Photo By: Ty Pace
Evening solitude, looking west from Spanish Town dock on Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands. Photo: Charles Landis
95 Ballots were received, 89 were “accepted” (mailed by 5/1 and received by 5/8, signed by member on outer envelope for checking with Membership Roster), and all Board of Directors Candidates received at least 83 votes from the 89 ballots counted.
Immediately following vote counting a Board of Directors meeting was held with the NEW Board. The new board, chaired by new Commodore Michael Ferring, elected our Secretary and Treasurer positions completing our 2012-2013 AYC Board of Directors (see below).
The AYC Bylaw change to modify the definition of “Junior Member” was approved 80 YES to 9 NO (“Juniors” can now be up to 25 years old).
The AYC Bylaw change to allow “Electronic Voting” was approved 82 YES to 7 NO (please remember that “manual” voting will still be an option for any members desiring to receive paper ballots in the future.)
Congratulations – and THANK YOU – to our new AYC Board of Directors:
Thank you to our outgoing Sr. Staff Commodore Greg Jackson for your 5 years of service, and also thank you to everyone that voted for your support of our voting process.
Fair Winds! to our new and FULLY STAFFED AYC Board of Directors.
Election Committee Chairman
The older boats are as competitive as the newest ones, providing a level playing for everyone.
We may not sail the fastest or highest-tech boat on the lake, but for flat-out, boat-on-boat racing, the Catalina 22 fleet at Lake Pleasant is awesome. Great competition is the name of the game—double digit numbers of boats wanting the “front row” at the line and six-plus boats converging on marks. Make a mistake and four or five boats blow by. Positions are constantly in flux. Deciding who to cover? Might as well flip a coin.
Fleet Captain: Martin Lorch 602.954.8324
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It’s May, end of the line for the 2011-2012 AYC year and time for Congratulations and Thank Yous!
REMEMBER TOO…IT’S TIME FOR THE PARTY! Our AYC Membership meeting 5/8/2012 has no program. We’ll be counting votes election of our new board and for Bylaw changes. You’re welcome to stop by and socialize and help with the counting.
And then we’ll hope to see you at THE PARTY to recognize the “Changing of the Guard”, to announce the election and Bylaw results and to celebrate 2011-2012 together!
Check it all out in this month’s COMPASS POINTS!
May 2012 Calendar of Events
Wow! What a year! We had our share of “headwinds” and “windshifts” but all in all together we—your Board and all of us volunteers—turned out another fabulous year of desert sailing.
As I write my last “Corner” it’s time to say thank you to recognize a few of our more outstanding successes from AYCs 2011-2012 sailing year:
And lastly, let me thank all of you in the AYC that brought me into the club 10 years ago with such joy, passion and commaraderie. Thank you for your trust to allow me to be your Commodore this past year. Thank you for your kind words—and your challenging requests :), and for making this such a great club and great “family” of people who make sailing in the desert so wonderful for all of us!
Fair winds! Arrr!
The annual AYC Championship Race will be Saturday, May 5, with the first gun at 9:30.
This face-off pits 8 fleet champs against each other in Thistles at Lake Pleasant to see who can hold the Big Cup for the next year. The captains include reigning Champ Martin Lorch (who qualified again by winning C22), Thistle winner Trey Harlow, PHRF Spin’s Norm Anderson, PHRF Non-Spin’s Greg Woodcock, Sportboat’s Mike Ferring, C14 winner Alexia Lorch, Buccaneer champ Matt Davis, and Laser winner George Sheller.
Thistle fleet captain Ben Doane volunteered to be the PRO for the event, sailed round-robin in 8 Thistles. Ben and Trey were kind enough to share their boats and their sailing and tuning tips with the other competitors during an informal orientation at Lake Pleasant Sunday, April 29. In a mixture of light and puffy air, a pack of non-Thistlers tried to identify too many lines while stumbling over the center trunk of the boat and hiking on the too-skinning gunwales, while being guided by the comforting hands of Ben and Trey. This could be interesting.
Spectators are welcome to watch the race and Ben says he’s still looking for a few more race committee members. Contact him at this email address.
The Thistle is a 17-foot open dinghy designed for racing and daysailing. The sail plan consists of a main, jib, and spinnaker. The large sail area makes the boat fast in most winds.
The original boats were built in the 1940’s, constructed of wood and are still very competitive. Thistles are now built with fiberglass hulls, but still use wood for the rails and gratings. The boats are fast and beautiful.
Fleet 127 (part of the Southern California District) in Phoenix, Arizona has 12 boats, including new boats built in 2000, older wooden boats, and everything in-between. Our skippers have just as wide a range of experience from novice to very experienced.
The Tall Cactus Regatta will be run this coming Super Sunny Saturday with high temps around 90 degrees with the rum punch hovering around 40 degrees.
This will be a sprint course compared to the marathons the last few years. The idea is to sail the course hard, then drop the hook—or tie up on someone and enjoy the great weather and a wee bit of competition onshore between fleets, Clubs, and/or individual boats. Some random prizes will be awarded for the victors.
This is no Hunger Games. Pull up a chair and feast on steak, chicken, salmon patties, salads, corn on the cob, beans, deserts, and cold drinks, but only if you’ve ordered in advance or if we happen to have some leftovers.
Montgomery 17 11:00:00
Catalina 22 11:02:00
Capri 14.2 11:02:00
O’Day 222 11:03:48
San Juan 23 11:06:36
Tanzer 22 11:06:48
O’Day 25 11:08:00
Montgomery 23 11:09:12
Catalina 25 11:10:24
Ranger 22 11:10:24
Santana 20 11:11:36
Capri 26 11:14:36
Buccaneer 18 11:17:36
Santana 23 11:21:12
Evelyn 26 11:21:48
Merit 25 11:22:24
Wavelegth 30 11:32:00
Viper 640 11:33:48
Corsair F27 11:39:48
Reynolds 33 12:11:58
NON- spin boats Course:
Marks to PORT
SPIN Boats Course:
Enter here. Or see Mike Parker at the lake Saturday. The entry fee is $15.
Need more information? Contact Mike!
Michael Parker – 2012 AYC Cruising Captain
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What a great March! In like a Lion! Out like a Lion! March was full of heavy spring breezes in AZ and at the SD NOOD Regatta, and if great sailing wasn’t enough the month was topped off by a personal visit to AYC by Anna Tunnicliffe – Olympic Gold Medal Winner, #1 Ranked Women’s Match Racer and ISAF World Sailor of the Year (her second) for our Membership Meeting 3/13/2012.
Nominations are set for 2012-2013 Board of Directors and so next up must be Tall Cactus Regatta, the AYC Club Championship and our AYC Annual “Closing Ceremonies” – aka THE PARTY – coming in May.
It’s time to RACE our way to the finsh of 2011-2012 sailing year!
Check it all out in this month’s COMPASS POINTS!
Spring Training may be over, but the 2011-2012 AYC season sure isn’t and as always we’re saving some of our best events for last!
Final races at LP and TTL are on tap of course and April means time to kick-back and cruise to Humbug with the gang for Tall Cactus Regatta.
In addition to Tall Cactus we’ll have a busy month for “paperwork” with Election ballot mailing – hopefully the last via snail mail – and two recommended AYC Bylaws changes to vote on. Please give your serious consideration to both these motions from the board:
Both of these changes look like good improvements and I hope you’ll “bounce around” these ideas with your crew and friends and share your feedback with us online with comments and on the AZYC Yahoo Group.
Have a great April!
April 2012 Calendar of Events
The Fourth Annual Arizona High School Sailing Championship is scheduled to be held on 21 April 2012 at Tempe Town Lake.
Last year Alexia Lorch won and her crew was Scott Soethe. She is was junior at Xavier College Preparatory and Scott was a student at Brophy College Preparatory. A perpetual trophy to display at the school of the skipper for half the time until next years race (the other half of the time to be displayed at the school of the crew) was presented after the races. Individual trophies were presented for the winners to keep.
This year’s competition promises to be great. For more information and to get your race documents visit this link: http://arizonayachtclub.org/arizona-high-school-sailing-championship/
The PHRF Spin boats are among the fastest of the regatta, usually driven by larger crews over longer distances than the other classes. These folks are hard core—sailors who love nothing more than to win a close start or push the boat up on a plane.
The fleet is made up of a diverse collection of boats, made more or less equal through the PHRF handicap scheme and includes “big chute” boats from 20 to 30 feet and beyond! Check out the current fleet:
Interested in joining us for a race, a day, a weekend or the whole series? Learn more by contacting Fleet Captain: Bruce Andress
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It may still be winter elsewhere but SPRING IS HERE in Arizona! Excellent temperatures and breezes have our sailors out in force at Lake Pleasant and Town Lake for sailing and ASF Classes, and also venturing out for events on the CA Coast as well.
March brings us more great sailing AND Anna Tunnicliffe-Olympic Gold Medal Winner, #1 Ranked Women’s Match Racer and ISAF World Sailor of the Year (her second) for our Membership Meeting 3/13/2012.
Nominations for 2012-2013 Board of Directors will also be held that night so please contact your Fleet Captain, Cruising Captain Mike Parker, or one of our “At Large” Nominating Committee members Tom Errickson or Tom Ohlin to submit a nomination to the Committee.
Happy Spring AYC!!!
A fabulous spring season is off and running with over 50 boats registered for LP and TTL racing and 35 students registered for ASF Sailing Education courses.
March is an especially busy month for Arizona Sailors with as 15-20 boats heading to San Diego for the NOOD regatta along with our regular slate of LP and TTL Racing. Good luck and safe travels to the Viper, Buccaneer and other sailors heading to San Diego for the 3/16-3/18 SD NOOD!
On the Board of Directors front please on the lookout for RECOMMENDED BYLAW CHANGES being proposed by the Board to land in your in-basket in the next few weeks.
Have a great March Madness!
March 2012 Calendar of Events
TTL Sailors…remember the time change! TTL Racing “First Horn” moves back an hour in March to 3:00pm for first horn.
Dennis Davis took the Learn to Sail Right class with his brother in Fall 2011 and thinks ASF instructors are GREAT!! He is running two Lasers at TTL; Ema is currently taking High School Sailing. They are looking to add larger boats to the family fleet – maybe a buccaneer!
The Edwards Family, Kevin, Stacy, Austin and Hollis, are long-time Scottsdale residents that pursue many outdoor activities. Kevin has been involved in sailing for many decades and has crewed on Team Gravity at Lake Pleasant for over six seasons. He crews with the “Shockwave” sailing team out of Long Beach, has been on many ocean excursions and continues to enjoy boating with friends and family. Austin, is a student at ASU and looks forward to participating in the sailboat racing program at Tempe Lake this spring. Stacy and Hollis both enjoy boating very much but have taken a more casual approach to their sailing experience. They look forward to being active members and getting know more of you at the Arizona Yacht Club.
Chalz Kirubi is a mechanical engineer who has helped in building a 20-foot wooden Catboat called Kinship with his family in the Boston area. He has been on sailboats all 40 years of his life. He has lived in Phoenix for the past six years and owned a 22-foot Laguna Windrose that he would tow to Lake Pleasant. He is now looking to sail a bit more casually than owning by adopting a boat at Tempe Town Lake or crewing with others.
Peter Lehrach taught himself to sail at age 13 on a Sunfish (the only boat he’s ever owned) and began racing competitively in college. He is experienced sport boat crew on J/22, J/29, & J/80s and raced extensively on a Pearson 30 in the Gulf of Mexico. As foredeck on a Farr 37, they won class at the 2003 Key West race week earning the crew an invitation to the National Offshore Championship at the US Naval Academy. The highlight of his sailing career was being #1 foredeck on a 70’ ketch for Antigua Race Week and then racing the same yacht in the America’s Cup Jubilee at the Isle of Wight, England. His cruising resume includes Marion (MA) to Bermuda, Newport to Ensenada, Turks & Caicos to Nassau, and bareboat charters from Guadeloupe, and the BVIs.
Court Roberts joined AYC in the fall and right away took the championship in the 2011 Governor’s Cup! He hails from Anthem and sails a Melges 24 and recently has begun sailing in the Laser fleet on Tempe Town Lake. Last year he began racing his Holder 20 in AYC Lake Pleasant races. Court originally grew up in Southern California where he starting sailing Sidney Sabots way back in the day as a kid. He spent many vacations sailing with his family to Catalina Island and other coastal cruising and often participated in the boat parade in Huntington Harbor. He moved with his family to Northern California in the late 70’s and picked sailing back up in the early 90’s. He owned and operated a night club and restaurant in Eureka, California for 15 years until the move in 2005 to Anthem; some of the summer months are still spent at his home in Northern California taking in the summer racing in the Humboldt Yacht Club, where he is also a member. Court says he is excited to be a member of the AYC and involved with such a great group of fine sailors who enjoy sailing just as much as he does. We look forward to his active racing involvement in Arizona.
Devin Sloan became interested in sailing while completing the Deepwater Cruising course series at USC. While the course was geared towards offshore sailing in larger keelboats, it did include some experience with smaller boats such as 420s. He then helped crew in the Marina Del Rey beer can races for 2 years. Unfortunately due to work and relocation he has not been on the water for almost a decade and is looking to get back into sailing. He is interested in racing and assisting with equipment maintenance.
Matthew and Jacob Thomas joined as Junior Members in the fall. They have participated in the High School Sailing Program.
George and Pam Weaver have come full circle, having learned to sail in the early 70’s with an AYC member, racing on Lake Pleasant and participating in a cruise to Isla Tiburon off Hermosillo. They have since sailed a variety of boats in the Chesapeake, San Diego Harbor, the Willamette & Columbia Rivers in Oregon, the Pacific Ocean off Honolulu, and the Pacific Northwest as proud owners of a 50’ Sea Ranger trawler. George is a retired Captain with Continental Airlines; Pam is an interior designer turned writer and is now the accomplished author of three books. They live in Scottsdale with their Papillion Angel, an experienced watch-stander on the flybridge.
If you are a new member and have not been introduced through Compass Points, please send a brief writeup about you (and your family) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Arizona Yacht Club Membership Director
Linda and I just spent a week in Lake Havasu at the Havasu Pocket cruiser convention and had a great time. There were around 200 boats from all over the US and Canada that showed up for some really fun sailing and racing, which I believe was a little more than just fun for some. The races are very loosely ruled, and no Protests are allowed, just gentlemanly conduct, and there was a lot of that. Everyone behaved well, and there were several race seminars held for those who didn’t understand the rules.
There was also a parade of boats under the London Bridge. If you would like to see a collection of photos from this years convention,
CLICK HERE and they are already posting photos there.
Lake Havasu has a great organization putting on this event and have quite a few seminars, manufacturers, sail makers, west marine, and ruddercraft, JO woodworks and many more there. They procured great deals on the rooms at the London Bridge resort, we stayed there and all rooms are suites and very nice, and are next to the convention center and boat docks, and 5.00 a night slips, free launching, and they sponsor their local Sea Scouts, and had a book sale this year, auctioned a donated boat, and built a dinghy behind the convention center this year for the Sea Scouts. Of course they also had a great party Thursday night, and Saturday night was awards and trophy’s for racing, and more.
The Pocket Cruiser Convention is very family oriented, but only about 4 children showed up that I counted. The real reward was meeting so many nice people, seeing so many beautiful boats, and returning to a sailing venue I hadn’t seen in 20 or so years. By the way, there is no entry fee, and all the seminars and racing are free, and you only have to spend the gas money to get there. I am already planning to be there next year, and would hope to see a lot more Arizona yacht Club burgees flying at the marina.
Yes, this interferes with the first LP Race weekend, but if you are interested we can work with the board to take this event into consideration on next year’s calender. Either way, to me it is worth missing a race weekend to enjoy the good food, plenty of racing, a whole week of sailing, or you could just come for a couple of days since there are no entry fees. Let Sean know you’re coming and he puts this whole thing together. Check the web site www.sailhavasu.com/ or contact me if you would like to know about this great Arizona sailing event.
Eligible members interested in volunteering to run for election to AYC Board of Directors positions, or that would like to nominate eligible AYC members should see their ACTIVE Fleet Captain, Cruising Captain Mike Parker or Commodore Emory Heisler to participate in the Nominating Committee or to submit nominations.
The ELECTION OF OFFICERS and NOMINATING committee and process are defined by the AYC By-Laws as follows:
9.1.2 Election of Officers. The following Club Officers shall be elected annually by the Membership for one (1) year terms: Commodore, Vice Commodore, Rear Commodore, Fleet Captain, and Cruising Captain. Each year the following Club Officers shall be elected by the Membership for two (2) year terms: Membership Director, Junior Staff Commodore (who shall become Senior Staff Commodore in the second year of his tenure).
12.1.2 NOMINATING: All members of the Nominating Committee must be Voting Members of the Club. The Fleet Captain of each active fleet shall notify the Commodore of the Fleet’s representative. The Cruising Captain shall select one (1) member from the ranks of the predominately Cruising Voting Membership and the Commodore shall select two (2) members-at-large representatives from the ranks of the non-racing Voting Members of the Club. Such selections by the Active Racing Fleets, Cruising Captain and Commodore shall not be subject to approval or challenge by any other entity or person. For the purposes of this Article, an “Active Racing Fleet” shall mean a racing fleet which qualified for a separate start and has at least four (4) Voting Members registered to race, in the last completed Fall or Spring Series of the Club’s racing calendar just prior to the Nominating Committee’s first meeting. The Chairman of the Nominating Committee shall be the Commodore of the Club who shall have no vote on the Nominating Committee. No other Officers or Board Members may be on the Nominating Committee. There shall be no requirement for the Nominating Committee to nominate any incumbent Officer or Member of the Board of Directors to any Office or Board of Director Membership. The Nominating Committee shall procure approval of each of its nominations from the person being nominated prior to conclusion of its duties for the year. The Nominating Committee may nominate more than one (1) candidate for each position open. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Commodore shall automatically be nominated for the position of Junior Staff Commodore.
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