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…
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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.”
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.
Sharon Green shot her first sailing pictures of her father racing in Canada and since those early days (and a heady first published picture), she’s been refining her craft at the biggest regattas in the world. And from literally millions of images she’s made in her career, she selected one thick coffee table book full that she called, Thirty Years of Ultimate Sailing. And then she gave us a taste of it all.
Coaxed to the November monthly meeting by Rear Commodore Chris Smith, Sharon offered a multimedia presentation of photos, each one a dazzling triumph of photography.
She’s perhaps best known for her calendar, Ultimate Sailing, that features highlight shots from the year, but she’s also diversified into clothing items and various other sailing stuff on her extensive website. You’ve undoubtedly seen Sharon’s work many more places, including the covers of sailing magazines.
Below, a photo album of our own, pictures of the meeting taken by Chris Smith:
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 9, 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.
Register now for the 2014 Governor’s Cup Regatta, scheduled for two laps around Lake Pleasant. It starts Saturday morning, December 6. You’ll find the registration form and the NOR-SI here.
The first boat will be signaled to start at 11 am. Your actual start time will depend on your PHRF rating, with all competitors rated to finish at exactly the same time. First across the finish line wins.
The event organizer is Cruising Captain Tom Errickson, who’s opting for a simple format this year: Start near the dam, sail around Horse and Balance Rock islands, then the unnamed island at the south end of the lake (an island he says is 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 is 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. The winner of the race will get to keep the gigantic Governor’s Cup trophy (see picture) for the next year.
Tom notes with a wink that this Governor’s Cup will have 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.
The scores from a light wind weekend at Tempe Town Lake are posted on the results page, or by clicking here.
Sharon Green has snapped some of the greatest−the Ultimate−sailing pictures of the last 30 years. In November, she’ll let us feast on them at the AYC monthly meeting.
The meeting is Tuesday, November 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.
Sharon is perhaps best known for her calendar, Ultimate Sailing, that features highlight shots from the year. She’s also diversified into clothing items and various other sailing stuff on her extensive website. But you’ve undoubtedly seen her work many more places.
From her official bio: Sharon has been published in major boating publications, both locally and internationally, since she first took up a camera while still in high school. She has worked on eight America’s Cups and countless other high profile campaigns and regattas. In recognition of her extraordinary accomplishments in photography Sharon was awarded an honorary Masters Degree from the prestigious Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara, California, where she lives with her daughter Michaela and son Kieran.
Sharon is happiest when she’s on the water or hanging from a helicopter in search of the elusive image that can be called Ultimate Sailing.
“My greatest satisfaction is when it all comes together: the anticipation, planning, organizing, traveling and epic conditions that combine to create a thrilling photograph. The pursuit of Ultimate Sailing images never seems to grow old. Three decades and I still love the challenge of creating memorable images for my clients and the calendar.”
Here’s a video of Sharon in action:
Maryellen Ferring hefted the Ruth Beals Trophy Saturday (11/8), winning the 10th annual race for women at the helm. The race is named for AYC’s founder.
Maryellen and crew Mike Ferring took the win with two first place and one second place finishes in light air at Tempe Town Lake. Last year’s winner, Cindy Pillote, finished second with crew Wilson Davis. Suzette Bush was third with two different crew. All competitors sailed Capri 14.2s.
Thanks to AYC Fleet Captain Steve Brown for heading the race committee and RC workers Bob Whyte and Victor Felice.
The scores for week 3 of racing on Tempe Town Lake are posted on the results page, or by clicking here.
The final results are now in and we not only broke the Guinness World Record for most boats participating in a regatta, we crushed it. Worldwide that day, 16,870 boats participated, sailing a distance roughly equivalent to twice around the world. Arizona Yacht Club was one of more than 500 clubs participating. Bart’s Bash also raised more than $400,000 for the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation, which helps kids learn to sail.
We actually got 34 boats to the starting line for Bart’s Bash, named for Andrew “Bart” Simpson, who died during practice for the America’s Cup last year.
Were you there? Download the certificate on the right.
You’ll find the Bart’s Bash results here. After much research, I’ve figured out that the “speed” number you’ll see is meters/second multiplied by a “Bart’s Number,” a handicap number that bears little resemblance to anything else you’ll see anywhere else (but clearly penalizes multi-hulls). Click on an entrant’s name to see the detail. I’ve submitted all the required documentation so that now AYC will be part of the Guinness World Record for largest regatta. Many thanks to the 31 finishing boats and AYC race committee that made it happen!
Victor Felice helped organize the AYC Bash and shot the needed pictures and video. Candis and Jeff Middlebrook acted as the required witnesses. Victor and Mike Ferring struggled through the lengthy and complex Bart’s Bash and Guinness requirements. Dave Christensen thrashed through the scoring.
Mostly it was the crews and captains of 34 boats who made it happen.
Thanks to Thom Dickerson and a band of AYC highway cleaners, the Carefree Highway near mile post 25 is a bunch cleaner today. Thom reports that they filled about 40 bags with litter and then headed to the Wild Horse Saloon for lunch. Great work!
A weekend of contrasts: No wind Saturday. LOTS of it on Sunday. After optimistically drifting for a couple hours or so on Saturday, the race committee sent everybody off on a short dawdle that they then cut short. Sunday? Wow, was that fun! Strong northerly wind held until about noon, letting most fleets get in four races and some wild ones: boats over, boats planing at high speed−a rash of crazy fun.
The scores for week 3 of racing at Lake Pleasant are posted on the results page, or by clicking here.
The scores for the second weekend of racing at Tempe Town Lake are posted on the results page, or you’ll find them by clicking here.
Our next cleanup of highway 74 near Lake Pleasant will be Saturday, October 25, starting at 9am.
The cleanup will take just 2 to 2½ hours and volunteers will be rewarded with lunch as well as the satisfaction of seeing a large number of blue trash bags lining the highway.
If you’re able to help with the cleanup, please contact Thom Dickerson by email or by calling 602.909.8504.
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 8 am and the first warning is at 9 am.
There’s no cost to enter! Besides having your name on the Cup, there will be other prizes.
The regatta was first launched in 2005 and has had a history of either very strong wind or almost none. What will happen this year?
If you have any questions, please contact Junior Staff Commodore Cindy Pillote (who was the 2013 regatta winner).
A pleasant weekend on Lake Pleasant, a light air weekend but with fiercely-fought battles in every fleet. Here are the scores.
Thanks to the Catalina 22 fleet for work on race committee and for the secret recipe baked beans.
During one race, Victor Felice (J/24 Mermaid Rescue) had a bumpy encounter with the submerged island near the south mark—and since he thinks it would be neat to win the Blunder Bucket, consented to share his onboard video with you. As he explains it, he’s anxious to be publicly humiliated and, sure, he thinks others might learn something from it. Anyway, here’s his expletive expurgated video. Thanks, Victor, and good luck with the Blunder Vote in December!
The scores for the first week of racing at Tempe Town Lake are posted on the results page or by clicking here.
Jeannie Socrates defines determination.
After being battered but never beaten in previous attempts, two years ago she headed off for another try to sail nonstop and solo around the world. This time she made it.
Come hear her amazing story at the October monthly meeting, Tuesday, October 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.
In honor of her accomplishment, Jeannie received the Ocean Cruising Club’s Special Award and its Barton Cup. This year she was presented with the Cruising Club of America’s Blue Water Medal and the Royal Cruising Club’s Seamanship Medal.
You can read more about Jeannie’s exploits here, including the knockdown that ended her previous nonstop attempt. A blow like that would stop most of us, but not her.
As the Cruising Club of America’s citation reads, “On October 22nd, 2012, Socrates set out again, determined to complete the journey nonstop. She started from Victoria [Canada], and sailed around the world by way of Cape Horn, Cape of Good Hope (South Africa), Cape Leeuwin (Australia), the South East Cape (Tasmania). From there, Socrates sailed up the Tasman Sea, where avoidance of a tropical storm forced her to sail west of Fiji and on north, passing west of the Hawaiian Islands. After 259 days alone and unassisted at sea, Socrates sailed past the Ogden Point breakwater in Victoria, on July 8, 2013 at 2:26 a.m., completing her nonstop goal and becoming the first woman to sail nonstop around the world on a route that started and finished in North America and the oldest woman to sail solo nonstop around the world.”
Now that we’ve had Opening Day at Lake Pleasant, it’s time to gear up for Tempe Town Lake!
The competition looks typically stiff in the Capri 14.2 and Laser fleets, but the Buccaneer 18 fleet needs to gather some steam after a few years of diminishing numbers. You can retrieve all the needed documents and register to race in the series on the racing page.
Racing and race committee training will begin at 3pm on Sunday (9/28) and will extend through the fall, with the final races Sunday, December 18. Because of earlier sunset, the November and December races will begin at 2pm.
For a while Saturday (9/20), it looked as if we might not get enough wind to race, but the wind finally arrived, the season opened with a bang (see below), and we were off and running. Sunday the wind was nice for the Bart’s Bash race, then held for one decent race, and then went into hiding for the rest of the day, sending everyone home early.
The results from the season opener are posted on the results page or you’ll find them by clicking here.