January Membership Meeting

Hello Sailors!

The January membership meeting is this Tuesday!  We have two guest speakers coming:

Tom McMahon/Arizona Game and Fish Department – Aquatic Invaders

Rick Amalfi/Aquatic Consulting – Tempe Town Lake Water Quality Management

Also, we’ll get an update on the Birthday Regatta / Leukemia Cup from Greg Jackson, the Regatta Chairman.

Remember – you don’t have to be a member to attend!  If you need to know how to get there, Click Here!

82nd SCYA Midwinter Regatta

The SCYA Midwinter Regatta’s history is packed with legendary sailors and their boats from the early days to the present. The event began in 1928, when SCYA and the LA Junior Chamber of Commerce teamed up to promote Southern California as the sports “paradise” of sailing venues. As hoped, the event attracted boats from the Great Lakes, Atlantic Coast and the rest of the Pacific Coast and some of the best known yachtsmen in America.

Los Angeles Harbor was the only venue for many years. The first venue expansion added Alamitos Bay then Marina del Rey and King Harbor. New venues continued to be added through the years until races were being held from Santa Barbara to San Diego and as far east as Arizona and Nevada. Some changes in venue and classes occur from year to year to keep current with class interest. Today 25 or more host clubs and 100 classes participate in the Midwinters.

A few little known facts:

• The Regatta was put on hold during WWII and resumed again in 1946.

• The Star Class is the only one-design class that has sailed in every Midwinter Regatta held.

• The Naples Sabots raced for the first time in 1946 and for 57 years was one of the largest classes. The class quickly grew to huge numbers and it was still the largest class raced 57 years later in 2003.

• Humphrey Bogart raced his yacht Santana in the event in 1947 and lost to Ed Witte.

• In 1954 Mitzi Gaynor was Queen of the Regatta.

• Cal 40s, one of the first fiberglass boats raced for the first time in 1964.

• The1967 Midwinters had 996 entries and 20 one-design classes over 25feet.

• The largest number of entries was in 1977 at over 1,200.

The Southern California Yachting Association’s 82nd Annual Midwinter Regatta 2011 is gearing up for the weekend of February 19th and 20th. The Regatta will be hosted at yacht clubs and associations from Channel Islands to San Diego and all ports in between. Several inland lakes from the Pacific Coast to Arizona will also see racing. Races will be held for dinghies, cruisers, one design sailboats, PHRF racers, multihulls, radio-controlled models, land yachts, powerboats and outrigger canoes (did we miss anyone?).

Regarded as a season opener, the Midwinter Regatta is a community event that unites over 600 boaters throughout Southern California and Arizona. D.I.S.C, spine, orthopedic and sports medicine specialist, supports the competitive spirit and body and wouldn’t miss a chance to partner with SCYA for this grand event; don’t you either! Rain or shine – the Midwinter races will be run. Sign up at www.discmdgroup.com/sailing

New Year’s Message from the Commodore

Ahoy,

Here we are on the eve of a new year and my wish for you in the coming year is summed up in a toast below.

We raise a toast to the good water, where boats abound never aground and has brought us these drinks, and the friendship that has brought us together to enjoy them. We raise a toast to the people that have gone on to better world, and the ones that have gone on to other lands. Though they are not with us in body, we raise this toast to their spirit, their memory, and the memories that we have created with them.

Happy New Years and I hope that the coming year is better tan the last as the promise of a new day inspires us to make it better in everyway.

Joe Motil

Buccaneer Gift Exchange – December Meeting

The proceedings of the AYC Annual Christmas Party – A.K.A Buccaneer Gift Exchange (no relation to the fleet, although…) were full of cheer and merriment.  Here is a little bit of what went on…

The Overall Winner of the Governor’s Cup for 2010 was awarded to Gene Muller for best overall corrected time.  Norm Anderson (PHRF Spin) and Trey Harlow (Portsmouth) were on hand to collect their individual fleet trophies.

Mike and Jo Grijalva were on hand to deliver a Burgee from ????  Mike was also the winner (AGAIN) of the Newport to Ensenada race.

The Blunder Bucket was (finally) awarded to Emory Heisler for getting his back window taken out by the mast of his Bucc, Erin Morgan, when his trailer popped off the hitch (because hd didn’t close the latch!) on his way to the fiberglass repair shop (which is an entirely different Blunder Bucket nomination).  And while there were may other nominations, including Bob Worral for his “gift” at the exchange, Emory’s tale of gross bafoonary was by far the favorite of the group.




As always, the Buccaneer Gift Exchange was great fun for all!  Lots of Bootie – some great, some, well…not so great (Trailer tire? Really Bob?)


Registration for AYC Birthday Regatta Still Open!

Hey Sailors,

There is still time to sign up for the Birthday Regatta / Leukemia Cup!  REGISTRATION IS STILL OPEN and will remain open until 9:30 am on Saturday the 15th (that’s the Skipper’s Meeting!)

You can’t pre-order shirts anymore but we will have a VERY LIMITED quantity available on site.  Get there early as I’m sure the stock will go quickly – first come first served!

Also, if you just need to order dinner or breakfast, you can still do so.  Just go to the REGISTRATION PAGE and un-check the race entry and select only what you need.

Also, just because your fleet isn’t “Officially” racing on Friday, don’t let that stop you from coming out and getting some practice in!  We’ll be making fleets that morning and we’ll post the finishes so come out, have some fun and GO RACE!

Fall Race Series Winners

Congratulations to all Fall Race Series Fleet Champions:

Lake Pleasant

  • Catalina 22 –  None Yet – Martin Lorch
  • Merit 25 –  Blue Streak – Norman Anderson
  • PHRF Non-Spin – Melissa Kay – Mike Ferring
  • PHRF Spin –  Bad Idea – Dave Christensen
  • Thistle – [No Name] – Trey Harlow
  • Viper 640 – NAGA – Charles Kaye

Tempe Town Lake

  • Buccaneer 18-  Slur – Matt Davis
  • Capri 14.2 – Sea Ya’ – Mike Ferring
  • Laser – [No Name] – Mike Bernard
  • Portsmouth – Waterdog – Joe Motil

LAST CALL – Birthday Regatta Race Committee Needs YOU!

UPDATE 27 Dec – We’re down to the wire and we still have some openings on Race Committee.  We still need:

2 People on Friday
1 Person on Saturday
3 People on Sunday

Please let me know if you can help at robdasailor@gmail.com or 602-757-2012.

Hello everyone!
I’d like to extend the opportunity to participate as race committee to everyone if you don’t already have an offer to crew. We need 6 volunteers for Friday and 8 for Sat and Sun. The jobs include running the start line, calling the finish line, and being race support on one of our two runabouts. You can volunteer for 1, 2 or 3 days of help.  Don’t worry if you haven’t done it before…we’ll teach you everything you need to know!

Friday, racing starts at 11:30 am. I would like anyone who wants to help to meet me near the “big tent” (you can’t miss it) at Lake Pleasant.  You will need to arrive around 8:00am planning to leave the dock NLT 10:00.

Saturday, racing starts at 11:30 so same schedule (again with time to make assignments and do a little training). Sunday Racing starts at 9:00 so please plan on arriving around 6:45am and getting off the dock by 7:00.

For full details, please see the NOR and SI (out later this week.)  Please let me know as soon as you can if you think you can help out. Please feel free to contact me directly with questions either by email robdasailor@gmail.com or cell phone – 602-757-2012.  Oh, and in case you are wondering, there IS a potty on the RC Boat.  😛

Looking forward to having you on the team!
Thanks!
Rob
2011 Birthday Regatta RC Chair

Cole’s Wash Raft Up

The annual New Year’s Day cruise to Cole’s Wash buoy for lunch is ON! Join us New Year’s day – about lunch time for a raft up at the buoy to share company and good eats. Bring lunch for yourself, and some to share.

If you don’t know where Cole’s Wash is, here’s a map.

I’ll bring the cookies!
Wendy Larsen-Christensen

The Call of the Sea

Commodore Motil,

All these many years my “Pop” (90) has had another love in his life besides my mother; it’s his love of…the sea. A while back I wrote a song with him in mind. Now, with the internet, there are pictures with the words. It’s titled, “The Call of the Sea” and, since you have the same “calling,” I thought you might like to see it. I’d be honored if you did.

All the best, stay warm, and…smooth sailing,

Robert (bob) Edwards

Thanks to Chrisann Tortora for website image.

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UPDATE – 2011 Birthday Regatta and Leukemia Cup – UPDATE

Sailors,

Please get your registration completed by December 30, 2010! Register Here. This is the only way to get your Regatta  T-Shirt, which only available for purchase until December 30th! Get other gear like microfiber/drytech shrts, Gill bags and shorts with the Birthday Regatta Logo straight from our manufacturer here and it will be delivered directly to the regatta.

Also, if you just want the T-Shirt and or a few meals, you can use the registration page as well – just don’t enter the regatta!  You can also order gear from our Birthday Regatta Gear Page too.

Below are a few items to make your stay at the Birthday Regatta more pleasurable…

The closest hotel to Lake Pleasant is the Hampton Inn in Anthem and they have offered entrant a discounted room rate here.

Slips are available for $20.00 per night at Pleasant Harbor Marina at 602 912 1664 if you mention that you are with the Arizona Yacht Club.

Also, if you mention the Arizona Yacht Club to RV Rental Outlet, they can bring up a motor home and set it up for you at the lake for you weekend. Their number is 888 461 0023. You will also have to let Pleasant Harbor know so you can get a camp site.

If you want, tent and car camping is available for the price of admission to the park, but if you pitch your tent on a lawn, get ready for the sprinklers!

The general agenda goes something like this:

Friday

7:00 – Breakfast Burritos
7:00 – Registration Opens
9:00 – Registration Closes
9:30 – Skipper’s Meeting
11:30 – Racing/Race Practice (See NOR/SI)
17:00 – Bar Opens
18:00 – Dinner by resident Head Chef Rick Johnson
22:00 – Bar Closes

Saturday

7:00 – Eggs and Bacon Breakfast
7:00 – Registration Opens
9:00 – Registration Closes
9:30 – Skipper’s Meeting
11:30 – Racing (See NOR/SI)
17:00 – Bar Opens
17:00 – Silent Auction Open
17:30 – Dinner and Keynote Speaker Maureen McKinnon-Tucker
19:00 – Silent Auction Closes
19:10 – LLS Thanks You and Recognition
19:30 – Auction
20:15 – Top Fund Raiser Recognition
22:00 – Bar Closes

Sunday

7:00 – Breakfast Burritos
9:00 – Racing
14:00ish – Awards Ceremony


If you have more specific questions, please call me at 480-503-2191 or send me an email at jr.staff.commodore@arizonayachtclub.org.

Thanks!
Greg

December Meeting – Buccaneer Gift Exchange!

Arrr Me hardies,

Tiz the season for that favorite of AYC gatherins, the Buccaneer Gift Exchange! This Tuesday eve bring ye bootie to the 19th Tee and prepare for a wild evening.  Ye must bring bootie to get bootie, for that be part of the code.  When you get called to the deck choose wisely, for if yer bootie be too prized, she may get pirated!  But pirated only twice says I, then the prize must lay where she rests.  Don’t miss out mate!  A jolly time will be had by all.

AYC-ers Sail with Jobson for Leukemia Fund Raising

Gary Jobson and the Carolina Yacht Club hosted 80 sailors and their guests – including two AYC Buccaneer sailors (Chris Robertson and Emory Heisler) for the “Sail with Jobson – Fantasy Sail Weekend” December 3-5, 2010.

Not to miss an opportunity to sail, Emory showed up a day early to sail with his Buccaneer skipper from 2010 Buccaneer North American Championships (BNAC) Captain Ray Dunn who also just happens to live in the Charleston area – proof once again that if you know a Buccaneer, you probably know someone in just about any port in the country!  Arrrrr!

Along with an afternoon of sailing with Gary Jobson hopping from boat to boat, the weekend included many reminders about the Leukemia Cup Regattas, the Leukemia Lymphoma Society, and their shared mission to cure blood cancers. Attendees included at least half-a-dozen blood cancer survivors, but also was missing several participants from previous years that were not so fortunate to have the cure they needed for their version of the disease.

Get your fund raising “hat” on for the AZ Leukemia Cup Regatta and next year you might be  sailing with Gary Jobson in NEW YORK CITY!

More Ways to Stay in Touch with Your AYC

Hi everyone,

Several of you have asked me about how Facebook works or how to get information sent to you from the website, so I thought I would do a piece on some of the new features of the site, many of which are why we moved to the new format in the first place.

First off, the simplest way to get information sent to you from the website is right at the top where is says “Subscribe to the Feed Via Email.”  This simply emails you anytime anyone posts a new article to the website.

Speaking of that, who can write articles?  Well, anyone can write an article and send it to me and I’ll get it posted.  The longer answer is that members of the board have access and can write and publish directly to the site.  ANYONE can comment on an article.  If you see an article on the front page of the website you can click it to read the rest of the story.  If you have an opinion or a comment, there is an opportunity to leave your thoughts at the bottom of each page.  You have to leave us some information and your comment has to be approved (just to make sure random people don’t send in bogus spam) but that happens pretty quickly.  This is not meant to replace the Yahoo group, just another opportunity to have a discussion.

We also have a page to submit photos for us to use.  This is a great, easy way to get published on the site.  I’m going to make every attempt to use the photos in articles.  On the form there is an opportunity to tell us the story behind it, if there is any…

So then we get to the social media stuff.  By far, the most popular place for social media is Facebook.  First thing you’ll need is an account.  They are free and you can use it to keep up with all your friends as well as the AYC.  Just go to the Facebook homepage and sign up.  If you’ve never used Facebook, here is a short video on how to sign up for an account and find and become a fan of the AYC Fan Page.

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Now that you have a Facebook account, you can search for the Arizona Yacht Club page using the search bar at the top or you can go directly to www.Facebook.com/arizonayachtclub.  Once you are there, you should see something that says “Like” this.  It should look like this:

Alternatively, you can open our website www.arizonayachtclub.org and go to to the box on the lower right side and “like” the page there.  Once you do that, you will receive status updates to your Facebook homepage.  I’ve set it up so that any NEW post also shows up on the Facebook page.

So, the last thing you can do is to “Follow” @AZYTCLB on Twitter.com.  Again, you’ll need a Twitter.com account and all you have to do is search for us.  Here is our Twitter Page: http://twitter.com/azytclb

If you have questions, please use the comment block at the bottom, because if you have a question, chances are someone else does to!  Thanks!

Get your Birthday Regatta RACE GEAR!

Our Ship’s Store is now offering more gear with the Birthday Regatta logos!  Check out the entire BIRTHDAY REGATTA GEAR PAGE!

If you are into tech gear we are offering the Long Sleeve and Short Sleeve Microfiber Tech shirts…these will be screen printed with the front, back and sleeve logo just like the cotton shirts you buy when you register.

In addition, get tons of other gear with the logo embroidered on.  All items ordered will be shipped to us and be given to you at the regatta!

Act now and you can get additional holiday savings!  Check the right side of the BIRTHDAY REGATTA GEAR PAGE for more info.

(BTW – there is a small error on their page that makes a reference to the Ultimate 20 North American Logo – we are aware of the problem and it will not affect your order!)

UPDATED – A Message From The Leukemia/Lymphoma Society –

UPDATE – Files available for you:
Instructions for setting up online fundraising
Forms and Instructions to get Event Sponsors
Sample Letter and Auction Item Form

Dear Arizona Yacht Club Members,

We are thankful all year for our wonderful friends, but  this season of caring reminds us of how fortunate we are to have such generous people around us.  The work you are doing through the Leukemia Cup Regatta has resulted in there being three researchers funded by The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.  I just wanted to convey once again the impact you have on blood cancer cures.   You are very generous with your time, and it helps tremendously.

On behalf of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, thank you for joining us for our 2011 Leukemia Cup Regatta with gold medalist speaker Maureen McKinnon-Tucker.  Dojiggy fundraising pages are ready to be reactivated! Please just email me at kerri.weiss@lls.org. By agreeing to participate in our 12th Annual Leukemia Cup Regatta, you have joined thousands of fundraising sailors nationwide to help support the Society’s mission to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life for patients and their families.

As you know, this is a fundraising regatta, and you and your crewmates are encouraged to raise as much money as possible.  Every dollar helps support blood cancer research and the Society’s education and support programs.  You can also earn great fundraising prizes and the chance to win a trip to our annual Fantasy Sail Weekend next Fall in New York.

Since its inception in 1949, the Society has invested more thank $483 million in research, leading to breakthrough drugs like Gleevec® designed to fight chronic myelogenous leukemia.  Currently, the Society underwrites the work of over 400 cancer researchers throughout the world, and provides a wide range of patients services including financial aid, support groups and educational seminars.  None of this could happen without the support of fundraisers like you.

Thank you for joining our “crew”, as we race for a cure.  We appreciate your efforts on the Leukemia Cup Regatta, and wish you and your family a joyous holiday season.

Sincerely,

Kerri J

:: Kerri Weiss | Special Events Manager
:: The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society | 3877 N. 7th Street, Suite 300, Phoenix AZ  85014
:: (602) 567-7605 office | (602) 567-7601 fax | VOIP 7605 | www.lls.org/dm | kerri.weiss@lls.org