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Welcome to Tempe Town Canyon

Another huge office complex is about to rise on the shore of Tempe Town Lake, making sailing this tiny lake just that much more challenging. Hope for an east or west wind whistling down the canyon of buildings.

It’s called The Watermark Tempe, a 600,000 square foot office complex that will go up on the north shore, east of the marina and nestling up against Rural Road. It faces the massive State Farm office complex on the south shore, which has disturbed the already-disturbing wind currents on the lake.

George Sheller has forwarded this PDF of the complex so you can see where this monster will go.

An artist’s conception of the massive new The Watermark Tempe office complex.

Tucson Sailing Club Invites You to Mexico

The Tucson Sailing Club is headed for Mexico over Memorial Day weekend and would like you to come along. It’s the club’s spring trip to San Carlos, with lots of party and lots of sailing.

You’ll find some exotic sailing with the Tucson Sailing Club.

Marshall Williamson says, “Whether your boat is made for speed, or padded for comfort, whether you’re new to racing or an ocean racing veteran, you’ll have a great time racing with us! We invite you to participate.”

Here’s a schedule of what’s happening. And here’s a link to the TSC website where you’ll find registration information.

Questions: Race Chairman Peter Burgard, at burgardjd@aol.com or call 520.625.3982.

Paul Miachika Competes in Laser Midwinters West

AYC’s reigning Club Champion, Paul Miachika, took his Laser to the biggest West Coast race on March 24-26 and while he says the “young’uns” beat him, it was an excellent event.

Reports Paul, “85 Lasers (53 Radial and 32 Standard Rig) raced out of California Yacht Club in Marina del Rey, CA at the premier Spring Laser regatta on the West Coast. Great wind, great weather, top notch competition, excellent race committee, and on-shore hospitality made this a memorable event.”

Here are a couple shots from sailing photographer Tom Walker:

Paul Miachika at the 2017 Laser Midwinters West.

Paul mixes it up with a herd of Lasers at the Laser Midwinters West off Venice Beach, California

Vote for the Next AYC Board of Directors

The polls are open for members to vote for the next AYC Board of Directors. You’ve received a link to online voting by email and it should take only a couple minutes for you to vote. When you log in to vote, the system will ask for your information from the AYC member files: your email and your last name.

You can vote for the nominated slate of officers or write in the name of a person. Here’s the rundown.

Mike Ferring

Several of the current officers declined to run this time, so you’ll find some new and some familiar names on the list.

Commodore: Mike Ferring. Yes, for the third time this guy is running for Commodore. Mike was Commodore in 2006-2007 and 2012-2013. He’s AYC’s Webmaster, ASF Board Member, Fleet Captain of the Sportboat Fleet, and races a 14.2 and J/80.

Vice Commodore: Mike Bernard. TTL racers recognize Mike as a die-hard Laser sailor. Mike’s retired from Intel.

Rear Commodore: Peter Burgard. Ask Peter to rattle off the list of boats in his personal fleet. Peter lives in Tucson, retired after 20+ years in purchasing at UA and another 11 with Amphitheater Schools. He’s active in the community and is past Commodore of the Tucson Sailing Club, organizer of this May’s San Carlos regatta. You’ll find Peter and wife Judy serving dinner after Saturday’s (4/22) Lake Pleasant racing as part of the Santana 20 fleet.

Mike Bernard aboard his Laser at Tempe Town Lake. Photo: Mike Ferring

Membership: Andy Oliver. Andy is a Thistle sailor and has been one of the teachers for the Adult Beginning Sailing class for ASF. He’s also been helping Lori Reger greet people at the monthly meetings.

Fleet Captain: George Sheller. A semi-sorta-retired architect, George is a longtime AYC member, former Commodore, and current advocate for Laser sailing.

Others on the ballot from the current board: Bruce Andress moving on to Junior Staff Commodore and Tom Errickson running again for Cruising Captain. Remaining on the board in the second year of two-year terms are Chris Smith as Senior Staff Commodore and Mark Howell as Membership Director. The new Board appoints a Treasurer and Secretary. Expect Tony Chapman and Scott Richards to fill those roles.

Online voting will continue until 6pm May 8. Votes will be counted at the Caddy Shack at Rolling Hills at 6pm Tuesday, May 9, and you may present a written ballot in person at that time.

April Meeting: Extreme Sailing!

Sailing will go to the Extreme in October in San Diego, foiling cats rising out of the water in a wild show of speed. The city is the latest entry in the world tour of the Extreme Sailing Series, a collection of professional, sponsored teams racing a fleet of foiling GC32 catamarans, “flying” just in front of thousands of spectators.

Matt Reynolds. Credit - Lloyd Images

Matt Reynolds. Credit – Lloyd Images

In April, San Diego Extreme Series CEO Matt Reynolds will introduce AYC to the series and invite us to take it all in on October 19-21. The Race Village will be based at Harbor Island, and the racing action will take place close to shore as a kind of “stadium” racing venue. The series started in 2007 with racing catamarans, but last year switched to the GC32, the foiling boats. Here’s more about the boats.

They just raced in March at Muscat in Oman. Next up in April is Qingdao, China. Then it’s on to the Madeira Islands, Hamburg and Cardiff, and then San Diego and Los Cabos, Mexico

The meeting is Tuesday, April 11, 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.

Extreme Series at the last stop of 2016, Sydney harbor.

Extreme Series at the last stop of 2016, Sydney harbor.

 

Tempe Town Lake Draws Family Racing

Sure, the wind was shifty and sometimes light, but it was a nice day on the water at Tempe Town Lake on Sunday (2/26). Most fun, it brought out some of the kids. Will Zornik put daughter Heidi and son Conrad on his Laser, where they were great crew. Conrad played bowman and figurehead. Amazingly, despite the extra weight, on the first race Will and team got a great start, picked up a favorable shift on the last leg and won!

Meanwhile, Rob Gibbs on his Laser trailed behind son Colin aboard a Bic O’Pen, coaching him around the course in the Portsmouth fleet. Colin announced to Rob that he wanted to race this spring and delighted dad decided to coach rather than race himself. Colin looked very confident—and very well dressed for the part.

Results of the day are posted on the results page, or click here.

A slideshow of Mike Ferring’s pictures are below:

Conrad, Heidi, and Will Zornik before one of the races. Photo: Mike Ferring

Conrad, Heidi, and Will Zornik before one of the races. Photo: Mike Ferring

March Meeting: Boathouse for Tempe Town Lake?

Kim Knotter, Executive Director, Rio Salado Foundation

Kim Knotter, Executive Director, Rio Salado Foundation

The Rio Salado Foundation is making another run at building a $5-million boathouse on the north shore of Tempe Town Lake. Storage on the lower floor, offices and meeting space on the top. Sound like something nice to have?

At the March monthly meeting, Rio Salado’s Executive Director Kim Knotter will lay out the plans and the hopes and dreams for you to ogle. If you’ve been following this story, this will be familiar. The organization has been trying to get the concept off the ground for years and has been sitting on $1.2 million in funds as seed money, most of it from SRP. Kim will tell us how they hope to get the seed to grow.

The meeting is Tuesday, March 14, 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.

Kim Knotter was named Executive Director in July 2013 and has worked in nonprofit management and fundraising in Phoenix for over 20 years. She has served with some of the Valley’s most notable charities including The American Cancer Society, Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Planned Parenthood of Arizona, Hospice of the Valley, Phoenix Art Museum, and Ballet Arizona. Kim is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and Planned Giving Round Table of Arizona.

Rain, Strong Wind Mark Leukemia Cup-Birthday Regatta Action

Friday: Gorgeous. Saturday: Not so much. Sunday: Better, but who needs cold and rainy?

Tony Chapman pulls off a tight leeward rounding and heads upwind. Photo: Mike Ferring

Tony Chapman pulls off a tight leeward rounding and heads upwind. Photo: Mike Ferring

When it was over, Jeff Grange had mowed down the Viper competition, his single “bad” race (a third) tossed out, leaving him with a total of 9 points in 9 scored races. Tim Carter and Tony Chapman fought an epic fight for second. Tim took a one-point lead on Friday and clung to it through Sunday.

Chris Winnard and Al Lehman Jr. dominated the PHRF Spin class on a Holder 20, also tossing a third to leave them with a perfect five points in five scored races. While Chris Smith was promoting SUP boards, his boat with guest crew took second place.

Bob Worrall took PHRF Non-Spin, Dave Scobie “Wrinkle Boat,” and Gordon Bagley won Multi-Hull. Gordon also gets the belt buckle for Multi-Hull and Jeff Grange gets buckled in Mono. Lots of sailors decided it was too wet, too windy, or overall much too crummy to sail, leaving all the fleets depleted.

The bright spot on the weekend came Friday, with good wind and partly cloudy skies. Friday’s Birthday Bash and Viper races were nearly perfect. The Bash Boats shot up to Balance Rock, looped over and around Horse, took Balance to port again and tacked south to the finish, with the first boats finishing in about 90 minutes. Rollin’ in the Deep did it fastest, notching both “line honors” and the corrected PHRF win.

Rain? Well, yes, and heavy wind. And as the races got started Saturday morning, a flash of lightning brought a radio call from the RC: Abandon. All the boats streaked for Pleasant Harbor Marina and an early lunch. By the 1 pm restart, heavy puffs blasted the course and later rain splattered everyone, reducing the number of boats deciding to race, but still permitting several races to complete.

We’ll learn soon how the real winner of the weekend came out: the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, which was the beneficiary of the regatta’s fundraising.

Here are the results of the Leukemia Cup and Birthday Regatta.

Here are pictures shot by Mike Ferring during Viper racing and the the Birthday Rum Party on Friday:

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High wire act. Photo; Mike Ferring

 

Viper sails. Photo: Mike Ferring

Viper sails. Photo: Mike Ferring

Leukemia Cup & Birthday Regatta Bash

Here’s what’s happening at the 2017 AYC Leukemia Cup Regatta “First in the Nation” and Birthday Regatta, with a completely new date, format and events. All the regatta information and registration is on www.aycregattas.com. This site is continually being updated. The regatta is Friday-Sunday, February 17-19.

Sportboats charge for the start line. Photo: Charles Landis

Sportboats charge for the start line. Photo: Charles Landis

Here are the highlights:

A really big tent! The H2OMG event (hydroplane boat races the weekend after us) needed marks, a couple of boats and volunteers—which we have. We needed a really big tent—which they have. We’ve been working with H2OMG to combine resources and share/trade where possible.

Sponsors: Take a look at the sponsor page. All of those listed have contributed, assisted and provided goods or services to the regatta.

Portillo – Lunch on the Lake. New for 2017. On Saturday, 2/18, instead of soggy sandwiches and chips, Portillo’s will be delivering your pre-ordered lunch right on the lake. We will have a lunch break around midday. Sail up to the pontoon boat, grab your lunch and enjoy! A $20 lunch credit is included in the registration fee.

Pleasant Harbor Access – no more paying at the gate every day. Registration includes a three-day access pass to the Marina. Drive up, show your card and you’re in!

SUP – New for 2017 is a full day of SUP events, classes, demonstrations and racing on the “beach” by the North Ramp. Entry fee includes a one-day pass to enter Pleasant Harbor.

The Phoenix – New for 2017. AYC has chartered The Phoenix cruise boat for a private VIP cruise around the race course. Lake Pleasant Sailing Club is assisting with the operation of this event. To secure a seat for friends and family (and great photo ops) all you have to do is make a donation to the LLS (Details here.)

The Club Challenge – New for 2017. Created primarily for cruising boats, the Club Challenge is an AYC vs LPSC vs Tucson Sailing Club run around a challenging course. Two new trophies are awarded: One to the winning club (which they must defend in 2018) and one to the winning boat.

The Birthday Bash – Friday’s race open to all boats. This is a long course handicap race with a twist. For 2017 we will also be awarding a Line Honors trophy.

Regatta T-Shirts – New for 2017. This year, regatta T-shirts are printed on site. No ordering in advance, no running out of a certain size. You want it? They print it. The front of the shirt has the regatta poster; the back is fully customizable. Add your name, your boat’s name, a logo—all done on site in about five minutes.

The Trophies – Of course the second set of Triple Crown Rodeo Buckles will be awarded to a monohull and multi-hull boat. The “best on the water” during the regatta will walk away with one of these spectacular awards. The actual regatta trophies are secret. Let’s just say they follow the Embrace Your Inner Arizona theme.

The Auctionall items up for grabs are on listed here. If you have a product or service you would like to add to the auction, please contact us at info@aycregattas.com.

Accommodation – The Courtyard Marriott is offering a group discount rate at the hotel on I-17 and Happy Valley Road. Easy and quick access to the lake at a very comfortable hotel.

And there is so much more! Did we mention a carnival at Spinnaker Point? Yes, there will be that too!

Chrisann Tortora Wins 2017 Ruth Beals Cup

On a sunny, chilly Saturday, Chrisann Tortora sailed Mike Hester’s Viper 640 to victory and a grip on the shiny Ruth Beals Cup for 2017.

The Ruth Beals Cup is named for AYC’s founder and requires that a woman take the helm of the race boat, while permitting men in the crew. The race this year moved from its traditional Tempe Town Lake spot to Lake Pleasant and from C14 dinghies to PHRF boats, became a single long-distance race, and drew a very large entry of 20 boats, with 11 actually competing on January 28.

You’ll find full results here.

Here’s a video of some of the racing by Brian Willess (Multi Hull Nacra Inter20):

January Meeting: Eco Vigilantes Protect Endangered Species

Consider this sentence from the NY Times: “Sea Shepherd… describes itself as an eco-vigilante group, flies a variation of the Jolly Roger on its ships and often cites the motto, ‘It takes a pirate to catch a pirate.’” Sea Shepherd tries to stop bad guys from wiping out endangered ocean species or nail them for illegal fishing.

Sea Shepherd's David Hance

Sea Shepherd’s David Hance

David Hance is the Chief Operating Officer of this group and he’ll be our January meeting speaker. He’ll brief us on their efforts in the northern Sea of Cortez, where they’re working with the Mexican government and other groups to protect the critically endangered Vaquita Porpoise, which they estimate now numbers just 60.

In fact, Sea Shepherd has just stopped six fishing boats illegally fishing in the Sea of Cortez, turning them over to Mexican authorities.

The meeting is Tuesday, January 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.

A shot of the crew of one of Sea Shepherd's "vigilante" ships.

A shot of the crew of one of Sea Shepherd’s “vigilante” ships.

Ruth Beals Cup Goes the Distance

The Ruth Beals course will be heart-shaped.

The Ruth Beals course will be heart-shaped.

Since AYC began this women-at-the-helm championship race, it’s been fought at Tempe Town Lake in C14s. Not this year. Try keel boats for long distance at Lake Pleasant. This is another twist from the fertile mind of Vice Commodore Victor Felice. To add a triple twist, he’s laid out a course shaped like a heart.

The race is named for the founder of AYC, Ruth Beals, and offers a chance for the women of the club to compete against other women. Men are allowed to crew, but not to get too close to the tiller. Here’s a link to the registration information for the race, which will be run on Saturday, January 21, starting at 10 am.

Maryellen Ferring (shown on the home page picture) has held the cup for the last two years, but won’t be defending since she’ll be out of the country when the race is run.

Hester, Johnston & Miachika Win Governor’s Cup Trophies

In a day made for fast sailing, Mike Hester and Brett Johnston scored belt buckles and Paul Miachika walked off with the giant trophy.

Mike took the monohull fleet and Brett the multi-hull fleet in the first of the new “Triple Crown” series that will include the Leukemia Cup and Birthday Regatta and the Tall Cactus. Mike’s Viper 640 beat second place finisher Scott Richards’s Thistle by a PHRF-adjusted time of about 8½ minutes. Paul Liszewski’s Hobie 33 finished third. Brett’s Nacra 20 was an adjusted 7½ minutes ahead of Scott Agan on his G-Cat 5.7. Trent Sellens was third on a Corsair F27. Here is a complete list of results for the Triple Crown regatta.

AYC Club Champ Paul Miachika took on the Governor’s Cup Pursuit Race in—believe it or don’t—a Laser and did a horizon job on the fleet to win the giant Governor’s Cup trophy. Mike Ferring and crew finished second in their J/80 and Emory Heisler (monohull winner of April’s Tall Cactus) finished third.

The races started with white caps twisting off the tops of waves, with strong puffs and then moderated a bit as the day went on.

Thanks to PROs Wendy Larsen and Dave Christensen and their race committee crew. Thanks also to seven skippers who took ASF Adult Beginning Sailing graduates aboard for the race, to give them a taste of this game we play.

Mike Hester won the monohull division of the "Triple Crown" Governor's Cup in a Viper 640. This is Dave Evans's Viper. Photo: Mike Ferring

Mike Hester won the monohull division of the “Triple Crown” Governor’s Cup in his Viper 640. This is Dave Evans’s Viper. Photo: Mike Ferring

 

Scott Agan waves from his second-place finishing G-Cat 5.7 as he passes the crew of Melissa Kay, which had finished the shorter Pursuit Race. Photo: Mike Ferring

Scott Agan waves from his second-place finishing G-Cat 5.7 as he passes the crew of Melissa Kay, which had finished the shorter Pursuit Race. Photo: Mike Ferring

Scott Johnston ripping into the multi-hull lead at the 2016 Governor's Cup. Photo: Mike Ferring

Brett Johnston ripping into the multi-hull lead at the 2016 Governor’s Cup. Photo: Mike Ferring

The start of the "Triple Crown" monohull race. Photo: Michele Korszeniewski

The start of the “Triple Crown” monohull race. Photo: Michele Korszeniewski

Victor Felice

Victor Felice aboard his Nacra at the Governor’s Cup. Photo: Marc Benoist

December’s Meeting: Twisted Gift Exchange

December’s monthly meeting brings the annual AYC gift exchange, a gift exchange with a twist. You might say twisted, even. The meeting is at 7 pm, Tuesday, December 13, at the Caddy Shack @ Rolling Hills, 1415 North Mill Avenue, Tempe.

Here’s how the gift exchange works:

  • You bring a wrapped gift valued at about $20.
  • You pick a number from a hat to determine the order we select gifts.
  • We’ll have two people called to the front of the room at the same time.
  • Each person can choose to pick a wrapped gift from the pile or play pirate and take the gift from someone who’s already opened one.
  • Gifts can be “pirated” only twice before they’re safe from further theft.

Some of the gifts can be pretty weird, but if you’re looking for a prized gift suggestion: Liquor always seems to bring applause!

What’s the Christmas gift exchange like? Here’s what happened in 2015.

Victor Felice holding tight to a gift in 2015. Photo: Mike Ferring

Victor Felice holding tight to a gift in 2015. Photo: Mike Ferring

Help ASF with Each Amazon Purchase

Do you shop at Amazon? Turns out the huge online merchant will give .5% (one-half percent) of the money from each of your purchases to the Arizona Sailing Foundation.

Your purchases cost the same. Amazon Prime still applies, if you’ve bought that service. ASF just gets a cut of all your dollars.

It’s simple. Instead of buying from amazon.com, you buy from smile.amazon.com. Sign up to have your purchases credited to ASF. That’s it. Takes less than a minute.

If you buy from Amazon, begin buying from smile.amazon.com instead. Route .5% of your money to ASF.

If you buy from Amazon, begin buying from smile.amazon.com instead in order to route .5% of your money to ASF.

Hobies Compete at Rocky Point

This year’s Hobie 16 and 18 North Americans were just a drive away from AYC, in Puerto Peñasco, Mexico (aka Rocky Point) on the Sea of Cortez, October 10-14.

In the Hobie 16 class Francisco Figueroa and Jolliam Berrios (PUR) won their third championship followed by Tom Korzeniewski and Karen Grisko (USA). The Hobie 18 class winners are Ken Marshack/Valerie Pioszak (USA) followed by Jim and Barbie Doty (USA). Here are the full results.

Hobies compete at Rocky Point.

Hobies compete at Rocky Point.

October Meeting: Professional Paddle Boarder Chase Kosterlitz

Professional stand up paddle boarder Chase Kosterlitz told the October AYC monthly meeting that he’s trying to bring order out of chaos for the young sport of SUP racing. Chase showed a video of the start of the world’s most prominent event in 2013, with a herd of paddleboarders pushing past the supposed start line, edging up to the water (keeping up with the “first cheater,” he said) and then crashing into each other as they started, looking for room to put their boards.

A sport without rules is not a sport, he said, describing what he’s tried to do with the Stand Up Paddle Athletes Association (SUPAA), which he founded. He said he’s now trained about 50 officials worldwide in an attempt to stabilize the sport and make it more fair for all competitors.

“I live in San Diego,” says Chase, “where I surf, hike and train in between traveling around the world looking for adventure. I got into water sports as a professional kiteboarding and stand up paddle instructor, where I learned to kiteboard in 2005 and began stand up paddling in 2008.

“After a collegiate basketball career, I became an avid water sports enthusiast–dedicated to living and promoting an active lifestyle on the water. This passion led me to establish my Florida-based business, Water Monkey, in order to promote this lifestyle. In five years of competition I have several championship titles and multiple wins across the United States and around the world. In addition to competition I enjoy writing and traveling to find new and challenging places to paddle, surf, kitesurf and explore.”

For more information visit SUPathletes.com. And here’s his personal website.

Chase showing the AYC meeting the wild start of a SUP race. Photo: Chris Smith

Chase showing the AYC meeting the wild start of a SUP race. Photo: Chris Smith

Yes, standup paddleboard is a physical sport!

Yes, standup paddleboard is a physical sport!

Register Now for Fall Race Series

Registration is open for the fall race series at both Lake Pleasant and Tempe Town Lake. Click here to get all the documents and to punch the “sign up now” button.

The big news of course is that we’re back with a full slate of races at Tempe Town Lake after limping through a spring with the lake empty because of the installation of the new steel dam. The new State Farm complex, the new Vela apartments, and a few other scattered lakeside developments will affect the wind on the lake, so hope for reliable E-W wind!

Fleet Captain John Riddell says that the PHRF Non-Spin fleet may be back and running at Lake Pleasant after a couple seasons of light participation. Once again, the Catalina 22s have elected to count races toward their championship from Saturday only. Other fleets are also running as they did in the spring.

The first race at TTL is Sunday, September 18. The first race weekend at LP is Saturday-Sunday, September 24-25.

TTL-Debbie Borgman Photos (20 of 23)

Capri 14.2s racing at Tempe Town Lake. Photo: Debbie Borgman

Register Now for Sailing Classes

Registration is open now for the fall Arizona Sailing Foundation sailing classes. Click on Arizona Sailing Foundation Education in the navigation bar at the top of any AYC web page and then select the type of class you’d like to take.

With Tempe Town Lake back in business, the full offering of classes will be available there, including Adult Beginning Sailing, Opti 1&2 for kids, Junior Performance Sailing in the O’Pen Bics, and High School Sailing on Tuesday afternoons. All classes are led by US Sailing-certified instructors and each of these classes will accept students who have never sailed before.

If you have questions about the courses, contact Mike Ferring, who can either answer your question or direct you to someone who can.

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Two Adult Beginning Sailing students sailing with instructor Emory Heisler. initially all students in the class sail with an instructor, with two students to each instructor. Later the students will sail two in a boat with the instructor watching from a safety boat.

Paul Miachika Competes in Laser Masters

By Paul Miachika

Fifty Masters in radial (23) and standard rigs (27) braved the 20 to 25 knot winds August 5-7 to compete in the Laser Masters North American Championship hosted by the Richmond Yacht Club.

Overall winner in the standard rig after 9 races was Charlie Buckingham, the USA representative in the Men’s Laser at the Rio Olympics! Yours truly finished 12th.

Here’s the link to the regatta with tons of other great photos and race results.

Enjoy! Anyone over 35 can race in Master Laser regattas. There are about four to six in SoCal each year, so it’s easy to participate. They’re not as intense as open regattas and include lots of on and off water camaraderie.

Paul Miachika falls off after rounding.

Paul Miachika falls off after rounding.