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GYA Winter Meeting


Sunday, January 8, 2017
Pensacola Yacht Club
1897 West Cypress Street
Pensacola, FL 32502


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

The Winter Meeting of the Gulf Yachting Association will be held on January 7 & 8, 2017 at Pensacola Yacht Club (850-433-8804). Since some mailing and email addresses have changed since the last meeting, please distribute this information to the appropriate contacts at your club.

Friday, January 6, 2017
1830 GYA Executive Committee Meeting

Saturday, January 7, 2017
0800-1100 Registration

0830 Committee Meetings start according to schedule
1730 Cocktail Party and GYA Foundation Silent Auction
1900 GYA Annual Awards Banquet

Sunday, January 8, 2017

0800-1000 Committee meetings continue 1030-1230 Board of Directors Meeting

GYA COMMODORES – GENERAL MEMBER CLUBS – Your club’s attendance is very important. If you cannot attend the Board meeting, please send a WRITTEN NOTICE naming your club’s representative to the
GYA Secretary-Treasurer at
5171 Eagle Point Drive
Grand Bay, AL 36541

email the document to, or hand deliver at the meeting.

All GYA Clubs and their members are invited to attend the GYA Annual Awards Banquet to be held on Saturday evening at Pensacola, FL 1900.

A block of 15 rooms is being held at the Grand Hotel in Pensacola (hotel by the Pensacola Civic Center), 200 East Gregory Street, for the nights of Jan. 6 and 7, 2017, at a rate of $119.00 per night. The rooms will be held until December 9. Call 850-433-3336 to make your reservation and use reference code GYA. After December 9 rooms will be subject to availability and will not be at the discounted rate.

Please make dinner reservations no later than December 31st, 2016, by email only please to Scott Segers: The banquet cost will be $27 and includes tax and gratuity.

If you have recently lost a member of your sailing community and would like to have them included in the silent prayer at the Winter meeting, please call or email the pertinent information to me (251-367-2252).

Your GYA Flag Officers look forward to seeing you at the Winter Meetings at Pensacola Yacht Club. Sincerely, Janace Batty GYA Secretary-Treasurer (251)367-2252

Viper Reminder

With the Opening fast approaching and many Viper 640s en route to Mobile, I want to remind owners of the new Vipers – whether a Club or an individual – that you will need to:

(1) Join the Viper 640 Class Association – one membership per boat, annual dues of $55.00.
(2) Register NEW sails ($50 per sail).

Clubs or individuals who have bought a used Viper, and who have not already done so, will also need to join the Class. Joining the class and registering new sails is easy. Go to the Join the Class page on the Viper web site. It’s simple and you can use a credit card to pay.

For new sail registration, go to the Sail Button Purchase and How to Register New Sails page of the site. Payment can be made with a CC via PayPal.

Alternatively, Class Administrator Buttons Padin will be in Fairhope the weekend of the Opening to assist anyone with joining the class and/or registering sails, and can accept checks or CCs. He will have sail registration stickers with him so there is no need to have the Class rush ship stickers to you.

Also, weather permitting, there will be some seasoned Viper sailors on the water Friday afternoon, 5/20, around 2:00 or 2:30 for on-the-water coaching. All who are interested are encouraged to come to Fairhope on Friday and join the fun. Then at 6:00pm Zeke Horowitz will be conducting the Viper 640 Tuning for Speed clinic.

Cathy Cromartie
GYA Commodore