January Meeting: Eco Vigilantes Protect Endangered Species

Consider this sentence from the NY Times: “Sea Shepherd… describes itself as an eco-vigilante group, flies a variation of the Jolly Roger on its ships and often cites the motto, ‘It takes a pirate to catch a pirate.’” Sea Shepherd tries to stop bad guys from wiping out endangered ocean species or nail them for illegal fishing.

Sea Shepherd's David Hance

Sea Shepherd’s David Hance

David Hance is the Chief Operating Officer of this group and he’ll be our January meeting speaker. He’ll brief us on their efforts in the northern Sea of Cortez, where they’re working with the Mexican government and other groups to protect the critically endangered Vaquita Porpoise, which they estimate now numbers just 60.

In fact, Sea Shepherd has just stopped six fishing boats illegally fishing in the Sea of Cortez, turning them over to Mexican authorities.

The meeting is Tuesday, January 10, beginning at 7pm (but arrive early for dinner). Monthly meetings are held at the Caddy Shack @ Rolling Hills Golf Course, 1415 North Mill Avenue, Tempe, AZ 85281-1205 (map) and both members and non-members are welcome to attend.

A shot of the crew of one of Sea Shepherd's "vigilante" ships.

A shot of the crew of one of Sea Shepherd’s “vigilante” ships.

Ruth Beals Cup Goes the Distance

The Ruth Beals course will be heart-shaped.

The Ruth Beals course will be heart-shaped.

Since AYC began this women-at-the-helm championship race, it’s been fought at Tempe Town Lake in C14s. Not this year. Try keel boats for long distance at Lake Pleasant. This is another twist from the fertile mind of Vice Commodore Victor Felice. To add a triple twist, he’s laid out a course shaped like a heart.

The race is named for the founder of AYC, Ruth Beals, and offers a chance for the women of the club to compete against other women. Men are allowed to crew, but not to get too close to the tiller. Here’s a link to the registration information for the race, which will be run on Saturday, January 21, starting at 10 am.

Maryellen Ferring (shown on the home page picture) has held the cup for the last two years, but won’t be defending since she’ll be out of the country when the race is run.

And then, they became pirates.

It happens every year—at a time of goodwill and peace on earth, normally pleasant AYC sailors release their inner Kraken and go for the things in shiny wrappings. The 2016 Party was no different and for all who were there, you can be a pirate till race season starts again. If you missed it, put down the eye patch, fold the Jolly Roger and promise you will never miss the party again.

Commodore Bruce Andress started the evening dressed in his signature “Santa on Vacation” outfit. New club members were welcomed followed by a well-received presentation of things to come in 2017. Bill and Barbara Cunningham presented a stunningly long line of new burgees they had collected over the summer. Thank you!

The Trophy presentation followed with the giant Governor’s Cup going to Paul Miachika and the brand new AYC Governor’s Cup rodeo buckles to Mike Hester (Monohull) and Brett Johnston (Multihull).

Fleet Captain John Riddell then demonstrated that PowerPoint is not a fossilized relic and can still be used to show strangely bizarre pictures of the Commodore motor racing, the Vice Commodore dancing in Seoul, the Rear Commodore looking like Warren Beatty (or was it George Hamilton?).

John went on to introduce the new Regatta formats for 2017 and beyond, including a new Ruth Beals format, the Triple Crown, and other “From the fertile mind of the Fleet Captain—this is going to be fun!” Stay tuned.

Bruce then started the “gift exchange/pirates gone wild” highlight of the evening. With over 50 gifts exchanged, most pirated several times, the action was fast and at times hysterical. Strangely, Bethany Tuvene could not hang on to a bottle of booze to save her life. In the end, she did walk away with a Jim Beam Honey.

And then there was the Blunder Bucket. The nominations for the most blunderesque moments were several, but there was a clear winner from the start. Two GovCups ago there was a SolCat upside down jammed against the dam. This time the nomination was to the same person, different boat! The SolCat was replaced by an awesome Nacra Inter 20 and on the drive home after the first time out sailing it, amazingly a set of very pricey composite sails somehow ended up on the freeway! A trashed jib was recovered but the main was never seen again. And the winner is: Josh Kimble! Well done, kiddo! Previous BB winners are proud of you!

Here are some really mediocre photos. The prestigious “Official Club Photographer” position, by the way, is open. If you do have some quality images, please share!

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Commodore Bruce doing his best MC
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Josh, Brett and John. Brett with his new rodeo buckle.
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Mike telling new Viper owner Freddy, “You too can have a rodeo buckle one day.”
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A table full of pirates with two hulls.

 

Tempe Town Lake Fall Series Final Results

Another light wind day concluded the fall series at Tempe Town Lake and even though Mike Hester managed to best Paul Miachika in the two Laser races, it wasn’t nearly enough to overcome Paul’s season lead, making Paul the fleet champion. Dave Haggart won the 14.2 fleet, Emory Heisler the Bucc fleet, and Frederick Moor the Portsmouth.

The scores for the final week and the series final scores are posted on the results page, or click here.

Here are some pictures shot by Mike Ferring.

Hester, Johnston & Miachika Win Governor’s Cup Trophies

In a day made for fast sailing, Mike Hester and Brett Johnston scored belt buckles and Paul Miachika walked off with the giant trophy.

Mike took the monohull fleet and Brett the multi-hull fleet in the first of the new “Triple Crown” series that will include the Leukemia Cup and Birthday Regatta and the Tall Cactus. Mike’s Viper 640 beat second place finisher Scott Richards’s Thistle by a PHRF-adjusted time of about 8½ minutes. Paul Liszewski’s Hobie 33 finished third. Brett’s Nacra 20 was an adjusted 7½ minutes ahead of Scott Agan on his G-Cat 5.7. Trent Sellens was third on a Corsair F27. Here is a complete list of results for the Triple Crown regatta.

AYC Club Champ Paul Miachika took on the Governor’s Cup Pursuit Race in—believe it or don’t—a Laser and did a horizon job on the fleet to win the giant Governor’s Cup trophy. Mike Ferring and crew finished second in their J/80 and Emory Heisler (monohull winner of April’s Tall Cactus) finished third.

The races started with white caps twisting off the tops of waves, with strong puffs and then moderated a bit as the day went on.

Thanks to PROs Wendy Larsen and Dave Christensen and their race committee crew. Thanks also to seven skippers who took ASF Adult Beginning Sailing graduates aboard for the race, to give them a taste of this game we play.

Mike Hester won the monohull division of the "Triple Crown" Governor's Cup in a Viper 640. This is Dave Evans's Viper. Photo: Mike Ferring

Mike Hester won the monohull division of the “Triple Crown” Governor’s Cup in his Viper 640. This is Dave Evans’s Viper. Photo: Mike Ferring

 

Scott Agan waves from his second-place finishing G-Cat 5.7 as he passes the crew of Melissa Kay, which had finished the shorter Pursuit Race. Photo: Mike Ferring

Scott Agan waves from his second-place finishing G-Cat 5.7 as he passes the crew of Melissa Kay, which had finished the shorter Pursuit Race. Photo: Mike Ferring

Scott Johnston ripping into the multi-hull lead at the 2016 Governor's Cup. Photo: Mike Ferring

Brett Johnston ripping into the multi-hull lead at the 2016 Governor’s Cup. Photo: Mike Ferring

The start of the "Triple Crown" monohull race. Photo: Michele Korszeniewski

The start of the “Triple Crown” monohull race. Photo: Michele Korszeniewski

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Victor Felice aboard his Nacra at the Governor’s Cup. Photo: Marc Benoist

Tempe Town Lake Week 6 Results

A blustery Sunday afternoon made for great sailing for a hearty bunch of TTL sailors. The wind tipped over 15 mph much of the time, meaning lots of races and a few trips into the drink.

The scores for week 6 of racing at Tempe Town Lake are posted on the results page, or click here.

Pushing to the front: Paul Miachika. Photo: Mike Ferring

Pushing to the front: Paul Miachika. Photo: Mike Ferring

Lake Pleasant Fall Series Final Results

A great couple days of racing for our final weekend of the fall series! Very good wind on both days, especially Sunday morning (where were all you people?). Thanks to fine race committee work from the Thistle fleet.

Congratulations to the fleet champs: Bob Worrall, C22; Brett Johnston, Multi-hull; Tom Baker, PHRF Spin; Martin Lorch, Santana 20; Mike Hester, PHRF Sportboat; Dan Schott, Thistle.

The final week of racing for the fall series at Lake Pleasant are posted on the results page or click here.

Running from Horse, PHRF Spin boats chase downwind. Photo: Bill Cunningham

Running from Horse, PHRF Spin boats chase downwind. Photo: Bill Cunningham

2016 Governor’s Cup & Triple Crown

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The 2016 Governor’s Cup Regatta will take place on December 3rd at Lake Pleasant and this year introduces something new, different and exciting.

Here’s the scoop. There are two categories: A pursuit race much as we’ve done it the last several years and a straight-up PHRF race.

The Pursuit Race is an informal twice-around-the lake long distance sailing event starting at 10 am. The winner takes home the traditional really big trophy. Info and registration here. Registration is $10.

The Other Race is a full blown PHRF twice-around-the-lake race. Two sections will be scored, Monohull boats (starting slower-rated boats at 10:30 and faster-rated ones at 10:35) and Multi Hull (starting at 11). Registration is $25.

The 2016 Governor’s Cup is also the first of three regattas that comprise the AYC TRIPLE CROWN. The new Triple Crown combines our three non-series regattas: The Governor’s Cup, the Leukemia Cup-Birthday Regatta and the Tall Cactus. Further information and registration for all of these regattas will now happen at a new AYC website, www.aycregattas.com.

The new site is intended to help promote these three events outside of Arizona, throughout the Southwest and Pacific Coast.

None of the things the club does can happen without the dedication and commitment of members and volunteers. Thank you to all involved.

Lake Pleasant Week 4 Results

Generally nice weekend, wasn’t it? Some decent wind, comfortable temperatures, well-run races by the Santana 20 bunch, and the best dinner so far this far, led by Peter Burgard.

The scores for week 4 of racing at Lake Pleasant are posted on the results page, or click here.

Still Dreamin'. The beard says Tom Baker at the helm. Photo: Mike Ferring

Still Dreamin’. The beard says Tom Baker at the helm. Photo: Mike Ferring

From Martin Lorch’s email to his fleet after the weekend:

On Saturday Kim Stuart as PRO did a superb job with the help of:
On R/C:
Mile Maloney, 1st Officer
Gerald Byrnes, certified driver
Dale Buchanan (flag signaling officer)
On the Wicked Awesome (WA):
Mike Parker, Certified Driver
Vern Bybee, Mark and buoy specialist

On Sunday:
Yours truly as PRO, Jack-of-All Trades,
Gerald Byrnes Certified Driver

Dale Buchanan (Flag Signaling officer)
Vern Bybee, 1st scorer
In style on the beautiful Riddell Chris-Craft. (Nice loaned runabout. Our WA went on the fritz!)
Mike Parker certified driver and mermaid catcher
Erika Parker (committed mermaid! (mark and buoy specialist)

Dinner:
A special Pete and Judy Burgard from Tucson’s only Sparkey, who served a wonderful BBQ shredded beef open faced sandwich with green corn tamales (from a special source in Tucson, coleslaw, cowboy beans and apple pie, Sangria, Merlot and beer. Thank you

All performed without hitch. Nice winds on Saturday and a repeat on Sunday morning until the wind died around 11 am.

Thank you to you all.

We wish Amanda Woodcock a speedy recovery and the same to Dave Cummings who underwent surgery after he experimented doing Evel Knievel type stunts.

For those of you who were under the weather and could not make it. Get well soon.

Hope to see you at Lake Pleasant on the 19th and 20th of this month, the last weekend of the fall series.

Martin Lorch
Santana 20 Fleet Captain

Lake Pleasant Results Week 3

Another mixed weekend for the fall series, with some light wind and some,  yes, lighter wind. The scores for Week 3 of racing at Lake Pleasant are posted on the results page, or click here.

Multi hulls are turning out in force. Photo: Mike Ferring

Multi hulls are turning out in force. Fred Rahn and his Hobie are leading so far. Photo: Mike Ferring

Hobies Compete at Rocky Point

This year’s Hobie 16 and 18 North Americans were just a drive away from AYC, in Puerto Peñasco, Mexico (aka Rocky Point) on the Sea of Cortez, October 10-14.

In the Hobie 16 class Francisco Figueroa and Jolliam Berrios (PUR) won their third championship followed by Tom Korzeniewski and Karen Grisko (USA). The Hobie 18 class winners are Ken Marshack/Valerie Pioszak (USA) followed by Jim and Barbie Doty (USA). Here are the full results.

Hobies compete at Rocky Point.

Hobies compete at Rocky Point.

October Meeting: Professional Paddle Boarder Chase Kosterlitz

Professional stand up paddle boarder Chase Kosterlitz told the October AYC monthly meeting that he’s trying to bring order out of chaos for the young sport of SUP racing. Chase showed a video of the start of the world’s most prominent event in 2013, with a herd of paddleboarders pushing past the supposed start line, edging up to the water (keeping up with the “first cheater,” he said) and then crashing into each other as they started, looking for room to put their boards.

A sport without rules is not a sport, he said, describing what he’s tried to do with the Stand Up Paddle Athletes Association (SUPAA), which he founded. He said he’s now trained about 50 officials worldwide in an attempt to stabilize the sport and make it more fair for all competitors.

“I live in San Diego,” says Chase, “where I surf, hike and train in between traveling around the world looking for adventure. I got into water sports as a professional kiteboarding and stand up paddle instructor, where I learned to kiteboard in 2005 and began stand up paddling in 2008.

“After a collegiate basketball career, I became an avid water sports enthusiast–dedicated to living and promoting an active lifestyle on the water. This passion led me to establish my Florida-based business, Water Monkey, in order to promote this lifestyle. In five years of competition I have several championship titles and multiple wins across the United States and around the world. In addition to competition I enjoy writing and traveling to find new and challenging places to paddle, surf, kitesurf and explore.”

For more information visit SUPathletes.com. And here’s his personal website.

Chase showing the AYC meeting the wild start of a SUP race. Photo: Chris Smith

Chase showing the AYC meeting the wild start of a SUP race. Photo: Chris Smith

Yes, standup paddleboard is a physical sport!

Yes, standup paddleboard is a physical sport!

Lake Pleasant Results Week 2

Wasn’t that interesting? Saturday’s racing began with drifting and the race committee was setting up to shorten course on the first race of the day when suddenly the breeze surged in from the north, blasting down the lake at about 20 mph. Yikes.

The scores from this weekend of racing at Lake Pleasant are posted on the results page, or you can find them by clicking here. An RC error means that the second multi-hull race Saturday is still being sorted out.

Bruce Andress and company in Victor Felice's J/24 as the wind filled the the waves rose. This shot is by Chris Smith at water level with his GoPro.

Bruce Andress and company in Victor Felice’s J/24 as the wind filled and the waves rose. This shot is by Chris Smith at water level with his GoPro.

The photographer gets into it. Chris Smith ducking boats and shooting pictures. Photo: Mike Ferring

The photographer gets into it. Chris Smith ducking boats and shooting pictures. Photo: Mike Ferring

Hang on! Here comes the wind and Gene Muller cranks on the helm. Photo: Mike Ferring

Hang on! Here comes the wind and Gene Muller cranks on the helm. Photo: Mike Ferring

Lake Pleasant Week 1

The first weekend of Lake Pleasant racing began with a whimper and ended with a blast: light wind on Saturday gradually got stronger later; the wind was too heavy for racing Sunday morning (and then the steering went out on Wicked Awesome). Despite a strong registration by the multi-hull fleet, the turnout for the weekend was light.

The scores are posted on the results page, or you’ll find them here.

Multi-hulls head for the windward mark in light wind. Photo: Charles Landis

Multi-hulls head for the windward mark in light wind. The multis have shown up in force this fall, registering the most boats of any fleet. Photo: Charles Landis

Register Now for Fall Race Series

Registration is open for the fall race series at both Lake Pleasant and Tempe Town Lake. Click here to get all the documents and to punch the “sign up now” button.

The big news of course is that we’re back with a full slate of races at Tempe Town Lake after limping through a spring with the lake empty because of the installation of the new steel dam. The new State Farm complex, the new Vela apartments, and a few other scattered lakeside developments will affect the wind on the lake, so hope for reliable E-W wind!

Fleet Captain John Riddell says that the PHRF Non-Spin fleet may be back and running at Lake Pleasant after a couple seasons of light participation. Once again, the Catalina 22s have elected to count races toward their championship from Saturday only. Other fleets are also running as they did in the spring.

The first race at TTL is Sunday, September 18. The first race weekend at LP is Saturday-Sunday, September 24-25.

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Capri 14.2s racing at Tempe Town Lake. Photo: Debbie Borgman

Register Now for Sailing Classes

Registration is open now for the fall Arizona Sailing Foundation sailing classes. Click on Arizona Sailing Foundation Education in the navigation bar at the top of any AYC web page and then select the type of class you’d like to take.

With Tempe Town Lake back in business, the full offering of classes will be available there, including Adult Beginning Sailing, Opti 1&2 for kids, Junior Performance Sailing in the O’Pen Bics, and High School Sailing on Tuesday afternoons. All classes are led by US Sailing-certified instructors and each of these classes will accept students who have never sailed before.

If you have questions about the courses, contact Mike Ferring, who can either answer your question or direct you to someone who can.

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Two Adult Beginning Sailing students sailing with instructor Emory Heisler. initially all students in the class sail with an instructor, with two students to each instructor. Later the students will sail two in a boat with the instructor watching from a safety boat.