Notice of Winter Meeting

January 14-16, 2022
Gulfport Yacht Club
800 East Pier Road Gulfport, MS 39501

TO: Commodores of General and Affiliate Members GYA Executive Committee
GYA Past Commodores
GYA Standing Committee and 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 14 – 16, 2022 at Gulfport Yacht Club, 800 East Pier Road, Gulfport, MS (228) 863-6796. Since some mailing/email addresses may have changed since the last meeting, please distribute this information to the appropriate contacts at your club.

Please find attached proposed changes from the Racing Regulations Committee, Capdevielle Committee and the By-laws Committee, these proposals will be presented at the board of Directors meeting on Sunday. A detailed schedule is attached.

Friday. January 14. 2022
1800 Executive Committee Meeting & Dinner

Saturday. January 15.2022
0830 Registration
0900 Committee Meetings start according to schedule
1800 Cocktail hour and GYA Foundation Silent Auction
1900 GYA Annual Awards Dinner Banquet,
RSVP to Gulfport YC gyc.frontdesk@gmail.com (228) 863-6796
ext. 306

Sunday, January 16. 2022
0900 Committee Meetings continue Club Commodore Meeting
1030 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 via mail: 1245 Kensington Drive, Biloxi, MS 39530, email secretary@gya.org. or hand deliver prior the start of meeting.

All Club Commodores and their members are invited to attend the Annual Awards Banquet. The banquet will be held on Saturday evening at the Gulfport Yacht Club. The banquet cost will be $24.99 per person, plus tax and gratuity (cash bar). Please make your dinner reservations to
Gulfport Yacht Club by January 3, 2020 via email gyc.frontdesk@gmail.com or by calling (228) 863-6796 ext. 306. Gulfport Yacht Club does not cross club charging, a guest registration form has been attached to this notice to pre-register.

The GYA has been offered a special room rate of $114 (king) and $127 (double) at Centennial Plaza located at 200 E Beach Blvd, Gulfport, MS, about 7 minutes from club. If you would like to make a reservation, please call (228) 206-7880, use group code YACHT2022 or go online to
https://centennialplazams.com.

Your GYA Flag Officers look forward to seeing you at the Winter meeting hosted at Gulfport Yacht Club. Please wear your appropriate blazer, club badge and dress slacks for the meeting.

Sincerely, Jennifer Schmidt
GYA Secretary/Treasurer

SIR THOMAS LIPTON CHALLENGE CENTENNIAL Schedule of Events

“100 Years: Sailing Through the Decades”
Southern Yacht Club
October 29 – 31, 2021

Friday, October 29

0900 – 1900       Boat Measurement (Dry Storage Area)
1200 – 2000       Registration/Check-In (Porte Cochere)
1200 – 2000       Hospitality Desk Open (Porte Cochere)
1600                        Reenactment of 1920 Lipton Regatta in Fish Class 
1630                        Flying Scot Fleet Races
1700                        GYA Executive Committee Meeting (2FL Tullis Board Room)
1700 – 2030       Team Reunion Celebration and Lawn Party (Open to all; Front Lawn Tent)

Saturday, October 30

0800 – 1100       Registration/Check-In/Weigh-In (Porte Cochere)
0800 – 1800       Hospitality Desk Open (Porte Cochere)
0800 – 1000       Breakfast Under the Club sponsored by Café du Monde
1000 – 1100       GYA Board of Directors Meeting (Front Lawn Tent)
1115                        Team Captains Meeting (2FL Grill Balcony)
1100 – 1400       Lunch Served Under the Club
1200                        Flag Raising Ceremony
1230 – 1300       Race Committee and Judges Meeting (2FL Grill Balcony)
1400                        Warning signal for Lipton Race 1; Race 2 to follow after crew changes.  (Live Race Tracking)
1900 – 2230        Lipton Centennial Gala (Front Lawn Tent)  DRESS IN YOUR FAVORITE DECADE!

Sunday, October 31

0800                         Crew Weigh-In and Crew List (Porte Cochere)
0800 – 1800        Hospitality Desk Open (Porte Cochere)
0800 – 0830        Sunday Services at the Flagpole (Front Lawn)
0800 – 1000        Breakfast served Under the Club
1000                         Warning signal for Lipton Race 3; Race 4 to follow after crew changes. (Live Race Tracking)
1300                         Trophy Presentation (Front Lawn Tent)

Please visit the official web site for Live Race Tracking and additional information at  http://gyalipton100.org or use the QR code below.

Items of interest will also be posted on the official social media platforms:

FaceBook:   @gyalipton100
Instagram:    gyalipton100
Twitter:         @gyalipton100

Semi-Annual Notice of Meeting

Amended 9/27/2021

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


The Semi-Annual Meeting of the Gulf Yachting Association will be held on October 29 – 31, 2021 at Southern Yacht Club, 105 North Roadway Drive, New Orleans, LA (504) 288-4200. Since some mailing and email
addresses may have changed since the last meeting, please distribute this information to the appropriate contacts at your club.

GYA COMMODORES of GENERAL MEMBER CLUBS – Your club’s attendance is very important. If you cannot attend the Board meeting Saturday, October 30th beginning at 1000 hours, please send a NOTICE naming your club’s representative to the GYA Secretary-Treasurer via mail at 1245 Kensington Drive, Biloxi, MS 39530, email
secretary@gya.org, or hand deliver a letter at the meeting.

Southern Yacht Club, will provide all GYA Clubs the program and schedule of events for the Sir Thomas Lipton Challenge competition for the following trophies:

➢ Sir Thomas Lipton Challenge Trophy
➢ Sir Thomas Lipton Inter-Club Sportsmanship Trophy
➢ Tim Murray Memorial Trophy, Most Improved Performance
➢ Race 1 Floyd Davis Memorial Trophy
➢ Race 2 J. Fred Clerc Trophy
➢ Race 3 Michael S. Johnson Trophy
➢ Race 4 Commodore Larry Beauvais, Jr. Memorial Trophy

Friday, October 29th
0900 – 1700 Boat Measurement (Dry Storage Area)
1200 – 1800 Registration/Check-In (Porte Cochere)
1200 – 2000 Hospitality Desk Open (Porte Cochere)
1600 Reenactment of 1920 Lipton Regatta in Fish Class
1700 Flying Scot & Fish Class Fleet Races
1700 GYA Executive Committee Meeting (2FL Tullis Board Room)
1700 – 2030 Team Reunion Celebration and Lawn Party (Open to all; Front Lawn Tent)

Saturday, October 30th
0800 – 1100 Registration/Check-In/Weigh-In (Porte Cochere)
0800 – 1800 Hospitality Desk Open (Porte Cochere)
0800 – 1000 Breakfast Under the Club sponsored by Café du Monde
1000 – 1100 GYA Board of Directors Meeting (Front Lawn Tent)
1115 Team Captains Meeting (2FL Grill Balcony)
1100 – 1400 Lunch Served Under the Club
1200 Flag Raising Ceremony
1230 – 1300 Race Committee and Judges Meeting (2FL Grill Balcony) )
1400 Warning signal for Lipton Race 1; Race 2 to follow after crew changes.
(Live Race Tracking)
1900 – 2230 Lipton Centennial Gala (Front Lawn Tent)
DRESS IN YOUR FAVORITE DECADE!!!

Sunday, October 31st
0800 Crew Weigh-In and Crew List (Porte Cochere)
0800 – 0830 Sunday Services at the Flagpole (Front Lawn)
0800 – 1800
Hospitality Desk Open (Porte Cochere)
0800 – 1000 Breakfast served under the club
1000 Warning signal for Lipton Race 3; Race 4 to follow after crew changes.
(Live Race Tracking)
1300 Trophy Presentation (Front Lawn Tent)

This schedule is subject to change – please be sure to check the official bulletin board.

A room block has been established at the Radisson Country Inn & Suites, 2713 N Causeway Blvd, Metairie, Louisiana (504) 383- 6201, promotional code 2109LA.

Southern Yacht Club asks all guests to please pre-register for a guest card prior to arrival.

Your GYA Flag Officers look forward to seeing you at the Semi-Annual meeting at Southern Yacht Club. We ask that you share all information about the weekend events with members of your club. Please wear your
appropriate blazer, club badge and red dress slacks for the meeting.

Sincerely,
Jennifer Schmidt
GYA Secretary/Treasurer

Sir Thomas Lipton Challenge – Postponed

August 31, 2021

To:        GYA Board of Directors
              Past Commodores
              Club Coordinators
Associate Members

The Executive Committee of the Gulf Yachting Association, along with the GYA Centennial Sir Thomas Lipton Challenge Committee and Commodore of Southern Yacht Club, in response to the devastation from Hurricane Ida, announces that the 2021 Board of Directors Semi-Annual Meeting and Centennial Sir Thomas Lipton Challenge will be postponed until October 29-31, 2021.  The Executive Committee would like to request each club GYA Coordinator relay this announcement to their club’s Capdevielle sailing teams.

It is currently unsafe to travel to the city of New Orleans due to hurricane damage.  We appreciate everyone’s understanding and patience during this difficult time.  The Executive Committee will make additional announcements when available.

Stay safe,

Jimmy Ruthven GYA Commodore

Offshore Challenge Cup

Gulfport Yacht Club wanted to give the competitors an update for the GYA Offshore Challenge Cup. It will be sailed July 30-August 1st. The distance race is scheduled for Saturday so we can try to get at least three races on Friday.

https://www.gulfportyachtclub.org/…/Notice%20of%20Race…

The parties are still the same! Free sandwich bar before the races, free beer during protest time, and live music! Order you Challenge Cup regatta shirts here

https://stores.coralreefsailing.com/gya…/shop/home

Order soon and it will be shipped to the regatta for free! Unfortunately, there will not be shirts sold on site. Don’t forget to come back the next weekend for the Gulf Coast Sportboat Championship.

https://www.regattanetwork.com/event/21804#_home

2021 Lipton Challenge – Regulation Waiver Clarification

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

RE:      Executive Committee Action – 2021 Sir Thomas Lipton Challenge

Many of the GYA clubs are strategizing their Lipton team and the following observation has been brought to the attention of the executive committee.  Regulations 19.5(b), (c) and (d) the text reads “Waived for 2020 and 2021 except for the top 8 finishing clubs in the immediate prior year.”  Given that there was no Lipton in the prior year (2020) the text could be interpreted contrary to its intention.  The problem is the immediate prior year for 2021 is 2020 in which there was no competition.  So, technically, no club finished in the top 8.  Obviously, the intent of this waiver, was for the waiver to not apply to the top 8 of the immediately prior running of the regatta, which for 2021 would be 2019.

It was suggested that the ExCom instruct the Lipton PRO, Nathan Adams, to include a clarification in the NOR stating that the finishes from 2019 will be used in determining which clubs do not qualify for the waiver this year, and by extension, which ones do qualify.

We have solicited input and heard from the Lipton Judges, the GYA Administrative Judge, Capdevielle Committee Chairman, and the Racing Regulations Committee Chairman and all agree that the intent of the phrase “immediate prior year” included in the waivers written into Regulations 19.5 (b), (c) and (d) refers to the immediate prior running of the Lipton.  With no Lipton held in 2020 due to a global pandemic, they agree that to be consistent with the intent of the waiver, the results from 2019 should be used to determine which clubs do and do not qualify for the waiver.  Parliamentarian, Cary Trapani, has stated his opinion that it is within the authority of the ExCom to clarify that, to be consistent with the intent of the waiver, the 2019 results will be used to determine the qualifying clubs in 2021.

Therefore, the following motion has been approved by the GYA Executive Committee:

The GYA Executive Committee has considered the intent of waivers granted in Regulations for Sanctioned Events 19.5 (b), (c) and (d) and directs the Principal Race Officer for the 2021 Lipton Challenge to include, in the appropriate place, in the Notice of Race the following statement:  “For the purpose of applying the waivers granted in GYA Regulations for Sanctioned Events Regulations 19.5(b), 19.5(c) and 19.5(d) the results from the 2019 Lipton Challenge shall be used.”  The Executive Committee further directs the Secretary to notify GYA Member Clubs of the same via email.

Jimmy Ruthven
GYA Commodore

Challenge Cup – POSTPONED

Gulfport Yacht Club, after much discussion, has made the decision to postpone the 2021 GYA Offshore Challenge Cup that was scheduled for this weekend (June 18-20).  Gulfport YC and the Offshore Council are diligently working together for an alternative host date.

Michael Hage

PRO 

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