Like to Host an AYC Happy Hour?

By Deb Heisler, Rear Commodore We are continuing our AYC-hosted Happy Hours each month at various locations around the valley. An evening of food, stories and a brew or two are a fun way to engage with fellow sailors and potential new members. Feel free to invite

Spring Racing Action Now

Spring racing kicked off Sunday (1/12) at Tempe Town Lake and begins Saturday (1/18) at Lake Pleasant. Sign up now and get the race documents on the racing page. The Tempe Town Lake kickoff was a wheeze-off, with wind so light it was nothing at all.

Water in Arizona – Past, Present & Future

By Deb Heisler, Rear Commodore It’s something we don’t often think about, but our very existence in Arizona relies on the mighty Colorado, Lake Powell, Lake Mead, and the reservoirs of Roosevelt Lake, the Salt and Verde rivers. Where does all this water come from? Where

Passing: 50-Year Member Don DeFreze

One of the earliest and most colorful members of the Arizona Yacht Club, Don DeFreze, passed away November 26. In an interview we did in 2012, Don explained how AYC members wanted to build a dock and offered to make him an honorary member if he

TTL Fall Series Winners

How dld the first Tempe Town Lake race series go for the new Sunfish class? Quite well, thank you, and congratulate longtime Sunfish fan Gary Oberbeck for a fall series home run. Gary not only won the fleet, but he did it with a perfect

Congratulate the LP Fall Series Winners

Lake Pleasant called up the biggest wind of the season for AYC’s final day of the fall series, enough wind to break boats and send lots of sailors back to shore. By late morning racing was over and the final standings locked down. Congratulations to the

The Spaghetti Bowl for Setting Race Marks

By David Newland, Lake Pleasant Lake Captain I remember the first time I stared at a Lake Pleasant mark set bucket and wondered about that cleat bolted to the side (…and those bricks). After some instruction (and trial and error), I figured it out. And, fortunately,

Lazy, Crazy Daze of Autumn

The pictures tell the story. Surprisingly patient sailors waiting for a breath of air on Tempe Town Lake (11/10). Kick back, enjoy the sun. Don't move or you'll yank the laminar flow from the drooping sails.   Seven Sunfish were out, decorating the water with colorful

TTL Turns Tumultuous Twenty

By Mike Ferring It was never supposed to be quite like this, but 20 years after water gurgled into the ditch that was the Salt River along  the 202, the small body of water that became Tempe Town Lake is still a key part of Arizona