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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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.
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.
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.
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
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.
We’ve connected Victor Felice with crew for the fall race series and he’s responded by inviting anyone on the crew list to sail with him on non-race weekends as well!
If you need crew, click over to the crew list and scan it for the people you need. We have everything from enthusiastic newbies to highly experienced racers.
Or maybe you could do what Victor did, invite the entire crew from ETNZ for a sail. Here they are, all 11 (which seems barely enough for a 72-footer but looks a bit crowded on a J/24).
Have you signed up for the fall race series or are you putting it off until, well, when are you putting it off to?
Tempe Town Lake began Sunday (9/22) with lots of wind (okay, too much). Lake Pleasant racing begins two weeks later, on Saturday, October 5 at 12:30 pm. That date and time is also the deadline to determine the active fleets in the club, but it looks like the expected fleets are there or nearly there right now, with Catalina 22s, Thistles, and PHRF Spin, Non-Spin, and Sportboat.
You’ll have a chance to practice at Lake Pleasant on Saturday morning, September 28, beginning at 9am. The race committee boat will be on the water, you’ll have marks to sail around, and they’ll be running multiple starts to tune your time and distance calculations and shake off the summer rust.
If you’re reading this and thinking it would be fun to race but you don’t know how, consider signing up for the crew list and the Arizona Sailing Foundation’s annual Introduction to Sailboat Racing class.
The final Heat Stroke results from Tempe Town Lake are posted on the results page or by clicking here. A small, but hearty band of sailors made it through the summer series, with Mike and Maryellen Ferring emerging on top in the single fleet, the Portsmouth class.
We tried something new this year, with a single sailor acting as the race committee from the race committee boat. The system worked and the people who came to play had a good time!
The results from the past weekend of racing are posted on the results page or by clicking here.
The results for Sunday, July 14 racing at Tempe Town Lake are posted on the results page or by clicking here.