In beautiful conditions Lake Pleasant served up ideal winds for the 2017 Tall Cactus. Steve Kusic and Brett Johnston won the Belt Buckles. Scores are posted on the results page, or click here.
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Sign up now for the Commodore’s Celebration at the Showcase Room at The Yard in Tempe.
Because the AYC Board wants you to be there, the club is offering a highly discounted price on the evening, just $45 for everything, dinner, tax, gratuity and one $8 drink ticket! ($15 for kids.)
This is the social event of the year for the Arizona Yacht Club, a gathering of friends highlighted by presentation of trophies and installation of the 2017-2018 Board of Directors.
Dress is business casual. Members and nonmembers are welcome to attend. Cocktails at 6:30 pm, dinner at 7 pm.
The menu includes:
- Caesar Salad
- Soft Pretzels and Provolone Fondu
- Fried Chicken with Biscuits, Snow Peas
- Roasted Salmon with Cauliflower, Snow Peas
- Baked Penne Pasta with Butternut Cream Sauce, Roasted Squash, Red Pepper, Herbed Ricotta
Mike Hester and John Mayall coped with shifting Tempe Town Lake wind better than 8 other competitors Saturday (5/13) to take the 2017 Club Championship trophy.
This is Mike’s and John’s third Club Championship. Three other club champions finished second-fourth: Martin Lorch, Paul Miachika, and Dave Haggart. Mike and John will be formally presented the trophy at the Commodore’s Celebration at The Yard in Tempe on Friday night, June 9.
TTL challenged all 9 teams with wind that ranged from light to puff-me-over, shifting from east to west, but usually blowing from the southeast, enough wind confusion that the race committee was constantly debating where to set the course.
All the top teams had a rough race or two, being called OCS and having to catch up or having to overcome a missed puff. Mike and John managed to work their way through the fleet on those bad starts to minimize the impact—and then were able to sprint out to the lead on other races, winning three. See the scores below. And here are three dozen pictures of the racing.
Congratulations to all 9 teams and thanks to the many people who pitched in to bring off the successful day. Race committee: PRO Mike Ferring, Mike Bernard, Lori Reger, Vanessa Wisbaum, Tony Chapman, and George Sheller. Chief Hospitality Officer Maryellen Ferring with Larry Green, Dave Henning, Ralph Vatalaro, and a couple others who will escape unnamed.
With the final, windy weekend of the spring race series finished, congratulations to everyone who came out to play this year!
The Lake Pleasant Spring Series fleet champs are: Charlie Ellis, C22; Fred Rahn, Multi-Hull; Paul Liszewski, PHRF Spin; Martin Lorch, Santana 20; Mike Hester, PHRF Sportboat; Scott Richards, Thistle; Carl Muelenbeck, TransLoch.
That means that the combined Fall and Spring results produce these fleet champs for the year: Bob Worrall, C22; Fred Rahn, Multi-Hull; Paul Liszewski, PHRF Spin; Martin Lorch, Santana 20; Mike Hester, PHRF Sportboat; Scott Richards, Thistle.
The Tempe Town Lake Spring Series fleet champs are: Emory Heisler, Buccaneer; Dave Haggart, C14; Paul Miachika, Laser; Colin Gibbs (yes, that Colin Gibbs), Portsmouth.
Producing these fleet champs for the year: Emory Heisler, Buccaneer; Dave Haggart, C14; Paul Miachika, Laser; Frederick Moor, Portsmouth.
And that means the following sailors are eligible for the Club Championship, which will be sailed Saturday (5/13) at Tempe Town Lake in C14 sailboats: Dave Haggart, Emory Heisler, Mike Hester, Paul Liszewski, Martin Lorch, Paul Miachika, Fred Rahn, Scott Richards and Bob Worrall.
The scores for the Spring series can be found on the results page or by clicking here: Tempe Town Lake Week 8. And the combined Fall 2016 & Spring 2017. Lake Pleasant Week 5. And the combined Fall 2016 & Spring 2017.
The final event of the AYC sailing year is the Tall Cactus Regatta, which will be sailed on Saturday, May 20, at Lake Pleasant. This is a long-distance race that delivers a final fancy belt buckle to the winner. You can register here.
Vice Commodore Victor Felice has put together two all-women teams for the regatta, putting them on his two bright-pink J/24s. Here are the boats and crews: J/24 Tiller and Kites Mermaid Rescue MLT2978: Wendy Larsen, Dianna Andress, Michelle Herridge Bailey, Kristeen Teague. J/24 Tiller and Kites Mermaid Revolution MLT2162: Stacey Loula, Ellen Wesley, Monique Palermo, Susan Pew.
Odd weekend of racing at Lake Pleasant. Light wind Saturday, but just enough to get a couple good races in. Light start Sunday with a burst of nice wind, followed by light wind, followed by….
The scores for week 4 of racing at Lake Pleasant are posted on the results page, or click here.
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:
The weekend kicked off with some of the best wind of the year, chased Sunday morning with a nice breeze before the usual midday collapse when all the fleets decided to call it a day. Many thanks to the Multi-Hull fleet for race committee duty under difficult circumstances and the very first time they’ve taken it on.
The scores for week 3 at Lake Pleasant are posted on the results page, or click here.
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.
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.
It was a light-wind Sunday for the fifth week of racing (and RC training) at Tempe Town Lake. Of course, inevitably, the wind filled in a bit as we pulled the boats out of the water.
The scores for week 5 of racing at Tempe Town Lake are posted on the results page, or click here.
The scores for week 4 at Tempe Town Lake at posted on the results page, or click here.
The scores for week 2 of racing on Lake Pleasant are posted on the results page, or click here.
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.
Friday: Gorgeous. Saturday: Not so much. Sunday: Better, but who needs cold and rainy?
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 pictures shot by Mike Ferring during Viper racing and the the Birthday Rum Party on Friday:
The day started with a nice, fresh breeze and then slowly dissolved into one of those placid Lake Pleasant drifters. It was the first day of the Lake Pleasant Spring Series, an experimental one-day weekend event that turned into an experimental two-hour weekend instead.
After waiting out the wind, the fleets decided to head in by 2 pm, hoping for better when the series resumes after a long month break (punctuated by the Leukemia Cup and Birthday Regatta).
The scores for the first week of racing at Lake Pleasant are posted on the results page, or click here.
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.
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.
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!
The Spring Series at Tempe Town Lake kicked off with nice, strong wind and mild temperatures, just the ticket for breaking the drought of competitive sailing.
The scores for the first weekend of racing at Tempe Town Lake are posted on the results page, or click here.
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.
Here’s a video of some of the racing by Brian Willess (Multi Hull Nacra Inter20):
The 2107 season starts with TWO regattas. On January 21, ladies take the helm in the RUTH BEALS CUP. This year we will be celebrating the founder of the AYC on Lake Pleasant. As of January 9th, 12 boats have already signed up for the event—this a significant challenge for the Cup! With a mixed fleet of boats in a handicap race on a new course, we will definitely see some very interesting and tactical sailing.
The Second event of 2017 is the LEUKEMIA CUP/First in the Nation/Birthday Regatta. Also on Lake Pleasant, this is always by far the largest and most complete event of the year.
Many completely new events and features have been added to this year’s regatta making it a very complete weekend. For the first time, racing will be mainly handicap racing (not the usual fleets); the Vipers are back in full swing; a new Club Challenge for cruisers has been added; a full day SUP event on the north ramp beach; we have chartered ‘The Phoenix’ for a Saturday afternoon Regatta Cruise for friends and family; Saturday and Sunday will see the first “Lunch on the Lake” (a pontoon boat with your pre-ordered lunch will deliver it to you!); many new sponsors and participants; wide distribution print media (full page newspaper ads, full color ad in Trends Magazine); promotional support from the SCYA and so much more! And yes, there will be a giant tent at Spinnaker Point courtesy of H2OMG—the hydroplane races held the weekend after us.
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.
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.
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.