Archive | December, 2013

Fall Series Winners at TTL

Congratulations to the winners—and all the participants—of the fall race series at Tempe Town Lake!

Martin Lorch and son Cedric heft the Club Championship trophy. It's been a good year for Cedric, winning the High School Championship and two Blunder Buckets!

Cedric Lorch with father Martin as crew (usually) won the fall C14 fleet championship at Tempe Town Lake. This picture was taken as Martin accepted the club championship trophy in May.

Emory Heisler is the Buccaneer fleet winner. In C14, Cedric Lorch takes the prize. New Laser sailor (and longtime Thistler) Ben Doane wins in Laser. And in the very lightly-contested Portsmouth class, Clay Poulson reigns.

Here are the scores.

Now, an explanation of the way the Buccaneers have been scoring their races, which will be up for discussion for all fleets for fall of 2014.

The RRS scoring method (A4.2) says, “A boat that did not start, did not finish, retired after finishing or was disqualified shall be scored points for the finishing place one more than the number of boats entered in the series.”

The Bucc fleet felt that this inflicted too great a penalty on boats that missed a race day and have had a fleet rule that says that instead of scoring “one more than the number of boats entered in the series,” they would score one more than the number of boats that had shown up to compete that day.

As an example, if there are 10 boats signed up for the series and you missed a race day, under the RRS you’d be scored “11” for each race run that day. However if, say, three boats competed that day and you missed it, you’d be scored “4” for each race run. It could affect the series outcome, though we throw out 20% of each boat’s finishes, which mitigates the effect of missing a day.

Fleet Captain Greg Woodcock noted that the RRS is clear that this scoring change can only be made by changing A4.2 in the Sailing Instructions, so the Bucc fleet’s change will need to be written into the SIs. And other fleets like the Bucc rule and will consider adopting it in fall of 2014 (the first time it could be done without disrupting our club championship). If you’d like this rule adopted, let your fleet captain know.

 

 

New Year’s Sailing

We go sailing sometimes just because we can. On New Year’s Day we can. Without chipping through the ice.

Mike's J/80 warming up for a Saturday race. Photo: Peter Hartleb

Mike’s J/80 warming up for a Saturday race. Photo: Peter Hartleb

On Wednesday (1/1/2014!) we’ll join the Lake Pleasant Sailing Club for a casual sail on Lake Pleasant and then convene at the Pleasant Harbor Marina Waterfront Grille (their spelling) to watch football, eat, and consume adult beverages.

We’ll gather at the dam at 2pm and then head north, maybe making it around Horse Island if the the wind is better than the forecast (70 degrees but very light wind). Rhonda Brewer of LPSC has come up with some football trivia questions that she’ll loft to the fleet on VHF channel 68. Keep track of them on paper and Rhonda will offer the answers when we get back to the Grill (my spelling).

Rhonda suggests wearing your name badge so we get to know each other better. For AYC people, that would mean your membership card.

 

Blustery Governor’s Cup Regatta

The wind was so strong when the 2013 Governor’s Cup was scheduled to start that organizer Ralph Vatalaro decided to postpone for half an hour. Then another half hour. And some of the entrants decided it was still too much and turned back to the city.

Chris Smith's J/80 in close pursuit of Paul Liszewski's Hobie 33 at just past the halfway point of the 2013 Governor's Cup Regatta. Photo: Mike Ferring

Chris Smith’s J/80 in close pursuit of Paul Liszewski’s Hobie 33 at just past the halfway point of the 2013 Governor’s Cup Regatta. Photo: Mike Ferring

Bob Whyte and Ryan Kroelinger aboard the spectator boat Melissa Kay. Photo: Mike Ferring

Bob Whyte and Ryan Kroelinger aboard the spectator boat Melissa Kay. Photo: Mike Ferring

They missed a nice day on the water. Wind slowly dropped in velocity, but still the first boat across the finish line, Paul Liszewski’s Hobie 33, Rollin’ in the Deep, covered the 26 mile course in less than four hours. Chris Smith’s J/80, Sloop Dogg, was close behind. When the PHRF handicap was applied, a visitor from Las Vegas corrected over both to win possession of the big cup (click here for scores).

Glenn Frank towed from Las Vegas for the event and since he might need a bigger trailer to tow the trophy home, we’ll plan to put it on display in Tempe.

Go for a wild ride on Rock Star Victor Felice’s Mermaid Rescue.

Thanks to Ralph for putting the race together, based on Mike Parker’s course design.

Pirate Party Booty

Good times, lots of great gifts (lots of booze), and good stories filled the night Tuesday (12/10). The restaurant looked festive with lights and snowflakes and Tom Errickson brought an adorable, big, inflated Polar Bear that we set up by the gift table.

Kyle Clark started with a nice bottle of rum and ended up with this. Photo: Emory Heisler

Kyle Clark started with a nice bottle of rum and ended up with this. Photo: Emory Heisler

Tom and Emory Heisler did a great job getting everyone riled up to pirate gifts. And pirate they did. Poor Kyle Clark was the night’s big loser. He went from a lovely bottle of special rum to a bilge pump!

One of the members pointed out to Emory that the awarding of the Blunder Bucket is to done at the Holiday party so Emory solicited nominations. He got five or six, but in the end, he and his worthy crew Jonathan Abel-Millman were the unanimous winners for improperly rigging the Bucc’s spinnaker on TTL, head to clew.

Tony Chapman was a close second for letting his crew fall overboard, which is ironic because Tony first nominated his crew for falling off the boat—but then Leo Baumann pointed out that while he wasn’t there to personally witness the event, it seemed to him more like it was the man at the tiller who blundered.

—By Lori Reger

Tom Errickson and Gene Walentiny unearthing a gift. Photo: Emory Heisler

Tom Errickson and Gene Walentiny unearthing a gift. Photo: Emory Heisler

The Winning Boats for Fall Lake Pleasant Racing

The results from the final week of Fall racing at Lake Pleasant are posted on the results page or by clicking here. Cool temperatures and brisk breeze polished off a windy season.

Congratulations to the fleet winners: Steve Grothe, C22; George Tingom, C22 Saturday-only; Martin Lorch, Santana 20; Brett Johnston, Multi-hull; Victor Felice, PHRF Non-Spin; Norm Anderson, PHRF Spin; Trey Harlow, Thistle; Greg Jackson, Sport Boat.

Santana 20s in breeze. Photo: Victor Felice

Santana 20s in breeze. Photo: Victor Felice

Tempe Town Lake Scores

The results from week 7 of racing at Tempe Town Lake are posted on the results page or by clicking here.