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2011 Birthday Regatta – Details Being Finalized

For all of you anxiously awaiting the 2011 Birthday Regatta, we are finalizing a few details with some of the vendors, but I would like to put out some details for you:

RACE DATES AND TIMES – LAKE PLEASANT

Race Day 1 January 14, 2011
Race Day 2 January 15, 2011
Race Day 3 January 16, 2011

First Warning Signal on Friday 11:30 am
First Warning Signal on Saturday 11:30 am
First Warning Signal on Sunday 09:00 am

Racing will be 14, 15 16 Jan; however, each fleet will need to decide for themselves what days “count.”  Unlike past years, at this time there is no plan to have a separate set of awards for a Friday race day. Fleet Captains please send your decisions to the RC Chairman, Rob Gibbs at RobDaSailor@gmail.com by the end of December.  The Leukemia Cup is, as usual, only Saturday and requires a separate entry fee, ALL of which goes to the Arizona Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  It takes 5 or more entries to fleet.

Of course the final NOR and SI will override anything posted here, but these details shouldn’t change.  Thanks for your patience while we work out the final details with our partners.

Bucc’s Eat Turkey in Long Beach…AND on Catalina Island


Heisler, Vaillancourt, Rawstrom - LB Turkeys 2010

Heisler, Vaillancourt, Rawstrom - LB Turkeys 2010


Three hearty Buccaneer 18 teams skipped the AYC Gov’s Cup to join in the “umpteenth” Alamitos Bay Yacht Club Turkey Regatta to sample the legendary sailing inside the Long Beach sea wall, and to get some early turkey dinner.  The sailing and the turkey more than lived up to their reputations!

Day 1 started out with some steady rain and good 10-15mph winds but only two Buccs on the line.  Sacramento road warrior Carole Vaillancourt and skipper Ryan Scofield on “Wind Me Up” faced off with Emory Heisler and his brother Tim in “Erin Mogan” for the first race, a 2 lap W-L course.  Ryan and Carole lead easily at the first W mark and stayed there down to the gates as Emory and Tim sailed without the chute.  A problem at the gate for Ryan and Carole though let Emory and Tim sneak ahead by the 2nd W mark.  However without the spinny they couldn’t hold their position which gave Ryan and Carole an easy 30 second win.


Turkey Day Pirate Mayhem


Before race 2 could start Emory and Tim headed for warmth and turkey as the rain continued and the early signs of hypothermia started for Tim.  That left race 2 as a one-boat bullet for Ryan and Carole, but by the time Race 3 began Dave Rawstrom and crew Bailey Marra in “Red Fish Blue Fish” had found the course to put some competition back in the sailing.

Dave and Bailey sailed neck and neck with Ryan and Carole upwind until a blown tack by Ryan and Carole at the layline sent them from two boat lengths ahead to two boat lengths behind Dave and Bailey at the weather mark.  Ryan and Carole once again sailed their spinnaker against a team not ready to set the chute in the heavy conditions allowing them to pass Dave and Bailey for another easy win and 3 bullets for the day.

It was time for TURKEY!  Back in the Alamitos Bay Yacht Club the 3 Bucc teams and Dave’s family were joined by EX-AYCer Dennis Martinelli who was also in town for Turkey and some hard core Laser sailing too.  Of course the ABYC lived up to their reputation “with all the trimmings” and classic Yacht Club hospitality followed by a well deserved evening of recovery (except for Dennis and Emory that found their way to a bar showing the UFC fight!  Imagine that???!!!).

Stormy Long Beach Turkey Regatta 2010Sunday dawned with “freight train” winds blowing chunks of palm trees down the street.  Fortunately they “died down” to 20-25mph by race time.  Seeing these conditions both Dave and Emory lost their crews to the Farmers Market and teamed up on Emory’s “Erin Morgan” to keep at least two boats racing…or so they thought.

With the wind blowing a steady 20 with gusts to 25 Carole let Ryan know that she felt it was to windy, and that left the “well balasted” Emory and Dave to blast and plane around the course.  Ryan was appropriately jealous and Dave and Emory had some “profound revelations” during their 2 races “against the wind.” Details?   Sorry!  Sworn to secrecy!

After the scores were totaled, Ryan and Carole’s three Day-1 wins were just enough to win the Bucc class – AND a nice pair of frozen Turkeys (larger classes even had Cornish Game Hens for 3RD place LOL!)

AND THEN…..Emory and Tim jumped on a Catalina 30 Monday morning and cruised to Catalina and back (Tuesday) in beautiful 15-20 mph winds and calm seas.  “It was like sailing with training wheels”, said Emory, compared to the two Winnie the Pooh days in Long Beach.  But THAT is a different Turkey Day Regatta story.

Next year we hope to see more Buccs and other AYC sailors on the line for a great event at a great venue…..with some great Turkeys!

Next West Coast Race….SD NOOD, March 18-20.  See you there!

ARRRR!   Ryan Scofield – “Wind Me Up”, Emory Heisler – “Erin Morgan”

TTL Week 3 Scores Posted!

What a crazy Sunday afternoon…wind gusts over 20mph AND the Ironman Triathlon made for a spectacle!  To see how everyone did, check out these race results!

Governor’s Cup – Finished Before Dark!

The wind was great yesterday for the 14 boats that participated in the Governor’s Cup.  The wind speed was 9-10 steady most of the day with gusts up to about 20 in certain parts of the lake at different times.  Of course the Reynolds 33 Catamaran took line honors (we saw them finishing when we were just starting our second “lake lap”) but hat’s off to Chuck Robinson who completed the course in his US1 and Gary Oberbeck who completed the course in his SUNFISH!  The trophy will be awarded at the December Membership Meeting (along with Ye Blunder Bucket!)

Here are some of the better photos I got.  If you have a picture you want to submit, use our new Photo Upload Page. If you have multiples, it would be great if you could use a hosting site like www.Flickr.com or www.Picasaweb.com to post them and send a link to Web@ArizonaYachtClub.org.

NOOD Regatta Schedule for 2011 Released

FINALLY Sperry and the people at Sailing World have released their 2011 schedule.  Go check it out at:

www.sailingworld.com/nood-regattas

Just Don’t Know What to Say About This…

If you were at Lake Pleasant on the morning of the 8th of November for the races you might have noticed something a little out of place…

If you look really, really closely you can see that this boat was SO NEW they didn’t even have registration stickers on it yet.  I heard from some of the gang that stayed overnight that they heard a thud, an engine rev up, then cut out.  I don’t even know where to start with the jokes.

November Membership Meeting

As usual a good time was had by all at the November membership meeting.  We were able to introduce one of the newest members of our club Ed Triebel, pictured here with the Fleet Captain Trey Harlow.  If you see Ed, or any of our new members “around the club” be sure to welcome them.



New Member Ed Triebel and Fleet Capt Trey Harlow



The guest speaker was former America’s Cup contender Phillip Freedman one of the sailing coaches at ASU.  He is starting a new intercollegiate competition here in the valley, the first one of its kind – the Cactus Cup.  They are attempting to add it to the Pacific Coast Collegiate Sailing Conference’s tour of schools and venues.



ASU Sailing Coach Philip Freedman and the Cactus Cup



We are working on getting them to bring some of their KILLER T-Shirts to a future meeting to raise money for their team.  We’ll get the word out well in advance so you can get yours!



ASU Sailing Team T-Shirt



The rest of the evening was filled with the usual pirate frivolity…

Race Scores Updated!

See the latest race results from TTL and from LP at the Race Results Page.

Here are some photos from the action at LP this weekend.

Governor’s Cup Course…

The Governor's Cu

Register for the 2010 Governor’s Cup here!

Mike Parker has given us the final course for the Governor’s Cup 26.2mi Marathon:

Start between Marina South entrance buoy and R/C boat
Castle Creek Buoy
Balance Rock I
Horse I
South Barker I
Humbug Buoy
South around shoal
Coles Bay Buoy
Balance Rock
10-Lane County launch No-Wake (any)
North ramp No-Wake (any)
Horse I
Balance Rock I
10-Lane County launch No-Wake (any)
Honeymoon Cove
Finish between Honeymoon Suites (porta-potty) and shore.
Official Course Charts will be distributed at the Skipper’s Meeting but here is the Google Earth view of the course.

November Membership Meeting

Hi there,

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.

AYC Race Training Returns to TTL!

It was an agonizing 91 days, but finally our favorite little city lake is full and everyone seemed to really be happy about it.  Reasonable winds made for competitive one design sailing.  Most of the Laser fleet was neck and neck all the way around the course and Emory Heisler bested the Bucc 18 fleet single-handing! (or so he says…scores forthcoming!)  Speaking of scores…great job C14.2 fleet to RC Duty! Thanks to Dave Evans for the great photos and to Joe Motil for lending him the camera and for posting them online…click here for the full Picasa Web album.

“Motil Mark” Unveiled at US Sailing Directors Meeting

Some sailors, mostly outside of AZ, might think we live in a sailing “wasteland”, but those of us that live here realize that is FAR from the truth.

One more example of how blessed we AZ sailors are is that the US Sailing Board of Directors meets HERE IN AZ every other year for their annual Board of Directors meeting.  As US Sailing members, and on behalf of  AYC – Arizona Yacht Club, not Annapolis – we get to join in on the fun and information sharing and help welcome them to our fair city.

Several AYC members showed up for the welcome reception at the PV Embassy Suites and it was once again a marvelous opportunity to meet with the leaders of our sport from across the country.  Joe Motil took the stage with Gary Jobson to welcome participants, and George Tingom, Tony Chapman and I rubbed elbows with US Sailing leaders like America’s Cup sailor Dawn Riley and rules “Guru” Dick Rose.  We had a great time swapping sailing stories and discussing the many common problems in our sport that exist regardless of the kind of boat we sail or where we sail it. 

 A special feature of the evening – in addition to the awarding of the US Sailing Herreshoff Trophy to Jim Muldoon (CEO of St. Mary’s College in Southern Maryland) – was the unveiling of the “Motil Mark” created by our very own Commodore Joe Motil. My guess is we will see more development and in time you’ll see “Production Versions” of Joe’s simple yet effective Race Mark – The Motil Mark!

When US Sailing is here again – and I for one hope they continue to visit us every two years – I recommend this evening and the event in general as a way to get to know who is “at the helm” of our sport on a national level and to show that AZ sailing is active, alive and well!

Tempe Town Lake RACING (Finally!)

I know it’s been a while, but TTL SUNDAYS are BACK!  Sign up now online if you haven’t already.  According to NOR/SI C-14s are Race Committee.  As this is the last day of October, First Gun is 3:00pm.  Come out, get wet and GO SAILING!

From the Commodore’s Desk…

Ahoy Friend,

Welcome to the newly revised AYC website. This is a new effort at taking a great idea and trying to make it even better. What you see before you is the result of efforts to upgrade and add features to one of our main communication tools, the AYC website. Much of what was created before is being utilized in the new design. This is so that members and anyone wanting to find out about sailing in Arizona, can interact with our site.  Change always seems tough but the technologies of today require adaptation.

Please join me in a well deserved thank you to Mike Ferring for his multiple years of service as webmaster,  shaping and giving the website much of its look and style. Mike has done a fabulous job with our website.  Nicely done!  After many years of dedication, Mike made his decision to pass the baton on. Rob Gibbs has accepted the challenge as the new webmaster and stepped up to help renovate the new website you see before you.

There are new social networking tools embedded into this website. These enable a broader range of communication formats that allow you to be notified directly of current events and activities when they are posted. As with all new things, it will take time to shape it into the mature product our former web sight had become but it will allow for easier maintenance and facilitate a broader outreach.

Yours in sailing,

Joe Motil

Race Results from Lake Pleasant Week 3


"Kicks" at Lake Pleasant






Great weekend of racing at Lake Pleasant – Great dinner Saturday night!  The quote of the evening was from Martin Lorch, “It’s a good thing nobody liked it because I don’t have any left!”  Get the weekend’s Race Scores. Thanks to Joe Barnett for taking photos…See them at:

http://www.mr72.com/images/pics/LP-2010-10-22/

http://www.mr72.com/images/pics/LP-2010-10-23/

Governor’s Cup – 20 November

The AYC Governor’s Cup has been revived!  Traditionally a long distance point to point race on Lake Roosevelt, it’s moved to Lake Pleasant and is a 26.2 mi “marathon” course with creative scoring.  Read the NOR’s and SI’s carefully! Click below to sign up today!  Sign up before Nov 12th for Early Bird pricing.

US Sailing 2010 Meeting Icebraker Invitation

US Sailing’s 2010 Annual Meeting is on Thursday the 21st of October at the Embassy Suites in Scottsdale.  The “Icebreaker” we are hosting is 5:30 to 7:30.  AYC is hosting a booth and you are invited to come and mingle with the leaders of your National Sailing Organization. Please let Joe Motil (commodore@arizonayachtclub.org) know if you plan to attend.  For more information on the meeting see US Sailing’s Website

Sept Membership Meeting

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.

We had some new faces interested in membership.  Gilbert Kanitario who crewed for Ray Gazzera on Opening Day at Lake Pleasant signed up that night!

There were a few burgees exchanged and good fun was had by all!

Capri 14.2 Nationals – AYC Winners!

Submitted by John Mayall

While the weekend of September 17-19 brought record temperatures to the Phoenix area, some fortunate Capri 14.2 sailors were able to spend a few wonderful days in San Diego participating in the annual Capri 14.2 Nationals hosted by the Mission Bay Yacht Club. Three teams made the road-trip and they were; Rick and Lisa Lake, Steve and Christina Campo and Sean and John Mayall. The event began on Friday with the second annual women’s Nationals. Lisa Lake recruited Morgan Henderson, a local Mission Bay sailor and skippered to a very respectable fourth place in a fleet of nine boats. Christina placed sixth and it is worth noting that it was the first time Christina had skippered the boat in a racing event. Also, Lisa was the highest placing boat with an all female team. Go girls!



Sean and John Mayall

Saturday and Sunday found the boats competing in a gold fleet for experienced racers and a silver fleet for less experienced sailors. Racing conditions were fantastic as usual and both days had winds in the 10-15 knot range with minimal oscillation. There was plenty of hiking and lots of very close racing. The Arizona Yacht Club was well represented in the Silver fleet with Sean driving to first place and bringing home a Capri 14.2 Nationals perpetual trophy. Steve/Christina sailed to a second place finish and Lisa/Rick took fourth. Looks like Sean and Steve will be in the gold fleet next year.

2nd Annual Ladies Day at the Lake – 2 October

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