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A new commodore inducted to lead Biloxi Yacht Club

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Established in 1849, the Biloxi Yacht Club is the fourth oldest yacht club in the nation. Just like they do every year, a new commodore was inducted on Sunday to lead the club in the Change of Watch ceremony.

The 2012 commodore Jeff Ellis passed on his torch to 2013 commodore Barry Barq.

"It's bittersweet. It was a huge honor being the youngest commodore in 163 years of Biloxi Yacht Club history," said Ellis.

Stepping in as leader, Barq said he understands his new role.

"We have a constitution we have to abide by," said Barq.

After the ceremony, a celebration lunch was held.

While members enjoyed each other's company, at the front of the ballroom was one man with goals on his mind.

"Well we want to increase our memberships. Get better food service and certainly we want to expand upon our sailing program," said Barq.

It's that kind of drive that got him the votes he needed to step in as commodore.

"We love him. Berry is very organized and he is a lifelong Biloxi boy and he is going to do wonderful things with Biloxi," said Biloxi Yacht Club member Laura Bolton.

"We look forward to a fresh year with Barry. He's got a lot of great ideas. For the club, every year we've transitioned and gotten better and better since the hurricane," said Biloxi Yacht Club member Jerry Plaskett.

It was a day full of laughter, friends and honor as the club brought in a new leader.

Soon, a new face will join the wall of commodores and a new legacy will be left the Biloxi Yacht Club.

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