The results from week 7 of racing at Tempe Town Lake are posted on the results page or by clicking here.
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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 10, 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.
The scores from week 6 of Tempe Town Lake are posted on the results page or by clicking here.
Rescued from rogue electrons, the scores from last weekend of racing at Lake Pleasant, can be found on the results page or by clicking here. (Dave’s computer needed major surgery in order to produce the results.) Some more pictures from Kyle Clark are available here.
Registration is open for the Governor’s Cup long distance race, scheduled for Saturday, December 14.
There’s no charge for entry. All you have to do is fill out this simple form. Then, it’s 26 miles across Lake Pleasant—a feat accomplished by zig-zagging from end to end and back again. Here’s the one-page Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions.
While it’s a race, it’s also just a nice day on the water. And it could extend into the evening in light air, with the moon nearly full to offer some aid to navigation.
The winner of the race gets his or her name engraved on that gigantic trophy and gets to show it off for the next year. The rest of us get a nice day zig-zagging.
We’ll all start together at 10 am at a start line near the dam at the south end of the lake. You’re on your honor to round the correct rounding marks and islands and to report your time at finish to scorer Dave Christensen. Dave will crunch the PHRF handicaps and determine the finishing order.
You may also sail just half the distance and be scored for half distance. Click the box on the entry form. There’s no giant trophy for this option, but you’ll have bragging rights until next year.
Organizer Ralph Vatalaro plans to make sure everyone knows exactly where those rounding marks are this time and he’ll issue a route in a couple weeks. Email Ralph with questions.
The results of this weekend of racing can be found on the results page or by clicking here.
AYC Commodore Cindy Pillote is the Ruth Beals Cup champ.
With Chrisann Tortora on crew, Cindy finished the two-race regatta with three points—a win and a second place—to capture the trophy. Seven boats competed in the women-at-the-helm races in light air on Tempe Town Lake Saturday (11/9) in the regatta named to honor AYC founder Ruth Beals.
Two-time former champ Amy Grothe and father Steve won the first race easily, but then were tripped up by the light air of race two, sliding back to a fourth place finish while Cindy and Chrisann were able to keep their boat moving to win.
Third place went to Sheila Reed and Maryellen Ferring. Lori Reger and Andrea Love took fourth by snagging a wisp of a puff in race two and driving past a pack of boats into second place. Ema Davis and Madison Cordova finished fifth overall and two ASU racing team contenders came in sixth and seventh: Kylie Jenkins and Elena Sacco.
Mike Ferring, Bob Whyte and George Tingom were race committee.
Another beautiful weekend of racing at Lake Pleasant. Scores are on the results page or by clicking here.
Arizona Yacht Club and Lake Pleasant Sailing Club have stepped up efforts to work together, to promote the sport of sailing and to increase participation in each other’s events.
There have been two meetings of representatives of the two clubs. The second this week developed some specific steps to explore, explained in this report:
An AYC/LPSC joint committee has been created to build a bridge between the two groups. Ralph Vatalaro and Mike and Maryellen Ferring are representing AYC while Tim and Rhonda Brewer are representing the LPSC. The purpose of the committee is to increase communication, share information and co-plan events that are of interest to members of both groups. The initial meeting occurred Tuesday, October 29 at the House of Tricks restaurant in Tempe. Over glasses of wine, fabulous dinners and even a dessert or two, they suggested these next steps.
- Staging a low-key sailing event on January 1, with members of both clubs invited to spend a couple of hours sailing and meeting at the Waterfront Grille for food, drinks, and football.
- Setting up a sailing event for late winter or early spring that would encourage members of each club to team up with some members of the other club. We talked about trading crews, a poker run, or even a Capture the Flag theme.
- To promote understanding, each club—AYC racing and LPSC cruising—the group discussed an information exchange. Mike and Maryellen volunteered to present a program at an LPSC membership meeting tentatively titled, Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sailboat Racing in Just 30 Minutes. The program would include information on start procedures, fleet descriptions, ratings, protocols, etc. as well as an invitation to race with AYC. Tim and Rhonda Brewer or other interested LPSC members might reciprocate with a presentation about cruising and exploring Lake Pleasant or raft-up protocols and expectations.
- The group discussed the possibility of joining forces to get more boats for a Catalina Cruise in July 2014. (Both clubs have had cruises to Catalina, but attendance has collapsed for both.)
- Maryellen invited all LPSC women to the casual Women Who Sail parties. A couple dozen women interested in sailing gather quarterly for wine and appetizers at one of the women’s homes. Rhonda will talk to the Board to get approval to share LPSC email addresses for invitations.
All members of the group left the meeting encouraged about the plans. If you have feedback, questions or suggestions, please contact Ralph, Maryellen, Mike, Rhonda or Tim.
The last few months of 2013 are filled with fun events, both on land and water. Besides the Halloween Spooktacular and Christmas party planned by Mary, Robin and Crystal, we have five more exciting events lined up.
On November 9 and 10 John Bagwell and Roland Cleveland are planning a Walk the Plank raft-up/camping party in Two Cow cove. Those of us on boats will raft up in the cove while the RVers and tent campers will set up on shore. The fun officially begins on Saturday, however, rumor has it that some members are planning to set up campsites on Friday afternoon.
As a complement to the Walk the Plank event, Tim and Rhonda Brewer have planned a Show Us Your Booty sail beginning at 10 am in front of the dam. Basically, we will chase each other around the lake exchanging “booty” between boats.
On November 17 LPSC members will host guests on the third Sunday Sail. Response to the September and October sails was extremely positive, so please consider joining the November sail as a host boat.
To prepare ourselves for 2014, on December 28 Tim and Rhonda will host a Tack Into 2014 sail. It will be similar to the Follow the Leader sail last spring, however, the fleet will be required to change tack and follow a new leader every 15 minutes.
Following the Tack Into 2014 sail on December 28, we hope everyone will gather in the barbeque area of PHM to share in a Potluck Dock Party. Please consider attending this party even if you don’t participate in the Tack Into 2014 sail. This is a great way to spend the end of 2013 with friends who share the love of sailing!
Great fall weather brought loads of sailboats to Tempe Town Lake on Sunday, October 27. Phil Freedman said he counted 50, including the Opti class, tryouts on the new O’Pen Bics, and the fall series racing.
The scores are posted on the results page or you’ll find them here.
Registration is now open for the 2013 Ruth Beals Cup to be held at Tempe Town Lake Saturday, November 9. Click here for race documents and a link to the registration form.
This annual event commemorates the founder of the Arizona Yacht Club, Ruth Beals, and is a woman-at-the-helm regatta (but the crew can be male or female).
The races are sailed on Capri 14.2 sailboats. You can use your own boat or pick one out on race day from the Arizona Sailing Foundation boats. Gates open for boat selection and rigging at 9 am, the skippers’ meeting is at 10 am, and the first warning is at 11 am.
There’s no cost to enter and you can win prizes! Besides having your name on the Cup, first place will get a $50 gift certificate to the Ship Store. Second place will get a $35 certificate and third $25.
The regatta was first launched in 2005 and has had a history of either very strong wind or almost none. Last year the story was loadsowind, crashes, and brave sailors.
If you have any questions, please contact me.
The scores from this past weekend of racing can be found on the Results page or by clicking here.
Beautiful weather, nice breeze, great sailing. Scores on the results page or by clicking here.
During Saturday’s races (10/5), as the RC boat’s wind speed indicator was showing 21+ knots, Norm Anderson’s Blue Streak Merit 25 suddenly—very suddenly—dismasted. Crash! Here’s Norm’s description of what happened:
Big winds and choppy waves. We had it in tight and guess conditions were at a max. The mast broke just below the spreaders. Tom Errickson also looked at the mast break and we decided there was no apparent reason. The shrouds and stays were fine, so it just was a failure in the mast itself.
We had a spare mast and boom from a boat we salvaged out of LA a few years back (a Merit 25) and it was the correct mast. We had to do some swapping of shrouds and after we tuned it, we were good to go. The lines weren’t set up as we wanted, but as you could see, we made it work. Missed the first two races, but made it to the third and WON! How about that for persistence?
I can tell you what it was like up close—falling aluminum spars, lines everywhere and topped off with sails. Fortunately, the sails were unharmed.
It was just a bit disconcerting as being in the back of the boat, the jagged edges of the masts (virtually in half) came down about a foot from my face. Sometimes you are good, and sometimes lucky. I like the lucky part.
One for the books.
Norm’s hard-working crew: Paul and Anthony Miachika, Ed Chamberlin and John Gallagher
Lake Pleasant showed it’s ready for the fall season by giving a bit of everything on the first weekend—but mostly delivering strong, strong wind.
Congratulations to everyone who persevered through gusts well into the 20s, and a special note for Norm Anderson and his crew. After being dismasted on Saturday and being towed to shore, there they were Sunday, missing the first three races while making repairs, but making it out in time to win race four! Here’s Norm’s account of what happened.
Scores are on the results page or by clicking here.
Week two of racing results at Tempe Town Lake are posted on the results page or by clicking here.
We’ll try an experiment Saturday night (10/5) for the usual post-race dinner. Pleasant Harbor Marina’s Waterfront Grille.
The Sport Boat Fleet has arranged for AYC racers to overnight in slips at Pleasant Harbor Marina for $20 per night. (The usual fee is $30/night.) The amenities on the dock include Wi-Fi, showers and restroom facilities, pump-out station, electricity, washer & dryer (coin op), and fuel dock.
See Shannon Waugh at the marina office between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 5 to rent your slip. The marina accepts cash and credit cards and does require that you bring your boat registration to rent the slip. Contact Shannon with any questions (928-501-5269 or email@example.com).
From the slips, head over to the Waterfront Grille at 5:30 where $10 will get you a buffet of hot dogs, burgers, bratwurst, potato salad, and mac salad. Two bucks will get you your first Blue Moon on tap.
Not in a slip? Not a problem. You can drive over and park in the members’ lot at the marina without getting towed, or you can call the marina golf cart shuttle (602-625-7776) to take you from Spinnaker Point (and, for that matter, from the members’ parking lot) to the Waterfront Grille.
We’re going to have a corner of the Waterfront Grille to ourselves, which will make it easier to see photos (and maybe video?) from Saturday’s racing on the widescreen TV.
See you on the water and at the Waterfront.
Sport Boat Fleet Captain
Yoh Aoki is one of the world’s great dreamers. Imagine building a 21-foot boat in your backyard at age 19. And at 21, setting sail around the world.
It took more than three years, but Yoh survived dismastings and a complete capsize (a wave flipped his boat upside down before another one flipped him right-side up) and made the circumnavigation, including sailing around Cape Horn. That backyard boat is now in the Guinness World Records as the smallest ever to sail around the world using Cape Horn.
Thirty years after that amazing trip Yoh Aoki now runs a Japanese ASA sailing school and will be our October monthly meeting speaker. The meeting is Tuesday, October 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.
Fall racing kicked off with well over 15 mph of wind, sending various Laser sailors into the drink and keeping others on the shore. Find scores on the results page or by clicking here.