Archive | August, 2013

Want to Learn to Charter and Sail to Catalina?

Avalon harbor on Catalina Island, a great charter destination. Photo: Ralph Vatalaro

Avalon harbor on Catalina Island, a great charter destination. Photo: Ralph Vatalaro

Or how about the British Virgin Islands?

Before the monthly meeting in September, Cruising Captain Ralph Vatalaro will give you specific information on how to take the big of step of chartering a boat and sailing it yourself. He’ll be checking interest in putting together an AYC charter trip so you can take the step with friends and expert guidance.

If you’ve thought about chartering but were concerned about whether you could do it, you need to be there.

This “pre-meeting” will begin at 6pm on Tuesday, September 10, at the Caddy Shack @ Rolling Hills Golf Course, 1415 North Mill Avenue, Tempe, AZ 85281-1205 (map) and both members and non-members are welcome to attend.

If you’ve already done some chartering (or lots of it), we’d love to have you come by and share your expertise. Pull up a chair, order a beer, and let’s talk.

 

Catalina 22 National Commodore is September Meeting Speaker

C22 National Commodore Don Boyko

C22 National Commodore Don Boyko

September’s AYC Monthly Meeting features the new Commodore for the C22 National Association, Don Boyko, from San Marcos, CA. Don is working to build C22 action in the West.

The meeting is Tuesday, September 10, beginning at 7pm (but arrive early for dinner). Monthly meetings are held at the Caddy Shack @ Rolling Hills Golf Course, 1415 North Mill Avenue, Tempe, AZ 85281-1205 (map) and both members and non-members are welcome to attend.

Also, we’re planning a “pre-meeting” on cruising and chartering, beginning at 6pm. Come on by!

One of the big western events for Catalina 22s is Don’s 5th annual “Post Thanksgiving Day Weekend” at Mission Bay Yacht Club in San Diego. It includes free vehicle and trailer parking, free launching, free dockage for the weekend, free use of the MBYC facilities, and the galley will be open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner during the entire weekend.

He’s also planning a 2014 West Coast Cruise next July, starting at Mission Bay Yacht Club. They’ll spend a couple days in Mission Bay, then sail around Pt. Loma and into San Diego Bay for the rest of the week. Home port in the south bay will be at the Chula Vista Marina, which offers great facilities, with a restaurant and bar located right at the marina and the best sailboat ramp on San Diego Bay.

Don and his wife have been very active in the San Diego area, organizing various events, including that Thanksgiving weekend cruise. He’s also written often for the Catalina 22 Main Brace publication and is active on Internet forums—enough so that he was asked to take the Commodore slot. Don wrote an interesting bio for us that you can read here.

AYC’s Wilson Davis Competes in O’Pen Bic Event in SF

Wilson Davis hikes on SF Bay. Photo: Gilles Martin-Raget, America's Cup

Wilson Davis hikes on SF Bay. Photo: Gilles Martin-Raget, America’s Cup

O’Pen Bic sailboats are high-performance fun for junior-high age kids and last weekend (8/17), AYC’s Wilson Davis (age 11) got a full dose of it at the O’Pen Bic event at the America’s Cup venue in San Francisco.

Here are four minutes of high speed coverage:

Greg Fine Drowns in Lake Pleasant

Greg Fine at the helm of "Bitchen" during an AYC race weekend. Photo: Chris Smith

Greg Fine at the helm of “Bitchen” during an AYC race weekend. Photo: Chris Smith

AYC member Greg Fine was lost in a drowning accident over the weekend.

Services for Greg will be Saturday (8/24) at 2pm at St Patrick’s church on north 84th St near I-101 and Shea in Scottsdale.

Greg was a fairly new member of the club, but immediately made lots of friends—a positive and friendly guy who was always happy near the water, ready to crew for anyone who needed help. He loved spending weekends on his Catalina 25.

This from Greg’s LinkedIn page: He was a senior vice president of Wells Fargo bank, a position he took after retiring from the U.S. Navy. He was a 1981 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and served on submarines. Since 2010 he was Submarine Force Reserve Component Chief of Staff in the Navy Reserve. He also received an MBA degree from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA.

Greg’s daughter just graduated from the Naval Academy.

Pre-Season Powerboat Classes

We have two powerboat class sessions scheduled before the racing heats up (and unfortunately before the weather cools off!).

31 Aug is an “Accelerated” course.  If you already have powerboat experience, you can take the Boat US Course online found here, then come challenge the US Sailing test, and then we’ll go out on the water and do some drills to prove your seaworthiness.

The next “full class” is being offered the evening of 5 Sept for the classroom portion and then 14 Sept for the on the water portion.

Either way, please go to this link to sign up.

Each course is limited to 12 students, so please sign up today!

Fall Sailing Classes Underway

Learn to sail, just like this, on Tempe Town Lake. Photo: Mike Ferring

Learn to sail, just like this, on Tempe Town Lake. Photo: Mike Ferring

Classes are now underway for the Arizona Sailing Foundation educational courses—for adults and kids.

Soon, a new course this fall for kids who have outgrown Optis and would like something a little faster, a performance sailing course using the new O’Pen Bic sport boat. This fast, sleek boat is the kind of tool that should challenge Need for Speed for adrenalin-stoked action.

The other courses include:

  1. Kids Opti I & II
  2. Adult Learn to Sail
  3. Adult Sailing Skills Development
  4. Introduction to Sailboat Racing

Introduction to Sailboat Racing registration is open now. The others will have another session in the spring.

The Fall 2013 Opti class lined up on the floating dock at Tempe Town Lake. Photo: Mark Howell

The Fall 2013 Opti class lined up on the floating dock at Tempe Town Lake. Photo: Mark Howell

Members Who Haven’t Paid AYC Dues

The club bylaws require that we post the names of people who haven’t renewed their memberships by now. AYC’s membership year runs from July 1 to June 30 and your dues are to be paid by the end of July. If you haven’t paid by September 15, you’re dropped from membership. But, before then, we’ll be publishing the roster and if you don’t pay, you’ll miss out on being listed.

Here are the members who haven’t paid to renew AYC membership and are now delinquent.

If you’re one of them, you may pay your dues from this link:

Renew Now

If you have any difficulty renewing, please email Mike Ferring for help.

Heat Stroke at Tempe Town Lake

The final Heat Stroke results from Tempe Town Lake are posted on the results page or by clicking here. A small, but hearty band of sailors made it through the summer series, with Mike and Maryellen Ferring emerging on top in the single fleet, the Portsmouth class.

We tried something new this year, with a single sailor acting as the race committee from the race committee boat. The system worked and the people who came to play had a good time!

Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa Square Off for LV Cup

Team New Zealand flying in SF Bay. Photo: Mike Yarnell

Team New Zealand flying in SF Bay. Photo: Mike Yarnell

The question is: Has Luna Rossa improved enough to bring the fight to Emirates Team New Zealand? After being soundly beaten in the round-robin section by ETNZ, Luna Rossa beat Artemis 4-0 in the semi-finals.

ETNZ was dominant over Luna Rossa right from the first match-up and it’s worth going back to that first race to look at the very interesting data to see how they did it.

On the three downwind legs, Dean Barker’s crew average speed (35.9 knots) was 3.4 knots faster than that of Luna Rossa (32.5 knots).

Upwind, it was closer. The Kiwis (20.1 knots) held the edge by just under one knot compared to Luna Rossa (19.15), on the two upwind legs.

Interestingly, the Italian boat sailed 1376 meters (0.74 nautical miles) further than the New Zealand boat over the length of the race, and most of this extra distance came on the upwind legs.

There was also a wider disparity between distances sailed on each upwind and downwind leg on the Italian boat, suggesting more consistency and smoother sailing by New Zealand.

Here’s a link to the America’s Cup official site with the latest.

Mike Yarnell and Tia Renshaw, with Thistle friend Janice Young, watched Emirates Team New Zealand team and shot these great pictures. They say the best viewing is on the breakwater east of the St. Francis Yacht Club and Golden Gate Yacht Club—and it’s free.

Mike’s comment: “Wow, are these boats fast!” The wind that day was  17-18 knots with New Zealand finishing the 18.6-mile course in 45:28, reaching a top speed of  49.8 miles per hour. Not very long ago that would have set a sailboat world speed record.

Team New Zealand and the Golden Gate Bridge

Yes, that’s the Golden Gate bridge smudged by fog, a perfect backdrop for the AC72 of Team New Zealand. Photo: Mike Yarnell

Here’s a clear explanation of the conditions the America’s Cup contenders confront when they go to battle, offered by Team New Zealand meteorologist Roger “Clouds” Badham. San Francisco Bay presents some daunting wind and tide, sometimes moving together and sometimes running against each other.


Here’s a nice (but very basic) round-up of America’s Cup information, presented by Marin Magazine.

Here’s the newly-revised schedule for racing for the Louis Vuitton and AC Cup.

 

ASF Work Party Spruces Up TTL Storage Area

The work party builds storage units at Tempe Town Lake.

The work party builds storage units at Tempe Town Lake.

A flock of workers have helped George Tingom and ASF fix, rearrange, cleanup and re-construct the storage area at Tempe Town Lake.

Bruce Andress hauled off the heavy steel storage box. A crew built a storage rack for the new O’Pen Bic junior sports boats and took it to the lake. Then another crew built a new sail storage box, cleaned up and improved the racks in the trailer, and hauled off extra racks for storage in George’s backyard.

The Saturday work crew: J.M. Kiel, Gail Kiel, Martin Lorch, Cedric Lorch, Mark Howell, Bruce Andress, David Cummings, Phil Freedman, George Tingom.

The O’Pen Bic rack builders: Don Hubele, Phil Freedman, Dennis Davis, Wilson Davis, Chris Tingom, and Emory Heisler.

This homemade boat lift helps free up boat trailers for repair without taking 4-5 people to lift the boats.

This homemade boat lift helps free up boat trailers for repair without taking 4-5 people to lift the boats.

Big Kids Like to Play Too!

LPSCRemember those bicycle relay races you used to ride for neighborhood bragging rights? In our world the bicycles have become sailboats, and at 2pm on September 14 in Honeymoon Cove you can challenge for bragging rights all over again.

The Lake Pleasant Sailing Club will assign teams based on arrival at the cove—red team and blue team. You’ll simply sail around a mark and return to the start line. When the lead boat crosses the start line, tag!, the next team member blasts off on his/her leg. Red Team vs. Blue Team.

To add a wrinkle, each team will get a floating relay ring. The boats will pass the ring like track and field relay racers, only the boats will pass the ring by dropping it into a start-finish drop zone. The first boat of each team will drop the ring in the water when finishing, then the next boat of that team swoop past (timed perfectly of course), retrieve the ring and sail her leg. Do not miss the retrieval, or you‘ll need to circle back to snag the ring before sailing your leg.

After the event we’ll all meet for an afternoon raft-up, share stories and of course the winning team will claim the “purse.” The losing team members can levy protests, offer excuses and probably suffer through the bragging about the masterful strategies of the winning team. Add in some great food, adult beverages, and probably a cooling dip in the water and you have a great day at the lake. As always, AYC members are welcome to attend LPSC events. Please email Rhonda and Tim Brewer if you plan to join us. The more boats, the more fun!

Check Meetup, Facebook and your email for more info and updates.