February Meeting: North to Alaska

"Windshift" in Kuntze Inlet

Wonder what it would be like to cruise the coast of Alaska? Al and Sandy Lehman lived that adventure and offered the stories and pictures at the February membership meeting: North to Alaska: 12 Years Cruising the Inside Passage.

The Alaska trips probe the rough, beautiful and unpopulated country, as if stepping into an age when the world didn’t operate on Internet time. People who live in the small villages along the way put up with extreme conditions: Al described how the frozen winters are constant dark overcast and how average rainfall is more than 180 inches. Many of the people have to travel dozens of miles for supplies.

The picture is of Lehman’s sailboat Windshift, but they later switched to making the trips by trawler.

All the women in the big Valentine’s Day crowd got a rose and a box of candy for joining their AYC friends at the meeting.

VERY Happy Birthday!

Where does one start about this year’s AYC Birthday Regatta and Leukemia Cup?

Oh, wait, that’s easy…

THANK YOU JOE AND KATHERINE MOTIL! WOW! What a fabulous Regatta!!!!
…and…of course…
Thank you MOTHER NATURE for fabulous weather!
Thank you ANDREA & DOC CAROE our Race Management Team (PRO)!
Thank you VOLUNTEERS on Race Committee!
Thank you VOLUNTEERS on Shore for keeping everything running so smoothly!
Thank you DAVE CHRISTENSEN and WENDY LARSEN for scoring and shore support!
Thank you FUND RAISERS for raising over $25,000 (and still counting!) to CURE BLOOD CANCERS!
Thank you LEUKEMIA LYMPHOMA SOCIETY for such a great mission for us to join in!
Thank you ULLMAN SAILS for sponsoring the FRIDAY CHALLEGE!
…and last but not least…
Thank you SAILORS for coming from near and far to create and enjoy our wonderful “Desert Vibe”!
Thank you ARIZONA YACHT CLUB for hosting such a great Regatta…AGAIN!

Few things are perfect, but by most accounts the 2012 Arizona Yacht Club Birthday Regatta and Leukemia Cup was pretty darn close.

Take a look for yourself… (photo’s Courtesy of Tom Erickson-Sailboat Shop)






















2012 Birthday Regatta Leukemia Cup Results

The full results are posted here 2012 Final Results

Congratulations Fleet Champions!

Vippers - Greg Jackson


Multi-Hull - Sean Eanes


Buccaneer 18 - David Spira


Portsmouth-"Little Joe" Barnett


PHRF-Spin-Rick Johnson


PHRF - Bob Worrall


Montgomery 17 - Jerry Montgomery


Merit 25 - Norm Anderson

2012 Birthday Regatta Agenda

2012 AYC Birthday Regatta Registrations – UPDATED 1/12/2012

Ullman Challenge NOR-SI FINAL 2012-01-10

Notice of Race
Sailing Instructions

Fleet Counts and Agenda are Noted below:
6-Buccaneer 18
5-Merit 25
5-Montgomery 17
11-PHRF Non-Spinnaker
13-PHRF Spinnaker
9-Viper 640

Fleet Counts  Event Schedule / Agenda

Friday, January 13:
Ullman Sails “Center Board Challenge”
And Day 1 for 3-day Fleets
7:30 a.m. Registration Opens
7:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast (pay on site)
9:00 a.m. Skippers’ Meeting
11:00 a.m. Registration Closes till 4pm
11:00 a.m. First Horn-Ullman Sails CB Challenge
4:00 p.m. Last Race STARTS
4:00 p.m. Registration Opens – till 6pm
5:00 p.m. Bar Opens 
6:00 p.m. Dinner – Guest Chef Silvio Berlusconi
7:00 p.m. Ullman Sails CB Challenge Awards
11:00 p.m. Bar Closes 

Saturday, January 14
Birthday Regatta and Leukemia Cup
7:30 a.m. Registration Opens
7:30 a.m. Breakfast Buffet Opens (pay on site)
Served by Lake Pleasant Sailing Club
9:00 a.m. Skippers’ Meeting / LCR Welcome
11:00 a.m. First Horn
4:00 p.m. Last Race STARTS
4:00 p.m. Dinner Registration Opens
5:00 p.m. Bar Opens 
5:00 p.m. Silent Auction Opens
6:00 p.m. Dinner Buffet Opens
6:00 p.m. Dinner Welcome Announcement
7:15 pm Auction Closes
7:15 pm LCR Program – AUCTION / RAFFLE!
11:00 p.m. Bar Closes 

Sunday, January 15:
Birthday Regatta
7:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast (pay on-site)
9:00 a.m. First Horn
2:00 p.m. Last Race STARTS
4:00 p.m. Birthday Regatta Awards Ceremony

Joe Motil
Regatta Chairman
(480) 216 7099

Court Roberts Takes Governor’s Cup

Court Roberts smoked the field in the 2011 Governor’s Cup, held the day after Christmas, December 26.

Court and crew sailed his Melges 24 the way Buddy would want him to: Start strong and extend your lead. They took a commanding lead early in the race and then pulled it out as other boats sailed into the dark on the 26+ mile race course. Gary Overbeck in a Montgomery 17 slipped in ahead of Bob Worrall’s C22 as the two finished second and third in the handicap scoring.

The wind started light and finished light, with some nice breeze in the early afternoon. It was a stark contrast to the wind that greeted the racers for the original post-Thanksgiving date, when heavy wind forced cancellation.

George Tingom in a C14 corrected over Brett Johnston’s Nacra 6.0 in a second class, a group that sailed half the distance of the others.

Here are the scores for the race.

Tuesday (1/10) is a Non-Meeting Meeting

Because the 2012 AYC Birthday Regatta and Leukemia Cup is the following weekend, there will be no program for the Tuesday night (1/10) membership meeting. Come tip a beer with your pals. Giggle. Tell stories. But there’s no program.

At 6pm, the AYC Fleet Captains will meet to consider the documents for the Spring Race Series. If you’d like to see any changes to the racing, check with your Fleet Captain before the meeting.

The program schedule resumes in February. And in March (wow), we’ll hear from the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year, Anna Tunnicliffe. Yes, the 2008 Laser Radial Olympic Gold Medalist. The helmsperson for US entry in women’s match racing for next summer’s Summer Olympics in Weymouth, England. If you attend only one membership meeting this year, make it this one.

January 2012 – Compass Points

CLICK HERE for the PDF Version

Out with the old – Congratulations to all the fall series winners!!
In with the new – It’s time for the AYC Birthday Regatta and Leukemia Cup!

Speaking of Birthday Regatta and Leukemia Cup…REGISTER TODAY to allow for accurate planning for regatta committee…and if you won’t be joining us then please take a minute to support your favorite FUND RAISING SAILOR – CLICK HERE – to help the Leukemia Lymphoma Society in their mission to cure blood cancers!

1) Commodore’s Corner – Happy New Year!

2) Birthday Regatta – Get Ready!

3) Governor’s Cup for Christmas

4) Spring Series +PLUS+ SCYA Midwinter Regatta

5) Fleet of the Month – PHRF non-Spinnaker Fleet

6) For Sale! Want Ads!

Commodore’s Corner – January 2012


New Year’s Day for the AYC means it’s time to celebrate our birthday “sailing style” with the AYC Birthday Regatta and Leukeumia Cup!
(have you signed up yet?????)

And although it’s New Year on the calendar, it’s mid-season for us in the AYC and time to look forward to lots of “winter” and spring racing including Thistle Midwinters, SCYA Midwinters, SD NOOD, and of course our springtime ASF classes too.

Don’t blink! Just another 90 days and we’ll be nominating new officers for the 2012-2013 AYC Year.

Here’s hoping you have a wonderful 2012!

Emory Heisler
AYC Commodore

2012 Birthday Regatta – Get READY!



It’s time for the 2012 BIRTHDAY REGATTA and LEUKEMIA CUP!
Friday, Saturday, Sunday, January 13, 14, 15, 2012

Have you signed up for the Ullman Center Board Challenge(Friday), the Birthday Regatta (Sat-Sun) and Leukemia cup (Sat)? If not what are you waiting for, do it today!

Less than 10 days and the tents will be rising on Spinnaker Point in preparation for the 52nd Arizona Yacht Club Birthday Regatta.

Here’s the Agenda for the weekend:
January 13 – Friday

  • 9:00am – Ullman Sails Centerboard Challenge
    (all classess welcome for 3 days of racing!)
  • 6:00pm – Celebrity Chef Dinner – Silvio Berlusconi  

January 14 – Saturday

  • 9:00am – AYC Birthday Regatta & Leukemia Cup
  • 6:00pm – AYC Birthday Dinner
  • 7:00pm – Leukemia Cup Regatta Awards / Auction

January 15 – Sunday

  • 9:00am – AYC Birthday Regatta & Leukemia Cup
  • 3:00pm – AYC Birthday Regatta Awards

Sign up now, or contact Joe Motil to help volunteer as “shore party!”
Joe Motil (480) 967-6990
Birthday Regatta Chairman
Junior Staff Commodore

Governor’s Cup-A Late Christmas Present!

Sheila Reed silhouetted at sunset during the Governor's Cup. Photo: Chris Smith

Sheila Reed silhouetted at sunset during the Governor's Cup. Photo: Chris Smith

This time the wind wind cooperated a bit.

The first attempt at a 2011 Governor’s Cup was blown away by 40+ winds.  But the second attempt turned in to a beautiful “late” Christmas present.  A sunny “Boxing Day” brought early light winds, and then a nice breeze showed up after midday to push and pull our “marathoners” and their boats north and south and around Lake Pleasant along their 26-mile journey.

A few boats finished near dark (5:30pm) but several were still up in or near Castle Creek and finished in the dark. Thanks to the reflective tape on the “reef” buoys and the building late breeze around 6pm the late finishers had a safe trip to the finish cruising along at 4-5kts under a star-lit sky.

Who won? For that bit of information we will have to wait until Capts. Parker and Christensen have consulted the “bones.”

Busy Spring-SCYA Midwinter Regatta

Don’t blink! February and a full slate of Arizona Yacht Club activites, events and education are right around the corner.

Jan-22  TTL Spring Series Opening Day
Feb-11  ASF Start Sailing Right and Sailing Development
Feb-18  LP Spring Series Opening Day
Feb-18-19  SCYA Mid-Winter Regatta (Lake Pleasant)

$10!!! Really! The SCYA has agreed to allow AYC members to register for the SCYA Midwinter Regatta for a mere $10 on top of registration for either the TTL or LP Spring Series.

Watch for registration details with the Spring Series NOR, SI and Registration/Entry.

Want an SCYA Midwinter shirt – ORDER NOW by contacting Trey Harlow.

Cotton Short Sleeve Tee Indigo Blue $10.00
Cotton Long Sleeve Tee Indigo Blue $12.00

MidWinters Cap Navy Blue One size fits all: $10.00

Wicking Short Sleeve Shirt White $18.00
Wicking Long Sleeve Shirt White $20.00

Oversize Oversize (XXL) Shirt Add $1.80


Fleet of the Month – PHRF (non-spin)

A Fleet for All Keel Boats

If you have a cruising boat, you have a PHRF Non-Spinnaker racer.

Without a spinnaker these boats can run with smaller crews (typically 2-3 people) and the PHRF handicap system evens up the racing among all kinds of boats, giving you a chance to out-sail the fleet, even if they get to the finish line first.

With no limits on boat types and the PHRF handicapping system to “keep things equal” the PHRF non-Spinnaker Fleet is an ideal place for new racers to discover racing, build their sailing skills – and have a good time doing it!

Current boats in PHRF non-spin include a wide range, from Santana and Holder 20’s to Tanzer 22’s, Catalina 25’s and Catalina 28’s. 

For more information about PHRF “handicap” ratings see these sources:

US Sailing PHRF Ratings List   Southern California PHRF rules

SoCal Ratings by Manufacturer   PHRF Non-Spin Fleet Rules for AYC

Greg Woodcock

Contact PHRF Non-Spin Fleet Captain Greg Woodcock for more information.