If you were at Lake Pleasant on the morning of the 8th of November for the races you might have noticed something a little out of place…
If you look really, really closely you can see that this boat was SO NEW they didn’t even have registration stickers on it yet. I heard from some of the gang that stayed overnight that they heard a thud, an engine rev up, then cut out. I don’t even know where to start with the jokes.
As usual a good time was had by all at the November membership meeting. We were able to introduce one of the newest members of our club Ed Triebel, pictured here with the Fleet Captain Trey Harlow. If you see Ed, or any of our new members “around the club” be sure to welcome them.
The guest speaker was former America’s Cup contender Phillip Freedman one of the sailing coaches at ASU. He is starting a new intercollegiate competition here in the valley, the first one of its kind – the Cactus Cup. They are attempting to add it to the Pacific Coast Collegiate Sailing Conference’s tour of schools and venues.
We are working on getting them to bring some of their KILLER T-Shirts to a future meeting to raise money for their team. We’ll get the word out well in advance so you can get yours!
The rest of the evening was filled with the usual pirate frivolity…
If you follow Sailing Anarchy you may have seen this promo for the documentary video coming out on CBS this month on the 2008-09 Vendee Globe race. For those unfamiliar, it’s a single-handed around the world race. It starts 11 Nov 2012. Pretty extreme…anyone up for it?[youtube]B9eaOsFcX4c[/youtube]
Mike Parker has given us the final course for the Governor’s Cup 26.2mi Marathon:
Many Arizona Sailors know my daughter Maggie Blumm. She has been sailing our desert waters for nearly 15 years and is a product of the AYC Juniors and ASF programs, as well as having raced locally in both Buccs and her 420. Recently she was accepted to ASU’s Barrett, the Honors College.
She wanted to participate in ASU’s Sailing Team, but her schedule is very demanding. And when the Team hopped in cars to attend their first regatta of this season, Maggie’s college classes took precedence. She called home and asked if she could drive herself to Mission Bay to ‘try out’ for the team. I said let me drive you; so Friday night we departed on a beautiful full-moon drive to San Diego.
Saturday morning we showed up at the Mission Bay YC docks. Coach Philip Freeman assigned Mags to crew on one of the four FJ’s charted by ASU. Mags walked up to her assigned boat, grabbed the tiller and her crew member then shoved off into a moderate breeze.
Maggie’s starts were a bit anemic, but good golly she was passing one boat after another. Six boats passed one race, eight another; and these were all short w/l races! At a late afternoon shore break, I congratulated Mags on her passing skills, but reminded her it would be a whole lot easier if she better timed front row starts. I even threw in a minor incentive.
Sunday morning Coach Freeman moved Maggie to ASU’s A-Team. To make a memorable adventure concise, Mags captured one third place amongst 13 teams, which included well funded PacTen teams. All in all, ASU scored a very impressive 4th in the San Diego State sponsored regatta.
The ASU Sailing Team is gelling, building sailing skills and confidence. Their next inter-collegiate regatta is this month in Santa Barbara. Go Sun Devils!
Maggie would not be where she is at without the support, skills and attitude she learned sailing with AYC and ASF. A special thanks to all AYC and ASF sailors who have assisted Maggie in fulfilling her dream of becoming the best sailor she can be.
It is with a heavy heart that I reproduce this obituary from AZCentral.com for the AYC’s Founder, Ruth Beals. The posting of this obituary can be found here, along with the guest book.
Ruth’s life began in Pickerington, Ohio, and ended in Phoenix on Halloween morning, a favorite prank-filled holiday for her. She left her small town for work at a Columbus radio station and after the war was married to Sue and Margie’s father in Palm Springs. They lived in Phoenix without air conditioning amid scorpions near 7th Ave. and Glendale (out in the country) and began to acquire wonderful lifetime friends.
Mom believed anything to do with water in the desert deserved support so selling sailboats on Indian School Road wasn’t impossible. So she did it. Mom enjoyed those with whom she had common interests and founded the Arizona Yacht Club in 1958. To all you sailors out there, Ruth bids you a final (and hopefully breezy) “Sails Ahoy”.
While working at the Court of Appeals, she met an inventor with a wave making machine in his backyard. An ocean in Tempe didn’t seem out of the question, so with Ruth’s persistence and Clairol’s backing Big Surf was built. Mom was hired to manage the rental and gift shop and eventually modeled for Clairol’s Silk and Silver hair products. Associated General Contractors was another work experience and she produced the “Blue Streak” publication and managed the plan room.
For those of you who have found delight in the springtime flowers of Arizona, the thrill of rafting down the Colorado, the peace of trodding the Hillshire’s of England along with the new perspective of driving on the left side of the road, the breathless accomplishment of climbing the pyramids of Mexico, trodding the cobblestone streets of San Miguel de Allende, enjoying summers in Alpine or Hawley Lake or Bisbee, sailing the silent lagoons and rolling waters of Bora Bora, watching a volcano erupt in Guatemala, marveling at Europe, surviving an Atlantic force-10 storm onboard a freighter crossing the ocean for two months, Ruth salutes you. Our loyal lady encouraged and inspired three men, their families, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and lived her life in grace, beauty and wit. Although “life could be grim at times” insisted, “You never know until you’ve tried. The worst they can say is ‘No.’ ” She said life needed three things for success: security, identity and stimulaton and each person had to provide their own. For all of you who had the pleasure of knowing Ruth, survive her with joy in exploring and learning. That would be her wish.
Phillip Freedman, Sailing coach of ASU‘s sailing team will be coming to give the membership a presentation of all that they have been doing. Recently their sailing club has beaten some prominent Californian teams and looking to do more. Phillip, a recent transplant from San Diego with his wonderful daughter is looking forward to some fantastic plans associated with inter collegiate sailing which is often the base for larger programs. Come see an amazing trophy.
Speaking of trophies,
Come see the coveted Governors’ cup trophy and put your registration in to make history.
It was an agonizing 91 days, but finally our favorite little city lake is full and everyone seemed to really be happy about it. Reasonable winds made for competitive one design sailing. Most of the Laser fleet was neck and neck all the way around the course and Emory Heisler bested the Bucc 18 fleet single-handing! (or so he says…scores forthcoming!) Speaking of scores…great job C14.2 fleet to RC Duty! Thanks to Dave Evans for the great photos and to Joe Motil for lending him the camera and for posting them online…click here for the full Picasa Web album.
As we continue to upgrade the website, the most recent advancement is the ability to view a “slimmed down” version on your mobile phone. Just navigate your mobile browser to www.arizonayachtclub.org like you normally would on your computer and you will get the 10 latest posts, a search function and access to all of the pages in the menu items. Hopefully this will help get you to the right lake on the right day!
One more example of how blessed we AZ sailors are is that the US Sailing Board of Directors meets HERE IN AZ every other year for their annual Board of Directors meeting. As US Sailing members, and on behalf of AYC – Arizona Yacht Club, not Annapolis – we get to join in on the fun and information sharing and help welcome them to our fair city.
Several AYC members showed up for the welcome reception at the PV Embassy Suites and it was once again a marvelous opportunity to meet with the leaders of our sport from across the country. Joe Motil took the stage with Gary Jobson to welcome participants, and George Tingom, Tony Chapman and I rubbed elbows with US Sailing leaders like America’s Cup sailor Dawn Riley and rules “Guru” Dick Rose. We had a great time swapping sailing stories and discussing the many common problems in our sport that exist regardless of the kind of boat we sail or where we sail it.
A special feature of the evening – in addition to the awarding of the US Sailing Herreshoff Trophy to Jim Muldoon (CEO of St. Mary’s College in Southern Maryland) – was the unveiling of the “Motil Mark” created by our very own Commodore Joe Motil. My guess is we will see more development and in time you’ll see “Production Versions” of Joe’s simple yet effective Race Mark – The Motil Mark!
When US Sailing is here again – and I for one hope they continue to visit us every two years – I recommend this evening and the event in general as a way to get to know who is “at the helm” of our sport on a national level and to show that AZ sailing is active, alive and well!
I know it’s been a while, but TTL SUNDAYS are BACK! Sign up now online if you haven’t already. According to NOR/SI C-14s are Race Committee. As this is the last day of October, First Gun is 3:00pm. Come out, get wet and GO SAILING!
Welcome to the newly revised AYC website. This is a new effort at taking a great idea and trying to make it even better. What you see before you is the result of efforts to upgrade and add features to one of our main communication tools, the AYC website. Much of what was created before is being utilized in the new design. This is so that members and anyone wanting to find out about sailing in Arizona, can interact with our site. Change always seems tough but the technologies of today require adaptation.
Please join me in a well deserved thank you to Mike Ferring for his multiple years of service as webmaster, shaping and giving the website much of its look and style. Mike has done a fabulous job with our website. Nicely done! After many years of dedication, Mike made his decision to pass the baton on. Rob Gibbs has accepted the challenge as the new webmaster and stepped up to help renovate the new website you see before you.
There are new social networking tools embedded into this website. These enable a broader range of communication formats that allow you to be notified directly of current events and activities when they are posted. As with all new things, it will take time to shape it into the mature product our former web sight had become but it will allow for easier maintenance and facilitate a broader outreach.
Yours in sailing,
Great weekend of racing at Lake Pleasant – Great dinner Saturday night! The quote of the evening was from Martin Lorch, “It’s a good thing nobody liked it because I don’t have any left!” Get the weekend’s Race Scores. Thanks to Joe Barnett for taking photos…See them at:
The AYC Governor’s Cup has been revived! Traditionally a long distance point to point race on Lake Roosevelt, it’s moved to Lake Pleasant and is a 26.2 mi “marathon” course with creative scoring. Read the NOR’s and SI’s carefully! Click below to sign up today! Sign up before Nov 12th for Early Bird pricing.
Finally we got the official word from the City that TTL will be officially re-opened @ 5:00 am on the 26th of Oct. Here was the official announcement:
Thank you for your patience as we work to get Tempe Town Lake back to normal and boat-able (new word!) once again. The date for the opening of the lake to recreational boating and fishing has been set for Tuesday, October 26 at 5:00am. There will be a function at the marina with the Mayor, City Council and hopefully representatives from the many diverse groups within our Boating Community. The function is from 5am to 9am and we are hoping for a lot of press coverage. If you are coming to the ceremony and want your group to be recognized please send Kris Baxter a note at: email@example.com
I wanted to also touch base on some safety points and some logistics before we begin boating:
Programmed Use Forms: Be sure that these are in to me before your club/organization begins its boating program. If you have already submitted them, which many have, thank you.
Lights: Now is a good time to check your lights to be sure they are working, as today the sunrise is at 6:35am and sunset is at 5:51pm. Most of our boaters will be starting or finishing their sessions in darkness. The light policy is as follows:
A red or red/green light on the bow of the boat and a clear white light on the stern that can be reached by someone in the boat and waved in case of danger. On Tempe Town Lake it is permissible to use a red light on the bow, but a red/green light is preferred. It is important to note the lights need to have a minimum 180 degree visibility and are to be attached to the boat and not to occupants of the boat.
Traffic Pattern: As we all know the traffic pattern on the lake is counter clock wise. We are expecting a lot of boats out in those first few weeks, please stick to the traffic pattern for everyone’s safety.
Safety Boats: All clubs/programs that store boats in the safe harbor can put them back, as the ramp and safe harbor entrance are now deep enough. Please understand that this means you can put your boat in and take it to the safe harbor and park it. This is not an early green light to do any form of boating. Please also use the mooring spot you have been using in the past. Call me with any questions.
Boat Rental: We have a new vendor who will be on the lake for boat rental beginning October 30. Their name is Tempe Boat Rentals and it is operated by Boat Rentals of America. They will stage out of the docks by Tempe Beach Park. We have not had rentals on the lake in a while and we are very excited to have this company working on the lake. Their contact number is: 480-303-8903 and their web site is: boats4rent.com
Thanks all, I hope to see you at the marina next Tuesday morning (ceremony is from 5am – 9am) or at least boating on the lake.
Here is the AZCENTRAL Video Interview of Mayor Hugh Hallman on Opening Day.
US Sailing’s 2010 Annual Meeting is on Thursday the 21st of October at the Embassy Suites in Scottsdale. The “Icebreaker” we are hosting is 5:30 to 7:30. AYC is hosting a booth and you are invited to come and mingle with the leaders of your National Sailing Organization. Please let Joe Motil (firstname.lastname@example.org) know if you plan to attend. For more information on the meeting see US Sailing’s Website
For those of you who may not know, Bryan Dunham is being deployed overseas and is no longer able to serve as our Vice Commodore. This was a letter he sent to the club:
It is with deep and heartfelt regret that I must submit my resignation as Vice Commodore. As many of you know, I am deploying again with our U.S. armed forces in support of our various causes worldwide. Unfortunately the requisite preparations began much earlier and are requiring more of my personal time than I anticipated. Due to this I have been unable to attend to the duties of the Vice Commodore in a timely manner. I bear full responsibility for the neglect of my duties and apologize for my performance. You all deserve an officer who can dedicate his or her full attention to the duties and responsibilities of the position. The success of the Yacht Club has always been dependent on the dedication and enthusiasm of volunteer members and I encourage all of you to step up and do what you can. I hope that you can all understand that I have precious little time left before my departure and wish to spend what little I have left with my immediate family.
I’m sure we all wish Bryan well as he sacrifices to defend our country. We thank him and his family for their contributions.
That having been said, there are now 3 open board positions: Vice Commodore, Rear Commodore, and Cruising Captain. There is no rule that says if you take on one of these positions, you must do the “5 year slog” that has burdened past commodores. I encourage everyone to do what they can and serve their club in the way they find best for them. Personally, Tuesday nights are tough for my family, so I haven’t taken a board position, instead I volunteered to take up the website and run the Ship’s Store. Whatever you do, be sure you give back to your club!