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Southern Yacht Club
SYC wins record seventh consecutive Challenge Cup

GYA Offshore Challenge Cup, PYC - Jun 26-29, 2014

Come to the club on Tuesday, July 1 at 1900 to celebrate the team's victory.

Photos Day 1  |  Photos Day 2  |  Photos Day 3  |  Photos of Trophy Presentation

PENSACOLA, FL (June 29, 2014) - Regardless of what happens in Sunday's final race, SYC has secured it's seventh straight Challenge Cup victory. Besides the team sealing the deal with one race to go, two of the team's boats, ROUGAROU and BRUJA, have secured first place in their respective classes. The team will meet back at SYC to re-hang the banner in the bar.  The SYC team consists of Andy Lovell skippering ROUGAROU (Melges 32, Burt Benrud/A. Lovell), Vice-Commo. Scott Sonnier on REVOLUTION (Melges 24), Norman Vallette, Jr. on DEMITASSE (J/27, B. Benrud) and Cardwell Potts, skippering SYC's own BRUJA (Soverel 26).  See for results.

LPWSA Spring events

lpwsa_logo_2012.jpgRoundtable discussion with Margaret Bonds Podlich of Boat U.S. - March 8, 2014

Femme Fatale Christening Ceremony - March 15, 2014

2014 Fleur de Lis Regatta - March 29, 2014

VX Ones have Frost-y Midwinters

vxonemwfrost.jpgVX One Midwinter Championship, DIYC - Jan 30-Feb 2, 2014

TAMPA, FL - SYC's Larry Frost took the early - and only - lead at the VX One Midwinters, hosted by Davis Island Yacht Club.  After Frost's FLASH GORDON posted a 1-2 on the first day of racing, the wind vanished, never to be seen again!  RESULTS

Eagans impress at Melges 20 Worlds
eagan_m20.jpgKEY LARGO, FL - The Eagan family team of Marcus Eagan on the helm, with father, Marc, and brother, Andrew, crewing, placed an impressive second in the inaugural Audi Melges 20 World Championship sailed at the Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo, FL.  Jim Taylor of Jupiter, FL won the event.  Remarkably, Eagan's CAJUN UNDERWRITING, a/k/a "E3", was one of only six "Corinthian" boats in the 52-boat fleet, meaning that the other 46 teams in this amateur owner/driver fleet had at least one ISAF Group 3 "pro" sailor on board.  RESULTS
All sailors Ahoy and especially Rhodes 19 sailors
A Great 5 minute clip about coming to New Orleans to Race in the Rhodes 19 Nationals
Southern defeats New York in BULL & BEAR Challenge

shinecup1.jpg National Sailing Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony - October 27, 2013

ANNAPOLIS, MD -  A contingent from Southern Yacht Club joined other yachting dignitaries at the third annual National Sailing Hall of Fame induction ceremony, held this year at the Hall of Fame's facility in Annapolis.  While there, a match race had been arranged between the New York Yacht Club and SYC representatives, to be sailed in the Hall of Fame's matched pair of Chesapeake Bay Sandbagger replicas, the BULL and the BEAR. 

The Southern team defeated New York, two races to one, in the series. Representing SYC was skipper Tommy Meric and a crew including Commodores Julian Richards and Corky Potts, as well as, Kyle Smith, Bob Kottler and Guy Brierre.  NYYC’s team included skipper, and veteran America's Cup tactician, Gary Jobson.  Look for an article in an upcoming Tell-Tale and view Guy Brierre's “head-cam” video of the racing LINKED HERE .  (WARNING: As one might expect, there is some occasional salty language!)

Lipton Skippers Selected

thomas lipton.gif(August 19, 2013) The elimination series for the GYA Lipton Team was held this past weekend.  From the six teams competing, four skippers were selected: Scott Sonnier, Preston Christman, Dwight LeBlanc IV, and Norman Valette.  Kohl Killeen and Julian Richards, III also competed in the series which was cut short when the breeze was too strong on Sunday to race the second round-robin series. Crews  were Scott Sonnier, Jr., Shelby Friedrichs, Commodore Dwight LeBlanc III, Miia Newman, Benz Faget, Patrick Ryan, Kahle Killeen, Jonathan Pottharst, Davis Friend, Kevin McKee, Elise LeBlanc and Patrick Adams.

The event will be sailed at Bay-Waveland Yacht Club over Labor Day Weekend, Aug 31-Sep 2.

Team SYC places fourth in Lipton Regatta

bslrace.jpgGYA Lipton Interclub Challenge, BWYC - Aug 31-Sep 2, 2013

Event SiteTwitter Feed  |  Regatta Photos  |  Results

BAY ST. LOUIS - In very tight competition Bay-Waveland Yacht Club edged out Pass Christian Yacht Club to win the 2013 Lipton Regatta. For the past ten years, one or the other of those clubs has sailed to victory in the regatta. Four points out of first place, New Orleans Yacht Club finished third and Southern finished fourth, one point behind New Orleans.  It was a perfect weekend with the weather cooperating for fair sailing.  There were spectator boats from many GYA clubs and Bay-Waveland put on a great event for the crowd.

SYC Women are Second in Knost Heartbreaker

img_0229.jpg  GYA Knost Regatta, PCYC - Aug 10-11

PASS CHRISTIAN - The SYC Knost Team posted finishes of 1-1-2 on the first day of racing to lead the all-women's event at the turn by one point over Buccaneer Yacht Club (2-2-1).  Pass Christian Yacht Club was third, by another five points (3-4-3).

SYC's second place came in an overlapped finish, just getting nipped at the line.  This would prove to be an omen of things to come.
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Final Results | First Day Results | Video of Race 5 finish

Gary Jobson on his AC 72 experience

untitled.pngA Fast Day On The Bay ~ by Gary Jobson

Gary Jobson is a world class sailor, television commentator and author based in Annapolis, Maryland.  Gary has authored 18 sailing books and is Editor at Large of Sailing World and Cruising World magazines. He is a Vice President of the International Sailing Federation, President of the US National Sailing Hall of Fame (of which he is also an inductee), and National Chairman of The Leukemia Cup Regatta program.

SAN FRANCISCO – When I arrived at Pier 80 on the San Francisco waterfront for my day of sailing aboard Oracle Team USA’s AC 72 catamaran, the first sailor I met was the tactician, John Kostecki. His first words got my attention, “When they give you the safety lesson, pay attention!” Later that morning I got the safety briefing that included how to wear the wet weather gear, use an oxygen tank, strap on a helmet, and know what to do in case of an unscheduled problem. Luckily, for me anyway, the day went smoothly.

Sailing on an AC 72 is an eye opener. I have been on many boats over the years including huge catamarans, tri-foilers, every America’s Cup type yacht that exists, the speedy A Scows, windsurfers, kite boards, maxi ocean racers, 49ers, Moths and just about every major one design class. Very cool. But sailing on the AC 72 was a quantum leap beyond any other sailing I have done. These boats are really fast, exhilarating, at times scary, and yes, dangerous.


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