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GYA 100th Anniversary Book Request

There have been many notable sailors in the GYA – those who have won national and world championships, and who have qualified and/or gone to the Olympics – Marcus Eagan, John Dane, Zak Fanberg, Ricky Welch, Jackson Benvenuitti, Amy Kleinschrodt, Anne Edwards – just to name a few.  We’re hoping to include in the 100th Anniversary book a chapter on our notable sailors.  I have information on some of the sailors from way back – Gene Walet, Buddy Friedrichs, Gilbert Gray, Andrew Labano, and others – but very little or no information on recent (as in from about 1950 to date) sailors. IF THERE IS SOMEONE IN YOUR CLUB (past or present) WHO SHOULD BE INCLUDED IN THIS CHAPTER OF THE BOOK, I need: their name, a sailing resume (from which I can pull the information needed) and, where possible, PHOTOS (either a head shot, a shot of them on the water at an event).  You can send the information to me or have the individual send it to me via e-mail at

 We seriously don’t want to overlook anyone, but we need your help!!  Please do not assume I have the needed information on any individual. To the contrary, please assume I have nothing on anyone.  I would much rather have too much information from which to choose as opposed to not enough.

 If you need to send original photos to me because you don’t have scanning capabilities or for whatever reason, I PROMISE TO RETURN THEM TO YOU! Mailing address is:  506 Trace Crossing, Daphne AL  36526

 Many thanks,

Cathy Cromartie

Annual Meeting and Opening Regatta

Southern Yacht Club will host the Gulf Yachting Association Annual Meeting and Opening Regatta on May 17th – 19th, 2019 at the Southern Yacht Club, 105 N Roadway Street, New Orleans, LA, (504) 288-4200.   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, May 17, 2019

1800 – 1900    Executive Committee Meeting, Tullis Room
1830 – 2000    Early Regatta Registration, 1849 Bar

Saturday, May 18, 2019

0830 – 1000    Complimentary Continental Breakfast, Entrance Lobby
0830 – 1000    Al La Carte Breakfast, Main Dining Room
0900 – 1000    Board of Directors Registration, East Dining Room
0900 – 1000    GYA Capdeville Committee Meeting, Baldwin Room
0900 – 1030    GYA Youth Committee Meeting, Grill
0930 – 1030    GYA Trophy Committee Meeting, Tullis Room
0900 – 1100    Regatta Registration, Entrance Lobby
1030 – 1130    GYA Board of Directors Meeting, East Dining Room
1100 – 1400    Al La Carte Lunch service, SYC menu, Main Dining Room
1145                Flag Ceremony, Front Lawn
1230                Skippers Meeting. Lower Deck/Lawn
1400                Warning Signal, first race of the day

Sunday, May 19, 2019

0830 – 1000    Continental Complimentary Breakfast, Entrance Lobby
0830 – 1000    Al La Carte Breakfast, Main Dining Room
1025                Warning Signal, First Race of the Day
1300                BBQ Pitt with Burgers, Chicken & Hot Dogs with sides Al La Carte, Lower Deck/Tiki Bar
TBD                 Trophy Presentation, as soon as possible following racing for the day

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.

Southern Yacht Club will provide all GYA Clubs the program and schedule of events for the Opening Regatta competition for the following trophies:

  • Commodore J. Gilbert Scheib Trophy
  • Commodore John Dane Trophy (Masters Trophy)

The GYA has established room blocks at two different locations near the yacht club:


New Orleans Marriott Metairie at Lakeway
3838 N Causeway Blvd, Metairie, LA
Group Code Southern Yacht Club
(504) 836-5253 ($124 per night)

Country Inn & Suites By Radisson
2713 N Causeway Blvd, Metairie, LA
Group Code Southern Opening Regatta
(504) 835 – 4141 ($95 per night)

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