Welcome to the Arizona Yacht Club!

Cindy Pillote Commoodre 2013-2014

Cindy Pillote
Commodore 2013-2014

AYC is a club of more than 220 families who sail in the desert (amazing as that may seem) and around the world. The club has an extensive menu of programs and events and we invite you to play along.

Check out our racing program, our US Sailing-certified learn-to-sail (and learn to sail better) education, our usually-packed monthly meetings (that have featured such sailing rock stars as Peter Isler, Dave Perry, Anna Tunnicliffe, Andrew Campbell, and Annie Gardner), and the various other cruising and social events.

This year we’re making a special effort to welcome new members. If you’re new to the area or new to sailing, we think you’ll find AYC is a great way to tap into a community of sailing people. Read Mike Ferring’s New Guy’s Guide for more. I hope to see you at our next event!

Best regards,
Cindy Pillote

Cindy Pillote,

Club Stuff

How AYC Works – A description of the structure and operation of the club
How Tempe Town Lake Works
New Guy’s Guide to AYC
A Video History: Seven Guys Remember
Commodores: List of all AYC Commodores
Club Trophies and Awards
Bylaws as revised 2012
2011 Tax Return and 2012 Tax Return
Official Logos
Calendar of Events

Contacts and Officers

Arizona Yacht Club
P.O. Box 2728
Tempe, AZ 85280

  Position Name
  Commodore Cindy Pillote
  Vice Commodore Peter Lehrach
  Rear Commodore Christina Campo
  Racing Fleet Captain Greg Woodcock
  Cruising Fleet Captain Ralph Vatalaro
  Junior Staff Commodore Mike Ferring
  Senior Staff Commodore & Birthday Regatta Chairman Emory Heisler
  Membership Thom Dickerson
  Membership Andrea Love
  Treasurer Tony Chapman
  Secretary Lori Reger
Webmaster Mike Ferring
  Arizona Sailing Foundation President
George Tingom


Here are some of the board members’ pictures so you can pick them out in a crowd:


Emory Heisler is our Senior Staff Commodore. You’ll catch Emory sailing a Buccaneer or pretty much anything with sails. He’s also our Regatta Chairman for the 2014 AYC Birthday Regatta

Greg Woodcock is the Fleet Captain, in charge of keeping all the AYC floating stock in good repair and leading the fleets to races year around. Greg has been PHRF Non-Spin Fleet Captain (and champ) but he’s now moved to the revived Santana 20 fleet.

Thom Dickerson is one of two membership directors (Andrea Love is the other) and a longtime Thistle sailor.

Tony Chapman has been the club’s treasurer for a very long time (thank you Tony) and is a serious competitive sailor, competing in a Buccaneer and Viper 640 at regattas all over the country. Tony was the recipient of the 2012 year AYC Sportsmanship Award, given to someone deemed to be a “most valuable player” for AYC.

Peter Lehrach is Vice  Commodore. He moved to the area in 2011 after competing in various boats and regattas in the East and South. Peter crews on Chris Smith’s J/80.