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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

Qualification series for the GYA applicant to the 2016 U S Adult Sailing Championship

The Gulf Yachting Association announces that the qualification series for the GYA applicant to the 2016 U S Adult Sailing Championship will be the 2016 J22 Midwinter Championship, to be held March 17-20, 2016, at Fort Walton YC, FL.  The top GYA  team will qualify to apply via resume to the Adult Sailing Championship Finals, and will receive the Norton Brooker Trophy.

The finals for the Adult Sailing Championship are scheduled for October 12 – 15, 2016, at St. Francis YC,  San Francisco, CA, in J22s, crew of 3.

Please see the U S Sailing website for more information or contact Karen Reisch  at 985.727.2869, or

Viper Racing Opportunities-GYA Sailors: Get Your New Vipers To Miami and Charleston!


The Viper 640 Class Association
4051 E Desert Crest Dr.
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253

February 3, 2016

GYA Sailors: Get Your New Vipers To Miami and Charleston!

As GYA clubs and member sailors take delivery of their Viper 640s, they should start making plans to participate in some of the Class’ more important and fun regattas. Yes, there will be the GYA Viper 640 Championship Series, starting with the Viper 640 Gulf Coast Championship sailed during the Opening Regatta in May, but there’s a lot of southern Viper sailing to do in the meantime. And, by sailing in these earlier regattas you will have the opportunity to learn your boats, get tips from Viper veterans, and start enjoying the fun and camaraderie that the Viper 640 Class Association embodies.

The first regattas to put on your schedule are in Miami during early March.

  • The EFG Winter Cup – March 6-7, sailed out of the US Sailing Center Miami in Coral Gables. This is the final “qualifying regatta” for the EFG Viper 640 Pan-American Championship and is a great tune-up for northern sailors who have had their boats under wraps for the winter. This Sunday/Monday event is followed on Tuesday by the Miami Scorch, an informal race across Biscayne Bay where the fleet congregates at a great, waterside Cuban restaurant in No Name Harbor for a fun-filled lunch before sailing home. There’s that word again: fun.

 Information and registration for the EFG Winter Cup is at

  • The EFG Viper 640 Pan-American Championship – March 10-12 finds the Viper Pan-Ams sailed as part of Bacardi Miami Sailing Week sponsored by EFG. The Viper 640 Class holds a series of qualifying events in the U.S., Australia, and Europe where scores carry forward to this Championship regatta. Sailed out of Coral Reef Yacht Club, this three-day event attracts most of the top east coast sailors with others drawn from the west coast, Canada, Europe, and even Australia. Part of the Pan-Am Champs experience is being part of Bacardi Miami Sailing Week, but it’s also sailing with the veteran Viper sailors. Learn more about Bacardi Miami Sailing Week and register online at:
  • Charleston Race Week – April 14-17. Renowned for being top-flight sailing and top-flight hospitality, the Viper 640 fleet’s next stop is Sperry Charleston Race Week. Three days of competition in Charleston Harbor and three nights of beach parties and Low Country hospitality ashore. This year, CRW is also scheduled to be the 2016 Viper 640 Atlantic Coast Championship.

Your GYA boats are starting to be delivered so don’t let them gather dust! There is still time to register for all these events. If you have questions about registration or logistics, contact Viper 640 Class Administrator Ed “Buttons” Padin at Need a boat? Contact Rondar Raceboats’ Dan Tucker at

Olympic Day 2016

Olympic Day 2016 Potential Host:

There are nearly 500 organizations already registered for Olympic Day 2016! This year, only the first 2,000 registered hosts will receive an Olympic Day flag and Team USA stickers for their celebration!

Do you have an event in June 2016? If so, we encourage you to tag Olympic Day onto the existing event. There is no cost to register for Olympic Day.

If you do not have an event planned for June 2016, we encourage you to register to host an Olympic Day celebration. Olympic Day officially falls on June 23rd, however, organizations may host an event at any time during the month of June. Events may range from a large event in your city to a field day at a local school to a sports club hosting a play day.  Click to see more event ideas.

Olympians and Paralympians will be notified of events within their areas for possible* attendance at your event.

To register to host an Olympic Day celebration in 2016, please click the button below, or go to For more information on Olympic Day, please visit

For any questions regarding Olympic Day, please email us at, or call the Olympic Day Hotline at (719) 866-4535.
Go Team USA!

The Olympic Day Team

*An Olympian, Paralympian, coach or hopeful is not guaranteed for an event.