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Tempe Town Lake Week 6 Results

A blustery Sunday afternoon made for great sailing for a hearty bunch of TTL sailors. The wind tipped over 15 mph much of the time, meaning lots of races and a few trips into the drink.

The scores for week 6 of racing at Tempe Town Lake are posted on the results page, or click here.

Pushing to the front: Paul Miachika. Photo: Mike Ferring

Pushing to the front: Paul Miachika. Photo: Mike Ferring

Lake Pleasant Fall Series Final Results

A great couple days of racing for our final weekend of the fall series! Very good wind on both days, especially Sunday morning (where were all you people?). Thanks to fine race committee work from the Thistle fleet.

Congratulations to the fleet champs: Bob Worrall, C22; Brett Johnston, Multi-hull; Tom Baker, PHRF Spin; Martin Lorch, Santana 20; Mike Hester, PHRF Sportboat; Dan Schott, Thistle.

The final week of racing for the fall series at Lake Pleasant are posted on the results page or click here.

Running from Horse, PHRF Spin boats chase downwind. Photo: Bill Cunningham

Running from Horse, PHRF Spin boats chase downwind. Photo: Bill Cunningham

2016 Governor’s Cup & Triple Crown

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The 2016 Governor’s Cup Regatta will take place on December 3rd at Lake Pleasant and this year introduces something new, different and exciting.

Here’s the scoop. There are two categories: A pursuit race much as we’ve done it the last several years and a straight-up PHRF race.

The Pursuit Race is an informal twice-around-the lake long distance sailing event starting at 10 am. The winner takes home the traditional really big trophy. Info and registration here. Registration is $10.

The Other Race is a full blown PHRF twice-around-the-lake race. Two sections will be scored, Monohull boats (starting slower-rated boats at 10:30 and faster-rated ones at 10:35) and Multi Hull (starting at 11). Registration is $25.

The 2016 Governor’s Cup is also the first of three regattas that comprise the AYC TRIPLE CROWN. The new Triple Crown combines our three non-series regattas: The Governor’s Cup, the Leukemia Cup-Birthday Regatta and the Tall Cactus. Further information and registration for all of these regattas will now happen at a new AYC website, www.aycregattas.com.

The new site is intended to help promote these three events outside of Arizona, throughout the Southwest and Pacific Coast.

None of the things the club does can happen without the dedication and commitment of members and volunteers. Thank you to all involved.

Tempe Town Lake Wk 3

The scores from week 3 of racing at Tempe Town Lake are posted on the results page, or click here. There was no wind for week 4 and so no races and no race results. It was described as “bob and bake.”

Hobies Compete at Rocky Point

This year’s Hobie 16 and 18 North Americans were just a drive away from AYC, in Puerto Peñasco, Mexico (aka Rocky Point) on the Sea of Cortez, October 10-14.

In the Hobie 16 class Francisco Figueroa and Jolliam Berrios (PUR) won their third championship followed by Tom Korzeniewski and Karen Grisko (USA). The Hobie 18 class winners are Ken Marshack/Valerie Pioszak (USA) followed by Jim and Barbie Doty (USA). Here are the full results.

Hobies compete at Rocky Point.

Hobies compete at Rocky Point.

Lake Pleasant Week 1

The first weekend of Lake Pleasant racing began with a whimper and ended with a blast: light wind on Saturday gradually got stronger later; the wind was too heavy for racing Sunday morning (and then the steering went out on Wicked Awesome). Despite a strong registration by the multi-hull fleet, the turnout for the weekend was light.

The scores are posted on the results page, or you’ll find them here.

Multi-hulls head for the windward mark in light wind. Photo: Charles Landis

Multi-hulls head for the windward mark in light wind. The multis have shown up in force this fall, registering the most boats of any fleet. Photo: Charles Landis

Register Now for Fall Race Series

Registration is open for the fall race series at both Lake Pleasant and Tempe Town Lake. Click here to get all the documents and to punch the “sign up now” button.

The big news of course is that we’re back with a full slate of races at Tempe Town Lake after limping through a spring with the lake empty because of the installation of the new steel dam. The new State Farm complex, the new Vela apartments, and a few other scattered lakeside developments will affect the wind on the lake, so hope for reliable E-W wind!

Fleet Captain John Riddell says that the PHRF Non-Spin fleet may be back and running at Lake Pleasant after a couple seasons of light participation. Once again, the Catalina 22s have elected to count races toward their championship from Saturday only. Other fleets are also running as they did in the spring.

The first race at TTL is Sunday, September 18. The first race weekend at LP is Saturday-Sunday, September 24-25.

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Capri 14.2s racing at Tempe Town Lake. Photo: Debbie Borgman

Crew Event at September Monthly Meeting

Come a little early for the September monthly meeting and mingle with people who need crew and people who would like to crew. The gathering starts at 6pm Tuesday and may meander into the meeting and beyond.

The club will pop for some hors d’ouveres at 6 to get things underway.

Check out upcoming AYC racing events, including registering for the fall series, attending the free Introduction to Sailboat Racing class, and signing up for the crew list.

 

The Outrage Now Has a Wicked Name

Update: The board of directors in its wisdom has chosen Wicked Awesome as the winner of this contest from some 55 entries.

By Victor Felice

Boat NamingRemember the ’70 hit by America, A Horse With No Name? In the desert you can remember your name. That is, if you had one to begin with!

The Boston Whaler Outrage has been with us for a while now, working hard at dropping marks, assisting the occasional misfortune, and acting as full-size wind indicator (if you can smell her, the wind is coming from there!). BUT… she was never given a name. Privately, and occasionally publicly too, she has been called many things but the old girl needs her own true identity.

By the time we start racing again this fall, she will have her name and YOU get to submit what you think is should be. There are no rules and no limits. Ultimately the Board will choose one winner and you will become instantly famous (for maybe 14 minutes) and win a SLAM AYC bag.

Submit your suggestion(s) by email now to: vice.commodore@arizonayachtclub.org. You can include as many names as you wish except Boaty McBoatface.

 

AYC’s Championship Race Chases the Wind

Paul Miachika and crew Rob Gibbs are the 2016 AYC Club Champions. There’s no second place in this regatta, but if there were, it would be Skip Kempff, followed by Mike Ferring, then Dave Haggart and Tom Baker, then Charles Ellis and finally Cindy Pillote.

The race committee and competitors ended up chasing the wind all day when the fleet champs came to Lake Pleasant Saturday (5/7) to decide the 2016 Club Champion.

The wind came in all types and directions and everyone struggled to keep up. The scores showed the results, with all skippers turning in a good race and often several bad ones, keeping the regatta close right to the end.

A big thanks to the Santana 20 fleet, whose members turned out seven boats for the day of racing. While there were considerable differences in the way the boats were rigged, they proved to be fairly even matched. Mark Howell calculated that “the fastest boat had 19 points (averaged a 2.7 finish) and slowest 33 (4.7). For seven boats, fourth place is in the middle—not a real big spread.”

And many thanks to the team of race committee volunteers headed by PRO Wendy Larsen and to Racing Fleet Captain Steve Brown, who organized and carried off this annual regatta.

Here’s a race-day video shot and edited by Victor Felice.

The class photo: The skippers and crew line up before racing for the Championship 2016. Photo: Mike Grijalva

The class photo: The skippers and crew line up before racing for the Championship 2016. Photo: Mike Grijalva

 

One of the light wind race starts. Photo: Dave Howell

One of the light wind race starts. Photo: Mark Howell

 

Laser champ Paul Miachika and crew Rob Gibbs signal their finishing spot: Club Champs. Photo: Victor Felice

Laser champ Paul Miachika and crew Rob Gibbs signal their finishing spot: Club Champs. Photo: Victor Felice

 

Tom Baker at the helm of one of the Santana 20s. Photo: Victor Felice

Tom Baker at the helm of one of the Santana 20s. Photo: Victor Felice

Register for the Commodore’s Party May 14

When’s the last time you rode a carousel with your kids? Hung out in a classic car? Visited with all your friends from the Arizona Yacht Club?

On Saturday night, May 14, you’ll have the chance to do all three! Bring the whole family to the Commodore’s Party at the Martin Auto Museum, 17641 N. Black Canyon Hwy, Phoenix (between Bell Rd and Union Hills on the east side of the freeway) (map) from 6 to 9 pm. (Here’s more about Mel Martin and his museum.)

We’ll have heavy, Italian-style hors d’hoeuvres and beverages for all ages—from the young to the young-at-heart. We can ride the carousel all evening long! And if you have a classic car yourself, drive it on over for the evening and park out front.

The bar will include beer and wine, vodka, gin and whiskey. The hors d’hoeuvres include Stuffed Mushroom caps, Firecracker Rolls, Pistachio Mozzarella on Skewers. Pasta for the kids if they’re finicky eaters.

Adults are $50 and children 12 and under are ONLY $15. Sign up here or by clicking the button:

Sign Up Now

Mel Martin at the museum in 2012. Photo: Larry Edsall

Mel Martin at the museum in 2012. Photo: Larry Edsall

AYC on KTVK TV: Victor Felice Plugs the Club

Victor Felice and his bright purple Nacra 5.8 have pumped AYC on the KTVK (channel 3) Your Life morning program, explaining how (yes, you’ve heard it before) there really is sailing in Arizona.

The 3:40 segment aired on Thursday, April 21 shot in the KTVK parking lot with program hosts Suzanne Bissette and Gina Salazar.

You can watch the segment on Victor’s website here.

Somewhere in that cluster of TV stuff and boat you can spot Victor's purple catamaran as KTVK prepares to tape his segment.

Somewhere in that cluster of TV stuff you can spot Victor’s purple catamaran as KTVK prepares to tape his segment.

California Coastal Cruising Expert Holly Scott at May LPSC Meeting

Holly Scott

Holly Scott

The Lake Pleasant Sailing Club invites you to the club’s May meeting with speaker Holly Scott, the author of the popular Charlie’s Charts Cruising Guides.

The meeting is at 7pm on Tuesday, May 17, at the same place we meet, the Caddy Shack in Tempe. She’ll talk about cruising the Channel Islands and the coast of Baja.

Holly will also be available from about 5:15 that night to talk with people who would like to know about sailing to Catalina this summer.

LP Nationals: John Mayall and Mike Hester Win C14; Debbie Kirby Takes Fireball

John Mayall and Mike Hester snagged the C14 National Championship trophy. Photo: Gerald Byrnes

John Mayall and Mike Hester snagged the C14 National Championship trophy. Photo: Gerald Byrnes

John Mayall and crew Mike Hester won the Catalina/Capri 14.2 Nationals contested at Lake Pleasant April 16&17, finishing ahead of multi-time winner Scott Finkboner. Martin Lorch finished third and George Tingom fourth. Hunter Parker and dad Mike won the Silver Fleet.

Debbie Kirby won the Fireball National Championship, taking a three-point win over Rob Thompson. Steve Goacher won the Classic division for older boats.

All of the racing happened in shifty wind on Saturday, with Sunday’s racing canceled because of high wind. The Fireballs managed to get five races in on Saturday, giving them a throw-out race, while the C14s got four races, with one race abandoned in the morning’s light wind.

Wendy Larsen was the PRO and other volunteers were: Steve Brown, Bob Whyte, Jo Grijalva, Mike Grijalva, John Riddell, Kalley Riddell, Kenny Nahkala, Gerald Byrnes, Peter Schweitzer, Pat Blumm, Lori Reger, Rick Cotman, and Jason Donkersley. And back-up from Dallas: Dave Christensen. Bruce Andress and Scott Burkhardt prepared ASF boats for use. The great Saturday breakfast was provided by the Lake Pleasant Sailing Club and Sunday Clay Poulson put on an amazing breakfast. Fleet Captains: Clay Poulson (Fireballs) and Dave Haggart (C14.2s).

Catalina/Capri 14.2 Scores. Fireball Scores.

The fleet of Fireballs fighting it out for the National win. Photo: Maryellen Ferring

The fleet of Fireballs fighting it out for the National win. Photo: Maryellen Ferring

 

Mike Hester got this Fireball shot while also helping John Mayall win C14

Mike Hester got this Fireball shot while also helping John Mayall win C14

 

The Fireball winners with PRO Wendy Larsen. Photo: Clay Poulson

The Fireball winners with PRO Wendy Larsen. Photo: Clay Poulson

 

Hunter and Mike Paker won the Silver Fleet trophy for C14. Photo: Gerald Byrnes

Hunter and Mike Paker won the Silver Fleet trophy for C14. Photo: Gerald Byrnes

Vote for Your Next AYC Board of Directors

“It’s time for the membership to elect the Arizona Yacht Club’s Board of Directors for 2016-2017.” says Commodore Chris Smith. “As you know, AYC is a 100% volunteer club, so let’s acknowledge with our votes the members who are committed to keeping the club on course by serving as members of the Board.”

If you’re a Full, Life, or Honorary Life member of AYC, you should have received an email message from votingplace.net with a link to voting that will end at 6pm on May 9th. If you didn’t get the email, please contact Mike Ferring. Junior members are not eligible to vote.

When you sign on to vote, use the email we have in your record and your last name (without the Sr or Jr part). The designated time and location for the election is May 10 at 6pm at the Caddy Shack in Tempe (before the next monthly meeting). If you do not vote online, you may be present at that time to vote by paper ballot. All votes will be counted and reported at that time.

Commodore candidate Bruce Andress at the helm of "Bitchen" Photo: Charles Landis

Commodore candidate Bruce Andress at the helm of “Bitchen” Photo: Charles Landis

The proposed officers are Bruce Andress, Commodore; Victor Felice, Vice Commodore; Jason Donkersley, Rear Commodore; John Riddell, Racing Fleet Captain; Tom Errickson, Cruising Fleet Captain; Mark Howell, Two-Year Membership Director; and Chris Smith, Junior Staff Commodore. In addition, Bob Whyte will continue in the second year of his term as Membership Director, Peter Lehrach will serve as Senior Staff Commodore, and the new board as its first official act will elect two more members of board, a Treasurer and Secretary. You’ll see the names of the proposed officers on the ballot and a brief bio of each, and you will also be able to write in alternate names if you wish.

Chris Smith continues, “Before I turn over the helm to the new Commodore, I want to return to what I said at the beginning of my term—it has been an honor and a privilege to serve as Commodore. I also want to thank the current members of the Board for devoting so much time and effort to making this club work. The return on investment is apparent at every AYC regatta, membership meeting, and event.”

Enter the AYC Tall Cactus Fun Run

The format for the Tall Cactus regatta is a straight duplicate of the Governor’s Cup Regatta. If you enjoyed that one, you should like this one too.

Here’s the link to the Racing page with the race documents and the “sign up” button.

This is a “pursuit” race, where boats start based on PHRF rating, with the slower boats beginning first at 11 am and faster boats starting throughout the next hour or so. The start line is near the dam, at the mouth of Pleasant Harbor Marina. Boats will charge up the lake, around Horse and Balance Rock and then back south around the “island with vegetation” in the vicinity of the 10-lane boat ramp, taking all islands to port. Here’s nice, big color map of the lake for reference.

After making the loop twice, the first boat across the finish line at the “no wake” buoys near the north launch ramp will be the overall winner. Boats should keep track of their own finishing positions.

Then, adjourn to the bar for (included in your entry) appetizers and (not included) beverages. Entry is just $10. Questions? Check with event organizer Tom Errickson.

The Melges 24 of Court Roberts. Photo: Tom Errickson

The Melges 24 of Court Roberts. Photo: Tom Errickson

Fleet Champs Crowned for 2015-2016

Congratulations to the winners of the Spring Race Series: Charles Ellis, C22; Paul Liszewski, PHRF Spin (on a tie-breaker with Tom Baker); Mike Ferring, PHRF Sportboat; Martin Lorch, Santana 20; Skip Kempff, Thistle. And to the fleet champs for the Fall-Spring Combined: Charles Ellis, C22; Tom Baker, PHRF Spin; Mike Ferring, PHRF Sportboat; Skip Kempff, Thistle.

The scores for week 5 of racing at Lake Pleasant are posted on the results page, or click here. The combined scores for Fall & Spring are here.

The TTL Spring Series was cut short by a lake lacking water, but that doesn’t diminish the accomplishments of the TTL Fall-Spring Fleet Champs: Cindy Pillote, Buccaneer; Dave Haggart, C14; Paul Miachika, Laser; Clay Poulson, Portsmouth.

The combined scores for Tempe Town Lake Fall & Spring are here.

The winners at both lakes will square off to determine the AYC Club Champion on Saturday, May 7, probably in Santana 20s. Steve Brown is working out the details.

Catalina 22 fleet champ Charles Ely says, "That way!" Photo: Chris Smith

Catalina 22 fleet champ Charles Ely says, “That way!” Photo: Chris Smith

April Meeting: No Motors, No Support, Just Get to Alaska

Have you heard of this crazy race? They nail $10,000 to a tree in Ketchican, Alaska, and the first entrant to to make it 750 miles up the inside passage from Port Townsend, Washington, grabs it. Second prize: a set of steak knives.

Race to Alaska Race Boss Daniel Evans

Race to Alaska Race Boss Daniel Evans

Race Boss Daniel Evans will be our April monthly meeting speaker. The (crazy) race and his description of it make it sound like this could be one of the most fun meetings of the year. Here’s what he says about this second go-round of the Race to Alaska:

“Some say it’s like the Iditarod, with a chance of drowning…or being eaten by a bear…or sucked into a whirlpool. We’re fielding a fleet of teams covering the sailing and rowing spectrum, from high tweak fast cats to backyard boats and even a canoe. A canoe!”

The meeting is Tuesday, April 12, 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.

As he tells it, “We’ll guarantee blisters, mild hypothermia, and the cathartic elation that comes from accomplishing something others would call impossible.” Last year 35 teams started and 15 finished.

Daniel will  spin the tale of the inaugural year and tell how the race is shaping up for this year. He says, if you’re one of those people who always needs to prep for an event, you can find out more at r2ak.com.

Who is this guy? His bio: An Alaska upbringing, decades of teaching outdoor instruction for Outward Bound and others, mountain climber, professional mariner, schooner captain, and he even runs a volunteer tugboat crew for Port Townsend’s annual Wooden Boat Festival. As a cherry on top of his risky resume, Daniel’s also the father of a three-year-old.

One of the crazy entrants in this crazy race.

One of the crazy entrants in this crazy race.

AYC Hosts C14.2 and Fireball National Regattas

The regatta T-shirt by Pirate's Den.

The regatta T-shirt by Pirate’s Den. Click here for a bigger picture.

On Saturday and Sunday, April 16 & 17, Lake Pleasant will be the site of National Championship races for two fleets: the Catalina/Capri 14.2  and Fireball.

Anyone with one of the two boats is welcome (and encouraged) to register for the race. The race documents and sign-up button are on the Racing page. If you’d like to adopt a C14.2 for the event, you’ll find a red button on the registration page. Press the button and reserve one of five boats that will be brought to the lake for the event. You’ll donate $75 to the Arizona Sailing Foundation and $250 will be held as a damage deposit.

Note: The Lake Pleasant Sailing Club will be offering a pancake breakfast for just $5 at the ramada near the Sailboat Shop that morning, starting at 8 am.

AYC member Clay Poulson is president of the United States International Fireball Association and has invited members to make the trip to Arizona for the races. Dave Haggart is the Fleet Captain of the AYC C14.2 fleet and volunteered to bring the national regatta here this year, moving it from its usual home at Mission Bay Yacht Club in San Diego.

To make it happen, a number of AYC members have stepped up to help, including Fleet Captain Steve Brown and a host of others including PRO Wendy Larsen. Victor Felice is helping publicize the event and Mark Macomber arranged for the poster and the regatta T-shirt you see above.

Power hiking on a Fireball with Clay Poulson. Photo: Chris Smith

Power hiking on a Fireball with Clay Poulson. Photo: Chris Smith

March Meeting: Sail on an Ocean Adventure

It’s many a sailor’s dream: Cast off and sail the islands of the Pacific with no schedule. At the AYC March monthly meeting, Sharon and Steve Hendricks of Tucson will tell us how they did it, a six-year journey that they say included an almost-devastating storm and a pirate encounter off Columbia, but was highlighted by beautiful and enchanting islands and wonderful people.

Sharon & Steve Hendricks mug

Sharon & Steve Hendricks

The meeting is Tuesday, March 8, 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.

Sharon Reed-Hendricks is the author of poetry books, Sharon Shares Her Heart and From Where Eagles Soar—and she and husband Steve wrote a book about their sailing adventures called One Man’s Dream, One Woman’s Reality, available here or from Amazon.

Steve Hendricks is retired Director of Facilities at Hawaii Pacific University. He and Sharon have a home in Tucson and divide their time between Hawaii and traveling the mainland in their latest adventure, a 35 foot motor home.

Here's the route the Hendricks took during their adventure.

Here’s the route the Hendricks took during their adventure.

 

The book they wrote after their trip.

The book they wrote after their trip.