The Chart

March 2005


Commodore’s Corner

Its never too early to start planning so mark your calendar. Opening Day is scheduled for April 16th. Plan to come out in full dress and decoration and parade through the harbor.  Rev. Gene  Finnell will again, as always provide our yearly blessing of the fleet. Then April 23rd PYC will host its 2nd Annual Marine Expo.  Details are still forthcoming but we will have food, music, and many nautically oriented vendors.  As an added attraction, there will be a Gulf Coast Regional A-Cat regatta. Bob Hodges expects a dozen or so of these high tech speed machines over the two-day event.

Not as exciting as the proceeding, we’ve obtained a badly needed new computer for the business office. Many thanks to Gene Wanless for his single-handed donation.

Smoking Policy Finalized.  At the February meeting, your  board voted to ban smoking within all club buildings effective March 15th, 2005. Your board hopes this poses only a minor inconvenience and welcomes suggestions for creating a comfortable outdoor space. 

As always, your board and PYC staff are working hard to     provide a fun-filled calendar. Come out and enjoy or contact one of your board members to find out how to get involved. Our weekly    e-mails list the latest updates and happenings. You can contact to subscribe.

Your thoughts, comments, and stories are always welcomed,

Jeff Bishop

From the Vice Commodore

Our first organizational meeting for the upcoming Junior Lipton Regatta was held on Thursday, February 17.  Over twenty members were in attendance, and we had responses from ten others who were not able to attend but are interested in volunteering.  The 2004 Board of Directors appointed Past Commodore and current GYA Rear Commodore Janet Miller-Schmidt as Regatta Chair shortly after PYC won the event last summer, and she has in turn appointed several committee chairs.  David Bolyard will be the PRO (principal race officer); Peggy Gele will head up Finances; Pat Brinks & Jack Gilbert will coordinate Food/Beverage; Pat Ross will be Volunteer Coordinator, and Leigh Wanless will oversee Medical.  There are many other positions to be filled, in many different areas, and we ESPECIALLY want our JUNIORS involved!  We need their input to ensure success.  Our next meeting will be held on April 7 at the club, with subsequent meetings on May 19 and July 13. If any other members would like to be involved, contact me by phone (985-626-9062) or e-mail ( Please indicate your area of expertise or interest (race committee, power boat to lend, sell tickets, etc.) so I can give your name to the appropriate chairperson.  Get on board NOW to help make this a memorable and fun regatta – we were awarded the GYA Race Management trophy when we last hosted this event in 1994!

On another subject, the GYA Trophy Committee is attempting to locate a few missing pieces.  Please contact me if you have any knowledge as to the whereabouts of the following:

Biloxi d’Iberville Trophy…Cadillac Trophy…Chewink Trophy…Oil Rig Trophy…

Godchaux-Henderson (A/K/A Walet) Trophy…Ravannack Trophy…Governor’s Cup…Mississippi Governor’s Trophy…Round the Horn Trophy.

Finally, PYC now has Past Commodore pins.  If you are a former commodore, please stop by the office to pick up yours!

 Sail safe,

Janie Eshleman


I am happy to report, from written and verbal responses to Commodore Jeff’s letter promulgated earlier this month, recommending allocations of the very welcome windfall of property tax refunds and future assessments, the Membership is generally in favor of the Board’s proposal.

Therefore to recap, as mentioned in Jeff's letter, a CPI has not been assessed for 2005 and therefore, all the totals will remain the same as 2004. Only the line item description “Property Tax” has been changed to “Capital Improvement Fund".  This will commence on February 2005 monthly statements.

Thank you for your kind understanding and support of the Board's recommendation.




Dear Friends,

The weather was beautiful – Ron was in his element – Sea Wine obeyed her master’s gentle nudges with grace. As Kelvin, Ron & I rounded the last mark on another memorable Sunday afternoon on the lake – I remember thinking, “nothing could top this!” …and there it was!.... probably the most delicious gumbo I have had in years.  What a wonderful idea and what a wonderful reward for JUST SHOWING UP!

My heartfelt thanks to all who had a role in organizing/preparing it, and I look forward to next Sunday and let’s JUST SHOW UP! …. This is not to be missed.

For what was to be a "quiet short month" February, turned out to be anything but... The good news is - it looks like the member’s agenda’s will only be getting busier.

I understand from our "jet set" committee that new happenings are in the pipeline. (Including but not limited to the family nights) There is also talk I hear of PYC Junior’s chess club - where juniors of all ages and all levels will be taught, coached and challenged in this ancient game of strategy. I am promised details will be circulated.

(If interested, I will appreciate an e-mail or a note left with the office.)

While on the subject of children – please allow me to emphasize the importance of keeping our juniors outside our bar area – I would like to remind our young parents that rather than being just a comfort issue - this is also a legal matter and potentially very damaging for all of us.

Time is flowing fast and opening day is approaching – generally preceded by our spring cleanup. The Second Annual PYC Marine Expo (The Open House) is set for the 23rd of April.  It is also around the corner – this year we are lucky to enhance our activities with the A-Cat Regional Races followed by a possible dinner and dance on the night of the expo.

March also seems to be the month when a lot of sails are starting to be aired and cobwebs cleaned – A good time to remind our neighbors all that PYC has to offer – most important of all - wonderful friends and camaraderie.

Let's spread the word.

Yours sincerely,

Orhan Ergün  


                        Please note the following changes for 2005 summer sail camp schedule:

                                    Price - $300.00 members       $350 non members –

(Tuition includes daily lunch & final Friday cookout for the family)


Session #1- Monday, June 6 – Friday June 17, 2005 - YES MONDAYS!      

Session #2- Monday, June 20- Friday July 1, 2005

Session #3- TUESDAY, July 5- Friday, July 15, 2005 (2nd week will include Monday 7/11)

Session #4- Monday, July 18 – Friday July 29, 2005

Session #5- Monday, August 1 – Friday, August 12, 2005       



Fellow PYC Members                                                                          

Spring is finally upon us, and the PYC House and Grounds Committee is rising from its short-lived

hibernation. This year is shaping up to be a challenging, but potentially rewarding year. With the

blessing of our very timely tax rebate the House and Grounds Committee is hoping to get some long

needed physical improvements made to our PYC facilities. As the Chairperson of the House and

Grounds Committee I am inviting the members of PYC to join our committee, lend a hand, or just give

us your input on how we can improve our PYC facilities.

The 2005 PYC House and Grounds Committee will be holding its first committee meeting at 7: PM on

Wednesday Mar 02, 2005 in the PYC ballroom. It doesn't matter if you have one hour, or one day to

help, it will all be appreciated. Anyone interested in being on the House and Grounds Committee, or

even if you just want to help, please come to the Committee meeting on Wednesday Mar. 02. We will

have limited complementary pizza, soda and beer for those attending. Our annual Spring cleanup will

be held on Saturday March 26, 2005 with a rain-day of April 02, 2005.  We are in need of people to

help with; general cosmetics (painting, pressure washing etc) carpentry, electrical, sound system,

landscaping, flooring, and general honey-do's. We are attempting to make PYC even better for all of

us to enjoy, please help if you can.

Thank You

Dennis J. Ledet Sr.  PYC House & Grounds Committee 



The Mardi Gras Regatta at NOYC will have been sailed by the time you receive this month’s chart, hopefully we will have a 1st place under our belt and be one step closer to our dual goals this year of not only participating in EVERY Capedevielle event but also, as Billy Ross put it “bringing home the whole enchilada”! 

The GYA was well – represented in both Key West Race Week and St. Pete NOODs.  I am so impressed with our area sailors, we do the GYA proud!

 Upcoming events include March 4 –6 Leukemia Cup One Design Regatta, combined with the rescheduled J Fest and J30 Midwinters at SYC/NOYC.  The following weekend is Leukemia Cup

 PHRF Regatta at SYC/NOYC.  Come over and sail, stay for the party and silent auction – donate some $$$$ for a most worthy cause!

Janet Miller-Schmidt Finnell held the Jr. Lipton’s organizational meeting last week and she still has a few unclaimed spots on several committees.  Contact someone TODAY to sign up – we must support our Juniors by hosting an event that everyone in the GYA will talk about for years to come! 

 Next up on the Capdevielle schedule are the new Pat Gilliand at Jackson Yacht Club and GYA Opening at Lake Arthur in April.  If you are available for either of these events please contact me or Billy Ross to sign up!

 See you on the water,

Leigh Wanless                                                 


"Land was created to provide a place for boats to visit."
-Brooks Atkinson

Sunday Races have been a success this series with an average of 7 boats participating.  Thank you to all who have come out to race, crew, cook and help.  If you were not aware, Sunday Races now feature FOOD after the races; if you race you eat FREE! 

 March is a busy race month for our club.  Sunday Races will continue every Sunday thru April when daylight savings time springs our clocks forward.  March also brings us the New Orleans to Mandeville race on 19 & 20 March and Leukemia Cup the previous weekend. 

Sunday Race Series

 February 27 (last winter series race)

March 6 (begin Spring series)

March 13

March 20

March 27

April 3

April 10

Skippers meeting at noon, race starts at 1300.

Overnight cruising “races” are planned for Easter Weekend and Memorial Day weekend.

Please check your email for the PYC events newsletters for further information; contact Pam if you are not getting the emails.

 As you can see there is lots of fun to be had by all, so just show up and enjoy.



 Now that the weather is getting nice, we hope to see more people at the Club!!  Come on out and join the fun!!  In addition to our usual fair you will see the addition of Card Nights.  This is on Wed. p.m., opposite Soup Nights.  Poker anyone…

 Ladies, on Tuesday, March 15, come enjoy MARTINIS AND MANACURES!!  From about 6:30 on, Allison will mix the martinis while we pamper ourselves!!  Bring your favorite lotion, files and nail color and treat yourself to a night out.

 On Saturday, March 19 our friends from the south shore will race over to our Club for some enjoyment!  Come join us for a CRAWFISH BOIL and some music – price to be determined.

 John Williams will be serving his famous SHRIMP ETTOUFFE on Good Friday (March 25).  And then the kids will enjoy an EASTER PARTY, complete with an Easter Egg hunt on Saturday, March 26.  Call Kathleen Sides to help - 626-8393.

 OPENING DAY (Sat. April 16) is always an exciting day.  Come watch the ceremony, get your boat blessed, enjoy the music and, oh yeah…. bring a dish to share; this is POTLUCK.

 Saturday, April 23rd is our second annual marine expo and the A-Cat regatta.  Possible PYC event to follow.     

 We are trying to plan some type of Family Night in May, and we welcome your input. 

Thanks to Allison for the great Mardi Gras party, and Will and Lynn Tucker for doing a soup night.

Watch your e-mail for updates…. Hope to see you there!

Bridget Jarvis


15th–Martinis &


19th-PYC Crawfish  boil & NO to PYC Race

25th-Good Friday-Shrimp Ettouffe     

26th-Kid’s Easter Party         

27th– Happy Easter

Sunday Races:

13th  - 20th  -  27th

Soup Nights:

2nd  - 16th  - 30th

Card & Beans Nights:

9th and 23th

Spring Cleanup Day

March 26 (rain day 4/2)