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Temp Town Lake Results

Tempe Town Lake veteran George Sheller muttered, “I’ve never seen it this bad” as we crossed paths during Sunday’s races. Neither have I. Puffs. Twists. Lulls. Survival mode. Some of it induced by the new State Farm office complex? Maybe. There was one streak across the lake where we went from reaching on port to reaching on starboard to reaching on port within 20 feet. And not once, but each time we crossed it.
− Mike Ferring

The scores for Week 4 of racing at Tempe Town Lake are posted on the results page, or by clicking here.

Stephanie Roble Accepts Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year Award

Stephanie Roble and Stewart Wicht, President & CEO of Rolex Watch

Stephanie Roble and Stewart Wicht, President & CEO of Rolex Watch

Stephanie Roble, our February meeting speaker, has accepted her Rolex as US Sailing’s Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year. Stephanie was presented the award at the prestigious New York Yacht Club on Thursday, February 26.

“I feel so lucky to be a part of a lot of teams; teamwork is what I’m in love with right now,” she said, crediting her crew, Janel Zarkowsky and Maggie Shea. “You need  your team to be successful; this award is for all of them.

“I’m beyond the moon excited right now. This is  such a special award, and to see all the sailors who’ve won this before and to join this list means so much to me. It’s extremely motivating.”

Terry Hutchinson received the Rolex for Yachtsman of the Year.

Here’s a portion of the two emotional speeches:

 

Lake Pleasant Results

Light wind but a beautiful day Saturday kicked off our second weekend of Lake Pleasant racing. And Sunday morning began with a whisper that turned into a shout.

The scores for the second week of racing at Lake Pleasant are posted on the results page, or by clicking here.

Lake Pleasant Race Results. Photo: Chris Smith

Tempe Town Lake Results

Tempe Town Lake Scores for week 3 are posted on the results page, or by clicking here.

Ferrings on their Capri 14.2 at TTL. Photo: Bill Cunningham

Ferrings on their Capri 14.2 at TTL. Photo: Bill Cunningham

America’s Cup Honcho Tom Ehman Headlines March Meeting

Tom Ehman and That Trophy.

Tom Ehman and That Trophy.

Want the inside dish on what’s happening with the next America’s Cup? Gear up for it at our next monthly meeting−the latest insider stuff from Tom Ehman, who’s gearing up for his 12th straight America’s Cup.

The meeting is Tuesday, March 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.

As you know, the America’s Cup has been smashing through traditional barriers, lifting the Cup up on foils, skimming across the excitement of 72-footers and introducing the AC pre-season bash called the World Series. (The World Series begins very soon−in June at Cagliari on Sardinia in the Mediterranean.)

And Bermuda? What a shock that was when the AC announced it was skipping a return to San Francisco, ignoring an invitation from San Diego, and planning to race the 35th AC on a 20-square mile island in the Atlantic, population 65,000. What’s Tom Ehman’s view of that?

Tom has run a gauntlet of roles since he started with the Cup in 1980, including rules advisor, team executive, event manager, and chairman of the Challenger Commission. For the past four campaigns, Tom has been Head of External Affairs for Oracle Team USA and the AC spokesman for the host Golden Gate Yacht Club.  He’s Vice Commodore of GGYC.

His official bio describes him as a former collegiate and North American sailing champion, winner of the 1976 Championship of Champions, and at age 25 the youngest-ever Executive Director of the USA’s national sailing association – indeed, the youngest of any national governing body for an Olympic sport in America. He is the only person of long-standing involvement in the Cup who has worked only for American campaigns−New York YC, San Diego YC, St. Francis YC, and now Golden Gate YC.

Like a taste of what to expect? Here’s a YouTube clip from Tom speaking to a non-sailing audience before the last AC in SF.

Stephanie Roble Impresses a Huge AYC Meeting

Stephanie Roble

Stephanie Roble

And then she grabbed a red eye to head back to Miami to sail before flying on to the New York Yacht Club to accept one of the sport’s highest honors, the Rolex for the Yachtswoman of the Year.

Let’s back up.

First Stephanie Roble flew into Phoenix and headed to Tempe Town Lake to talk with the ASF high school sailing class, looking only slightly older than her audience at 25, but bringing literally a world of sailing experience.

She won the U.S. Women’s Match Racing Championship last year and placed third at the ISAF Women’s Match Racing World Championship. Based on her 2014 match racing results, she began the New Year as the top American match racer and is ranked number three in the world. Wow.

What tips did she offer the high school kids? She suggested that they keep detailed notes on their sailing, tracking where they’d been, what the wind was, what they’d done to go fast, and so on. She said her notes kept her focused on going faster and performing even better.

When she got to the packed AYC meeting that night at 7, some 100 people applauded as she offered detailed tactics for match racing, upwind and down, the “dial-up” at the start and moves that would help win. She spiced up the rundown with some astonishing videos, including a killer start sequence and a crushing crash.

While we don’t match race at AYC, Stephanie suggested that knowing some match racing techniques can be a big help in fleet racing, too. Going head to head with a competitor? A match racing move could make the difference.

Then she got on that red eye.

Here’s a link to Stephanie’s website. And here’s a link to donations to her effort.

25-year old Stephanie Roble (circled) almost lost among the high school class at Tempe Town Lake. Photo: Chris Smith

25-year old Stephanie Roble (circled) almost lost among the high school class at Tempe Town Lake. Photo: Chris Smith

Lake Pleasant Results

A fun, sunny, sometimes breezy first weekend of the spring racing series. How did you do?

The scores for the first weekend of racing at Lake Pleasant are posted on the results page, or by clicking here.

Nat Kemberling's lovely J/105. Photo: Victor Felice

Nat Kemberling’s lovely J/105. Photo: Victor Felice

Tempe Town Lake Results

The scores from week 2 of racing can be found on the Results page, or by clicking here.

Tempe Town Lake Results

Week 1 of racing at Tempe Town Lake is posted on the results page, or by clicking here.

Light Wind Birthday Regatta

Awards at the The scourge of any sailing regatta: light wind. Give us wind and pretty much everything else takes care of itself, right?

This year the Birthday Regatta & Leukemia Cup was a light wind wonder. But you had fun anyway, right?

Here are the results.

Here are shots of the awards presentations. Photos by Chris Smith.

 

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Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year Stephanie Roble is February’s Meeting Speaker

Stephanie Roble

Stephanie Roble

On January 14, Terry Hutchinson and Stephanie Roble were named US Sailing’s 2014 Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year. Before she picks up her new Rolex during a ceremony in New York, Stephanie will be our monthly meeting speaker. Really!

The meeting is Tuesday, February 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.

Stephanie Roble won the U.S. Women’s Match Racing Championship and placed third at the ISAF Women’s Match Racing World Championship. Based on her 2014 match racing results, she begins the New Year as the top American match racer and is ranked number three in the world.

Last year she was also a member of the Etchells World Championship winning team, crewed on the seventh-place finisher at the J/70 North American Championship and the fifth place-finisher at the Melges 20 North American Championship.

Stephanie is 25 years old. She began by sailing dinghies and scows at Lake Beulah Yacht Club in her hometown of East Troy, Wisconsin, and she graduated from Old Dominion University in Virgina, where she twice earned ICSA All-American Honors (2010, 2011).

Rear Commodore Chris Smith says Stephanie made a big effort to fit our meeting into a multi-city trip, flying in the day of the meeting and jumping on a red-eye on the way out. Chris says let’s show our appreciation and “Let’s pack the house!”

Chris’s home run streak continues this spring with these speakers: March 10, Tom Ehman America’s Cup veteran and director of external affairs for Oracle Team USA; April 14, John Nichols, author of A Voyage for Madmen and Sea Change; May 12, Tom Leweck, storied off-shore racer and founder of Sailing Scuttlebutt News.

Roble-boat

Competing in the Lysekil Match Racing Championships. Photo: Dan Ljungsvik/LWM

 

Sign Up for Spring Racing

Ready to get back to racing? Tempe Town Lake sailors went after each other at the end of January. Lake Pleasant opened for action two weeks later on Saturday, February 7.

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The Gibbs family on their last boat (since replaced by a Catalina 25).

The Gibbs family on their Santana (since replaced by a Catalina 25).

You’ll find all the race documents on the racing page.

The TransLoch Series again is part of the Lake Pleasant action, an opportunity for sailors who like long-distance runs rather than races around the buoys (and it’s a great way to start for people new to the sport).

Otherwise, AYC veterans know the drill: fun on the water. Lasers, Capri 14.2, Buccaneer 18 and Portsmouth boats go at it on TTL. Catalina 22, Santana 20, Thistle, PHRF Non-Spin, Spin, and Sportboat race at Lake Pleasant.

Next Event: 2015 Birthday Regatta

Registration is now closed. 

Here comes the biggest event of the AYC year. Sign up now for the 2015 Birthday Regatta, played Friday-Sunday, January 16-18. Here’s more information on the registration page.

Regatta organizer Cindy Pillote says expect the event to be run a lot like the last two years, with the Saturday night dinner at the Pleasant Harbor Marina Waterfront Grill.

Checking out the scores during the 2014 Birthday Regatta. Photo: Peter Howson.

Checking out the scores during the 2014 Birthday Regatta. Photo: Peter Howson.

Tempe Town Lake Results

The scores for the final week of racing for the Fall Series at Tempe Town Lake are posted on the Results page, or by clicking here.

Blunder Bucket Runoff: Victor vs Victor!

An epic face-off. Victor Felice versus… well, Victor Felice. Who fumbled the biggest blunder of the fall season?

Victor campaigned for the honor of Biggest Blunder.

Victor campaigned for the honor of Biggest Blunder.

Victor had been campaigning for the win for weeks, even plugging his “exploits” on Facebook (see picture). He’d distributed a video in two versions of one of his, mmm, boo boos—one censored, the other not. And why not campaign? The Blunder Bucket is one of AYC’s highest honors, the winners’ plaques displaying the names of some of our most well-known members, some many times.

So here are the stories, each worthy of the Blunder Hall of Fame:

  1. Racing at Lake Pleasant, Victor and the crew slipped past one of Lake Pleasant’s famous sunken islands, the ones marked with many floating buoys. Actually, they didn’t quite slip past the island, which they learned when the J/24 Mermaid Rescue lurched to a stop. They’d run aground. Okay, that’s not that unusual. So they did it again the next race.
  2. Helping teach impressionable new sailors for ASF at Tempe Town Lake, Victor invited the two students on his boat to clip their keys to his carabiner that he then tossed into his bag before setting off for an afternoon of grueling, light-wind instruction. When the wisps of wind fluttered to a stop, Victor offered a further bit of instruction: here’s how you get the boat to the dock when the wind’s not blowing. Grabbing the mast, he rocked side to side until, you guessed it, the boat capsized, flipping students (but not Victor) into the water. Oh, and the whole cluster of keys, including the students’ keys, including one student’s keys to her boss’s house where she was house-sitting for the weekend!

This last nomination came from witness Joe Motil, who knows a thing or two about losing his keys into the dark muck of Tempe Town Lake. You see, he’d won the Blunder Bucket for that stunt in Spring 2010. Joe eventually found his keys when the lake emptied. But no students’ keys were harmed in that one.

As you can imagine, these two Blunders actually tied in the voting. Victor versus Victor. So emcee Tom Errickson called for a runoff vote. Which Victor won. For the TTL trick, of course, since it’s right up there in Blunder annals with Don DeFreze driving his mom’s car into the water. Haven’t heard that one? Then watch this.

Victor Felice proudly shows off the coveted AYC Blunder Bucket, awarded twice a year for the best sailing blunders. Now apparently he's showing that he had a hand in Vesta running aground in the Volvo Ocean Race!

Victor Felice proudly shows off the coveted AYC Blunder Bucket, awarded twice a year for the best sailing blunders. Now apparently he’s showing that he had a hand in Vesta running aground in the Volvo Ocean Race! Photo and Photoshop by Victor Felice

Tempe Town Lake Results

Week 7 scores at Tempe Town Lake are posted on the Results page, or by clicking here.

Catamarans Walk on the Monohulls at Governor’s Cup 2014

Last to start, first to finish! Brett Johnston won the 2014 Arizona Governor’s Cup Regatta sailing his Nacra Inter 20 Catamaran. Brett and his crew Crew (that’s really his son’s name) picked their way through 32 entrants in light and shifty zephyrs for this year’s regatta. Brett had the last start time, one hour and five minutes after the first boat to start in the pursuit race.

Brett gets to keep the gigantic Governor’s Cup trophy (see picture) for the next year. He’ll accept the trophy at Tuesday’s monthly meeting.

In fact, all the entered catamarans dusted the monos, making the best of the light air and finishing about four hours after they started. Best finishing mono was Court Roberts in his Melges 24, working his way into the cat fight.

The event organizer was Cruising Captain Tom Errickson, who opted for a simple format this year: A pursuit race where the slowest boats start first and the fastest start last. Start near the dam, sail around Horse and Balance Rock islands, then the unnamed island at the south end of the lake (an island that’s the only one in that area with vegetation), do most of it again (Horse, Balance, No-Name), and finish at the no-wake buoys at the north ramp.

After the race, everybody was invited to the Pleasant Harbor Marina Grill for a no-host bar and some munchies. Entry fee is $10, member or nonmember, and everyone is invited.

Tom notes with a wink that this Governor’s Cup had Jan Brewer on the race committee boat. Yeah, really. But this Jan Brewer might bear only a passing resemblance to the one occupying the Governor’s office.

Yeah! Brett and Crew Johnston won the Governor's Cup and get to keep it for the next year.

Yeah! Brett and Crew Johnston won the Governor’s Cup and get to keep it for the next year.

Crowd shot! The mob aboard Melissa Kay for the Governor's Cup. From left: Dave Haggart, Bob Whyte, Ryan Hanks, Becky Houston, Stacey Haggart, and Maryellen Ferring. Photo: Mike Ferring

Crowd shot! The mob aboard Melissa Kay for the Governor’s Cup. From left: Dave Haggart, Bob Whyte, Ryan Hanks, Becky Houston, Stacey Haggart, and Maryellen Ferring. Photo: Mike Ferring

 

Tempe Town Lake Results

Another week playing hide and seek with the breeze at Tempe Town Lake. The scores for week 6 are posted on the results page, or by clicking here.

Lasers cluster for close racing at Tempe Town Lake as a flock of cranes watch. Photo: Mike Ferring

Lasers cluster for close racing at Tempe Town Lake as a flock of cranes watches. Photo: Mike Ferring

Tempe Town Lake Results

The scores from week 5 of racing at Tempe Town Lake are posted on the results page, or by clicking here. A whacky race day, even by TTL standards, with no wind, then lots of wind, then wind to the left, then right…

Lake Pleasant Results

It was a fine, windy Saturday followed by a blustery, nutty Sunday−only a half dozen boats showing up to face the heavy wind. Brian Willess decided to come out and offered thanks to the safety boat crew, saying, “They did a great job helping us get the Selina Kyle NACRA 6.0 catamaran pointy side up again. All the guys worked very hard when helping us. Please pass on our gratitude.”

Watch Victor Felice’s entertaining 8 minute video.

Let’s also congratulate the winners: Mike Baros, C22; George Tingom Saturday-only C22; Charles Landis, PHRF Non-Spin; Paul Liszewski, PHRF Spin; Martin Lorch, Santana 20; Court Roberts, PHRF Sportboat; Mike Hester, Thistle (on a tie-breaker over Skip Kempff); Steve Dolter, TransLoch.

The final week of Fall racing at Lake Pleasant  are posted on the results page, or by clicking here.

Victor Felice and his brave crew in nutty-windy. Photo: Victor's brave stern pulpit camera.

Victor Felice and his brave crew in nutty-windy. Photo: Victor’s brave stern pulpit camera.