Here’s what’s happening at the 2017 AYC Leukemia Cup Regatta “First in the Nation” and Birthday Regatta, with a completely new date, format and events. All the regatta information and registration is on www.aycregattas.com. This site is continually being updated. The regatta is Friday-Sunday, February 17-19.
Here are the highlights:
A really big tent! The H2OMG event (hydroplane boat races the weekend after us) needed marks, a couple of boats and volunteers—which we have. We needed a really big tent—which they have. We’ve been working with H2OMG to combine resources and share/trade where possible.
Sponsors: Take a look at the sponsor page. All of those listed have contributed, assisted and provided goods or services to the regatta.
Portillo – Lunch on the Lake. New for 2017. On Saturday, 2/18, instead of soggy sandwiches and chips, Portillo’s will be delivering your pre-ordered lunch right on the lake. We will have a lunch break around midday. Sail up to the pontoon boat, grab your lunch and enjoy! A $20 lunch credit is included in the registration fee.
Pleasant Harbor Access – no more paying at the gate every day. Registration includes a three-day access pass to the Marina. Drive up, show your card and you’re in!
SUP – New for 2017 is a full day of SUP events, classes, demonstrations and racing on the “beach” by the North Ramp. Entry fee includes a one-day pass to enter Pleasant Harbor.
The Phoenix – New for 2017. AYC has chartered The Phoenix cruise boat for a private VIP cruise around the race course. Lake Pleasant Sailing Club is assisting with the operation of this event. To secure a seat for friends and family (and great photo ops) all you have to do is make a donation to the LLS (Details here.)
The Club Challenge – New for 2017. Created primarily for cruising boats, the Club Challenge is an AYC vs LPSC vs Tucson Sailing Club run around a challenging course. Two new trophies are awarded: One to the winning club (which they must defend in 2018) and one to the winning boat.
The Birthday Bash – Friday’s race open to all boats. This is a long course handicap race with a twist. For 2017 we will also be awarding a Line Honors trophy.
Regatta T-Shirts – New for 2017. This year, regatta T-shirts are printed on site. No ordering in advance, no running out of a certain size. You want it? They print it. The front of the shirt has the regatta poster; the back is fully customizable. Add your name, your boat’s name, a logo—all done on site in about five minutes.
The Trophies – Of course the second set of Triple Crown Rodeo Buckles will be awarded to a monohull and multi-hull boat. The “best on the water” during the regatta will walk away with one of these spectacular awards. The actual regatta trophies are secret. Let’s just say they follow the Embrace Your Inner Arizona theme.
Accommodation – The Courtyard Marriott is offering a group discount rate at the hotel on I-17 and Happy Valley Road. Easy and quick access to the lake at a very comfortable hotel.
And there is so much more! Did we mention a carnival at Spinnaker Point? Yes, there will be that too!