Buccaneer Yacht Club
(abbreviated formally as BucYC
or in local tradition
) is a member-run sailing
club which has operated out of Mobile Bay
since 1928. It is a member club of the Gulf Yachting Association and the United States Sailing Association
. Its members are active competitors in 420
, Flying Scot
class events, many of which it hosts (see GYA 2007 schedule).
While the Mobile Yacht Club
predates it BucYC remains arguably the oldest continuously operating
sailing club in Alabama.
Races and fleets
As one of four sailing clubs on Mobile Bay, BucYC hosts the Dauphin Island Race once every four years. This is "arguably the largest single day point to point sail race in the U.S.A." with over 300 boats and 1000 crewmembers. In 2007 it hosted the 87th annual Sir Thomas Lipton Inter-Club Challenge sailboat race, an Olympic style GYA racing event for sailors of Flying Scot dinghys.
BucYC members maintain the largest surviving fleet of Fish Class sailboats in the world and the club hosts the majority of races-(see index on left) for this class. Fish boats were designed in 1919 and were the original Gulf Yachting Association inter-club racing boat until they were replaced by Flying Scots in 1969. They "...incorporated features of the New England Sharpie and some of the Biloxi Cat--the straight lines and chine of the Sharpie, the wide beam and low free-board of the Cat..." as well as a vee bottom, lead keel and gaff rigged sail.
The club is one of over forty nationwide hosts of the Leukemia Cup Regatta, a major fund raising event organized by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to raise donations for medical research into the causes and treatment of leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma.
Its notable members include Sunfish sailer, Karl Kleinschrodt, who won fourth place among international contenders in the 2007 Sunfish North American championship race. Karl's mother, Amy Champman Kleinschrodt, had won the coveted Adams Cup in 1977, 1980 and 1997. Another member, Donnie Brennen, (also a member of New Orleans Yacht Club
) has been named as boatwright
for the 2008 U. S. Olympic sailing team
USA Sailing Club
In the interest of providing sailing education and race training BucYC is the sponsoring club for the University of South Alabama
Sailing Club, which competes in intercollegiate
races against teams such as those from Oklahoma State University
, Texas A&M University
and Tulane University