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Ryan Hanks models the SLAM hat, vest, and shirt at the October AYC monthly meeting. Photo: Chris Smith

Ryan Hanks models the SLAM hat, vest, and shirt at the October AYC monthly meeting. Photo: Chris Smith

Arizona sailors will soon be looking really good.

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AYC has arranged to get deep discounts for a very limited time on stylish SLAM sailing merchandise, including hats, shirts, vests, and sailing bags. The gear will be the official Birthday Regatta offering, headlined by sharp gray technical shirts accented with dark gray spears and the green AYC logo. The shirts are available in both long and short sleeves. Normally selling for $50 each, you can order them for just $35 for the long-sleeve shirt and $33 for the short-sleeve version.

The other items are a cotton cap with logo and clip-on cap leash, a gray, medium weight vest, and a small sailing bag. All carry the AYC logo and all are offered at discount. The cap is normally $21.95, but AYC is selling it for $15. The vest retails for $75, but AYC is discounting it to $50. And the sailing bag is $30, but AYC will sell it to you for $20.

AYC will order a limited quantity of shirts and hats and they’ll be available until sold out. The vests and sailing bags are available for purchase only until December 15. To ensure that you get the products you want in the sizes you need, be sure to order before the December 15 date.

 

Maryellen Ferring fires up the crowd to sell SLAM merchandise for the upcoming Birthday Regatta. Photo: Chris Smith

Maryellen Ferring fires up the crowd to sell SLAM merchandise for the upcoming Birthday Regatta. Commodore Peter Lehrach applauds in the background. Photo: Chris Smith

Ultimate Sailing Photography: A Sharon Green Splash at November Meeting

Sharon Green in pursuit of another ultimate sailing picture.

Sharon Green in pursuit of another ultimate sailing picture.

Sharon Green has snapped some of the greatest−the Ultimate−sailing pictures of the last 30 years. In November, she’ll let us feast on them at the AYC monthly meeting.

The meeting is Tuesday, November 11, 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.

Sharon is perhaps best known for her calendar, Ultimate Sailing, that features highlight shots from the year. She’s also diversified into clothing items and various other sailing stuff on her extensive website. But you’ve undoubtedly seen her work many more places.

Ultimate Photographer Sharon Green

Ultimate Photographer Sharon Green

From her official bio: Sharon has been published in major boating publications, both locally and internationally, since she first took up a camera while still in high school. She has worked on eight America’s Cups and countless other high profile campaigns and regattas. In recognition of her extraordinary accomplishments in photography Sharon was awarded an honorary Masters Degree from the prestigious Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara, California, where she lives with her daughter Michaela and son Kieran.

Sharon is happiest when she’s on the water or hanging from a helicopter in search of the elusive image that can be called Ultimate Sailing.

“My greatest satisfaction is when it all comes together: the anticipation, planning, organizing, traveling and epic conditions that combine to create a thrilling photograph. The pursuit of Ultimate Sailing images never seems to grow old. Three decades and I still love the challenge of creating memorable images for my clients and the calendar.”

Here’s a video of Sharon in action:

 

On the line for a J/70 regatta.

On the line for a J/70 regatta. Photo: Sharon Green

Sailing on the edge.

Sailing on the edge. Photo: Sharon Green

 

Beals Champ: Maryellen Ferring

Maryellen Ferring with crew Mike Ferring holding the trophy for winning the 2014 Ruth Beals Regatta. Photo: Victor Felice

Maryellen Ferring with crew Mike Ferring holding the trophy for winning the 2014 Ruth Beals Regatta. Photo: Victor Felice

Maryellen Ferring hefted the Ruth Beals Trophy Saturday (11/8), winning the 10th annual race for women at the helm. The race is named for AYC’s founder.

Maryellen and crew Mike Ferring took the win with two first place and one second place finishes in light air at Tempe Town Lake. Last year’s winner, Cindy Pillote, finished second with crew Wilson Davis. Suzette Bush was third with two different crew. All competitors sailed Capri 14.2s.

Thanks to AYC Fleet Captain Steve Brown for heading the race committee and RC workers Bob Whyte and Victor Felice.

Maryellen and Mike look back to make sure they're not gaining! Photo: Dennis Davis

Maryellen and Mike look back to make sure they’re not gaining! Photo: Dennis Davis

 

Glittering Lake Pleasant Weekend

There’s nothing quite like a windy weekend to make for fun sailing and we had plenty of it November 1&2.

The turnout was surprisingly light, especially given the favorable conditions. Thistles led the fleets and staged a great final showdown between Mike Hester and returning Thistle ace Skip Kempff, with Mike snatching the fall season win by a tie-breaker, winning the final race on Sunday. (Thistles will be on race committee during the season’s final weekend.) Like to see all the results? Here they are.

Thanks to Commodore Peter Lehrach for devoting his Saturday to creating one smokin’ meat-packed dinner!

Pictures below by Mike Ferring:

 

 

AYC Part of Guinness World Record

Bart's-Completion-CertificateThe final results are now in and we not only broke the Guinness World Record for most boats participating in a regatta, we crushed it. Worldwide that day, 16,870 boats participated, sailing a distance roughly equivalent to twice around the world. Arizona Yacht Club was one of more than 500 clubs participating. Bart’s Bash also raised more than $400,000 for the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation, which helps kids learn to sail.

We actually got 34 boats to the starting line for Bart’s Bash, named for Andrew “Bart” Simpson, who died during practice for the America’s Cup last year.

Were you there? Download the certificate on the right.

You’ll find the Bart’s Bash results here. After much research, I’ve figured out that the “speed” number you’ll see is meters/second multiplied by a “Bart’s Number,” a handicap number that bears little resemblance to anything else you’ll see anywhere else (but clearly penalizes multi-hulls). Click on an entrant’s name to see the detail. I’ve submitted all the required documentation so that now AYC will be part of the Guinness World Record for largest regatta. Many thanks to the 31 finishing boats and AYC race committee that made it happen!

Boats mill around the start line on Saturday (9/20). Some 34 boats ran the race for the Guinness World Record. Photo: Victor Felice

Boats mill around the start line on Saturday (9/20). Some 34 boats ran the race for the Guinness World Record. Photo: Victor Felice

Victor Felice helped organize the AYC Bash and shot the needed pictures and video. Candis and Jeff Middlebrook acted as the required witnesses. Victor and Mike Ferring struggled through the lengthy and complex Bart’s Bash and Guinness requirements. Dave Christensen thrashed through the scoring.

Mostly it was the crews and captains of 34 boats who made it happen.

 

 

Carefree Highway is Cleaner Today

Thanks to Thom Dickerson and a band of AYC highway cleaners, the Carefree Highway near mile post 25 is a bunch cleaner today. Thom reports that they filled about 40 bags with litter and then headed to the Wild Horse Saloon for lunch. Great work!

Highway cleaning crew with Mike Parker, Jo and Mike Grijalva, Mike Yarnell, Dennis and Claudia Swift and Chuck Sears. Thom Dickerson is behind the camera.

Highway cleaning crew with Mike Parker, Jo and Mike Grijalva, Mike Yarnell, Dennis and Claudia Swift and Chuck Sears. Thom Dickerson is behind the camera.

Lake Pleasant Results Week 3

A weekend of contrasts: No wind Saturday. LOTS of it on Sunday. After optimistically drifting for a couple hours or so on Saturday, the race committee sent everybody off on a short dawdle that they then cut short. Sunday? Wow, was that fun! Strong northerly wind held until about noon, letting most fleets get in four races and some wild ones: boats over, boats planing at high speed−a rash of crazy fun.

The scores for week 3 of racing at Lake Pleasant are posted on the results page, or by clicking here.

That's Greg Jackson and crew knocked down and dragging the spinnaker during a Sunday puff at Lake Pleasant. Photo: Mike Ferring's rail-mounted GoPro

That’s Greg Jackson and crew knocked down and dragging the spinnaker during a Sunday puff at Lake Pleasant. Photo: Mike Ferring’s rail-mounted GoPro

Greet the New Members

Commodore Peter Lehrach greeted the new AYC members at the October meeting, including the ones in these shots. Each new member receives a roster, a card, and a burgee.

Joe Ashton has been sailing a Capri 14.2 in the adopt-a-boat program. Photos: Chris Smith

Joe Ashton has been sailing a Capri 14.2 in the adopt-a-boat program. Photos: Chris Smith

Nat Kemberling and wife Anne will be racing their new J/105. There should be room from children Tyler, Annabelle, and Zander

Nat Kemberling and wife Anne will be racing their new J/105. There should be room from children Tyler, Annabelle, and Zander

Ian Parkinson has been racing with Victor Felice and says, "I thought I should become a full member."

Ian Parkinson has been racing with Victor Felice and says, “I thought I should become a full member.”

Peter Weiskopf and wife Cindy have a Jeanneau Sunfast 3200 on the coast and plan to sail here too.

Peter Weiskopf and wife Cindy have a Jeanneau Sunfast 3200 on the coast and plan to sail here too.

Volunteer for Highway Cleanup, Saturday, October 25

Our next cleanup of highway 74 near Lake Pleasant will be Saturday, October 25, starting at 9am.

The cleanup will take just 2 to 2½ hours and volunteers will be rewarded with lunch as well as the satisfaction of seeing a large number of blue trash bags lining the highway.

If you’re able to help with the cleanup, please contact Thom Dickerson by email or by calling 602.909.8504.

Watch for the sign on Carefree Highway at Lake Pleasant Parkway. Photo: Peter Lehrach

Watch for the sign on Carefree Highway at Lake Pleasant Parkway. Photo: Peter Lehrach

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Full Class for ASF Learn to Sail

The fall ASF Learn to Sail class is firing up this coming Saturday (10/11) with some 20 students, according to Rob Gibbs, the guy in charge.

We now have the minimum number of volunteers needed for the first weekend, when the Arizona Sailing Foundation puts one instructor on each of the C14 student boats to help the new students actually sail during their very first day of class.

Contact Rob if you can help. A US Sailing instructor certification is not necessary to help out, since the class will be overseen by Mike and Maryellen Ferring, both certified.

The ASF Learn to Sail class is the only US Sailing certified course in Arizona and over the years has taught hundreds of adults to sail. Here’s more information on the course.

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Pleasant Week Two on Lake Pleasant

A pleasant weekend on Lake Pleasant, a light air weekend but with fiercely-fought battles in every fleet. Here are the scores.

Thanks to the Catalina 22 fleet for work on race committee and for the secret recipe baked beans.

During one race, Victor Felice (J/24 Mermaid Rescue) had a bumpy encounter with the submerged island near the south mark—and since he thinks it would be neat to win the Blunder Bucket, consented to share his onboard video with you. As he explains it, he’s anxious to be publicly humiliated and, sure, he thinks others might learn something from it. Anyway, here’s his expletive expurgated video. Thanks, Victor, and good luck with the Blunder Vote in December!

Santana 20s downwind. Photo: Mike Ferring

Santana 20s downwind. Photo: Mike Ferring

October Meeting: Solo, Nonstop Circumnavigator Jeannie Socrates

Jeannie aboard Nereida.

Jeannie aboard Nereida.

Jeannie Socrates defines determination.

After being battered but never beaten in previous attempts, two years ago she headed off for another try to sail nonstop and solo around the world. This time she made it.

Come hear her amazing story at the October monthly meeting, Tuesday, October 14, 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.

In honor of her accomplishment, Jeannie received the Ocean Cruising Club’s Special Award and its Barton Cup. This year she was presented with the Cruising Club of America’s Blue Water Medal and the Royal Cruising Club’s Seamanship Medal.

Getting knocked around in the Southern Ocean.

Getting knocked around in the Southern Ocean.

You can read more about Jeannie’s exploits here, including the knockdown that ended her previous nonstop attempt. A blow like that would stop most of us, but not her.

As the Cruising Club of America’s citation reads, “On October 22nd, 2012, Socrates set out again, determined to complete the journey nonstop. She started from Victoria [Canada], and sailed around the world by way of Cape Horn, Cape of Good Hope (South Africa), Cape Leeuwin (Australia), the South East Cape (Tasmania). From there, Socrates sailed up the Tasman Sea, where avoidance of a tropical storm forced her to sail west of Fiji and on north, passing west of the Hawaiian Islands. After 259 days alone and unassisted at sea, Socrates sailed past the Ogden Point breakwater in Victoria, on July 8, 2013 at 2:26 a.m., completing her nonstop goal and becoming the first woman to sail nonstop around the world on a route that started and finished in North America and the oldest woman to sail solo nonstop around the world.”

Tempe Town Lake Action is Next

Now that we’ve had Opening Day at Lake Pleasant, it’s time to gear up for Tempe Town Lake!

The competition looks typically stiff in the Capri 14.2 and Laser fleets, but the Buccaneer 18 fleet needs to gather some steam after a few years of diminishing numbers. You can retrieve all the needed documents and register to race in the series on the racing page.

Racing and race committee training will begin at 3pm on Sunday (9/28) and will extend through the fall, with the final races Sunday, December 18. Because of earlier sunset, the November and December races will begin at 2pm.

More wind needs more weight on the rail. Ferrings with three crew on a windy Sunday. Photo: Colleen Jimenez

More wind needs more weight on the rail. Ferrings with three crew on a windy Sunday. Photo: Colleen Jimenez

 

Light Wind Opens Lake Pleasant Fall Season

For a while Saturday (9/20), it looked as if we might not get enough wind to race, but the wind finally arrived, the season opened with a bang (see below), and we were off and running. Sunday the wind was nice for the Bart’s Bash race, then held for one decent race, and then went into hiding for the rest of the day, sending everyone home early.

The results from the season opener are posted on the results page or you’ll find them by clicking here.

Preliminary results from Bart’s Bash are here.

Start of a Sportboat race. Photo: Victor Felice

Start of the Sportboat race. Photo: Victor Felice

Next: Opening Day at Lake Pleasant

Santana 20 champ Martin Lorch with son Cedric and Kyle Clark in big wind last year. Photo: Chris Smith

Santana 20 champ Martin Lorch with son Cedric and Kyle Clark in big wind last year. Photo: Chris Smith

Saturday (9/20) will be Opening Day for racing at Lake Pleasant, breaking the long summer vacation for most of AYC’s racers. Have you registered?

Race documents for the series at both Lake Pleasant and Tempe Town Lake are available on the racing page, along with a registration button that will take you to the registration site.

There have been no big changes this year in the race format or race documents, but some small ones: The race documents for the regular Lake Pleasant races, the Saturday-only races, and the TransLoch races have all be combined into a single set of NORs (Notice of Race) and SIs (Sailing Instructions). And while in the spring the TransLoch fleet was sent on various courses, this fall they will be sent on just one: around Horse Island, Balance Rock Island, and “Unnamed Island.” This may mean that they start downwind, but the competitors will be able to count on sailing the same course each week.

In preparation for the Lake Pleasant Opening Day, Fleet Captain Steve Brown ran practice races on Saturday (9/13), with about 10 boats participating.

The Opening Day for Tempe Town Lake racing and race committee training will be Sunday (9/28), beginning at 3 pm.

The PHRF Spin fleet will be the race committee for the Lake Pleasant Opening Day, while the Buccaneer 18 fleet will be race committee for the Tempe Town Lake Opening Day.

America’s Cup and Transpac Winner at September Monthly Meeting

John Sangmeister

John Sangmeister

At the monthly meeting next Tuesday (9/9): John Sangmeister, who won the America’s Cup in 1987 with Dennis Conner and won the 2013 TransPac on his 72’ trimaran. Check out Tritium Racing’s Facebook page. And watch their triumphant arrival in Hawaii to win the TransPac.

The meeting is Tuesday, September 9, 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.

John’s boat is Tritium, a former ORMA 60 Tri skippered by Jean Le Cam. A posting on Sailing Anarchy says the floats were stretched by the Artemis America’s Cup team to 72ft to trial their wing sail and curved foils. Campaigned on short notice by John in TransPac 2013, the team barely missed the outright race record by 2 1/2 hours.

John Sangmeister's Transpac-winning trimaran.

John Sangmeister’s Transpac-winning trimaran.