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).
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.
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!
Have you signed up for the fall race series or are you putting it off until, well, when are you putting it off to?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
O’Pen Bic sailboats are high-performance fun for junior-high age kids and last weekend (8/17), AYC’s Wilson Davis (age 11) got a full dose of it at the O’Pen Bic event at the America’s Cup venue in San Francisco.
Here are four minutes of high speed coverage:
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.
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.
Each course is limited to 12 students, so please sign up today!
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:
Introduction to Sailboat Racing registration is open now. The others will have another session in the spring.
The club bylaws require that we post the names of people who haven’t renewed their memberships by now. AYC’s membership year runs from July 1 to June 30 and your dues are to be paid by the end of July. If you haven’t paid by September 15, you’re dropped from membership. But, before then, we’ll be publishing the roster and if you don’t pay, you’ll miss out on being listed.
If you’re one of them, you may pay your dues from this link:[button link=”http://www.regonline.com/Register/Checkin.aspx?EventID=1254185″ size=”large” bg_color=”#00703c”]Renew Now[/button]
If you have any difficulty renewing, please email Mike Ferring for help.
The final Heat Stroke results from Tempe Town Lake are posted on the results page or by clicking here. A small, but hearty band of sailors made it through the summer series, with Mike and Maryellen Ferring emerging on top in the single fleet, the Portsmouth class.
We tried something new this year, with a single sailor acting as the race committee from the race committee boat. The system worked and the people who came to play had a good time!
The question is: Has Luna Rossa improved enough to bring the fight to Emirates Team New Zealand? After being soundly beaten in the round-robin section by ETNZ, Luna Rossa beat Artemis 4-0 in the semi-finals.
ETNZ was dominant over Luna Rossa right from the first match-up and it’s worth going back to that first race to look at the very interesting data to see how they did it.
On the three downwind legs, Dean Barker’s crew average speed (35.9 knots) was 3.4 knots faster than that of Luna Rossa (32.5 knots).
Upwind, it was closer. The Kiwis (20.1 knots) held the edge by just under one knot compared to Luna Rossa (19.15), on the two upwind legs.
Interestingly, the Italian boat sailed 1376 meters (0.74 nautical miles) further than the New Zealand boat over the length of the race, and most of this extra distance came on the upwind legs.
There was also a wider disparity between distances sailed on each upwind and downwind leg on the Italian boat, suggesting more consistency and smoother sailing by New Zealand.
Mike Yarnell and Tia Renshaw, with Thistle friend Janice Young, watched Emirates Team New Zealand team and shot these great pictures. They say the best viewing is on the breakwater east of the St. Francis Yacht Club and Golden Gate Yacht Club—and it’s free.
Mike’s comment: “Wow, are these boats fast!” The wind that day was 17-18 knots with New Zealand finishing the 18.6-mile course in 45:28, reaching a top speed of 49.8 miles per hour. Not very long ago that would have set a sailboat world speed record.
Here’s a clear explanation of the conditions the America’s Cup contenders confront when they go to battle, offered by Team New Zealand meteorologist Roger “Clouds” Badham. San Francisco Bay presents some daunting wind and tide, sometimes moving together and sometimes running against each other.
A flock of workers have helped George Tingom and ASF fix, rearrange, cleanup and re-construct the storage area at Tempe Town Lake.
Bruce Andress hauled off the heavy steel storage box. A crew built a storage rack for the new O’Pen Bic junior sports boats and took it to the lake. Then another crew built a new sail storage box, cleaned up and improved the racks in the trailer, and hauled off extra racks for storage in George’s backyard.
The Saturday work crew: J.M. Kiel, Gail Kiel, Martin Lorch, Cedric Lorch, Mark Howell, Bruce Andress, David Cummings, Phil Freedman, George Tingom.
The O’Pen Bic rack builders: Don Hubele, Phil Freedman, Dennis Davis, Wilson Davis, Chris Tingom, and Emory Heisler.
Remember those bicycle relay races you used to ride for neighborhood bragging rights? In our world the bicycles have become sailboats, and at 2pm on September 14 in Honeymoon Cove you can challenge for bragging rights all over again.
The Lake Pleasant Sailing Club will assign teams based on arrival at the cove—red team and blue team. You’ll simply sail around a mark and return to the start line. When the lead boat crosses the start line, tag!, the next team member blasts off on his/her leg. Red Team vs. Blue Team.
To add a wrinkle, each team will get a floating relay ring. The boats will pass the ring like track and field relay racers, only the boats will pass the ring by dropping it into a start-finish drop zone. The first boat of each team will drop the ring in the water when finishing, then the next boat of that team swoop past (timed perfectly of course), retrieve the ring and sail her leg. Do not miss the retrieval, or you‘ll need to circle back to snag the ring before sailing your leg.
After the event we’ll all meet for an afternoon raft-up, share stories and of course the winning team will claim the “purse.” The losing team members can levy protests, offer excuses and probably suffer through the bragging about the masterful strategies of the winning team. Add in some great food, adult beverages, and probably a cooling dip in the water and you have a great day at the lake. As always, AYC members are welcome to attend LPSC events. Please email Rhonda and Tim Brewer if you plan to join us. The more boats, the more fun!
Check Meetup, Facebook and your email for more info and updates.
How closely are you following the the America’s Cup action? Who leading the semi-final series? How do those boats go so fast?
If you can answer these questions, your team may be in line for some prizes at the AYC Monthly Meeting Game Night, Tuesday, August 13, starting at 7 pm (with dinner at 6 pm).
Like the last two years, we’ll split the crowd into teams, hand each team an electronic, interactive clicker, and flash questions on the screen. The team that gets the most right answers will be the winner. The questions will be a mixture of general sailing questions, some trivia, and some local knowledge. Bring your kids, because we’ll have some questions reserved just for them to answer.
The AYC 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.