Gorgeous Conditions for Governor’s Cup

Emory Heisler aboard Chris Smith’s J/80 as the sun begins to set on Lake Pleasant. Photo: Chris Smith.

Temperatures in the mid-80s, wind mostly in the comfy 8-10. Pretty much perfect—and the sailors who spent the Governor’s Cup Saturday (11/24) sailing to and fro on Lake Pleasant were pretty much all smiles.

How do you sail 26.2 miles on Lake Pleasant? According to the diabolical plan of organizer Mike Parker, you do it by sailing north, south, east, and west in intersecting lines around obscure buoys, a floating porta-potty, and a couple islands. Surprisingly, the wind was willing to play along. William Fairchild brought his runner’s GPS along for the ride on Peter Hartleb’s J/80 and found that they logged just over 28 miles for the race, finding they didn’t need to do much upwind tacking that could have lengthened the race.

That pirate planner, Mike Parker. Photo: Fatima Chaoui.

In fact, the first finishers were back home before dark and didn’t need the nearly-full moon for navigation. Who won that gigantic Governor’s Cup Trophy? We’re waiting for word from the official scorekeeper and maybe some more conversation about which of those obscure buoys were intended to be rounding marks. All to be sorted out shortly, we hope.

From left: Keith Kintigh, new members Austin and Kirsten Clary, and Brenda Shears tense up for one of the mark roundings during the all-day Governor’s Cup Regatta. Photo: Fatima Chaoui.

Gathering for the morning start to the 26-mile race. Photo: Fatima Chaoui.

Gorgeous conditions during the 2012 Governor’s Cup, with good breeze and warm temperatures. Photo: Fatima Chaoui.

Registration Open for Birthday Regatta & Leukemia Cup

The 53rd Arizona Yacht Club Birthday Regatta and our 14th Annual Leukemia Cup Regatta are nearly here: January 18-19-20.

Help fight blood cancers!  Race 1, 2 or 3 days. Cruise! Party!

Click here to register.
SI: Click HERE

CLICK HERE to set up an online fundraising page. For more information about FUND RAISING please contact Liz Kaplan at liz.kaplan@lls.org, 602.567.7605.

We have some great regatta improvements in store for you and your “shore party.”

1) Lower Costs: Two-day race registration last year was $80. It’s reduced to $50 this year!

2) Moving indoors: The dusty tent is gone and the Saturday night event will move indoors to the Lake Pleasant Waterfront Grille. Enjoy inside and outside waterfront seating for cocktails, dinner, and dancing with music from our talented AYC musicians.

3) Shuttles will be running from the Spinnaker Point RV/Camping and boat prep areas to the Waterfront Grille throughout the day and evening.

4) Marina Slip Rentals are available for $28/night. Stay the night next to the Waterfront Bar & Grille. To reserve a slip contact Jennifer Bittner at Pleasant Harbor Marina at 602/977-7370….OR…RAISE $500 for Leukemia Lymphoma Society…the first 5 that raise $500 get a FREE MOORING FOR THE REGATTA!!!

5) RV/Camping sites have been reserved to make sure you have a spot for your tent or camper. Make a reservation before January first to claim one of the reserved spots by contacting Pleasant Harbor RV at 1-800-475-3272. Tell them you are with the AYC Birthday Regatta. Sites are $28/night.   AYC has reserved sites #20-45

Questions? Contact Event Organizer Emory Heisler 602.679.0462

Questions? Contact Liz Kaplan at Leukemia Lymphoma Society (LLS) 602.567.7605

Do it now! Help us in the fight to cure blood cancers and join us for another great Martin Luther King Jr. weekend of desert winter sailing!

Event Schedule:

Friday Jan. 18, 2013

0800-1000            REGISTRATION – Pleasant Harbor RV Office (see map)
1000-1030                Friday Skippers Meeting – Spinnaker Point 
1200-1600                    RACING DAY 1 – Lake Pleasant
1500-1700                        REGISTRATION – Pleasant Harbor RV Office (see map)
1700-2300                                FISH & CHIPS DINNER – Lake Pleasant Waterfront Grille (see map) pay at restaurant

Saturday (DAY)   Jan. 19, 2013

0800-1000            REGISTRATION –  Pleasant Harbor RV Office (see map)
0800-0930            BREAKFAST ($6) –  – Lookout Point – AYC Hospitality Ramada
0900-0930                Saturday SKIPPER’S MEETING –  – Lookout Point – AYC Hospitality Ramada
1130-1600                    RACING DAY 2 – Lake Pleasant

Saturday (EVENING)   Jan. 19, 2013

*NOTE* All Saturday Evening Activities will be held at the Lake Pleasant Waterfront Grille (see map)

1700-1830            COCKTAILS – SILENT AUCTION – RAFFLE- Lake Pleasant Waterfront Grille (see map)
1830-1930                DINNER ($12) – Mexican Fiesta- Lake Pleasant Waterfront Grille- purchase with registration
2030-2300                        ARIZONA YACHT CLUB BIRTHDAY PARTY – Music, Dancing, Cake!

Sunday Jan. 20, 2013

0700-0800            BREAKFAST – Spinnaker Point
0930-1400                RACING DAY 3 – Lake Pleasant
1200-1530                    HOT DOGS AND  BRAT’S LUNCH – Lookout Point – AYC Hospitality Ramada
1500-1530                        AYC BIRTHDAY REGATTA AWARDS – Lookout Point – AYC Hospitality Ramada

US Sailing Level 1 Instructor Course Here in January

Registration is now open for the US Sailing Level 1 Instructor course, to be taught here on two intensive weekends in January—the weekends of January 5&6 and 12&13.

US Sailing requires a minimum of 8 students in the course, a number we’ve failed to meet the last two times this course has been offered in Phoenix. So we really need your support this time.

Here’s the sales pitch: Not only does the course prepare you to teach sailing, but it also makes you a better sailor. Course instructor Ray Deppa has taught all of the US Sailing Instructor courses in Phoenix, and he’s a real pro, someone who will leave you knowing more about this game we play. But teaching sailing is actually the best part. Introducing new people to the sport is a lot of fun—seeing them begin to understand how a boat moves through the water by wind alone and seeing the joy they get from figuring it out.

Sign up four weeks or more before the class and it’s $325; after that it’s $345. If you pass the course and teach for the Arizona Sailing Foundation, ASF will reimburse half your tuition. (If you’re a high school or college student, check with George Tingom for possible higher reimbursement rate.)

I just paged through some of the US Sailing material on the course. You’ll find some information here. And the registration begins here. There’s quite a bit of paperwork involved and you’ll need to be a member of US Sailing (a good thing anyway) and you’ll need to pass a first aid and CPR course (definitely a good thing anyway). The prerequisites are extensive. My advice: don’t let any of that discourage you. The other students and Instructor Ray Deppa will help you through it. If you want to pass, you’ll pass.

For questions on the course, check with George Tingom, who’s organizing the course and has been involved in every one we’ve held since 2003 (when I took it).

AYC Powerboat Drivers Must Be Certified

The AYC Board of Directors has taken a step that the club has been contemplating for years: Requiring that any driver of an AYC or ASF powerboat have a nationally-recognized certification for safe powerboat operation. The requirement kicks in January 1, but we’ll try to follow it immediately.

Fleet Captain Greg Woodcock will come up with a list of certifications which will qualify and we’ll let you know what they are.

This step would not be possible without the enormous contribution of Rob Gibbs, who has conducted two courses for US Sailing powerboat certification, most recently just last month, when 10 people received certification. The people who took the course heaped huge compliments on Rob for his effort and for the quality of the teaching. Our continuing thanks, Rob, for all that you do for the club. And we thank the board of the Arizona Sailing Foundation and its president John Mayall for underwriting the cost of the materials for the powerboat course.

Rob will lead another class on December 14, 15, and 16 and there are still openings for that class (as of 12/1).

The AYC board recognizes that the new requirement won’t prevent accidents or mistreatment of equipment, but clearly it should help. It’s been a constant problem maintaining ASF and AYC boats in prime condition. Most important, we believe this step will reduce the chance of a powerboat injury, which no one wants to see.

Mike Ferring

John Bagwell Elected New LPSC Commodore

By Rhonda Brewer, LPSC

Season’s Greetings from the LPSC! It’s difficult to believe that another year has passed, and yet none of the AYC or LPSC club members look a day older! It must be the fresh air and exercise we all get while sailing on our beautiful Lake Pleasant.

LPSC Board elections took place in November and a new board, led by Commodore John Bagwell, is already planning fun and educational water-based and land-based activities for next year. Of course, AYC members are invited to join almost all LPSC events.

LPSC members will be celebrating this festive season with a Christmas Party at the Caddy Shack @ Rolling Hills Golf Course on December 8.  Besides sharing great food, beverages, and conversation, members will be shuttled to the Tempe Fantasy of Lights Boat Parade. Rumor has it that at least one LPSC member will be participating in the parade.

LPSC members Steve and Helen Eshleman are organizing members to cooks and serve breakfast on Saturday, January 19 for Leukemia Cup participants.  LPSC members look forward to supporting the AYC at this yearly event.

We wish all AYC members a safe and happy 2013!

Rules Guru Dick Rose Visits AYC Friday, Nov 30

New rules will govern how we play the game of sailboat racing beginning the first of the year. Like to know what they are?

One way: Read the new rules thoroughly and compare with the current rules.

Rules guru Dick Rose during his last appearance at AYC in 2007. Photos: Mike Ferring

Another way: Ask the man who helped write them.

Dick Rose has been helping write the international rules of sailing for 20 years and it’s no exaggeration to say he knows every period and italicized word—and, more important, he knows how they affect you on the race course. With the 2013-2016 RRS kicking in at the beginning of the year, we asked him to return to Phoenix to lead a seminar on the changes. It will be Dick’s third appearance at AYC and he never fails to impress the crowd with his knowledge and his quick decyphering of complex situations.

Besides writing the rules, Dick helps interpret them for readers of Sailing World magazine. You may have read his clear, interesting monthly column.

The seminar is set for Friday night, November 30, starting at 6:30, at the Apache Substation of the Tempe Police Department, 1855 E. Apache Blvd. Tempe, AZ 85281. See a Map. We ask you to sign up so we know how many are coming. AYC members may attend for free; nonmembers will pay $20.

We need a count of people attending, so please sign up here.

Dick Rose at the 2007 rules seminar.

November Meeting: Common Sailing Mistakes

Rob Harring

Our Tuesday, November 13 speaker is Rob Harring, former J/World San Diego Senior Instructor and current Beneteau yacht dealer.

At J/World, Rob saw firsthand the sailing mistakes that we all make that slow us down and we’ve titled his appearance, What It Takes To Make Rob’s Top Ten List of Common Sailing Mistakes—And How to Correct Them to Make Your Boat Go Faster.

Rob grew up sailing on Lake Geneva, Wis. and crewed for his dad from the age of 4, so sailboats are in his blood. As a young man he was competitive in the 150-boat E-Scow fleet on the lake and went on to sail as a collegiate sailor at USC, where he took 4th in the College Nationals in the Sonar class. Rob really knows how to make a sailboat go fast.

The meeting begins at 7 pm at the Caddy Shack @ Rolling Hills Golf Course, 1415 North Mill Avenue, Tempe. (map) Dinner at 6. Non-members are welcome to attend.

Besides Rob’s appearance and the joy of hanging out with the rest of us at the meeting, there’s this incentive: we’ll give away a pair of Hobie Segundo Polarized Sunglasses (retail $210), courtesy of Hobie, the official sunglasses of US Sailing.

Win these $210 sunglasses at the November meeting.


Governor’s Cup Registration is OPEN
Click Here to get in on the fun!

Day’s Schedule:

Back when it all started.

9am Saturday — skippers meeting, Spinnaker Point
Mike Parker will have available copies of the course map.
11am Saturday is the start of the regatta just outside the Pleasant Harbor Marina South entrance.
Check in as soon as feasible to:
480-270-2443 text or voice, or else send an email to sailarrrr@gmail.com

Here’s the Full-Length Course:

(Click for Map)

Start between the dam pumps and the south Pleasant Harbor entrance, then follow this course, taking all marks to port:

  1. Coles Bay Buoy
  2. Balance Rock
  3. Horse Island
  4. Humbug Bay buoy
  5. Balance Rock
  6. 10-lane No-Wake
  7. Honeymoon Cove Floating Potty
  8. Castle Creek buoy
  9. Finish between no wake buoys in the Pleasant Harbor north launch ramp bay

And here’s the Half-Length Course for Portsmouth boats only: (Click for Map)

Start at between the dam pumps and the south Pleasant Harbor entrance and then:

  1. Castle Creek Bouy
  2. Balance Rock
  3. Horse Island
  4. Balance Rock
  5. 10-Lane No-Wake (any)
  6. Finish at North Ramp No Wake (any)