Schedule Changes due to Coronavirus

In light of the CDC recommendations, as well as restrictions handed down to us by local government authorities, your Board and your Fleet Captains have made the following changes to our schedule: All Racing Activities in March are cancelled. A decision on April and beyond

Gorgeous Lake Pleasant Race Weekend

There was enough 8-knot wind to combine with a splash of sunshine and 70+ degree weather to make it a memorable weekend on the water (3/14-15) and a nice escape from the harsh reality of the week's news. It was fun to watch the clash of

Help ASF with Each Amazon Purchase

Do you shop at Amazon? The huge online merchant will give .5% (one-half percent) of the money from each of your purchases to our Arizona Sailing Foundation. As of mid-March 2020, the "Amazon Smile" program has donated $395 to ASF. Your purchases cost the same. Amazon

Racing with The Stars… and Stripes!

Cruising Captain Heather McClain has organized an event for AYC members to race on two famous America's Cup boats in San Diego Harbor, Stars and Stripes and Il Moro. It's a trip Dave and Amy Henning took last year (that's them grinding above) and Dave

Tempe Town Lake Didn’t Disappoint

By Stacee Danner On Sunday (2/23), the wind didn’t disappoint, starting strong from the west for each fleet. What’s more? The first gun actually went off on time, unlike the previous two weeks when wind was light to non-existent. The junior fleet raced five solid races,

Sunday’s Gentle TTL Action

The lake looked like glass at the 2pm start time. A flicker of breeze wafted from the west at 2:15. PRO George Tingom, screamed "Start 'em!" Okay, he probably didn't, but the day needed some action. Most of the Tempe Town Lake race group this Sunday

Birthday Regatta Bash

By Bob Naylor, Regatta Organizer And what a weekend it was! The Birthday Regatta and Leukemia Cup was Arizona winter sailing at its finest. Blue skies, sunny warm days, and light to moderate winds made for lots of great racing. Hundreds of sailors and supporters enjoyed

Tuning Your Sailing Body

Shroud tension. Check. Mast bend. Check. Keel faired. Check. Optimize backstay, traveler, outhaul, Cunningham. Check, check, check, check. Tune body. Body? At the March monthly meeting, Keith Kocher will show us how to tune that critical bit of sailing gear, the human body. He'll offer a

Safety is Everyone’s Responsibility

Recently we had higher winds at Lake Pleasant than on an average race day and two people landed in the water after a knockdown under spinnaker. The water temp was only about 60 degrees. The remaining crew members struggled to get the boat back under control

AYC Photo Wins a Tempe Instagrammy Award

Grant Younger says he did it on a whim. At 11:55, five minutes before the entry deadline, he grabbed five pictures off the AYC Instagram account and submitted them for recognition in the whimsically-named Tempe Instagrammys. Then he got an email saying that one of

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 Saturday (1/18) at Lake Pleasant. Even though the season is underway, it's not too late to jump in: Sign up now and get the race documents on the racing page. Mark Trainor summed up the

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 and on January 25, some of his buddies from AYC came out to remember him and to tell stories about this entertaining character. In an interview we

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

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