Gulf District

The Gulf District encompasses several fleets along and near the Gulf of Mexico from Florida's panhandle to Louisiana and one fleet in Arkansas.

Active fleets in Florida include Choctawhatchee Bay in Ft.Walton Beach, Garcon Point Spirited Sailors in Bagdad, St.Andrew Bay in Panama City and Pensacola Bay in Pensacola. In Mississippi we have Bay St.Louis and in Arkansas we have Grand Maumelle Sailing Club in Little Rock. In Louisiana we have Lake Arthur in Lafayette and New Orleans and Southern Yacht Club in New Orleans.

The District Governor is Larry Taggart, who is also FSSA Parliamentarian. The Gulf District is also home to FSSA Secretary/Treasurer Nancy Claypool.



The Flying Scot Class sailed for three different perpetual trophies as part of Southern Yacht Club's annual Juby Wynne Memorial Regatta: The Commissioner General Trophy, the Charles L Dees Memorial Trophy, and, the Cock-of-the-Walk Trophy.  Each had its own individual criteria.  Whoever meets the criteria of the      sub-fleets, i.e. Districts and/or Cock-of-the-Walk (COW), first is awarded those trophies.

The Commissioner General Trophy is presented to the overall winner of the Flying Scot Class, and was won by Dwight LeBlanc IV sailing with his father, Dwilight Leblanc III, as crew.

The Charles L. Dees Memorial Trophy is presented to the winner of the FSSA Gulf District Championship, and was also won by Dwight LeBlanc IV. Second place went to Larry Taggart and crew Carrie Berger (aka "Team Alieve", and third to Nancy Claypool and crew Frank Collins.

The Cock-of-the-Walk Trophy is presented to the winner of the Gulf Yachting Association (GYA) Flying Scot Championship.  Entrants (skippers only) must be a member of a GYA Club and have a minimum crew weight of 390 pounds live weight.  This year’s winner was Eric Alber.

The first race of the 5-race series began with a gentle southeast breeze of approximately 8 knots.  But by the beginning of the second downwind leg, a few thunderstorms began to develop in the area.  The race committee wisely decided to send everyone in and wait it out.  After the storms passed through, the fleet were sent back out, but were greeted with 15 to 20 knots of northeast wind and chop. They abated only a little that afternoon.  Only 2 points separated the leaders at the end of the day!

2015 Hospitality Regatta - Jackson, MS


The Scot fleet winners from the Hospitality Regatta, First place, Larry Taggart and Tina, second place Jim Leggette and Will Manuel and third place Claude and Randall Dannerman.

2015 NAC - Trophy and Perpetual Award Winners

Each year at the NAC, special awards are given in several categories to the participants as well as the prestigious Fleet of the Year Award, given to the fleet that has demonstrated most activity and growth in the prior year,  Entries for this award are sent in by fleet captains who nominate their fleets.  This year's award was  given to the Sarasota Sailing Squadron Fleet 36, Fleet Captain Robert Twinem. Other trophy winners are listed in the grid below - congratulations to all the recipients!

2015 NAC at Bay Waveland Yacht Club in MS - Day 3 of Finals


You would never think when you saw the bay in the morning with spotty north winds that the sea breeze would fill in just about starting time at around noon.  But, sure enough, here came the south winds from the other side of the bridge to give us the best winds we had all week, 11-13 MPH with no huge shifts or really big gusts.  We had a 5-leg W-L for the final race and some of us found that going right was the right way to go.  We were all back into the dock around 2:00 PM waiting for the awards and final goodbyes to all our friends.

We want to thank Boo and Martha Heausler and Bay Waveland Yacht Club for their hospitality and PRO Jim Tichenor for fine race management.  It was a blast!  

Top 5 Championship - (1) Andrew Eagan and Marcus Eagan, (2) Jeff and Amy Linton, (3) Benz Faget and Mary Hewes, (4) Rod Steiffel and Luke Rosetti and (5) Zeke and Jay Horowitz,

Top 5 Challenger - (1) FSSA President John and Susan Domagala, (2) Tom and Melissa Miller, (3) Rudy Trejo, Laura Dalton, Shawn Brennan, (4) Frank Richards and Bowman O'Connor and (5) Greg and Diane Kampf.

Final results pending any protests are here.

2015 NAC at Bay Waveland Yacht Club in MS - Day 2 of Finals and Annual Meeting

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Today the wind came in mostly from the west and the velocity was not as strong as previous days. For Race 1 we had 5-7 MPH and sailed a 4-leg W-L course.  Several boats in the Championship Division went left and were not as fortunate as those who went right.  Quite a few Challenger Division boats reached the windward mark before the Championship boats that had gone left.  The current at the windward mark fooled some of us as well and boats changed places constantly.  The wind was less than 4 MPH for a while and the Race Committee announced on the radio that more velocity was forecast if we just waited.  Most boats stayed "OCS" (On the Club Side) in the event there was no more racing for the day.  But the advertised wind filled in and we sailed a 5-leg W-L race.   Thankfully we were not subject to any storms after heading into the docks and everyone got their boats out without incident.

The top 5 in Championship are Zeke Horowitz, Jeff Linton, Andrew Eagan, Benz Faget, Ryan Malmgren.  In Challenger the top 5 are John Domagala, Tom Miller, Frank Richards, Rudy Trejo and Bill Ross.  One final race is scheduled for Friday.  Full results to date are here,

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Following racing was another delicious meal at the Club thanks to Regatta Chair Boo Heausler and team.  Class President Frank Geery chaired the Annual Meeting after everyone had gotten something to eat.  The Fleet of the Year was awarded to the Sarasota fleet for all their great work in the past year.  A most-deserving special award was given to Bill Ross for his many years of service on the National Championship Committee - no worries now, he is staying in the job!  We discussed the upcoming national events, including the 2015 Wife Husbands at Davis Island in Tampa, FL, the 2015 ACC at Blackbeard Sailing Club in New Bern, NC, the 2016 Midwinters at St.Andrews Bay in Pensacola, FL, the 2016 Wife Husbands at Fishing Bay Yacht Club in Deltaville, VA, and the 2016 NAC at Sail Newport in RI.

We elected our slate of officers and our new Class President John Domagala and his wife Susan are pictured above with the gavel.  We ended the evening with the raffle for the new Flying Scot and it was won by Norm Wainright.  We also gave away a MAD Sails Spinnaker, a North Sails Jib and a custom made tote bag from MAD Sails. Congrats!

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