The TSA Timeline captures the history and highlights of Area F sailing, the TSA Youth Circuit, and the people who have been a part of it.
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The Texas Yachting Association (TYA), now known as the Texas Sailing Association, is formed in 1953.
In From Buffalo Bayou to Galveston Bay, author Dora Akkerman writes: "Claude Cullinane of HYC, Bud Smith of the Galveston Bay Cruising Association (GBCA), and Martin Bludworth of Seabrook Sailing Club met at Cullinane's house and wrote the first charter for TYC. Cullinane became the first commodore, Bludworth the vice commodore, and Smith the secretary-treasurer. Early member clubs of TYA were Corpus Christi Yacht Club, Fort Worth Boat Club, Galveston Bay Cruising Association, Houston Yacht Club, Seabrook Sailing Club, Shreveport (Louisiana) Yacht Club, and Texas Corinthian Yacht Club." (Akkerman p. 108)
Akkerman, Dora F. (1998). From Buffalo Bayou to Galveston Bay: The centennial history of the Houston Yacht Club, 1897 to 1997. (https://www.amazon.com/Buffalo-Bayou-Galveston-Bay-centennial/dp/B0006FBPHG)
GBCA Youth Team Wins Sears Cup
In 1967, a team from GBCA, after winning the TYA Championship in Fort Worth, was narrowly beat by the team from Southern Yacht Club for the Sears Cup. The same team---John Kolius, Jay Williams, and Danny Williams---competed again in 1968 and won.
"In a storybook series of races on San Francisco Bay, our guys won the Sears Cup! How could that be? Did we sail that well on Galveston Bay or was it just a fluke?
Two years later, Danny Williams, representing HYC, led a Galveston Bay crew that included Clark Thompson through the same series of regattas to the finals in Yankee country. Kelly was there to watch the series. Teams of youngsters from northeastern clubs with their paid coaches in uniforms couldn't believe another Galveston Bay team could do it to them again. But Danny and crew won the Sears Cup of 1970. As icing on the cake, two years later, HYC put another team led by Clark Thompson in the the winner's circle. " (Williams p. 88)
Williams, J. Howard. (2005). Love at First Sight: A Lifetime of Sailing on Galveston Bay (https://www.amazon.com/Love-First-Sight-Lifetime-Galveston/dp/0595348297/)
HYC's Scott Elting, Carter Perrin, Sam Pyne, David Thomas win the Sears Cup
"Four Houston Yacht Club sailors, on an unfamiliar boat and facing some of the best competition around won the USYRU/Rolex Junior Sailing Championships, the Sears Cup, in Newport Beach, Calif."
Petty, John Ira. (1990, Sept. 2) Houston sailors beat odds for Sears Cup. Houston Post.
Full article: https://scholarship.rice.edu/handle/1911/37510
The TSA Youth Circuit Begins
"In 1991, TYA member clubs organized the Texas Youth Circuit for junior sailors. The circuit included regattas at 13 different clubs. Children completing seven events were eligible for overall awards."
(Akkerman p. 169)
- From Buffalo Bayou to Galveston Bay, by Dora Akkerman
A new trophy is presented for the David B. Green PRO of the Year Award.
The 2003 recipient is Bob Gough, and the trophy is designed by John Focke with assistance from Jim Tichenor, both previous recipients. The new trophy incorporates teak, waves, and stone in symbolic reference to both the sport of sailing and the State of Texas.
LYC's Dane Byerly, Howdy Hughes, Collin Scoville, and Carson Shields win the Sears Cup
An oral history with John and Cathrine Focke captures some of the history of Texas Youth Race Week.
The TSA Friendship Award perpetual trophy is recreated in bronze to replace the original ceramic bowl.
A plaque on the bottom of the award reads: