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 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.
My first sailing experiences were when I was two weeks old sailing on Galveston Bay, growing up learning to sail lasers in VA and while on vacation each summer in FL. While at Eckerd College I caught the racing bug, having the opportunity to travel up and down the east coast competing in regional and national intercollegiate events. I coached the Red, White and Blue opti fleet for a short time at St Pete Yacht Club. Seven years ago, I moved back to Houston to continue work as an ocean engineer supporting the offshore industry. Since then, I have become an active member in the J22 and J105 fleets here on the Galveston Bay. For the distance races, you can find me sailing a Wylie Wabbit, our Martin 243, one of the J105s or Pingo. My hope is to further promote competitive women’s sailing in the area, to foster opportunities for other sailors, and to help support and improve racing with GBCA.
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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.
Governor Member, Brett Allred
Kevin sails with his Dad, Bee Bednar on their J105, Stinger.
Governor Member, Kelley Dees
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.