New Honorary Life Members: Lehmans, Yarnell and Renshaw

The AYC Board of Directors has voted unanimously to name new Honorary Life Members, the club’s highest honor. The four new members of this special membership group are Al and Sandy Lehman, Mike Yarnell and Tia Renshaw.

The club Bylaws describe the requirements this way: “Honorary Life Membership may be granted to any Club Member whose services to the Club and the sport of sailing shall have been deemed outstanding over a period of years.”

The four new members will be given special recognition at the Commodore’s Celebration on Saturday evening, May12. They’ll join two other current Honorary Life Members, Joyce Seale and Tom Ohlin.

ASF Boats Gleam After Work Day

Washing and polishing the ASF fleet. Photos: Bob Nesbit

The Arizona Sailing Foundation boats have a shiny look today after being washed, buffed, and tweaked during a Saturday (2/4) work party. It was all part of an effort to have the boats ready for the spring series of classes by the nonprofit AYC subsidiary, including Start Sailing Right and Sailing Skills Development for adults, high school classes, and two Opti classes for kids.

The 3+ hour work session included cleaning the storage area, washing all the boats and making sure all the rigging and sails are ready for the rough treatment they tend to get from beginning sailors. The work detail was organized by ASF president John Mayall and board members George Tingom and Greg Dean. Some of the others who jumped in to help included: Pat Blumm, the Davis family, Paul Eyssautier, Mike Ferring, Phil Freedman, Chalz Kirubi, Dick Krebill, Bob Nesbit, and Decker Williams. There were at least 3-4 others whose names we missed.

We thank everybody who lent a hand. Next: Let the classes begin!

Greg Dean pushes one of the clean boats into the final line-up at Tempe Town Lake.

February 2012 – Compass Points

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What a GREAT Birthday Regatta, eh?  Congratulations to us all, and major THANK YOUs to Joe and Katherine Motil and all the volunteers that helped make the 2012 AYC Birthday Regatta and Leukemia Cup such a great success! THANK YOU!

Next up? A desert “winter” full of sailing here in AZ and across the Southwest, AND BOARD OF DIRECTOR NOMINATIONS!!!

Check it out!

  1. Commodore’s Corner – Desert “Winter” is Busy!
  2. Very Happy Birthday Regatta!
  3. US Sailing Instructor Class in March
  4. Notice: 2011-12 Officers Nominating Meeting
  5. Fleet of the Month – Portsmouth
  6. For Sale! Want Ads!

Commodore’s Corner – February 2012

Congratulations to AYC and Leukemia Lymphoma Society for another fabulous Birthday and Leukemia Cup Regatta. We’re on our way into another great year of sailing “Desert Style”!

TTL has already kicked off the Spring Season with racing on 1/22, 1/29 and 2/5, and SCYA Mid-Winters will be combined with LP opening weekend 2/18-19 and with TTL dates in February so there will be lots of reasons to GET YOUR BUTT (ooops) BOAT in gear and join your sailing friends on the water.

What’s next???  BOARD OF DIRECTOR ELECTIONS!  FLEET CAPTAINS….time to get nominating! The Nominating Committee Meeting will be held 3/13/2012 immediately prior to the March AYC General Membership meeting.

February 2012 Calendar of Events

  • Sunday, February 5,
    • 2:00pm TTL Race Day 3 – All day Super Bowl Sunday
  • Tuesday, February 7,
    • 4:00pm High School Sailing Program
    • 6:30pm AYC Board Meeting
  • Saturday, February 11,
    • 9:30am ASF Start Sailing Right Day 1
    • 1:00pm ASF Sailing Skills Development Day 1
  • Sunday, February 12,
    • All day Lincoln’s Birthday
    • 2:00pm TTL Race Day 4
  • Tuesday, February 14,
    • All day Valentine’s Day
    • 4:00pm High School Sailing Program
    • 7:00pm AYC General Membership Meeting
  • Saturday, February 18,
    • 12:30pm LP Race Day 1
    • 12:30pm  SCYA Midwinter Regatta
  • Sunday, February 19
    • 9:00am LP Race Day 2
    • 9:00am  SCYA Midwinter Regatta
  • Monday, February 20
    • All day  President’s Day
  • Tuesday, February 21
    • 4:00pm  High School Sailing Program
  • Saturday, February 25
    • 9:30am  ASF Start Sailing Right Day 2
    • 1:00pm  ASF Sailing Skills Development Day 2
  • Sunday, February 26
    • 2:00pm  TTL Race Day 5
  • Tuesday, February 28
    • 4:00pm  High School Sailing Program

Let’s go sailing!!!

Emory Heisler
AYC Commodore

2012 Birthday Regatta Raises $25,000 for Leukemia

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, including the Viper Fleet on the first stop of their West Coast Series, the 2012 Arizona Yacht Club Birthday Regatta and Leukemia Cup was pretty darn close.

Here’s what “Vipper” visitor Jim Sears had to say…”Arizona Yacht Club’s Birthday Regatta is like the “Cochella” of sailing… There’s a festival-type of vibe with everyone staying on houseboats or camping in RVs right next to the lake. When not racing, most sailors can be seen “campfire hopping”, hanging out at the yacht club tent, or watching NFL playoffs at the marina bar.  And, with cell signal a bit weak, it was definitely a weekend “off the grid”.  If I could freeze time to a single weekend, this might be one of them.  Great racing at a fun venue with a bunch of crazy Viper sailors…”  (see the full article (HERE):

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






















Become a US Sailing Instructor

UPDATE 3/4/2012 – This course was cancelled due to scheduling conflicts.  The ASF and AYC strive to provide world class instruction and part of that is the highest quality instructor cadre.  We will offer this class again soon, so please check back!


Here’s a great way to improve your sailing while helping kids and adults join this fabulous sport: Become a US Sailing-certified Level 1 Small Boat Instructor.  And….if you use your newly certified skills to teach ASF Classes the ASF will refund you 50% of the course fee.  Beat that!!!!

During an intensive few days, without leaving town, you can pick up the skills and certification you need. The next class is scheduled for the end of March, with five four-hour classroom sessions in the evening on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, March 20-22, plus Tuesday, March 27, and Thursday, March 29. The on-the-water sessions will take place all day Saturday and Sunday, March 24-25.

It’s a ton of fun to introduce people to sailing and the Arizona Sailing Foundation (our AYC educational subsidiary) could use your help. Longtime instructor George Tingom says, “12 or 13 years ago I thought someday I’d have some grandchildren and it would neat to teach them sailing. While waiting for grandchildren to grow I’ve had a lot of fun. You could too.”

You’ll sign up for the class through US Sailing. The charge is $330, less $20 if you sign up at least two weeks in advance. Here’s the link to sign up. (For certification you’ll also need to pass a first aid and CPR course and join US Sailing.)

If you teach ASF classes, the foundation will reimburse you for half your certification fees.

Questions? Of course you have questions. Email George Tingom or call him at 480.948.3814.

Fleet of the Month – Portsmouth


The Portsmouth Fleet is the birthplace of new fleets, the mixing pot of “dinghy” and centerboard boat designs, and often the first port for new AYC Members to begin racing.

The “Portsmouth Yardstick” (similar to PHRF “Handicapping”) allows small boats of varying designs to race against each other on “even terms.”

Many One-Design Fleets like the Buccaneer and C14.2 classes got their start sailing Portsmouth, and current Portsmouth boats include:

  • Megabytes
  • Coronado 15s
  • Sunfish
  • Fireballs
  • Mulit-hulls
    …and any other non-One-Design boats that happen to show up!

 In the spirit of mixing it up, Portsmouth welcomes all AYC members to participate in Lake Pleasant and TTL small boat activities regardless of boat design, skill level, or lack of boat. Yes, you can adopt a Sunfish and sail in the Portsmouth fleet at Tempe Town Lake. If you can tell time and have an e-mail address (or not), you are a Portsmouther. Come on out and join the fun!

We’ll leave the line open.

Check with Fleet Captain Joe Motil with any questions you have.