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Birthday Regatta Friday Results

After a great day of wind consistently out of the N to NE.  Capsizes and roundups were the order of the day, but when all was said and done everyone was smiling!

Here are the scores!

82nd SCYA Midwinter Regatta

The SCYA Midwinter Regatta’s history is packed with legendary sailors and their boats from the early days to the present. The event began in 1928, when SCYA and the LA Junior Chamber of Commerce teamed up to promote Southern California as the sports “paradise” of sailing venues. As hoped, the event attracted boats from the Great Lakes, Atlantic Coast and the rest of the Pacific Coast and some of the best known yachtsmen in America.

Los Angeles Harbor was the only venue for many years. The first venue expansion added Alamitos Bay then Marina del Rey and King Harbor. New venues continued to be added through the years until races were being held from Santa Barbara to San Diego and as far east as Arizona and Nevada. Some changes in venue and classes occur from year to year to keep current with class interest. Today 25 or more host clubs and 100 classes participate in the Midwinters.

A few little known facts:

• The Regatta was put on hold during WWII and resumed again in 1946.

• The Star Class is the only one-design class that has sailed in every Midwinter Regatta held.

• The Naples Sabots raced for the first time in 1946 and for 57 years was one of the largest classes. The class quickly grew to huge numbers and it was still the largest class raced 57 years later in 2003.

• Humphrey Bogart raced his yacht Santana in the event in 1947 and lost to Ed Witte.

• In 1954 Mitzi Gaynor was Queen of the Regatta.

• Cal 40s, one of the first fiberglass boats raced for the first time in 1964.

• The1967 Midwinters had 996 entries and 20 one-design classes over 25feet.

• The largest number of entries was in 1977 at over 1,200.

The Southern California Yachting Association’s 82nd Annual Midwinter Regatta 2011 is gearing up for the weekend of February 19th and 20th. The Regatta will be hosted at yacht clubs and associations from Channel Islands to San Diego and all ports in between. Several inland lakes from the Pacific Coast to Arizona will also see racing. Races will be held for dinghies, cruisers, one design sailboats, PHRF racers, multihulls, radio-controlled models, land yachts, powerboats and outrigger canoes (did we miss anyone?).

Regarded as a season opener, the Midwinter Regatta is a community event that unites over 600 boaters throughout Southern California and Arizona. D.I.S.C, spine, orthopedic and sports medicine specialist, supports the competitive spirit and body and wouldn’t miss a chance to partner with SCYA for this grand event; don’t you either! Rain or shine – the Midwinter races will be run. Sign up at

Registration for AYC Birthday Regatta Still Open!

Hey Sailors,

There is still time to sign up for the Birthday Regatta / Leukemia Cup!  REGISTRATION IS STILL OPEN and will remain open until 9:30 am on Saturday the 15th (that’s the Skipper’s Meeting!)

You can’t pre-order shirts anymore but we will have a VERY LIMITED quantity available on site.  Get there early as I’m sure the stock will go quickly – first come first served!

Also, if you just need to order dinner or breakfast, you can still do so.  Just go to the REGISTRATION PAGE and un-check the race entry and select only what you need.

Also, just because your fleet isn’t “Officially” racing on Friday, don’t let that stop you from coming out and getting some practice in!  We’ll be making fleets that morning and we’ll post the finishes so come out, have some fun and GO RACE!

LAST DAY to Register and Get the Shirt!

This is the LAST DAY to register for the Birthday Regatta and get the official T-shirt!


Also, last day for the REGATTA GEAR STORE!

Fall Race Series Winners

Congratulations to all Fall Race Series Fleet Champions:

Lake Pleasant

  • Catalina 22 –  None Yet – Martin Lorch
  • Merit 25 –  Blue Streak – Norman Anderson
  • PHRF Non-Spin – Melissa Kay – Mike Ferring
  • PHRF Spin –  Bad Idea – Dave Christensen
  • Thistle – [No Name] – Trey Harlow
  • Viper 640 – NAGA – Charles Kaye

Tempe Town Lake

  • Buccaneer 18-  Slur – Matt Davis
  • Capri 14.2 – Sea Ya’ – Mike Ferring
  • Laser – [No Name] – Mike Bernard
  • Portsmouth – Waterdog – Joe Motil

Last Week to Get Regatta Shirts for Birthday Regatta!

Hello Sailors!

As a quick reminder, in order to get T-shirts you MUST register by the end of the day on the 30th of December!  Don’t delay…REGISTER NOW!

And if you JUST want to come for dinner or get a T-shirt, use the REGISTRATION FORM and simply uncheck the race registration and select the items you are interested in…but do it NOW!

LAST CALL – Birthday Regatta Race Committee Needs YOU!

UPDATE 27 Dec – We’re down to the wire and we still have some openings on Race Committee.  We still need:

2 People on Friday
1 Person on Saturday
3 People on Sunday

Please let me know if you can help at or 602-757-2012.

Hello everyone!
I’d like to extend the opportunity to participate as race committee to everyone if you don’t already have an offer to crew. We need 6 volunteers for Friday and 8 for Sat and Sun. The jobs include running the start line, calling the finish line, and being race support on one of our two runabouts. You can volunteer for 1, 2 or 3 days of help.  Don’t worry if you haven’t done it before…we’ll teach you everything you need to know!

Friday, racing starts at 11:30 am. I would like anyone who wants to help to meet me near the “big tent” (you can’t miss it) at Lake Pleasant.  You will need to arrive around 8:00am planning to leave the dock NLT 10:00.

Saturday, racing starts at 11:30 so same schedule (again with time to make assignments and do a little training). Sunday Racing starts at 9:00 so please plan on arriving around 6:45am and getting off the dock by 7:00.

For full details, please see the NOR and SI (out later this week.)  Please let me know as soon as you can if you think you can help out. Please feel free to contact me directly with questions either by email or cell phone – 602-757-2012.  Oh, and in case you are wondering, there IS a potty on the RC Boat.  😛

Looking forward to having you on the team!
2011 Birthday Regatta RC Chair

TTL Final Results POSTED!

TTL Final Results are posted on the RACING RESULTS PAGE!

Congrats to our Fleet winners for the first half of our season…get ready for next season by SIGNING UP NOW!

Spring Series Sign Ups POSTED!

Ahoy Sailors,

I know everyone is focused on getting ready for the Birthday Regatta, but don’t forget to sign up for the SPRING RACE SERIES! NORs and SIs are posted and you can REGISTER ONLINE for these series along with the Birthday Regatta.

Get to it you scallywags!

TTL Week 4 Scores Posted

Yes, we’re a week behind…these are NOT the final results…but they are results!

TTL Scores are on the Racing Results Page


UPDATE – 2011 Birthday Regatta and Leukemia Cup – UPDATE


Please get your registration completed by December 30, 2010! Register Here. This is the only way to get your Regatta  T-Shirt, which only available for purchase until December 30th! Get other gear like microfiber/drytech shrts, Gill bags and shorts with the Birthday Regatta Logo straight from our manufacturer here and it will be delivered directly to the regatta.

Also, if you just want the T-Shirt and or a few meals, you can use the registration page as well – just don’t enter the regatta!  You can also order gear from our Birthday Regatta Gear Page too.

Below are a few items to make your stay at the Birthday Regatta more pleasurable…

The closest hotel to Lake Pleasant is the Hampton Inn in Anthem and they have offered entrant a discounted room rate here.

Slips are available for $20.00 per night at Pleasant Harbor Marina at 602 912 1664 if you mention that you are with the Arizona Yacht Club.

Also, if you mention the Arizona Yacht Club to RV Rental Outlet, they can bring up a motor home and set it up for you at the lake for you weekend. Their number is 888 461 0023. You will also have to let Pleasant Harbor know so you can get a camp site.

If you want, tent and car camping is available for the price of admission to the park, but if you pitch your tent on a lawn, get ready for the sprinklers!

The general agenda goes something like this:


7:00 – Breakfast Burritos
7:00 – Registration Opens
9:00 – Registration Closes
9:30 – Skipper’s Meeting
11:30 – Racing/Race Practice (See NOR/SI)
17:00 – Bar Opens
18:00 – Dinner by resident Head Chef Rick Johnson
22:00 – Bar Closes


7:00 – Eggs and Bacon Breakfast
7:00 – Registration Opens
9:00 – Registration Closes
9:30 – Skipper’s Meeting
11:30 – Racing (See NOR/SI)
17:00 – Bar Opens
17:00 – Silent Auction Open
17:30 – Dinner and Keynote Speaker Maureen McKinnon-Tucker
19:00 – Silent Auction Closes
19:10 – LLS Thanks You and Recognition
19:30 – Auction
20:15 – Top Fund Raiser Recognition
22:00 – Bar Closes


7:00 – Breakfast Burritos
9:00 – Racing
14:00ish – Awards Ceremony

If you have more specific questions, please call me at 480-503-2191 or send me an email at


Get your Birthday Regatta RACE GEAR!

Our Ship’s Store is now offering more gear with the Birthday Regatta logos!  Check out the entire BIRTHDAY REGATTA GEAR PAGE!

If you are into tech gear we are offering the Long Sleeve and Short Sleeve Microfiber Tech shirts…these will be screen printed with the front, back and sleeve logo just like the cotton shirts you buy when you register.

In addition, get tons of other gear with the logo embroidered on.  All items ordered will be shipped to us and be given to you at the regatta!

Act now and you can get additional holiday savings!  Check the right side of the BIRTHDAY REGATTA GEAR PAGE for more info.

(BTW – there is a small error on their page that makes a reference to the Ultimate 20 North American Logo – we are aware of the problem and it will not affect your order!)

UPDATED – A Message From The Leukemia/Lymphoma Society –

UPDATE – Files available for you:
Instructions for setting up online fundraising
Forms and Instructions to get Event Sponsors
Sample Letter and Auction Item Form

Dear Arizona Yacht Club Members,

We are thankful all year for our wonderful friends, but  this season of caring reminds us of how fortunate we are to have such generous people around us.  The work you are doing through the Leukemia Cup Regatta has resulted in there being three researchers funded by The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.  I just wanted to convey once again the impact you have on blood cancer cures.   You are very generous with your time, and it helps tremendously.

On behalf of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, thank you for joining us for our 2011 Leukemia Cup Regatta with gold medalist speaker Maureen McKinnon-Tucker.  Dojiggy fundraising pages are ready to be reactivated! Please just email me at By agreeing to participate in our 12th Annual Leukemia Cup Regatta, you have joined thousands of fundraising sailors nationwide to help support the Society’s mission to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life for patients and their families.

As you know, this is a fundraising regatta, and you and your crewmates are encouraged to raise as much money as possible.  Every dollar helps support blood cancer research and the Society’s education and support programs.  You can also earn great fundraising prizes and the chance to win a trip to our annual Fantasy Sail Weekend next Fall in New York.

Since its inception in 1949, the Society has invested more thank $483 million in research, leading to breakthrough drugs like Gleevec® designed to fight chronic myelogenous leukemia.  Currently, the Society underwrites the work of over 400 cancer researchers throughout the world, and provides a wide range of patients services including financial aid, support groups and educational seminars.  None of this could happen without the support of fundraisers like you.

Thank you for joining our “crew”, as we race for a cure.  We appreciate your efforts on the Leukemia Cup Regatta, and wish you and your family a joyous holiday season.


Kerri J

:: Kerri Weiss | Special Events Manager
:: The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society | 3877 N. 7th Street, Suite 300, Phoenix AZ  85014
:: (602) 567-7605 office | (602) 567-7601 fax | VOIP 7605 | |

Lake Pleasant Fall Final Results!

A good weekend with winds that shifted hard on Sat and on Sunday morning, a great blow that faded into a 2 race day was the finale.  See the scores here on the Race Results Page. If you have pictures from the weekend…send them in at our Photo Upload page.

Thanks to Chris Smith and Chuck Landis for these!

Birthday Regatta Entry Now Open – Register Here!

Ahoy Sailors!

Don’t miss the first major AZ Regatta of 2011! It’s time to get ready for the Arizona Yacht Club Birthday Regatta and the 12th Annual Arizona Leukemia Cup – the first Leukemia Cup Regatta of 2011 January 14th through the 16th, 2011.

AYC and the Desert Mountain Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society invite you to join in for a full range of on-water and on-shore fun. Activities will include three days of racing Friday through Sunday with meals, entertainment and a special dinner Saturday.  Our keynote speaker Saturday night will be Paralympic GOLD MEDAL WINNER and newly elected U S Sailing Board of Directors Member, Maureen McKinnon-Tucker in addition to our outstanding special auction to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Racing will be from Friday through Sunday (Friday optional, each class will determine two or three days of racing), with the Leukemia Cup being held on Saturday.

Don’t miss Friday night’s dinner.  It is being prepared by the legendary culinary skill of our current Club Champion, Rick Johnson.

Our race committee will have a special look this year too! Andrea Caroe from Mission Bay Yacht Club in San Diego will be our PRO! Many of the Buccaneer and 14.2 sailors will remember her Pink RC flag from their events held at MYC.

Please check the RACING page of for the notice of race, registration and sailing instructions and other updates. Other questions can be sent to me, Regatta Director Greg Jackson,  at

So come out and enjoy our desert hospitality up at Lake Peasant, January 14th through the 16th and help us help others through the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society!

Governor’s Cup Scores Posted

UPDATED – After a couple of corrections on PHRF/Portsmouth Ratings we have RE-Posted the Results to the Governor’s Cup.

The fleet scores from the 2010 Governor’s Cup are available.  These are the fleet scores, but remember the NOR states that the cup will be awarded to “the boat finishing the race with “outstanding seamanship” over the 26.2 mile course as voted on by a board of volunteers made up of fleet representatives.” So be sure to come to the December Membership Meeting to find out who gets that HUGE Rum Grog…I mean…Trophy…yeah.

AND in case you didn’t remember (ha ha), the December Membership Meeting is always our Buccaneer Gift Exchange!

the boat
finishing the race with “outstanding seamanship” over the 26.2 mile course as voted on by a
board of volunteers made up of fleet representatives.

the boat finishing the race with “outstanding seamanship” over the 26.2 mile course as voted on by a

board of volunteers made up of fleet representatives.

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 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 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 or to post them and send a link to