GBCA - The Place to Race since 1947
Commodore, Marilyn Horton
I moved to Seabrook from the Northeast in 1978 and have lived here ever since. My boating experience began in 1979 when I traded my snow skis and snow shovel for a ski boat and water skis. I volunteered in our community as a firefighter for 10 years and served as an Assistant Chief for one year. I retired from the department to return to school and received my Bachelor of Science in Archaeology and Anthropology from the University of Houston Clear Lake.
My sailing experience did not really begin until 2012 when my husband and I bought a 38 foot C & C sailboat called “Firewater” and soon discovered the love of sailing. In 2012 I became involved GBCA by volunteering to assist with the after race parties. I have served on the Board for 2 years as Rear Commodore and am now proud to serve as Commodore. I look forward to serving GBCA and keeping it the great organization it is.
Vice Commodore, Charles Broaddus
My first sailing experience was in 1962 in 6 man canoes with sailing rigs. I did the speedboat/water skiing thing as a young adult until getting married. Living in Killeen at the time, I bought my first sailboat, a Venture 22, in 1993, just to see if I would like sailing. I got hooked on racing, thanks in part to Jeff Jones, and went through a succession of boats. While crewing for Jeff in a NOOD race at LYC, I saw several “older” couples who were racing Catalina 22's. I told the wife we should get one, and a few weeks later purchased “Half Fast”. I raced it every chance I could at Austin Yacht Club over a ten year period, then moved to League City in 2007 when I retired. I started racing at CLRA that summer and joined GBCA soon after and got a crew position via Chris Dees on Millennium Express with John Butler. I started crewing for Bee Bednar on Stinger in 2011. My wife, Faye, and I have 4 children, 2 in the Spring area, 10 grand-kids and one great-grand-kid.
Rear Commodore, Nicole Laster
I started racing on Wednesday nights back in 2007 on a Dehler 22 as a foredeck. In fact I had no idea what a foredeck was until I showed up at the dock that day with a brand new pair of gloves in hand. I was invited to my First Harvest Moon race not long after on a Beneteau running spinnaker and I was hooked. I needed to learn more about spin boats. I moved to the J27 Footloose for Wednesday nights and started racing on weekends with anyone that would take me and teach me something. And the rest is history. There’s no telling where you will find me when I am not sailing, it might be out on the water on the Fire Department Rescue Boat, Fireboat or out on my Harley.
Fleet Captain, Bob Hunkins
I started sailing in 1993 after complaining to a friend that I had nothing interesting to do on weekends. He took me sailing and I was immediately bitten by the bug. I soon realized that the only way to get my fix was to buy my own boat. In 1996 I acquired my O'Day Day Sailer, Surprise and have sailed her in Wednesday Night Races on Clear Lake, Clear Lake Sailng Club Races, and Day Sailer Class Regional and North American Championships.
In 2012, I bought a keelboat, an S2 10.2, Leopard. Since then I've sailed her in GBCA Rum races, Icicle Races, LYC Bay Cup races, and the 2014 Harvest Moon regatta.
I met my wife Kathy through sailing and we both share a love of the wind and water.
I am a certified Club Race Officer thorugh US Sailing, and have run mostly centerboard boat regattas in the past. I've served as mark set boat and on all the positions on Race Committee over the past several years. When I'm not sailing, I work at the Space Center, I brew beer and enjoy historical fiction. This is my second year as Fleet Captain for GBCA.
Treasurer, Aaron Brittain
The love for sun and water started at an early age. I learned to swim soon after walking due to my dad being a naval diver.
At 18 I started sailing a Hobie 16 and then a 38 ft Schooner with friends in Clear Lake and Galveston Bay for Rum Races.
With a long pause in between, it wasn’t till 2010 when a friend said they were doing Wednesday Night Races that I actively started pursuing sailboat racing.
Since then I’ve been Wednesday Night Racing, running around in the J/24 Texas Circuit, 2012 J/24 World’s in Rochester, NY, J/22 Nationals at Ft. Walton, FL and Catalina 22 Nationals (right here in our own back yard). Mid-winters, Harvest Moon and much more, all challenging and all fun.
In my book, any time on the water is a good time. Always learning, always looking for the wind. Glad to be here!!
Secretary, Bob Smith
Born in the Chicago area, started sailing at 16 when I bought my first boat, an O’Day Widgeon, sailed all over the great lakes, crewed on several Mac race and many deliveries there, lived on Barnegat Bay in New Jersey, took my Bristol 22 all over the coast there, then moved to the Dallas area 20 years ago, having sold the Bristol because I didn’t think there would be much sailing in Texas, WRONG. Chartered in the Caribbean several times, relocated to the Clear Lake area last year, bought a 30 footer, joined GBCA when I moved to become active in the sailing here.
Past Commodore, Christopher DeesChris started sailing in the mid 60’s on the Nile River in Cairo, Egypt aboard a wooden boat the family co-owned with another. Continued sailing whenever possible with a variety of board boats, dinghies and catamarans in various countries as the family moved around for the oil company. After college, he moved to Houston in the early 80’s and did some racing on a J29 and Bene38. Married and raised 3 boys with a day sailor. He has gotten back into racing in the last 9 years as the boys went off to college and into the Navy. He has raced in the Wednesday night races with his Mirage5.5 and crews aboard various boats for bay and offshore races. Has helped out with race committee for GBCA, CLRA and LYC over the past several years. Chris previously served three years on the GBCA board as Fleet Captain.
Member, Kevin Bednar
Kevin sails with his Dad, Bee Bednar on their J105, Stinger.
Member, Dave Christensen
Dave began racing in GBCA events in 1980. He and his wife Denise now race their J109 “Airborne” in both bay and offshore events and spend most weekends either racing or cruising with friends.
Member, Emmett Dickheiser
At ten years old my father booked us on a chartered America's Cup yacht, Canada II, while on vacation in Saint Martin. I was hooked! Toward the end of high school I spent two summers in the Eastern Caribbean living aboard and SCUBA diving off of 40+ foot cruising catamarans. In 2011 I moved to Texas and really started racing. Dinghies in college never really appealed to me and I quickly found Galveston Bay and GBCA. Lately you'll find me on board Kenai, the J/44 or Gaucho, the Platu 25.
Member, Gary Thies
I started sailing in 1968 in the Navy. Moved to southeast Harris county from in 1972 and continued to sail. Joined GBCA in 1983. Became a board member in 1994. Stayed on the board to 2004, when I finally got someone to replace me. Got talked into running for the board of governor again. I also wear tye dyed shirts when I race. Life is Good !
Member, Darin KeeverI didn't start sailing until a few years after college. I was living with my future wife, and she gave me the slight push I needed to take ASA 101. It was one of those things on my bucket list that had come up a few times, but I hadn't really done anything about. After an exciting weekend of sailing, we went out and bought a 26' swing keel. We were hooked. We upgraded multiple times and had many, many nautical adventures. Including our honeymoon! We moved to the area to be near the water, and you can find us racing or cruising nearly every weekend. We enjoy like-minded sailors and are grateful to have found GBCA. I'm excited to help out any way I can.
Member, Gary Trinklein