Moments ago Scott Buckstaff was learning to sail in an Opti on Tempe Town Lake, tutored by parents Dan and Kathleen. Now living in Belvedere, California and sailing out of the San Francisco Yacht Club, he teamed with James Moody to win the 29er National Championship sailed last weekend at the Coronado Yacht Club in San Diego. Twenty-three boats competed in this hot-boat class and Scott smoked ’em all, finishing with 18 points to the runner-up’s 32!
Archive | July, 2011
AYCers Joe Hagen, Al Lehman Jr., and Steve Quant snagged a second place in a deep fleet of 13 boats in the Santa Cruz 27 Nationals, held at the Whidbey Island Race Week.
Steve says that Joe and boat partner John Ross put a lot of time, effort and money into getting their boat ready to roll, a Santa Cruz 27 named Gotcha.
Steve also adds, “They know how to race and party up there!”
We’re a mere two months of 106-degree temps from the beginning of Lake Pleasant (LP) racing and one month from the scorching start of Tempe Town Lake (TTL) “fall” racing. Here’s a taste of what’s upcoming:
- AYC will have a meet-and-greet party for entrants and crew before the LP season begins. We’re thinking it would be a Friday after-work type gathering with beer and munchies to link entrants and crew—and just to have fun. More to follow.
- Rob Gibbs is resurrecting the Challenger Fleet for LP Fall, only he’s calling it the “Green” fleet. The Challenger Fleet was the creation of Patty Rosky and it helped introduce several sailors to the fun of sailboat racing. Now Rob has turned it Green and is turning down the pressure even more: now the starts are for fun, there’s no such thing as a protest, and they won’t even keep score. More information here.
- We will go ahead with a fall ASF Introduction to Sailboat Racing class. If you’d like to learn more about the game, from procedures to rules to tactics and if you’d like to get several hours of time on the water with oodles of starts, this is a good way to do it. More information here.
- Finally, here’s a short report on the results of a survey of race entrants and crew that I did in June. We found that roughly 25% of recent entrants and crew won’t be sailing this fall, which means we need to replace that many to maintain the entry level. We found that nearly everyone likes the racing. And we found that entrants and crew tend to connect this way: 1) because they know each other; 2) because someone refers them; 3) (and a distant last choice) because of the crew list. The survey also produced some good suggestions on how to improve the way crew and entrants connect.
If you’d like to see a more detailed copy of the results of the survey, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meantime, of course, there’s the Heat Stroke Series for all of you not afraid of a little, mmmm, heat stroke.
Week six of the Tempe Town Lake Heat Stroke Series results are posted here.
Week 5 of the Heat Stroke Series at Tempe Town Lake are posted here.
We’ll have four dinner choices available, each for $13 including tax and tip: hamburger or club sandwich with choice of fries or fruit or a Cobb salad or Caesar salad with chicken. Cash bar with beer, wine, and soft drinks.
Why? The 19th Tee has changed operators and won’t be ready for us. We can return in August.
Our special speaker: North Sails designer Garth Reynolds, who will show us how to sail faster and higher.
Garth will explain how he sculpts a sail and how North tests it to know whether it will really be faster than the others out there. He’ll dissect the characteristics that make a sail fast and reveal what you can do to improve your boat’s sail shape. Result: go faster and point higher.
Garth brings us a rich background of engineering and sailing, including a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of South Florida, where he sailed on the school’s top-20-ranked sailing team. He’s been with North Sails for three years and right now he’s working to design sails for several Olympic teams for the 2012 London Olympics. He also actively races with several classes, including Snipe, 505, J/24, Melges 24, Viper 640, J/80, Thistle and Interclub.
Because of the location change, we’ll postpone the planned ice cream social and root beer floats.
Maryellen & Mike Ferring
Mid Summer Night’s Dream? You bet! Where do you want to be in July, in a boiling nightmare in Phoenix or……sweet dreams on Catalina Island? Check out AYC summer fun going on from near to far and here to there. AYC fun is everywhere!
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Many wonderful ideas have been flowing in from you all in the past months since I became Commodore, and now YOU can provide the hands, heads and hearts to bring them to life.
Here’s your chance to fill in some of that “free time” you have (ha, ha) by helping out the sport you love. Volunteers are needed to both lead and support several Arizona Yacht Club special committees: Here are just a few places where you and your special talents and interests can help improve your club.
Juniors: The junior program’s activity level has always been “parent driven”, and that activity has dropped off in recent years after “graduation” and relocation of several of those families. If you have kids and want to see more Kid-Friendly sailing and social activities, this is the committee for you!
Equipment: Got a special talent for “messing around with boats”? Love the smell of curing epoxy and fiberglass? Got a trailer-hitch and a little free time to haul a boat down to Phoenix Fiberglass? Keeping up with all the little repairs and preventive maintenance on our AYC/ASF Fleet is a never ending job – opportunity! – for you if any part of this sounds like what you like to do in your spare time.
Adopt-a-boat: This one is pretty simple. If you want to adopt a boat, we need to have someone to manage the adoption process. This is a perfect position for someone that wants to sail at TTL, but doesn’t feel a big need to race. Yes, you can manage your own adoption paperwork! Like everything in AYC, it doesn’t happen on it’s own.
History: As we’ve “gone digital”, and simply by the passing of time, we’ve lost visibility of our history, and many have suggested that it would be wonderful to see that history at club meetings, and online. This one calls for a little bit of the “librarian” in you for researching and organizing club’s history from the many cabinets and boxes of material, AND for some folks with high speed scanners to help get it into online form.
Marketing: From “brochure” design, to “working a booth” (or a boat) at local events, this is a great role for someone that loves to tell the story of AYC to others at events like Tempe Arts Fair, Lake Pleasant events, TTL events, REI “water sports day”, etc. Help us get the word out about what a great club we have!
You’ll keep hearing me say this, “Many hands make light work!” Please give me a call (602 679 0462) or drop me a quick email to let me know where you can help bring more life to the ideas that keep coming in about these types of activities and services in our club.
Here are some headline results:
- E-mails are the best way to get the word out. An overwhelming number of respondents said they wanted a club e-mail to tell them what’s happening.
- The Yahoo list is a good supplement to the members-only e-mails, especially for nonmembers, of course. We now have about 390 people who receive the Yahoo e-mails. And the Yahoo respondents said they were happy with what they get from the list, even with the sometimes snarky debates that can pop up there.
- Most people check the AYC website for information, though they’re not always happy with how it works or how it looks. Your comments are in the hands of Webmeister Rob Gibbs to guide him in tweaks. Already: The calendar includes more information, including start times of races.
Also: I’ve just gotten confirmation that Garth Reynolds will be able to make our next membership meeting, Tuesday, July 12 at 7pm.
Garth is a one-design sails expert at North Sails in San Diego. He plans to offer a program like the one he just gave to 85 people at the San Diego Yacht Club, with lots of give-and-take about how they tune sails to make them just that much faster than their (and your) competition.
Maryellen is also planning to make this an ice cream social, with root beer floats and sundaes. Try the float with a dash of Jack. Mmmm.
We’ll be starting precisely at 7pm at the 19th Tee in Tempe (1915 N Mill Ave).
And, get ready for a year of top-rated speaker entertainment, including multi-America’s Cup dude Peter Isler; the high-personality act of Peter Reggio, famed America’s Cup Principal Race Officer (PRO); and Laser Olympic Gold Medalist, twice Rolex yachtswoman-of-the-year and ISAF Sailor of the Year Anna Tunnacliffe. Anna is preparing for a match racing challenge at the 2012 Olympic games and is fresh off victories in England and Germany.
Sailors ate limes to prevent scurvy, right? Michael Bernard won the AYC Laser fleet this year, right? Right. And if you got those right, you were cheering Tuesday night (6/14) when your team faced off against 9 others to score some prizes at the AYC membership meeting.
Maryellen and Mike Ferring brought the questions and some high-tech gear to simultaneously score 10 teams on 21 sailing questions—and mostly to have a good time on Family Fun Night.
It was a close finish, with the “Spinnaker” team of David Rawstrom, Mike Parker, Tony Eanes, and Mary Kay Farrington Lorch squeaking out a two-point victory.
In the night’s other contest, Dominic and Marek Sycamore (ages 11 and 9) walked off with the biggest prizes and the biggest smiles after correctly identifying more Opti boat parts than the other kids in the room. Dominic clutched an iPod Shuffle and Marek an LED headlight.
It was enough fun that the crowd of 65+ chattered into the evening against a video backdrop of Australian Skiffs committing mayhem in Sydney Harbor.
Join us next month, July 12th, for a “new twist” on the Ice Cream Social!
I really did consider my decision to go out to Lake Pleasant when the forecast was for 103 degress but the oppurtunity to sail on one of the new fleet of J80’s that have recently arrived in AZ was too tempting. We rigged Mike Ferring’s new boat at the marina and motored out to a flat and calm lake. We bobbed around for close to an hour but then the breeze filled in nicely and we had some great sailing. Things got even better when Chris Smith (see photo) joined us for the maiden voyage in his similar boat and we did a little speed testing together. The breeze remained strong all day and we even saw some whitecaps for a while. It was hot but a lot of fun. Congrats to Mike Ferring, Chris Smith and Peter Hartleb on their new boats. Leaving the lake, the only remaining question I had was whether the spinnaker was HOT PINK or what. Ask Chris what color it is next time you see him.
This week my daughter Carina Freedman sailed with the University of Michigan Sailing Team. They sail on Baseline Lake about thirty minutes from Ann Arbor Michigan.
The Michigan Sailing Team has quite a setup on their lake. Maybe forty boats with a hundred foot dock which comes out of the lake during the winter months. Michigan is ranked #3 in their conference and sails by the 20 – 20 rule. The 20 -20 rule is if it is blowing over 20 mph they do not sail if it goes under 20 degrees.
That Saturday we had lunch with Tom Ehman and his father Tom Ehman Sr. at Portage Lake Yacht Club on Portage Lake Michigan. Portage Lake is right next to Baseline Lake and is a wonderful family yacht club. Tom junior flew in from San Francisco to sail with father for the weekend. Tom Sr. bought the land for the Yacht Club and moved the YC to its present location in 1951.
Google Tom Ehman – you will see that he is the former head of the America’s Cup and is the current head of ORACLE in San Francisco defending the America’s Cup which will be sailed in San Francisco in 2013. Tom Sr. also started and created the 360 and 720 penalty turn rule in sailing, They are both good friends of mind. Tom junior took my French fries at lunch.
At lunch we discussed one main topic. Kids today just don’t want it that bad anymore. It’s simple: WANT IT MORE THAN THE OTHER GUY IN EVERY WAY. Beat your competition in hull preparation, sail knowledge, and sailing skills. Simply put: BEAT YOUR COMPETITION TIMES TEN and HAVE FUN asusailing.org
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