GBCA - The Place to Race since 1947
My earliest sailing experience was on the family’s 18’ wooden lap strake sailboat on the Nile River in Cairo, Egypt in the mid ‘60s. Ever since then, I was hooked. Anywhere we went I was looking to get on a boat. Grew up with mostly board boats and catamarans. Started racing big boats for a couple of years in the early ‘80s when I moved to Houston. Got married and had three boys, stopped racing and did the family thing. When the boys were old enough, we bought a 20’ family trailer sailor and took the kids sailing on various lakes around Texas. When the boys went off to college, I came back to racing. Joined GBCA and the Wednesday night crowd. Been here ever since. Have been Fleet Captain and PRO for GBCA for three years and then became Commodore. Still racing (cruising too) on various boats, traveling and volunteering with other yacht clubs to put on their regattas.
I was pretty much born into GBCA. My dad got involved in the early 60s. I've personally been "involved" with GBCA since 1978, at the old Yellow Clubhouse. As a small kid, I would help set up for parties, clean up afterwards, help organize the office, send out mailers, and help organize the race equipment. I have raced and run a variety of events; Regatta de Amigos (and the off year offshore events), Spring and Fall Series, Icicle, Frostbite, Wells Fargo Bank Regatta, Rebel Cup, Charge Cup, TORC, Elissa Regatta, Leukemia Cup, J-105 Fall Invitational, Galveston Bay Catamaran Championships, Redfish Reach, Texas 2-Step, Harvest Moon Regatta, Ruff Riders, Chicago-Mac, North Texas Catamaran Championships, Wurstfest, Performance Mid-Winters, Round the Island, seminars, and TGIF (Rum Races) races. I have raced on boats ranging from a Sunfish, to Nacras/Prindles/Tornados, to a Condor 40, to a Swan 54, but my passion is multihulls. My dad brought the first multihull into Galveston Bay almost 60 years ago. Since 1988, I have been organizing and running traditional (triangle windward/leeward), modern (windward/leeward), distance races, and off-the-wall fun events for a wide variety of boats and racers in Galveston Bay and along the Texas coast. In the early 2000s, I took a hiatus to raise my kids, and was able to come back with a different point of view for racing. I have an understanding of highly competitive, tight racing; but I realize that is not what maintains a club - fun events that involve family and friends do. With this POV, I am hoping to bring forward some ideas to strengthen GBCA's role in Galveston Bay as the place to race, and have fun doing it.
The story begins north of I-10 during the second half of the 1900's. I learned how to sail on a Sailstar Corinthian, and to race on an Ensign. After a much too long hiatus from sailing I returned to crew on Ananda, Leopard and Stinger. I now spend my time and disposable income on Hobgoblin and provide rail meat services and unwanted advice to On the Go Wednesday nights.
(Marty replaced Aaron Brittain as treasurer mid-year when Aaron's job moved him away from Houston.)
Secretary, Kelley Dees
A native Houstonian, Kelley has been sailing with her husband Chris and their boys for 30+ years and a member of GBCA for 8 years. She has assisted the GBCA board for a number of years with race committee, parties and stepped in to be substitute secretary last year and finally appointed to the board. In addition to taking board minutes, she also writes monthly articles for GBCA that are published in several local newsletters.
And she's a fantastic cook!
Kevin sails with his Dad, Bee Bednar on their J105, Stinger.
I have previously served on various not-for-profit and corporate Board of Directors. I am currently a Director on the Board of the Texas Bay Area Lacrosse Association, an organization focused on growing and developing youth lacrosse in the local area.