Category Archives: GYA

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

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