Meet Some of AYC’s Newest Members

Jonathan Abel-Millman (left) and crew in a storm off Norfolk.

Jonathan Abel-Millman (left) and crew in a storm off Norfolk.


Jonathan grew up sailing around Cape Cod and on small lakes in Pennsylvania. His passion for sailing led him to study Naval Architecture at the University of Michigan. He raced four seasons out of Annapolis, MD on a Humphreys 38, doing mainly bow. Last June he did a delivery of a C&C 38 from Bermuda to Annapolis, MD. (The picture show the crew after they hit a large storm several miles off Norfolk, VA. Jonathan is on the left). In 2008, he raced in the 2008 Annapolis Race week on a J24, and this fall crewed on a Santana 20 on Lake Pleasant and the Fireball on TTL. Jonathan is interested in doing more Blue Water and Coastal long distance races.


Susan has lived in AZ since the age of 5, considered somewhat a native. She lives within minutes of Tempe Town Lake and enjoys the sailing activities there. She’s new to sailing: She took Start Sailing Right in the Fall of 2009 and Sailing Skills Development in Fall 2011. She sailed a Sunfish during that course and is interested in adopting a Sunfish. In November 2012, she crewed at Lake Pleasant and also enjoyed meeting all the ladies that sail at their first “Ladies’ Sailing Gathering.” Her current interests are to become more involved in crewing races, the Ladies’ Sailing Group, and taking additional classes.


Kurt raced dingies for 52 years and loved every moment of it! He raced Thistles for the last 30 years along with Lightnings and Fireballs. He still owns his Lightning and an Arrow iceboat. His current “dinghy” is a Soling keel boat. He says that although they’re now out of favor at the international level, they’re the best sailboat he’s ever sailed! Kurt hopes he can build a fleet here for one-design racing. Kathy and Kurt met crewing on a Lightning 30 years ago. They started cruising a few years later on a Tartan 30.  She prefers cruising to racing but is still good for potluck regatta cooking. They purchased a Crealock 37 seventeen years ago and sailed it from south Florida to the Great Lakes, spending years on Lake Erie, Lake Huron, and now on Lake Superior. They will split their time between Bayfield, Wisconsin, at the Apostle Islands, and Cave Creek and Lake Pleasant.


Kat Malinsky and Ruby Whelan recently moved to Scottsdale from St. Petersburg, Florida. Kat has been sailing since she was 12 years old. Starting out on a Sunfish on Long Island Sound, she graduated to a Cal 25 on Tampa Bay as an adult. Then Kat and Ruby bought an Ericson 29 together to cruise the Tampa Bay area. Kat went on to complete her Coast Guard Captain’s License and Ruby soon discovered that she was a day sailor who preferred to have crew along for the trip! So Kat downsized to a Catalina 22 that she could single-hand. Moving to Arizona has shifted Kat’s interests to racing. She’s looking forward to crewing on Hot Flash, Dianna Andress’ Santana 20, this spring series.

Lake Pleasant Sailing Club Sweetheart Cruise

Traditionally February is the month Mardi Gras, Presidential birthdays, and of course love. This year is no exception! On Saturday, February 9, Lake Pleasant Sailing Club (LPSC) members and AYC members are invited to sail Lake Pleasant for one of LPSC’s most popular events—the Sweethearts Cruise. However, because new cruise directors, Tim and Rhonda Brewer, are trying to change things up a bit, a couple of new features will be added to the day.

As usual, only females will be allowed to “man” the tiller or the wheel during the race. The gender  and number of crew members are completely up to the skipper, but crew is restricted to sail trim and serving duties. Skippers are invited to meet at the BBQ area of the Lake Pleasant Marina before the race to register their crew and to participate in the pre-race fashion show. Each skipper will earn a one-minute time credit for each piece of pink attire her crew is wearing—up to 10 minutes/boat.

In addition to a description of the cruising course, each skipper will be given a packet of activities that may be completed during the race for additional time credit. Be sure to have a working radio on your boat. As you can see, the Sweetheart Trophy is up for grabs this year!

As always, AYC members are invited to join this event—the more the merrier!

By Rhonda Brewer, LPSC

Annie Gardner on Multihulls for February AYC Monthly Meeting


Annie Gardner

International sailor and broadcaster Annie Gardner will be our headline guest for the spring, giving us her view of the rise in multihull sailing, led by the intense interest in the coming America’s Cup competition in San Francisco.

Annie will speak at the February meeting, at 7 pm, Tuesday, February 12, at the Caddy Shack @ Rolling Hills, 1415 North Mill Avenue, Tempe.

You may remember Annie from her role on America³, the women’s America’s Cup contender. She was chosen for the team from 700 applicants and sailed as navigator on the boat. Her qualifications for the team: A Silver Medal in Olympic Boardsailing exhibition in the 1984 games and a host of national and international Hobie cat and boardsailing titles.

She’s continued to compete, and as recently as 2006 won a bronze medal in the women’s multihull class at the ISAF World Sailing Games and was a watch captain and helmswoman on the winning boat in the 2009 Chicago-Mackinac race. She teaches sailing and coaches, including for the annual North U-Offshore Racing School.

But in addition to the sailing resume, Annie’s dynamic personality and style has made her a natural in announcing and producing sailing television. For instance, she did TV color commentary on one of the AC 45 World Series weekends.

AYC’s monthly meetings are open to the public and anyone interested in sailing is encouraged to attend. Here’s more on the club and the meeting.

This summer’s America’s Cup competition in multi-hulls promises to be the wildest of all time, within easy spectating distance from the waterfront in San Francisco. Here’s a look:

Active Catalina 22 Fleet and C22 Tuning Tips

One of the fleet's stalwarts, Bob Worrall.

One of the fleet’s stalwarts, Bob Worrall.

The Catalina 22 fleet was looking thin last summer, until Steve and Christina Campo jumped in, gave it CPR, and found a bunch of willing participants. Result? Ten entries for the Birthday Regatta and a fleet that’s looking anything but weak.

Stan Ferris produces a newsletter for the fleet and distributes it by email. The latest includes some great tuning tips from fleet captain Steve Campo, who’s generous with his advice (and still runs out front). Click here to see the newsletter.


Birthday Regatta Ends in Strong Breeze

Heavy wind capped the 2013 Birthday Regatta.

Heavy wind capped the 2013 Birthday Regatta.

Strong wind on the final day of the Birthday Regatta and Leukemia Cup weekend brought a nice conclusion to a successful event, and left everyone feeling good about the big changes this year.

Congratulations to the fleet winners (and everyone who came out to have fun): Matt Davis in Buccaneer; Steve Campo in Catalina 22; Scott Sharples in Laser; Norm Anderson in Merit 25; Stan Susman in Montgomery 17; Brett Johnston in Multi-Hull; Dianna Andress in PHRF Non-Spin; Mike Hester in PHRF Spin; Joe Barnett in Portsmouth; and James Sears in Viper.

The turnout was very good, with PHRF Spin entering 13 boats and Montgomery 17 and Viper entering 12 each.

This year brought a major revision in the weekend: the elimination of the big tent, replaced by Saturday dinner at the Grille at Pleasant Harbor Marina. The change meant something important to AYC: a profitable event! Thanks to Emory Heisler for innovating and organizing the event and to all the volunteers and participants for making it a success!

Final Results

Friday Results







Gary Jobson Picks Former AYC Junior as One of Eight All-Stars

Each year Gary Jobson scours the country for the top young sailors and gives them recognition in his Sailing World column, shining a light on what he calls All-Star finalists. And this year, he picked a former Arizona Yacht Club Junior sailor.

Scott Buckstaff just turned 18, but most of us remember him as a promising Opti sailor, guided by his talented sailing parents, Dan and Kathleen Buckstaff. The family moved to the San Francisco Bay Area a few years ago and Scott continued to sail. Did he ever!

Gary Jobson notes that last year Scott won the U.S. Youth Sailing Championship in the 29er class with crew James Moody. Besides his skiff sailing, Scott has been sailing on keel boats and this last summer served as tactician aboard the J/90 Ragtime and won the YRA of San Francisco Champion of Champions Regatta.

In his spare time, says Jobson, Scott mountain bikes and trains for triathalons.

Dan and Kathleen were instrumental in gearing up the Arizona Sailing Foundation’s Junior Program, helping acquire a fleet of Optis, setting the curriculum and building excitement for the program, even taking the kids to national competitions. Scott’s success shows where a program like that can lead.

New Marks for Lake Pleasant Racing

Several of the bright, yellow West Marine racing marks have finally succumbed to age and you’ll now see four new marks on the water.

Fleet Captain Greg Woodcock and Lake Captain Bruce Andress arranged for replacement of the marks, tossing out four old yellers that were coming apart at the seams, filling with water, and sinking.

The new marks cost over $400 each, another substantial investment by the club in our racing program. The expenditure follows significant repairs to the RC boat and the runabout, mostly caused by rough treatment of these expensive club assets.

So, enjoy your new racing marks. And if you find yourself on the runabout placing marks this spring, please treat them with the care they need to live a long life. You know, don’t walk on them.

Icebergs on Lake Pleasant?

The Lake Pleasant Sailing Club’s first on-the-water event is scheduled for January 26, the first full-moon weekend of the year.

However, LPSC staff meteorologists have predicted that cold weather in late January may create icebergs on the lake. Being the hearty, civic-minded sailors that we are, we have decided to combine our Moonlight Cruise with an Iceberg Retrieval Mission. But of course, before we brave the cold, iceberg-ridden waters we will need to fortify ourselves with food and libations. So, plan to meet at the Waterfront Grill at the Pleasant Harbor Marina for a pre-mission, no-host dinner at 6 pm. Bring empty Thermoses to be filled with hot chocolate.

The mission plan is to be on the water between 8 and 9 pm with full bellies and Thermoses, ready to retrieve those pesky icebergs. Make sure you outfit your boat with the official iceberg retrieval tool—a boat hook. Additional information and supplies will be shared at dinner.

As with all sailing events this year, members who would like to overnight raft up after the event are invited to organize and choose a location. There are usually guest slips available at Pleasant Harbor Marina for $20/night.

As with most LPSC events, Arizona Yacht Club members are welcome to participate. Please consider joining us for the first planned on-the–water activity of the year.

Rhonda Brewer, LPSC

Sign up for SCYA Mid Winter Regatta!

2013 SCYA MidwinterLogo

Arizona Yacht Club will be hosting the Southern California Yachting Association Midwinter Regatta during February 2013, at both Lake Pleasant and Tempe Town Lake.

Our club provides members a variety of ‘round the buoys racing opportunities, which we hope captures everyone’s level of commitment ,ranging from the 8 to 10 race day Spring and Fall Series, to the 5 race day “Saturday Only” Series at Lake Pleasant, to the two – three day events like the Birthday Regatta and Midwinter Regatta. Then, there is also the “long distance” Governor’s Cup and Tall Cactus Regattas. So if you would enjoy racing for a weekend or two, scored with others of the same persuasion, sign up for the Midwinter Regatta. SCYA has supplied us with neat sun visors for all the signed up skippers and some towels we are offering to the first three boats signed up in a single fleet. SCYA is also supplying trophies which will be awarded after the last day of racing.

For a flyer outlining detals Click Here.

Notice of Race




Dick Rose Outlines Rules Changes

Dick Rose and the racing Bible: the Racing Rules of Sailing. Photos: Mike Ferring

In 2013, there are lots of changes to the rules we race by, says Dick Rose, but few that really change the game. The biggest change is to Rule 18, taking us back to the way we played the game a few years ago. By the new rule book, the inside overlapped boat will be able to sail to a mark and then make a “seaman-like” rounding.

Dick detailed the changes coming with the new rule book, the RRS 2013-2016, before three dozen AYC racers on Friday night (11/30). Many of the changes attempt to clear up wording or adapt the game to faster sailboats.

Dick Rose is the U.S. representative to the international rule-making body, the ISAF, so he’s one of the key people who writes the rules. He’s also the Chairman of the Racing Rules Working Party, the committee of ISAF that recommends rules changes. He described how difficult it is to shepherd new rules into being when you have to convince representatives from all over the world, each with a single vote.

Here is a file he left with us that details the changes in the rules and explains why changes were made. Hang on, it’s quite intricate.

So two boats approach a mark and one says to the other….

Gorgeous Conditions for Governor’s Cup

Emory Heisler aboard Chris Smith’s J/80 as the sun begins to set on Lake Pleasant. Photo: Chris Smith.

Temperatures in the mid-80s, wind mostly in the comfy 8-10. Pretty much perfect—and the sailors who spent the Governor’s Cup Saturday (11/24) sailing to and fro on Lake Pleasant were pretty much all smiles.

How do you sail 26.2 miles on Lake Pleasant? According to the diabolical plan of organizer Mike Parker, you do it by sailing north, south, east, and west in intersecting lines around obscure buoys, a floating porta-potty, and a couple islands. Surprisingly, the wind was willing to play along. William Fairchild brought his runner’s GPS along for the ride on Peter Hartleb’s J/80 and found that they logged just over 28 miles for the race, finding they didn’t need to do much upwind tacking that could have lengthened the race.

That pirate planner, Mike Parker. Photo: Fatima Chaoui.

In fact, the first finishers were back home before dark and didn’t need the nearly-full moon for navigation. Who won that gigantic Governor’s Cup Trophy? We’re waiting for word from the official scorekeeper and maybe some more conversation about which of those obscure buoys were intended to be rounding marks. All to be sorted out shortly, we hope.

From left: Keith Kintigh, new members Austin and Kirsten Clary, and Brenda Shears tense up for one of the mark roundings during the all-day Governor’s Cup Regatta. Photo: Fatima Chaoui.

Gathering for the morning start to the 26-mile race. Photo: Fatima Chaoui.

Gorgeous conditions during the 2012 Governor’s Cup, with good breeze and warm temperatures. Photo: Fatima Chaoui.