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AYC Election for the Next Board of Directors

The annual election of AYC officers has begun. Here are the nominees:

Peter Lehrach

Peter Lehrach has been nominated to be the next AYC Commodore.

Commodore: Peter Lehrach
Vice Commodore: Christina Campo
Rear Commodore: Chris Smith
Junior Staff Commodore: Cynthia Pillote
One-Year Membership Director: Dianna Andress
Two-Year Membership Director: John Riddell
Fleet Captain: Steve Brown
Cruising Captain: Tom Errickson

In addition, the board selects a Treasurer and Secretary. Tony Chapman has agreed to continue as Treasurer and Lori Reger will continue as Secretary. Continuing on the board as Senior Staff Commodore, Mike Ferring.

The nominating committee: Martin Lorch, Matt Davis, George Tingom, J.M. Kiel, George Sheller, Bruce Andress, Victor Felice, Chris Smith, Ben Doane, Mike Parker, Tom Errickson, Jeff Sloan, Cindy Pillote (non voting).

In addition to voting for officers, you’ll be asked to decide whether to increase the annual dues from $125/year to $150/year. The increase requires a two-thirds majority in order to pass. (AYC dues have not increased for more than 10 years.)

A link to voting has been emailed to all the full members of record as of April 1. If you didn’t receive the link, contact Mike Ferring. If you requested a paper ballot, you’ll need to return it postmarked by May 9 or bring it to the counting session at the Caddy Shack by 6pm on Tuesday, May 13. With electronic voting, the counting takes about one minute, so don’t be late.

Survey Shows Widespread Support for Raising AYC Reserves

Here are the results of a member survey conducted the week of February 17 about AYC finances. Seventy-seven members completed the survey, presented online using Constant Contact’s survey system. All responses were confidential.

Headlines and Executive Summary:

Members value membership. Is AYC worth the money you pay? The result is a resounding “yes.” Using a five-point scale, with one being “lousy” and five “outstanding,” respondents rate AYC 4.0 for the value they think they get for the money they spend. Breaking it down, 35% rate AYC’s value at the top score of  5; 42% rate it a 4; and just over 20% rate it a 3 or lower.

Who are the 20% who don’t rate it as highly? Speaking generally, they’re people who don’t race (50% race vs. 72% of those who rate it higher), but there’s no pattern for how long they’ve been members of the club. Not surprisingly these people don’t think dues should be raised, but think racing fees should go up. And they’re more likely to say it’s more important for the club to cut costs than to raise revenue.

The AYC survey showed widespread support for building the cash reserves.

The AYC survey showed widespread support for building the cash reserves.

It’s reassuring to learn that members rate the club’s value highly, but the main purpose of the survey was to learn how members think the club should deal with dues, fees, and expenses.

The survey found members overwhelmingly agree that it’s a good idea to try to increase financial reserves to be ready for the day when equipment needs to be replaced.

86% of the respondents think it’s important to build reserves. The few who disagree (14%) tend to be the people who think the club is poorly run or isn’t concerned enough about keeping costs down—or who simply don’t want to pay more money.

65% think it’s more important to raise revenue than it is to cut costs. 31% think the opposite.

Clearly the members of the board of directors think they’re being responsible stewards of the club checkbook, saving money wherever possible and spending no more than necessary to present the quality of equipment and programs members expect. A minority of respondents isn’t so sure. They haven’t studied club spending of course, but they’re sure there’s money to be saved. “Every line item needs to be reviewed for cost savings,” wrote one. “Anywhere possible,” said another. (In fact, Commodore Cindy Pillote has appointed a committee to review the spending line by line to look for ways to economize.)

Over the last two years, the fleet captains have increased entry fees about 15%, with nonmembers paying even higher increases. Respondents believe racing fees should increase further by a high margin (62%-31%). 32% say raise them 10%; 20% say 20%; and 18% say raise them by 5% or less. Objections to raising fees? Mostly concern that higher fees would drive away entries.

The club dues are $125/year and have not increased in some 10 years. Is it time to bump them up? 71% say they would support a dues increase. How much? 32% say raise dues to $150; 19% say $175; and 9% say $200. The ones who don’t want an increase are inclined to think that dues are high enough already or that if we would economize, an increase wouldn’t be necessary.

The board will decide at its next meeting whether to submit a proposal for a dues increase to the general membership. The increase would need to be approved in a vote, probably at the same time as the next election of officers.

AYC Dues-Fees Survey.

Interested in learning more about how the club works? Here’s an explanation and link to the bylaws. And here’s the current budget.

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Women’s Sailing Convention

We would love to see you at the Women’s Sailing Convention at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club in Newport February 1!

Classes (and fun) for everyone from novice to expert. If you haven’t yet attended this convention, this 25th anniversary event would be a great time to do so.

On-the-water: Offered as single morning or afternoon classes, qualified instructors lead courses in anchoring, docking, overboard procedures, and boat operation on various skill levels. There’s even an afternoon race with trophy awards at dinner.

On-the-land: Experienced and enthusiastic instructors offer dry-land classes during two morning and two afternoon sessions. New courses this year include Basic Nav Rules and Bowlines, Maintenance Mania, How to Heave a Line, and DIY Canvas Basics.

If you’re interested, but don’t have a ride, let us know and we will try to put people together that might want to carpool.

Learn more here.

Brenda Shears and Julie Thompson

The Women's Sailing Convention is February 1.

The Women’s Sailing Convention is February 1.

Keeping the Club Floating High

There was a large and interested turnout for Tuesday night’s meeting (1/14) reviewing the financial affairs of the Arizona Yacht Club—and a clear consensus among the group that AYC is an inexpensive club, that it’s time to ratchet up dues and entry fees, and that it’s essential to keep the club on a sound footing.

The biggest cost we face is Lake Pleasant racing, but it’s also our most important activity. As Steve Nahkala said, “It’s why I belong to AYC.”

Over the last two years, the fleet captains have slowly increased race fees, especially those for nonmembers, to close the gap between revenue and expenses, but Lake Pleasant racing is still a big consumer of club dollars. (Tempe Town Lake racing takes in a bit more than it spends, thanks to the ability to use ASF equipment.)

In contrast, club dues have remained unchanged since 2003, when they were boosted from $75 to $125 per year. If dues had kept pace with the Consumer Price Index, they would have been $158 last year.

Club treasurer Tony Chapman

Club treasurer Tony Chapman

When former Commodore Bill Hutchinson asked what the club was doing to keep a healthy reserve in order to be ready when equipment replacements are needed, Treasurer Tony Chapman replied, “Bingo. That’s the heart of the question tonight.” In fact, reserves are hovering around $20,000 after drifting down the last few years in which when the club was breaking even or losing money (last year we were about $170 in the black).

Some members questioned the decision to purchase the Boston Whaler Outrage, with its higher operating cost, instead of sticking with the aluminum bass boat that’s been the runabout for the last dozen years. Fleet Captain Greg Woodcock responded by saying that the bass boat was an accident waiting to happen and had to be patched together to make it out onto the water. Lake Pleasant Fleet Captain Bruce Andress noted that one of the big expenses was avoidable repairs when people were careless in the way they took care of the boats. (The board attempted to address that issue by requiring certification for all club boat operators.)

When asked if the group was ready to raise the dues, the response was overwhelmingly yes. Now it’s up to the board to propose the next step. If they think it’s time for a dues increase, the move would need to be approved by a vote of members, probably at the same time as the vote for next year’s officers.

Here’s a link to the current AYC budget. And here’s an explanation of how the club operates.


Dennis Martinelli Memories in Video

Dennis Martinelli. Photo: Mike Ferring

Dennis Martinelli. Photo: Mike Ferring

David Spira has put together a nice memory video of our pal Dennis Martinelli, using pictures contributed by lots of people. You’ll find it here.

US Sailing Instructor Class is Full!

Some 50 boats sailed on Tempe Town Lake Sunday, October 27. Photo: Phil Freedman

Kids and adults learning to sail on Tempe Town Lake. Photo: Phil Freedman

Great news! ASF President George Tingom reports that the January US Sailing level one small boat instructor class is full and cannot accept any further students.

Now there will the 12 new instructors available to teach the ASF classes.

The class is extensive and taught by one of the best: the instructor of instructors, Ray Treppa. The classes are all day on January 4-5 and 11-12 in Tempe, with on-the-water work at Tempe Town Lake.

The news that the class has filled is in sharp contrast to the last two years when the class had to be canceled for lack of participation.

If you wanted to enroll in this class but missed out, make sure George has your name for future classes. Call ASF president George Tingom at 480.948.3814 or email him.

Getting Stronger by Getting Together with LPSC

Arizona Yacht Club and Lake Pleasant Sailing Club have stepped up efforts to work together, to promote the sport of sailing and to increase participation in each other’s events.

There have been two meetings of representatives of the two clubs. The second this week developed some specific steps to explore, explained in this report:

An AYC/LPSC joint committee has been created to build a bridge between the two groups. Ralph Vatalaro and Mike and Maryellen Ferring are representing AYC while Tim and Rhonda Brewer are representing the LPSC. The purpose of the committee is to increase communication, share information and co-plan events that are of interest to members of both groups. The initial meeting occurred Tuesday, October 29 at the House of Tricks restaurant in Tempe. Over glasses of wine, fabulous dinners and even a dessert or two, they suggested these next steps.

  • Staging a low-key sailing event on January 1, with members of both clubs invited to spend a couple of hours sailing and meeting at the Waterfront Grille for food, drinks, and football.
  • Setting up a sailing event for late winter or early spring that would encourage members of each club to team up with some members of the other club. We talked about trading crews, a poker run, or even a Capture the Flag theme.
  • To promote understanding, each club—AYC racing and LPSC cruising—the group discussed an information exchange. Mike and Maryellen volunteered to present a program at an LPSC membership meeting tentatively titled, Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sailboat Racing in Just 30 Minutes. The program would include information on start procedures, fleet descriptions, ratings, protocols, etc. as well as an invitation to race with AYC. Tim and Rhonda Brewer or other interested LPSC members might reciprocate with a presentation about cruising and exploring Lake Pleasant or raft-up protocols and expectations.
  • The group discussed the possibility of joining forces to get more boats for a Catalina Cruise in July 2014. (Both clubs have had cruises to Catalina, but attendance has collapsed for both.)
  • Maryellen invited all LPSC women to the casual Women Who Sail parties. A couple dozen women interested in sailing gather quarterly for wine and appetizers at one of the women’s homes. Rhonda will talk to the Board to get approval to share LPSC email addresses for invitations.

All members of the group left the meeting encouraged about the plans. If you have feedback, questions or suggestions, please contact Ralph, Maryellen, Mike, Rhonda or Tim.

LPSC_LOGOLPSC has several events planned between now and the end of the year, as Rhonda describes:

The last few months of 2013 are filled with fun events, both on land and water. Besides the Halloween Spooktacular and Christmas party planned by Mary, Robin and Crystal, we have five more exciting events lined up.

On November 9 and 10 John Bagwell and Roland Cleveland are planning a Walk the Plank raft-up/camping party in Two Cow cove. Those of us on boats will raft up in the cove while the RVers and tent campers will set up on shore. The fun officially begins on Saturday, however, rumor has it that some members are planning to set up campsites on Friday afternoon.

As a complement to the Walk the Plank event, Tim and Rhonda Brewer have planned a Show Us Your Booty sail beginning at 10 am in front of the dam. Basically, we will chase each other around the lake exchanging “booty” between boats.

On November 17 LPSC members will host guests on the third Sunday Sail. Response to the September and October sails was extremely positive, so please consider joining the November sail as a host boat.

To prepare ourselves for 2014, on December 28 Tim and Rhonda will host a Tack Into 2014 sail. It will be similar to the Follow the Leader sail last spring, however, the fleet will be required to change tack and follow a new leader every 15 minutes.

Following the Tack Into 2014 sail on December 28, we hope everyone will gather in the barbeque area of PHM to share in a Potluck Dock Party. Please consider attending this party even if you don’t participate in the Tack Into 2014 sail. This is a great way to spend the end of 2013 with friends who share the love of sailing!

Falling spars, lines everywhere, topped with sails

Norm Anderson's Blue Streak dismasted. No one hurt. Photo: Chris Smith

Norm Anderson’s Blue Streak dismasted. No one hurt. Photo: Chris Smith

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

Bob Whyte and Peter Lehrach tow Blue Streak home after her dismasting. The new mark/safety boat performed perfectly on its first outing. Photo: Chris Smith

Bob Whyte and Peter Lehrach tow Blue Streak home after her dismasting. The new mark/safety boat performed perfectly on its first outing. Photo: Chris Smith

Want to Learn to Charter and Sail to Catalina?

Avalon harbor on Catalina Island, a great charter destination. Photo: Ralph Vatalaro

Avalon harbor on Catalina Island, a great charter destination. Photo: Ralph Vatalaro

Or how about the British Virgin Islands?

Before the monthly meeting in September, Cruising Captain Ralph Vatalaro will give you specific information on how to take the big of step of chartering a boat and sailing it yourself. He’ll be checking interest in putting together an AYC charter trip so you can take the step with friends and expert guidance.

If you’ve thought about chartering but were concerned about whether you could do it, you need to be there.

This “pre-meeting” will begin at 6pm on Tuesday, September 10, 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.

If you’ve already done some chartering (or lots of it), we’d love to have you come by and share your expertise. Pull up a chair, order a beer, and let’s talk.


Catalina 22 National Commodore is September Meeting Speaker

C22 National Commodore Don Boyko

C22 National Commodore Don Boyko

September’s AYC Monthly Meeting features the new Commodore for the C22 National Association, Don Boyko, from San Marcos, CA. Don is working to build C22 action in the West.

The meeting is Tuesday, September 10, 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.

Also, we’re planning a “pre-meeting” on cruising and chartering, beginning at 6pm. Come on by!

One of the big western events for Catalina 22s is Don’s 5th annual “Post Thanksgiving Day Weekend” at Mission Bay Yacht Club in San Diego. It includes free vehicle and trailer parking, free launching, free dockage for the weekend, free use of the MBYC facilities, and the galley will be open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner during the entire weekend.

He’s also planning a 2014 West Coast Cruise next July, starting at Mission Bay Yacht Club. They’ll spend a couple days in Mission Bay, then sail around Pt. Loma and into San Diego Bay for the rest of the week. Home port in the south bay will be at the Chula Vista Marina, which offers great facilities, with a restaurant and bar located right at the marina and the best sailboat ramp on San Diego Bay.

Don and his wife have been very active in the San Diego area, organizing various events, including that Thanksgiving weekend cruise. He’s also written often for the Catalina 22 Main Brace publication and is active on Internet forums—enough so that he was asked to take the Commodore slot. Don wrote an interesting bio for us that you can read here.

AYC’s Wilson Davis Competes in O’Pen Bic Event in SF

Wilson Davis hikes on SF Bay. Photo: Gilles Martin-Raget, America's Cup

Wilson Davis hikes on SF Bay. Photo: Gilles Martin-Raget, America’s Cup

O’Pen Bic sailboats are high-performance fun for junior-high age kids and last weekend (8/17), AYC’s Wilson Davis (age 11) got a full dose of it at the O’Pen Bic event at the America’s Cup venue in San Francisco.

Here are four minutes of high speed coverage:

Greg Fine Drowns in Lake Pleasant

Greg Fine at the helm of "Bitchen" during an AYC race weekend. Photo: Chris Smith

Greg Fine at the helm of “Bitchen” during an AYC race weekend. Photo: Chris Smith

AYC member Greg Fine was lost in a drowning accident over the weekend.

Services for Greg will be Saturday (8/24) at 2pm at St Patrick’s church on north 84th St near I-101 and Shea in Scottsdale.

Greg was a fairly new member of the club, but immediately made lots of friends—a positive and friendly guy who was always happy near the water, ready to crew for anyone who needed help. He loved spending weekends on his Catalina 25.

This from Greg’s LinkedIn page: He was a senior vice president of Wells Fargo bank, a position he took after retiring from the U.S. Navy. He was a 1981 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and served on submarines. Since 2010 he was Submarine Force Reserve Component Chief of Staff in the Navy Reserve. He also received an MBA degree from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA.

Greg’s daughter just graduated from the Naval Academy.

Fall Sailing Classes Underway

Learn to sail, just like this, on Tempe Town Lake. Photo: Mike Ferring

Learn to sail, just like this, on Tempe Town Lake. Photo: Mike Ferring

Classes are now underway for the Arizona Sailing Foundation educational courses—for adults and kids.

Soon, a new course this fall for kids who have outgrown Optis and would like something a little faster, a performance sailing course using the new O’Pen Bic sport boat. This fast, sleek boat is the kind of tool that should challenge Need for Speed for adrenalin-stoked action.

The other courses include:

  1. Kids Opti I & II
  2. Adult Learn to Sail
  3. Adult Sailing Skills Development
  4. Introduction to Sailboat Racing

Introduction to Sailboat Racing registration is open now. The others will have another session in the spring.

The Fall 2013 Opti class lined up on the floating dock at Tempe Town Lake. Photo: Mark Howell

The Fall 2013 Opti class lined up on the floating dock at Tempe Town Lake. Photo: Mark Howell

Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa Square Off for LV Cup

Team New Zealand flying in SF Bay. Photo: Mike Yarnell

Team New Zealand flying in SF Bay. Photo: Mike Yarnell

The question is: Has Luna Rossa improved enough to bring the fight to Emirates Team New Zealand? After being soundly beaten in the round-robin section by ETNZ, Luna Rossa beat Artemis 4-0 in the semi-finals.

ETNZ was dominant over Luna Rossa right from the first match-up and it’s worth going back to that first race to look at the very interesting data to see how they did it.

On the three downwind legs, Dean Barker’s crew average speed (35.9 knots) was 3.4 knots faster than that of Luna Rossa (32.5 knots).

Upwind, it was closer. The Kiwis (20.1 knots) held the edge by just under one knot compared to Luna Rossa (19.15), on the two upwind legs.

Interestingly, the Italian boat sailed 1376 meters (0.74 nautical miles) further than the New Zealand boat over the length of the race, and most of this extra distance came on the upwind legs.

There was also a wider disparity between distances sailed on each upwind and downwind leg on the Italian boat, suggesting more consistency and smoother sailing by New Zealand.

Here’s a link to the America’s Cup official site with the latest.

Mike Yarnell and Tia Renshaw, with Thistle friend Janice Young, watched Emirates Team New Zealand team and shot these great pictures. They say the best viewing is on the breakwater east of the St. Francis Yacht Club and Golden Gate Yacht Club—and it’s free.

Mike’s comment: “Wow, are these boats fast!” The wind that day was  17-18 knots with New Zealand finishing the 18.6-mile course in 45:28, reaching a top speed of  49.8 miles per hour. Not very long ago that would have set a sailboat world speed record.

Team New Zealand and the Golden Gate Bridge

Yes, that’s the Golden Gate bridge smudged by fog, a perfect backdrop for the AC72 of Team New Zealand. Photo: Mike Yarnell

Here’s a clear explanation of the conditions the America’s Cup contenders confront when they go to battle, offered by Team New Zealand meteorologist Roger “Clouds” Badham. San Francisco Bay presents some daunting wind and tide, sometimes moving together and sometimes running against each other.

Here’s a nice (but very basic) round-up of America’s Cup information, presented by Marin Magazine.

Here’s the newly-revised schedule for racing for the Louis Vuitton and AC Cup.


Renew AYC Membership Now

Time to renew.

Renew Now

When you see this page, click on the link to update and renew membership.

When you see this page, please check your personal information to make sure it’s current and correct.

If you’ve served in an AYC office, please make sure you’ve listed the calendar year that you served in the highest office (the question was previously worded poorly and some people put down the number of years rather than the year, such as 2005).

Then click to renew, enter your credit card information and that’s it. If you have trouble, Mike Ferring will try to help.

You may also renew your US Sailing membership at a discounted rate by clicking on this link.

AYC Loses 40-Year Member Bob Frazier

We’ll always remember Bob and daughter Maureen sailing at the front of the Catalina 22 fleet. Always good natured. Always fast. A great gentleman and AYC member for some 40 years.

Bob died in June at age 86. His memorial service will be July 6 at 10:30 a.m. at The Beatitudes Life Center Chapel. Maureen asks that you let her know if you plan to attend so they can plan.

The Arizona Republic obituary describes Bob’s very full life, rich with children, graduation from M.I.T., work at Motorola, sailing with Dave Shapiro and later with Maureen as crew.

Maureen writes, “No doubt he now sails again with Dave Shapiro and they are probably arguing tactics endlessly—just like the old days when I first began sailing with them on Class Action.”

Bob Frazier, recounting how he moved from the back of the pack to the front in the Thistle fleet. Bob was part of an AYC historic video.

Bob was one of seven longtime members who recalled the early days during a video we shot two years ago, describing how he first got into sailing and how (like all of us) he started at the back of the fleet during races, but then discovered better sails could make a big difference. Here’s a link to that video.

AYC Member Wins Santa Cruz 27 National Championship

Santa Cruz 27 National Champ Gotcha

The winning boat: Gotcha takes the Santa Cruz 27 national championship.

AYC member Joe Hagen is the new Santa Cruz 27 National Champion, with Chris Winnard of Ullman Sails driving and AYC member Al Lehman Jr. calling tactics.

Joe’s bright red Gotcha was the hands-down winner in the regatta that wrapped up Sunday, June 2, winning five races, finishing third in two more and tossing out an 11th place finish. They closed the regatta with a total of 11 points, well ahead of second place finisher Hanalei with 17. Here are the results.

Last year Joe and this same team also won the championship and in 2011 (with AYC’s Steve Quant at the helm) finished second.

The SC27 Nationals were held in conjunction with the first Made in Santa Cruz Race Week, showcasing the many boats designed and built in the California coastal city. The regatta was a big hit, as you’ll see in this report.

Giant State Farm Center on TTL

It’s happening: an enormous building project on the south shore of Tempe Town Lake, the biggest building project in the history of Arizona in fact.

Here’s the story in the Business Journal and another in the Arizona Republic.

state farm logo 315 304After years with no development at the lake during the weak economy, State Farm insurance will open this gargantuan complex, some 1.9 million square feet plus some 40,000 square feet of retail space.

Heidi Kimball, Sunbelt Holdings vice president, said construction would start as soon as the development partners can get their building permits approved and State Farm plans to move in during 2017. She says Marina Heights will include five buildings of four to 18 stories with two levels of underground parking.

Great for the Tempe economy, but the biggest question of all, of course, is how this will affect sailing. More interruption of the already-twisty wind can not be a good thing.

The Sailing Life of Andrew Campbell

Andrew Campbell sailing a Star on the US Sailing Team.

Andrew Campbell sailing a Star on the US Sailing Team.

Olympian and 10-time national champion Andrew Campbell looks at the big sailing picture. Boil it down to something like this: explore and enjoy. Sure, there’s a lot we can learn about wind shifts and boat handling and that kind of thing, but a lot of the advice he offered the AYC monthly meeting on Tuesday, March 12 was bigger than that.

Here were his bullet points:

  • Clear air (get in it)
  • Practice like you mean it
  • Even when it’s uncomfortable
  • Sail weird boats
  • Sail with old friends
  • Make new friends (he got to meet President George W. Bush)
  • Sail against the best
  • Study and learn every chance you get
  • Sail with lots of people
  • Sail with kids (You never know what will inspire them)
  • Sail in new places

The big point is that you learn through these broad experiences, picking up something about sailing or just about life itself. Or you just have a good time with friends.

Whoa. Is this the the message from a cutthroat, world-class sailor? From a calm, focused one, it is.

Andrew is a 10-time national champion at the youth, high school, collegiate levels. Racing in the Laser and Star class, he competed on the Olympic Class World Cup level during 10 years on the US Sailing Team. He won the 2007 Pan Am Games, represented the United States at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and was ranked #4 in the World in the Star class in 2011. Now Andrew’s professional sailing and coaching experience has set him up to expand into big boats and match racing as well as writing for sailing publications.

Sailing Champion Andrew Campbell at the AYC monthly meeting.

Sailing Champion Andrew Campbell at the AYC monthly meeting.