In the Summer of 1974, the Gulf Coast Sailing club was formed. The first meeting to determine the officers and the Club’s future was held in Cambier Park in Old Naples.
The first Commodore was Bob Utter, the Vice Commodore was Bob Asher, the Rear Commodore was Tom Grogan, the Treasurer was Malcolm Davis and Margi Perida was the Club Secretary.
The “Luff ‘N Laff” became the official newsletter and tells of the first race out on the Gulf of Mexico on January 11, 1976. The Class A winner was James Doane Sr. on Flame; Charles Smith on Debbie Sue took second and Fred White on Folly Too finished third.
The Class B winners were Bob Harrington on Double Eagle; Carl Brewer on Ms. Anna took second and Chet Chetwynd on Wynd-e placed third. The social event after the race was a raft-up in Cutlass Cove.
The Club has fostered and maintained the members’ interest in socializing, racing, and cruising by keeping in mind the attitude of the founders of the GCSC — “Keep it Fun!”