Eight Bells – Farewell Frank Bigelow

Frank was one of our few AYC “Honorary Life Members”, an AYC member since 1959, AYC Commodore 1989-90, the man who was “Mr. AYC” to many of the club’s long time members.  He passed away with his family at his bedside this past Wednesday March 30, 2011 due to complications from pneumonia.

CELEBRATION OF LIFE: Mary Lou Bigelow, Frank’s wife, has invited AYC friends to attend a Celebration of Frank’s life from 1:00pm to 4:00 pm, Saturday April 9 at their home in Tempe. 1976 E Divot Drive, Tempe, AZ 85283. Email Patty Rosky (pattyrosky@msn.com) if you plan to come she will keep Mary Lou informed about how many to expect.

Tom Ohlin, also an Honorary Life Member, recalls Frank for us……”Frank’s dedication to the AYC over the last 50 years has been immeasurable. He was a friend and teacher to all that knew him. His Saturday night socials at his camper at the old Lake Pleasant ramp 2 were legendary.

Each Saturday night after much discussion of the day’s races, and the arrival of darkness, we would break out the dice cup and a pen light to pursue the game of Liar’s Dice; in the darkness (the guards thought we were crazy). Quite often on slow/large games Frank would take a cat nap between turns. One such night when the cup got around to Frank, he was abruptly woken and given the dice cup and pen light, which he immediately grabbed and began stirring his drink with it!

Another time, I was discussing with Frank the problems I had had sailing a sabot off the Rocky Point beaches. We always started into the wind (east or west) and by the time we were ready to head back to camp, the wind would reverse and we would have to beat back. Frank’s solution to the problem; “sail downwind first, you might get two downwind legs”.

Frank has received about every honor the AYC can bestow, and we still owe him more.

Frank; may you sail into a red sunset with the wind at your back.

Memorial Information will be posted when available.

Lake Pleasant Scores are posted.

A great weekend of racing at Lake Pleasant. From gusts that knocked a couple of boats over to ghosting along, wind shifts that had us sailing all over the lake and at one time boats under spinnaker heading at each other, from different ends of the lake. Lake Pleasant at it’s best/worst. A great dinner from the Catalina 22 Fleet. Good times! Click here for scores.

March 8 GM Meeting – Nick Hayes on Saving Sailing

March 8, 2011, 7pm! Don’t miss it!    Officer Nominations meeting at 6pm will precede 7pm General Membership meeting with special guest speaker Nicholas (Nick) Hayes, author of  “SAVING SAILING”.
 
Nick will engage us in a conversation about what WE can all do to help our sport – and our club – remain vibrant through demographic and economic changes.
  
Why is something as rich, substantial and significant as sailing facing such trouble?  What can we do about it?
 
Excerpt from Saving Sailing:
Americans have abruptly stopped sailing. Participation is down more than 40% since 1997 and 70% since 1979. Less than 1% of Americans remain self-described sailors, they are doing less of it and are enlisting fewer newcomers. Current economics are not helping.
 
A crucial fact: key age groups that might sustain the activity — kids under 13, women and early parents — are essentially not sailing at all. From the basic population data, it is easy to conclude that unless sailing can soon attract newcomers in all age groups under about 40 and from all genders and a wider range of income levels — something that it is not doing well today — the future of the activity is bleak.
 
Demographic trends hide an important truth: apart from the numbers, there are modest actions that can be taken; basic decisions that can be made by individuals or within small groups  to improve the situation.
 
Please join us for this conversation with Nick 3/8/2011 at our March General Membership meeting with thoughts toward how we in AYC can make a difference for our club and our sport.
 
See you there!

March 2011 Compass Points

Compass Points for March is now available online.  CLICK HERE!

Board of Directors Nominating Meeting Scheduled 3/8/2011 6pm

ASU Boats Get Wrapped for PCCSC Series

Club History – The FIRST Governor’s Cup!!

Wild Weather Lake Pleasant Weekend #2

Board of Directors Meeting Minutes!!

“By the Numbers” – Facts about your club!

New TTL Obstacles…PADDLE BOARDERS!

What are we missing that you WANT to see in Compass Points?  Tell us!

CompassPoints@ArizonaYachtClub.org, or call Vice Commodore Emory Heisler at 602/679 0462!

Enjoy!!!

Commodore’s Corner – March 2011

Well here we are at the end of February and about to begin March. For those who race at TTL, don’t forget that we start racing an hour later 3pm “first horn” in March and April.

The start of the 2011 ASF programs is just one more indication that the club is on its way to getting all things back to normal after Tempe Town Lake was recovered. With Start Sailing Right back “on the water” many new faces have shown up, anxious to learn abour sailing, which may be the realization of a lifelong dream, some young, some older.  Trying to keep them actively involved in sailing once they have completed the course is always a challenge.  We always promote joining AYC and gaining access to boats through the Adopt-A-Boat program as a means to more time on the water.

We, as a club, could maybe do more and this is a great transition into our March General Membership meeting. This month’s speaker, Nicholas D. Hayes, is a noted author who is running around the country speaking on the subject of “Saving Sailing”. He has some interesting insights into how clubs can actively grow membership and re-build a base of growth for an active sailing community. I would encourage all you to come and hear what he has to say and to take up the challenge.

And…don’t forget to reserve the date of May 14th for the Commodores dinner at the Charthouse restaurant.

Joe

Notice: 2011-12 Officers Nominating Meeting

The Arizona Yacht Club Board of Directors Election Nominating Meeting will be held March 8, 2011 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 (acting) Mike Parker or Commodore Joe Motil to participate in the Nominating Committee or to submit nominations.

The ELECTION OF OFFICERS and NOMINATING committee and process are defined by the AYC Bylaws 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.

February Memebership Meeting

From the membership corner

Please welcome our newest members, Bob Hastings, John Healy, and Bernie Armstrong, to the club. Bob is a Tucson resident and recently took the ASA keelboat 101 class at Lake Pleasant. Bob is interested in crewing on keelboats at lake pleasant. So, if anyone needs crew, please give Bob a call. John recently moved to Phoenix from Ireland. Both he and his son Denis, who sailed in Ireland, are interested in sailing and racing and are anxious to get out on the water. John is also interested in helping the club with equipment maintenance. Several of us had the pleasure of meeting Bernie and his wife Judy at the last membership meeting. Bernie is a long-time sailor and currently sails an Enterprise, Hairy Carry. Bernie is interested in crewing, racing and helping the club with equipment maintenance.

Lake Pleasant Week 2 Results – Damp but Posted

Wild weekend, too wild for safe sailing on Saturday, but the results are posted, and many comments have been shared about the great RC work even NOT racing Saturday.

Click Here for the scores.

Could we have sailed?  Here are some of the comments about the wisdom of not sailing, and a great video of what it could have been like!

Dave & Wendy: The RC was on station with a course set in winds that the National Weather Service reported 10-15 with gusts to 37. We motored out in the rain in our J/24 along with 4 Merit 25’s; Dream on, Circuitous, Hydropathy & Sea Dreams. The Merits had all set their main sails and we were just about to when Craig called to belay that and look upwind at the gust that was coming. We hung on as the wind hit and heeled the boat over and for the first time I saw water being pushed up the side of the hull to stream up along the lifeline stanchions and then blow across the deck. We decided that was it and headed back to the ramp. We saw 2 of the Merits with ripped mains. All made it back in safely. A BIG thanks to the RC today for going out and a BIG round of applause to the runabout drivers!

RC/Ferring:  Thanks Dave & Wendy. I think we were all a little nuts for being out there under the conditions, but fortunately nobody was hurt. Greg Woodcock and Youri Lenets were the runabout crew, who appreciated a powerful bilge pump to evacuate the waves crashing across the bow. Our thanks also to George Campbell and Joanne who were great on the RC boat in heavy wind and rain and heavier anchor rode.

John Hiett: Well given the brutal brunt of a boundless breeze blasting boom…there are old sailors and there are bold sailors, but there are no old & bold sailors.

Pat Byrnes: Better to be a chicken than an insane fried chicken that was not bold enough to be a chicken to begin with. 

Eric Smaltz: Adding to the AYC drama I reached for a copy of the book The Open Door. “ Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. Security does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than exposure.”

 Mike Ferring: This is a precedent-setting string! A few days ago I was chipping in with information on brats and beer and the banal business of sailing classes. Now look. You’ve elevated it to the sturm and drang of man’s existence! Risk, reward, danger, thrills, and bronco-riding, storm-thrashed skiffs. I’m Googling Proust quotes now.

Editor: Now we know what some of our sailing compatriots are up to when they are NOT on the water.  That, or maybe it’s just that  philosophy is one of the gifts received from time well spent in the wind and on the water!

February AYC Board Meeting Minutes

Meeting Call to order 2/1/2011, 7:13pm, Emory Heisler’s Home

 Attendees: Motil, Heisler, Harlow, Chapman, Pillote, Parker and Guests (see list at end)

 1.       Secretary (Heisler substitute)

  • January minutes updated to reflect May 14, 2011 as Commodore’s Ball.  Approved by Pillote motion, Harlow 2nd, unanimous.

2.       Treasurer Report (Chapman)

  • Awaiting final Birthday Regatta expenses for next report.

3.       Membership (Pillote, Sahali)

  • Bernie Armstrong nominated. Approved by Heisler motion, Motil 2nd, unanimous.

4.       Cruising Captain (vacant – Parker substitute)

  • Tall Cactus preparations – planning for 40 dinners
  •  Details to be posted to web in FebMarch

5.       Fleet Captain (Harlow)

  • Fall Series Trophies will be presented at March Membership meeting
  • Birthday regatta 1st place trophies to be created – assigned to Heisler
  • 3/27/2011 TTL to be cancelled for Dragon Boat Race – Heisler will post to web

6.       Jr. Staff Commodore (Jackson)

  •  No items

7.       Sr. Staff Commodore (Parker)

  •  No items

8.       Rear Commodore (vacant – Motil substitute)

  • GM Meeting topics discussion
  • Commodores Ball set for Chart House – McCormick Ranch 

9.       Vice Commodore (Heisler)

  • Compass Points near ready for February 

10.   Commodore (Motil)

  • No additional items
  • Next Meeting Locations:March 1, Lucille’s Tempe Marketplace, April 5, Jackson’s, May 3, Pete’s (Ballot Count), May 14, Chart House, June 7Heisler’s

11.   Other

  • After adjournment an open discussion was held with guests about AYC current issues (i.e. open board seats, declining membership) and ideas for improvement (improved communications, non-racing activities).  Participants: AYC BoD attendees, Guests: Tom Ohlin-Former Commodore, Dennis Lynde-Former Commodore, ASF: John Mayal, Greg Dean, Lisa Lake, Leo Baumann, Natalie Harper, George Tingom.

Meeting Adjourned 7:56pm

Submitted: March 1, 2011,  Emory Heisler – Vice Commodore for Vacant Secretary position

My First – THE FIRST – Governors Cup 1994

 By Dennis Lynde

Well, this is from quite a while ago, but I was asked to recall a former Governors cup that I had participated in and my first was THE FIRST.

In 1994 I was working for The Sailboat Shop and had the pleasure of selling a new Hunter 26, which he named Wit’s End, to Cliff McCrumb, a Phoenix police officer, and real nice guy.  He and his wife were going to go cruising, but his dad is a long time sailor also and had owned a few sailboats.

Hunter had just come out with their new 26, which was a real departure from previous Hunters, and had a lot of freeboard, a centerboard, full batten main and working jib. You really could not put a large headsail on this boat, since the shrouds were all led to the outside of the deck and hull which prohibited an overlapping jib. This was really a cruiser with a lot of space below, an open transom and a large cockpit.

Cliff decided he would like to try his hand at racing, which he’d never done, so I volunteered to crew for him, and along with a friend of his, Tom Comtois, we decided to enter this new race.  This was the First AYC Governor’s Cup.

Back then, the new dam at Lake Pleasant had just been completed the year before, and none of us were real familiar with the new lake, and it was in the process of still filling, so this sounded like a real fun challenge and a cool way to learn the new lake.

In 1994 the race was held on January 1st, pretty cold at night, but beautiful during the day. Cliff rented a slip at the then new marina and launched before I got there. When I arrived, like any good racing sailor, I asked him if he had cleaned out the cruising gear for the race, and could I get him a cart to take everything off the boat. He said don’t bother, we would race it like it was equipped, and we did. Sleeping bags, BBQ’s, two anchors, batteries, dinnerware, cushions, heaters, etc, etc, and with all the lockers full to the brim. I couldn’t touch a thing.

With “Wit’s End” being a new boat, Cliff only had 2 sails, a working jib, and full batten mainsail (if you don’t have one, get one). The full batten main was a new toy for mono hulls back then. Anyway, we entered the non-spinnaker class, which was a 2 lap 25 mile race of the lake. There was also a 4 lap 50 mile course for the spinnaker boats. Thank goodness we did not enter that class.

Starting out there was a good size fleet, and I don’t remember if we had 2 starts or just one combined fleet start, but there was very little wind and not much to come for quite a while. We settled into drifting mode, I was on the helm, trying not to pinch in a boat that had a lot of freeboard and a small headsail, but lo and behold, because of the small headsail, which was easier to fill in light to no wind, and the full batten main, we were out pointing all the boats that had a large headsail up and a standard main.

This kept up the whole first leg of the race, with this sail and wind combination being just right. And with even with all the gear on board, during a lull we had plenty of momentum to carry us through.

It took us the better part of a day just to get to the far end of the lake and find the first mark, which was a small buoy with flashing yellow highway emergency lights, not very bright, and prone to slipping off to one side of the buoy. Well, we found the marks at the far end of the lake, rounded them alright and tried to make compass references on the chart (remember, no GPS back then).

We finally finished the first lap in the light, and then it got interesting. It was not a full moon, and it got dark at the back of the lake real quickly. We fumbled our way through the course in the black of night, with absolutely no lights at that end of the lake. Luckily we had a wide assortment of flashlights with us, (remember the full lockers) and were only scared 4 or 5 times when we would shine them down on the water and see rocks ghosting by  a short distance away. Also luckily we had all brought winter gloves and jackets, and Cliff pulled a propane heater out and set it in the cockpit next to our feet.  Cruising Boat, remember?

We rounded the last mark and headed for the finish line at the other end of the lake at about 11:30pm and THEN the wind kicked in. We had a broad reach in about 15 knots of wind for the rest of the race and made it back down the lake in about 45 minutes, just screaming along.  We had lost sight and sound of all the other boats and had no idea of where any of the competition was. We finished about 12:19, and motored to the dock.

Cliff asked if we were hungry, pulled out his BBQ and proceeded to make pork chops, green beans and warm bread and coffee for the crew. Something warm to eat at 1:00 really hit the spot. Cruising boat, remember?

You can imagine our surprise the next day when we were awarded 1st place in our class. We thought it was pretty amazing, and even though it got cold that night, we had a great time, never ran aground and really enjoyed ourselves. If I remember correctly, some of the spinnaker boats were finishing the next morning after a 4 lap journey.

EDITORS NOTE:  Have a story from “back in the day” that you’d like to share?  Please contact Emory Heisler or Rob Gibbs by email at CompassPoints@ArizonaYachtClub.org