Archive | November, 2011

Christmas Buccaneer Gift Exchange, Tuesday, December 13

December’s membership meeting brings the annual AYC gift exchange, a gift exchange with a twist. You might say twisted, even. The meeting is at 7 pm, Tuesday, December 13, at the Caddy Shack @ Rolling Hills, 1415 North Mill Avenue, Tempe.

Here’s how the gift exchange works:

  • You bring a wrapped gift valued at less than $20.
  • You pick a number from a hat to determine the order we select gifts.
  • We’ll have two people called to the front of the room at the same time.
  • Each person can choose to pick a wrapped gift from the pile or play pirate and take the gift from someone who’s already opened one.
  • Gifts can be “pirated” only twice before they’re safe from further theft.

Consider giving AYC goodies as Christmas gifts. The Ship’s Store will be open at the meeting. Other gift suggestions: Liquor always seems to bring applause!

Tempe Town Lake Week 7

The scores from week 7 of racing at Tempe Town Lake are posted HERE.

2011 Governor’s Cup Regatta at Lake Pleasant, 11am Saturday, November 26

Thistles on Lake Pleasant. Photo: Chris Smith

This year, as last, we will be sailing a 26.2 statute mile Marathon around and about most of the lake attractions and amenities.  I will conduct a Skippers Meeting at Spinnaker Point at 9am, just east of the Sailboat Shop. The start of the race will be at 11am in the Pleasant Harbor side of the lake, in the North Launch Bay.  We will sail up and down the lake, around islands and floating bathrooms, within “care package” delivery by our local pubs, and finally finishing at the same marks as the start.  There will be no penalty for leaving the course and stopping at any of the comfort stations as long as needed.  There will be a minimal entry fee of $10 for each participant.

All participants will be required to check in (as indicated on the course chart) as soon as safe and possible if retiring or finishing.  When a participating boat finishes, I will need your finish time including seconds, boat ahead, and boat behind (if available).

I will have an “official” course chart available online at www.arizonayachtclub.org on or before Wednesday, November 23 and also at 8am Saturday before the skippers meeting.  I will also be able to distribute on the water for those not able to attend the skippers meeting.

There will be several classes divided by racing abilities, potential, and Regatta Chairman caprice.  Entry Forms will be available Online and Saturday at the lake. Entry Forms will be accepted by mail, in person at monthly membership meetings, or Saturday at the lake.

Last year was sailed by every class of boat from 14′ dinghies to 33′ racing machines.  The top to boats to finish were separated by 3 seconds, and everyone was off the lake by dark.  The USCG Auxiliary was on hand and we anticipate they will be available for monitoring for any emergencies.

Please contact me for further info and check the website often for updates.

Regards
Michael Parker
AYC Cruising Captain
SailArrrr@gmail.com

AC45 Action in San Diego

Sunset in the basin where the AC45 boats prepare for action. Photo: Mike Ferring

A cluster of AYC members headed for San Diego for the AC45 World Series action, and were rewarded with some great action in the “stadium-style” competition.

The boats are amazing to see in person, dominated by that tall wing main sail. “As an aeronautics guy, I love those wings,” Steve Kusic shouted over the post-race rock band at the America’s Cup village. “They’re just fascinating.”

Steve and Greg Bennett came in Thursday, just as Chris and Ann Smith, Mike and Maryellen Ferring were getting ready to fly back to Phoenix. Bob Whyte had made the round trip on Wednesday. Tia Renshaw and Mike Yarnell were there. So was Norm Anderson. Were you there too?

The races are short and intense, with the fast but somewhat clumsy boats chasing across the San Diego waterfront, usually heading upwind toward Harbor Island (except on Friday’s and Sunday’s uncharacteristic shift) and then back to a finish just off the aircraft carrier Midway at Broadway Pier. Civilian boats are kept at a distance, so watching from the piers got spectators closest to the action while also giving them a feed of the audio commentary. Farther down the harbor it was still possible to see the windward roundings, but without a commentary, it was very difficult to know what was happening.

Speed under sail. Photo: Mike Ferring

Some of us opted for the VIP boat, which combined a great viewing position with excellent food and wine. Of course, the free spot on the pier was hard to beat. And all the AC45 races are carried live on the Internet, with superb coverage from dozens of cameras on the race boats, chase boats, and two helicopters.

It’s all designed to whet our appetite for the 72 footers to come on San Francisco bay in 2013. I’d say it did a very good job of that.

Lake Pleasant Week 4

From good winds, to drifter, all in the same weekend at Lake Pleasant, the scores are posted here.

Anna Tunnicliffe is ISAF Sailor of the Year

We have a tentative agreement from Anna Tunnicliffe to be our February speaker at the AYC membership meeting, just as Anna has been awarded her second Rolex ISAF Sailor of the Year honor.

Anna Tunnicliffe and crew

Anna Tunnicliffe and crew round a mark in women's match racing. Photo: US Sailing

The team won the 2010-2011 ISAF Sailing World Cup Championship for women’s match racing and is preparing for the 2012 Olympics in Weymouth, England. Anna won the gold medal in Lasers in the last Olympics.

She was also honored with the ISAF Sailor of the Year trophy in 2009 and is one of three Americans to win the prestigious worldwide award. Fellow Laser Radial sailor and USSTAG teammate Paige Railey won the award in 2006, and Ed Baird, the America’s Cup winning helmsman of Alinghi, won in 2007.

Anna was also 2008, 2009 & 2010 Rolex US Yachtswoman of the Year. More information is available on her website.

Maryellen and Mike Ferring sailed with Anna at the Bitter End Yacht Club Pro-Am and she said that she expected to be able to accept our invitation to speak to the club at the meeting on Tuesday, February 14.

Dinghy beached on Peter Island BVI

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Chartering the BVI for a couple of weeks each of the last 5 years in May or June has allowed excellent sailing and solitude not found during the winter “High Seasons”
Photo By: Brad Buckhout

November 2011 – Compass Points

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The Fall Season is in full swing now, and that means the 2012 AYC Birthday RegaHa and Leukemia Cup are just around the corner. Join us November 8th to kick off the our Leukemia Cup Regatta fundraising season and help the Leukemia Lymphoma Society in their mission to cure blood cancers!

Before we get to 2012 though we still have lots to do in 2011. check it out in this month’s Compass Points!
1) Commodore’s Corner – We Need Your Help – Again

2) Birthday Regatta – Fund Raising Basics – Sail with Jobson!

3) November 8 Club Meeting – Peter Reggio

4) Welcome New AYC Members!

5) Sign Up for Governor’s Cup Regatta – Nov 26, 2011

6) The article that wasn’t….

7) Fleet of the Month – Merit 25

8) Your Photos on Our Website!

9) For Sale! Want Ads!

Commodores’s Corner – November 2011 – Help!?!

Ahoy Mateys – Your Board of Directors, your entire club in fact, is in trouble, again, and we need your help. Similar to the past several years, our board of directors has two empty chairs, again.  But that’s not all. 

Unfortunately our Vice Commodore and one of our Membership Directors have both had to step down for health or job reasons.  We all appreciate Philip Freedman and Roger Butterwick for their service to the Arizona Yacht Club,  but we also have to recognize that their departures just widen the gaps that we have been facing now for a couple of years.

Their departure leaves all of us with a challenge.  We all need a full board to operate our club and to provide the benefits and value that have kept the AYC alive and active for over 50 years. Frankly, we also need more help AROUND the board of directors too.   Your club’s success depends on YOUR participation, above and beyond showing up for racing and occasional RC.  Please, don’t wait to be asked.  Step up. Ask a Board Member, “What can I do to help?”

Please don’t wait to be asked to do a what you know you can do and you can see needs doing. Step up. That’s what sailors do. For myself,  being a latecomer to the sport, that “take care of each other” sailor attitude has always been one of my favorite aspects of sailing. “What can I do to help?” It’s what we do, whether it’s as big as a MAYDAY call, or as small as helping a short handed boat coming into the docks…or a making a couple phone calls, or pumping out the LP “barge” head, or helping to upgrade the rigging on one of our shared TTL boats. 

OK, so you ask, “What can I do to help?”  Well, here are a few things you can do, some big, some very small and simple but still very meaningful.

1) JOIN THE MEMBERSHIP WELCOME COMMITTEE: This committee will greatly assist the welcoming and “on-boarding” process for our club. We need to be more welcoming and helpful to our new members, but that’s a tall task for the small group left on the Board. This task only asks for one hour a month to make a copule calls and chat about AZ sailing with prospective or new AYC members. This one is EASY!  Please contact Brenda Shears to join the Membership Welcome Committee.

2) EQUIPMENT MAINTENANCE COMMITTEE:  First here, we can all help here by just being “gentler” on our AYC boats.  If we all just treat our AYC boats as if they are our own – they are – and with preparation considerations for the next time they’ll be used, then less maintenance will be needed.  Our committee boats and safety boats aren’t “rentals” with a hired staff to perform maintance. We need to care for OUR boats as they are OUR boats, because they ARE OUR BOATS.   In addition, just like our own personal boats, AYC boats need routine and even “special projects” efforts now and then. To lend a hand here, please contact Trey Harlow for LP boats and George Tingom for TTL safety boats and to help out with routine maintanance on the ASF/AYC fleet at TTL.

3) VOLUNTEER TO BE THE VICE COMMODORE: This is the biggest request of the bunch because it also implies you will run for Commodore next year and stay on the board the next three years as Commodore, Jr. Staff Commodore, and Sr. Staff Commodore. Primary short term duties for the VC is coordination and editing of Compass Points, and if we had a MARKETING COMMITTEE the VC would also Chair that committee. Contact Emory Heisler (602 / 679 0462) or any Board Member to discuss this position.

YOUR club’s success depends on YOUR participation, above and beyond showing up for racing and occasional RC. Please, don’t wait to be asked.

Step up.  Ask a Board Member, “What can I do to help?”

Emory Heisler
AYC Commodore

Peter Reggio: “A little too honest”

Peter “Luigi” Reggio is one of the top race officers in the world and certainly the most entertaining. In fact, he confesses, “I’m  probably a little too honest with what I say.”

Perfect! Just what we need for a lively AYC membership meeting and Luigi will be our guest speaker for the Tuesday (11/8) gathering, starting promptly at 7pm at the Caddy Shack @ Rolling Hills (previously known as the 19th Tee).

AYC November speaker Peter "Luigi" Reggio

AYC November speaker Peter "Luigi" Reggio

He comes to us as part of the US Sailing Speaker Series, accompanied by a tasting of Old Pulteney Single Malt Whiskey, for those so inclined.

Why “Luigi”? He told Sailing World magazine: “There were five guys on the floor named Peter when I worked at North Sails-Connecticut in the 1970s. I got Luigi because of my last name. The  [nicknames] for the other four are unprintable.” His has stuck through nearly four decades of sailing experience, including serving as the Principal Race Officer for a host of national and world events, including the America’s Cup. But what about that AC job?

He told the members of the Golden Gate Yacht Club in April, “[In past AC races] they’d leave the starting line and speed test [to the windward mark] for seven minutes. That’s just boring, I’m sorry. I can’t tell you how boring an AC race is to run anyway. Well, 3½ mile beat! Snore.”

So Luigi is part of the brain trust coming up with a far more exciting plan. Here’s another quote from that same GGYC meeting: “What we did was set a windward mark and give them… two minutes upwind, round to starboard, set [spinnaker], and you have to jibe instantly to get back to the starting line. There’s a lot of stuff going on! They’ve got three or four minutes of the entry, that’s going on, they go upwind, they get there together—I guarantee you in two minutes they’re going to get to the top mark together—then they spin around and have a crash jibe which is usually really spectacular, especially in catamarans—when things go bad it’s kinda cool… The person watching TV is like, ‘Maybe something else bad will happen, maybe I’ll stick around.'”

If you saw the video from the AC45 World Series in Plymouth, you know it was anything but “just boring.” I think you can tell something from this little taste of Luigi. Anything but boring!

Welcome New Members!!

Bill Dingwell has his US sailing certification to Bareboat. He enjoys cruising and now wants to get involved with racing. He has two children and lives in Scottsdale.
 
Chuck and Irma Moretti are new members from Scottsdale who sail a J80. They are interested in participating in racing activities. They have a daughter and also look to contribute to the Junior Sailing program.

Daniel and Jillayne Packowski of Phoenix are on their 3rd boat: first a Catalina 38, then a Catalina 30, and now a Jeanneau 36. They love to sail and have joined the club as a way to connect with other people who are like minded.           
 
Gary and Elizabeth Roe, of Phoenix, have sailed in the past and want to get re-involved and meet other sailors through participation in AYC.  They now have a Catalina Capri 22 and want to improve their skills and possibly race.
 
Katie Runnels is our newest member. She is interested in participating in various aspects of our club including sailing instruction, junior sailing, publicity, and social activities. We can use that kind of commitment and participation. Welcome Katie!

Nick Warren is from the UK and has been racing dinghies since he was 8 yrs old.  He moved to Phoenix last August and wants to get back to doing some sailing. Nick, we hope you find fair weather here most the time!

Richard Warren is a Tempe resident is interested in cruising and racing. He is looking to AYC to connect him with others with a like interest in sailing and to gain more experience. 
 
Marc and Heidi Wildy have lived in Arizona for about 17 years, both originally from the North-East.  They have two young sons.  Marc has been sailing for years and describes his experience:  “I remember first sailing on a lake in New Hampshire when I was about 10, one of the other kids had a small single sail boat and he gave us rides and let us sail it ourselves when he wasn’t using it.  I have been sailing recreationally on and off ever since whenever I get the chance. I also remember receiving some kind of certification in Colorado many years ago, but only after requesting that they draw pictures to show the wind direction and what direction the boat(s) were heading for each question, as I had no knowledge of official sailing lingo.  In fact, I would most certainly have pronounced the ‘w’ in ‘leeward’ (gasp!) until reading never to do so just a few weeks ago!  What is unique about sailing to me is that in other sports like golf, soccer, etc, I have good days and I have bad days. But I’ve never had a bad day when I was able to get out and sail.”
 
Dave Willis has crewed the past few years with Skip Kempff in a Thistle. He is looking to “start learning the other end of a boat.” Dave hails from Glendale and was hearty enough to get involved with our Heat Stroke series this summer.
 
If you are a new member and have not been introduced through Compass Points, please send a brief writeup about you (and your family) to membership@arizonayachtclub.org.

 

Brenda Shears

Arizona Yacht Club Membership Director

 

Sign Up for Governor’s Cup Regatta – Nov 26, 2011

Ahoy AYC Friends and Families!
 I am excited to announce the 2011 Governors Cup Regatta at Lake Pleasant, 11am Saturday, November 26 2011. (Click HERE for Entry Form)
This year, as last, we will be sailing a 26.2 statute mile Marathon around and about most of the lake attractions and amenities.  I will conduct a Skippers Meeting at Spinnaker Point at 9am, just east of the Sailboat Shop. The start of the race will be at 11am in the Pleasant Harbor side of the lake, in the North Launch Bay.  We will sail up and down the lake, around islands and floating bathrooms, within “care package” delivery by our local pubs, and finally finishing at the same marks as the start.  There will be no penalty for leaving the course and stopping at any of the comfort stations as long as needed.  There will be a minimal entry fee of $5 for each participant.
All participants will be required to check in (as indicated on the course chart) as soon as safe and possible if retiring and upon finishing.  When a participating boat finishes, I will need your finish time INCLUDING SECONDS, boat ahead, and boat behind (if available).
I will have an “official” course chart available Online at www.arizonayachtclub.org on or before Wednesday, November 23 and also at 8am Saturday .
There will be several classes divided by racing abilities, potential, and Regatta Chairman caprice.  Entry Forms will be available Online and Saturday at the lake. Entry Forms will be accepted by mail, in person at Monthly Membership Meetings, Saturday at the lake.
Last year was sailed by every class of boat from 14′ dinghies to 33′ racing machines.  The top to boats to finish were separated by 3 seconds, and everyone was off the lake by dark.  The USCG Auxiliary was on hand and we anticipate they will be available for monitoring for any emergencies.
Please contact me for further info and check the website often for updates.
Regards
Michael Parker
AYC Cruising Captain

Fleet of the Month – Merit 25

This boat is a classic 25′ symmetrical spinnaker racer.  The AYC Merit Fleet includes over a dozen boats in Arizona imported from all over the country.

Merit 25 Specifications

  • LOA 24.4’ , LWL 20.5’, Beam 8.0’,S.A.(Sq. Ft.) 286, Displacement 2900, Ballast (lbs) 1050, Draft 4’,

Boasting a speedy PHRF rating of 168, these sleek fiberglass racers offer a roomy cabin with full sitting headroom, a 7.5’ V-berth, two additional cabin berths 7’ long, and a Lexan foredeck hatch.

The large, self bailing cockpit offers two lockers and backrests on the cockpit seats. Harken hardware is included, and all halyards are led aft to the cockpit. Jib tracks with track cars, Cunningham, split backstay, and 4:1 internal outhaul are all standard. In addition, each is equipped with two-speed primary winches and additional single-speed winches located on the cabin top. And, of course, full spinnaker gear.

Contact Steve Kusic for additional Merit 25 Fleet information, especially if you know of additional Merit 25’s available in the region.

Your Photos on Our Website!

We’ve updated the AYC Website to allow you to POST your photos directly to the site!  Of course, we’ll have to take a quick peek at them before we let them show up – it is a family friendly club after all…

Anyway, you can navigate to the page from the menu on the website or you can go directly to the page here:

http://arizonayachtclub.org/member-photo-submission/

We look forward to seeing your fantastic photos!

AYC Web Team

 

Tempe Town Lake Scores

Week 5 scores from Tempe Town Lake are posted HERE and on the results page.

Ship’s Store Holiday Deals!