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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”

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

NOOD Regatta Schedule for 2011 Released

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

Governor’s Cup this SAT! Who’s in so far?

The Governor's Cup

Here’s who’s in so far: UPDATED 11/18/10

Michael Parker Buccaneer 18 HiJinks Ensue
Norman Anderson Merit 25 Bluestreak
Thomas Baker Merit 25 Sea Dream
Roger Butterwick Merit 25 Hydropathy
Dianna Andress Santana 20 Hot Flash
Peter Hartleb Catalina 22 Kicks
Robert Gibbs Santana 2023R
kent maas Reynolds 33 Flyer
Eugene Muller J24 To the nines
Chuck Sears Corsair Monsoon
Chuck Robinson US 1 Zephyr
Trey Harlow Thistle

Are you in?  Are you sailor enough??!!??

Register NOW!

George Tingom hits YouTube!

Tempe Town Lake Race Results

The good, the bad, and the ugly…

Race Results for the TTL Race Results from Sunday the 14th of Nov are posted.

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…

Vendee Globe 2008-09 Promo Video

If you follow Sailing Anarchy you may have seen this promo for the documentary video coming out on CBS this month on the 2008-09 Vendee Globe race.  For those unfamiliar, it’s a single-handed around the world race.  It starts 11 Nov 2012. Pretty extreme…anyone up for it?

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.

AYC Junior Now ASU A-Team Sailor!

Submitted by Pat Blumm

Many Arizona Sailors know my daughter Maggie Blumm. She has been sailing our desert waters for nearly 15 years and is a product of the AYC Juniors and ASF programs, as well as having raced locally in both Buccs and her 420. Recently she was accepted to ASU’s Barrett, the Honors College.

She wanted to participate in ASU’s Sailing Team, but her schedule is very demanding. And when the Team hopped in cars to attend their first regatta of this season, Maggie’s college classes took precedence. She called home and asked if she could drive herself to Mission Bay to ‘try out’ for the team. I said let me drive you; so Friday night we departed on a beautiful full-moon drive to San Diego.

Saturday morning we showed up at the Mission Bay YC docks. Coach Philip Freeman assigned Mags to crew on one of the four FJ’s charted by ASU. Mags walked up to her assigned boat, grabbed the tiller and her crew member then shoved off into a moderate breeze.

Maggie’s starts were a bit anemic, but good golly she was passing one boat after another. Six boats passed one race, eight another; and these were all short w/l races! At a late afternoon shore break, I congratulated Mags on her passing skills, but reminded her it would be a whole lot easier if she better timed front row starts. I even threw in a minor incentive.

Next thing you know she wins the following two starts. Her dad’s wallet is a bit lighter and she is smiling – big time!!

Sunday morning Coach Freeman moved Maggie to ASU’s A-Team. To make a memorable adventure concise, Mags captured one third place amongst 13 teams, which included well funded PacTen teams. All in all, ASU scored a very impressive 4th in the San Diego State sponsored regatta.

The ASU Sailing Team is gelling, building sailing skills and confidence. Their next inter-collegiate regatta is this month in Santa Barbara. Go Sun Devils!

Maggie would not be where she is at without the support, skills and attitude she learned sailing with AYC and ASF. A special thanks to all AYC and ASF sailors who have assisted Maggie in fulfilling her dream of becoming the best sailor she can be.

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!

Tempe Town Lake Official Opening – Tues 26 October

Finally we got the official word from the City that TTL will be officially re-opened @ 5:00 am on the 26th of Oct.  Here was the official announcement:

Hi All,

Thank you for your patience as we work to get Tempe Town Lake back to normal and boat-able (new word!) once again. The date for the opening of the lake to recreational boating and fishing has been set for Tuesday, October 26 at 5:00am. There will be a function at the marina with the Mayor, City Council and hopefully representatives from the many diverse groups within our Boating Community. The function is from 5am to 9am and we are hoping for a lot of press coverage. If you are coming to the ceremony and want your group to be recognized please send Kris Baxter a note at:

I wanted to also touch base on some safety points and some logistics before we begin boating:

Programmed Use Forms: Be sure that these are in to me before your club/organization begins its boating program. If you have already submitted them, which many have, thank you.

Lights: Now is a good time to check your lights to be sure they are working, as today the sunrise is at 6:35am and sunset is at 5:51pm. Most of our boaters will be starting or finishing their sessions in darkness. The light policy is as follows:

A red or red/green light on the bow of the boat and a clear white light on the stern that can be reached by someone in the boat and waved in case of danger. On Tempe Town Lake it is permissible to use a red light on the bow, but a red/green light is preferred. It is important to note the lights need to have a minimum 180 degree visibility and are to be attached to the boat and not to occupants of the boat.

Traffic Pattern: As we all know the traffic pattern on the lake is counter clock wise. We are expecting a lot of boats out in those first few weeks, please stick to the traffic pattern for everyone’s safety.

Safety Boats: All clubs/programs that store boats in the safe harbor can put them back, as the ramp and safe harbor entrance are now deep enough. Please understand that this means you can put your boat in and take it to the safe harbor and park it. This is not an early green light to do any form of boating. Please also use the mooring spot you have been using in the past. Call me with any questions.

Boat Rental: We have a new vendor who will be on the lake for boat rental beginning October 30. Their name is Tempe Boat Rentals and it is operated by Boat Rentals of America. They will stage out of the docks by Tempe Beach Park. We have not had rentals on the lake in a while and we are very excited to have this company working on the lake. Their contact number is: 480-303-8903 and their web site is:

Thanks all, I hope to see you at the marina next Tuesday morning (ceremony is from 5am – 9am) or at least boating on the lake.



Here is the AZCENTRAL Video Interview of Mayor Hugh Hallman on Opening Day.

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 ( know if you plan to attend.  For more information on the meeting see US Sailing’s Website

News from the Membership Desk

Please join us in welcoming Matt Davis, Dave Brickner, and Sean Eanes to the Arizona Yacht Club. Matt is racing his Buccaneer 18, Slur, in the Fall Series. Sean has also signed up for Fall Racing and is racing his Windrose, White Pearl, at Lake pleasant. Dave used to sail a Santana 21, and is in the market for a new boat. If you see Matt, Dave, or Sean, please welcome them to the Club!

Other news from the membership desk.renewal season is finally over, which means no more nagging emails from the membership directors—at least not until next Summer. Thank you to everyone that renewed!!! The Club depends on its members for support.

2010-2011 Season membership cards went out a couple of weeks ago. If you haven’t received yours yet, please contact a membership director at

Finally, we’re working on the membership directory. You should see the new directory in your mailboxes in a few weeks.

We hope you have a great 2010-2011 Season.

Emory Heisler et al. at the September 2010 Membership Meeting

No TTL is Good News for Mission Bay One Design Regatta

One Club...One Love...One Design - Mission Bay Yacht Club 2010With TTL turned into a dry wasteland, ok, “Riparian Area”, dinghy sailing in AZ this summer has been reduced to trailer “sailing” across Wal-Mart parking lots under spinnaker….EXCEPT for the Mission Bay One Design Regatta -MBOD!  Of course Mission Bay Yacht Club and the MBOD held each August is lways a favorite place for Zonies to visit, but with TTL empty it was a MUST!


Yes, the Bucc 18s have been sailing MBOD since 2003.  But this year with no TTL, and with Capri 14.2 Nationals scheduled at MBYC Sept.19th, the C14s joined in the fun too.   The weekend was outstanding as usual with wonderful weather, carousing in Mission Beach and Old Town, and PERFECT Mission Bay sailing conditions.

For the 14.2s, seeing John Mayall pull into MBYC’s parking lot was no surprise. But seeing son Sean pop out of the car with him – instead of one of John’s many other crew members – was an excellent surprise.  Sean, is a Junior at Corona Del Sol High School in Tempe and took the opportunity to “tune up” for C14 Championships.  Apparently it worked! Rick and Lisa Lake also came along and flew the AYC “mega  burgee” from their mast, and Mike and Maryellen Ferring filled out the AYC 14.2 dance card for fun on the water and with “camera in hand” as usual.

Anchoring the Bucc 18 Fleet was San Diego local Gary Geisler joined by “Grand Mum” Carole Vaillancourt and friend Ryan Scofield from Sacramento.  Of course the “usual suspects” from AYC Bucc Fleet arrived in force, Rob Gibbs, Emory Heisler, Mike Parker, Cindy Pillote, Dave Rawstrom and family,  and (drum roll!!!!) Commodore Joe Motil and his darling – and brave – wife Katherine.  Our Commodore’s adventure is a story in itself….so were Rob Gibbs’ Friday night escapades (you’ll have to ask him ;o).

The MBOD Results were far less important than the fun, the friends and the COOL WEATHER.  And even when TTL is back for Heat Stroke 2011….you can be sure we will be returning for MISSION BAY ONE DESIGN…..

Tempe Town Lake to Start Filling 10/8!

Got this in an email from Okie at Tempe Town Lake HQ!

Hi All,

I know there has been a lot of news in the media lately about the lake’s filling and opening, so I just wanted to give you a heads up with the facts:

Lake begins to fill: Tomorrow, Friday, 10/8 the lake will begin filling at 7am. There will be a media gathering at 7:30am at Boat Beach (bottom of Lakeview Dr). All are invited to attend.

Lake opening date: The City is shooting for Monday, October 25, but this is not yet set in stone. Once the lake is full, we need to go through an inspection process of the docks and be sure all safety procedures and safety boats are in place. Some of these things we may be able to do before the lake is totally full, but our Risk Manager is being very cautious about letting City Staff on the water without a totally full lake. The City is moving forward to open the lake as quickly as possible, but I am sure everyone understands that safety comes first, as is always the case with boating.

Everyone can safely assume the earliest date will be Monday, 10/25 but it may be moved a little later because of these initial safety precautions. I know everyone is as excited as I am to get back in a boat on Town Lake and we can definitely see the finish line. Thanks all for your patience…


Get your boats ready!

TTL – Where Will the Water Come From?

Tony Chapman takes 3rd @ SA ISAF Regatta

This year’s Sailing Anarchy ISAF “Sportboat” Regatta was held at Coronado Yacht Club, Coronado California.  It’s a location that is not unfamiliar to AYC Sailors.  In the past, they have hosted some of the small boat fleets for the SD NOODs held in March.  Bucc and Viper sailors know it well.  The Viper fleet bailed on Opening Day events at Lake Pleasant and trucked out to the coast for this event.  The Viper overall winner was a boat with a Ullman Sails Sailmaker on board, with the runner up being Drew Harper, from Spinnaker Sailing – the West Coast Viper Distributor.  Keeping that in mind, what a great showing for the AZ Viper Fleet!  Congrats TONY!

Sailing Anarchy has a whole section on it. You can play “Where’s Stacey” on the page as well!

Here is the YouTube video sponsored by Ullman Sails