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44th Marina Del Rey to San Diego Race

As you may be aware, the date for the 44th Marina Del Rey to San Diego Race this July 2-3rd is coming up real soon.

I wanted to take this opportunity to personally invite you to participate in this great event celebrating the birth of our Nation, which has for years been one of the premier events in our Marina Del Rey and in the coast of California offered by Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club and Southwestern Yacht Club.

Specially this year since the Marina Del Rey to Puerto Vallarta has been canceled, this would be a great opportunity for us all to enter this event, start in our own Marina, race down to a GREAT location within the safety of our borders and still be back in time for your own barbeque plans if you so desire.

As a further incentive, the first 20 entries will receive a free event T-Shirt, we are to have a great party at our club on the 1st of July (Friday) with Painkiller’s Rum with Chocolate covered Strawberries specials, a BBQ dinner to start the festivities and a breakfast to participants and their crews on the morning of the 2nd prior to the start of the skipper’s meeting.

So get organized, get the crew and boat ready and come party down with us and a relaxed cruise back as we celebrate the freedom that a race such as this brings.
For more information, visit us at our website SMWYC .org, call us at 310-827-7692 or contact me
Themis Z. Glatman at 818-425-8752.

AYC Club Champion – Martin Lorch!

Tingom / Lorch

Your 2011 AYC Club Champion is Martin Lorch, supported by able Capri expert George Tingom as crew!

Congratulations to all of the fleet champions.
Buccaneer – Matt Davis
Capri 14.2 – Mike Ferring
Catalina 22 – Martin Lorch
Laser – Mike Bernard
Merit 25 – Roger Butterwick
PHRF Non-Spin – Mike Ferring
PHRF – Dave Christensen
Portsmouth – Joe Motil
Thistle – Skip Kempff
Viper – Charles Kaye

AZ High School Sailing Championship & ASF Picnic

The third double handed (two person) sailing championship was held in the east basin of Tempe Town Lake on Saturday April 16th 2011.  Parents and friends cheered on their favorite sailors from the blue shade umbrellas on the north shore (just below the east basin condo development).

Alexia Lorch won with crew Scott Soethe.  Alexia is a junior at Xavier College Preparatory and Scott attends Brophy College Preparatory.  A perpetual trophy to display at the school of the skipper for half the time until next years race (the other half of the time to be displayed at the school of the crew) was presented after the races.  Individual trophies were presented for the winners to keep.

Four boats sailed with eight students on board.  The last two years had six boats racing in the championship.  We hope to have more than six in 2012.  Two races were held in the morning with very light wind.  A one hour lunch break was taken before three twice around races in freshening afternoon breeze (6-8 MPH).  Three different boats scored first place finishes.  There was a chance for a lead change in the last race, but Alexia and Scott managed to hold off the competition in variable strength wind that was changing direction frequently. 

FYI for next year….the race is NOT LIMITED TO ASF HS SAILING CLASS STUDENTS, however we’re pleased to note that this year’s winner was a student in 2010.

Information about High School Sailing Classes is available at http://www.arizonayachtclub.org/Education/hsclass.shtml

There are decorative blue shade umbrellas on the north shore (just below the east basin condo development) where many parents and siblings cheered.

As of now, unless some special Tempe event forces a date change, the 2012 championship will be held on Saturday April 22nd 2012.

AFTER THE RACING…..it was time to PIG OUT!   The Arizona Sailing Foundation and Arizona Yacht Club joined together for a very nice Spring Picnic.  High School Sailing Championship participants, Start Sailing Right spring class students and a menagerie of AYC members, families and friends enjoyed an afternoon of sun and sailing on the “Grassy Knoll”. 

Many thanks to ASF Board President John Mayall and his picnic team: Rick Lake, “Pig Master”, Dave Christensen, “Grill Master”, and Lisa Lake, Wendy Larsen and a host of other helping hands!  Congratulations to ASF for ending the spring season in excellent fashion!

AYC Club Championship Notice of RACE!

Congratulations to all of the winning fleet champions and our defending Club Champion.

Attached is the NOR for the upcoming AYC Club Championship race weekend. The course chart and SIs will be either sent in the next days or handed out at the skippers meeting.

The goal is to sail windward leeward races lasting about 15 – 20 minutes and then exchange boats ASAP and start the next race. The goal is to complete the event on Saturday if at all possible much like we did in 2009. You can expect sailing to continue until 5 or 6 if wind conditions permit and to leave Sunday for yourselves

The plan therefore is to have a skippers meeting at 10:30 then launch and be ready to start at noon or a little earlier if the area is clear. Round robin starting order will be drawn after the skipper’s meeting on Saturday….

2011 Championship NOR

ROAD TRIP! Buccaneer 18 Summer Events

Bucc West Region Fleet 30 (CO) and Fleet 79 (AZ) have announced their Summer Regatta Schedules:

05/21-22, Rocky Mountain Shootout & Hornblower Regatta – Cherry Creek (Denver)

05/28&29, Memorial Day Regatta, Alamitos Bay Yacht Club (ABYC), Long Beach, CA

06/11-12, Reunion Regatta – Union Reservoir (Longmont, CO)

06/24,25,&26, Long Beach Race Week, Long Beach Yacht Club (LBYC), Long Beach, CA

06/24,25,&26, Summer One Design, Coronado Yacht Club(CYC) , Coronado, CA

07/02, Firecracker – Union Reservoir (Longmont, CO)

07/16-17, Aspen Yacht Club Annual Regatta (Reudi Reservoir, Basalt, CO)

08/01to08/05, Bucc 18 National Championship, Kenosha Yacht Club, Kenosha, WI

08/20&21, One Design, Mission Bay Yacht Club(MBYC), San Diego, CA

09/17-18, Colorado Governor’s Cup – Cherry Creek (Denver)

09/23,24,&25, Sailing Anarchy Sport Boat Regatta, CYC, Coronado, CA

10/1, Oktoberfest Regatta – Union Reservoir (Longmont, CO)

10/15&16, Fall One Design, CYC, Coronado, CA

11/19&29, Turkey Day Regatta, ABYC, Long Beach, A

Can you say ROAD TRIP!

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.

Tempe Town Lake Scores

The scores are posted for last weekend of racing at Tempe Town Lake. Click here for 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.

Tempe Town Lake Scores

Scores for TTL 13 Mar are posted.

Click here for Scores.

SCYA Midwinters…

…and the winners are – POSTED HERE!

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.

Click here for the scores.

TTL Week 6 Scores

Scores for Tempe Town Lake Week 6 are posted.

Click here for results.

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!

TTL Week 5 Race Results…

…ARE POSTED!  Check them out and see who was there and who was square!  CLICK HERE!

TTL Week 4 Race Results

Week 4 Race Results are posted!  CLICK HERE to see who was hot, and who was not…

SCYA Midwinter Regatta – AYC Special Rate

What a deal!  $15 for SCYA Midwinter Regatta – an AYC Special Offer

Get this!  AYC has made special arrangements for all boats registered for the AYC 2011 Spring Series to race in the AYC Hosted SCYA Midwinter Regatta races….FOR JUST $15.00!!!! FIFTEEN BUCKS!  Sweet!  Just say, “I’m in!”

Every registrant gets a sail-cloth regatta document portfolio AND a chance to win SCYA Midwinter HARDWARE!  Backpacks actually!

AYC Special SCYA Midwinter Registration – CLICK HERE

By the Numbers

Current AYC Membership – 207

New Members since June 2010 – 18

2009-2010 Combined Series Races = 310

2010 Fall Series Races =  215

Lake Pleasant Week One Scores!

Here they are…now get out there and Sail FAST (er)!

Lake Pleasant Week 1 Results

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