Can I sail the boat sometime other than when there’s racing?
No. We realize you’d like to sail whenever you’d like, but by adopting a boat only during race days, you’ll be covered by the club insurance, we’ll have a safety boat ready to help if you get in trouble, and there will be other club members around to assist. We suggest one of the ASF courses for more time on the water.
Where are the boats?
We keep the boats in the TTL boatyard located at the marina, so they’re easy to rig and launch.
Do I need a vehicle with a tow hitch?
If you’re sailing a C14, be sure to bring a tow vehicle with a 2-inch-ball hitch to launch the boat. Lasers and Sunfish can be launched with dollies – no vehicle necessary.
Will there be people around to help me rig the boat?
Yes, but an orientation must be arranged, which includes rigging of the boat and key safety information. If further help is needed, let your Fleet Coordinator know in advance so they will be able to assist.
I don’t really want to race, just sail. Can I still use a boat?
That’s fine and we encourage it. If you’re comfortable in the boat, you may decide to race sometime in the future. You do need to enter the race series, but be sure to tell the race committee that you’re not competing. This is important because they may hold up the start of races waiting for you. You can notify them on land before you launch or sail past and tell them when you’re on the water (they’re by the flag pole). The boats are only to be used on AYC race days since this is when a rescue boat is available to assist.
Any more resources I can tap into before I head out?
If you’ll actually be racing, here are some helpful explanations: Tempe Town Lake race procedures and some information about the C14 fleet and the Laser fleet and various tips for starts and racing fast.