The Gulf Yachting Association was organized to promote the sport of yacht racing on the Gulf Coast and nearby areas. Founded in 1901 and reorganized in 1920, the GYA has grown from the original six clubs to over thirty member organizations. The GYA sanctions various yacht events, including interclub competition in Viper 640, and serves to coordinate the activities of its members.

The Following GYA Committees support its sailing functions:

Capdevielle Committee
One Design Committee
Offshore Committee

Supporting Yachting in the Southeast since 1901