Another Light Wind TTL Weekend

By Bob Naylor - Sunfish Fleet Captain   Wind conditions for Sunday’s races (10/13) were less than favorable on an otherwise beautiful Sunday afternoon. Sailors relied on their light-air tactics for much of the day while contending with periods of no wind, very light wind, 180-degree wind

The Amazing Jerome Rand

Jerome Rand got a standing ovation when he finished speaking at the AYC October monthly meeting and I don't recall that ever happening before. But then, it was quite the story he told. The tale really needs to begin with his 2012 trek along the Appalachian

LP Fall Week Two Proves Flukey

And how unusual is that? On Saturday we gave some serious thought to giving up when the wind failed to show until well into the afternoon, but when it arrived we enjoyed some good racing, bouncing west-east on windward-leeward courses. Sunday arrived with with strong north wind

TTL Race Weekend #3

By Clay Poulson, Portsmouth Fleet Captain Week three of the 2019 Tempe Town Lake race series turned out to be a dandy. The racing dinghy fleets were greeted with fairly steady westerlies ranging up to the mid teens. A bit up and down but generally, we

Rockin’ Opening Day

It started with a bang and kept going from there. Okay, Opening Day 2019's opening cannon shot was actually just after Joe and Bonnie Motil's beautiful breakfast spread, just after Fleet Captain Scott Richards' welcoming and just before everyone headed out for a magnificent day on

Ruth Beals Race October 12 at Lake Pleasant

The all-woman Ruth Beals Cup Regatta will return to Lake Pleasant on Saturday, October 12, with the starting gun at 9:30 am. It's for women at the helm in run-what-you-brung boats rated by PHRF handicap. Race documents and registration available here. The race is named for the

Gentle Breeze for TTL Week Two

That's the gentle way to describe the generally breeze-less race day (9/15). It didn't prevent a dozen Lasers, a few Sunfish, Clay Poulson (his own fleet of one Portsmouth) and the Juniors from testing whether they could still move. They did it enough to lay

Around the World Solo Nonstop: October Meeting

Imagine sailing 271 days at sea. Around the world. By yourself and without stopping. On a 32-foot boat built in 1975. Frightening idea? Foolish? Probably. But that's what Jerome Rand did and he lived to tell us about it. Jerome is our speaker at the next

TTL Fall Series Opening Day

By Marc Danner The day started with the Junior More sailing class rigging boats with new sails! (The ASF board voted to replace the well-worn original sails with crisp new ones.) The kids practiced starts, rounding the marks in the right direction and trying capsize drills

Opening Day Celebration Sept 21

By Deb Heisler I've been briefed that on past Opening Days we've had dinner and a movie with popcorn, a chili competition, tacos and a Mariachi band, USCG boat inspections, and even a burn the summer flip-flops ceremony. Well, this year, pull out and don your favorite, decorative,

Buffing Boats for Fall Action

A large group of volunteers turned out at Tempe Town Lake Saturday, August 24, to prepare the Arizona Sailing Foundation (ASF) boats for fall classes and the AYC Adopt-a-Boat program. By the time the morning work party finished, the boats were washed and prepped for action.

Crew Party: September 7

When: Saturday, September 7, from 4 to 7 pm. Where: Royal Gardens Condominium Pool & Clubhouse, 1917 E. Medlock Drive, Phoenix (plenty of parking available along the street). See map Fall racing starts Sunday, September 8, so if you’re a skipper in need of crew or are

September Meeting: North Sails One Design

  The AYC September monthly meeting will feature North Sails One Design sailor Eric Doyle, one of the top Star boat sailors in the world and an America's Cup veteran. The meeting is at 7p on Tuesday, September 10, at Dave & Buster's at Tempe Marketplace

AYC Sailors Splash at Mission Bay

In August, four AYC sailors packed their Lasers off to Mission Bay Yacht Club for one-design races in the Pacific. David Newland describes what happened. By David Newland When AYC hosted the Laser District race in March, five members from San Diego’s Mission Bay Yacht Club came

How to Get More Women Sailing

Have you seen the movie Maiden? It's currently showing at the Harken's theater at Fashion Square and it's a truly inspirational and entertaining documentary tracing the 1989-1990 all-women's campaign in the Whitbread Around-the-World race. A boatload of women challenged the men in this grueling event, not