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

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

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