Gulf Yachting Association

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The Gulf Yachting Association (GYA) formed in 1901,[1] is a non-profit organization consisting of 39 member and affiliate yacht club's from Houston, TX to Sarasota, FL along the Gulf of Mexico in the United States. Organized specifically to further the sport of yacht racing[2], marine safety and seamanship, the GYA is the oldest organization of yacht clubs in the United States.[citation needed]

Gulf Yachting Association
Short nameGYA
LocationUnited States


  • Sir Thomas Lipton Challenge Cup.[3][4][5][6]
  • Junior Lipton Championship
  • Capdevielle (multiple)
  • Challenge Cup[7]
  • Allstate Sugar Bowl Race of Champions[8]

Capdevielle RacingEdit

The Commodore Auguste B. Capdevielle Memorial Trophy was commissioned in 1941 and honors Auguste B. Capdevielle who served as Commodore of the GYA for six terms[9].

Competition for the trophy has developed and fostered inter-club rivalries, excellent seamanship and camaraderie throughout the GYA's membership. The GYA has only had three Capdevielle one-design boats in over 118 years of racing, the Fish-class sloop[10], the Flying Scot (dinghy) and the Viper 640[11]


Originally formed as the Southern Gulf Coast Yachting Association[12] in New Orleans in 1901 by the leadership of Southern, Mobile, Pascagoula, Biloxi, Bay Waveland, Bay St. Louis and Pass Christian Yacht Clubs, the founding organizations of the reorganized Gulf Yachting Association in 1918 were Bay Waveland, Biloxi, Mobile, Pass Christian and the Southern Yacht Clubs[13]

Notable member clubsEdit


  1. ^ "Gulf Yachting Association is Now Going Proposition". The New Orleans Times-Picayune Oct. 18, 1920.
  2. ^ "Gulf Skipper Gets 15 1/4 Points in Mallory Cup Series (Sept. 9, 1954)". The New York Times.
  3. ^ O'Reilly, D.B. (March 1922). Marshall Foch Awards Trophy. The Rudder.
  4. ^ The Fish Class Regatta. Motorboating Magazine. 1951. p. 76.
  5. ^ "How Women Sailors Broke The Glass Ceiling". BoatU.S. Magazine.
  6. ^ "Bay Waveland Yacht Club wins 99th Sir Thomas Lipton Challenge Cup Regatta". WLOX TV.
  7. ^ Murray, Tim (August 1992). NOYC Wins Challenge Cup Three Years in a Row. Mid-Gulf Sailing Magazine. p. 43.
  8. ^ Allstate Sugar Bowl Race of Champions.
  9. ^ Scheib, Flora K. (1986). History of the Southern Yacht Club. Pelican Publishing. p. 230.
  10. ^ "History of the Fish Class".
  11. ^ Gilbert, Troy (November 2015). Viper 640 Wins GYA Capdevielle. Sailing World Magazine. p. 26.
  12. ^ "New Yachting Association Formed". New Orleans Item April 29, 1901.
  13. ^ Counce, Oliver J. (2000). The Sesquicentennial of the Southern Yacht Club of New Orleans, 1849-1999: 150 Years of Yachting in the Gulf South. Southern Yacht Club. p. 269.

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