Fall Racing Series

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Check the calendar for the dates of fall racing.
Pre-Series Events to help you get ready:

  • There will be a crew party on September 5, starting at 5pm at Bluewater Grill to connect skippers and crew. More information here.
  • Free Introduction to Sailboat Racing class on Wednesday evening, September 10. More information and registration here.
  • Practice day Saturday, September 13, starting at 9am. If you’d like, Fleet Captain Steve Brown will find an experienced skipper to sail with you during the practice. Contact him here.

Tempe Town Lake

Notice of Race
Sailing Instructions
Tempe Town Lake Chart D

Race Committee Assignments
Sept 28 – Buccaneer
Oct 12 – Capri 14.2
Oct 26 – Laser
Nov 9 – Portsmouth
Nov 23 – Buccaneer
Nov 30 – Capri 14.2
Dec 7 – Laser
Dec 14 – Portsmouth
Note: Sept & Oct races start at 3pm; Nov & Dec races start at 2pm

Lake Pleasant

Notice of Race
Sailing Instructions
Lake Pleasant Chart L
Lake Pleasant Chart L Appendix (additional information)
TransLoch Chart

Race Committee Assignments
Sept 20-21 – PHRF Spinnaker
Oct 4-5 – Catalina 22
Oct 18-19 – Santana 20
Nov 1-2 – PHRF Sportboat
Nov 15-16 – Thistle/Portsmouth/PHRF Non-Spin
Note: Saturday races begin at 12:30pm; Sunday races begin at 9am

Tempe Town Lake Cool Sunday Summer Series

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The City of Tempe has graciously opened summer Sunday mornings to AYC for racing and race committee training, making it possible for us to hit the water before the heat hits us. Registration will be available soon, but in the meantime, here are the race documents.

Notice of Race (NOR)
Sailing Instructions (SI)
Tempe Town Lake Chart D

Race Committee Schedule
Day 1: June 8 Katherine Roxlo
Day 2: June 22 Katherine Roxlo
Day 3: July 20 Volunteer from the Entrants*
Day 4: Aug 3 Volunteer from the Entrants*
Day 5: Aug. 17 Katherine Roxlo
Day 6: Aug. 31 Katherine Roxlo
*Approved powerboat operator age 18 or older

Here’s a list of the people who hold certification to drive AYC powerboats. AYC requires that anyone driving an AYC-owned boat at Lake Pleasant be 18 or older and hold certification for safe powerboat operation from US Sailing. Boats at Tempe Town Lake are owned by the Arizona Sailing Foundation (ASF) and drivers of those boats must be approved by the City of Tempe. The approved TTL boat drivers include US Sailing-certified powerboat operators, US Sailing-certified Small Boat Instructors, and anyone who has been checked out and approved by the City of Tempe. If you’re interested in having certification for safe powerboat operation, please contact Rob Gibbs to join the next powerboat class. If you have received certification by US Sailing but are not on the list, please contact AYC Fleet Captain Steve Brown.

Here’s a link to the Racing Rules of Sailing 2013-2016.

Don’t have a boat for Tempe Town Lake Racing? Adopt One of Ours!

New to racing? Want to try it? Consider being crew, taking our introductory class, or plunge in using your own boat or an adopted boatHere’s a written introduction to Lake Pleasant racing and here’s a brief introduction to Tempe Town Lake racing. The procedures are a little different at each lake.

Here are links to racing tips on this website.

Rules and Start Sequence: Here’s a chart to help you follow our five-minute Lake Pleasant start sequence. And the three-minute Tempe Town Lake start. At Lake Pleasant, AYC follows the US Sailing RRS 5-minute start sequence, but to save time we use rolling starts. When one fleet’s race begins, another fleet is immediately on the start clock.  The Lake Pleasant Course Chart “L” shows the configuration of the “Boards” we use to start races.

Arizona Yacht Club Fleets

Arizona Yacht Club has several fleets, each active with many boats and good sailors. The fleets include:

We have two scheduled race series at Lake Pleasant in the spring and fall of each year, plus the annual Birthday Regatta in January. Small boats race Sunday afternoons at Tempe Town Lake, with races running nearly year-round. Race day start times vary by time of year so that racing ends near dusk.

Each Lake Pleasant series contains five race weekends and we normally get in five-six races each weekend, depending on wind. Races begin at 12:30 p.m. on Saturdays and at 9 a.m. on Sundays. See the calendar for schedules.

Lake Pleasant is less than one hour north of central Phoenix. If you’ve never been there, plan at least 90 minutes to get your boat ready, in the water, and all the way to the starting line. Here are directions to Lake Pleasant.

Tempe Town Lake Marina is plunked down in the middle of metro Phoenix, bordered on the north by Route 202. Here’s more information and directions on how to get there.

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