The Commodore’s Party is so named because the Commodore puts it on, but it is about you…the membership of the club. More than most, our club is our members. It is the friendships we build and the memories we make. The Commodore’s Party is a celebration of what makes our club as great as it is…YOU!
After everyone toweled off and changed after enjoying the pool, the program started with awards given by the Arizona Sailing Foundation. Mike Parker, the Sailing Foundation President awarded the following:
- Heavy Lifting Award – Larry Green
- High School Championship Trophy – Reese Hutchinson
- Wane Jason Tucker Outstanding Junior Award – William Steenken
- Jerry Linderman Most Improved Junior Award – Ethan Wei
Then the AYC Racing Awards followed. For the first time, there was a full fledged Junior Racing Fleet at Tempe Town Lake. The club has been gifted a perpetual trophy to award to the “AYC Junior Champion.” This year that Champion was Colin Gibbs.
And the most coveted racing trophy in the club, the AYC Club Champion Trophy, was awarded to Joel Hurley who won the Laser Fleet at TTL, the Santana 20 Fleet at Lake Pleasant, and then the Championship Race (also on Lasers but at Lake Pleasant) to earn his name’s spot on the Cup.
Every year we get to honor one individual for their excellence in supporting and promoting the sport of sailing in our club. That honor is the AYC US Sailing Sportsmanship Award. This year’s winner, Emory Heisler, is a long time Club Member, past Commodore, US Sailing and ASA Instructor and all around great sailor.
And finally, after 3 heated rounds of debate over who should be given the least coveted honor in our club the Blunder Bucket, this Spring’s Honor goes to Dave Haggart who tried to launch his truck along with is 14.2 at Tempe Town Lake, only to save it from the depths with the help of his son and a group of bystanders.
The last order of business was to thank this year’s Board of Directors and install the newcomers to the group. It’s been a great year and for those who are leaving their posts, the club thanks you very much for your service.
The members of the 2019-2020 Board of Directors:
- Commodore: Rob Gibbs
- Vice Commodore: Marc Danner
- Rear Commodore: Deb Heisler
- Racing Fleet Captain: Scott Richards
- Cruising Fleet Captain: Heather McClain
- Sr. Membership Director: Skip Kempff
- Jr. Membership Director: Dave Henning
- Sr. Staff Commodore: Mike Ferring
- Jr. Staff Commodore: Bill Hutchinson
- Secretary: Paul Wojcztak
- Treasurer: Tony Chapman
Thank you for making your club one of the best in the country and we’ll see you on the water!