GBCA - The Place to Race since 1947
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 was lucky enough to start my competitive racing with the Tornado fleet. I started racing my Nacra 5.8 and have been racing my Prindle catamaran since 1989. In the 90's, I raced with my dad on our Condor 40 and accelerated my competitive racing with on the Olson 34, Express 27, and J-24. 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. I was the Race and Regatta Chairman for Houston Yacht Club 2015-2017, Vice-Charmian for PHRF-GB 2011-2017, GBCA Fleet Captain for 2018-2020, Governor for 2021, Vice-Commodore for Texas City Dike Yacht Club 2013-present, and Wednesday Night Races on Clear Lake from 2011-2019. Me being Commodore for 2022 is very special because of my passion for GBCA and my dad's second term for GBCA Commodore was in 1992.
Rear Commodore, Olivia Holzhaus
Fleet Captain, Chris May
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.
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.
A degreed Mechanical Engineer / MBA with approximately 15 years of experience in General Management of manufacturing companies. He began sailing in 1978 and has owned five sailboats over the years. He has been racing either as crew or skipper for 40 years. Dave and his wife Denise currently own a J/109 named Airborne. Dave enjoys both racing and cruising, and has served twice previously on the GBCA board of governors.
Governor Member, Kelley Dees