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Change-of-Watch Ceremony held at Biloxi Yacht Club

By Jessica Bowman – email

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - A new tradition began at the Biloxi Yacht Club. A Change-of-Watch Ceremony was held to honor the club's newest Commodore Gaylord Wilson.

The Gulf of Mexico is the backdrop as the American Flag is raised. Commodore Gaylord Wilson along with former Commodore Robert Smith hoisted the yacht club and signal flags as one.

Chairman for the Blue Gavel Committee Richard Schmidt said, "It's a great way to exchange leadership from the past onto the present."

Commodore Gaylord Wilson has been an active member of the Biloxi Yacht Club for more than 15 years. He will now serve as leader to the club's 480 members.

Commodore Gaylord Wilson said, "It's a huge honor, it brings a tear to your eye, but it's also a huge responsibility."

The club was established in 1849 as a sailing club. For the past 161 years commodores have come and gone but, none have shared a Change-of-Watch Ceremony.

"It's the beginning of a tradition that we're going to do every year," said Commodore Gaylord Wilson.

"If you think about it, this is why we built this facility for days like today with our membership to come out and celebrate the new leadership coming into the yacht club," said Richard Schmidt.

Commodore Wilson will serve a one year term. He says during this year he will have the club's new Flying Scots out on the water.

Commodore Gaylord Wilson said, "That's part of our constitution is to support sailing."

Chairman of the Blue Gavel Committee, Richard Schmidt, said you can expect many things out of the Biloxi Yacht Club this year such as regatta races and child sailing classes.

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