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Commodore’s Celebration – Thank You Long-time AYC Members!

We had a great celebration with almost 60 attendees, and lots of fun watching photos of ASF students practicing capsize drills and making fun of each other in our semi-annual Blunder Bucket award selection process.

The Board and Members of AYC would like to take this moment to recognize our long time members, the people and families that have built the club we all have to share and celebrate!

THANK YOU AYC for “Paying it forward!” “Paying it back!” And “Staying the course!”

50+ Year AYC Members
Frank & Mary Lou Bigelow 52
Roger & Paula Hocken 51

40-49 Year AYC Members
Charles McCoy 49
Joe Aneta & “Punkie” Rowe 46
Donald Hubele 45
Donald DeFreze 44
John & Jackie Lugo 44
Bill Jennings 44
Thomas & Rose Marie Gilb 44
Jack & Harriet Haskell 40

30-39 Year AYC Members
Robert & Suzanne Frazier Jr. 37
Robert & Melanie Ball 37
Dennis & Linda Lynde 37
Anthony & Karen Zelenak 37
Jim & Katherine Swartz 37
Dan Schott 36
Al & Sandy Lehman 36
Ronald & Diane Campo 35
Joyce Alverson 34
Pat & Janet Guthrie 33
Jerry & Marty Booher 33
Tom & Carol Ohlin Sr 32
Wayne & Dotty Tucker 32

20-29 Year AYC Members
Arthur K. & Jean Carlson 29
Joseph & Linda Laux,Jr. 28
Patty Rosky 26
Charles & Deborah Fife 26
Frank & Margaret Putman 26
Michael & Teresa Easley 24
June H. Ginall 24
George & Carol Sheller 24
Tom Errickson 23
Mike Champlin 23
Ricky & Susan Gilchrist 23
Paul & Teresa L Pinter, Jr. 23
Al & Christina Lehman 22
Larry & Debra Green 22
Steve & Angela Nahkala 22
Michael Yarnell 22
Tia Renshaw 22
Dan & Sheila Rinder 21
Bill & Angela Hutchinson 20
J. Stephen & Lucy Howell 20
Jim & Paula Douglas 20

10-19 Year AYC Members
Raymond & Marjorie Gazzera 19
Jo & Dale Mogle 18
Robert & Joyce Worrall 18
Edward & Reiko Lynch Jr. 18
Rick Johnson 17
Thomas Coury 16
David Cummings 16
George & Barbara Tingom 16
Tom & Sheryl West 16
John & Kristine Wilcox 15
Patrick & Marsha Blumm 15
Peter & Lindamarie Schweizer 15
Skip & Christy Kempff 15
Roger Butterwick 14
George & Barbara Irwin 14
Darrell Carapetyan 14
Dennis Martinelli 14
Sheila Reed 14
Cyrus & Joan Zittle 14
David Cummings 14
Michael T & Tracy L Ewens 14
Jason & Brenda Rziha 14
Hartley & Lesley Gardner 14
10-13 Year AYC Members!
Steve Groce 13
Mark Mollison 13
Chris Robertson 13
James & Elaine Batz 13
Robert Nesbit 12
Larry & Kathleen Wheaton 12
Rusty & Jill Keagle 12
Todd Schiller 12
Mike & Maryellen Ferring 11
Brett Bigelow 11
Dale & Jean Zobel 11
Diana Johns 11
Steve & Jan Dolter 11
Mark & Jean Lasee 10
David & Carol Rawstrom 10
Kyle Clark 10
Travis & Jennifer Kenyon 10
Dave & Wendy Christensen 10
Ed Lindow 10
Ben Doane 10
Andrew Jody Dean 10
Steve Kusic 10

THANK YOU AYC for “Paying it forward!” “Paying it back!” And “Staying the course!”

New Members!

Three new members joined the AYC in March:  Pat Byrnes, Chad Cornell and Philip Freedman!

Pat is no stranger to the AYC having attended many Birthday Regattas.  He is father of ASU sailong team member Gerald Byrnes and has been a strong supporter of our club for many years He’s finally he’s a member! Pat hosts many wonderful photographs for us of the Birthday Regatta on his blog site. Welcome Pat!

Chad Cornell hails from Prescott and looks forward to joning us for Lake Pleasant sailing!  Hope to see you at the Tall Cactus Regatta Chad!

Philip and daughter

Philip and Daughter Carina

Philip Freedman is the ASU Sailing Coach, a former Olympic Star Class competitor (and old nemesis of our April meeting speaker Mark Reynolds.  Philip has dived right into club activities and volunteered to be our candidate for the vacant Vice Commodore position.  His experience in all levels of sailing, from kids to the America’s Cup will be a great addition to our club.

Welcome all!

Obama: Bucc 18 Sales Signal Recovery

President Obama and the Governors of both California and Arizona hailed the recent sales of Buccaneers between AZ and CA as proof that President Obama’s economic reforms are producing intended positive results.

“Matt Davis is a force I tell you! It’s outstanding to see these boats off the pavement and on the water. That’s what our policies are all about! More sailing for everyone!”, said presidential spokesperson and former Bucc owner Rob Gibbs.

At the center of this action is Matt Davis who sails out of Arizona Yacht Club in AZ in the winter and White Trash Yacht Club in OR in the summer. His first move was bringing famed Bucc #5100 “Blur” back to racing action as the renamed “Slur.” And then if that wasn’t enough, he loved sailing Bucc’s so much he upgraded to #5250, “Wonderful” and brought her off her sleepy TTL pavement home to sail in the recent San Diego NOOD Regatta.

Davis then spun a web of deals with the State of California to send “Slur” on to Bakersfield, CA and new Bucc owner and long time AYC member Dennis Martinelli of Spira/Martinelli fame. California Governor Jerry Brown lauded the event. “The entire Central Valley will turn out when “Slur” makes its way to its new home here in Bakersfield!” “I wish Harry Sindle could be here to witness this event!”

And if that weren’t enough to show that the recession is over, Arizonan Ramon Rivera is now the proud owner of #4346 “Hailey’s Comet”. The “Comet” has had a long journey from TX, to Phoenix, to Lake Havasu City, and back to Phoenix. Along the way she lost her “Tomato” spinnaker but gained a spinnaker launch chute and Ramon is ready to get her racing again. Ramon and Coronado 15 sailor Marcos Monetti (soon ALSO to be a Bucc owner we expect) will be campaigning “Comet” in Arizona Fleet racing….and….you just may see her crossing the border to California too!

Welcome new Bucc owners!
Matt Davis – #5250, “Wonderful” (for now)
Dennis Martinelli – #5100, “Slur”
Ramon Rivera – #4346, “Hailey’s Comet”

Arrrr!

New Year’s Message from the Commodore

Ahoy,

Here we are on the eve of a new year and my wish for you in the coming year is summed up in a toast below.

We raise a toast to the good water, where boats abound never aground and has brought us these drinks, and the friendship that has brought us together to enjoy them. We raise a toast to the people that have gone on to better world, and the ones that have gone on to other lands. Though they are not with us in body, we raise this toast to their spirit, their memory, and the memories that we have created with them.

Happy New Years and I hope that the coming year is better tan the last as the promise of a new day inspires us to make it better in everyway.

Joe Motil

The Call of the Sea

Commodore Motil,

All these many years my “Pop” (90) has had another love in his life besides my mother; it’s his love of…the sea. A while back I wrote a song with him in mind. Now, with the internet, there are pictures with the words. It’s titled, “The Call of the Sea” and, since you have the same “calling,” I thought you might like to see it. I’d be honored if you did.

All the best, stay warm, and…smooth sailing,

Robert (bob) Edwards

Thanks to Chrisann Tortora for website image.

Eight Bells for AYC Founder Ruth Beals Insho

It is with a heavy heart that I reproduce this obituary from AZCentral.com for the AYC’s Founder, Ruth Beals.  The posting of this obituary can be found here, along with the guest book.

Ruth’s life began in Pickerington, Ohio, and ended in Phoenix on Halloween morning, a favorite prank-filled holiday for her. She left her small town for work at a Columbus radio station and after the war was married to Sue and Margie’s father in Palm Springs. They lived in Phoenix without air conditioning amid scorpions near 7th Ave. and Glendale (out in the country) and began to acquire wonderful lifetime friends.

Mom believed anything to do with water in the desert deserved support so selling sailboats on Indian School Road wasn’t impossible. So she did it. Mom enjoyed those with whom she had common interests and founded the Arizona Yacht Club in 1958. To all you sailors out there, Ruth bids you a final (and hopefully breezy) “Sails Ahoy”.

While working at the Court of Appeals, she met an inventor with a wave making machine in his backyard. An ocean in Tempe didn’t seem out of the question, so with Ruth’s persistence and Clairol’s backing Big Surf was built. Mom was hired to manage the rental and gift shop and eventually modeled for Clairol’s Silk and Silver hair products. Associated General Contractors was another work experience and she produced the “Blue Streak” publication and managed the plan room.

For those of you who have found delight in the springtime flowers of Arizona, the thrill of rafting down the Colorado, the peace of trodding the Hillshire’s of England along with the new perspective of driving on the left side of the road, the breathless accomplishment of climbing the pyramids of Mexico, trodding the cobblestone streets of San Miguel de Allende, enjoying summers in Alpine or Hawley Lake or Bisbee, sailing the silent lagoons and rolling waters of Bora Bora, watching a volcano erupt in Guatemala, marveling at Europe, surviving an Atlantic force-10 storm onboard a freighter crossing the ocean for two months, Ruth salutes you. Our loyal lady encouraged and inspired three men, their families, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and lived her life in grace, beauty and wit. Although “life could be grim at times” insisted, “You never know until you’ve tried. The worst they can say is ‘No.’ ” She said life needed three things for success: security, identity and stimulaton and each person had to provide their own. For all of you who had the pleasure of knowing Ruth, survive her with joy in exploring and learning. That would be her wish.



Ruth’s life began in Pickerington, Ohio, and ended in Phoenix on Halloween morning, a favorite prank-filled holiday for her. She left her small town for work at a Columbus radio station and after the war was married to Sue and Margie’s father in Palm Springs. They lived in Phoenix without air conditioning amid scorpions near 7th Ave. and Glendale (out in the country) and began to acquire wonderful lifetime friends. Mom believed anything to do with water in the desert deserved support so selling sailboats on Indian School Road wasn’t impossible. So she did it. Mom enjoyed those with whom she had common interests and founded the Arizona Yacht
Club in 1958. To all you sailors out there, Ruth bids you a final (and hopefully breezy) “Sails Ahoy”. While working at the Court of Appeals, she met an inventor with a wave making machine in his backyard. An ocean in Tempe didn’t seem out of the question, so with Ruth’s persistence and Clairol’s backing Big Surf was built. Mom was hired to manage the rental and gift shop and eventually modeled for Clairol’s Silk and Silver hair products. Associated General Contractors was another work experience and she produced the “Blue Streak” publication and managed the plan room. For those of you who have found delight in the springtime flowers of Arizona, the thrill of rafting down the Colorado, the peace of trodding the Hillshire’s of England along with the new perspective of driving on the left side of the road, the breathless accomplishment of climbing the pyramids of Mexico, trodding the cobblestone streets of San Miguel de Allende, enjoying summers in Alpine or Hawley Lake or Bisbee, sailing the silent lagoons and rolling waters of Bora Bora, watching a volcano erupt in Guatemala, marveling at Europe, surviving an Atlantic force-10 storm onboard a freighter crossing the ocean for two months, Ruth salutes you. Our loyal lady encouraged and inspired three men, their families, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and lived her life in grace, beauty and wit. Although “life could be grim at times” insisted, “You never know until you’ve tried. The worst they can say is ‘No.’ ” She said life needed three things for success: security, identity and stimulaton and each person had to provide their own. For all of you who had the pleasure of knowing Ruth, survive her with joy in exploring and learning. That would be her wish.

Good Luck to Bryan Dunham

For those of you who may not know, Bryan Dunham is being deployed overseas and is no longer able to serve as our Vice Commodore.  This was a letter he sent to the club:

Dear AZYC,

It is with deep and heartfelt regret that I must submit my resignation as Vice Commodore. As many of you know, I am deploying again with our U.S. armed forces in support of our various causes worldwide. Unfortunately the requisite preparations began much earlier and are requiring more of my personal time than I anticipated. Due to this I have been unable to attend to the duties of the Vice Commodore in a timely manner. I bear full responsibility for the neglect of my duties and apologize for my performance. You all deserve an officer who can dedicate his or her full attention to the duties and responsibilities of the position. The success of the Yacht Club has always been dependent on the dedication and enthusiasm of volunteer members and I encourage all of you to step up and do what you can. I hope that you can all understand that I have precious little time left before my departure and wish to spend what little I have left with my immediate family.

Sincerely ,

Bryan Dunham

I’m sure we all wish Bryan well as he sacrifices to defend our country.  We thank him and his family for their contributions.

That having been said, there are now 3 open board positions: Vice Commodore, Rear Commodore, and Cruising Captain.  There is no rule that says if you take on one of these positions, you must do the “5 year slog” that has burdened past commodores.  I encourage everyone to do what they can and serve their club in the way they find best for them.  Personally, Tuesday nights are tough for my family, so I haven’t taken a board position, instead I volunteered to take up the website and run the Ship’s Store.  Whatever you do, be sure you give back to your club!