BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Every January, dozens of yacht club members watch from the balcony as a new commodore is sworn in by the pool at the Biloxi Yacht Club. The role is a time consuming one.
"The commodore, in Naval terms, is the senior officer over the all the ships, so he's over all the boats and the marina as well," said Barry Barq, who is the outgoing commodore.
Barq says he absolutely loved serving over the past year and he is looking forward to passing the reigns over to Pat Diaz.
"I feel very excited about my new role," said Diaz.
"I'm looking forward to it. Barry Barq has done an excellent job the previous year, and I will continue to do what he was doing and promote the Biloxi Yacht Club."
Diaz has been involved with the club since the late 1970s, but he never thought he would hold the position of commodore. He feels his passion for sailing is a great asset for the position.
"I love racing the sail boats, being involved with the regattas both here and out of town."
Members of the yacht club, like Dr. Tod Holman, look forward to the annual swearing in as well. They say it's a time to recognize the men and women who work hard to keep the club at its best.
"It's an opportunity to both honor the officers that preceded you and to get a feel for the goals and aspirations of the new people that are going to be taking over," said Holman.
Liz Debruler, who is also a member of the yacht club, feels like it's a new regime coming in, and says it's a way of honoring all the people who work hard to keep things "a float" at the club.