Lake Pleasant Opening Day Scores

Close rounding. Photo: Chris Smith

Close rounding. Photo: Chris Smith

Lake Pleasant showed it’s ready for the fall season by giving a bit of everything on the first weekend—but mostly delivering strong, strong wind.

Congratulations to everyone who persevered through gusts well into the 20s, and a special note for Norm Anderson and his crew. After being dismasted on Saturday and being towed to shore, there they were Sunday, missing the first three races while making repairs, but making it out in time to win race four! Here’s Norm’s account of what happened.

Scores are on the results page or by clicking here.

Santana 20 champ Martin Lorch with son Cedric and Kyle Clark in a big downwind run. Background: tough new competition from John Riddell. Photo: Chris Smith

Santana 20 champ Martin Lorch with son Cedric and Kyle Clark in a big downwind run. Background: tough new competition from John Riddell. Photo: Chris Smith

Norm Anderson's Blue Streak dismasted. No one hurt. Photo: Chris Smith

Norm Anderson’s Blue Streak dismasted. No one hurt. Photo: Chris Smith

Bob Whyte and Peter Lehrach tow Blue Streak home after her dismasting. The new mark/safety boat performed perfectly on its first outing. Photo: Chris Smith

Bob Whyte and Peter Lehrach tow Blue Streak home after her dismasting. The new mark/safety boat performed perfectly on its first outing. Photo: Chris Smith

 

Greg Woodcock seems to be doing some kind of crash move... and crashing. Photo: Chris Smith

Greg Woodcock seems to be doing some kind of crash move… and crashing. Photo: Chris Smith

Mike Yarnell and Jason Schwyn go to work to get the right side up on Mike's Thistle. Photo: Chris Smith

Mike Yarnell and Jason Schwyn go to work to get the right side up on Mike’s Thistle. Photo: Chris Smith

On a happier note: Rob Gibbs, Haley, Emory Heisler and Kim Olson Gibbs out for a (breezy) afternoon of racing. Photo: Chris Smith

On a happier note: Rob Gibbs, Haley, Emory Heisler and Kim Olson Gibbs out for a (breezy) afternoon of racing. Photo: Chris Smith

Saturday Night Dinner at Pleasant Harbor Marina

Sunrise at Pleasant Harbor Marina. Photo: Chris Smith

Sunrise at Pleasant Harbor Marina. Photo: Chris Smith

We’ll try an experiment Saturday night (10/5) for the usual post-race dinner. Pleasant Harbor Marina’s Waterfront Grille.

The Sport Boat Fleet has arranged for AYC racers to overnight in slips at Pleasant Harbor Marina for $20 per night. (The usual fee is $30/night.) The amenities on the dock include Wi-Fi, showers and restroom facilities, pump-out station, electricity, washer & dryer (coin op), and fuel dock.

See Shannon Waugh at the marina office between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 5 to rent your slip. The marina accepts cash and credit cards and does require that you bring your boat registration to rent the slip. Contact Shannon with any questions (928-501-5269 or shannonw@pleasantharbor.com).

From the slips, head over to the Waterfront Grille at 5:30 where $10 will get you a buffet of hot dogs, burgers, bratwurst, potato salad, and mac salad. Two bucks will get you your first Blue Moon on tap.

Not in a slip? Not a problem. You can drive over and park in the members’ lot at the marina without getting towed, or you can call the marina golf cart shuttle (602-625-7776) to take you from Spinnaker Point (and, for that matter, from the members’ parking lot) to the Waterfront Grille.

We’re going to have a corner of the Waterfront Grille to ourselves, which will make it easier to see photos (and maybe video?) from Saturday’s racing on the widescreen TV.

See you on the water and at the Waterfront.

Chris Smith
Sport Boat Fleet Captain

October Meeting: Astonishing Around-the-World Sailing Story

Yoh Aoki

Yoh Aoki

Yoh Aoki is one of the world’s great dreamers. Imagine building a 21-foot boat in your backyard at age 19. And at 21, setting sail around the world.

It took more than three years, but Yoh survived dismastings and a complete capsize (a wave flipped his boat upside down before another one flipped him right-side up) and made the circumnavigation, including sailing around Cape Horn. That backyard boat is now in the Guinness World Records as the smallest ever to sail around the world using Cape Horn.

Thirty years after that amazing trip Yoh Aoki now runs a Japanese ASA sailing school and will be our October monthly meeting speaker. The meeting is Tuesday, October 8, 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.

 

LPSC Boys & Girls Club Sail

The Annual LPSC Boys & Girls Club Sail will be Saturday, October 12, a premier outreach event.

This year we’re planning to host 21 kids and 8 staff members from the Glendale Boys and Girls Club for the day at Lake Pleasant. In addition to taking the kids for a sail, we’ll teach workshops in the morning (safety, knots, sailing terms and lines and sails). We will then serve them lunch at the Pleasant Harbor Marina BBQ area.

It is always such a fun day and the kids absolutely love it. If you happen to be around the marina Saturday morning or early afternoon, stop by the barbeque area to greet our future fleet members.

—Rhonda Brewer, LPSC

Magical, Mystical Opti Class

The Opti group, getting ready to sail. Photo: Mark Howell

The Opti group, getting ready to sail. Photos: Mark Howell

Mark Howell was watching and listening as 9 kids and 9 Opti sailboats lined up on the plastic dock at Tempe Town Lake last Sunday afternoon.

Actually, he called it eavesdropping and this is what he heard about sailing theory:

  1. Hang on to the tiller and the mainsheet.
  2. Sit on the opposite side of the boat from the sail.

Then, he said, “they pushed them off the dock one by one, and they were sailing.  Magic.”

Let’s hope it’s the first sail of a lifetime of sailing fun.OptiDock

And then they pushed off and sailed.

And then they pushed off and sailed.

Welcome AYC’s New Mark Boat

Shiny new AYC mark boat. Photo: David Cummings

Shiny new AYC mark boat. Photo: David Cummings

AYC’s new 23-foot Boston Whaler Outrage will be ready for action on Opening Day of the Lake Pleasant racing season.

The boat was partially paid for by a $10,000 grant from US Sailing, which Rob Gibbs successfully applied for. The rest of the purchase of the boat, a trailer, motor repair, and preparation (roughly another $10,000) comes from your AYC treasury. We hope to recover a chunk of the money from sale of the current runabout plus some other assorted assets, such as a trailer and motor.

Fleet Captain Greg Woodcock has spent untold hours acquiring the boat and getting it ready for the water, working with Complete Marine in Tempe and Gene Walentiny’s Glendale Marine. Besides repairing the motor and its tilt mechanism, Gene donated a pair of swim platforms for the back of the boat to make recovery of swimming sailors easier.

AYC member Dave Cummings removed a fish tank and did substantial clean-up of the boat. Lake Captain Bruce Andress helped out along the way. And the board of directors chipped in with loads of advice.

The new whaler promises to be a much more seaworthy and stable platform than the 18-foot aluminum runabout it replaces. The added length will also mean better storage for the club’s race marks. In the runabout, workers had to walk on the marks to move around the boat.

A new boat and motor like this one would be approximately $90,000, so this comes at quite a saving, but the 20+ year old Whaler comes with a salt water history (it was purchased from a private party in the Long Beach area). The Yamaha outboard has been a particular concern, however Glendale Marine was able to get it running well and gave us a one-year warranty on the repair. The board opted for fixing the motor rather than buying a new one because the roughly $17,000 price of a replacement would have depleted the club reserves. The board hopes to get a few years’ service out of this motor before needing to face the cost of a replacement unit.

In addition to doing duty as the race-day mark boat, the Whaler will be used for powerboat training classes and any operator of the boat will need to be over 18 years old and have passed the US Sailing Powerboat Operating Course.

 

 

 

Do You Need Racing Crew?

We’ve connected Victor Felice with crew for the fall race series and he’s responded by inviting anyone on the crew list to sail with him on non-race weekends as well!

If you need crew, click over to the crew list and scan it for the people you need. We have everything from enthusiastic newbies to highly experienced racers.

Or maybe you could do what Victor did, invite the entire crew from ETNZ for a sail. Here they are, all 11 (which seems barely enough for a 72-footer but looks a bit crowded on a J/24).

Race crew for the fall, courtesy Emirates Team New Zealand. Amazingly the boat still pretty much sails on its lines.

Race crew for the fall, courtesy Emirates Team New Zealand. Amazingly the boat still pretty much sails on its lines.

AYC Sailors Finish 2nd & 4th at C14 Nationals

The AYC competitors (left to right) Don Hubele, George Tingom, Martin Lorch, and Cedric Lorch

The AYC competitors (left to right) Don Hubele, George Tingom, Martin Lorch, and Cedric Lorch

Perennial champ Scott Finkboner won the C14 Nationals at Mission Bay Yacht Club, as he usually does, but Martin and Cedric Lorch of AYC finished second and George Tingom and Don Hubele took fourth.

The races were Saturday and Sunday, September 14 & 15 in Mission Bay in San Diego using boats that are variously called Capri 14.2s, Catalina 14.2 or C-14.2 or 14-twos.

Martin and Cedric are the reigning AYC Club Champions (and Cedric is the reigning high school champ) and Don has won the Club Championship multiple times.

Turnout is dropping in the class, with just seven boats participating this year, compared with the 20+ in years past.

Looking for Race Crew or a Race Ride?

August in the Caribbean is a good way to cool off - Hobie Max (18) from ClubMed is a fun, fast and easy-to-fly cat. Probably spent more time on one hull than two, staying true to my monohull tradition! -Victor Felice

If Victor Felice can keep this upright (and he did) in the Caribbean, imagine what fun it would be to crew on his J/24! Victor is nailing down fall crew right now.

If you’re looking for crew for the coming fall series, please consider the people on the crew list. Within the last few days we purged the entire list and asked interested folks to sign up again, so the names, contact information, and interests are all poppin’ fresh.

A number of these people are new to the club or new to the area and it’s vital that we give them an opportunity to sail with us. If I can help you find someone suited to you and your needs, please contact Mike Ferring. I’m happy to help.

Here’s the bottom line: We have people who don’t compete because they can’t find crew and we have people who don’t compete because they can’t find a ride. That’s nuts. Let’s put these two together to benefit everyone!

It’s Race Season!

Tony Chapman shows Court Roberts his Viper. Photo: Chris Smith

Tony Chapman shows Court Roberts his Viper. Photo: Chris Smith

Have you signed up for the fall race series or are you putting it off until, well, when are you putting it off to?

Here’s the page where you’ll find the registration button, the links to the race documents, and all kinds of links to Arizona racing resources.

Tempe Town Lake began Sunday (9/22) with lots of wind (okay, too much). Lake Pleasant racing begins two weeks later, on Saturday, October 5 at 12:30 pm. That date and time is also the deadline to determine the active fleets in the club, but it looks like the expected fleets are there or nearly there right now, with Catalina 22s, Thistles, and PHRF Spin, Non-Spin, and Sportboat.

You’ll have a chance to practice at Lake Pleasant on Saturday morning, September 28, beginning at 9am. The race committee boat will be on the water, you’ll have marks to sail around, and they’ll be running multiple starts to tune your time and distance calculations and shake off the summer rust.

If you’re reading this and thinking it would be fun to race but you don’t know how, consider signing up for the crew list and the Arizona Sailing Foundation’s annual Introduction to Sailboat Racing class.

You know it's windy when the Laser sailors start swimming. Photo: Mark Howell

You know it’s windy when the Laser sailors start swimming. Sunday 9/22 on TTL. Photo: Mark Howell

Exciting America’s Cup!

ETNZ and Oracle cross on the upwind leg of race one Saturday (9/7). Photos: Mike Ferring

ETNZ and Oracle cross on the upwind leg of race one Saturday (9/7). Photos: Mike Ferring

The opening day was warm and windy, the Bay was flecked with spectator boats and the much-awaited 34th America’s Cup lived up to its slogan: The World’s Fastest Boats, The World’s Best Sailors. By the end of the day, Emirates Team New Zealand had stamped its brand on the competition, leading two races to, well, minus two. (Oracle Team USA had been penalized two points before the racing even began.)

Lots of AYC members were drawn to the finals (more than we can reliably count) but a bunch of us watched the exciting match racing Sunday from the Jeremiah O’Brien liberty ship at pier 45, cheering to match racing at sailboat mach speed. After Oracle Team USA tried to keep up with ETNZ on a tacking duel in the first of the Sunday races and failing, they opted for a flat-out sprint in the second race, ignoring an ETNZ invitation to duel and pulling out a small victory.

If you were there or if you watched the excellent TV coverage, you know the story: boats traveling at 50+ miles per hour downwind, perched on tiny foils as 11 sailors on each boat try to control the beasts, smoothly jibing 14,000 pound cats with 130-foot wings with supreme skill and smoothness. Just watching the boats is thrilling; watching them actually match race defies belief.

Rob Gibbs tracks the action on his AC app with Kim Olson-Gibbs.

Rob Gibbs tracks the action on his AC app with Kim Olson-Gibbs.

Kelly Beaver snaps a shot of the beautiful Bay.

Kelly Beaver snaps a shot of the beautiful Bay.

Emory Heisler and Tony Chapman watch the monsters joust.

Emory Heisler and Tony Chapman watch the monsters joust.

Maryellen Ferring and the former David Rawstrom on deck the Jeremiah O'Brien. (A longtime AYCer, David moved to the East last year.)

Maryellen Ferring and the former David Rawstrom on deck the Jeremiah O’Brien. (A longtime AYCer, David moved to the East last year.)

Want to Learn to Charter and Sail to Catalina?

Avalon harbor on Catalina Island, a great charter destination. Photo: Ralph Vatalaro

Avalon harbor on Catalina Island, a great charter destination. Photo: Ralph Vatalaro

Or how about the British Virgin Islands?

Before the monthly meeting in September, Cruising Captain Ralph Vatalaro will give you specific information on how to take the big of step of chartering a boat and sailing it yourself. He’ll be checking interest in putting together an AYC charter trip so you can take the step with friends and expert guidance.

If you’ve thought about chartering but were concerned about whether you could do it, you need to be there.

This “pre-meeting” will begin at 6pm on Tuesday, September 10, 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.

If you’ve already done some chartering (or lots of it), we’d love to have you come by and share your expertise. Pull up a chair, order a beer, and let’s talk.

 

Catalina 22 National Commodore is September Meeting Speaker

C22 National Commodore Don Boyko

C22 National Commodore Don Boyko

September’s AYC Monthly Meeting features the new Commodore for the C22 National Association, Don Boyko, from San Marcos, CA. Don is working to build C22 action in the West.

The meeting is Tuesday, September 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.

Also, we’re planning a “pre-meeting” on cruising and chartering, beginning at 6pm. Come on by!

One of the big western events for Catalina 22s is Don’s 5th annual “Post Thanksgiving Day Weekend” at Mission Bay Yacht Club in San Diego. It includes free vehicle and trailer parking, free launching, free dockage for the weekend, free use of the MBYC facilities, and the galley will be open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner during the entire weekend.

He’s also planning a 2014 West Coast Cruise next July, starting at Mission Bay Yacht Club. They’ll spend a couple days in Mission Bay, then sail around Pt. Loma and into San Diego Bay for the rest of the week. Home port in the south bay will be at the Chula Vista Marina, which offers great facilities, with a restaurant and bar located right at the marina and the best sailboat ramp on San Diego Bay.

Don and his wife have been very active in the San Diego area, organizing various events, including that Thanksgiving weekend cruise. He’s also written often for the Catalina 22 Main Brace publication and is active on Internet forums—enough so that he was asked to take the Commodore slot. Don wrote an interesting bio for us that you can read here.

Greg Fine Drowns in Lake Pleasant

Greg Fine at the helm of "Bitchen" during an AYC race weekend. Photo: Chris Smith

Greg Fine at the helm of “Bitchen” during an AYC race weekend. Photo: Chris Smith

AYC member Greg Fine was lost in a drowning accident over the weekend.

Services for Greg will be Saturday (8/24) at 2pm at St Patrick’s church on north 84th St near I-101 and Shea in Scottsdale.

Greg was a fairly new member of the club, but immediately made lots of friends—a positive and friendly guy who was always happy near the water, ready to crew for anyone who needed help. He loved spending weekends on his Catalina 25.

This from Greg’s LinkedIn page: He was a senior vice president of Wells Fargo bank, a position he took after retiring from the U.S. Navy. He was a 1981 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and served on submarines. Since 2010 he was Submarine Force Reserve Component Chief of Staff in the Navy Reserve. He also received an MBA degree from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA.

Greg’s daughter just graduated from the Naval Academy.

Pre-Season Powerboat Classes

We have two powerboat class sessions scheduled before the racing heats up (and unfortunately before the weather cools off!).

31 Aug is an “Accelerated” course.  If you already have powerboat experience, you can take the Boat US Course online found here, then come challenge the US Sailing test, and then we’ll go out on the water and do some drills to prove your seaworthiness.

The next “full class” is being offered the evening of 5 Sept for the classroom portion and then 14 Sept for the on the water portion.

Either way, please go to this link to sign up.

Each course is limited to 12 students, so please sign up today!

Fall Sailing Classes Underway

Learn to sail, just like this, on Tempe Town Lake. Photo: Mike Ferring

Learn to sail, just like this, on Tempe Town Lake. Photo: Mike Ferring

Classes are now underway for the Arizona Sailing Foundation educational courses—for adults and kids.

Soon, a new course this fall for kids who have outgrown Optis and would like something a little faster, a performance sailing course using the new O’Pen Bic sport boat. This fast, sleek boat is the kind of tool that should challenge Need for Speed for adrenalin-stoked action.

The other courses include:

  1. Kids Opti I & II
  2. Adult Learn to Sail
  3. Adult Sailing Skills Development
  4. Introduction to Sailboat Racing

Introduction to Sailboat Racing registration is open now. The others will have another session in the spring.

The Fall 2013 Opti class lined up on the floating dock at Tempe Town Lake. Photo: Mark Howell

The Fall 2013 Opti class lined up on the floating dock at Tempe Town Lake. Photo: Mark Howell