Another Sunday filled with BIG puffs and small lulls for the TTL racers. The scores from week 7 of racing at Tempe Town Lake are posted on the results page, or by clicking here.
Events RSS feed for this section
This year, the Commodore’s Celebration turns Polynesian. How about a luau?
It’s the way you’d expect it to happen in Hawaii, with the entertainment, food, and style of the islands, but somewhat closer to home. Mesa. Here’s a link to the Royal Islanders site and its spirit of Aloha. And here’s the map of the location.
Cindy Pillote invites you to the year’s big party, the Commodore’s Celebration.
When: Saturday evening, May 17, with partying beginning at 6pm, dinner at 7pm, and awards about 7:30
Where: 7820 E. McDowell Rd. Mesa, AZ 85207
What: Entertainment, fun dinner and much mingling with your sailing buddies
How Much: $50 for adults, $25 for children; cash bar
Why: Honor winners and workers and to bring on the new AYC Board of Directors
Dress Code: Informal
Who: Kids and guests welcome
The Menu: Kalua Pork, Teriyaki Chicken, Rice, Hawaiian Baked Beans, Tropical Fruit Salad, and Punch
Adult Beverages: Beer and wine at $5 each in cash.
We start racing at 5:30 and go until sundown. We do a one minute sequence. I have a whistle and signal: 5 short blasts is “AP down,” followed by a 10 second gap, then one long as the start of the one-minute countdown. I try to give 3 shorts at 30 seconds, 2 at 20, 1 at 10 and then one long for the start. A single 360 turn clears penalties. We set short courses, so we’ve gotten up to seven races in.
This started as a Laser thing, but others started coming out, which was great. We all start together.
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 we don’t keep scores. This is good practice, with bragging rights and then (for those who want to) off to Pho Cao for dinner and drinks.
Have questions? Email me.
See you out there,
Lots of wind and sun made the 2014 Tall Cactus regatta nearly perfect—sprinting from Pleasant Harbor Marina, around the Cole’s Bay marker, Balance Rock, and to the no-wake buoys at the North Ramp entrance. Less than two hours for winner Steve Brown and his Viper 640. Just a few minutes later Scott Battle crossed the line in 4th, putting his Catalina 22 first in the non-spin division.
It began with a staggered start, the C22s at 11 am, the Vipers and Dave Christensen’s Mini 650 some 40 minutes later and the rest arrayed in between. Spotty wind at the start spread the fleets until things began to even out later in the north leg, a downwind number.
And it all wrapped up over shishkabobs at Spinnaker Point, with living trophies presented by event organizer Ralph Vatalaro—appropriately, small cactus plants that one day may grow to mighty Tall Cactus.
From 20kts+ to 0 to 20kts+ all with in 5 minutes, Lake Pleasant served up a great final weekend of racing.
Congratulations to the Spring Series Winners: Steve Grothe, C22; Greg Atwell, Multi-Hull; Victor Felice, PHRF Non-Spin; Norm Anderson (by one point over Tom Baker!), PHRF Spin; Martin Lorch, Santana 20; Chris Smith (by two over Mike Ferring), PHRF Sportboat; Jason Rziha, Thistle; Steve Dolter, TransLoch.
And the Combined Fall-Spring Winners: Steve Grothe, C22; Brian Willess, Multi-Hull; Victor Felice, PHRF Non-Spin; Norm Anderson, PHRF Spin; Martin Lorch, Santana 20; Chris Smith, PHRF Sportboat; Jason Rziha, Thistle. All but Multi-Hull will represent their fleets in the Club Championship Regatta in May.
March went out like a lion, as the wind blew over 15 most of the afternoon (3/31) for the TTL spring series. And most everybody stayed upright. The scores from week six of racing at Tempe Town Lake are posted on the results page, or by clicking here.
By the way, if you’re interested in what the City of Tempe is doing to replace the TTL dam, here’s information on an upcoming public meeting.
The Tall Cactus Regatta returns to Lake Pleasant on April 12. Sign up by clicking on the button above. Note: This is a new registration system, so let us know what you think of it. You’ll pay through the PayPal system, but you’ll have the option of paying as a PayPal guest using any credit card.
After the finish, we’ll gather at Spinnaker point to celebrate our success at navigating Lake Pleasant’s treacherous waters with a tot of grog and other refreshments at a barbeque.
We would like to extend a hearty invitation to our friends in the Lake Pleasant Sailing Club and other sailing groups to join us in this annual floating fiesta.
- Saturday, April 12, 9 am skippers meeting, 11 am start. The starting sequence will be based upon the PHRF rating of your boat, with the highest numbers starting first.
- Cost: $25 per entry. Each entry comes with one dinner. Each additional dinner is $10. Kids under 16 eat free.
Here is the chart for the windier day, which it appears we’ll have: About 12 miles
Starting times for currently registered boats:
—Ralph Vatalaro (with Michael Parker)
Lake Confusing lived up to its name on the weekend (3/23-24), with lots of shifts and mostly light to no wind. In spite of that we got in several races. And it was warm. And Martin Lorch’s dinner was fabulous. Here are the results, subject to some corrections to come.
The TransLoch fleet suffered most, with only three boats able to complete the distance by the 4 o’clock cutoff. Here are the (revised) scores.
Light wind and light turnout for this weekend (3/16) of Tempe Town Lake racing. Here are the results.
The most important thing you can do to stay safe on a boat is: stay on the boat. Once you’re in the water, recovery is difficult, especially with today’s fast boats that leave a crew overboard far behind in short order.
Safety expert Bruce Brown offered a string of tips to the March monthly meeting, including the use of jacklines and safety harnesses, PFDs, and recovery techniques.
Bruce presented six challenges to rescues and offered 8 strategies to make them successful. In the ocean, crew recovery is considerably more complicated than in our generally calm lakes. Spotting a crew member (or even being aware someone’s gone overboard) is one of the biggest challenges. Quickly marking approximate location by GPS and keeping a spotter with eyes on the person are critical—and the person in the water can help by waving and pulling on a brightly-colored hood.
It’s also important to practice, practice, practice. Learn to bring the boat to a quick stop and then return quickly. When the water’s cold, the crew overboard can lose dexterity quickly, then have trouble thinking clearly, and then face hypothermia.
Here are two other documents Bruce left with us:
- Float plan: Most people don’t file a float plan, but it can be a big help when something goes wrong.
- TSA letter: A Word file of a letter used to get your inflatable PFD and spare charges aboard an airplane. Bruce used this letter successfully traveling to Phoenix.
- Here’s further information on traveling by plane with an inflatable PFD. See page five.
Ullman Sails professional sailor Erik Shampain is our April monthly meeting speaker. Erik has an extensive sailing resume that begins with growing up on a boat and headlines such things as a course record and race sweep in the Pacific Cup, an Etchells World Championship title and Melges 24 National Championship.
The meeting is Tuesday, April 8, 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.
“One of the most challenging things I’ve done is the Transpac, double-handed—twice,” says Erik. He did it once on a 33-foot boat and once on a 35-foot boat.
“Alone with your thoughts for hours at a time; it’ll get to you. Over a 12-day race you’ve basically second-guessed every decision you’ve ever made. I was asked what would happen if I didn’t get along with my co-skipper. My answer was always, doesn’t matter, we’re on the opposite shift. I never see him!”
Erik Shampain’s father worked on racing boats when Erik was growing up and Erik has clearly taken to the sport. This year he’s racing with a Farr 40, a Melges 20, various J/70s and his own Hobie 33.
High winds, no winds—Lake Pleasant served up a full helping this weekend.
Saturday the wind topped out at 30 mph and kept everybody on the edges of their boats. Speed records tumbled. Fortunately, no boats.
The scores can be found on the results page or by clicking here. And this second weekend for the TransLoch fleet
The scores from the this last weekend of racing at Temp Town Lake are posted on the results page or you’ll find them by clicking here.
If you attend a safety-at-sea seminar on the West Coast, you’re likely to meet this guy: Bruce Brown. At this month’s meeting, he’ll tell us the best methods for crew overboard recovery and suggest the best choices for personal safety equipment. And we’ll have a report on it shortly.
Bruce is a multi-time Past President of the United States Marine Association; he’s an instructor for the Coast Guard 100 Ton License Program; and he has extensive offshore racing experience, including skippering on the TransPac; and he specializes in evaluating safety products, such as life rafts, marine communication, and heavy weather forecasts.
The meeting is Tuesday, March 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.
Also on the program, a couple short videos from John deCastro, who was a Course Marshall for the America’s Cup last fall. He’ll briefly share some of his experiences.
It was a chamber of commerce weekend at Lake Pleasant (Feb 22-23), with nice breeze and temperatures pushing 80. After a delay waiting for the wind to shift Saturday, the breeze continued to fill, making for some great race conditions. Meanwhile, back on shore, Peter Lehrach lit the fire in his big smoker at 6:30 am to deliver tasty meat for hungry sailing carnivores.
This was the first outing for the TransLoch fleet and 8 boats showed up for the long run around Horse and Balance Rock islands and then back to the finish line. The race brought out some never-ever race people and some been-a-while race people, such as Craig Seaman, who hadn’t raced his J/27 since being transferred to Atlanta a decade ago.
You’ll find the results here. (The Delta correction gives all boats not flying a spinnaker a 20 second bump.)
Warm, sunny, with (mostly) nice breeze. How’s that for a prescription for a Sunday afternoon of sailboat racing?
The scores from this weekend of racing at Tempe Town Lake are posted on the results page, or by clicking here.
Saturday we had to wait for wind and Sunday the wind went away early, but with temperatures in the mid-70s, who could complain?
Some of the highlights: Tom Baker finished out front of Norm Anderson in PHRF Spin. Greg Woodcock gave Martin Lorch a fight, finishing the weekend just two points back. Greg Jackson headed the Sportboat bunch.
Good work by the Thistle and PHRF Non-Spin fleets, with high marks for Peter Burgard’s rib dinner.
The scores? Oh, here you go.
The scores from this past weekend of mast crunching racing are posted on the results page, or by clicking here.
February’s monthly meeting features noted sailor and safety-at-sea expert Bob Steel. Bob will talk about inshore and ocean racing with updates on weather forecasting and safety efforts. He calls it Smooth Ocean Sailing. You’ll find his extensive resume below.
The meeting is Tuesday, February 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.
Born Sydney, Australia
44 years in the Marine Industry
Managing Yacht construction restoration, repair, maintenance, electronic installation & rigging.
Project Management sail & power
Responsible for planning & prep multiple offshore ocean races, sail up to 8oft
Nautor Swan Finland expert for factory delivered boats & current clients
Currently: Principal, Steelmaritime.
Member Transpac Yacht Club
Cruising Club Of America
Ancient Mariners Sailing Society
Society Naval Architects & Marine Engineers
California Yacht Brokers Association
Licensed California Yacht Broker
Board Member, Newport Sea Base, Sea Scout sailing
Highlights of Races as sailing pro responsible for total boat prep & safety
Transpac to Hawaii Six times
Warrior 50ft Chance 1st Class A
Sunset Blvd 50ft Hollman 1st Cass A
Aorangi 55ft Lapworth Charter to US Naval Academy Transpac to Tahiti
Mir, 78 ft Ketch. Walter Cronkite & James Michener on board after race, cruise Bora Bora to Raetaiea
Bermuda Race Two times
Warrior 50ft Chance 2nd Class A
Southern Ocean Racing Circuit
High Roler 46ft Peterson 1st Class A Dennis Conner
Warrior 50ft Chance 1st class A
Buccaneer 70ft Spencer
Fastnet Force 9
Indigo 46 ft Frers Survived
St Francis Big Boat
Saudade 48ft S&S Ist Rheem series
Jet Steam 44ft Peterson 1st
Windward Passage 70ft Guerney 1st
Taxi Dancer 70ft Reichel Pugh. 1st Class A
Miz Blu 59ft Swan Owners Rep for Walter Cronkite guest skipper
Stars & Stripes Dennis Conner 1st Finish 1st Class A First Overall
Cabo Races Three times
Condor 70 ft Alan Andrews
Newport to Costa Rica
Mehetebel 76ft Pedrick Sloop
Fiji to New Caledonia, Lord Howe Island to Sydney, Australia
Van Diemen 65ft Muir Sloop
Newport Beach to Avalon
America 120ft Schooner
Its Ok 50ft Andrews
Condor 70ft Andrews
And lots of racing & cruising ahead for this year.
Light air on the first weekend of Tempe Town Lake spring racing, but the fleets managed to sail several races before the breeze disappeared altogether. Here are the scores.