Archive | April, 2016

Register for the Commodore’s Party May 14

When’s the last time you rode a carousel with your kids? Hung out in a classic car? Visited with all your friends from the Arizona Yacht Club?

On Saturday night, May 14, you’ll have the chance to do all three! Bring the whole family to the Commodore’s Party at the Martin Auto Museum, 17641 N. Black Canyon Hwy, Phoenix (between Bell Rd and Union Hills on the east side of the freeway) (map) from 6 to 9 pm. (Here’s more about Mel Martin and his museum.)

We’ll have heavy, Italian-style hors d’hoeuvres and beverages for all ages—from the young to the young-at-heart. We can ride the carousel all evening long! And if you have a classic car yourself, drive it on over for the evening and park out front.

The bar will include beer and wine, vodka, gin and whiskey. The hors d’hoeuvres include Stuffed Mushroom caps, Firecracker Rolls, Pistachio Mozzarella on Skewers. Pasta for the kids if they’re finicky eaters.

Adults are $50 and children 12 and under are ONLY $15. Sign up here or by clicking the button:

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Mel Martin at the museum in 2012. Photo: Larry Edsall

Mel Martin at the museum in 2012. Photo: Larry Edsall

Tony Krauss Takes Multi, Emory Heisler & Tony Chapman Mono in the Tall Cactus

On a windy, puffy, shifty day, Tony Krauss of Tucson sailed a Hobie 16 to the multi-hull win and Emory Heisler and Tony Chapman took the mono-hull in an 18-foot Buccaneer—and it wasn’t even close.

Here’s a drone video of the event, produced by Duane Darling.
And here’s some on-board video of Chris Smith fighting his Laser in heavy wind.

This was the spring pursuit race, where all boats start based on their PHRF rating, with the boats with the biggest PHRF number heading off at 11am and then boats with lower numbers trickling off the line after them. If the PHRF ratings are right, if the conditions match the handicap, and if everyone sails skillfully, all boats finish at the same time.

Emory and Tony started at 11:27, put up the ‘chute and started passing boats. By the second lap of the course (dam-> Horse-> Balance-> Vegetation island-> and do it again), they were well in front and completed the 14-mile race in under 2½ hours. But Tony Krauss was even faster, finishing in just over two hours.

Crossing the finish second in mono was Steve Kusic and the Merit 25 Runaway team. In third was Mike Ferring and the J/80 Melissa Kay crew. Charles Landis aboard Circuitous finished fourth.

Emory Heisler and Tony Chapman aboard the winning Bucc. Photo: Tom Errickson

Emory Heisler and Tony Chapman aboard the winning Bucc. Photo: Tom Errickson

 

Chris Reinhard and crew at the Tall Cactus Regatta. Photo: Tom Errickson

Chris Reinhard and crew at the Tall Cactus Regatta. Photo: Tom Errickson

May Meeting: Something Very Different But Very Tasty

By Victor Felice, Outgoing Speaker Wrangler

After introducing the club members to the term “p**s off” when someone tried to “steal” the Rear Commodore’s bottle of booze at the Christmas Buccaneer Gift Exchange, I’m going to make amends at the next meeting.

May meeting speaker Dana Murdoch.

May meeting speaker Dana Murdoch.

I am, surprisingly, not an alcoholic and in fact rarely drink, yet my guest is none other than sailor and distiller Dana Murdoch–owner of the Thumb Butte Distillery in Prescott.

The winner of multiple awards including Silver at the 2015 Los Angeles International Spirits Competition (Gin) and Bronze (Rye), Dana will talk about and present the various spirits produced right here in Arizona. Rum, anyone? Here’s more about Dana.

But it doesn’t end there. Since this will be the last guest I present officially (did you vote? This term as RC is ending!), there will also be a very special, top secret guest too. This from someone who paints his boats pink, so we can only imagine what will happen.

You do not want to miss this!

The meeting is Tuesday, May 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.

AYC on KTVK TV: Victor Felice Plugs the Club

Victor Felice and his bright purple Nacra 5.8 have pumped AYC on the KTVK (channel 3) Your Life morning program, explaining how (yes, you’ve heard it before) there really is sailing in Arizona.

The 3:40 segment aired on Thursday, April 21 shot in the KTVK parking lot with program hosts Suzanne Bissette and Gina Salazar.

You can watch the segment on Victor’s website here.

Somewhere in that cluster of TV stuff and boat you can spot Victor's purple catamaran as KTVK prepares to tape his segment.

Somewhere in that cluster of TV stuff you can spot Victor’s purple catamaran as KTVK prepares to tape his segment.

California Coastal Cruising Expert Holly Scott at May LPSC Meeting

Holly Scott

Holly Scott

The Lake Pleasant Sailing Club invites you to the club’s May meeting with speaker Holly Scott, the author of the popular Charlie’s Charts Cruising Guides.

The meeting is at 7pm on Tuesday, May 17, at the same place we meet, the Caddy Shack in Tempe. She’ll talk about cruising the Channel Islands and the coast of Baja.

Holly will also be available from about 5:15 that night to talk with people who would like to know about sailing to Catalina this summer.

LP Nationals: John Mayall and Mike Hester Win C14; Debbie Kirby Takes Fireball

John Mayall and Mike Hester snagged the C14 National Championship trophy. Photo: Gerald Byrnes

John Mayall and Mike Hester snagged the C14 National Championship trophy. Photo: Gerald Byrnes

John Mayall and crew Mike Hester won the Catalina/Capri 14.2 Nationals contested at Lake Pleasant April 16&17, finishing ahead of multi-time winner Scott Finkboner. Martin Lorch finished third and George Tingom fourth. Hunter Parker and dad Mike won the Silver Fleet.

Debbie Kirby won the Fireball National Championship, taking a three-point win over Rob Thompson. Steve Goacher won the Classic division for older boats.

All of the racing happened in shifty wind on Saturday, with Sunday’s racing canceled because of high wind. The Fireballs managed to get five races in on Saturday, giving them a throw-out race, while the C14s got four races, with one race abandoned in the morning’s light wind.

Wendy Larsen was the PRO and other volunteers were: Steve Brown, Bob Whyte, Jo Grijalva, Mike Grijalva, John Riddell, Kalley Riddell, Kenny Nahkala, Gerald Byrnes, Peter Schweitzer, Pat Blumm, Lori Reger, Rick Cotman, and Jason Donkersley. And back-up from Dallas: Dave Christensen. Bruce Andress and Scott Burkhardt prepared ASF boats for use. The great Saturday breakfast was provided by the Lake Pleasant Sailing Club and Sunday Clay Poulson put on an amazing breakfast. Fleet Captains: Clay Poulson (Fireballs) and Dave Haggart (C14.2s).

Catalina/Capri 14.2 Scores. Fireball Scores.

The fleet of Fireballs fighting it out for the National win. Photo: Maryellen Ferring

The fleet of Fireballs fighting it out for the National win. Photo: Maryellen Ferring

 

Mike Hester got this Fireball shot while also helping John Mayall win C14

Mike Hester got this Fireball shot while also helping John Mayall win C14

 

The Fireball winners with PRO Wendy Larsen. Photo: Clay Poulson

The Fireball winners with PRO Wendy Larsen. Photo: Clay Poulson

 

Hunter and Mike Paker won the Silver Fleet trophy for C14. Photo: Gerald Byrnes

Hunter and Mike Paker won the Silver Fleet trophy for C14. Photo: Gerald Byrnes

Vote for Your Next AYC Board of Directors

“It’s time for the membership to elect the Arizona Yacht Club’s Board of Directors for 2016-2017.” says Commodore Chris Smith. “As you know, AYC is a 100% volunteer club, so let’s acknowledge with our votes the members who are committed to keeping the club on course by serving as members of the Board.”

If you’re a Full, Life, or Honorary Life member of AYC, you should have received an email message from votingplace.net with a link to voting that will end at 6pm on May 9th. If you didn’t get the email, please contact Mike Ferring. Junior members are not eligible to vote.

When you sign on to vote, use the email we have in your record and your last name (without the Sr or Jr part). The designated time and location for the election is May 10 at 6pm at the Caddy Shack in Tempe (before the next monthly meeting). If you do not vote online, you may be present at that time to vote by paper ballot. All votes will be counted and reported at that time.

Commodore candidate Bruce Andress at the helm of "Bitchen" Photo: Charles Landis

Commodore candidate Bruce Andress at the helm of “Bitchen” Photo: Charles Landis

The proposed officers are Bruce Andress, Commodore; Victor Felice, Vice Commodore; Jason Donkersley, Rear Commodore; John Riddell, Racing Fleet Captain; Tom Errickson, Cruising Fleet Captain; Mark Howell, Two-Year Membership Director; and Chris Smith, Junior Staff Commodore. In addition, Bob Whyte will continue in the second year of his term as Membership Director, Peter Lehrach will serve as Senior Staff Commodore, and the new board as its first official act will elect two more members of board, a Treasurer and Secretary. You’ll see the names of the proposed officers on the ballot and a brief bio of each, and you will also be able to write in alternate names if you wish.

Chris Smith continues, “Before I turn over the helm to the new Commodore, I want to return to what I said at the beginning of my term—it has been an honor and a privilege to serve as Commodore. I also want to thank the current members of the Board for devoting so much time and effort to making this club work. The return on investment is apparent at every AYC regatta, membership meeting, and event.”

Enter the AYC Tall Cactus Fun Run

The format for the Tall Cactus regatta is a straight duplicate of the Governor’s Cup Regatta. If you enjoyed that one, you should like this one too.

Here’s the link to the Racing page with the race documents and the “sign up” button.

This is a “pursuit” race, where boats start based on PHRF rating, with the slower boats beginning first at 11 am and faster boats starting throughout the next hour or so. The start line is near the dam, at the mouth of Pleasant Harbor Marina. Boats will charge up the lake, around Horse and Balance Rock and then back south around the “island with vegetation” in the vicinity of the 10-lane boat ramp, taking all islands to port. Here’s nice, big color map of the lake for reference.

After making the loop twice, the first boat across the finish line at the “no wake” buoys near the north launch ramp will be the overall winner. Boats should keep track of their own finishing positions.

Then, adjourn to the bar for (included in your entry) appetizers and (not included) beverages. Entry is just $10. Questions? Check with event organizer Tom Errickson.

The Melges 24 of Court Roberts. Photo: Tom Errickson

The Melges 24 of Court Roberts. Photo: Tom Errickson

Fleet Champs Crowned for 2015-2016

Congratulations to the winners of the Spring Race Series: Charles Ellis, C22; Paul Liszewski, PHRF Spin (on a tie-breaker with Tom Baker); Mike Ferring, PHRF Sportboat; Martin Lorch, Santana 20; Skip Kempff, Thistle. And to the fleet champs for the Fall-Spring Combined: Charles Ellis, C22; Tom Baker, PHRF Spin; Mike Ferring, PHRF Sportboat; Skip Kempff, Thistle.

The scores for week 5 of racing at Lake Pleasant are posted on the results page, or click here. The combined scores for Fall & Spring are here.

The TTL Spring Series was cut short by a lake lacking water, but that doesn’t diminish the accomplishments of the TTL Fall-Spring Fleet Champs: Cindy Pillote, Buccaneer; Dave Haggart, C14; Paul Miachika, Laser; Clay Poulson, Portsmouth.

The combined scores for Tempe Town Lake Fall & Spring are here.

The winners at both lakes will square off to determine the AYC Club Champion on Saturday, May 7, probably in Santana 20s. Steve Brown is working out the details.

Catalina 22 fleet champ Charles Ely says, "That way!" Photo: Chris Smith

Catalina 22 fleet champ Charles Ely says, “That way!” Photo: Chris Smith