Annie Gardner on Multihulls for February AYC Monthly Meeting


Annie Gardner

International sailor and broadcaster Annie Gardner will be our headline guest for the spring, giving us her view of the rise in multihull sailing, led by the intense interest in the coming America’s Cup competition in San Francisco.

Annie will speak at the February meeting, at 7 pm, Tuesday, February 12, at the Caddy Shack @ Rolling Hills, 1415 North Mill Avenue, Tempe.

You may remember Annie from her role on America³, the women’s America’s Cup contender. She was chosen for the team from 700 applicants and sailed as navigator on the boat. Her qualifications for the team: A Silver Medal in Olympic Boardsailing exhibition in the 1984 games and a host of national and international Hobie cat and boardsailing titles.

She’s continued to compete, and as recently as 2006 won a bronze medal in the women’s multihull class at the ISAF World Sailing Games and was a watch captain and helmswoman on the winning boat in the 2009 Chicago-Mackinac race. She teaches sailing and coaches, including for the annual North U-Offshore Racing School.

But in addition to the sailing resume, Annie’s dynamic personality and style has made her a natural in announcing and producing sailing television. For instance, she did TV color commentary on one of the AC 45 World Series weekends.

AYC’s monthly meetings are open to the public and anyone interested in sailing is encouraged to attend. Here’s more on the club and the meeting.

This summer’s America’s Cup competition in multi-hulls promises to be the wildest of all time, within easy spectating distance from the waterfront in San Francisco. Here’s a look:

Active Catalina 22 Fleet and C22 Tuning Tips

One of the fleet's stalwarts, Bob Worrall.

One of the fleet’s stalwarts, Bob Worrall.

The Catalina 22 fleet was looking thin last summer, until Steve and Christina Campo jumped in, gave it CPR, and found a bunch of willing participants. Result? Ten entries for the Birthday Regatta and a fleet that’s looking anything but weak.

Stan Ferris produces a newsletter for the fleet and distributes it by email. The latest includes some great tuning tips from fleet captain Steve Campo, who’s generous with his advice (and still runs out front). Click here to see the newsletter.


Birthday Regatta Ends in Strong Breeze

Heavy wind capped the 2013 Birthday Regatta.

Heavy wind capped the 2013 Birthday Regatta.

Strong wind on the final day of the Birthday Regatta and Leukemia Cup weekend brought a nice conclusion to a successful event, and left everyone feeling good about the big changes this year.

Congratulations to the fleet winners (and everyone who came out to have fun): Matt Davis in Buccaneer; Steve Campo in Catalina 22; Scott Sharples in Laser; Norm Anderson in Merit 25; Stan Susman in Montgomery 17; Brett Johnston in Multi-Hull; Dianna Andress in PHRF Non-Spin; Mike Hester in PHRF Spin; Joe Barnett in Portsmouth; and James Sears in Viper.

The turnout was very good, with PHRF Spin entering 13 boats and Montgomery 17 and Viper entering 12 each.

This year brought a major revision in the weekend: the elimination of the big tent, replaced by Saturday dinner at the Grille at Pleasant Harbor Marina. The change meant something important to AYC: a profitable event! Thanks to Emory Heisler for innovating and organizing the event and to all the volunteers and participants for making it a success!

Final Results

Friday Results







Gary Jobson Picks Former AYC Junior as One of Eight All-Stars

Each year Gary Jobson scours the country for the top young sailors and gives them recognition in his Sailing World column, shining a light on what he calls All-Star finalists. And this year, he picked a former Arizona Yacht Club Junior sailor.

Scott Buckstaff just turned 18, but most of us remember him as a promising Opti sailor, guided by his talented sailing parents, Dan and Kathleen Buckstaff. The family moved to the San Francisco Bay Area a few years ago and Scott continued to sail. Did he ever!

Gary Jobson notes that last year Scott won the U.S. Youth Sailing Championship in the 29er class with crew James Moody. Besides his skiff sailing, Scott has been sailing on keel boats and this last summer served as tactician aboard the J/90 Ragtime and won the YRA of San Francisco Champion of Champions Regatta.

In his spare time, says Jobson, Scott mountain bikes and trains for triathalons.

Dan and Kathleen were instrumental in gearing up the Arizona Sailing Foundation’s Junior Program, helping acquire a fleet of Optis, setting the curriculum and building excitement for the program, even taking the kids to national competitions. Scott’s success shows where a program like that can lead.

New Marks for Lake Pleasant Racing

Several of the bright, yellow West Marine racing marks have finally succumbed to age and you’ll now see four new marks on the water.

Fleet Captain Greg Woodcock and Lake Captain Bruce Andress arranged for replacement of the marks, tossing out four old yellers that were coming apart at the seams, filling with water, and sinking.

The new marks cost over $400 each, another substantial investment by the club in our racing program. The expenditure follows significant repairs to the RC boat and the runabout, mostly caused by rough treatment of these expensive club assets.

So, enjoy your new racing marks. And if you find yourself on the runabout placing marks this spring, please treat them with the care they need to live a long life. You know, don’t walk on them.

Icebergs on Lake Pleasant?

The Lake Pleasant Sailing Club’s first on-the-water event is scheduled for January 26, the first full-moon weekend of the year.

However, LPSC staff meteorologists have predicted that cold weather in late January may create icebergs on the lake. Being the hearty, civic-minded sailors that we are, we have decided to combine our Moonlight Cruise with an Iceberg Retrieval Mission. But of course, before we brave the cold, iceberg-ridden waters we will need to fortify ourselves with food and libations. So, plan to meet at the Waterfront Grill at the Pleasant Harbor Marina for a pre-mission, no-host dinner at 6 pm. Bring empty Thermoses to be filled with hot chocolate.

The mission plan is to be on the water between 8 and 9 pm with full bellies and Thermoses, ready to retrieve those pesky icebergs. Make sure you outfit your boat with the official iceberg retrieval tool—a boat hook. Additional information and supplies will be shared at dinner.

As with all sailing events this year, members who would like to overnight raft up after the event are invited to organize and choose a location. There are usually guest slips available at Pleasant Harbor Marina for $20/night.

As with most LPSC events, Arizona Yacht Club members are welcome to participate. Please consider joining us for the first planned on-the–water activity of the year.

Rhonda Brewer, LPSC