Members Who Haven’t Paid AYC Dues

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.

Here are the members who haven’t paid to renew AYC membership and are now delinquent.

If you’re one of them, you may pay your dues from this link:

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If you have any difficulty renewing, please email Mike Ferring for help.

Heat Stroke at Tempe Town Lake

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!

Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa Square Off for LV Cup

Team New Zealand flying in SF Bay. Photo: Mike Yarnell

Team New Zealand flying in SF Bay. Photo: Mike Yarnell

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.

Here’s a link to the America’s Cup official site with the latest.

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.

Team New Zealand and the Golden Gate Bridge

Yes, that’s the Golden Gate bridge smudged by fog, a perfect backdrop for the AC72 of Team New Zealand. Photo: Mike Yarnell

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.

Here’s a nice (but very basic) round-up of America’s Cup information, presented by Marin Magazine.

Here’s the newly-revised schedule for racing for the Louis Vuitton and AC Cup.


ASF Work Party Spruces Up TTL Storage Area

The work party builds storage units at Tempe Town Lake.

The work party builds storage units at Tempe Town Lake.

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.

This homemade boat lift helps free up boat trailers for repair without taking 4-5 people to lift the boats.

This homemade boat lift helps free up boat trailers for repair without taking 4-5 people to lift the boats.

Big Kids Like to Play Too!

LPSCRemember 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.

August Meeting: Sailing Game Night

Is this a Blunder or a Crash? Miss the hiking straps and it could be a Rule 14 kerplunk. Photo: Sailing World

Is this a Blunder or a Crash? Miss the hiking straps and it could be a Rule 14 kerplunk. Photo: Sailing World

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.

Head for the Woods August 9-11

The campsites are set in the pines of cool Arizona. Photo: Mike Ferring

The campsites are set in the pines of cool Arizona. You’ll see everything from RVs to pup tents. Photos: Mike Ferring

The temperature at Kinnikinick campground is consistently 30-40 degrees cooler than Phoenix.

What more do you need to know?

Last year this traditional AYC outing in the cool woods was revived and strengthened by Steve Nahkala, and he’s back for a second year, teeing up pasture golf and the rest of the games.

Here’s the background, schedule, and so forth.

If you have questions, you can ready Steve on his mobile phone at 602.717.8962.

The night ends with a blazing fire and lots of chatter.

The night ends with a blazing fire and lots of chatter.

What’s happening at Pleasant Harbor Marina?

The Maricopa Water District plans some major upgrades for Pleasant Harbor Marina, now that it has taken over the operation.

The General Manager of the district, Glen Vortherms, told AYC at the July monthly meeting that they’ve already taken steps to upgrade service and facilities and they’ll continue to take steps over the coming months. Mr. Vortherms said they’ve stopped being surprised by the growing list of items that need repair and replacement, such things as missing parts for air conditioners to malfunctioning gas pumps (which were installed without a permit or inspection by the fire department).

He also said they’ve been amazed at the wide swings in rates customers pay for slips, as much as $400 per month variation for the same slip size. No more, he promised, saying that there will be published and non-negotiated rates in the future (while assuring Bill Hutchinson that he’ll get to keep his great contract rate through its term).

That much-disliked perimeter boom that made exiting the marina difficult and made navigating to the north boat ramp so tough? Already gone. Portions of it may go back when there’s heavy debris that needs to be kept out of the slips.

Several members urged Mr. Vortherms to set a low rate for overnight slip rental during AYC race weekends, suggesting he’d gain when we spend money in the restaurant and store. And we’d gain by not having to pull our boats out of the water.

Overlooking Pleasant Harbor Marina

Wilson Davis to Compete in O’Pen Bic at America’s Cup

Wilson Davis has been chosen to be one of 20 Top Junior Sailors to sail immediately following AC72 races of the Louis Vuitton (Challenger) finals Saturday and Sunday August 17th and 18th in San Francisco in the O’pen Bic Hi-Wind Sailing Slalom Challenge.

Wilson will be representing the Arizona Yacht Club and Arizona Sailing Foundation. At age 11, Wilson is the youngest competitor of the 20 qualified sailors by a year and the only sailor from Arizona.

Competitors will be coming from: New Zealand, Hawaii, Florida, San Diego, Rhode Island, Wisconsin, and Sweden to name a few. Wilson’s helmet will proudly display logos of Arizona and the Arizona Yacht Club.

Wilson is currently a 6th grader at Veritas Preparatory Academy. We’re told that after Wilson comes back from the America’s Cup he’ll need a larger helmet, a secretary, and a limo driver. Good luck, Wilson.

By Philip Freedman

Wilson Davis aboard the O’Pen Bic.

Renew AYC Membership Now

Time to renew.

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When you see this page, click on the link to update and renew membership.

When you see this page, please check your personal information to make sure it’s current and correct.

If you’ve served in an AYC office, please make sure you’ve listed the calendar year that you served in the highest office (the question was previously worded poorly and some people put down the number of years rather than the year, such as 2005).

Then click to renew, enter your credit card information and that’s it. If you have trouble, Mike Ferring will try to help.

You may also renew your US Sailing membership at a discounted rate by clicking on this link.

Wednesday Night Beer Can Racing

The Wednesday night commute traffic is still slow, drivers sliding past on 202 with the windows tightly shut and the AC on full-tilt. But at 5:30 they’ll spot a small clutch of sails milling about the start line at Tempe Town Lake, ready for some seriously low-key sailboat racing.

It couldn’t be any simpler: one-minute starts by whistle, one-turn penalties, no race committee, no prizes, and no scoring. An opportunity to chew it over later at Pho Cao, the nearby Vietnamese restaurant with lots of beer on tap. There’s also no entry, no entry fee, no… well, you get the idea. Just show up and join in.

This is all the brainchild of Laser fleet captain George Sheller and if you have any questions, he’s the guy to ask.

Lasers at twinkle time on TTL. Photo: Mike Ferring

AYC Loses 40-Year Member Bob Frazier

We’ll always remember Bob and daughter Maureen sailing at the front of the Catalina 22 fleet. Always good natured. Always fast. A great gentleman and AYC member for some 40 years.

Bob died in June at age 86. His memorial service will be July 6 at 10:30 a.m. at The Beatitudes Life Center Chapel. Maureen asks that you let her know if you plan to attend so they can plan.

The Arizona Republic obituary describes Bob’s very full life, rich with children, graduation from M.I.T., work at Motorola, sailing with Dave Shapiro and later with Maureen as crew.

Maureen writes, “No doubt he now sails again with Dave Shapiro and they are probably arguing tactics endlessly—just like the old days when I first began sailing with them on Class Action.”

Bob Frazier, recounting how he moved from the back of the pack to the front in the Thistle fleet. Bob was part of an AYC historic video.

Bob was one of seven longtime members who recalled the early days during a video we shot two years ago, describing how he first got into sailing and how (like all of us) he started at the back of the fleet during races, but then discovered better sails could make a big difference. Here’s a link to that video.

Friday: Meeting to Help Grow Your Club

Rob Gibbs notes that AYC has hovered around 200-240 member families for a couple decades and he’d like your help to build the club by building our sailing education programs.

He notes that people who sign up for the Adult Beginning Sailing class (formerly “Start Sailing Right”) are motivated and genuinely interested in learning how to sail. Now, he says, we need you to offer a hand—to share your sailing experience with these beginning sailors to help us grow our sport, whether your interest is racing or cruising.

If you’re interested in giving back to the sport that has given you so much enjoyment over the years, Rob invites you to his house Friday (July 12) at 6 pm for dinner and discussion. If you can make it, please email Rob at If you can’t make it but want to volunteer to go for a sail with us, he says: “Email me anyway!”

Santa Cruz 27 National Champ Gotcha

AYC Member Wins Santa Cruz 27 National Championship

Santa Cruz 27 National Champ Gotcha

The winning boat: Gotcha takes the Santa Cruz 27 national championship.

AYC member Joe Hagen is the new Santa Cruz 27 National Champion, with Chris Winnard of Ullman Sails driving and AYC member Al Lehman Jr. calling tactics.

Joe’s bright red Gotcha was the hands-down winner in the regatta that wrapped up Sunday, June 2, winning five races, finishing third in two more and tossing out an 11th place finish. They closed the regatta with a total of 11 points, well ahead of second place finisher Hanalei with 17. Here are the results.

Last year Joe and this same team also won the championship and in 2011 (with AYC’s Steve Quant at the helm) finished second.

The SC27 Nationals were held in conjunction with the first Made in Santa Cruz Race Week, showcasing the many boats designed and built in the California coastal city. The regatta was a big hit, as you’ll see in this report.

June Meeting: Sailing Around the World Scared

Camille Gannon

Camille Gannon

For the June monthly meeting, come hear the fascinating story of a woman who overcomes her fears to go ocean sailing.

The meeting is at 7 pm, Tuesday, June 11, at the Caddy Shack @ Rolling Hills, 1415 North Mill Avenue, Tempe. Visitors are welcome.

Camille Gannon wrote a book about her exploits and the blurb of the book begins this way: Camille Gannon cannot swim. In fact, she suffers from a gut-wrenching fear of drowning. At the peak of her professional career, her husband, Peter, reveals his lifelong dream of circumnavigating the world on a sailboat, with Camille as first mate.

So begins a nearly two-year saga where Camille must suppress her fears and dreams and find the will to accept a life of isolation and her own inadequacies as a sailor. Living within the confines of a 44-foot sailboat, experiencing the awesome power of nature on the open sea, and enduring the intrusion of crew members along the way, she struggles to support Peter as they island-hop across the South Pacific. While landfalls and shore leaves are fascinating adventures, cruising is not all blue lagoons, sunsets, and tailwinds. Yet Camille’s anxiety slowly evolves into confidence in her abilities as a sailor, a wife, and a woman.

The book is called Woman Overboard and she promises it will resonate with all women faced with the choice of enabling the passion of a beloved mate when doing so means personal sacrifice and confrontation with their fears. The memoir is a warm-hearted glimpse into the life of a cruising couple as they discover the true meaning of bon voyage.

Giant State Farm Center on TTL

It’s happening: an enormous building project on the south shore of Tempe Town Lake, the biggest building project in the history of Arizona in fact.

Here’s the story in the Business Journal and another in the Arizona Republic.

state farm logo 315 304After years with no development at the lake during the weak economy, State Farm insurance will open this gargantuan complex, some 1.9 million square feet plus some 40,000 square feet of retail space.

Heidi Kimball, Sunbelt Holdings vice president, said construction would start as soon as the development partners can get their building permits approved and State Farm plans to move in during 2017. She says Marina Heights will include five buildings of four to 18 stories with two levels of underground parking.

Great for the Tempe economy, but the biggest question of all, of course, is how this will affect sailing. More interruption of the already-twisty wind can not be a good thing.