GBCA - The Place to Race since 1947
Since my first sailing experience in the mid 60's, with my family's wooden sailboat on the Nile river in Cairo, Egypt, I’ve loved messing about in boats. Any time, any where I could get my hands on a boat, that’s where you could find me. From the Nile to the Med, to Austin, Chicago, the East, West or Gulf coast. I did some racing in the early 80's, raised a family with boats, then came back to racing once the kids were off to college or on their own. Certified US Sailing PRO and volunteer crew. If you need a hand with a boat, give me a shout. Proudly served three years as GBCA Fleet Captain and PRO until they forced me to be Commodore. ;-)
For me, any day on a boat is a great day!
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 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!!
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.