Category Archives: GYA

2017 USA Junior Olympics Sailing Festival

2017 USA Junior Olympics Sailing Festival

June 30 July 2, 2017
Pensacola Yacht Club


The Junior Olympics Sailing Festival is open to all boats of the Optimist, Club 420, Laser Radial and Laser classes. The Festival offers Coached Clinics for each class on June 30 for those interested. Additional fees apply. Registration for the Festival and Clinics should be done online at:

For more information, please contact:

Stuart Smith at
Ray Grove at

Schedule of Events

Friday June 30, 2017

0900-1600 Clinics for Opti and Opti Green, 420 and Laser

1500 – 1800 Early Check-in for Coaches and Sailors

1730 Mandatory Race Committee Meeting 1800- Mandatory Safety Committee Meeting

Saturday July 1, 2017

0730 – 0830 Continental Breakfast and Check-in; Sailors collect their lunch

0845 Opening Ceremony

0900 Skippers, Coaches and Parents Meeting (Mandatory)

1155 First Warning Lunch on the water Sunday


July 2, 2017

0730 – 0830 Continental Breakfast; Sailors collect their lunch

1055 First Warning Lunch on the water

1500 No first Warning Signal after this time

After Racing Awards ceremony

US Sailing’s Chubb U.S. Junior Sailing Championships – Area D

US Sailing’s Chubb U.S. Junior Sailing Championships Area D

June 9 – 11, 2017

Organized by

Fairhope Yacht Club and US Sailing

The U.S. Junior Triple-handed Championship for the Sears Cup

The U.S. Junior Double-handed Championship for the Bemis Trophy

The U.S. Junior Singlehanded Championship for the Smythe Trophy

Notice of Race

Online Registration Mandatory





GYA Appeal 2016:  Two involved the Junior Lipton’s and is by far the most interesting and most awaited decisions as it determined the outcome of the Uncle Roy Trophy, i.e. the winner of the last race, the Junior Lipton Series, and the Capdevielle Regatta results. This appeal took over seven months and seven hearings, including three at the appeal level.

There were several issues involved which were compounded by several mistakes made by a number of different people. This is being stated with no intent to point any fingers at any individuals who have donated their time to the process, and much was learned by all, including the GYA Appeals Committee.

During the fifth race of the Junior Lipton’s the weather was rapidly deteriorating and the Race Committee decided to abandon further racing for that day. After completion of race in progress they displayed code flag N over A which indicates that all races are abandoned, no more racing for the day. Therefore if the flag were properly displayed any race underway is abandoned and there is no more racing for the day. Properly displayed includes proper sound signals. This last point is important because the lack of sound signal was not brought out until the appeal was in the hands of U.S. Sailing. An important point is sound signals are not required as part of the starting sequence, but otherwise they are required. This is not often taught in any of the seminars for RC or PC, or judges.

The RC should have displayed AP over A or AP over H, both of which apply to races not started. At the finish a separate boat was doing finishes and the RC signal boat displayed the flag some distance from the finish and tried to signal in a way to notify boats after finishing that further racing was abandoned. Three requests for redress were made after the boats had reached the dock. One of the requests for redress was granted since this individual boat had a worse finish due to an error of the Race Committee in abandoning the race which affected her finishing position. The other two requests for redress were denied as the error of the RC did not affect their finishes. One of the requests for redress was properly appealed to U.S. Sailing which, per the rules – was referred to GYA Appeals Committee. The person requesting the forms went to the host club to obtain documentation and not to the judges as should have been the case. The GYA Appeals Committee received two different sets of documentation, which required additional time to review to make certain that no rules had been broken in the process. The GYA Appeals Committee indeed determined that N over A had been flown and that this was done while some boats were still racing. The GYA Appeals Committee did not ask whether sound signals were involved and decided that Race 5 had been abandoned but since that was the case it possibly could affect the final scores of all other boats. The Appeals Committee asked that a hearing be conducted to consider the redress for all competitors since the abandonment of the race could affect anyone of or all of the competitors.

The PC decided that the parties who were requesting the redress should not be granted redress as their finishing positions were not affected by the abandonment.

The GYA Appeals Committee held that the race should be reinstated because the fairest results for all competitors under Rule 64.2 was to allow the race to stand as is except for the one granting of redress to the party who was prejudiced by the error of the Race Committee.

This was then appealed to U.S. Sailing, who requested that the hearing be reopened to determine several questions, one of which was whether the three sound signals had been given when the N over A flags were displayed. This was referred back to a PC and it was determined that there was no sound signals when N over A was raised. U.S. Appeals decided that Race 5 was not properly abandoned and that Race 5 should be scored accordingly.

The most interesting question that the GYA Appeals Committee thought was important was not answered by U.S. Sailing, that is, can a race once abandoned be reinstated.

Anyone wanting copies of any of the above decisions can contact me via phone or email and this information is in the GYA 2017 Directory.

Also be advised there is a new form for filing U.S. Sailing Appeals which can be found on the U.S. Sailing website.

Lastly I thank my committee of Chris Luppens, Jim Tichenor and Don Griglack.

Dwight LeBlanc, Jr.
Chair, GYA Appeal Committee

Mobile Bay Sailing School Head Instructor

Mobile Bay Sailing School is looking for a Head Instructor for our summer program. Minimum requirement is level 1 small boat instructor certification through US Sailing. Our program runs from the first week in June through the last week in July with the week of July fourth off.

Please contact Josh Deupree at

Rick Spaulding at

Or Harry Thames at

For further information if interested.

PCYC Sailing Director Opportunity


Full-Time; Salary; Phone reimbursement; Benefits

Job Requirements

  • 3-4 years of prior coaching and sailing program management experience.
  • Past participation in junior, high school, and/or collegiate sailing program
  • US Sailing certification
  • CPR/First Aid Certified
  • Ability to interact with all ages and levels of junior sailors
  • Ability to work with parents and general membership
  • Self-starter who can work with minimal supervision
  • Ability to make small repairs to motor and sailboats as needed with Members helping on major repairs

Job responsibilities:

  • Develop Optimist, 420, Sunfish, Laser and Flying Scot program
  • Organize and oversee Summer Camp for Junior sailors ages 7-17
  • Oversee 420, Laser, High School and Pass Christian Community Sailing Program
  • Develop curriculum for programs
  • On the water coaching to improve juniors capabilities
  • Coordinate logistics and travel with Juniors to 3-4 out of town regattas each year
  • Provide leadership to Junior sailors
  • Drove new participation in Junior sailing activities through liaisons with other area clubs, the local sailing and area schools
  • Organize appropriate staffing for various programs( sailing camp, adult learn to sail classes, Advanced level racing clinics and sailing camp)
  • Summer Camp Management
    Recruiting, Evaluations and Development, pay levels and scheduling
  • Inventory and oversee the maintenance and manage all PCYC club motorboat, sailboats, and Race Committee equipment.
  • Serve as Harbormaster for visiting yachts
  • Coordinate Race Committee and Assistance for all PCYC hosted events
  • Assist harbor committee with repairs and maintenance
  • Email blasts and write a column in monthly newsletter
  • Assistance with Fund Raising Events

PH# 228-596-7623

Sarasota Sailing Squadron Viper 640 Winter Series

Twentysix Vipers raced in the last weekend of GYA Club Sarasota Sailing Squadron’s Viper 640 Winter Series, with 30 competing overall.  The Series is a three-part event raced during weekends in December, January, and February.  SSS Regatta Chairman Travis Yates did an outstanding job with the Series, putting together a great Race Committee and, with the exception of a few “weather days”, some great sailing conditions. Speaking with Travis following the last day of racing he commented “It was great to have so many GYA clubs and individuals competing during the Series and I really appreciate off who came down to the southernmost GYA club to support the event. The Squadron is excited to be a part of the GYA and we look forward to participating in this new level of competition.” Travis and his hometown crew of Mike Meighan and Dave Hilmeyer finished 3rd in the Series.

The team of Zeke Horowitz (Annapolis, MD), sailing with Ian Coleman (Annapolis, MD) and Chris Klevan (Westerly, RI) won the final weekend  of the Series and, with that win, captured the Series title as well.

The team of Kevin Northrop, Dave Bolyard, Ellis Ollinger and Miia Newman finished 5th in the Series and in the last weekend of racing, taking a 2nd in the final race behind the overall winning team. Great job!!

Finishing third for the final weekend was the all Sarasota team of Will Stocke, Nicky Manson, Lilly Meyers and Angelo Mahtela—the last two who are part of the Squadron’s junior sailing program.

Other Gulf Coast/GYA teams included Craig and Deborah Wilusz (FWYC), Kip Kileen (FWYC), Rives Allen/Alex Johnson (StABYC), Brian Harrison (FWYC), Ken Kleinschrodt (BucYC), Full report and results from the Series can be found at