The scores from week 3 of racing at Tempe Town Lake are posted on the results page, or click here. There was no wind for week 4 and so no races and no race results. It was described as “bob and bake.”
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Another mixed weekend for the fall series, with some light wind and some, yes, lighter wind. The scores for Week 3 of racing at Lake Pleasant are posted on the results page, or click here.
Wasn’t that interesting? Saturday’s racing began with drifting and the race committee was setting up to shorten course on the first race of the day when suddenly the breeze surged in from the north, blasting down the lake at about 20 mph. Yikes.
The scores from this weekend of racing at Lake Pleasant are posted on the results page, or you can find them by clicking here. An RC error means that the second multi-hull race Saturday is still being sorted out.
The first weekend of Lake Pleasant racing began with a whimper and ended with a blast: light wind on Saturday gradually got stronger later; the wind was too heavy for racing Sunday morning (and then the steering went out on Wicked Awesome). Despite a strong registration by the multi-hull fleet, the turnout for the weekend was light.
The scores are posted on the results page, or you’ll find them here.
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:
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 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.
The usual mixed bag of wind showed up for racing at Lake Pleasant for the fourth week of the spring series. The scores are posted on the results page, or you can find them by clicking here.
Thanks to the PHRF Spin fleet for handling race committee, including Steve Kusic and crew for Saturday night’s dinner.
The predicted howling wind held off for the third weekend of Lake Pleasant racing and instead we got a mix of very light stuff and a nice, moderate wind. Thanks to the C22 fleet for race committee… and the burgers.
The scores for week 3 of racing at Lake Pleasant are posted on the results page, or click here.
Mostly light air, but a nice weekend on the water for week two of the spring series. Thanks to the Thistle fleet for making RC and dinner happen so well with so small a fleet.
The scores for week 2 of racing at Lake Pleasant are posted on the results page, or you can click here.
Now, a story from Mike Ferring:
It was the first race Sunday morning, one of those famous first races of the day when the wind begins to die early. It was dropping fast as we rounded the windward mark on w/l, as we hoisted the spinnaker on our J/80, Melissa Kay. But as we did, the halyard jumped the sheave and jammed, leaving the spin a few feet short of a full hoist. More serious, we knew we wouldn’t be able to get the sail down.
We were in second place in the smallish, five-boat Sunday morning Sportboat Fleet, with Chris Smith’s Sloop Dogg only a few boat lengths back. Dave Evans was a distant fourth, having jumped the start. Dog Year was fifth. The wind was shutting down for everybody except Dave, who was scooting up the west side with the only breeze on the lake.
Bob Whyte suggested we give up on the race and take the time to send Maryellen up the mast to pry the halyard out of the gap next to the sheave. We dropped sails, Maryellen strapped into the bosun’s chair and Chris Hardin and Bob hoisted her to the top of the mast. By now the wind had completely stopped and even though Sloop Dogg had drifted past us, she was only a few boat lengths away. Amazing.
Chris Smith saw that the only breeze on the lake was the one Dave was enjoying to the west and crept off to find it. Maryellen was still at the masthead. We were resigned to last place. She pried it loose and we brought her down.
Wait, what’s this? A slight wisp of wind now ruffled across the water. Were we actually still in this race? We hurriedly raised sails and found ourselves on a rumb line to the leeward mark. We rounded, headed back north toward the finish line where we crept across in an amazed third place behind Steve Brown and Wendy and Dave’s Dog Year, which had found some wind too.
Lake Pleasant, you are a fickle mistress.
Our halyard issues weren’t over, of course. While leading the last race of Sunday morning, the thing jammed again and this time we were dog meat, retiring and limping into the slip, but still amazed at our good fortune.
The scores for the first weekend of spring racing at Lake Pleasant are posted on the results page, or you’ll find them by clicking here.
The scores from the second week of racing at Tempe Town Lake are posted on the results page, or click here.
The scores for the first week of racing at Tempe Town Lake are posted on the results page, or by clicking here.
Congratulations to the Tempe Town Lake fleet champs: Cindy Pillote, Buccaneer 18; Dave Haggart, C14; Paul Miachika, Laser; and Alex Smith, Portsmouth.
The scores for the last week of racing at Tempe Town Lake for 2015 are posted on the results page, or click here.
The scores for week 7 of racing at Tempe Town Lake are posted on the results page, or click here.
The scores from week 6 of racing at Tempe Town Lake are posted on the results page, or click here.
It was an experiment: A one-day weekend, a Saturday-only final weekend of the fall race series and it began with a roar. Chuck Sears said the wind touched 40 mph on his boat’s instruments. Too much for racing, and the RC put in at Scorpion Bay to wait for the wind to ease. By noon it had come down enough to bring a screaming start and by mid-afternoon the wind was delightful.
Congratulations to all who came out to play this fall and especially to the fleet champs: Charles Ellis, C22; Charles Landis, PHRF Non-Spin; Tom Baker, PHRF Spin; Tony Chapman, PHRF Sportboat; and Skip Kempff, Thistle.
The scores from Week 5 of racing at Lake Pleasant are posted on the results page, or you’ll find them by clicking here.
The wind was so light it almost couldn’t be felt, but that didn’t stop these brave sailors from facing down the calm to get in two races. Sure, they were snail sail races, but sometimes those take the most concentration—and certainly the most patience!
The scores from the Saturday Edition of racing at Tempe Town lake are posted on the results page, or you’ll find them by clicking here.
A beautiful weekend on the lake for November 7-8, with a challenging mix of big wind, dying wind, and wildly shifting wind. On Saturday, racing was late starting as the Whaler went on a rescue mission to help a turtled Hobie, but there was still wind remaining to send us all out for a nice afternoon. Sunday morning we had just two hard-core fleets, the PHRF spins and sportboats, plus a morning gaggle of fast-flying multi-hulls. The wind passed quickly (and painfully) through the shifting phase and came back long enough to run another couple races.
The scores for week 4 of racing at Lake Pleasant are posted on the results page, or you’ll find them by clicking here.