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The 2011 year has been a busy year already with our Birthday Regatta and many other activities. The March General Membership presentation will be Nicholas Hayes, an author who has recently been speaking all over the country about how sailing programs are being revitalized. I hope you can attend that session as it will be all of US that will need to help the club go forward.
The club does not go forward on its own, and relies on the continued participation of the membership. Please step up and ask what you may do to help the club. I know that each member will bring their strengths to the club if even for an hour a month. Clearly we need your help.
I am looking forward to the Commodores Dinner which will be coming up May 14th at the Chart House at McCormick Ranch. We will have a festive evening of great dining along with awards and summary presentations with introductions of the next AYC governing board. Planning is already under way and details of the event will be made available very soon. So don’t forget to block that date for a very nice evening and watch the website or look for e-mails coming soon about the event.
Arizona Yacht Club
The January membership meeting is this Tuesday! We have two guest speakers coming:
Tom McMahon/Arizona Game and Fish Department – Aquatic Invaders
Rick Amalfi/Aquatic Consulting – Tempe Town Lake Water Quality Management
Also, we’ll get an update on the Birthday Regatta / Leukemia Cup from Greg Jackson, the Regatta Chairman.
Remember – you don’t have to be a member to attend! If you need to know how to get there, Click Here!
The proceedings of the AYC Annual Christmas Party – A.K.A Buccaneer Gift Exchange (no relation to the fleet, although…) were full of cheer and merriment. Here is a little bit of what went on…
The Overall Winner of the Governor’s Cup for 2010 was awarded to Gene Muller for best overall corrected time. Norm Anderson (PHRF Spin) and Trey Harlow (Portsmouth) were on hand to collect their individual fleet trophies.
Mike and Jo Grijalva were on hand to deliver a Burgee from ???? Mike was also the winner (AGAIN) of the Newport to Ensenada race.
The Blunder Bucket was (finally) awarded to Emory Heisler for getting his back window taken out by the mast of his Bucc, Erin Morgan, when his trailer popped off the hitch (because hd didn’t close the latch!) on his way to the fiberglass repair shop (which is an entirely different Blunder Bucket nomination). And while there were may other nominations, including Bob Worral for his “gift” at the exchange, Emory’s tale of gross bafoonary was by far the favorite of the group.
As always, the Buccaneer Gift Exchange was great fun for all! Lots of Bootie – some great, some, well…not so great (Trailer tire? Really Bob?)
Arrr Me hardies,
Tiz the season for that favorite of AYC gatherins, the Buccaneer Gift Exchange! This Tuesday eve bring ye bootie to the 19th Tee and prepare for a wild evening. Ye must bring bootie to get bootie, for that be part of the code. When you get called to the deck choose wisely, for if yer bootie be too prized, she may get pirated! But pirated only twice says I, then the prize must lay where she rests. Don’t miss out mate! A jolly time will be had by all.
Phillip Freedman, Sailing coach of ASU‘s sailing team will be coming to give the membership a presentation of all that they have been doing. Recently their sailing club has beaten some prominent Californian teams and looking to do more. Phillip, a recent transplant from San Diego with his wonderful daughter is looking forward to some fantastic plans associated with inter collegiate sailing which is often the base for larger programs. Come see an amazing trophy.
Speaking of trophies,
Come see the coveted Governors’ cup trophy and put your registration in to make history.
At the September Membership Meeting we had Joe “Okie” O’Conner and George Sheller give us an update on the status of the Tempe Town Lake dam repairs and future plans for City of Tempe “mixed use” facilities at the lake.
There were a few burgees exchanged and good fun was had by all!