Archive | February, 2011

March 2011 Compass Points

Compass Points for March is now available online.  CLICK HERE!

Board of Directors Nominating Meeting Scheduled 3/8/2011 6pm

ASU Boats Get Wrapped for PCCSC Series

Club History – The FIRST Governor’s Cup!!

Wild Weather Lake Pleasant Weekend #2

Board of Directors Meeting Minutes!!

“By the Numbers” – Facts about your club!

New TTL Obstacles…PADDLE BOARDERS!

What are we missing that you WANT to see in Compass Points?  Tell us!

CompassPoints@ArizonaYachtClub.org, or call Vice Commodore Emory Heisler at 602/679 0462!

Enjoy!!!

Commodore’s Corner – March 2011

Well here we are at the end of February and about to begin March. For those who race at TTL, don’t forget that we start racing an hour later 3pm “first horn” in March and April.

The start of the 2011 ASF programs is just one more indication that the club is on its way to getting all things back to normal after Tempe Town Lake was recovered. With Start Sailing Right back “on the water” many new faces have shown up, anxious to learn abour sailing, which may be the realization of a lifelong dream, some young, some older.  Trying to keep them actively involved in sailing once they have completed the course is always a challenge.  We always promote joining AYC and gaining access to boats through the Adopt-A-Boat program as a means to more time on the water.

We, as a club, could maybe do more and this is a great transition into our March General Membership meeting. This month’s speaker, Nicholas D. Hayes, is a noted author who is running around the country speaking on the subject of “Saving Sailing”. He has some interesting insights into how clubs can actively grow membership and re-build a base of growth for an active sailing community. I would encourage all you to come and hear what he has to say and to take up the challenge.

And…don’t forget to reserve the date of May 14th for the Commodores dinner at the Charthouse restaurant.

Joe

Notice: 2011-12 Officers Nominating Meeting

The Arizona Yacht Club Board of Directors Election Nominating Meeting will be held March 8, 2011 at 6pm immediately prior to the March General Membership meeting.

Eligible members interested in volunteering to run for election to AYC Board of Directors positions, or that would like to nominate eligible AYC members should see their ACTIVE Fleet Captain, Cruising Captain (acting) Mike Parker or Commodore Joe Motil to participate in the Nominating Committee or to submit nominations.

The ELECTION OF OFFICERS and NOMINATING committee and process are defined by the AYC Bylaws as follows:

9.1.2 Election of Officers. The following Club Officers shall be elected annually by the Membership for one (1) year terms: Commodore, Vice Commodore, Rear Commodore, Fleet Captain, and Cruising Captain. Each year the following Club Officers shall be elected by the Membership for two (2) year terms: Membership Director, Junior Staff Commodore (who shall become Senior Staff Commodore in the second year of his tenure).

12.1.2 NOMINATING: All members of the Nominating Committee must be Voting Members of the Club. The Fleet Captain of each active fleet shall notify the Commodore of the Fleet’s representative. The Cruising Captain shall select one (1) member from the ranks of the predominately Cruising Voting Membership and the Commodore shall select two (2) members-at-large representatives from the ranks of the non-racing Voting Members of the Club. Such selections by the Active Racing Fleets, Cruising Captain and Commodore shall not be subject to approval or challenge by any other entity or person. For the purposes of this Article, an “Active Racing Fleet” shall mean a racing fleet which qualified for a separate start and has at least four (4) Voting Members registered to race, in the last completed Fall or Spring Series of the Club’s racing calendar just prior to the Nominating Committee’s first meeting. The Chairman of the Nominating Committee shall be the Commodore of the Club who shall have no vote on the Nominating Committee. No other Officers or Board Members may be on the Nominating Committee. There shall be no requirement for the Nominating Committee to nominate any incumbent Officer or Member of the Board of Directors to any Office or Board of Director Membership. The Nominating Committee shall procure approval of each of its nominations from the person being nominated prior to conclusion of its duties for the year. The Nominating Committee may nominate more than one  (1) candidate for each position open. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Commodore shall automatically be nominated for the position of Junior Staff Commodore.

ASU Boats Get Wrapped for PCCSC Series

The ASU Sun Devil sailing team will be VERY visible from now on thanks to sponsored “wraps” of their boats.

The team and their HOT looking new boats headed to Newport Beach, CA for the weekend of 2/26-27 at the  most recent PCCSC Series event.

February Memebership Meeting

From the membership corner

Please welcome our newest members, Bob Hastings, John Healy, and Bernie Armstrong, to the club. Bob is a Tucson resident and recently took the ASA keelboat 101 class at Lake Pleasant. Bob is interested in crewing on keelboats at lake pleasant. So, if anyone needs crew, please give Bob a call. John recently moved to Phoenix from Ireland. Both he and his son Denis, who sailed in Ireland, are interested in sailing and racing and are anxious to get out on the water. John is also interested in helping the club with equipment maintenance. Several of us had the pleasure of meeting Bernie and his wife Judy at the last membership meeting. Bernie is a long-time sailor and currently sails an Enterprise, Hairy Carry. Bernie is interested in crewing, racing and helping the club with equipment maintenance.

Lake Pleasant Week 2 Results – Damp but Posted

Wild weekend, too wild for safe sailing on Saturday, but the results are posted, and many comments have been shared about the great RC work even NOT racing Saturday.

Click Here for the scores.

Could we have sailed?  Here are some of the comments about the wisdom of not sailing, and a great video of what it could have been like!

Dave & Wendy: The RC was on station with a course set in winds that the National Weather Service reported 10-15 with gusts to 37. We motored out in the rain in our J/24 along with 4 Merit 25’s; Dream on, Circuitous, Hydropathy & Sea Dreams. The Merits had all set their main sails and we were just about to when Craig called to belay that and look upwind at the gust that was coming. We hung on as the wind hit and heeled the boat over and for the first time I saw water being pushed up the side of the hull to stream up along the lifeline stanchions and then blow across the deck. We decided that was it and headed back to the ramp. We saw 2 of the Merits with ripped mains. All made it back in safely. A BIG thanks to the RC today for going out and a BIG round of applause to the runabout drivers!

RC/Ferring:  Thanks Dave & Wendy. I think we were all a little nuts for being out there under the conditions, but fortunately nobody was hurt. Greg Woodcock and Youri Lenets were the runabout crew, who appreciated a powerful bilge pump to evacuate the waves crashing across the bow. Our thanks also to George Campbell and Joanne who were great on the RC boat in heavy wind and rain and heavier anchor rode.

John Hiett: Well given the brutal brunt of a boundless breeze blasting boom…there are old sailors and there are bold sailors, but there are no old & bold sailors.

Pat Byrnes: Better to be a chicken than an insane fried chicken that was not bold enough to be a chicken to begin with. 

Eric Smaltz: Adding to the AYC drama I reached for a copy of the book The Open Door. “ Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. Security does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than exposure.”

 Mike Ferring: This is a precedent-setting string! A few days ago I was chipping in with information on brats and beer and the banal business of sailing classes. Now look. You’ve elevated it to the sturm and drang of man’s existence! Risk, reward, danger, thrills, and bronco-riding, storm-thrashed skiffs. I’m Googling Proust quotes now.

Editor: Now we know what some of our sailing compatriots are up to when they are NOT on the water.  That, or maybe it’s just that  philosophy is one of the gifts received from time well spent in the wind and on the water!

Tempe Town Lake to add Paddleboarding to its Watersports

Hey everyone…not sure if you heard about this or not.  There was an article in the Arizona Republic not to long ago.

Anyway, for more information about classes, dates and times click here.

Please also remember that a sailboat under sail must GIVE WAY to a “human powered” craft…even if we’re racing!

Thanks!

February AYC Board Meeting Minutes

Meeting Call to order 2/1/2011, 7:13pm, Emory Heisler’s Home

 Attendees: Motil, Heisler, Harlow, Chapman, Pillote, Parker and Guests (see list at end)

 1.       Secretary (Heisler substitute)

  • January minutes updated to reflect May 14, 2011 as Commodore’s Ball.  Approved by Pillote motion, Harlow 2nd, unanimous.

2.       Treasurer Report (Chapman)

  • Awaiting final Birthday Regatta expenses for next report.

3.       Membership (Pillote, Sahali)

  • Bernie Armstrong nominated. Approved by Heisler motion, Motil 2nd, unanimous.

4.       Cruising Captain (vacant – Parker substitute)

  • Tall Cactus preparations – planning for 40 dinners
  •  Details to be posted to web in FebMarch

5.       Fleet Captain (Harlow)

  • Fall Series Trophies will be presented at March Membership meeting
  • Birthday regatta 1st place trophies to be created – assigned to Heisler
  • 3/27/2011 TTL to be cancelled for Dragon Boat Race – Heisler will post to web

6.       Jr. Staff Commodore (Jackson)

  •  No items

7.       Sr. Staff Commodore (Parker)

  •  No items

8.       Rear Commodore (vacant – Motil substitute)

  • GM Meeting topics discussion
  • Commodores Ball set for Chart House – McCormick Ranch 

9.       Vice Commodore (Heisler)

  • Compass Points near ready for February 

10.   Commodore (Motil)

  • No additional items
  • Next Meeting Locations:March 1, Lucille’s Tempe Marketplace, April 5, Jackson’s, May 3, Pete’s (Ballot Count), May 14, Chart House, June 7Heisler’s

11.   Other

  • After adjournment an open discussion was held with guests about AYC current issues (i.e. open board seats, declining membership) and ideas for improvement (improved communications, non-racing activities).  Participants: AYC BoD attendees, Guests: Tom Ohlin-Former Commodore, Dennis Lynde-Former Commodore, ASF: John Mayal, Greg Dean, Lisa Lake, Leo Baumann, Natalie Harper, George Tingom.

Meeting Adjourned 7:56pm

Submitted: March 1, 2011,  Emory Heisler – Vice Commodore for Vacant Secretary position

My First – THE FIRST – Governors Cup 1994

 By Dennis Lynde

Well, this is from quite a while ago, but I was asked to recall a former Governors cup that I had participated in and my first was THE FIRST.

In 1994 I was working for The Sailboat Shop and had the pleasure of selling a new Hunter 26, which he named Wit’s End, to Cliff McCrumb, a Phoenix police officer, and real nice guy.  He and his wife were going to go cruising, but his dad is a long time sailor also and had owned a few sailboats.

Hunter had just come out with their new 26, which was a real departure from previous Hunters, and had a lot of freeboard, a centerboard, full batten main and working jib. You really could not put a large headsail on this boat, since the shrouds were all led to the outside of the deck and hull which prohibited an overlapping jib. This was really a cruiser with a lot of space below, an open transom and a large cockpit.

Cliff decided he would like to try his hand at racing, which he’d never done, so I volunteered to crew for him, and along with a friend of his, Tom Comtois, we decided to enter this new race.  This was the First AYC Governor’s Cup.

Back then, the new dam at Lake Pleasant had just been completed the year before, and none of us were real familiar with the new lake, and it was in the process of still filling, so this sounded like a real fun challenge and a cool way to learn the new lake.

In 1994 the race was held on January 1st, pretty cold at night, but beautiful during the day. Cliff rented a slip at the then new marina and launched before I got there. When I arrived, like any good racing sailor, I asked him if he had cleaned out the cruising gear for the race, and could I get him a cart to take everything off the boat. He said don’t bother, we would race it like it was equipped, and we did. Sleeping bags, BBQ’s, two anchors, batteries, dinnerware, cushions, heaters, etc, etc, and with all the lockers full to the brim. I couldn’t touch a thing.

With “Wit’s End” being a new boat, Cliff only had 2 sails, a working jib, and full batten mainsail (if you don’t have one, get one). The full batten main was a new toy for mono hulls back then. Anyway, we entered the non-spinnaker class, which was a 2 lap 25 mile race of the lake. There was also a 4 lap 50 mile course for the spinnaker boats. Thank goodness we did not enter that class.

Starting out there was a good size fleet, and I don’t remember if we had 2 starts or just one combined fleet start, but there was very little wind and not much to come for quite a while. We settled into drifting mode, I was on the helm, trying not to pinch in a boat that had a lot of freeboard and a small headsail, but lo and behold, because of the small headsail, which was easier to fill in light to no wind, and the full batten main, we were out pointing all the boats that had a large headsail up and a standard main.

This kept up the whole first leg of the race, with this sail and wind combination being just right. And with even with all the gear on board, during a lull we had plenty of momentum to carry us through.

It took us the better part of a day just to get to the far end of the lake and find the first mark, which was a small buoy with flashing yellow highway emergency lights, not very bright, and prone to slipping off to one side of the buoy. Well, we found the marks at the far end of the lake, rounded them alright and tried to make compass references on the chart (remember, no GPS back then).

We finally finished the first lap in the light, and then it got interesting. It was not a full moon, and it got dark at the back of the lake real quickly. We fumbled our way through the course in the black of night, with absolutely no lights at that end of the lake. Luckily we had a wide assortment of flashlights with us, (remember the full lockers) and were only scared 4 or 5 times when we would shine them down on the water and see rocks ghosting by  a short distance away. Also luckily we had all brought winter gloves and jackets, and Cliff pulled a propane heater out and set it in the cockpit next to our feet.  Cruising Boat, remember?

We rounded the last mark and headed for the finish line at the other end of the lake at about 11:30pm and THEN the wind kicked in. We had a broad reach in about 15 knots of wind for the rest of the race and made it back down the lake in about 45 minutes, just screaming along.  We had lost sight and sound of all the other boats and had no idea of where any of the competition was. We finished about 12:19, and motored to the dock.

Cliff asked if we were hungry, pulled out his BBQ and proceeded to make pork chops, green beans and warm bread and coffee for the crew. Something warm to eat at 1:00 really hit the spot. Cruising boat, remember?

You can imagine our surprise the next day when we were awarded 1st place in our class. We thought it was pretty amazing, and even though it got cold that night, we had a great time, never ran aground and really enjoyed ourselves. If I remember correctly, some of the spinnaker boats were finishing the next morning after a 4 lap journey.

EDITORS NOTE:  Have a story from “back in the day” that you’d like to share?  Please contact Emory Heisler or Rob Gibbs by email at CompassPoints@ArizonaYachtClub.org

TTL Week 5 Race Results…

…ARE POSTED!  Check them out and see who was there and who was square!  CLICK HERE!

TTL Week 4 Race Results

Week 4 Race Results are posted!  CLICK HERE to see who was hot, and who was not…

February Meeting – Live from TONGA!

Okay…not quite “Live” but come talk with Greg and Chrisann as they recount their trip to Tonga in stunning photos like these!


February 2011 Compass Points!

Compass Points for February is now available online.  CLICK HERE!

New this month in Compass Points!!!

Upcoming Events!!!

Check out the SPECIAL AYC RATE for SCYA Midwinter Regatta!

Zippy Club History!!

Board of Directors Meeting Minutes!!

“By the Numbers” – Facts about your club!

What are we missing that you WANT to see in Compass Points?  Tell us!

CompassPoints@ArizonaYachtClub.org, or call Vice Commodore Emory Heisler at 602/679 0462!

Enjoy!!!

From the Commodore’s Chair-February 2011

The 2011 year has been a busy year already with our Birthday Regatta and many other activities.  The March General Membership presentation will be Nicholas Hayes, an author who has recently been speaking all over the country about how sailing programs are being revitalized. I hope you can attend that session as it will be all of US that will need to help the club go forward.

The club does not go forward on its own, and relies on the continued participation of the membership.  Please step up and ask what you may do to help the club.  I know that each member will bring their strengths to the club if even for an hour a month. Clearly we need your help.

I am looking forward to the Commodores Dinner which will be coming up May 14th at the Chart House at McCormick Ranch.  We will have a festive evening of great dining along with awards and summary presentations with introductions of the next AYC governing board.  Planning is already under way and details of the event will be made available very soon.  So don’t forget to block that date for a very nice evening and watch the website or look for e-mails coming soon about the event.

Thanks.

Joe

Joe Motil
Commodore
Arizona Yacht Club

January 2011 Board of Directors Meeting

Meeting Call to order 7:02, Joe Motil’s Home

Attendees:  Motil-Commodore, Heisler-Vice Commodore, Harlow-Fleet Captain, Pillote-Membership, Jackson-Jr. Staff, Parker-Sr. Staff

Absent: Chapman-Treasurer, Sahali-Membership, Rear Commodore-VACANT, Cruising Captain-VACANT, Secretary-VACANT

Secretary (Heisler-substitute)
- December minutes provided by C. Pillote.  Approved by Heisler motion, Parker 2nd, unanimous.

Treasurer Report (Chapman)
- Absent. No report.

Membership (Pillote, Sahali)
- Bob Hastings, John Healy nominated. Approved by Heisler motion, Jackson 2nd, unanimous.

Cruising Captain (vacant – Parker substitute)
- Preparations underway for Tall Cactus, Catalina in July

Fleet Captain (Harlow)
- Birthday Regatta ready
– LP Maricopa County Fees remaining within budget.

Jr. Staff Commodore (Jackson)
- Birthday Regatta ready.  Reviewed volunteer schedules.

Sr. Staff Commodore (Parker)
- No items

Rear Commodore (VACANT-Motil substitute)
- More GM meeting ideas needed
– Commodores Ball set for Chart House – McCormick Ranch

 Vice Commodore (Heisler)
- 2011-2012 Board Planning Meeting ideas discussed.  2/1/2011 meeting will include invited guests of ASF Board, Candidates for 2011-12 AYC Board, Former Commodores for planning.

Commodore (Motil)
- No additional items

Other
- Next Meeting Locations: Feb 1-Heisler’s, March 1-Lucille’s Tempe Marketplace, April 5-Greg Jackson’s, May 3-Pete’s (Ballot Count), May 14-Chart House, June 7-Heisler’s

Meeting Adjourned 8:33pm
Submitted: February 1, 2011,  Emory Heisler – Vice Commodore / Acting Secretary

SCYA Midwinter Regatta – AYC Special Rate

What a deal!  $15 for SCYA Midwinter Regatta – an AYC Special Offer

Get this!  AYC has made special arrangements for all boats registered for the AYC 2011 Spring Series to race in the AYC Hosted SCYA Midwinter Regatta races….FOR JUST $15.00!!!! FIFTEEN BUCKS!  Sweet!  Just say, “I’m in!”

Every registrant gets a sail-cloth regatta document portfolio AND a chance to win SCYA Midwinter HARDWARE!  Backpacks actually!

AYC Special SCYA Midwinter Registration – CLICK HERE

Rembering Boats of a “Zippy” Nature

Submitted by Dennis Lynde

After reading Rick Johnson’s excellent article in compass points about a Martin 242 named “ZIP’, it brought back memories of another time, many moons ago, of another “ZIP” that sailed with AYC.

This “ZIP” was a Montgomery 17 flush deck, which was my first new boat, and pride and joy. Pale yellow, with multi colored stripes, 1200 lbs displacement, 25 ft. mast, no interior, shoal draft keel with centerboard, and a ball to sail. We raced her for 3 years with the club, and in San Carlos Mexico, with Tucson Sailing Club, which also had several M17 flush decks sailing in their club. Al Jr. was a crew down there with me at least once. We also put the mast in the water when a wind shift knocked us down while under spinnaker. Very exciting. I sailed with her for 3 years, until I decided I wanted a boat with accommodations below, and good light air capability. Thus did the San Juan 24, “Bigamy” come into my life, but that story will be for another time.

Do YOU have a story about any of the many one (or two) of a kind boats that have sailed with AYC over the years?  They have likely been in either the Portsmouth or PHRF fleets.  Here are some photos of a few that may help you remember!.

 It would be nice if any of you have a special boat in mind, or just one you were fond of that you would write and mention in an article too!  Send them to CompassPoints@ArizonaYachtClub.org .      .org .     

By the Numbers

Current AYC Membership – 207

New Members since June 2010 – 18

2009-2010 Combined Series Races = 310

2010 Fall Series Races =  215

Upcoming Events – Mark Your Calendars!

Next week!  February 8 – General Membership Meeting
Greg Jackson will share photos and stories from his cruise to the South Pacific!!
And it’s time to start planning for 2011-2012 Board of Directors Nominations!! 

March 8 – General Membership Meeting and BOARD NOMINATIONS
Join us at 6pm prior to the March 8, 2011 meeting at Pete’s to help build the 2011-2012 AYC Board of Directors election slate!

 May 14 – Commodore’s Ball at the Chart House Restaurant – Scottsdale
The Chart House
! Spectacular Waterfront Dining and Views of Camelback Mountain across the Lake.  Mark your calendar today for a great night of  fun with your friends and families!

April 30 – Tall Cactus Regatta! 4/30/2011
Another event organized by MIKE PARKER PRODUCTIONS!!!! You saw how he rebuilt the Governor’s Cup.  Don’t miss this annual trek for an overnighter in Humbug Cove.  It’s sure to be a weekend to remember (or for some, maybe that they’ll never be able to forget????!!!!!)  Come out and see someone earn the Blunder Bucket!

New TTL Key Cards Being Issued

In case you didn’t hear, this is from Okie at Tempe Parks and Rec:

We will be changing our card keys for marina access on Monday, February 14, 2011. That means that the current key you are using will not work at the marina starting Monday, 2/14 and you will need a new key. I or my assistant Ryan will be at the marina (we are usually in the shade cover area that the rowing shells are stored) at the following times to distribute new keys:

Saturday, February 5, from 6am to 12 noon.
Thursday, February 10, 4pm to 6:30pm
Saturday, February 12, from 6am to 12 noon.

You will need to show a card key to get a new card key. Your old key will work (as was mentioned) until 2/14. Then the new key will start working and the old card should be thrown away as it will no longer work.

I understand this will be a bit of a hassle for some of you to get to the marina at the times listed. However it will allow us to operate  a more efficient card key system and it therefore needs to be done. I apologize for the inconvenience. Please Let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you all,
Okie