GBCA - The Place to Race since 1947
Commodore, Christopher Dees
Chris 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.
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, Marilyn Horton
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 first year as Fleet Captain for GBCA.
Treasurer, Steve Zirilli
Secretary, Terri Gale
Past Commodore, Scott Lacy
Scott has been boating for about 40 years. You can hear him on "TRAMP" as the time-keeper for the GBCA races. He and his brother John have been doing Race Committee for the past 6 years. Scott was on the Board of Governors from 2012-2013. He retired from AT&T in 2008 and needs a job to get some rest!
Past Past Commodore, Walter Caldwell
I first sailed in 1985 on my uncle Harold's Columbia 24 on the Great South Bay in New York. Guess I got hooked, because I came back to Houston and started renting sailboats out of Gulf Coast Sailing Center, eventually going in on a three-way partnership on a Ranger 22 the following spring. We were the slowest boat in the GBCA races, rarely getting to the party before the keg ran out. Since then I've owned a Sunfish (still do), Lido 14, and J/80, and have crewed on numerous others. My lovely admiral Beverly and I currently enjoy our 1986 J/40 "Shaken Not Stirred" as much as we can. Times have changed some since I first became associated with GBCA a quarter-century ago. I'm committed to making sure we don't run out of beer.
Member, Kevin Bednar
Kevin is the mastermind behind the web site and the discussion page. He is our go-to for all things computer related. 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, 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 or Fireboat or out on my Harley.
Member, Drew Peerless
Member, Darin Keever
I 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