March 2012 – Compass Points

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It may still be winter elsewhere but SPRING IS HERE in Arizona! Excellent temperatures and breezes have our sailors out in force at Lake Pleasant and Town Lake for sailing and ASF Classes, and also venturing out for events on the CA Coast as well.

March brings us more great sailing AND Anna Tunnicliffe-Olympic Gold Medal Winner, #1 Ranked Women’s Match Racer and ISAF World Sailor of the Year (her second) for our Membership Meeting 3/13/2012.

Nominations for 2012-2013 Board of Directors will also be held that night so please contact your Fleet Captain, Cruising Captain Mike Parker, or one of our “At Large” Nominating Committee  members Tom Errickson or Tom Ohlin to submit a nomination to the Committee.

Happy Spring AYC!!!

  1. Commodore’s Corner – March Madness!
  2. March Membership Meeting – Olympic Gold Medalist Anna Tunnicliffe
  3. Tall Cactus Cruise to Humbug – April 28th!
  4. Welcome New Members to AYC
  5. Lake Havasu Pocket Cruiser Convention
  6. Notice: 2011-12 Officers Nominating Meeting
  7. Fleet of the Month – Laser
  8. For Sale! Want Ads!

Commodore’s Corner – March 2012

A fabulous spring season is off and running with over 50 boats registered for LP and TTL racing and 35 students registered for ASF Sailing Education courses.

March is an especially busy month for Arizona Sailors with as 15-20 boats heading to San Diego for the NOOD regatta along with our regular slate of LP and TTL Racing. Good luck and safe travels to the Viper, Buccaneer and other sailors heading to San Diego for the 3/16-3/18 SD NOOD!

On the Board of Directors front please on the lookout for RECOMMENDED BYLAW CHANGES being proposed by the Board to land in your in-basket in the next few weeks.

Have a great March Madness!

March 2012 Calendar of Events

TTL Sailors…remember the time change!  TTL Racing “First Horn” moves back an hour in March to 3:00pm for first horn.

    • Saturday, March 3
      • 12:30pm LP Race Day 3
    • Sunday, March 4
      • 9:00am LP Race Day 4
      • 1:00pm Opti 1-2 Sailing Classes (TTL)
    • Tuesday, March 6
      • 4:00pm High School Sailing Program
      • 6:30pm AYC Board Meeting
    • Sunday, March 11
      • 1:00pm Opti 1-2 Sailing Classes (TTL)
      • 3:00pm TTL Race Day 6
    • Tuesday, March 13
      • 4:00pm High School Sailing Program
      • 6:00pm AYC Board Elections – Nominating Committee Meeting
      • 7:00pm AYC General Membership Meeting – Anna Tunnicliffe!
    • Friday, March 16
      • SD NOOD Regatta Day 1 of 3 – San Diego, CA
    • Saturday, March 17 
      • GO GREEN!  Happy St. Patrick’s Day
      • 12:30pm LP Race Day 1
    • Sunday, March 18
      • 9:00am LP Race Day 2
      • 1:00pm ASF Opti 1-2 (TTL)
    • Tuesday, March 20
      • 4:00pm High School Sailing Program
    • Saturday, March 24
      • 9:30am ASF Start Sailing Right Day 3
      • 1:00pm ASF Sailing Skills Development Day 3
    • Sunday, March 25
      • 3:00pm TTL Race Day 7
      • Sunday, February 2
    • Tuesday, March 27
      • 4:00pm High School Sailing Program
    • Saturday, March 31
      • 12:30pm LP Race Day 7

    Emory Heisler
    AYC Commodore

March: World’s #1 Ranked Women’s Match Racer Anna Tunnicliffe

Anna Tunnicliffe in action. Photo: John Payne

Our March speaker has a sailing resume that starts off this way: #1 Ranked Women’s Match Racer.

Scroll down to read about her latest honors: ISAF World Sailor of the Year (her second) and, in an award presented February 23, US Sailing’s Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year (a record-tying fourth). Click on that link to watch the ceremony. Then there’s the Olympic Gold Medal from 2008 for Laser Radial.

Oh, and she’s terrific person. The sort of person who gives away all those flashy Rolex watches she won to parents and teammates.

Anna Tunnicliffe will be our speaker for the Arizona Yacht Club membership meeting at 7 pm, Tuesday, March 13, at the Caddy Shack @ Rolling Hills Golf Course, 1415 North Mill Avenue, Tempe. Guests are welcome to attend.

This summer, Anna will compete in the Olympics in Weymouth, England, with teammates Molly Vandemoer and Debbie Capozzi in match racing on Elliott 6m boats.

Born in England, Anna’s parents moved to the U.S. when she was 12 and she began sailing on Lake Erie, proving to be a natural. She competed for Old Dominion in college and then focused on sailing in the Olympics, bringing home to the U.S. the first women’s gold medal in sailing in 20 years.

The traditional trophy-smacking shot. Photo: Daniel Foster


WELCOME New AYC Members!

Dennis Davis took the Learn to Sail Right class with his brother in Fall 2011 and thinks ASF instructors are GREAT!! He is running two Lasers at TTL; Ema is currently taking High School Sailing. They are looking to add larger boats to the family fleet – maybe a buccaneer!
The Edwards Family, Kevin, Stacy, Austin and Hollis, are long-time Scottsdale residents that pursue many outdoor activities. Kevin has been involved in sailing for many decades and has crewed on Team Gravity at Lake Pleasant for over six seasons.  He crews with the “Shockwave” sailing team out of Long Beach, has been on many ocean excursions and continues to enjoy boating with friends and family.  Austin, is a student at ASU and looks forward to participating in the sailboat racing program at Tempe Lake this spring. Stacy and Hollis both enjoy boating very much but have taken a more casual approach to their sailing experience. They look forward to being active members and getting know more of you at the Arizona Yacht Club.

Chalz Kirubi is a mechanical engineer who has helped in building a 20-foot wooden Catboat called Kinship with his family in the Boston area. He has been on sailboats all 40 years of his life. He has lived in Phoenix for the past six years and owned a 22-foot Laguna Windrose that he would tow to Lake Pleasant. He is now looking to sail a bit more casually than owning by adopting a boat at Tempe Town Lake or crewing with others.

Peter Lehrach taught himself to sail at age 13 on a Sunfish (the only boat he’s ever owned) and began racing competitively in college.  He is experienced sport boat crew on J/22, J/29, & J/80s and raced extensively on a Pearson 30 in the Gulf of Mexico.  As foredeck on a Farr 37, they won class at the 2003 Key West race week earning the crew an invitation to the National Offshore Championship at the US Naval Academy.  The highlight of his sailing career was being #1 foredeck on a 70’ ketch for Antigua Race Week and then racing the same yacht in the America’s Cup Jubilee at the Isle of Wight, England.  His cruising resume includes Marion (MA) to Bermuda, Newport to Ensenada, Turks & Caicos to Nassau, and bareboat charters from Guadeloupe, and the BVIs.

Court Roberts joined AYC in the fall and right away took the championship in the 2011 Governor’s Cup!  He hails from Anthem and sails a Melges 24 and recently has begun sailing in the Laser fleet on Tempe Town Lake. Last year he began racing his Holder 20 in AYC Lake Pleasant races. Court originally grew up in Southern California where he starting sailing Sidney Sabots way back in the day as a kid. He spent many vacations sailing with his family to Catalina Island and other coastal cruising and often participated in the boat parade in Huntington Harbor. He moved with his family to Northern California in the late 70’s and picked sailing back up in the early 90’s. He owned and operated a night club and restaurant in Eureka, California for 15 years until the move in 2005 to Anthem; some of the summer months are still spent at his home in Northern California taking in the summer racing in the Humboldt Yacht Club, where he is also a member. Court says he is excited to be a member of the AYC and involved with such a great group of fine sailors who enjoy sailing just as much as he does. We look forward to his active racing involvement in Arizona.

Devin Sloan became interested in sailing while completing the Deepwater Cruising course series at USC. While the course was geared towards offshore sailing in larger keelboats, it did include some experience with smaller boats such as 420s. He then helped crew in the Marina Del Rey beer can races for 2 years.  Unfortunately due to work and relocation he has not been on the water for almost a decade and is looking to get back into sailing. He is interested in racing and assisting with equipment maintenance.

Matthew and Jacob Thomas joined as Junior Members in the fall. They have participated in the High School Sailing Program.

George and Pam Weaver have come full circle, having learned to sail in the early 70’s with an AYC member, racing on Lake Pleasant and participating in a cruise to Isla Tiburon off Hermosillo. They have since sailed a variety of boats in the Chesapeake, San Diego Harbor, the Willamette & Columbia Rivers in Oregon, the Pacific Ocean off Honolulu, and the Pacific Northwest as proud owners of a 50’ Sea Ranger trawler.  George is a retired Captain with Continental Airlines; Pam is an interior designer turned writer and is now the accomplished author of three books. They live in Scottsdale with their Papillion Angel, an experienced watch-stander on the flybridge.

If you are a new member and have not been introduced through Compass Points, please send a brief writeup about you (and your family) to

Brenda Shears
Arizona Yacht Club Membership Director

Pocket Cruisers at Lake Havasu

Linda and I just spent a week in Lake Havasu at the Havasu Pocket cruiser convention and had a great time. There were around 200 boats from all over the US and Canada that showed up for some really fun sailing and racing, which I believe was a little more than just fun for some. The races are very loosely ruled, and no Protests are allowed, just gentlemanly conduct, and there was a lot of that. Everyone behaved well, and there were several race seminars held for those who didn’t understand the rules.

There was also a parade of boats under the London Bridge. If you would like to see a collection of photos from this years convention,
CLICK HERE and they are already posting photos there.

Lake Havasu has a great organization putting on this event and have quite a few seminars, manufacturers, sail makers, west marine, and ruddercraft, JO woodworks and many more there. They procured great deals on the rooms at the London Bridge resort, we stayed there and all rooms are suites and very nice, and are next to the convention center and boat docks, and 5.00 a night slips, free launching, and they sponsor their local Sea Scouts, and had a book sale this year, auctioned a donated boat, and built a dinghy behind the convention center this year for the Sea Scouts. Of course they also had a great party Thursday night, and Saturday night was awards and trophy’s for racing, and more.
The Pocket Cruiser Convention is very family oriented, but only about 4 children showed up that I counted. The real reward was meeting so many nice people, seeing so many beautiful boats, and returning to a sailing venue I hadn’t seen in 20 or so years. By the way, there is no entry fee, and all the seminars and racing are free, and you only have to spend the gas money to get there. I am already planning to be there next year, and would hope to see a lot more Arizona yacht Club burgees flying at the marina.
Yes, this interferes with the first LP Race weekend, but if you are interested we can work with the board to take this event into consideration on next year’s calender. Either way, to me it is worth missing a race weekend to enjoy the good food, plenty of racing, a whole week of sailing, or you could just come for a couple of days since there are no entry fees. Let Sean know you’re coming and he puts this whole thing together. Check the web site or contact me if you would like to know about this great Arizona sailing event.

Dennis Lynde

Dennis, Linda Lynde and "Tynee"

Notice: 2012-13 AYC Officers Nominating Meeting

The Arizona Yacht Club Board of Directors Election Nominating Meeting will be held March 13, 2012 at 6pm immediately prior to the March General Membership meeting.

Eligible members interested in volunteering to run for election to AYC Board of Directors positions, or that would like to nominate eligible AYC members should see their ACTIVE Fleet Captain, Cruising Captain Mike Parker or Commodore Emory Heisler to participate in the Nominating Committee or to submit nominations.

The ELECTION OF OFFICERS and NOMINATING committee and process are defined by the AYC By-Laws as follows:

9.1.2 Election of Officers. The following Club Officers shall be elected annually by the Membership for one (1) year terms: Commodore, Vice Commodore, Rear Commodore, Fleet Captain, and Cruising Captain. Each year the following Club Officers shall be elected by the Membership for two (2) year terms: Membership Director, Junior Staff Commodore (who shall become Senior Staff Commodore in the second year of his tenure).

12.1.2 NOMINATING: All members of the Nominating Committee must be Voting Members of the Club. The Fleet Captain of each active fleet shall notify the Commodore of the Fleet’s representative. The Cruising Captain shall select one (1) member from the ranks of the predominately Cruising Voting Membership and the Commodore shall select two (2) members-at-large representatives from the ranks of the non-racing Voting Members of the Club. Such selections by the Active Racing Fleets, Cruising Captain and Commodore shall not be subject to approval or challenge by any other entity or person. For the purposes of this Article, an “Active Racing Fleet” shall mean a racing fleet which qualified for a separate start and has at least four (4) Voting Members registered to race, in the last completed Fall or Spring Series of the Club’s racing calendar just prior to the Nominating Committee’s first meeting. The Chairman of the Nominating Committee shall be the Commodore of the Club who shall have no vote on the Nominating Committee. No other Officers or Board Members may be on the Nominating Committee. There shall be no requirement for the Nominating Committee to nominate any incumbent Officer or Member of the Board of Directors to any Office or Board of Director Membership. The Nominating Committee shall procure approval of each of its nominations from the person being nominated prior to conclusion of its duties for the year. The Nominating Committee may nominate more than one (1) candidate for each position open. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Commodore shall automatically be nominated for the position of Junior Staff Commodore.

Fleet of the Month – Lasers

Laser Fleet

Hundreds of thousands of these high-performance, one-person Olympic-class boats have been built and raced—and most of the world’s best racers have sailed one.

AYC has fleets of competitive Laser and Radial Laser sailors and welcomes new entries. Lasers are easy to come by, inexpensive, and FUN!

All ages and skill levels are welcomed…AND…you if you don’t have a Laser you can still give one a try and join in the fun at TTL by adopting an AYC Laser (see Adopt-a-Boat page).

Learn more about Laser racing at the national Laser site.

Fleet Captain: George Sheller (

New Honorary Life Members: Lehmans, Yarnell and Renshaw

The AYC Board of Directors has voted unanimously to name new Honorary Life Members, the club’s highest honor. The four new members of this special membership group are Al and Sandy Lehman, Mike Yarnell and Tia Renshaw.

The club Bylaws describe the requirements this way: “Honorary Life Membership may be granted to any Club Member whose services to the Club and the sport of sailing shall have been deemed outstanding over a period of years.”

The four new members will be given special recognition at the Commodore’s Celebration on Saturday evening, May12. They’ll join two other current Honorary Life Members, Joyce Seale and Tom Ohlin.

ASF Boats Gleam After Work Day

Washing and polishing the ASF fleet. Photos: Bob Nesbit

The Arizona Sailing Foundation boats have a shiny look today after being washed, buffed, and tweaked during a Saturday (2/4) work party. It was all part of an effort to have the boats ready for the spring series of classes by the nonprofit AYC subsidiary, including Start Sailing Right and Sailing Skills Development for adults, high school classes, and two Opti classes for kids.

The 3+ hour work session included cleaning the storage area, washing all the boats and making sure all the rigging and sails are ready for the rough treatment they tend to get from beginning sailors. The work detail was organized by ASF president John Mayall and board members George Tingom and Greg Dean. Some of the others who jumped in to help included: Pat Blumm, the Davis family, Paul Eyssautier, Mike Ferring, Phil Freedman, Chalz Kirubi, Dick Krebill, Bob Nesbit, and Decker Williams. There were at least 3-4 others whose names we missed.

We thank everybody who lent a hand. Next: Let the classes begin!

Greg Dean pushes one of the clean boats into the final line-up at Tempe Town Lake.

February 2012 – Compass Points

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What a GREAT Birthday Regatta, eh?  Congratulations to us all, and major THANK YOUs to Joe and Katherine Motil and all the volunteers that helped make the 2012 AYC Birthday Regatta and Leukemia Cup such a great success! THANK YOU!

Next up? A desert “winter” full of sailing here in AZ and across the Southwest, AND BOARD OF DIRECTOR NOMINATIONS!!!

Check it out!

  1. Commodore’s Corner – Desert “Winter” is Busy!
  2. Very Happy Birthday Regatta!
  3. US Sailing Instructor Class in March
  4. Notice: 2011-12 Officers Nominating Meeting
  5. Fleet of the Month – Portsmouth
  6. For Sale! Want Ads!

Commodore’s Corner – February 2012

Congratulations to AYC and Leukemia Lymphoma Society for another fabulous Birthday and Leukemia Cup Regatta. We’re on our way into another great year of sailing “Desert Style”!

TTL has already kicked off the Spring Season with racing on 1/22, 1/29 and 2/5, and SCYA Mid-Winters will be combined with LP opening weekend 2/18-19 and with TTL dates in February so there will be lots of reasons to GET YOUR BUTT (ooops) BOAT in gear and join your sailing friends on the water.

What’s next???  BOARD OF DIRECTOR ELECTIONS!  FLEET CAPTAINS….time to get nominating! The Nominating Committee Meeting will be held 3/13/2012 immediately prior to the March AYC General Membership meeting.

February 2012 Calendar of Events

  • Sunday, February 5,
    • 2:00pm TTL Race Day 3 – All day Super Bowl Sunday
  • Tuesday, February 7,
    • 4:00pm High School Sailing Program
    • 6:30pm AYC Board Meeting
  • Saturday, February 11,
    • 9:30am ASF Start Sailing Right Day 1
    • 1:00pm ASF Sailing Skills Development Day 1
  • Sunday, February 12,
    • All day Lincoln’s Birthday
    • 2:00pm TTL Race Day 4
  • Tuesday, February 14,
    • All day Valentine’s Day
    • 4:00pm High School Sailing Program
    • 7:00pm AYC General Membership Meeting
  • Saturday, February 18,
    • 12:30pm LP Race Day 1
    • 12:30pm  SCYA Midwinter Regatta
  • Sunday, February 19
    • 9:00am LP Race Day 2
    • 9:00am  SCYA Midwinter Regatta
  • Monday, February 20
    • All day  President’s Day
  • Tuesday, February 21
    • 4:00pm  High School Sailing Program
  • Saturday, February 25
    • 9:30am  ASF Start Sailing Right Day 2
    • 1:00pm  ASF Sailing Skills Development Day 2
  • Sunday, February 26
    • 2:00pm  TTL Race Day 5
  • Tuesday, February 28
    • 4:00pm  High School Sailing Program

Let’s go sailing!!!

Emory Heisler
AYC Commodore

2012 Birthday Regatta Raises $25,000 for Leukemia

Where does one start about this year’s AYC Birthday Regatta and Leukemia Cup?

Oh, wait, that’s easy…

THANK YOU JOE AND KATHERINE MOTIL! WOW! What a fabulous Regatta!!!!
…and…of course…
Thank you MOTHER NATURE for fabulous weather!
Thank you ANDREA & DOC CAROE our Race Management Team (PRO)!
Thank you VOLUNTEERS on Race Committee!

Thank you VOLUNTEERS on Shore for keeping everything running so smoothly!
Thank you DAVE CHRISTENSEN and WENDY LARSEN for scoring and shore support!
Thank you FUND RAISERS for raising over $25,000 (and still counting!) to CURE BLOOD CANCERS!
Thank you LEUKEMIA LYMPHOMA SOCIETY for such a great mission for us to join in!
Thank you ULLMAN SAILS for sponsoring the FRIDAY CHALLEGE!
…and last but not least…
Thank you SAILORS for coming from near and far to create and enjoy our wonderful “Desert Vibe”!
Thank you ARIZONA YACHT CLUB for hosting such a great Regatta…AGAIN!

Few things are perfect, but by most accounts, including the Viper Fleet on the first stop of their West Coast Series, the 2012 Arizona Yacht Club Birthday Regatta and Leukemia Cup was pretty darn close.

Here’s what “Vipper” visitor Jim Sears had to say…”Arizona Yacht Club’s Birthday Regatta is like the “Cochella” of sailing… There’s a festival-type of vibe with everyone staying on houseboats or camping in RVs right next to the lake. When not racing, most sailors can be seen “campfire hopping”, hanging out at the yacht club tent, or watching NFL playoffs at the marina bar.  And, with cell signal a bit weak, it was definitely a weekend “off the grid”.  If I could freeze time to a single weekend, this might be one of them.  Great racing at a fun venue with a bunch of crazy Viper sailors…”  (see the full article (HERE):

Take a look for yourself… (photo’s Courtesy of Tom Erickson-Sailboat Shop)






















Become a US Sailing Instructor

UPDATE 3/4/2012 – This course was cancelled due to scheduling conflicts.  The ASF and AYC strive to provide world class instruction and part of that is the highest quality instructor cadre.  We will offer this class again soon, so please check back!


Here’s a great way to improve your sailing while helping kids and adults join this fabulous sport: Become a US Sailing-certified Level 1 Small Boat Instructor.  And….if you use your newly certified skills to teach ASF Classes the ASF will refund you 50% of the course fee.  Beat that!!!!

During an intensive few days, without leaving town, you can pick up the skills and certification you need. The next class is scheduled for the end of March, with five four-hour classroom sessions in the evening on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, March 20-22, plus Tuesday, March 27, and Thursday, March 29. The on-the-water sessions will take place all day Saturday and Sunday, March 24-25.

It’s a ton of fun to introduce people to sailing and the Arizona Sailing Foundation (our AYC educational subsidiary) could use your help. Longtime instructor George Tingom says, “12 or 13 years ago I thought someday I’d have some grandchildren and it would neat to teach them sailing. While waiting for grandchildren to grow I’ve had a lot of fun. You could too.”

You’ll sign up for the class through US Sailing. The charge is $330, less $20 if you sign up at least two weeks in advance. Here’s the link to sign up. (For certification you’ll also need to pass a first aid and CPR course and join US Sailing.)

If you teach ASF classes, the foundation will reimburse you for half your certification fees.

Questions? Of course you have questions. Email George Tingom or call him at 480.948.3814.

Fleet of the Month – Portsmouth


The Portsmouth Fleet is the birthplace of new fleets, the mixing pot of “dinghy” and centerboard boat designs, and often the first port for new AYC Members to begin racing.

The “Portsmouth Yardstick” (similar to PHRF “Handicapping”) allows small boats of varying designs to race against each other on “even terms.”

Many One-Design Fleets like the Buccaneer and C14.2 classes got their start sailing Portsmouth, and current Portsmouth boats include:

  • Megabytes
  • Coronado 15s
  • Sunfish
  • Fireballs
  • Mulit-hulls
    …and any other non-One-Design boats that happen to show up!

 In the spirit of mixing it up, Portsmouth welcomes all AYC members to participate in Lake Pleasant and TTL small boat activities regardless of boat design, skill level, or lack of boat. Yes, you can adopt a Sunfish and sail in the Portsmouth fleet at Tempe Town Lake. If you can tell time and have an e-mail address (or not), you are a Portsmouther. Come on out and join the fun!

We’ll leave the line open.

Check with Fleet Captain Joe Motil with any questions you have.