March Meeting: Sailing Coach Andrew Campbell

Andrew Campbell sailing a Star on the US Sailing Team.

Andrew Campbell sailing a Star on the US Sailing Team.

Fresh off an Olympic Star campaign, Andrew Campbell is a busy sailing coach and tactician… and our March Monthly Meeting Speaker. Would you like a boatload of racing tips? Andrew’s your guy. He’ll speak at 7 pm, Tuesday, March 12, at the Caddy Shack @ Rolling Hills, 1415 North Mill Avenue, Tempe.

His bio on the Andrew Campbell website describes his work as a tactician on the Farr 40 Nightshift, his coaching, and much more. It says, “As a professional sailor, coach and writer, Andrew draws from experience in Olympic and top international sailboat racing. He is a ten-time national champion at the youth, high school, collegiate levels. Racing in the Laser and Star class, he competed on the Olympic Class World Cup level during 10 years on the US Sailing Team. He won the 2007 Pan Am Games, represented the United States at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and was ranked #4 in the World in the Star class in 2011. Andrew’s professional sailing and coaching experience has enabled him to expand into big boats and match racing as well as writing for sailing publications.”

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Andrew Campbell

AYC welcomes nonmembers at our events, including the monthly meetings.

What happens on starts when there aren’t five boats in a fleet?

AYC has had a long-standing policy that if takes five boats to make a racing fleet, while also saying that a fleet with fewer boats may request its own start. After an online discussion, Fleet Captain Greg Woodcock has offered this further explanation:

Greg Woodcock is the Fleet Captain, in charge of keeping all the AYC floating stock in good repair and leading the fleets to races year around. Greg has been PHRF Non-Spin Fleet Captain (and champ) but now races a Santana 20.

Greg Woodcock is the Fleet Captain, in charge of keeping all the AYC floating stock in good repair and leading the fleets to races year around. Greg has been PHRF Non-Spin Fleet Captain (and champ) but now races a Santana 20.

Race Committee should take a customer-supplier (racer-race committee) attitude. I think this is already taking place. The fleets should feel free to make requests to the race committee and the race committee should accommodate requests when they make sense and comply with the RRS and SI.

So, if there are two fleet captains who want to start together, just ask the race committee. Maybe you want to do starts with a lot of boats on the line; if the fleets agree, I’m all for it. If you want to sail all triangles or all windward/leeward, let the race committee know.

What about starting one-boat fleets by themselves? I discussed this issue with the LP Portsmouth fleet captain, for example, and he said he didn’t want to start by himself. I discussed it with the Thistle fleet captain, who said putting a single Portsmouth boat with them did not cause a problem in the past. I hope that continues to work out and we can do the same with other fleets. (Portsmouth needs to recruit more active racers though!)

More starts means longer start sequences. At Lake Pleasant, it’s 10 minutes for two additional starts—and most likely just the first start of the day. After that, starts should occur as each fleet completes the course. At Tempe Town Lake, it would be an additional three minutes for an additional start. I don’t think the fleets that want to sail by themselves would view this as much of a downside. If you really want to shorten the start sequence, just find some fleet captains who want to start together and let the race committee know. If you want to make it permanent, you could even put it in your fleet rules.

This additional thought from Commodore Mike Ferring: If your fleet is running into conflicts with boats from other fleets, please try to work out the issues with the individuals. Some of the competitors are inexperienced or unfamiliar with the Racing Rules of Sailing and may not know that they shouldn’t barge at the start or don’t know about the three-boat-length rule at the marks. Let’s bring them up to speed so they can mix it up with the rest of us (who may know the rules but push them)!

 

LPSC Will Not Dye Lake Pleasant Green

Because we don’t live in Chicago, don’t expect Lake Pleasant to be dyed green for St. Patrick’s Day. But Lake Pleasant Sailing Club (LPSC) can expect a great day of sailing and an even greater raft up on March 9-10.

The day will start with a Pot-of-Gold Treasure Hunt on Lake Pleasant. Ten numbered pots of gold will be hidden on the shore around the lake. You’ll be given 10 clues to help you find the treasure. In order to confirm your success, you must take a digital picture of  each pot-of-gold. The boat  crew with the most pictures will win a prize. In case of a tie, your cruise directors will think of some blarney-inspired way to declare one winner at the raft up that follows. Watch for more details on the LPSC website.

At 4 pm the Paynes and the Goldmans are hoping you’ll join them for a fun, blarney-filled raft-up in a location yet to be announced. Be ready to party hearty with the LPSC Irish and/or Irish wannabees. They’re planning a contest to test your knowledge of Irish trivia and a limerick competition. Please bring an appetizer or dessert to share (the more Irish-themed the better). Please plan to enjoy dinner on your own boat. Watch Meetup, the website and email for more details. Of course, all AYC members are invited to join LPSC at this event.

—Rhonda Brewer

AYC Volunteers Clean SR-74

Blue bags collect trash on the side of Carefree Highway.

Blue bags collect trash on the side of Carefree Highway.

Thanks to 10 volunteers who did their part to maintain AYC’s commitment to the Adopt-a-Highway program.

In 2½ hours on a Saturday morning they filled nearly 50 bags with trash along a ¾ mile stretch of SR-74. The day was complemented by beautiful weather, several hot air balloons landing nearby, and a good lunch courtesy of AYC.

If you’re interested in helping on a future clean up, please contact organizer Peter Lehrach.

The crew (left to right): Martin Lorch, Thom Dickerson, Jeff Sloan, Juan Gagna, Jake Wease, Paul Eyssautier, and Kyle Clark. Volunteers not pictured: Pierce Cunningham, Michael Parker, and Peter Lehrach (who took the picture)

The crew (left to right): Martin Lorch, Thom Dickerson, Jeff Sloan, Juan Gagna, Jake Wease, Paul Eyssautier, and Kyle Clark. Volunteers not pictured: Pierce Cunningham, Michael Parker, and Peter Lehrach (who took the picture).

This is the right time for crew to join AYC

If you crew, we’d like you to join the Arizona Yacht Club.

It’s not just for boat owners, but for crew as well and right now you can join for the initiation fee ($150) and half the annual dues ($62.50), because the AYC year is half over. (You’ll need to renew your membership for $125 next summer.) Click this link to sign up!

Why join? To support this great sport, to make sure we have the boats, marks, programs and events for you to enjoy! Don’t leave it to others—join in.

Peter Lehrach crews for me (Commodore Mike Ferring) on our J/80 and he’s not only become a member, but he’s been active on the AYC board of directors and organizes our highway cleaning program. Here’s what he has to say:

 

Peter Lehrach is the AYC Secretary and a new member of the club. He moved to the area in 2011 after competing in various boats and regattas in the East and South. Peter crews on Commodore Mike Ferring's J/80.

Peter Lehrach is the AYC Secretary and a new member of the club. He moved to the area in 2011 after competing in various boats and regattas in the East and South. Peter crews on Commodore Mike Ferring’s J/80.

The only boat I’ve ever owned was a Sunfish more than 30 years ago. Yet I love sailing; I love racing. And I’ve done a lot of it.

I’ve had the privilege of crewing on other people’s boats extensively on the East, West, and Gulf coasts and several lakes and rivers across America. I’ve also had international racing experiences in or to Mexico, the Caribbean, Bermuda, and England. I learned very early in my crewing career that if you have some skill, cheerfully volunteer to assist in maintenance, and (most importantly) reliably show up then further opportunities and referrals easily come your way. In many ways I had it dialed in perfectly: I got to do my favorite activity, at little personal expense, and I was appreciated by the boat owner. Our relationship was a benefit to both of us. Until recently however, I never joined a yacht club. In hindsight, that was wrong.

I rationalized that only boat owners need to be members. I thought my use of yacht club facilities (launches, showers, bars, restaurants, etc.), purchase of club-branded shirts, participation in racing, social, and educational events were all necessary for “my” boat owners to take advantage of their yacht club privileges and any personal benefit I received was a show of appreciation from the boat owners.

I now realize that while I had been giving and taking with the boat owner, my relationship with the yacht club had been one-way. I further realized that yacht clubs are the community that enables my favorite activity. You see, without a club there is no racing as it takes more than one boat to have a race. It takes more than one boat crew to have a social event. It takes several interested sailors to attract an educational speaker.

Because of the Arizona Yacht Club, we can get our feet wet in the desert even when there is snow and ice on boats elsewhere in the country. How many people can say that? The racing is well run and competitive, the race committee boats and marks are of high quality, and the opportunities to network and learn with likeminded sailors is unique for the area.

Chances are, if you are a long-time crew, you’ve thought about joining the AYC and then rationalized it away as I once did. For those who have since become members, thank you! If not, please reconsider: AYC needs your membership to strengthen our desert sailing community. Compared to other places I’ve sailed, AYC member financial obligations are downright cheap. The reciprocal privileges are fantastic. Participation on committees and helping with events are personal growth opportunities and will make you feel good. I know I do.

Thank you for considering my message and I’ll see you on the water,
Peter Lehrach AYC Secretary
AYC Member since 2012 (602.741.2016)

Annie Gardner Applauds On-The-Edge America’s Cup

Annie Gardner shows off her new AYC polo shirt after speaking at the March meeting.

Annie Gardner shows off her new AYC polo shirt after speaking at the February meeting.

Champion sailor Annie Gardner told the AYC February meeting that the coming America’s Cup will be the most amazing in the Cup’s long history. Go watch it, she said, because it may not happen again.

Annie ran down the entries, agreeing with most AC watchers that Emirates New Zealand has the inside track to take the Cup in September’s competition in San Francisco Bay. The team is ahead of the other three entries in preparing its boat and is getting more essential practice time in Auckland.

She was the expert TV commentator at the first European AC 45 races and got a ride with the French entry with Loïck Peyron at the helm. She said he had never capsized a mult-hull despite multiple trips around the world in difficult conditions—hadn’t capsized one until he flipped the Energy Team boat in the heavy wind in Plymouth. That’s the sort of challenge these boats present. (Peyron has sailed the Artemis AC72 boat and says, “These are boats that aren’t that wide or that big, but…have a very powerful ‘engine.’ To get an idea of what I mean, it’s a bit like putting a V8 or V12 engine on a go-kart. So it is no easy matter making use of all that power.” And he adds, “Of all the boats I have sailed on, she is the trickiest.”)

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 still an active sailor (and skier; she was on her way to Utah to ski), sailing with her fiance on a NACRA 17 multi-hull.

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Annie Gardner talks multi-hulls at the February AYC meeting. Photos: Mike Ferring

 

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 ABEL-MILLMAN

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 COLE

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 AND KATHY FINNIE

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

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

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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!

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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.