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Lake Pleasant Fall & Spring

The combined scores for Fall 2010 & Spring 2011 are posted. Congratulations all fleet winners!

Click here for the results.

Lake Pleasant Scores Posted.

The final weekend of the Lake Pleasant Series have been sailed.. From cold, wet and windy on Saturday to be greeted Sunday morning with snow on the Bradshaw’s and light to no wind and warm sun, Lake Pleasant showed all it’s various moods in one weekend. Click here for the scores.

Lake Pleasant Scores are posted.

A great weekend of racing at Lake Pleasant. From gusts that knocked a couple of boats over to ghosting along, wind shifts that had us sailing all over the lake and at one time boats under spinnaker heading at each other, from different ends of the lake. Lake Pleasant at it’s best/worst. A great dinner from the Catalina 22 Fleet. Good times! Click here for scores.

Lake Pleasant Scores are up.

What a 180 degree different weekend the the last race weekend. Warm, sunny, light wind, instead of the cold, rainy, blowing the dogs off the chains of the previous week.

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Lake Pleasant Week 2 Results – Damp but Posted

Wild weekend, too wild for safe sailing on Saturday, but the results are posted, and many comments have been shared about the great RC work even NOT racing Saturday.

Click Here for the scores.

Could we have sailed?  Here are some of the comments about the wisdom of not sailing, and a great video of what it could have been like!

Dave & Wendy: The RC was on station with a course set in winds that the National Weather Service reported 10-15 with gusts to 37. We motored out in the rain in our J/24 along with 4 Merit 25’s; Dream on, Circuitous, Hydropathy & Sea Dreams. The Merits had all set their main sails and we were just about to when Craig called to belay that and look upwind at the gust that was coming. We hung on as the wind hit and heeled the boat over and for the first time I saw water being pushed up the side of the hull to stream up along the lifeline stanchions and then blow across the deck. We decided that was it and headed back to the ramp. We saw 2 of the Merits with ripped mains. All made it back in safely. A BIG thanks to the RC today for going out and a BIG round of applause to the runabout drivers!

RC/Ferring:  Thanks Dave & Wendy. I think we were all a little nuts for being out there under the conditions, but fortunately nobody was hurt. Greg Woodcock and Youri Lenets were the runabout crew, who appreciated a powerful bilge pump to evacuate the waves crashing across the bow. Our thanks also to George Campbell and Joanne who were great on the RC boat in heavy wind and rain and heavier anchor rode.

John Hiett: Well given the brutal brunt of a boundless breeze blasting boom…there are old sailors and there are bold sailors, but there are no old & bold sailors.

Pat Byrnes: Better to be a chicken than an insane fried chicken that was not bold enough to be a chicken to begin with. 

Eric Smaltz: Adding to the AYC drama I reached for a copy of the book The Open Door. “ Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. Security does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than exposure.”

 Mike Ferring: This is a precedent-setting string! A few days ago I was chipping in with information on brats and beer and the banal business of sailing classes. Now look. You’ve elevated it to the sturm and drang of man’s existence! Risk, reward, danger, thrills, and bronco-riding, storm-thrashed skiffs. I’m Googling Proust quotes now.

Editor: Now we know what some of our sailing compatriots are up to when they are NOT on the water.  That, or maybe it’s just that  philosophy is one of the gifts received from time well spent in the wind and on the water!

Regatta Raises $41,000 to Fight Blood Cancers

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) 2011 Leukemia Cup Regatta, held January 14-16 at Lake Pleasant, raised $41,000 to support the fight against blood cancers. The Society’s signature sailing event has raised more than $300,000 in Arizona in the last 4 years. “We would especially like to acknowledge the Arizona Yacht Club (AYC), for their commitment over the past 9 years in running a safe and very competitive sailing race for us,” said Jon Meyers, Executive Director of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Desert Mountain States Chapter. “The need for continued investments in research is critical. More than 900,000 people in the United States are currently living with leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma and an estimated 55,000 will lose their battle over the coming year.” The chapter holds its sailing fundraiser in conjunction with the AYC, who celebrate their Birthday Regatta over the Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday weekend each year.

Fundraising events depend upon the support of the area community, and LLS gratefully acknowledges its 2011 Leukemia Cup Regatta sponsors: Arizona Yacht Club, Wolters Kluwer, Protea Medical Center, Phoenix School of Law, ST Microelectronics, Smith Law Group, West Marine, North Sail, SailShop, AGM Technical Solution, Arizona Boating and Water Sports, Mt. Gay Rum, Sailing World, Vineyard Vines, Jobson Sailing, John MeCray, Ken Gardiner, The Heislers, AmeriChoice, United Healthcare, Colligo Marine, Casa Technology Systems and Full Sail Brewery.

The three days of the Regatta proved once again that the wind in Arizona can be great, good and also non-existent, all in the same weekend!  Friday, January 14, saw consistent wind all day out of the north to northeast. Saturday, January 15, was a typical Lake Pleasant day with a couple of races off to the north before the midday shift and another race or two off to the south. Sunday was good in the morning, but without a hard and fast shift to the south, fleets checked out around noon. The wind did come back up, but by then the RC had flown the AP/A and everyone was on their way home. A special thank you to Peter Howson of SailLog.net for coming out and taking some really great pictures. Check them out at www.saillog.net


Congratulations to all of the event winners:

Bucc 18

Maggie Blumm & Dennis Martinelli

C-22

Doug McMillan

PHRF – MultiHull

Brad Smith

PHRF – Non Spin

Greg Woodcock

PHRF – Spin

Al Lehman & Steve Quant

Portsmouth

Michael Leon

Viper 640

Juan Mauri


Congratulations, sailors, and we look forward to another amazing year next year!

Courtesy of Kerri Weiss, Special Events Manager LLS of AZ

Spring Starts Saturday!

Spring Racing at Lake Pleasant, that is. Have you registered yet?

There are 33 boats signed up as of 7pm Thursday.

The Spins have now “fleeted” (after pilfering two of our non-spin stalwarts!), Merits are at 4 entries, Buccs at 3, and most Vipers have yet to sign up. (Five entries are required to constitute an active fleet.)

Here they are as of 7pm Thursday before our first race weekend:

Matt Davis Buccaneer 18
Charles Rush Buccaneer 18
Michael Parker Buccaneer 18
James Batz Catalina 22
Robert Frazier Jr. Catalina 22
Myles Hassett Catalina 22
Paul Liszewski Catalina 22
Martin Lorch Catalina 22
Robert Worrall Catalina 22
George Tingom Catalina 22
Raymond Gazzera Catalina 22
Roger Butterwick Merit 25
Jim Douglas Merit 25
Ricky Gilchrist Merit 25
Steve Kusic Merit 25
Dianna Andress PHRF Non-Spinnaker
George Campbell PHRF Non-Spinnaker
Peter Hartleb PHRF Non-Spinnaker
Greg Woodcock PHRF Non-Spinnaker
Mike Ferring PHRF Non-Spinnaker
Bruce Andress PHRF Spinnaker
Michael Axtman PHRF Spinnaker
Gordon Bean PHRF Spinnaker
Robert Gibbs PHRF Spinnaker
Chris Smith PHRF Spinnaker
Clay Poulson Portsmouth
Thom Dickerson Thistle
Jason Rziha Thistle
Dan Schott Thistle
Michael Yarnell Thistle
Trey Harlow Thistle
Skip Kempff Thistle
Greg Jackson Viper

Sign up by clicking on the link on this page: http://arizonayachtclub.org/?page_id=634

Spins are on RC, which could mean a good dinner. Could.

Cheers,
Mike Ferring

2011 Birthday Regatta Photos

Hi eveyone…

We’ve had a couple of folks submit photos via the Photos Upload Link.  Here they are along with a few of my own added. Also, don’t forget to visit our visiting Professional’s Site – www.SailLog.net – for some really great pics!

Courtesy of Peter Howson

Courtesy Chuck Landis

Courtesy Dennis Lynde

Our Guest PRO Andrea Caroe

Watching the Finish Line

Viper

Reynolds 33

Bucc Parade

C22 Starting

Birthday Regatta Results!


Photo Courtesy of SAILLOG.NET


Well, the 3 days of the regatta proved once again that the wind in AZ can be great, good and, well, non-existent all in the same weekend day.  Friday was consistent wind all day out of the North to Northeast.  Saturday was a typical Lake Pleasant day with a couple of races off to the north before the midday shift and another race or two off to the South.  Sunday was good in the morning, but without a hard and fast shift to the South, fleets checked out around noon.  The wind did come back up, but by then the RC had flown the AP/A and everyone was on their way home. Thanks to Peter Howson of SailLog.net for coming out and taking some really great pictures.  Check them out at www.saillog.net

Congratulations to all our winners:

Bucc 18 Maggie Blumm & Dennis Martinelli
C-22 Doug McMillan
PHRF – MultiHull Brad Smith
PHRF – Non Spin Greg Woodcock
PHRF – Spin Al Lehman & Steve Quant
Portsmouth Michael Leon
Viper 640

Juan Mauri

Here are the complete list of scores.

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!

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!

REGISTER NOW!

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 robdasailor@gmail.com 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 robdasailor@gmail.com or cell phone – 602-757-2012.  Oh, and in case you are wondering, there IS a potty on the RC Boat.  :-P

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

Cole’s Wash Raft Up

The annual New Year’s Day cruise to Cole’s Wash buoy for lunch is ON! Join us New Year’s day – about lunch time for a raft up at the buoy to share company and good eats. Bring lunch for yourself, and some to share.

If you don’t know where Cole’s Wash is, here’s a map.

I’ll bring the cookies!
Wendy Larsen-Christensen

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!

UPDATE – 2011 Birthday Regatta and Leukemia Cup – UPDATE

Sailors,

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:

Friday

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

Saturday

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

Sunday

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 jr.staff.commodore@arizonayachtclub.org.

Thanks!
Greg

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 kerri.weiss@lls.org. 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.

Sincerely,

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 | www.lls.org/dm | kerri.weiss@lls.org

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.

UPDATED:
Thanks to Chris Smith and Chuck Landis for these!