Welcome New Members!!

Bill Dingwell has his US sailing certification to Bareboat. He enjoys cruising and now wants to get involved with racing. He has two children and lives in Scottsdale.
Chuck and Irma Moretti are new members from Scottsdale who sail a J80. They are interested in participating in racing activities. They have a daughter and also look to contribute to the Junior Sailing program.
Daniel and Jillayne Packowski of Phoenix are on their 3rd boat: first a Catalina 38, then a Catalina 30, and now a Jeanneau 36. They love to sail and have joined the club as a way to connect with other people who are like minded.           
Gary and Elizabeth Roe, of Phoenix, have sailed in the past and want to get re-involved and meet other sailors through participation in AYC.  They now have a Catalina Capri 22 and want to improve their skills and possibly race.
Katie Runnels is our newest member. She is interested in participating in various aspects of our club including sailing instruction, junior sailing, publicity, and social activities. We can use that kind of commitment and participation. Welcome Katie!
Nick Warren is from the UK and has been racing dinghies since he was 8 yrs old.  He moved to Phoenix last August and wants to get back to doing some sailing. Nick, we hope you find fair weather here most the time!
Richard Warren is a Tempe resident is interested in cruising and racing. He is looking to AYC to connect him with others with a like interest in sailing and to gain more experience. 
Marc and Heidi Wildy have lived in Arizona for about 17 years, both originally from the North-East.  They have two young sons.  Marc has been sailing for years and describes his experience:  “I remember first sailing on a lake in New Hampshire when I was about 10, one of the other kids had a small single sail boat and he gave us rides and let us sail it ourselves when he wasn’t using it.  I have been sailing recreationally on and off ever since whenever I get the chance. I also remember receiving some kind of certification in Colorado many years ago, but only after requesting that they draw pictures to show the wind direction and what direction the boat(s) were heading for each question, as I had no knowledge of official sailing lingo.  In fact, I would most certainly have pronounced the ‘w’ in ‘leeward’ (gasp!) until reading never to do so just a few weeks ago!  What is unique about sailing to me is that in other sports like golf, soccer, etc, I have good days and I have bad days. But I’ve never had a bad day when I was able to get out and sail.”
Dave Willis has crewed the past few years with Skip Kempff in a Thistle. He is looking to “start learning the other end of a boat.” Dave hails from Glendale and was hearty enough to get involved with our Heat Stroke series this summer.
If you are a new member and have not been introduced through Compass Points, please send a brief writeup about you (and your family) to membership@arizonayachtclub.org.
Brenda Shears
Arizona Yacht Club Membership Director

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