Southern Yacht Club and the United States Coast Guard have had a mutually beneficial relationship for many years; we are asking you to help our friends who watch out for us when we are on the water.

Due to the government shutdown, Coast Guard families are struggling financially. Since many are young, with small children and living paycheck to paycheck, they are in need of basic household supplies, food and gas. As a community we would like to ask all SYC members to consider donating funds so that we can purchase gas and grocery gift cards for the Chief Petty Officer’s Association (CPOA) to distribute to our local Coast Guard servicemen and women.

The Southern Sailing Foundation has generously agreed to help us by setting up a page on their website dedicated to collecting funds for this worthwhile cause. 100% of the contributions earmarked for the Coast Guard will, in turn, be used to purchase the grocery and gas gift cards.

Donate link:
Thank you for your support of our local Coast Guard families who are responsible for protecting our coast and aiding in water rescue for the Southern Yacht Club. If you have any questions, please contact Elizabeth and Craig Ehrensing at

On behalf of the SYC Board, we want to thank Elizabeth and Craig for leading this effort, know that we fully support it and will be contributing to this important cause.

Guy Brierre, Commodore


First and foremost, thanks to all who purchased a raffle ticket. We sold all 200! The winning ticket was purchased by Ernest Posey at SYC. Congratulations Mr. Posey!!

We’re closing in on our self-imposed deadline of getting photos and text to the publisher for the Centennial book. While we have quite a number of Lipton programs and a complete list of skippers and crew for every Lipton race – Thank You Harry Chapman and Michael Hage – we don’t have a lot of photos. I would ask that everyone look around your club, look through your photos, look anywhere you think there may be Lipton photos, scan a copy of the photo and send it to me along with the year the photo was taken and, where possible, identify each person in the photo. Action photos/on-the-water shots are also needed.

Club Commodores: I need a photo of your current club.

Preferred media for all photos is .jpg with as high a resolution as possible.

Any of the above should be sent to with the subject line ‘Lipton Book’.

We’re still pre-selling the Centennial book. There are several ways you can purchase yours:
1) go to the GYA web site and on the left side of the home page you can purchase up to 3 books through PayPal
2) click here to go to the Pre-Order Form on the GYA web site if you want to go the old fashion route and use snail mail
3) give me a call and I can take your CC# over the phone

There is also still time to honor someone or their memory in the book.  Click here for the form and details.

If you have any questions feel free to give me a call at 251-895-0993.

Thanks to all.

Cathy Cromartie

2019 ECSA/FWYC Full-time Sailing Director Opening

The Emerald Coast Sailing Association operates as anon-profit 501 C3 in conjunction with the Fort Walton Yacht Club ( and Bluewater Bay Sailing Club ( in Okaloosa County,FL.  ECSA is seeking a FULL-TIME Sailing Director.  The Sailing Director position would be on-site at the Fort Walton Yacht Club in Fort Walton Beach, FL. The Sailing Director would be responsible for all Adult and Junior sailing lessons including the ECSA Summer Sailing Camp Program, as well as providing High School and NW Florida State College coaching, practices and regattas, and overseeing all boat maintenance as needed. In addition he/she will coordinate with FWYC for waterfront activities and ensure safe boat checkout and use.

We are looking for someone with experience and preferably a US Sailing Instructor Class 1 certification. 

Please contact Robert Harrison for additional information: or (850) 651-0777.

GYA Foundation Grant Requests

GYA FOUNDATION GRANT REQUESTS   need to be postmarked no later than midnight December 1, 2018.

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

The GYA Foundation issued $4,910.00 in grants for the sailing year of 2017.  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.

If you are interested in completing a grant application, go to the GYA Foundation Web site.  The application can be found under GYA Foundation Documents.  All applications must be postmarked not later than December 1, 2018.

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