Next Up: LP Opening Day

Thistles at Lake Pleasant. Photo: Chris Smith

While sailors in the north are pulling their boats and wrapping them in plastic to survive a frozen winter, the Arizona Yacht Club is about to fire the gun on Opening Day: Saturday, September 24, at 12:30 pm. Catalina 22s are on race committee and Martin Lorch will be Chief Chef for Saturday night’s dinner. Menu: Rotisserie chicken, rice with peas, corn and onions, green salad, dessert.
If you haven’t registered yet, there’s still time. Your registration will need to be in by the sound of the first gun Saturday.
 The fleets are shaping up this way: Catalina 22, PHRF Spinnaker, Thistle, Green and PHRF Sportboat. It appears there will be a Portsmouth fleet. PHRF Non-Spin is looking very iffy right now. Merit 25s expect to race in PHRF Spin.
Rob Gibbs’ new Green Fleet has attracted lots of interest and shapes up as a great way for people to sample racing or simply get out on the water with other sailors in a low-pressure environment. (More information on the Green Fleet here.)
The racers’ party was a big success. Mostly it was important for this reason: people who came to get crew positions seem to have gotten them. They’ll be on boats.
Here’s a hot tip for one very experienced crew person: Laurent Dion is still looking for someone to race with him on his Viper 640. Email Laurent with your interest.
If racing sounds like fun but you don’t know how to get started, consider the Introduction to Sailboat Racing class which begins soon. Here’s where you’ll find more information and a button to take you to registration.
We had a nice turnout for the practice races on Saturday (9/17). Now for the real thing!