Southern Yacht Club

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DateTitle - Author / Summary
 Posted On Friday, October 12, 2018
Rick McGregor wins R19 Nationals in dramatic fashion 
WEST END – Rick McGregor survived a late charge from past class champion Benz Faget with a win in the final race to take the 2018 Rhodes 19 National Championship trophy. Click thru for report.
 Posted On Thursday, September 27, 2018
MYH updates waiting list rules 
WEST END—The Municipal Yacht Harbor Management Corporation has revised its waiting list rules while it continues to accept new slip lease applications. The changes primarily concern the requirement that each applicant must have a boat in usable condition for which the slip application is made. Those who have already completed a slip application and received confirmation do not need to re-apply. Click thru for the revised rules.
 Posted On Friday, September 21, 2018
SYC sailor anchors J/22 World Champion team 
ANNAPOLIS, Md.—Jackson Benvenutti called tactics for Annapolis-based skipper Zeke Horowitz at the 64-boat J/22 Worlds where he guided the team to victory. Two local teams also made the trip, including Boo & Martha Heausler with crew Kett Cummins, and from NOYC & PontYC, the team of Chris Wientjes, Macho Slavich and Dave Bolyard, who took an excellent fifth place. Click thru for links including a great article from North Sails.
 Posted On Tuesday, September 04, 2018
SYC wins 98th GYA Lipton Cup 
BAY SAINT LOUIS, Miss.—SYC ended a fifteen year drought at the GYA Lipton Regatta with a thrilling wire-to-wire victory in the first year sailing the Viper 640 class yachts. The regatta was remarkably close with four different clubs winning the four races and five clubs entering the final race within three points of first place. Click thru for more.
 Posted On Monday, August 13, 2018
SYC Perfect at GYA Knost Regatta 
PASS CHRISTIAN, Miss. — SYC won the 2018 GYA Knost Regatta in rare form with a clean sweep of six bullets in the six-race event, hosted by Pass Christian YC. This "perfect" team consisted of skippers Katy Lovell, Jeanne Herman, and Kaity Potts and crew Clerc Cooper, Miia Newman, Julie Wilson DiColo, Hartley Meric Crunk, Caroline Meric, Claire Housey, and Marguerite Christman. This was the first year sailing the new GYA Capdeville Viper 640 yachts. Click image to enlarge.
 Posted On Tuesday, July 24, 2018
SYC Strengthens Management Team 
General Manager Lee Stall has announced the hiring of Ed Krepps to fill the role of Clubhouse Manager. “Ed will devote most of his attention to the service and operation of our food and beverage facilities”, said Stall. Click thru for more info.
 Posted On Monday, July 16, 2018
Records fall in Pensacola Race 
PENSACOLA, Fla. — Randy Smyth's Farrier 25C trimaran, YO!, has smashed the Gulfport to Pensacola Race course record with an elapsed time of 6h:44m:02s. This is over three hours faster than the previous record set in 2015. Gene Walet's 23-year-old monohull record, set aboard SAGA, a N/M 68, was bested by four boats led by John Dane III's WAR CANOE (Melges 32) with an elapsed time of 8h:23m:09s. The overall corrected time winner is Benz Faget on Doug Dovie's MacGregor 25, EVIL INTENTIONS. Click thru for more.
 Posted On Friday, June 29, 2018
SYC Names New General Manager 
Joseph "Lee" Stall, formerly general manager of the New Orleans Lawn Tennis Club, has come aboard to lead Southern Yacht Club as General Manager starting July 2. Click thru for more.
 Posted On Saturday, June 23, 2018
ROUGAROU wins fifth GYA Friedrichs Trophy 
GULFPORT, Miss. — Burt Benrud's Melges 32, ROUGAROU, has represented SYC in the last ten GYA Challenge Cups. In five of those years, she has won Class A and with it, the Buddy Friedrichs Trophy — most recently this year, skippered by Johnny Lovell (pictured with Burt and crew). Unfortunately, New Orleans YC fielded a strong team and was able to end SYC's ten-year winning streak of overall Challenge Cup victories. Click image for results.
 Posted On Monday, June 18, 2018
"NEW"-GAROU wins light air affair 
GULFPORT, Miss. — Johnny Lovell skippered Burt Benrud's upgraded Melges 32 to victory in this year's Race to the Coast. A light forecast prompted the RC to delay the start and move it down the course to the entrance of The Rigolets. But light air remained the theme of the day and the fleet spent the first hour just trying to get through the Highway 90 bridge. Steve Montagnet's FIDELIS II of PCYC won Class B. Click on image for results.
 Posted On Monday, June 04, 2018
Commo. Brierre Tops Mandeville Race Fleet 
Guy and Pam Brierre sailed their Newport 41, MYSTIC, to overall victory in this year's edition of the Lake Pontchartain classic, posting third-place finishes in both legs of the race. Rob Rogers' KIDS IN THE CAR won the sport boat division and Eric Aschaffenburg's GREAT ESCAPE had the lowest aggregate elapsed time.
 Posted On Monday, May 21, 2018
LeBlanc wins Melges 24 Gulf Coast Champs 
FAIRHOPE, Ala. — SYC's Dwight LeBlanc III and his team aboard TRIPLE D's has won the 2018 Melges 24 Gulf Coast Championship. Click thru for report.
 Posted On Thursday, May 17, 2018
Regata al Sol XXX results are in 
ISLA MUJERES, Mex. — ATLANTIC UNION II, a Beneteau First 44.7 owned by Paul & Rachael Gillette of Pensacola YC has won the racing and monohull divisions of the 30th Regata al Sol. Ryan Finn's 36-foot custom proa, JZERRO, was first-to-finish and took the overall and multihull wins. Robert Kiegel's Pearson 424, ACADIA, topped the cruising division. Click thru for results and race replay.
 Posted On Monday, May 14, 2018
Warrior smashes own record in Antigua Bermuda Race 
HAMILTON, Bermuda — Stephen Murray's heavily modified Volvo 70, WARRIOR, broke her own course record by nearly a full day in taking line honors in the Royal Bermuda YC's Antigua Bermuda Race. Click on image for video, click thru for more info.
 Posted On Sunday, May 13, 2018
Mexico Racer Distmasted by Waterspout 
GULF OF MEXICO (May 12, 2018) - Yesterday, Maria Perez and Lisa Johnson's Beneteau Oceanis 41.1, CLOUD 9.1, was dismasted by a waterspout in a squall, 125 miles from the finish line in Isla Mujeres, Mexico. All on board are fine, but the rig was cut away and dropped overboard. Besides Johnson, the crew of eight includes Benz Faget, Rod Steiffel and John F. Dane.
 Posted On Wednesday, May 09, 2018
Team Lovell sails GYA Opening 
MOBILE, Ala. — SYC junior sailor Reed Menszer joined the Lovell family of Nick, Katy and Johnny to sail in the GYA Opening Regatta at Mobile YC, where the team tied for third in the 14-boat Capdevielle Viper 640 class. This was just the second Capdevielle event to be sailed in Vipers following the retirement of the venerable Flying Scot. Gulfport YC won the event with Pontchartrain YC and St. Andrews Bay YC completing the podium.
 Posted On Friday, May 04, 2018
Regata al Sol to Start May 9th 
PENSACOLA, Fla. — Eighteen entries will cross the Mexican Gulf in SYC's biennial blue-water sprint to Isla Mujeres, Mexico. Patrick Waring's shiny new J/121 offshore speedster, HOT PURSUIT, will make her deep-water debut in the event. Click thru for event site with live race tracking.
 Posted On Sunday, April 29, 2018
WARRIOR tops Round Antigua Race 
ANTIGUA – Stephen Murray's WARRIOR took both line and fleet honors in this year's Peter & May Round Antigua Race, while besting the previous course record by over forty minutes. Click thru for more.
 Posted On Saturday, April 28, 2018
The Ten Laws of Guest Service 
On Tuesday, April 17 Christian Pendleton, General Manager of the Ralph Brennan's Restaurant Group, spoke to the SYC service staff regarding the "laws" of guest service. His talk was focused on making guests feel great about themselves and their experience. The discussion was well received and enjoyed by the staff. Click thru for details.
 Posted On Thursday, April 19, 2018
Harbor construction set to begin in May 
The Municipal Yacht Harbor has just released their most recent presentation of the plans to rebuild the harbor (click image above). It is of great interest to all SYC members as the disruption to the parking area outside the club gate will reduce the available parking by 75% for 11 months (120 spaces lost). While the East Marina construction is only expected to last from May to December, the East Entry and Comfort Station construction will continue until April 2019. The Board is working to find alternative parking options and will keep the membership informed.