Tuesday (1/10) is a Non-Meeting Meeting

Because the 2012 AYC Birthday Regatta and Leukemia Cup is the following weekend, there will be no program for the Tuesday night (1/10) membership meeting. Come tip a beer with your pals. Giggle. Tell stories. But there’s no program.

At 6pm, the AYC Fleet Captains will meet to consider the documents for the Spring Race Series. If you’d like to see any changes to the racing, check with your Fleet Captain before the meeting.

The program schedule resumes in February. And in March (wow), we’ll hear from the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year, Anna Tunnicliffe. Yes, the 2008 Laser Radial Olympic Gold Medalist. The helmsperson for US entry in women’s match racing for next summer’s Summer Olympics in Weymouth, England. If you attend only one membership meeting this year, make it this one.

January 2012 – Compass Points

CLICK HERE for the PDF Version

Out with the old – Congratulations to all the fall series winners!!
In with the new – It’s time for the AYC Birthday Regatta and Leukemia Cup!

Speaking of Birthday Regatta and Leukemia Cup…REGISTER TODAY to allow for accurate planning for regatta committee…and if you won’t be joining us then please take a minute to support your favorite FUND RAISING SAILOR – CLICK HERE – to help the Leukemia Lymphoma Society in their mission to cure blood cancers!

1) Commodore’s Corner – Happy New Year!

2) Birthday Regatta – Get Ready!

3) Governor’s Cup for Christmas

4) Spring Series +PLUS+ SCYA Midwinter Regatta

5) Fleet of the Month – PHRF non-Spinnaker Fleet

6) For Sale! Want Ads!

Commodore’s Corner – January 2012


New Year’s Day for the AYC means it’s time to celebrate our birthday “sailing style” with the AYC Birthday Regatta and Leukeumia Cup!
(have you signed up yet?????)

And although it’s New Year on the calendar, it’s mid-season for us in the AYC and time to look forward to lots of “winter” and spring racing including Thistle Midwinters, SCYA Midwinters, SD NOOD, and of course our springtime ASF classes too.

Don’t blink! Just another 90 days and we’ll be nominating new officers for the 2012-2013 AYC Year.

Here’s hoping you have a wonderful 2012!

Emory Heisler
AYC Commodore

2012 Birthday Regatta – Get READY!



It’s time for the 2012 BIRTHDAY REGATTA and LEUKEMIA CUP!
Friday, Saturday, Sunday, January 13, 14, 15, 2012

Have you signed up for the Ullman Center Board Challenge(Friday), the Birthday Regatta (Sat-Sun) and Leukemia cup (Sat)? If not what are you waiting for, do it today!

Less than 10 days and the tents will be rising on Spinnaker Point in preparation for the 52nd Arizona Yacht Club Birthday Regatta.

Here’s the Agenda for the weekend:
January 13 – Friday

  • 9:00am – Ullman Sails Centerboard Challenge
    (all classess welcome for 3 days of racing!)
  • 6:00pm – Celebrity Chef Dinner – Silvio Berlusconi  

January 14 – Saturday

  • 9:00am – AYC Birthday Regatta & Leukemia Cup
  • 6:00pm – AYC Birthday Dinner
  • 7:00pm – Leukemia Cup Regatta Awards / Auction

January 15 – Sunday

  • 9:00am – AYC Birthday Regatta & Leukemia Cup
  • 3:00pm – AYC Birthday Regatta Awards

Sign up now, or contact Joe Motil to help volunteer as “shore party!”
Joe Motil (480) 967-6990
Birthday Regatta Chairman
Junior Staff Commodore

Governor’s Cup-A Late Christmas Present!

Sheila Reed silhouetted at sunset during the Governor's Cup. Photo: Chris Smith

Sheila Reed silhouetted at sunset during the Governor's Cup. Photo: Chris Smith

This time the wind wind cooperated a bit.

The first attempt at a 2011 Governor’s Cup was blown away by 40+ winds.  But the second attempt turned in to a beautiful “late” Christmas present.  A sunny “Boxing Day” brought early light winds, and then a nice breeze showed up after midday to push and pull our “marathoners” and their boats north and south and around Lake Pleasant along their 26-mile journey.

A few boats finished near dark (5:30pm) but several were still up in or near Castle Creek and finished in the dark. Thanks to the reflective tape on the “reef” buoys and the building late breeze around 6pm the late finishers had a safe trip to the finish cruising along at 4-5kts under a star-lit sky.

Who won? For that bit of information we will have to wait until Capts. Parker and Christensen have consulted the “bones.”

Busy Spring-SCYA Midwinter Regatta

Don’t blink! February and a full slate of Arizona Yacht Club activites, events and education are right around the corner.

Jan-22  TTL Spring Series Opening Day
Feb-11  ASF Start Sailing Right and Sailing Development
Feb-18  LP Spring Series Opening Day
Feb-18-19  SCYA Mid-Winter Regatta (Lake Pleasant)

$10!!! Really! The SCYA has agreed to allow AYC members to register for the SCYA Midwinter Regatta for a mere $10 on top of registration for either the TTL or LP Spring Series.

Watch for registration details with the Spring Series NOR, SI and Registration/Entry.

Want an SCYA Midwinter shirt – ORDER NOW by contacting Trey Harlow.

Cotton Short Sleeve Tee Indigo Blue $10.00
Cotton Long Sleeve Tee Indigo Blue $12.00

MidWinters Cap Navy Blue One size fits all: $10.00

Wicking Short Sleeve Shirt White $18.00
Wicking Long Sleeve Shirt White $20.00

Oversize Oversize (XXL) Shirt Add $1.80


Fleet of the Month – PHRF (non-spin)

A Fleet for All Keel Boats

If you have a cruising boat, you have a PHRF Non-Spinnaker racer.

Without a spinnaker these boats can run with smaller crews (typically 2-3 people) and the PHRF handicap system evens up the racing among all kinds of boats, giving you a chance to out-sail the fleet, even if they get to the finish line first.

With no limits on boat types and the PHRF handicapping system to “keep things equal” the PHRF non-Spinnaker Fleet is an ideal place for new racers to discover racing, build their sailing skills – and have a good time doing it!

Current boats in PHRF non-spin include a wide range, from Santana and Holder 20’s to Tanzer 22’s, Catalina 25’s and Catalina 28’s. 

For more information about PHRF “handicap” ratings see these sources:

US Sailing PHRF Ratings List   Southern California PHRF rules

SoCal Ratings by Manufacturer   PHRF Non-Spin Fleet Rules for AYC

Greg Woodcock

Contact PHRF Non-Spin Fleet Captain Greg Woodcock for more information.

New Year’s Day Raft Up in Cole’s Bay!

I hadn’t heard anything else about this so I thought I would post something…I’m going to leave the dock around 10:00 with hopes to make it to Cole’s Bay in the 12:00 hour.  Forecast looks pretty good!  Hope to see you out there…


AYC Hits Sailing World Magazine

The Arizona Yacht Club elbowed its way into Sailing World magazine, the Jan-Feb issue, with emphasis on the Birthday Regatta.

Commodore Emory Heisler is colorfully quoted. Chris Smith gets photo credit. Frank Hunter endorses us. Very cool. When you read it, you may be excused for thinking that Lake Pleasant must be a hundred miles from nowhere, but it certainly sounds like a fun place to be.

On the same page: Anna Tunnicliffe, our March meeting speaker!

Scuttlebutt Christmas Wishes

A “Sailor’s Christmas Carol” – from Scuttlebutt #3496 (Website: http://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com)





(Courtesy of Captain Jeffry Matzdorff)

T’was the night before Christmas, I swung on the hook, With snowflakes a’landing, asleep with my book.
When up on the deck I heard footsteps and stuff, “I’ve been boarded!” I thought, and I tried to be tough.

Then down the companionway hatch came a dude, He was dressed like a nut and I thought, “I’m so screwed”.
But he laughed and he hummed as he surveyed my junk, So I figured he must be the resident drunk,

His eyes were lit up like a junkie on speed, But he gave me a whole bunch of stuff that I need.
Like rum and cigars and new charts and a dinghy, And some kind of fancy electrical thingy.

I knew it was stolen but I wasn’t telling, I just hoped he was giving and wasn’t just selling.
And I poured him a grog which he downed with a wink, Then I poured one for me (Lord I needed a drink!)

Then he staggered above to the dark snowy night, As I peeked I beheld an incredible sight.
Eight tiny dolphins and a beautiful sleigh, And the dude hopped aboard and prepared to make way.

The dolphins were ready to power the sled, But the guy raised a genny and mains’l instead.
With a burp and a chuckle he gathered the breeze, And called to the dolphins, now swimming with ease.

“Hey Stalker and FEMA and Cancer and Nixon!
Or Stinky and Pepper Spray, Mason, and Dixon!
Or whatever your names are, you cute little fishes, Here’s to every last sailor, my best Christmas wishes!”

As he sailed away leaving a wobbly wake
I hoped he had not many stops left to make.
He got close to shore and he soon was aground, But the dolphins proceeded to pull him around

And I heard him exclaim as he sailed out of sight, “Killer whales!! …
I’m just kidding, don’t be so uptight!”

Tempe Town Lake Fall 2011 Final Scores!

The final scores from the last week of racing this fall are posted here.

The final weekend of TTL Racing proved to be blustery and some serious fun for those sailors ready to brave the chilly temperatures and early rain squalls.

Congratulations to all the sailors, fleet champions, and Adopt-a-Boat sailors getting their “feet wet” down on our “Town Lake”!

Fleet – Champion
Buccaneer – Matt Davis
Capri 14.2 – Alexia Lorch
Laser – Edwin Verplanke (on an adopt-a-boat Laser!!)
Portsmouth – Clay Poulson (Fireball)

Adopt-a-Boat Fleet on RC - Decker Williams, Emory Heisler, Jeff & Mary Miller


Merry AYC Christmas

Pat Favier displays one of the bottles of Bailey's that was later "picked." Photos: Mike Ferring

Liquor once again proved to be the hot item at the Buccaneer Gift Exchange Tuesday night, December 13.

With an excellent turnout and a heaping table of gifts, the social decibel level was at max most of the night. Two “thefts” of open presents was the rule and while the thievery began slowly, it was still rippling through the crowd as the evening ended—mostly bottles of spirits changing hands. Pat Favier managed what was probably the night’s heaviest thievery traffic, owing to her ability to spot the hot presents on the table, including two bottles of Bailey’s Irish Cream. Other top picks to pick: A classic boat lantern and a model sailboat.

Mike Parker also guided the group through the semi-annual Ye Blunder Bucket voting, “won” by Ray Gazzera. Rob Gibbs waved photo evidence of Ray’s Blunder: His Catalina 22 sitting bow up, stern down, still on its trailer, when Ray failed to secure the trailer hitch. Ray is a Blunder Bucket nominee many times over, but this is his first actual “victory.” In fact, Ray had been nominated so many times that in 2007 we awarded him an honorary “Life Achievement” Blunder Bucket.

What, more booze?

Gene Walentiny nominates Bob Worrall for a Blunder Bucket. Bob nominates him back.

Gene Walentiny nominates Bob Worrall for a Blunder Bucket. Bob nominates him back.

Lots of excellent presents for the annual party.

Katherine Motil checks out the choices.

Katherine Motil checks out the choices.

Birthday Regatta & Leukemia Cup Set for January 13-15

Click Here to Register for the Birthday Regatta and Leukemia Cup

This is the biggest event of the AYC  year, with boats from other parts of the country coming to try out Arizona weather in January.

But the event means more than a great weekend at the lake. Click Here for more information on the Leukemia Cup and what your entry/donation means for the fight against blood cancer here in AZ.

As in past years, the Birthday Regatta is Saturday and Sunday of MLK Weekend – 14 & 15 January.  Come race on Friday, January 13, too, for the Centerboard Challenge, open to anyone who can get the time off to race.

The Leukemia Cup will be awarded based on the Saturday Birthday Regatta results. If you sign up for both the Leukemia Cup and Birthday Regatta, entry Friday is free.

65th Newport to Ensenada Yacht Race

Newport Ocean Sailing Association

…home of the Newport to Ensenada Yacht Race

Commodores and Racers

All Yacht Clubs

Subject: Update Information for The 65th Newport to Ensenada International
Yacht Race

Attached find updated information regarding the 65th Newport to Ensenada
Yacht Race. Excitement continues to build for the 65th Newport to Ensenada
International Yacht Race due in large part to several important changes
made, many based on the feedback we have received from our racers.

Make sure you have your reservation made at the Coral Hotel for its room or
hospitality suites, as reservations are building. Also, if your club is
planning on hanging a club banner from a room balcony, note the maximum size
banner that can be hung is 82″ wide x 67″ tall.

Please post the enclosed details in your clubhouse and on your website. This
will allow your members an early chance to make their hotel and marina
reservations at the new NOSA headquarters in Mexico, Hotel Coral and Marina.

The NOTICE OF RACE and additional information is available at our website:
nosa.org  .

Let your racers know entries open December 1, 2011, with a substantial
discount for December entries:

o The entry fee is $125 through December 31st, 2011.

o The entry fee is $175 from January 1, 2012 through April 12, 2012.

o The entry fee is $225 for any entry received after April 12, 2012.

We have attached two recent articles that appeared in Sailing Anarchy
concerning changes that have occurred at NOSA.

Please share this with your membership.

If you have any questions or input, please contact the NOSA Entry Chair, Tom
Madden: 949-351-9905 or <mailto:tam1654@yahoo.com>tam1654@yahoo.com.

Chuck Iverson Tom Madden

Commodore, NOSA Entry Chair, NOSA

Governor’s Cup Rescheduled for December 26

The Governor’s Cup lives: 11am Monday, December 26th. Registrations will be honored, new registrations accepted, and an additional event will be included. This is the postponed running of the race that was canceled because of too much wind on Thanksgiving weekend.

Thistles on Lake Pleasant. Photo: Chris Smith

As requested by dinghy sailors, all centerboard classes are invited to participate in a Half Marathon (13.1 miles) starting with the Full Marathon sailors and be eligible for the coveted Governors Cup Trophy! Entry Forms will be on the website. Please note “HALF” on the form if you are entering the half marathon.

The 30 sailors who showed up ready to brave the high winds and cool weather to participate in the 2011 Governors Cup Regatta were greeted with winds steady above 20kts, and gusting well over 30 blasting down the lake. The waves (with 4 miles of fetch) crashing on the dam were reminiscent of the ocean swells crashing on harbor breakers. There were already three victims on the beach—one small sailboat on the rocks at the base of the dam and two on the island near Pleasant Harbor.

Our start line just happened to be yards in front of the dam.  For the safety of the racers and their boats, I abandoned the race for the day.

Mike Parker, Event Organizer


December 2011 – Compass Points

CLICK HERE for the PDF Version

What a great Fall Season!  And as it nears its end our AYC  Holiday Season gets going with December 13, General Membership Meeting and the “Buccaneer Gift Exchange!”

Help us with Compass Points and please submit your stories or photos or both about all your “Winter Cruising” trips into the “Lower Lattitudes.”

And remember to get your Leukemia Cup Fund Raising going for the January 2012 Arizona Yacht Club Birthday Regatta and Leukemia Cup to help the Leukemia Lymphoma Society in their mission to cure blood cancers!

1) Commodore’s Corner – What a Great Fall Season!

2) Birthday Regatta – Fund Raising Basics

3) Peter Reggio Blitzes AYC November Membership Meeting

4) Governor’s Cup Regatta – Blown Away…to Dec 26, 2011

5) Maggie Blumm and Carina Freedman Win Ruth Beals Cup

6) Fleet of the Month – Sport Boat Fleet

7) For Sale! Want Ads!