Archive | October, 2010

“Motil Mark” Unveiled at US Sailing Directors Meeting

Some sailors, mostly outside of AZ, might think we live in a sailing “wasteland”, but those of us that live here realize that is FAR from the truth.

One more example of how blessed we AZ sailors are is that the US Sailing Board of Directors meets HERE IN AZ every other year for their annual Board of Directors meeting.  As US Sailing members, and on behalf of  AYC – Arizona Yacht Club, not Annapolis – we get to join in on the fun and information sharing and help welcome them to our fair city.

Several AYC members showed up for the welcome reception at the PV Embassy Suites and it was once again a marvelous opportunity to meet with the leaders of our sport from across the country.  Joe Motil took the stage with Gary Jobson to welcome participants, and George Tingom, Tony Chapman and I rubbed elbows with US Sailing leaders like America’s Cup sailor Dawn Riley and rules “Guru” Dick Rose.  We had a great time swapping sailing stories and discussing the many common problems in our sport that exist regardless of the kind of boat we sail or where we sail it. 

 A special feature of the evening – in addition to the awarding of the US Sailing Herreshoff Trophy to Jim Muldoon (CEO of St. Mary’s College in Southern Maryland) – was the unveiling of the “Motil Mark” created by our very own Commodore Joe Motil. My guess is we will see more development and in time you’ll see “Production Versions” of Joe’s simple yet effective Race Mark – The Motil Mark!

When US Sailing is here again – and I for one hope they continue to visit us every two years – I recommend this evening and the event in general as a way to get to know who is “at the helm” of our sport on a national level and to show that AZ sailing is active, alive and well!

Tempe Town Lake RACING (Finally!)

I know it’s been a while, but TTL SUNDAYS are BACK!  Sign up now online if you haven’t already.  According to NOR/SI C-14s are Race Committee.  As this is the last day of October, First Gun is 3:00pm.  Come out, get wet and GO SAILING!

From the Commodore’s Desk…

Ahoy Friend,

Welcome to the newly revised AYC website. This is a new effort at taking a great idea and trying to make it even better. What you see before you is the result of efforts to upgrade and add features to one of our main communication tools, the AYC website. Much of what was created before is being utilized in the new design. This is so that members and anyone wanting to find out about sailing in Arizona, can interact with our site.  Change always seems tough but the technologies of today require adaptation.

Please join me in a well deserved thank you to Mike Ferring for his multiple years of service as webmaster,  shaping and giving the website much of its look and style. Mike has done a fabulous job with our website.  Nicely done!  After many years of dedication, Mike made his decision to pass the baton on. Rob Gibbs has accepted the challenge as the new webmaster and stepped up to help renovate the new website you see before you.

There are new social networking tools embedded into this website. These enable a broader range of communication formats that allow you to be notified directly of current events and activities when they are posted. As with all new things, it will take time to shape it into the mature product our former web sight had become but it will allow for easier maintenance and facilitate a broader outreach.

Yours in sailing,

Joe Motil

Race Results from Lake Pleasant Week 3


"Kicks" at Lake Pleasant






Great weekend of racing at Lake Pleasant – Great dinner Saturday night!  The quote of the evening was from Martin Lorch, “It’s a good thing nobody liked it because I don’t have any left!”  Get the weekend’s Race Scores. Thanks to Joe Barnett for taking photos…See them at:

http://www.mr72.com/images/pics/LP-2010-10-22/

http://www.mr72.com/images/pics/LP-2010-10-23/

Governor’s Cup – 20 November

The AYC Governor’s Cup has been revived!  Traditionally a long distance point to point race on Lake Roosevelt, it’s moved to Lake Pleasant and is a 26.2 mi “marathon” course with creative scoring.  Read the NOR’s and SI’s carefully! Click below to sign up today!  Sign up before Nov 12th for Early Bird pricing.

Tempe Town Lake Official Opening – Tues 26 October

Finally we got the official word from the City that TTL will be officially re-opened @ 5:00 am on the 26th of Oct.  Here was the official announcement:

Hi All,

Thank you for your patience as we work to get Tempe Town Lake back to normal and boat-able (new word!) once again. The date for the opening of the lake to recreational boating and fishing has been set for Tuesday, October 26 at 5:00am. There will be a function at the marina with the Mayor, City Council and hopefully representatives from the many diverse groups within our Boating Community. The function is from 5am to 9am and we are hoping for a lot of press coverage. If you are coming to the ceremony and want your group to be recognized please send Kris Baxter a note at: kris_baxter@tempe.gov

I wanted to also touch base on some safety points and some logistics before we begin boating:

Programmed Use Forms: Be sure that these are in to me before your club/organization begins its boating program. If you have already submitted them, which many have, thank you.

Lights: Now is a good time to check your lights to be sure they are working, as today the sunrise is at 6:35am and sunset is at 5:51pm. Most of our boaters will be starting or finishing their sessions in darkness. The light policy is as follows:

A red or red/green light on the bow of the boat and a clear white light on the stern that can be reached by someone in the boat and waved in case of danger. On Tempe Town Lake it is permissible to use a red light on the bow, but a red/green light is preferred. It is important to note the lights need to have a minimum 180 degree visibility and are to be attached to the boat and not to occupants of the boat.

Traffic Pattern: As we all know the traffic pattern on the lake is counter clock wise. We are expecting a lot of boats out in those first few weeks, please stick to the traffic pattern for everyone’s safety.

Safety Boats: All clubs/programs that store boats in the safe harbor can put them back, as the ramp and safe harbor entrance are now deep enough. Please understand that this means you can put your boat in and take it to the safe harbor and park it. This is not an early green light to do any form of boating. Please also use the mooring spot you have been using in the past. Call me with any questions.

Boat Rental: We have a new vendor who will be on the lake for boat rental beginning October 30. Their name is Tempe Boat Rentals and it is operated by Boat Rentals of America. They will stage out of the docks by Tempe Beach Park. We have not had rentals on the lake in a while and we are very excited to have this company working on the lake. Their contact number is: 480-303-8903 and their web site is: boats4rent.com

Thanks all, I hope to see you at the marina next Tuesday morning (ceremony is from 5am – 9am) or at least boating on the lake.

Okie

UPDATED

Here is the AZCENTRAL Video Interview of Mayor Hugh Hallman on Opening Day.

US Sailing 2010 Meeting Icebraker Invitation

US Sailing’s 2010 Annual Meeting is on Thursday the 21st of October at the Embassy Suites in Scottsdale.  The “Icebreaker” we are hosting is 5:30 to 7:30.  AYC is hosting a booth and you are invited to come and mingle with the leaders of your National Sailing Organization. Please let Joe Motil (commodore@arizonayachtclub.org) know if you plan to attend.  For more information on the meeting see US Sailing’s Website

Good Luck to Bryan Dunham

For those of you who may not know, Bryan Dunham is being deployed overseas and is no longer able to serve as our Vice Commodore.  This was a letter he sent to the club:

Dear AZYC,

It is with deep and heartfelt regret that I must submit my resignation as Vice Commodore. As many of you know, I am deploying again with our U.S. armed forces in support of our various causes worldwide. Unfortunately the requisite preparations began much earlier and are requiring more of my personal time than I anticipated. Due to this I have been unable to attend to the duties of the Vice Commodore in a timely manner. I bear full responsibility for the neglect of my duties and apologize for my performance. You all deserve an officer who can dedicate his or her full attention to the duties and responsibilities of the position. The success of the Yacht Club has always been dependent on the dedication and enthusiasm of volunteer members and I encourage all of you to step up and do what you can. I hope that you can all understand that I have precious little time left before my departure and wish to spend what little I have left with my immediate family.

Sincerely ,

Bryan Dunham

I’m sure we all wish Bryan well as he sacrifices to defend our country.  We thank him and his family for their contributions.

That having been said, there are now 3 open board positions: Vice Commodore, Rear Commodore, and Cruising Captain.  There is no rule that says if you take on one of these positions, you must do the “5 year slog” that has burdened past commodores.  I encourage everyone to do what they can and serve their club in the way they find best for them.  Personally, Tuesday nights are tough for my family, so I haven’t taken a board position, instead I volunteered to take up the website and run the Ship’s Store.  Whatever you do, be sure you give back to your club!

News from the Membership Desk

Please join us in welcoming Matt Davis, Dave Brickner, and Sean Eanes to the Arizona Yacht Club. Matt is racing his Buccaneer 18, Slur, in the Fall Series. Sean has also signed up for Fall Racing and is racing his Windrose, White Pearl, at Lake pleasant. Dave used to sail a Santana 21, and is in the market for a new boat. If you see Matt, Dave, or Sean, please welcome them to the Club!

Other news from the membership desk.renewal season is finally over, which means no more nagging emails from the membership directors—at least not until next Summer. Thank you to everyone that renewed!!! The Club depends on its members for support.

2010-2011 Season membership cards went out a couple of weeks ago. If you haven’t received yours yet, please contact a membership director at membership@arizonayachtclub.org.

Finally, we’re working on the membership directory. You should see the new directory in your mailboxes in a few weeks.

We hope you have a great 2010-2011 Season.

Emory Heisler et al. at the September 2010 Membership Meeting

No TTL is Good News for Mission Bay One Design Regatta

One Club...One Love...One Design - Mission Bay Yacht Club 2010With TTL turned into a dry wasteland, ok, “Riparian Area”, dinghy sailing in AZ this summer has been reduced to trailer “sailing” across Wal-Mart parking lots under spinnaker….EXCEPT for the Mission Bay One Design Regatta -MBOD!  Of course Mission Bay Yacht Club and the MBOD held each August is lways a favorite place for Zonies to visit, but with TTL empty it was a MUST!

 

Yes, the Bucc 18s have been sailing MBOD since 2003.  But this year with no TTL, and with Capri 14.2 Nationals scheduled at MBYC Sept.19th, the C14s joined in the fun too.   The weekend was outstanding as usual with wonderful weather, carousing in Mission Beach and Old Town, and PERFECT Mission Bay sailing conditions.

For the 14.2s, seeing John Mayall pull into MBYC’s parking lot was no surprise. But seeing son Sean pop out of the car with him – instead of one of John’s many other crew members – was an excellent surprise.  Sean, is a Junior at Corona Del Sol High School in Tempe and took the opportunity to “tune up” for C14 Championships.  Apparently it worked! Rick and Lisa Lake also came along and flew the AYC “mega  burgee” from their mast, and Mike and Maryellen Ferring filled out the AYC 14.2 dance card for fun on the water and with “camera in hand” as usual.

Anchoring the Bucc 18 Fleet was San Diego local Gary Geisler joined by “Grand Mum” Carole Vaillancourt and friend Ryan Scofield from Sacramento.  Of course the “usual suspects” from AYC Bucc Fleet arrived in force, Rob Gibbs, Emory Heisler, Mike Parker, Cindy Pillote, Dave Rawstrom and family,  and (drum roll!!!!) Commodore Joe Motil and his darling – and brave – wife Katherine.  Our Commodore’s adventure is a story in itself….so were Rob Gibbs’ Friday night escapades (you’ll have to ask him ;o).

The MBOD Results were far less important than the fun, the friends and the COOL WEATHER.  And even when TTL is back for Heat Stroke 2011….you can be sure we will be returning for MISSION BAY ONE DESIGN…..

Tempe Town Lake to Start Filling 10/8!

Got this in an email from Okie at Tempe Town Lake HQ!

Hi All,

I know there has been a lot of news in the media lately about the lake’s filling and opening, so I just wanted to give you a heads up with the facts:

Lake begins to fill: Tomorrow, Friday, 10/8 the lake will begin filling at 7am. There will be a media gathering at 7:30am at Boat Beach (bottom of Lakeview Dr). All are invited to attend.

Lake opening date: The City is shooting for Monday, October 25, but this is not yet set in stone. Once the lake is full, we need to go through an inspection process of the docks and be sure all safety procedures and safety boats are in place. Some of these things we may be able to do before the lake is totally full, but our Risk Manager is being very cautious about letting City Staff on the water without a totally full lake. The City is moving forward to open the lake as quickly as possible, but I am sure everyone understands that safety comes first, as is always the case with boating.

Everyone can safely assume the earliest date will be Monday, 10/25 but it may be moved a little later because of these initial safety precautions. I know everyone is as excited as I am to get back in a boat on Town Lake and we can definitely see the finish line. Thanks all for your patience…

Okie

Get your boats ready!