October Meeting

Guest Speaker: off-shore sailor and author John Jourdane

Meeting – when & where:
7PM, Tuesday, Oct-12
The Grill at Rolling Hills Golf Course
1415 N Mill Ave, Tempe, AZ

Arrive early for dinner and beverages – we’ll mix and mingle, then at 7PM, we’ll kick it off with club business and updates – introductions, upcoming AYC events, etc. Then we’ll turn it over to our distinguished Guest Speaker, John Jourdane. Join your AYC shipmates, and our guests for a fun evening and a great presentation. See you there!


John Jourdane: The 2019 & 2020 TransPac Races

Author and offshore sailor John Jourdane returns as AYC’s guest speaker for our October monthly meeting.  John has completed over 15 TransPac races, and will discuss the 2019 and 2021 TransPacs.  

The TransPac is one of yachting’s premier offshore races, attracting competitors from around the world, and spanning more than 2000-miles from San Pedro, CA, to Diamond Head, HI. In 2008, it was the subject of the documentary film “Morning Light” (Disney).  The 2019 TransPac saw more than 90-boats start the race and witnessed the first sinking (S/V OEX) in the race’s history, which covers more than a century. John will round-out his discussion of the 2021 TransPac with a review of his post-race delivery of “Good Energy”, a Reichel Pugh 63.

About John Jourdane:
John is a legendary sailor with serious sailing credentials.  One of the most experienced offshore sailors in the world, he has sailed over 400,000 miles, completed 61 crossings between the West Coast and Hawaii (30 over and 31 back), completed 12 Atlantic Ocean crossings, and has circled the world 3 times, including twice as a competitor in the Whitbread Round-the-World Race.  John has competed in every major offshore race in the world, including the Transpac, the Transatlantic, the Fastnet, Sydney-Hobart, Newport-Bermuda, Pacific Cup, Vic-Maui, Capetown-Rio, Buenos Aires-Rio, and many more. 

John is also a noted author, having written the sailing classics “Icebergs, Port and Starboard”, “Sailing with Scoundrels and Kings,” and “Modern Weather for Sailors.” John teaches Weather for Sailors classes across the U.S. and Canada.

Important Information: The Grill at Rolling Hills Golf Course

The City of Tempe is permitting AYC to use The Grill for our monthly meetings. Our usage is after their normal operating hours, which means that we’ll have the facility to ourselves, and that Tempe will incur added labor costs for providing after-hours kitchen and wait staff. As part of our arrangement, they ask that we generously support their staff with food and beverage orders to defray labor costs.


  • Entrance: The Rolling Hills Golf Course will be CLOSED for fall over-seeding and the main entrance to The Grill will be gated. Please enter through the SOUTH entrance (right side of the building as viewed from the parking lot).
  • MASKS REQUIRED: The City of Tempe has implemented a mask requirement effective July 30 for all patrons and employees at indoor city-run facilities. Masks may be lowered when eating and drinking; but, should be properly worn at all other times. For more information, go here: City of Tempe – masks.