NOTICE naming a representative for your club to the GYA Secretary-Treasurer at 1245 Kensington Drive, Biloxi, MS 39530 or email the document to , or hand deliver prior to the meeting.

Gulfport Yacht Club, will provide all GYA Clubs the program and schedule of events for the Sir Thomas Lipton Challenge competition for the following trophies:
➢ Sir Thomas Lipton Challenge Trophy
➢ Sir Thomas Lipton Inter-Club Sportsmanship Trophy
➢ Tim Murray Memorial Trophy, Most Improved Performance
➢ Race 1 Floyd Davis Memorial Trophy
➢ Race 2 J. Fred Clerc Trophy
➢ Race 3 Michael S. Johnson Trophy
➢ Race 4 Commodore Larry Beauvais, Jr. Memorial Trophy

Gulfport Yacht Club has provided (attached) a guest card request form for early submission for your convenience and to help expedite guest registration. Remember, cross charging is not accepted.
If you have recently lost a member of your sailing community and would like to have them included in the silent prayer during the Board of Directors meeting, please contact the Commodore or Secretary with that information.

Please wear your appropriate blazer, club badge, dress slacks and cap for the flag raising ceremony. Your GYA Flag Officers look forward to seeing you during the Sir Thomas Lipton Cup Challenge festivities and at the Board of Directors Meeting hosted by Gulfport Yacht Club.

Jennifer Schmidt, Secretary-Treasurer
Gulf Yachting Association
(228) 669-7518

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