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Court Roberts Takes Governor’s Cup

Court Roberts smoked the field in the 2011 Governor’s Cup, held the day after Christmas, December 26.

Court and crew sailed his Melges 24 the way Buddy would want him to: Start strong and extend your lead. They took a commanding lead early in the race and then pulled it out as other boats sailed into the dark on the 26+ mile race course. Gary Overbeck in a Montgomery 17 slipped in ahead of Bob Worrall’s C22 as the two finished second and third in the handicap scoring.

The wind started light and finished light, with some nice breeze in the early afternoon. It was a stark contrast to the wind that greeted the racers for the original post-Thanksgiving date, when heavy wind forced cancellation.

George Tingom in a C14 corrected over Brett Johnston’s Nacra 6.0 in a second class, a group that sailed half the distance of the others.

Here are the scores for the race.

Tuesday (1/10) is a Non-Meeting Meeting

Because the 2012 AYC Birthday Regatta and Leukemia Cup is the following weekend, there will be no program for the Tuesday night (1/10) membership meeting. Come tip a beer with your pals. Giggle. Tell stories. But there’s no program.

At 6pm, the AYC Fleet Captains will meet to consider the documents for the Spring Race Series. If you’d like to see any changes to the racing, check with your Fleet Captain before the meeting.

The program schedule resumes in February. And in March (wow), we’ll hear from the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year, Anna Tunnicliffe. Yes, the 2008 Laser Radial Olympic Gold Medalist. The helmsperson for US entry in women’s match racing for next summer’s Summer Olympics in Weymouth, England. If you attend only one membership meeting this year, make it this one.

Governor’s Cup-A Late Christmas Present!

Sheila Reed silhouetted at sunset during the Governor's Cup. Photo: Chris Smith

Sheila Reed silhouetted at sunset during the Governor's Cup. Photo: Chris Smith

This time the wind wind cooperated a bit.

The first attempt at a 2011 Governor’s Cup was blown away by 40+ winds.  But the second attempt turned in to a beautiful “late” Christmas present.  A sunny “Boxing Day” brought early light winds, and then a nice breeze showed up after midday to push and pull our “marathoners” and their boats north and south and around Lake Pleasant along their 26-mile journey.

A few boats finished near dark (5:30pm) but several were still up in or near Castle Creek and finished in the dark. Thanks to the reflective tape on the “reef” buoys and the building late breeze around 6pm the late finishers had a safe trip to the finish cruising along at 4-5kts under a star-lit sky.

Who won? For that bit of information we will have to wait until Capts. Parker and Christensen have consulted the “bones.”

AYC Hits Sailing World Magazine

The Arizona Yacht Club elbowed its way into Sailing World magazine, the Jan-Feb issue, with emphasis on the Birthday Regatta.

Commodore Emory Heisler is colorfully quoted. Chris Smith gets photo credit. Frank Hunter endorses us. Very cool. When you read it, you may be excused for thinking that Lake Pleasant must be a hundred miles from nowhere, but it certainly sounds like a fun place to be.

On the same page: Anna Tunnicliffe, our March meeting speaker!

Merry AYC Christmas

Pat Favier displays one of the bottles of Bailey's that was later "picked." Photos: Mike Ferring

Liquor once again proved to be the hot item at the Buccaneer Gift Exchange Tuesday night, December 13.

With an excellent turnout and a heaping table of gifts, the social decibel level was at max most of the night. Two “thefts” of open presents was the rule and while the thievery began slowly, it was still rippling through the crowd as the evening ended—mostly bottles of spirits changing hands. Pat Favier managed what was probably the night’s heaviest thievery traffic, owing to her ability to spot the hot presents on the table, including two bottles of Bailey’s Irish Cream. Other top picks to pick: A classic boat lantern and a model sailboat.

Mike Parker also guided the group through the semi-annual Ye Blunder Bucket voting, “won” by Ray Gazzera. Rob Gibbs waved photo evidence of Ray’s Blunder: His Catalina 22 sitting bow up, stern down, still on its trailer, when Ray failed to secure the trailer hitch. Ray is a Blunder Bucket nominee many times over, but this is his first actual “victory.” In fact, Ray had been nominated so many times that in 2007 we awarded him an honorary “Life Achievement” Blunder Bucket.

What, more booze?

Gene Walentiny nominates Bob Worrall for a Blunder Bucket. Bob nominates him back.

Gene Walentiny nominates Bob Worrall for a Blunder Bucket. Bob nominates him back.

Lots of excellent presents for the annual party.

Katherine Motil checks out the choices.

Katherine Motil checks out the choices.

Governor’s Cup Rescheduled for December 26

The Governor’s Cup lives: 11am Monday, December 26th. Registrations will be honored, new registrations accepted, and an additional event will be included. This is the postponed running of the race that was canceled because of too much wind on Thanksgiving weekend.

Thistles on Lake Pleasant. Photo: Chris Smith

As requested by dinghy sailors, all centerboard classes are invited to participate in a Half Marathon (13.1 miles) starting with the Full Marathon sailors and be eligible for the coveted Governors Cup Trophy! Entry Forms will be on the website. Please note “HALF” on the form if you are entering the half marathon.

The 30 sailors who showed up ready to brave the high winds and cool weather to participate in the 2011 Governors Cup Regatta were greeted with winds steady above 20kts, and gusting well over 30 blasting down the lake. The waves (with 4 miles of fetch) crashing on the dam were reminiscent of the ocean swells crashing on harbor breakers. There were already three victims on the beach—one small sailboat on the rocks at the base of the dam and two on the island near Pleasant Harbor.

Our start line just happened to be yards in front of the dam.  For the safety of the racers and their boats, I abandoned the race for the day.

Mike Parker, Event Organizer


Peter Reggio Blitzes AYC Meeting

Race Officer Peter "Luigi" Reggio speaking to the November AYC meeting.

Race Officer Peter "Luigi" Reggio speaking to the November AYC meeting. Photo: Mike Ferring

International Race Officer Peter “Luigi” Reggio says he’s worried about whether the next America’s Cup will go off smoothly or whether there will be enough strong contenders, but he also thinks it’s worth a shot—a reasonable gamble in a sport that could use a bolt of excitement to attract casual fans.

Luigi told a packed room at the November AYC membership meeting that he was worried that the America’s Cup organizers were trying to do too much too fast. And he said he had an uneasy feeling that Oracle billionaire Larry Ellison was trying to stack the game too much in his favor. But he also said he thought the technology and showmanship could advance a sport that doesn’t translate well to television.

Luigi is a rarity among race officers: someone who’s earned his living running races for the last 15 years. He’s done America’s Cup, Louis Vuitton Cup,the  Olympics, and a host of other races from Finns to Melges. During 2008 he says he was so busy running races that he spent only 35 days at his Connecticut home.

Peter Reggio wonders whether the America's Cup will come off as planned.

Peter Reggio wonders whether the America's Cup will come off as planned.

His winning philosophy: he’s there to serve the sailors. He knows that his job is to provide lots of good races so sailors go away having had a good time on the water.

With the big-time races, sometimes that proves challenging, with commercial and political interests putting pressure on the PRO to put them first. One of those times came during the 2008 Olympics when at the very end of the racing day, organizers demanded that he start the 49er finals even though conditions were terrible and the forecast for the next day was much more favorable. All the 49ers crashed or capsized in rough water and heavy wind, setting off a wave of protests and complaints.

Luigi came to AYC as part of the US Sailing Speaker Series, sponsored by Old Pulteney Single Malt Whiskey. His trip to Phoenix was bracketed by work in Korea and the Canary Islands as he circles the planet running sailboat races.

Coming up: ISAF Sailor of the Year Anna Tunnicliffe tells us she thinks she can make the AYC February meeting!

Governor’s Cup Blown Away

In the days leading up to the Governor’s Cup regatta, the wind forecast was rising. By Saturday morning of the race (11/26), the wind was blowing over 20 with gusts to 30+ and no sign of slackening. Race organizer Mike Parker occasionally lifted his yellow wind gauge into the blast just to make sure, while walking from boat to boat to find out what people planned to do.

“Not race,” was the usual response. Keep the boat on the trailer. Some of the 18 entrants had rigged their boats and were standing by to see what happened. A little less wind and it would have been a great event. With this much, it was a scratch. Not that some weren’t ready to risk their equipment to give it a try and we understand some sails were trashed in the effort.

The revived Governor’s Cup is a long-distance race that threads around the edges of Lake Pleasant in order to reach marathon length: 26.2 miles. Last year the wind was good but not this good and the racers all finished quickly. Not this time. This time the giant Governor’s Cup trophy IS TENTATIVELY RESCHEDULED TO 12/26/2011.

Maggie Blumm and Carina Freedman Win Ruth Beals Cup

2011 Ruth Beals Cup Winners (left to right) Carina Freedman and Maggie Blumm and reigning champ Amy Grothe

The ASU/AYC member racing team of Captain Maggie Blumm and crew Carina Freedman dominated this year’s annual Arizona Yacht Club Ruth Beals sailing regatta, winning four of five races. The competition took place on Tempe Town Lake Saturday, November 12, and required women at the helm.

Ruth Beals was the woman who founded the Arizona Yacht Club in 1958. She died this year.

Racing was held at the east end of Tempe Town Lake in light breezes reaching up to 10 knots, directed by AYC Race Officer David Rawstrom and his team. All races went off without incident or protest.

Both Maggie Blumm and Carina Freedman attend ASU and are up-and-comers on the ASU Sailing Club’s Women’s Racing Team. Maggie is a native of Arizona and Carina is from Southern California.

Former Ruth Beals Cup winner Amy Grothe finished in second place with crew Kory Deleado. And Cynthia Pillote with crew Mike Ferring finished third.

ASU Racing Coach Philip C. Freedman, a former America Cup skipper watched Maggie and daughter Carina snatch the cup, saying “These young women sailors had strong starts and sailed smart, strategic races, both up and downwind. I’m proud of them!”

Tight turn at the mark.

AYC Rear Commodore Mike Ferring added, “We want to involve more women in the sport and this annual event is a great way to let them show their skill.”

The Ruth Beals Cup will happen at the same time and place in 2012. All women are welcome to compete and anyone may volunteer to help or watch from the viewing area or on the water.

For further info and photos of the event visit Facebook/Ruth Beals Cup 2011.

Christmas Buccaneer Gift Exchange, Tuesday, December 13

December’s membership 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 less than $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.

Consider giving AYC goodies as Christmas gifts. The Ship’s Store will be open at the meeting. Other gift suggestions: Liquor always seems to bring applause!

2011 Governor’s Cup Regatta at Lake Pleasant, 11am Saturday, November 26

Thistles on Lake Pleasant. Photo: Chris Smith

This year, as last, we will be sailing a 26.2 statute mile Marathon around and about most of the lake attractions and amenities.  I will conduct a Skippers Meeting at Spinnaker Point at 9am, just east of the Sailboat Shop. The start of the race will be at 11am in the Pleasant Harbor side of the lake, in the North Launch Bay.  We will sail up and down the lake, around islands and floating bathrooms, within “care package” delivery by our local pubs, and finally finishing at the same marks as the start.  There will be no penalty for leaving the course and stopping at any of the comfort stations as long as needed.  There will be a minimal entry fee of $10 for each participant.

All participants will be required to check in (as indicated on the course chart) as soon as safe and possible if retiring or finishing.  When a participating boat finishes, I will need your finish time including seconds, boat ahead, and boat behind (if available).

I will have an “official” course chart available online at www.arizonayachtclub.org on or before Wednesday, November 23 and also at 8am Saturday before the skippers meeting.  I will also be able to distribute on the water for those not able to attend the skippers meeting.

There will be several classes divided by racing abilities, potential, and Regatta Chairman caprice.  Entry Forms will be available Online and Saturday at the lake. Entry Forms will be accepted by mail, in person at monthly membership meetings, or Saturday at the lake.

Last year was sailed by every class of boat from 14′ dinghies to 33′ racing machines.  The top to boats to finish were separated by 3 seconds, and everyone was off the lake by dark.  The USCG Auxiliary was on hand and we anticipate they will be available for monitoring for any emergencies.

Please contact me for further info and check the website often for updates.

Michael Parker
AYC Cruising Captain

AC45 Action in San Diego

Sunset in the basin where the AC45 boats prepare for action. Photo: Mike Ferring

A cluster of AYC members headed for San Diego for the AC45 World Series action, and were rewarded with some great action in the “stadium-style” competition.

The boats are amazing to see in person, dominated by that tall wing main sail. “As an aeronautics guy, I love those wings,” Steve Kusic shouted over the post-race rock band at the America’s Cup village. “They’re just fascinating.”

Steve and Greg Bennett came in Thursday, just as Chris and Ann Smith, Mike and Maryellen Ferring were getting ready to fly back to Phoenix. Bob Whyte had made the round trip on Wednesday. Tia Renshaw and Mike Yarnell were there. So was Norm Anderson. Were you there too?

The races are short and intense, with the fast but somewhat clumsy boats chasing across the San Diego waterfront, usually heading upwind toward Harbor Island (except on Friday’s and Sunday’s uncharacteristic shift) and then back to a finish just off the aircraft carrier Midway at Broadway Pier. Civilian boats are kept at a distance, so watching from the piers got spectators closest to the action while also giving them a feed of the audio commentary. Farther down the harbor it was still possible to see the windward roundings, but without a commentary, it was very difficult to know what was happening.

Speed under sail. Photo: Mike Ferring

Some of us opted for the VIP boat, which combined a great viewing position with excellent food and wine. Of course, the free spot on the pier was hard to beat. And all the AC45 races are carried live on the Internet, with superb coverage from dozens of cameras on the race boats, chase boats, and two helicopters.

It’s all designed to whet our appetite for the 72 footers to come on San Francisco bay in 2013. I’d say it did a very good job of that.

Anna Tunnicliffe is ISAF Sailor of the Year

We have a tentative agreement from Anna Tunnicliffe to be our February speaker at the AYC membership meeting, just as Anna has been awarded her second Rolex ISAF Sailor of the Year honor.

Anna Tunnicliffe and crew

Anna Tunnicliffe and crew round a mark in women's match racing. Photo: US Sailing

The team won the 2010-2011 ISAF Sailing World Cup Championship for women’s match racing and is preparing for the 2012 Olympics in Weymouth, England. Anna won the gold medal in Lasers in the last Olympics.

She was also honored with the ISAF Sailor of the Year trophy in 2009 and is one of three Americans to win the prestigious worldwide award. Fellow Laser Radial sailor and USSTAG teammate Paige Railey won the award in 2006, and Ed Baird, the America’s Cup winning helmsman of Alinghi, won in 2007.

Anna was also 2008, 2009 & 2010 Rolex US Yachtswoman of the Year. More information is available on her website.

Maryellen and Mike Ferring sailed with Anna at the Bitter End Yacht Club Pro-Am and she said that she expected to be able to accept our invitation to speak to the club at the meeting on Tuesday, February 14.

Peter Reggio: “A little too honest”

Peter “Luigi” Reggio is one of the top race officers in the world and certainly the most entertaining. In fact, he confesses, “I’m  probably a little too honest with what I say.”

Perfect! Just what we need for a lively AYC membership meeting and Luigi will be our guest speaker for the Tuesday (11/8) gathering, starting promptly at 7pm at the Caddy Shack @ Rolling Hills (previously known as the 19th Tee).

AYC November speaker Peter "Luigi" Reggio

AYC November speaker Peter "Luigi" Reggio

He comes to us as part of the US Sailing Speaker Series, accompanied by a tasting of Old Pulteney Single Malt Whiskey, for those so inclined.

Why “Luigi”? He told Sailing World magazine: “There were five guys on the floor named Peter when I worked at North Sails-Connecticut in the 1970s. I got Luigi because of my last name. The  [nicknames] for the other four are unprintable.” His has stuck through nearly four decades of sailing experience, including serving as the Principal Race Officer for a host of national and world events, including the America’s Cup. But what about that AC job?

He told the members of the Golden Gate Yacht Club in April, “[In past AC races] they’d leave the starting line and speed test [to the windward mark] for seven minutes. That’s just boring, I’m sorry. I can’t tell you how boring an AC race is to run anyway. Well, 3½ mile beat! Snore.”

So Luigi is part of the brain trust coming up with a far more exciting plan. Here’s another quote from that same GGYC meeting: “What we did was set a windward mark and give them… two minutes upwind, round to starboard, set [spinnaker], and you have to jibe instantly to get back to the starting line. There’s a lot of stuff going on! They’ve got three or four minutes of the entry, that’s going on, they go upwind, they get there together—I guarantee you in two minutes they’re going to get to the top mark together—then they spin around and have a crash jibe which is usually really spectacular, especially in catamarans—when things go bad it’s kinda cool… The person watching TV is like, ‘Maybe something else bad will happen, maybe I’ll stick around.'”

If you saw the video from the AC45 World Series in Plymouth, you know it was anything but “just boring.” I think you can tell something from this little taste of Luigi. Anything but boring!

Racing Rules: What about that X course finish?

The Lake Pleasant “X Course” introduced some new wrinkles for racers, adding some action with its windward-leeward-windward-leeward design and with a downwind finish—the only one of our courses that (intentionally) ends with the wind behind the boats.

So, consider what happened when Greg Jackson and I converged for a finish downwind at the starboard end of the finish line. Picture this in your mind (since I won’t be sketching a nice diagram of it): As we closed in on the yellow finish ball, I was on port and Greg was on starboard. I stuck my bow between the ball and Greg to finish ahead, but Greg had to steer away to avoid me. Greg thought I’d fouled him; I thought not. What do you think?

Answer: No foul.

I posed the question to one of the world’s leading racing rules experts, Dick Rose, who writes the rules column for Sailing World magazine and who has been one of the key people in writing the rules for ISAF. Here’s his opinion:

Facts: Downwind finish. Greg on starboard, Mike on port. Overlapped when they reach the zone around the mark at the starboard end of the finish line, with Mike inside Greg. Mark to be left to starboard. Mike gets nose between finish ball at starboard end of the line and Greg, but Greg says he had to change course to avoid hitting Mike.

Rules applicable: Greg has right of way under rule 10. However, even though the two boats are on opposite tacks, they are overlapped because they are sailing downwind (see defintion Clear Ahead….Overlap). Because they were overlapped when the first of them reached the zone, Mike is entitled to mark-room from Greg under rule 18.2(b), first sentence. See definition mark-room. Mike was entitled to room from Greg to sail to the mark. That put a limitation on Greg’s right of way. Greg was required to give Mike that room even though Greg was on starboard and had to change course to do so.

If that’s what you thought, nice call. It’s a handy rule to remember on the X course.

Peter Isler’s Close Call

Peter Isler points out where Rambler's keel should be.

Peter Isler points out where Rambler's keel should be. Photos: Mike Ferring

(Note: Video excerpt of Peter’s talk available at the bottom of this post.)

Out of air, swimming madly, spotting two black dots, hoping they were a crewman’s boots, reaching for them. Snatched from the water, gasping for the best breath of air he’d ever had. It was Peter Isler’s watery escape from the huge monohull racing boat Rambler after her keel suddenly snapped off during heavy seas in the Fastnet, plunging to the bottom, unbalancing and turtling the boat in minutes.

Peter recounted the story in dramatic detail for the AYC membership meeting Tuesday night (10/11) before a packed house. The Rambler crew all survived, but it was clear from Peter’s description that there were several close calls and some of the crew might have been saved by a timely photograph. A photograph? Moments before the crash, a photographer took a scheduled shot of the crew on the rail, all properly lined up in PFDs. Even though everyone was supposed to wear PFDs on deck, it didn’t always happen. The picture did it.

Peter autographs his new book.

Peter autographs his new book.

Many in the room full of AYCers went home after the meeting clutching an autographed copy of Peter’s latest book, Peter Isler’s Little Blue Book of Sailing Secrets, a collection of random thoughts, recollections and suggestions from a life at sail. Here’s a guy who was the best college sailor in the country during his time at Yale, hanging out with people like Stan Honey, last year’s Rolex Yachtsman of the Year. He was onboard as Dennis Connor brought the America’s Cup back from Australia and has been part of four Cup campaigns since. He’s announced for ESPN and Versus Cup broadcasts. He’s participated in a Volvo around-the-world campaign. He’s helped develop the leading software for competition sailing. He’s written several books. And now he’s in demand as a motivational speaker. That’s some kind of life at sail.

Next month: another star attraction will appear at the AYC membership meeting, Tuesday, November 15, at 7pm at the Caddy Shack @ Rolling Hills. Peter “Luigi” Reggio, one of the world’s top race officers and easily the funniest and most outspoken.

The Caddy Shack @ Rolling Hills was filled with AYC people.

The Caddy Shack @ Rolling Hills was filled with AYC people.

Here’s a portion of Peter’s talk, shot and edited by Mike Ferring:

Register Now for the Ruth Beals Cup

Registration is now open for the Ruth Beals Cup regatta, scheduled for Saturday morning, November 12, at Tempe Town lake.

This once-a-year regatta is organized to honor AYC’s founder, Ruth Beals, who passed away in November 2010.

Ruth Beals Insho, AYC Founder (picture 2005 by Mike Ferring)

Rules of the event require a woman at the helm and up to a dozen will face off in C14s, using either their own boats or an  ASF C14. The crew can be either male or female.

The Notice of Race and Entry Form are now available on the AYC race page. Scroll down the page until you see the Ruth Beals information. Contact Race Organizer Pat Blumm to reserve your spot and then arrange to get him the entry form.
There is no fee for entry and there are prizes for the top finishers: gift certificates for purchases in the AYC Ship Store.

Oops. This will be a good story for October’s meeting!

Rambler Turtled

Did you see the astonishing story of the super maxi Rambler 100 losing its keel bulb and turtling in the Fastnet race? This super-high-end sailboat was trying to grab the all-time monohull course record in the race, but wound up turtled instead. And one of the 21 crew members aboard was our October speaker, Peter Isler, who was the boat’s navigator.

Sail World reported that Rambler 100 project manager Mick Harvey said, “We were beating into big seas, launching Rambler off the top of full size waves. I was down below with navigator Peter Isler when we heard the sickening sound of the keel breaking off. It was instantaneous; there was no time to react. The boat turned turtle, just like a dinghy capsizing. Isler issued a Mayday and we got out of there as quickly as we could.”

The magazine reported that five of the crew members had to tread water “for several hours,” but only one of those suffered from hypothermia.

October Meeting: Peter Isler

Peter Isler

Fresh from flipping in the Fastnet, one of sailing’s biggest names will be our speaker at the AYC membership meeting, Tuesday, October 11, beginning at 7pm. AYC meetings are held at the newly-named Caddy Shack @ Rolling Hills, 1415 N Mill Ave, Tempe.

Peter was the navigator aboard Rambler 100 when it lost its canting keel and rolled over, sending its crew into the icy water. All were rescued.

Before the Fastnet turtle, Peter was better known for being a five-time America’s Cup contender, including a two-time winner on Stars & Stripes. Sailing fans will recognize his face and voice from his television commentary of the America’s Cup on ESPN and Versus.

He’s in demand as a sailing, business and motivational speaker. And he’s written several books, including his latest, Peter Isler’s Little Blue Book of Sailing Secrets, which was excerpted in the latest Sailing World magazine. You’ll find more on Peter’s background on his website.

This should be one of the most-attended meetings of the year, so arrive early!

Next Up: LP Opening Day

Thistles at Lake Pleasant. Photo: Chris Smith

While sailors in the north are pulling their boats and wrapping them in plastic to survive a frozen winter, the Arizona Yacht Club is about to fire the gun on Opening Day: Saturday, September 24, at 12:30 pm. Catalina 22s are on race committee and Martin Lorch will be Chief Chef for Saturday night’s dinner. Menu: Rotisserie chicken, rice with peas, corn and onions, green salad, dessert.

If you haven’t registered yet, there’s still time. Your registration will need to be in by the sound of the first gun Saturday.

 The fleets are shaping up this way: Catalina 22, PHRF Spinnaker, Thistle, Green and PHRF Sportboat. It appears there will be a Portsmouth fleet. PHRF Non-Spin is looking very iffy right now. Merit 25s expect to race in PHRF Spin.
Rob Gibbs’ new Green Fleet has attracted lots of interest and shapes up as a great way for people to sample racing or simply get out on the water with other sailors in a low-pressure environment. (More information on the Green Fleet here.)
The racers’ party was a big success. Mostly it was important for this reason: people who came to get crew positions seem to have gotten them. They’ll be on boats.
Here’s a hot tip for one very experienced crew person: Laurent Dion is still looking for someone to race with him on his Viper 640. Email Laurent with your interest.
If racing sounds like fun but you don’t know how to get started, consider the Introduction to Sailboat Racing class which begins soon. Here’s where you’ll find more information and a button to take you to registration.
We had a nice turnout for the practice races on Saturday (9/17). Now for the real thing!