November Meeting

Guest Speaker: Karen Lile – sailing talk radio & cruising BVI

Meeting – when & where:
7PM, Tuesday, Nov-9
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 Karen Lile takes the stage. Karen is a businesswoman and broadcast sports journalist with her own sailing talk radio show – she’ll present on BVI cruising.

Join your AYC shipmates, and our guests for a fun evening and a great presentation. See you there!


Karen Lile: Sailing Talk Radio and Cruising the British Virgin Islands

As a Bay Area businesswoman and broadcast journalist, Karen created a successful weekly sailing talk radio show with runs inside 24/7 All Sports Byline Broadcasting, with 82M listeners and related content available through podcasts. She has access to, and regularly features, all of the top names in sailing, and covers every major racing and cruising event around the globe. She is also starting her own sailing school in San Francisco. At heart, she’s a cruiser – the she loves the British Virgin Islands.

Karen will talk to us about her Sail Sport Talk radio show, and then she’ll present on cruising opportunities in the British Virgin Islands. BVI is on just about every sailors bucket list, so if you’ve dreamed of chartering and cruising the islands, or if you’re already a seasoned BVI cruiser, don’t miss this meeting.

About Karen Lile:
Karen E. Lile is a third generation San Franciscan and second generation boat owner. She wrote her first article, as a young journalist, for the News Herald and Journal in Los Angeles in the 8th grade, attended University of California at Berkeley and graduated in 1982 from the University of Texas at Austin in English with Highest Honors. Over the years, she contributed research and contacts behind the scenes to journalist/producer stories in the London Times, Oakland Tribune, Contra Costa Times, San Francisco Examiner, People Magazine, Dateline, 20/20, Dan Rather’s 48 Hours and others.

If a subject has anything to do with boats and ships and how they are made, race, sail or cruise or what is on or under the water, Lile’s avid curiosity has led her to listen to and ask questions of many fascinating people on the water. Stepping into a role as a broadcaster and President of Sail Sport Talk, to bring sailing as a sport into International 24/7 Sports Talk, has been a natural progression of her interests.

The water has always been part of Lile’s boating family, with her Dad having various power yachts up in the Delta since she was a little girl. In 2008, she discovered sailing on the San Francisco Bay, and she became passionate about learning to sail. Since that time, she has put in thousands of hours on the water as an adventure sailor, sailed the Pacific Coast, in the Indian Ocean and in the Caribbean Sea. Karen is equally at home in the delta in a boat which her dad humorously says, “keeps his gin level”, sailing a Dhow in Zanzibar, a keelboat along the Pacific Coast, a Tall Ship in the San Francisco Bay, a Catamaran in the BVI, or on her monohull Sandpiper. Karen sails today on modern and historic vessels for personal pleasure in the San Francisco Bay and abroad.

Karen is Commodore of the International Yachting Fellowship of Rotarians (IYFR) – San Francisco Fleet and a Past International Bridge Member of IYFR at the International level (over 109 Fleets in more than 36 countries). She is aslo currently an honorary member of the Golden Gate Yacht Club, and a delegate to the Pacific Inter-Yachting Association in the San Francisco Bay for IYFR-SF.

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.