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Honorary Life Members – Mike and Maryellen Ferring

Mike & Maryellen Ferring

On Tuesday October 2, AYC’s Board, at the recommendation of all of the current Honorary Life Members, voted to make Mike and Maryellen Ferring Honorary Life Members as well.

According to the AYC Bylaws, “Honorary Life Membership may be granted to any Club Member whose services to the Club and the sport of sailing shall have been deemed outstanding over a period of years.” For several decades now Mike and Maryellen have served the AYC and ASF, as Board members, as Sailing Instructors and in general as “Ambassadors” for sailing in Arizona.
Here are some highlights of their outstanding service:

  • In 2010 Maryellen was recognized by the ASF with the “Heavy Lifting Award.”
  • Mike has long been the Webmaster of our website, one of the best in sailing.
  • Mike served as AYC Commodore on an unmatched record of three separate occasions (2006-07, 2012-13, 2017-18), always, as we all know, with a lot of help from Maryellen.
  • They were instrumental in bringing many of our featured speakers to meetings including the likes of Gary Jobson, North U founder Bill Gladstone, J-Boats president Jeff Johnstone, Oracle USA Tactician and Olympian Andrew Campbell, and many more.
  • In the Spring of 2014 Mike was recognized with Ye Blunder Bucket for “inventing a new way of decapitating a C14 mast: driving under rowing shells parked inside the fence and overhanging the drive.”
  • They are ever present in the racing results, at both Tempe Town Lake and Lake Pleasant.
  • They represent the AYC and “sailing in the desert” wherever they go, literally around the country and all over the world.

Their constant presence and service, whether in the foreground or in the background, has been truly outstanding, greatly furthered the sport of sailing in Arizona and made our club a better one.

This list is by no means complete, but please join me in congratulating and thanking them for their service!

AYC Honorary Life Members: David and Hermine Shapiro (deceased), Joyce Seale, Tom and Carol Ohlin, Frank (deceased) and Marylou Bigelow, Al and Sandy Lehman, Mike Yarnell and Tia Renshaw, George Tingom, Mike and Maryellen Ferring

Commodore Ferring and Maryellen Awarding Trophies at the Commodore’s Celebration

Mike and Maryellen’s J70 – Melissa Kay

Maryellen and Mike Ferring at Some Exotic Location

 

What Interesting Sailors do YOU Know?

Rear Commodore Josh McClain with his wife and Cruising Captain Heather at Long Beach Race Week 2018

Your AYC has had some pretty amazing speakers on a pretty regular basis. That doesn’t happen on accident! It takes coordination and negotiation, but it all starts with “hey, it’d be great if…” or “I ran into So and So at this event and I think they’d be great…”

We want YOU to keep your ears and eyes open and help us continue to bring great speakers to Your Club. If you have an idea for a speaker or know someone who you think would be fun to have speak to us, send a note to Your Rear Commodore, Joshua McClain, at Rear.Commodore@ArizonaYachtClub.org, in fact, I bet you can think of someone RIGHT NOW!

 

Do You Like to Tweet, Snap, MeetUp, or Facebook?

I’ve mentioned a few times now that this year Your Board’s focus areas are

  • Long-Term Planning
  • Reducing the Barriers to Entry to Sailing
  • Adding to our Social and Cruising Calendars
  • Creating Ways for our Junior Members to Participate

To further several of these goals , we are organizing an effort to do more with social media. If you like to take pictures, if you are savvy with social media, even just one of the many different platforms…we need your help! Let this be the one thing you do for your club!

Marc Danner, Your Vice Commodore, will be organizing this effort. To find out more, please contact him at ViceCommodore@ArizonaYachtClub.Org.

Commodore Rob Gibbs and Vice Commodore Marc Danner. Photo by J.Q. Selfie

A Place of Our Own?

Commodore Rob and his wife Kim

At the beginning of my tenure as Commodore, the Board outlined 4 focus areas that we want to work on. They are:

  • Long-Term Planning
  • Reducing the Barriers to Entry to Sailing
  • Adding to our Social and Cruising Calendars
  • Creating Ways for our Junior Members to Participate

When it comes to “Long-Term Planning,” your board members have discussed a lot of things, but the one that keeps coming back time and again is “what about a place to call our home?”

There are 2 problems associated with this question:

  • Funding
  • Location

The board would like to discuss the possibility of establishing a building fund. In conjunction with that, we would also like to define a range of things that this physical location might look like. We aren’t designing a building yet, but just defining a range of possibilities and the current estimated costs of those possibilities. Initially this will require some research on financial products, followed by creating a “planning document” that would be used to help define current cost estimates for building a structure.

I’d like to set the timeline for establishing the fund as the end of this Board Year, with another 6-9 months for the first copy of the “planning document” to be drafted and presented to membership.

We need a group of people that are interested in making this happen. I would like to ask anyone that is interested in helping to make this a reality to email me at Commodore@ArizonaYachtClub.org.

 

A Big Ask…

YOUR Arizona Yacht Club is a great club with a host of vibrant social and sailing activities. From Racing to Cruising to just hanging out, it is a group that I’ve really enjoyed being a part of for over 13 years now. It didn’t get that way by the work of just one or two people, and it won’t continue to grow through the work of just one or two people (or even 10-15 people).

The BIG ASK of YOUR Club is that you find one thing we do that you are interested in, one thing that you would be willing to help out with and say YES! Give back to your friends and YOUR Club. YOUR Board of Directors has some focus areas we are working on that are important to the longevity of the club. We can’t do all of the work it is going to take to accomplish these goals alone. YOUR Club has events that need organizing and support. Just find one way this year to participate a little more.

YOUR Club is more than a membership card. YOUR Club is built on the relationships between its members. Relationships are what keep us coming back year after year. Relationships are also give and take. In order to continue to succeed and grow as a club, YOUR Arizona Yacht Club needs you to give a little back. The more you give, the more you will receive in return because you have helped sustain us into the future!

Thanks in advance for supporting YOUR Arizona Yacht Club!

Annual Crew Party Sat, 8 September!

Cruising on Lake Pleasant

One final reminder that this Saturday, 8 September from about 4 to around 8 (boat time you know…) at Scorpion Bay Marina YOUR Arizona Yacht Club will host its annual Crew Party dubbed “Sail Jam!” In conjunction with that we will be fundraising for the Blind Buccaneers and the Foundation for Blind Children with a 50/50 Raffle.

Quick Reminders:

  • Arizona Yacht Club will serve hot dogs and hamburgers for everyone. Please bring a dish to share and BYOB. Can bring a bag of chips or get fancy. (Please connect with Heather McClain if you want to know more about what to bring, e.g. dessert vs side dish.)
  • We have a few dock-friendly games such as corn hole, horseshoes, board games if you want.
  • Bring your own chairs! We have about eight already out there.
  • Bring your boat! Show it off, brag, socialize, and go for a sail to test out crew/boat opportunities.
  • The rules of Scorpion Bay are to be respected as there are many boat owners out there. Good neighbor rules apply.

We’re looking forward to a great turnout!

Blind Buccaneers Need Your Support!

Blind Buccaneers!The Foundation for Blind Children sponsors many different programs to help blind and visually impaired individuals from birth onward right here in Phoenix, Arizona. One of their key programs is their “Challenge” Program where a group of blind or low vision youth take on a monumental challenge. One year it was swimming from Alcatraz. Another it was hiking the Grand Canyon.

This year’s challenge is to sail around the Spanish Virgin Islands! Nicknamed the “Blind Buccaneers,” 12 youth, 12 guides, and a licensed captain will charter 3 sailboats and circumnavigate the Spanish Virgin Islands – starting and ending in Fajardo, Puerto Rico – over a 6 day period starting November 10th.

This is a Phoenix based charity doing outreach through the sport of sailing and we wanted to give our members some specific ways to help out:

  1. Donate Directly! David Nigro, who spoke at the August Meeting about this event, has set up a donation site on PayPal. These donations are eligible for AZ State Tax Credits as well as are deductible as a charitable donation (see your tax professional for full details.)
  2. Crew Party / Sail Jam 50/50 Raffle! At the Crew Party (AKA Sail Jam 2018) we’ll be holding a 50/50 Raffle you can participate in!
  3. Help Train the Buccaneers! Marc Ashton, the CEO of the Foundation for Blind Children, is looking for help getting the kids some experience. Contact him directly if you would like to help out at 623-680-9988. Boats are already pre-arranged through Tiller and Kites. Proposed dates are: 9/15, 9/22, 10/6, 10/20, 10/27 and 11/3.

This is a great chance to really help change the lives of some fellow Arizonans through the sport that we love. We hope that you will be able to help them achieve their goals!

Leadership Changes on Your Board

Dr Sharon Bell

Dr. Sharon Bell

In a recent email it was mentioned that your Rear Commodore, Sharon Bell, was retiring her post. While we all know her as “Sharon,” Dr. Bell is a clinical psychologist and she decided to dedicate more time to her patients and her philanthropic efforts. I want to take a moment to thank her for all her contributions for the year and a quarter she held the post. Under her tenure as Rear Commodore, the AYC featured speakers like Gary Jobson, North U founder Bill Gladstone, J-Boats president Jeff Johnstone, Oracle USA Tactician Andrew Campbell, Tom White of The Moorings, and John Jourdane the author of “Modern Weather for Sailors.” Of course no one does all this alone. Maryellen Ferring was on Sharon’s team and was also instrumental in all of the planning as well. Sharon will be missed!

Rear Commodore Josh McClain

Our new Rear Commodore is Joshua McClain. He has been around sailing for a long time with his father but started down his personal sailing journey when he and his wife, Heather (your Cruising Fleet Captain,) took the Adult Beginning Sailing Class right here from the ASF. With their daughter Emma, they sail as a family often and just got back from a 10 day BVI trip this summer.

I know Josh will put everything he has into the job and I look forward to working with him for the rest of this Board Year!

AYC Happy Hour – 4 Peaks Brewing in Tempe

Happy Hour at 4 Peaks Brewing!

In conjunction with our effort to focus more on our members and the relationships that make our club strong, we had an AYC Happy Hour at 4 Peaks Brewing in Tempe last Tuesday. The Club sprung for some appetizers and there were about 25-30 people that showed up!

We’re going to continue this “Off Week Happy Hour” effort moving it to different parts of the Valley so different members can attend. How do you know when and where they are? The Club Calendar will be updated with the events and we are trying to utilize the Facebook Events Page more as well! We’ll also include them in the roughly weekly email update with what’s going on.

We’d love to have your help to organize one! These are the kinds of events that help make our club great, so if you are interested in helping put a Happy Hour together in your part of the Valley, email Cruising@ArizonaYachtClub.org.

Our Club is YOU!

What makes a Club?

A club is its membership. It is YOU! It is made strong by the relationships among its members. We want to build on our foundation and create more and new relationships between the members of our club. So here are a few things to look for in the coming months:

August Meeting – New Member Mixer – Come meet the new members! New members, meet each other! The Club will be providing appetizers from 6:30 to 7:30 at Rolling Hills Golf Course and we want as many people to come as possible! Particularly New Members in the past 2 years!

AYC Campout – Get out of the heat with your friends! August 10-12 is our annual AYC Campout. Get more information on our Facebook Page or on the AYC Website.

Crew Party / Sail Jam 2018 – We are working with Scorpion Bay to have a Lake Pleasant Crew Party out on the end of the new docks! Were looking at 8 September for this – Bring you boat! You’ll be allowed to use the empty slips for the evening! We’ll also be having one at Tempe Town Lake as well…with Dates and Times to be announced.

Member Highlight Reel – We’re going to be working on a slide show to run at the beginning of meetings that highlights YOU! Look for an email with a form to fill out for us!

Your 2018 board is really excited about serving YOU. We really hope you are able to participate and that you find these events fun and meaningful.

Post-regatta party on the deck at Scorpion Grill. Photo: Mike Ferring

A New Way to Find Crew!

Are you a skipper looking for crew or crew looking for a ride? We’re going to try to create more sailing opportunities by moving the AYC Crew List right onto your phone with the Go Sailing App.

The Go Sailing App is a free one sponsored by ASA (American Sailing Association). Skippers can create a trip that they want crew for and crew can apply for the ride. It’s really easy to do either from your desktop or your Android or iPhone. It’s really easy to use. Create your account profile. Be sure to select the Arizona Yacht Club as your club. Then creating a trip is easy.

Check out this tutorial video:

 

Looking to crew? Check out all the events in this area and around the country!

 

Sail MORE! How to do an “Away Regatta”

Heather McClain poses overlooking the 11 Catalina 37 sailboats that LBYC charters for LBRW. AYC teams chartered two of the boats this year.

Team Cactus League—a group of Arizona Yacht Club members—chartered one of 11 Long Beach Yacht Club Catalina 37s for Long Beach Race Week, June 22-24.

We all had a great time and it wasn’t even that expensive to do. We all made more sailing friends and opened up more sailing opportunities around the country for ourselves.

We weren’t the only ones there, either. There was another C37 team from Arizona, headed up by John Riddell. Mike Hester brought his Viper, Joel Hurley and John Mayall from Phoenix and his daughter Sarah from Austin. Mike and Jo Grijalva were there with their boat Shockwave in the Random Leg Racing with an all-AZ crew. Mike and Maryellen Ferring and David Newland were there too, representing Arizona in the J/70 Fleet.

I want to talk a little about what our experience was, do some rough numbers, and maybe lower your anxiety level about traveling with your boat to other regattas.

LOGISTICS

Everybody but the afterguard on the Cactus League C37.

We have 10 people on the C37, and some “shore crew” (people who don’t race), so for our team, coordinating to get everyone to the dock and ready to race—all at the designated time—can be a bit challenging. With a crew of two-to-four people, this is obviously a bit easier. Everyone was responsible for their own travel to Long Beach, but we gave them the opportunity to car pool if they wanted.

We rented a house that (barely) held all of our crew and was pretty close to Long Beach Yacht Club. Depending on your preference, you could get a hotel or even camp, if that’s your thing. The house was nice because everyone came back and hung out in the hot tub and the kitchen. It also made coordinating everyone easier. I posted the regatta schedule in the kitchen with a note every morning about what time everyone had to be on the boat and ready to depart.

Because we were all in the same house, we made breakfast for the team. The regatta coordinated with a local grocery for a sandwich menu that we used for lunches on the boat. And there was food every night at the post-racing parties. We also had some beer, booze, soda and salty snacks at the house.

MONEY

Every year we create a “magic spreadsheet” to track expenses and payments. For the entire weekend the cost per person for a three-day boat charter, the race entry, the three-night stay at the house, and the food was right at $450/person. We personally spent about $120 in gas to get there and back, but that was for two people. Also, shore crew were spared boat expenses and paid just a portion of the house and food.

SAIL MORE!

Hopefully this lays out some of the details on how to have a successful “away” regatta.

I would encourage anyone who wants to get a group together to take boats out to a regatta to put it out there to the club. It was really fun to see our friends at an event and have us known as the “Arizona Yacht Club Group!” Many of our sailors go to the national and regional events for their fleets. Check your fleet’s website for information on those.

More on LBRW, including photos.

Here are some annual and upcoming opportunities in the region:

Colorado Governor’s Cup
Mission Bay One Design Regatta
San Diego NOOD
Marina Del Rey to San Diego (Hosted by Santa Monica Windjammers YC and Southwestern YC)
Newport to Ensanada
Fiesta Regatta (Colorado Sail and Yacht Club)

The crew of AYC’s Cactus League Catalina 37. From left: Dave and Stacey Haggart, Emory Heisler, New Jersey import Dave Rawstrom, Heather McClain, Toby Ambrose, Mike Parker (sitting), Josh McClain, Rob Gibbs, and Cindy Pillote.

 

Welcome to Long Beach.

 

 

 

 

Our Purpose

What do we do at the Arizona Yacht Club? If you asked ten people, you’d probably get five people that say “we race” and then you’d probably get five other answers. In undertaking the leadership of the club, I wanted to make sure that our new board was clear about our purpose. And when you read it, it will seem almost over-simplistic. The trouble is that without making a point of putting into words what we do, what our purpose is, we lose it.

I spent several weeks and talked with many different people about how to drill down and clarify what we do. It combines what we are passionate about, what we can be the best at, and what drives our club financially, all into one statement. This is your club, and now I want to share what we’ve worked on with you.

I identified that our purpose is to “Create the best sailing opportunities in the region, providing the highest value per member.”

This is the lens through which all activities and expenditures will be viewed. Our litmus test.

A few days ago, I had all the board members for the 2018-2019 board over to my house and we had a workshop to talk about what was important to us and how to “Create the best sailing opportunities in the region” and “provide the highest value per member.” We took the time to identify some focus areas for the coming year. They were:

  • Long-Term Planning
  • Reducing the Barriers to Entry to Sailing
  • Adding to our Social and Cruising Calendars
  • Creating Ways for our Junior Members to Participate

In order to keep you informed, I’m going to be writing on a regular basis using the “Commodore’s Corner” name plucked from the old Compass Points club magazine. We may also be reaching out for your opinion from time to time via email, survey, or phone call. This is your club and we want you to enjoy it! Please take the time to give us your feedback when you can.

I’m grateful for the opportunity to serve you as Commodore this year. You are always welcome to contact me directly any way you like.

Sail MORE!
Rob Gibbs

Aloha Commodore’s Celebration!

Mike Ferring receiving a Superman shirt along with the US Sailing Sportsmanship award.

Mike Ferring receiving a Superman shirt along with the US Sailing Sportsmanship award… and Blunder Bucket

This was a Commodore’s Celebration of a different kind: a Luau with fire dancers, hula dancers, and AYC dancers. Sizzled with some awards, music, and a changing of the guard.

New Commodore Peter Lehrach called for continued high level of excitement for the club heading into the next year and welcomed  his board of directors: Senior Staff Commodore Mike Ferring, Junior Staff Commodore Cindy Pillote, Vice Commodore Christina Campo, Rear Commodore Chris Smith, Fleet Captain Steve Brown, Cruising Captain Tom Errickson, Membership Directors John Riddell and Dianna Andress, and (elected by the board that night), Secretary Lori Reger and Treasurer Tony Chapman.

Outgoing Commodore Cindy Pillote presented the night’s top award to Mike Ferring, the US Sailing Sportsmanship Award, otherwise known as the MVP award. And Mike scored a unique double: winning the coveted Blunder Bucket for creating a new way to break a mast at Tempe Town Lake by driving the boat under overhanging rowing shells.

The ASF Jerry Linderman Most Improved Junior Racer award went to Peter Blake. The Wayne Jason Tucker Most Improved Junior award was given to Ian Altobelli. And the Heavy Lifting Award for contribution to ASF was given to Don Hubele. Who immediately dropped it.

Commodore Peter Lehrach welcomes the new board of directors. From left: Christina Campo, Lori Reger, Chris Smith, Dianna Andress, Tom Errickson, Peter, and Mike Ferring. Off camera: Cindy Pillote. Not present: John Riddell, Tony Chapman, and Steve Brown.

Commodore Peter Lehrach welcomes the new board of directors. From left: Christina Campo, Lori Reger, Chris Smith, Dianna Andress, Tom Errickson, Peter, and Mike Ferring. Off camera: Cindy Pillote. Not present: John Riddell, Tony Chapman, and Steve Brown.

Martin Lorch (right) and Kyle Clark accept the big cup for winning the Club Championship. It's the sixth time for Martin. Photos: Mike Ferring

Martin Lorch (right) and Kyle Clark accept the big cup for winning the Club Championship. It’s the sixth time for Martin. Photos: Mike Ferring

Peter Lehrach, Cedric Lorch, Rick Johnson, and Emory Heisler wiggle on cue to the delight of the crowd.

Peter Lehrach, Cedric Lorch, Rick Johnson, and Emory Heisler wiggle on cue to the delight of the crowd.

The delighted crowd.

The delighted crowd.

And the women showing how the hula dancing is actually done.

And the women showing how the hula dancing is actually done.

Well, okay, THIS is how it's really done.

Well, okay, THIS is how it’s really done.

To the sound of music from the Island of Mesa.

To the sound of music from the Island of Mesa.

And a flash of fire.

And a flash of fire.

Big surprise: George Tingom that day had proposed to Bev Cryer.

Big surprise: George Tingom that day had proposed to Bev Cryer. She accepted.

George presents the Jerry Linderman award to Peter Blake.

George presents the Jerry Linderman award to Peter Blake.

Ian Altobelli (with father Frank) won the Wayne Jason Tucker award.

Ian Altobelli (with father Frank) won the Wayne Jason Tucker award.

Don Hubele receives the ASF Heavy Lifting Award (and immediately drops it).

Don Hubele receives the ASF Heavy Lifting Award (and immediately drops it).

Aloha Alexia Lorch, Maryellen Ferring, Christina Campo, and Cindy Pillote.

Aloha Alexia Lorch, Maryellen Ferring, Christina Campo, and Cindy Pillote.

Christina organized the event at the Mesa HQ of Polynesian Luau.

Christina organized the event at the Mesa HQ of Polynesian Luau.

New Rear Commodore Chris Smith with Cruising Captain Tom Errickson.

New Rear Commodore Chris Smith with Cruising Captain Tom Errickson.

Commodore Peter Lehrach

Commodore Peter Lehrach

Maryellen Ferring with Victor Felice.

Maryellen Ferring with Victor Felice.

Faye Hubele and Dennis Davis.

Faye Hubele and Dennis Davis.

Greg Jackson, Chrisann Tortora, Dave Christensen and Wendy Larsen

Greg Jackson, Chrisann Tortora, Dave Christensen and Wendy Larsen

Chris Smith with Mike Grijalva

Chris Smith with Mike Grijalva

Greg Jackson and Chrisann Tortora

Greg Jackson and Chrisann Tortora

Ian and Isabel Love

Ian and Isabel Love

Honorary Life Member Tia Renshaw

Honorary Life Member Tia Renshaw

Trey Harlow explains mark rounding to Life Member Mike Yarnell. Nina Harlow doubts it.

Trey Harlow explains mark rounding to Honorary Life Member Mike Yarnell. Nina Harlow doubts it.

Outgoing Senior Staff Commodore and hula dancer Emory Heisler

Outgoing Senior Staff Commodore and hula dancer Emory Heisler

Commodore’s Corner – May 2012

Wow! What a year! We had our share of “headwinds” and “windshifts” but all in all together we—your Board and all of us volunteers—turned out another fabulous year of desert sailing.

As I write my last “Corner” it’s time to say thank you to recognize a few of our more outstanding successes from AYCs 2011-2012 sailing year:

  1. OUTSTANDING MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS!  Maryellen and Mike Ferring, you turned out an exceptional series of programs with national and international sailing stars and experts together with our own local cruising experts.  Thank you Maryellen and Mike!
  2. CRUISING FLEET CONTINUED RESURGENCE!  Michael Parker, you continued sharing your love of  “non-buoy” racing and cruising with us all, all to OUR benefit with the Governor’s Cup, Tall Cactus, and don’t miss the upcoming Catalina Cruise in July!  Thank you Michael for keeping the cruising fleet activities growing!
  3. RACING, RACING, RACING!  Trey Harlow, you MORE than just delivered on the water, you also delivered in the “Delivery Room!” We all know racing is by far racing what we do the most of in AYC (despite having a new little sailor in the house) Trey and many, many volunteer hands on RC, on boat maintenance and elsewhere made for another excellent year of racing.  Thank you Trey – and Nina too!
  4. HAPPY BIRTHDAY REGATTA!  Joe and Katherine Motil you two together with a host of volunteers including new and long-time members and even non-members provided the entire Southwest with another great celebration of our Club and of “winter” sailing in the desert.  Thank you Joe and Katherine and all involved!
  5. ARIZONA SAILING FOUNDATION-ASF: John Mayall, George Tingom, Lisa Lake, Leo Bauman, Greg Dean and a cast of US Sailing Certified Instructors and other “Just happy to be on the water” volunteers continued this great legacy of the Arizona Yacht Club. Our ASF classes continue to overflow and the ASF team continues to ensure our passion for sailing is passed on to many new sailors every year thanks to their efforts.  Thank you ALL!
  6. “VIRTUAL” VICE-COMMODORE:  Thank you Rob Gibbs and Mike Ferring and “yours truly”  for combining to fill the vacant Vice Commodore role and deliver club communications – i.e. our website and Compass Points.  And, yes, we may have missed a topic or a deadline here and there, but by and large we kept up the great AYC tradition of excellent, frequent and comprehensive coverage of all things happening in and around the AYC and ASF.  Thank you Rob and Mike for all your extra efforts!
  7. “MY” BOARD:   Thank you each and every one of you for your guidance, your engagement, your TOLERANCE of me and my many faults and frailties.  Together, we did a job that we all can and should very proud of.   I am.  Thank you all!

And lastly, let me thank all of you in the AYC that brought me into the club 10 years ago with such joy, passion and commaraderie.  Thank you for your trust to allow me to be your Commodore this past year.  Thank you for your kind words—and your challenging requests :),  and for making this such a great club and great “family” of people who make sailing in the desert so wonderful for all of us!

Fair winds!   Arrr!

Emory Heisler
AYC Commodore

Commodore’s Corner – April 2012

Spring Training may be over, but the 2011-2012 AYC season sure isn’t and as always we’re saving some of our best events for last!

Final races at LP and TTL are on tap of course and April means time to kick-back and cruise to Humbug with the gang for Tall Cactus Regatta.

In addition to Tall Cactus we’ll have a busy month for “paperwork” with Election ballot mailing – hopefully the last via snail mail – and two recommended AYC Bylaws changes to vote on. Please give your serious consideration to both these motions from the board:

  1. Expansion of “Junior” membership to sailors 25yrs and younger (currently up to 21) to allow more of our ASU students to join us on the water at “Junior” rates.
  2. Modification of votion procedures to allow members to “Opt” to vote electronically rather than requiring mailing of paper ballots.

Both of these changes look like good improvements and I hope you’ll “bounce around” these ideas with your crew and friends and share your feedback with us online with comments and on the AZYC Yahoo Group.

Have a great April!

April 2012 Calendar of Events

      • Sunday, April 1
        • 9:00am LP Race Day 8
        • 1:00pm Opti 1-2 Sailing Classes (TTL)
      • Tuesday, April 3
        • 4:00pm High School Sailing Program
        • 6:30pm AYC Board Meeting
      • Saturday, April 7
        • 9:30am ASF Start Sailing Right Day 4
        • 1:00pm ASF Sailing Skills Development Day 4
      • Sunday, April 8
        • Easter Sunday
        • ASF Opti 1-2 Day 4 (TTL)
      • Tuesday, April 10
        • 4:00pm High School Sailing Program
        • 7:00pm AYC General Membership Meeting
      • Saturday, April 14
        • 12:30pm LP Race Day 9
      • Sunday, April 15
        • 9:00am LP Race Day 10 – FINAL DAY!
        • 1:00pm ASF Opti 1-2 Day 5 (TTL)
      • Tuesday, April 17
        • 4:00pm High School Sailing Program
      • Sunday,  April 22
        • 3:00pm TTL Race Day 8
      • Tuesday, March 27
        • 4:00pm High School Sailing Program
      • Saturday, April 28
        • 9:00am Tall Cactus Regatta – Skipper’s Meeting
        • 11:00am Tall Cactus Regatta
      • SATURDAY, MAY 5
        • AYC CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP!!!
      • SATURDAY, MAY 12
        • 6:00pm THE PARTY!  Food!  Music!  Friends!  Fun!!!

Emory Heisler
AYC Commodore

Commodore’s Corner – March 2012

A fabulous spring season is off and running with over 50 boats registered for LP and TTL racing and 35 students registered for ASF Sailing Education courses.

March is an especially busy month for Arizona Sailors with as 15-20 boats heading to San Diego for the NOOD regatta along with our regular slate of LP and TTL Racing. Good luck and safe travels to the Viper, Buccaneer and other sailors heading to San Diego for the 3/16-3/18 SD NOOD!

On the Board of Directors front please on the lookout for RECOMMENDED BYLAW CHANGES being proposed by the Board to land in your in-basket in the next few weeks.

Have a great March Madness!

March 2012 Calendar of Events

TTL Sailors…remember the time change!  TTL Racing “First Horn” moves back an hour in March to 3:00pm for first horn.

    • Saturday, March 3
      • 12:30pm LP Race Day 3
    • Sunday, March 4
      • 9:00am LP Race Day 4
      • 1:00pm Opti 1-2 Sailing Classes (TTL)
    • Tuesday, March 6
      • 4:00pm High School Sailing Program
      • 6:30pm AYC Board Meeting
    • Sunday, March 11
      • 1:00pm Opti 1-2 Sailing Classes (TTL)
      • 3:00pm TTL Race Day 6
    • Tuesday, March 13
      • 4:00pm High School Sailing Program
      • 6:00pm AYC Board Elections – Nominating Committee Meeting
      • 7:00pm AYC General Membership Meeting – Anna Tunnicliffe!
    • Friday, March 16
      • SD NOOD Regatta Day 1 of 3 – San Diego, CA
    • Saturday, March 17 
      • GO GREEN!  Happy St. Patrick’s Day
      • 12:30pm LP Race Day 1
    • Sunday, March 18
      • 9:00am LP Race Day 2
      • 1:00pm ASF Opti 1-2 (TTL)
    • Tuesday, March 20
      • 4:00pm High School Sailing Program
    • Saturday, March 24
      • 9:30am ASF Start Sailing Right Day 3
      • 1:00pm ASF Sailing Skills Development Day 3
    • Sunday, March 25
      • 3:00pm TTL Race Day 7
      • Sunday, February 2
    • Tuesday, March 27
      • 4:00pm High School Sailing Program
    • Saturday, March 31
      • 12:30pm LP Race Day 7

    Emory Heisler
    AYC Commodore

Commodore’s Corner – January 2012

 
HAPPY NEW YEAR!

New Year’s Day for the AYC means it’s time to celebrate our birthday “sailing style” with the AYC Birthday Regatta and Leukeumia Cup!
(have you signed up yet?????)

And although it’s New Year on the calendar, it’s mid-season for us in the AYC and time to look forward to lots of “winter” and spring racing including Thistle Midwinters, SCYA Midwinters, SD NOOD, and of course our springtime ASF classes too.

Don’t blink! Just another 90 days and we’ll be nominating new officers for the 2012-2013 AYC Year.

Here’s hoping you have a wonderful 2012!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

Emory Heisler
AYC Commodore

Commodore’s Corner – October 2011

“I’m SAILING!!!!!”  We’ve all seen Bill Murray strapped to the mast shouting for joy that HE IS SAILING! I’m sure many of you had the same feelings as the fall season began this month and you and your crew headed back out no the water together.

As soon as Fall Season starts that also means it’s time to start thinking about the AYC BDR – the BIRTHDAY and LEUKEMIA CUP REGATTA!! Start going through your contact lists and get yourself ready to be part of our biggest AYC community service event of the year.

Lots of volunteers will be needed, as always, so be on the lookout for emails and phone calls from the BDR Committee to see how you can help to make this year’s installment another great success for sailing and for helping to CURE BLOOD CANCERS!

Hope to see you on the water!

Emory Heisler
Commodore

Commodore’s Corner – July 2011

“Help Wanted!  Inquire Within!” 

Many wonderful ideas have been flowing in from you all in the past months since I became Commodore, and now YOU can provide the hands, heads and hearts to bring them to life. 

Here’s your chance to fill in some of that “free time” you have (ha, ha) by helping out the sport you love.  Volunteers are needed to both lead and support several Arizona Yacht Club special committees:  Here are just a few places where you and your special talents and interests can help improve your club.

Juniors: The junior program’s activity level has always been “parent driven”, and that activity has dropped off in recent years after “graduation” and relocation of several of those families.  If you have kids and want to see more Kid-Friendly sailing and social activities, this is the committee for you! 

Equipment: Got a special talent for “messing around with boats”?  Love the smell of curing epoxy and fiberglass?  Got a trailer-hitch and a little free time to haul a boat down to Phoenix Fiberglass?  Keeping up with all the little repairs and preventive maintenance on our AYC/ASF Fleet is a never ending job – opportunity! – for you if any part of this sounds like what you like to do in your spare time. 

Adopt-a-boat:  This one is pretty simple.  If you want to adopt a boat, we need to have someone to manage the adoption process.  This is a perfect position for someone that wants to sail at TTL, but doesn’t feel a big need to race.  Yes, you can manage your own adoption paperwork!  Like everything in AYC, it doesn’t happen on it’s own. 

History:  As we’ve “gone digital”, and simply by the passing of time, we’ve lost visibility of our history, and many have suggested that it would be wonderful to see that history at club meetings, and online.  This one calls for a little bit of the “librarian” in you for researching and organizing club’s history from the many cabinets and boxes of material, AND for some folks with high speed scanners to help get it into online form.

Marketing: From “brochure” design, to “working a booth” (or a boat) at local events, this is a great role for someone that loves to tell the story of AYC to others at events like Tempe Arts Fair, Lake Pleasant events, TTL events, REI “water sports day”, etc.  Help us get the word out about what a great club we have! 

You’ll keep hearing me say this, “Many hands make light work!” Please give me a call (602 679 0462) or drop me a quick email to let me know where you can help bring more life to the ideas that keep coming in about these types of activities and services in our club.

Emory Heisler
Commodore