Archive | September, 2013

Welcome AYC’s New Mark Boat

Shiny new AYC mark boat. Photo: David Cummings

Shiny new AYC mark boat. Photo: David Cummings

AYC’s new 23-foot Boston Whaler Outrage will be ready for action on Opening Day of the Lake Pleasant racing season.

The boat was partially paid for by a $10,000 grant from US Sailing, which Rob Gibbs successfully applied for. The rest of the purchase of the boat, a trailer, motor repair, and preparation (roughly another $10,000) comes from your AYC treasury. We hope to recover a chunk of the money from sale of the current runabout plus some other assorted assets, such as a trailer and motor.

Fleet Captain Greg Woodcock has spent untold hours acquiring the boat and getting it ready for the water, working with Complete Marine in Tempe and Gene Walentiny’s Glendale Marine. Besides repairing the motor and its tilt mechanism, Gene donated a pair of swim platforms for the back of the boat to make recovery of swimming sailors easier.

AYC member Dave Cummings removed a fish tank and did substantial clean-up of the boat. Lake Captain Bruce Andress helped out along the way. And the board of directors chipped in with loads of advice.

The new whaler promises to be a much more seaworthy and stable platform than the 18-foot aluminum runabout it replaces. The added length will also mean better storage for the club’s race marks. In the runabout, workers had to walk on the marks to move around the boat.

A new boat and motor like this one would be approximately $90,000, so this comes at quite a saving, but the 20+ year old Whaler comes with a salt water history (it was purchased from a private party in the Long Beach area). The Yamaha outboard has been a particular concern, however Glendale Marine was able to get it running well and gave us a one-year warranty on the repair. The board opted for fixing the motor rather than buying a new one because the roughly $17,000 price of a replacement would have depleted the club reserves. The board hopes to get a few years’ service out of this motor before needing to face the cost of a replacement unit.

In addition to doing duty as the race-day mark boat, the Whaler will be used for powerboat training classes and any operator of the boat will need to be over 18 years old and have passed the US Sailing Powerboat Operating Course.

 

 

 

Tempe Town Lake Racing

Fall racing kicked off with well over 15 mph of wind, sending various Laser sailors into the drink and keeping others on the shore. Find scores on the results page or by clicking here.

Do You Need Racing Crew?

We’ve connected Victor Felice with crew for the fall race series and he’s responded by inviting anyone on the crew list to sail with him on non-race weekends as well!

If you need crew, click over to the crew list and scan it for the people you need. We have everything from enthusiastic newbies to highly experienced racers.

Or maybe you could do what Victor did, invite the entire crew from ETNZ for a sail. Here they are, all 11 (which seems barely enough for a 72-footer but looks a bit crowded on a J/24).

Race crew for the fall, courtesy Emirates Team New Zealand. Amazingly the boat still pretty much sails on its lines.

Race crew for the fall, courtesy Emirates Team New Zealand. Amazingly the boat still pretty much sails on its lines.

AYC Sailors Finish 2nd & 4th at C14 Nationals

The AYC competitors (left to right) Don Hubele, George Tingom, Martin Lorch, and Cedric Lorch

The AYC competitors (left to right) Don Hubele, George Tingom, Martin Lorch, and Cedric Lorch

Perennial champ Scott Finkboner won the C14 Nationals at Mission Bay Yacht Club, as he usually does, but Martin and Cedric Lorch of AYC finished second and George Tingom and Don Hubele took fourth.

The races were Saturday and Sunday, September 14 & 15 in Mission Bay in San Diego using boats that are variously called Capri 14.2s, Catalina 14.2 or C-14.2 or 14-twos.

Martin and Cedric are the reigning AYC Club Champions (and Cedric is the reigning high school champ) and Don has won the Club Championship multiple times.

Turnout is dropping in the class, with just seven boats participating this year, compared with the 20+ in years past.

Looking for Race Crew or a Race Ride?

August in the Caribbean is a good way to cool off - Hobie Max (18) from ClubMed is a fun, fast and easy-to-fly cat. Probably spent more time on one hull than two, staying true to my monohull tradition! -Victor Felice

If Victor Felice can keep this upright (and he did) in the Caribbean, imagine what fun it would be to crew on his J/24! Victor is nailing down fall crew right now.

If you’re looking for crew for the coming fall series, please consider the people on the crew list. Within the last few days we purged the entire list and asked interested folks to sign up again, so the names, contact information, and interests are all poppin’ fresh.

A number of these people are new to the club or new to the area and it’s vital that we give them an opportunity to sail with us. If I can help you find someone suited to you and your needs, please contact Mike Ferring. I’m happy to help.

Here’s the bottom line: We have people who don’t compete because they can’t find crew and we have people who don’t compete because they can’t find a ride. That’s nuts. Let’s put these two together to benefit everyone!

It’s Race Season!

Tony Chapman shows Court Roberts his Viper. Photo: Chris Smith

Tony Chapman shows Court Roberts his Viper. Photo: Chris Smith

Have you signed up for the fall race series or are you putting it off until, well, when are you putting it off to?

Here’s the page where you’ll find the registration button, the links to the race documents, and all kinds of links to Arizona racing resources.

Tempe Town Lake began Sunday (9/22) with lots of wind (okay, too much). Lake Pleasant racing begins two weeks later, on Saturday, October 5 at 12:30 pm. That date and time is also the deadline to determine the active fleets in the club, but it looks like the expected fleets are there or nearly there right now, with Catalina 22s, Thistles, and PHRF Spin, Non-Spin, and Sportboat.

You’ll have a chance to practice at Lake Pleasant on Saturday morning, September 28, beginning at 9am. The race committee boat will be on the water, you’ll have marks to sail around, and they’ll be running multiple starts to tune your time and distance calculations and shake off the summer rust.

If you’re reading this and thinking it would be fun to race but you don’t know how, consider signing up for the crew list and the Arizona Sailing Foundation’s annual Introduction to Sailboat Racing class.

You know it's windy when the Laser sailors start swimming. Photo: Mark Howell

You know it’s windy when the Laser sailors start swimming. Sunday 9/22 on TTL. Photo: Mark Howell

Exciting America’s Cup!

ETNZ and Oracle cross on the upwind leg of race one Saturday (9/7). Photos: Mike Ferring

ETNZ and Oracle cross on the upwind leg of race one Saturday (9/7). Photos: Mike Ferring

The opening day was warm and windy, the Bay was flecked with spectator boats and the much-awaited 34th America’s Cup lived up to its slogan: The World’s Fastest Boats, The World’s Best Sailors. By the end of the day, Emirates Team New Zealand had stamped its brand on the competition, leading two races to, well, minus two. (Oracle Team USA had been penalized two points before the racing even began.)

Lots of AYC members were drawn to the finals (more than we can reliably count) but a bunch of us watched the exciting match racing Sunday from the Jeremiah O’Brien liberty ship at pier 45, cheering to match racing at sailboat mach speed. After Oracle Team USA tried to keep up with ETNZ on a tacking duel in the first of the Sunday races and failing, they opted for a flat-out sprint in the second race, ignoring an ETNZ invitation to duel and pulling out a small victory.

If you were there or if you watched the excellent TV coverage, you know the story: boats traveling at 50+ miles per hour downwind, perched on tiny foils as 11 sailors on each boat try to control the beasts, smoothly jibing 14,000 pound cats with 130-foot wings with supreme skill and smoothness. Just watching the boats is thrilling; watching them actually match race defies belief.

Rob Gibbs tracks the action on his AC app with Kim Olson-Gibbs.

Rob Gibbs tracks the action on his AC app with Kim Olson-Gibbs.

Kelly Beaver snaps a shot of the beautiful Bay.

Kelly Beaver snaps a shot of the beautiful Bay.

Emory Heisler and Tony Chapman watch the monsters joust.

Emory Heisler and Tony Chapman watch the monsters joust.

Maryellen Ferring and the former David Rawstrom on deck the Jeremiah O'Brien. (A longtime AYCer, David moved to the East last year.)

Maryellen Ferring and the former David Rawstrom on deck the Jeremiah O’Brien. (A longtime AYCer, David moved to the East last year.)