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2016 Governor’s Cup & Triple Crown

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The 2016 Governor’s Cup Regatta will take place on December 3rd at Lake Pleasant and this year introduces something new, different and exciting.

Here’s the scoop. There are two categories: A pursuit race much as we’ve done it the last several years and a straight-up PHRF race.

The Pursuit Race is an informal twice-around-the lake long distance sailing event starting at 10 am. The winner takes home the traditional really big trophy. Info and registration here. Registration is $10.

The Other Race is a full blown PHRF twice-around-the-lake race. Two sections will be scored, Monohull boats (starting slower-rated boats at 10:30 and faster-rated ones at 10:35) and Multi Hull (starting at 11). Registration is $25.

The 2016 Governor’s Cup is also the first of three regattas that comprise the AYC TRIPLE CROWN. The new Triple Crown combines our three non-series regattas: The Governor’s Cup, the Leukemia Cup-Birthday Regatta and the Tall Cactus. Further information and registration for all of these regattas will now happen at a new AYC website, www.aycregattas.com.

The new site is intended to help promote these three events outside of Arizona, throughout the Southwest and Pacific Coast.

None of the things the club does can happen without the dedication and commitment of members and volunteers. Thank you to all involved.

Tempe Town Lake Results Week 5

The scores for week 5 of racing at Tempe Town Lake are posted on the results page, or click here.

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

Lake Pleasant Week 4 Results

Generally nice weekend, wasn’t it? Some decent wind, comfortable temperatures, well-run races by the Santana 20 bunch, and the best dinner so far this far, led by Peter Burgard.

The scores for week 4 of racing at Lake Pleasant are posted on the results page, or click here.

Still Dreamin'. The beard says Tom Baker at the helm. Photo: Mike Ferring

Still Dreamin’. The beard says Tom Baker at the helm. Photo: Mike Ferring

From Martin Lorch’s email to his fleet after the weekend:

On Saturday Kim Stuart as PRO did a superb job with the help of:
On R/C:
Mile Maloney, 1st Officer
Gerald Byrnes, certified driver
Dale Buchanan (flag signaling officer)
On the Wicked Awesome (WA):
Mike Parker, Certified Driver
Vern Bybee, Mark and buoy specialist

On Sunday:
Yours truly as PRO, Jack-of-All Trades,
Gerald Byrnes Certified Driver

Dale Buchanan (Flag Signaling officer)
Vern Bybee, 1st scorer
In style on the beautiful Riddell Chris-Craft. (Nice loaned runabout. Our WA went on the fritz!)
Mike Parker certified driver and mermaid catcher
Erika Parker (committed mermaid! (mark and buoy specialist)

Dinner:
A special Pete and Judy Burgard from Tucson’s only Sparkey, who served a wonderful BBQ shredded beef open faced sandwich with green corn tamales (from a special source in Tucson, coleslaw, cowboy beans and apple pie, Sangria, Merlot and beer. Thank you

All performed without hitch. Nice winds on Saturday and a repeat on Sunday morning until the wind died around 11 am.

Thank you to you all.

We wish Amanda Woodcock a speedy recovery and the same to Dave Cummings who underwent surgery after he experimented doing Evel Knievel type stunts.

For those of you who were under the weather and could not make it. Get well soon.

Hope to see you at Lake Pleasant on the 19th and 20th of this month, the last weekend of the fall series.

Martin Lorch
Santana 20 Fleet Captain

Tempe Town Lake Wk 3

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.”

Lake Pleasant Results Week 3

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.

Multi hulls are turning out in force. Photo: Mike Ferring

Multi hulls are turning out in force. Fred Rahn and his Hobie are leading so far. Photo: Mike Ferring

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!

Lake Pleasant Results Week 2

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.

Bruce Andress and company in Victor Felice's J/24 as the wind filled the the waves rose. This shot is by Chris Smith at water level with his GoPro.

Bruce Andress and company in Victor Felice’s J/24 as the wind filled and the waves rose. This shot is by Chris Smith at water level with his GoPro.

The photographer gets into it. Chris Smith ducking boats and shooting pictures. Photo: Mike Ferring

The photographer gets into it. Chris Smith ducking boats and shooting pictures. Photo: Mike Ferring

Hang on! Here comes the wind and Gene Muller cranks on the helm. Photo: Mike Ferring

Hang on! Here comes the wind and Gene Muller cranks on the helm. Photo: Mike Ferring

Tempe Town Lake Results

Weeks 1 & 2 of racing at Tempe Town lake are posted on the results page. Or click here for week 1 & here for week 2.

Once the Dragon Boats cleared the race area on Sunday (10/2), a good breeze (and a little rain) kept the racing interesting.

Racing Lasers against a backdrop of the new Vela apartment building. Photo: Mike Ferring

Racing Lasers against a backdrop of the new Vela apartment building. Photo: Mike Ferring

Lake Pleasant Week 1

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.

Multi-hulls head for the windward mark in light wind. Photo: Charles Landis

Multi-hulls head for the windward mark in light wind. The multis have shown up in force this fall, registering the most boats of any fleet. Photo: Charles Landis

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.

Lake Law Enforcement for September Monthly Meeting

Would you like to know how to launch your boat with the trailer still attached? Like some tips on how to attract the attention of law enforcement while boating?

Maricopa County Deputy Sheriff John Ramsay has seen it all in his 30 years of lake duty and he’ll bring a bag load of stories, both comical and serious, when he joins us for the next AYC membership meeting.

Not only does Deputy Ramsay have vast experience with the craziness on our local lakes, but he also trains others to deal with it. He’s one of just 25 officers nationally to be certified to train lawmen on the water.

The meeting is Tuesday, September 13, 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.

Lake Pleasant Vista. Photo: Mike Ferring

Lake Pleasant Vista. Photo: Mike Ferring

Sail Summer Wednesday Evenings

Just when you’ve cleared the “midweek hump” at work on hot summer Wednesdays, drive to Tempe Town Lake, launch a small boat, and head out for an hour or so of casual, run-what-ya-brung racing. First Wednesday action is May 25.

George Sheller is the organizer of this loosely-organized gathering. At about 5:30 he drops buoys in the lake and whistles one-minute race starts to anyone who shows up. If Ferrings are there with their automated start gadget, they’ll sound the countdown.

Usually the group includes a few Lasers and a C14 or two, maybe a Buccaneer or Fireball, and after the boats round the marks and cross the finish line, the winner is: well, who knows, because handicaps don’t apply and nobody keeps score. When it starts to get dark or the wind dies, when the boats are stowed, the group collects at a nearby tavern for dinner and a beer.

A single 360 turn clears penalties. We set short courses, getting lots of races in. This is not an official AYC event, so you’re on your own in terms of a boat, liability and fun. We start promptly at 5:30 pm and if you miss one or two races it’s no big deal since there are no trophies at the end, just a cold beer.

The best way to stay in touch with these Wednesday night races is to sign onto the Arizona Yacht Club Yahoo list and receive the occasional emails. (Sometimes races are canceled and you’ll be notified by email.)

Laser on Tempe Town Lake. Photo: Debbie Borgman

Laser on Tempe Town Lake. Photo: Debbie Borgman

Safety at Sea Expert Offers Suggested Skills & Gear

Suddenly alone. Now what? You’re suddenly by yourself on your boat, scanning frothy waves for your crew. Now what do you do?

In July, sailing safety expert Bruce Brown will talked us through this frightening scenario. Bruce is the main presenter of US Sailing’s Safety at Sea seminars, seminars that are both very helpful and entertainingly delivered.

Here’s Bruce’s handout, a list of essential skills for anyone heading out on big water in a small boat. It’s fine for the skipper to know how to rescue someone, but what happens if it’s the skipper who goes for a swim? Can your crew execute a MOB recovery or call on the VHF in an emergency?

Bruce has been a prominent member of the sailing safety community for many years, a former president of the US Marine Safety Association and a member of the US Sailing Safety at Sea Committee since 2010.

July speaker Bruce Brown

July speaker Bruce Brown

SUPs and Fast Boats for August Monthly Meeting

Do you SUP? The SUP phenomenon (stand-up paddleboard for the uninitiated) is exploding and for the August monthly meeting, we’ll hear from Terri Carlin of Riverbound Sports in Tempe, a SUP sales and event outfit. She may have you wobbling on a SUP by the end of the meeting.

Actually, this is a meeting double header, offering not only Terri and SUP, but a presentation and Q&A with Pete Balish, someone who’s been close to some of the world’s top racing action. Pete’s been deeply involved in four America’s Cup campaigns in addition to many other sailing programs. He’s boat captain for the mini maxi Numbers with Brad Butterworth, for example. Please bring some probing questions for Pete.

The meeting is Tuesday, August 9, 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.

The Mini Max Numbers. Photo: Daniel Forster

The Mini Maxi Numbers. Photo: Daniel Forster

That's AYC's Chris Smith aboard a stand-up paddleboard. Chris has gotten so into the sport that he's offering lessons at http://www.bajaarizonasup.com/

That’s AYC’s Chris Smith aboard a stand-up paddleboard. Chris has gotten so into the sport that he’s offering lessons. Check it out at http://www.bajaarizonasup.com/

Cool Summer Camp-Out August 12-14

What, a more civilized summer camp-out? Organizer Steve Nahkala this year will move the AYC weekend in the pines from its traditional Kinnikinick spot to the Dairy Springs Campground. The new spot has amenities the old one doesn’t have. A paved road. Permanent toilets. Get this: running water. Clearly Steve’s getting soft.

But you can count on the features that has made Kinnikinick an AYC fixture, which boils down to hanging out with good friends in a cool place for a couple days. Swapping stories and playing silly games, headlined by Liar’s Dice and Pasture Golf.

Here’s much more on the event, including its history and what to expect.

In this historic shot, Bill Hutchinson waves hello.

In this historic shot, Bill Hutchinson waves hello.

June Meeting: SDYC Rear Commodore

Mike Dorgan

Mike Dorgan

Our June 14 guest will be Mike Dorgan, Rear Commodore of the San Diego Yacht Club and owner of Dorgan Yachts, a San Diego yacht brokerage. Mike will be talking about all the different ways we Zonies can take advantage of the sailing playground in San Diego, including:

  • Bringing our boats to SD – slips and dry sail
  • Chartering boats in SD
  • Getting crew spots on SD boats for both racing and pleasure sailing
  • Where to cruise/day sail in and around SD

Mike has mounted Olympic campaigns in the Star class, campaigned both the Star and Etchells to world championship level, and he’s been on America’s Cup teams (which is how he made it to San Diego).

The meeting is Tuesday, June 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.

Commodore’s Party 2016

Your new AYC Board of Directors is in charge now, taking office amid shiny classic cars at the annual Commodore’s Party held this year at the Martin Auto Museum. Here are some shots by Mike Ferring:

The new Commodore is Bruce Andress; Vice Commodore is Victor Felice; Rear Commodore Jason Donkersley; Senior Staff Commodore Peter Lehrach; Junior Staff Commodore Chris Smith; Racing Fleet Captain John Riddell; Cruising Fleet Captain Tom Errickson; and Membership Directors Bob Whyte and Mark Howell. Tony Chapman will continue as Treasurer and the board has not chosen a Secretary.

The evening’s top award, the US Sailing Sportsmanship Award, was presented to Wendy Larsen for her willingness to jump in and help (including organizing the Commodore’s Party). Paul Miachika received the big punch bowl for Club Champion, accepted by his crew, Rob Gibbs. The Blunder Bucket went to Chris Smith, pretty much for being Chris Smith, but specifically for launching his spinnaker upside down.

ASF President Cindy Pillote recognized Scott Burkhardt for his considerable work organizing ASF’s educational programs, presenting him with the “Heavy Lifting” award. George Tingom was given a special award for his hard work and dedication to ASF over the years. Ethan Swartz received the Linderman Most Improved Junior award and Ema and Wilson Davis got the Wayne Jason Tucker Outstanding Junior Award.

 

AYC Debuts Private Label Dark Rum

Rescued mermaids, AYC rum, and the smiling conspirator Victor Felice

Rescued mermaids, AYC rum, and the smiling conspirator Victor Felice

With great finfare, Rear Commodore Victor Felice Tuesday night (5/10) announced what he believes is an AYC exclusive: the only yacht club in the country with its own private-label rum.

Distilled at the Thumb Butte Distillery in Prescott, this dark rum appears with the AYC logo in small-batch, numbered bottles that were sold at the meeting for the wholesale price of $25 per bottle.

The new rum arrived with two rescued mermaids, who posed out of water while a big crowd of AYCers sampled the new brew.

Victor and Thumb Butte distiller Dana Murdoch conspired to produce the new rum, which will also be served at the Commodore’s Party.

The distillery has been the winner of multiple awards, including Silver at the 2015 Los Angeles International Spirits Competition (Gin) and Bronze (Rye). Here’s more about Dana Murdoch.

A bottle from the first batch of AYC private-label rum. Photo: Mike Ferring

A bottle from the first batch of AYC private-label rum. Photo: Mike Ferring

 

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Another shot of Victor Felice and his rescued mermaids. Photo: Chris Smith

AYC’s Championship Race Chases the Wind

Paul Miachika and crew Rob Gibbs are the 2016 AYC Club Champions. There’s no second place in this regatta, but if there were, it would be Skip Kempff, followed by Mike Ferring, then Dave Haggart and Tom Baker, then Charles Ellis and finally Cindy Pillote.

The race committee and competitors ended up chasing the wind all day when the fleet champs came to Lake Pleasant Saturday (5/7) to decide the 2016 Club Champion.

The wind came in all types and directions and everyone struggled to keep up. The scores showed the results, with all skippers turning in a good race and often several bad ones, keeping the regatta close right to the end.

A big thanks to the Santana 20 fleet, whose members turned out seven boats for the day of racing. While there were considerable differences in the way the boats were rigged, they proved to be fairly even matched. Mark Howell calculated that “the fastest boat had 19 points (averaged a 2.7 finish) and slowest 33 (4.7). For seven boats, fourth place is in the middle—not a real big spread.”

And many thanks to the team of race committee volunteers headed by PRO Wendy Larsen and to Racing Fleet Captain Steve Brown, who organized and carried off this annual regatta.

Here’s a race-day video shot and edited by Victor Felice.

The class photo: The skippers and crew line up before racing for the Championship 2016. Photo: Mike Grijalva

The class photo: The skippers and crew line up before racing for the Championship 2016. Photo: Mike Grijalva

 

One of the light wind race starts. Photo: Dave Howell

One of the light wind race starts. Photo: Mark Howell

 

Laser champ Paul Miachika and crew Rob Gibbs signal their finishing spot: Club Champs. Photo: Victor Felice

Laser champ Paul Miachika and crew Rob Gibbs signal their finishing spot: Club Champs. Photo: Victor Felice

 

Tom Baker at the helm of one of the Santana 20s. Photo: Victor Felice

Tom Baker at the helm of one of the Santana 20s. Photo: Victor Felice