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My First – THE FIRST – Governors Cup 1994

 By Dennis Lynde

Well, this is from quite a while ago, but I was asked to recall a former Governors cup that I had participated in and my first was THE FIRST.

In 1994 I was working for The Sailboat Shop and had the pleasure of selling a new Hunter 26, which he named Wit’s End, to Cliff McCrumb, a Phoenix police officer, and real nice guy.  He and his wife were going to go cruising, but his dad is a long time sailor also and had owned a few sailboats.

Hunter had just come out with their new 26, which was a real departure from previous Hunters, and had a lot of freeboard, a centerboard, full batten main and working jib. You really could not put a large headsail on this boat, since the shrouds were all led to the outside of the deck and hull which prohibited an overlapping jib. This was really a cruiser with a lot of space below, an open transom and a large cockpit.

Cliff decided he would like to try his hand at racing, which he’d never done, so I volunteered to crew for him, and along with a friend of his, Tom Comtois, we decided to enter this new race.  This was the First AYC Governor’s Cup.

Back then, the new dam at Lake Pleasant had just been completed the year before, and none of us were real familiar with the new lake, and it was in the process of still filling, so this sounded like a real fun challenge and a cool way to learn the new lake.

In 1994 the race was held on January 1st, pretty cold at night, but beautiful during the day. Cliff rented a slip at the then new marina and launched before I got there. When I arrived, like any good racing sailor, I asked him if he had cleaned out the cruising gear for the race, and could I get him a cart to take everything off the boat. He said don’t bother, we would race it like it was equipped, and we did. Sleeping bags, BBQ’s, two anchors, batteries, dinnerware, cushions, heaters, etc, etc, and with all the lockers full to the brim. I couldn’t touch a thing.

With “Wit’s End” being a new boat, Cliff only had 2 sails, a working jib, and full batten mainsail (if you don’t have one, get one). The full batten main was a new toy for mono hulls back then. Anyway, we entered the non-spinnaker class, which was a 2 lap 25 mile race of the lake. There was also a 4 lap 50 mile course for the spinnaker boats. Thank goodness we did not enter that class.

Starting out there was a good size fleet, and I don’t remember if we had 2 starts or just one combined fleet start, but there was very little wind and not much to come for quite a while. We settled into drifting mode, I was on the helm, trying not to pinch in a boat that had a lot of freeboard and a small headsail, but lo and behold, because of the small headsail, which was easier to fill in light to no wind, and the full batten main, we were out pointing all the boats that had a large headsail up and a standard main.

This kept up the whole first leg of the race, with this sail and wind combination being just right. And with even with all the gear on board, during a lull we had plenty of momentum to carry us through.

It took us the better part of a day just to get to the far end of the lake and find the first mark, which was a small buoy with flashing yellow highway emergency lights, not very bright, and prone to slipping off to one side of the buoy. Well, we found the marks at the far end of the lake, rounded them alright and tried to make compass references on the chart (remember, no GPS back then).

We finally finished the first lap in the light, and then it got interesting. It was not a full moon, and it got dark at the back of the lake real quickly. We fumbled our way through the course in the black of night, with absolutely no lights at that end of the lake. Luckily we had a wide assortment of flashlights with us, (remember the full lockers) and were only scared 4 or 5 times when we would shine them down on the water and see rocks ghosting by  a short distance away. Also luckily we had all brought winter gloves and jackets, and Cliff pulled a propane heater out and set it in the cockpit next to our feet.  Cruising Boat, remember?

We rounded the last mark and headed for the finish line at the other end of the lake at about 11:30pm and THEN the wind kicked in. We had a broad reach in about 15 knots of wind for the rest of the race and made it back down the lake in about 45 minutes, just screaming along.  We had lost sight and sound of all the other boats and had no idea of where any of the competition was. We finished about 12:19, and motored to the dock.

Cliff asked if we were hungry, pulled out his BBQ and proceeded to make pork chops, green beans and warm bread and coffee for the crew. Something warm to eat at 1:00 really hit the spot. Cruising boat, remember?

You can imagine our surprise the next day when we were awarded 1st place in our class. We thought it was pretty amazing, and even though it got cold that night, we had a great time, never ran aground and really enjoyed ourselves. If I remember correctly, some of the spinnaker boats were finishing the next morning after a 4 lap journey.

EDITORS NOTE:  Have a story from “back in the day” that you’d like to share?  Please contact Emory Heisler or Rob Gibbs by email at CompassPoints@ArizonaYachtClub.org

TTL Week 5 Race Results…

…ARE POSTED!  Check them out and see who was there and who was square!  CLICK HERE!

TTL Week 4 Race Results

Week 4 Race Results are posted!  CLICK HERE to see who was hot, and who was not…

SCYA Midwinter Regatta – AYC Special Rate

What a deal!  $15 for SCYA Midwinter Regatta – an AYC Special Offer

Get this!  AYC has made special arrangements for all boats registered for the AYC 2011 Spring Series to race in the AYC Hosted SCYA Midwinter Regatta races….FOR JUST $15.00!!!! FIFTEEN BUCKS!  Sweet!  Just say, “I’m in!”

Every registrant gets a sail-cloth regatta document portfolio AND a chance to win SCYA Midwinter HARDWARE!  Backpacks actually!

AYC Special SCYA Midwinter Registration – CLICK HERE

By the Numbers

Current AYC Membership – 207

New Members since June 2010 – 18

2009-2010 Combined Series Races = 310

2010 Fall Series Races =  215

Jr. & Sr. High School Sailing on Tempe Town Lake

We have eight students, but with ten 14.2’s and two 420’s we could have 24 students! We meet every Tuesday 2 ½ hours 4:00 – 6:30 PM.

Training to sail and race is taught by US Sailing certified instructors.  There is a safety boat on the water at all times.  Beginning students usually sail with an instructor on board the first few times.  The objective of the class is to have fun on the water.  More details on the AYC education page web site.

Once a year there is an Arizona High School double handed championship.  A perpetual trophy is to be displayed at the winner’s school until the next year.  Individual trophies are given to the skipper and crew.  Skippers must be 9-12 grade level; crew can be from Jr. High School.  This year the race will be in the east basin of Tempe Town Lake on Saturday April 16th.  And the boats will again be Capri 14.2’s.

The race NOI and SI will be available in Mar-11.  Pictures from last year below.

Lake Pleasant Week One Scores!

Here they are…now get out there and Sail FAST (er)!

Lake Pleasant Week 1 Results

Regatta Raises $41,000 to Fight Blood Cancers

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) 2011 Leukemia Cup Regatta, held January 14-16 at Lake Pleasant, raised $41,000 to support the fight against blood cancers. The Society’s signature sailing event has raised more than $300,000 in Arizona in the last 4 years. “We would especially like to acknowledge the Arizona Yacht Club (AYC), for their commitment over the past 9 years in running a safe and very competitive sailing race for us,” said Jon Meyers, Executive Director of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Desert Mountain States Chapter. “The need for continued investments in research is critical. More than 900,000 people in the United States are currently living with leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma and an estimated 55,000 will lose their battle over the coming year.” The chapter holds its sailing fundraiser in conjunction with the AYC, who celebrate their Birthday Regatta over the Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday weekend each year.

Fundraising events depend upon the support of the area community, and LLS gratefully acknowledges its 2011 Leukemia Cup Regatta sponsors: Arizona Yacht Club, Wolters Kluwer, Protea Medical Center, Phoenix School of Law, ST Microelectronics, Smith Law Group, West Marine, North Sail, SailShop, AGM Technical Solution, Arizona Boating and Water Sports, Mt. Gay Rum, Sailing World, Vineyard Vines, Jobson Sailing, John MeCray, Ken Gardiner, The Heislers, AmeriChoice, United Healthcare, Colligo Marine, Casa Technology Systems and Full Sail Brewery.

The three days of the Regatta proved once again that the wind in Arizona can be great, good and also non-existent, all in the same weekend!  Friday, January 14, saw consistent wind all day out of the north to northeast. Saturday, January 15, was a typical Lake Pleasant day with a couple of races off to the north before the midday shift and another race or two off to the south. Sunday was good in the morning, but without a hard and fast shift to the south, fleets checked out around noon. The wind did come back up, but by then the RC had flown the AP/A and everyone was on their way home. A special thank you to Peter Howson of SailLog.net for coming out and taking some really great pictures. Check them out at www.saillog.net


Congratulations to all of the event winners:

Bucc 18

Maggie Blumm & Dennis Martinelli

C-22

Doug McMillan

PHRF – MultiHull

Brad Smith

PHRF – Non Spin

Greg Woodcock

PHRF – Spin

Al Lehman & Steve Quant

Portsmouth

Michael Leon

Viper 640

Juan Mauri


Congratulations, sailors, and we look forward to another amazing year next year!

Courtesy of Kerri Weiss, Special Events Manager LLS of AZ

Spring Starts Saturday!

Spring Racing at Lake Pleasant, that is. Have you registered yet?

There are 33 boats signed up as of 7pm Thursday.

The Spins have now “fleeted” (after pilfering two of our non-spin stalwarts!), Merits are at 4 entries, Buccs at 3, and most Vipers have yet to sign up. (Five entries are required to constitute an active fleet.)

Here they are as of 7pm Thursday before our first race weekend:

Matt Davis Buccaneer 18
Charles Rush Buccaneer 18
Michael Parker Buccaneer 18
James Batz Catalina 22
Robert Frazier Jr. Catalina 22
Myles Hassett Catalina 22
Paul Liszewski Catalina 22
Martin Lorch Catalina 22
Robert Worrall Catalina 22
George Tingom Catalina 22
Raymond Gazzera Catalina 22
Roger Butterwick Merit 25
Jim Douglas Merit 25
Ricky Gilchrist Merit 25
Steve Kusic Merit 25
Dianna Andress PHRF Non-Spinnaker
George Campbell PHRF Non-Spinnaker
Peter Hartleb PHRF Non-Spinnaker
Greg Woodcock PHRF Non-Spinnaker
Mike Ferring PHRF Non-Spinnaker
Bruce Andress PHRF Spinnaker
Michael Axtman PHRF Spinnaker
Gordon Bean PHRF Spinnaker
Robert Gibbs PHRF Spinnaker
Chris Smith PHRF Spinnaker
Clay Poulson Portsmouth
Thom Dickerson Thistle
Jason Rziha Thistle
Dan Schott Thistle
Michael Yarnell Thistle
Trey Harlow Thistle
Skip Kempff Thistle
Greg Jackson Viper

Sign up by clicking on the link on this page: https://arizonayachtclub.org/?page_id=634

Spins are on RC, which could mean a good dinner. Could.

Cheers,
Mike Ferring

2011 Birthday Regatta Photos

Hi eveyone…

We’ve had a couple of folks submit photos via the Photos Upload Link.  Here they are along with a few of my own added. Also, don’t forget to visit our visiting Professional’s Site – www.SailLog.net – for some really great pics!

Courtesy of Peter Howson

Courtesy Chuck Landis

Courtesy Dennis Lynde

Our Guest PRO Andrea Caroe

Watching the Finish Line

Viper

Reynolds 33

Bucc Parade

C22 Starting

Tempe Town Lake – Results from First Two Weeks

Off to a bit of a slow start in the first two wees of racing at TTL, but here are the results anyway:

Tempe Town Lake Results

Birthday Regatta Results!


Photo Courtesy of SAILLOG.NET


Well, the 3 days of the regatta proved once again that the wind in AZ can be great, good and, well, non-existent all in the same weekend day.  Friday was consistent wind all day out of the North to Northeast.  Saturday was a typical Lake Pleasant day with a couple of races off to the north before the midday shift and another race or two off to the South.  Sunday was good in the morning, but without a hard and fast shift to the South, fleets checked out around noon.  The wind did come back up, but by then the RC had flown the AP/A and everyone was on their way home. Thanks to Peter Howson of SailLog.net for coming out and taking some really great pictures.  Check them out at www.saillog.net

Congratulations to all our winners:

Bucc 18 Maggie Blumm & Dennis Martinelli
C-22 Doug McMillan
PHRF – MultiHull Brad Smith
PHRF – Non Spin Greg Woodcock
PHRF – Spin Al Lehman & Steve Quant
Portsmouth Michael Leon
Viper 640

Juan Mauri

Here are the complete list of scores.

Birthday Regatta Friday Results

After a great day of wind consistently out of the N to NE.  Capsizes and roundups were the order of the day, but when all was said and done everyone was smiling!

Here are the scores!

82nd SCYA Midwinter Regatta

The SCYA Midwinter Regatta’s history is packed with legendary sailors and their boats from the early days to the present. The event began in 1928, when SCYA and the LA Junior Chamber of Commerce teamed up to promote Southern California as the sports “paradise” of sailing venues. As hoped, the event attracted boats from the Great Lakes, Atlantic Coast and the rest of the Pacific Coast and some of the best known yachtsmen in America.

Los Angeles Harbor was the only venue for many years. The first venue expansion added Alamitos Bay then Marina del Rey and King Harbor. New venues continued to be added through the years until races were being held from Santa Barbara to San Diego and as far east as Arizona and Nevada. Some changes in venue and classes occur from year to year to keep current with class interest. Today 25 or more host clubs and 100 classes participate in the Midwinters.

A few little known facts:

• The Regatta was put on hold during WWII and resumed again in 1946.

• The Star Class is the only one-design class that has sailed in every Midwinter Regatta held.

• The Naples Sabots raced for the first time in 1946 and for 57 years was one of the largest classes. The class quickly grew to huge numbers and it was still the largest class raced 57 years later in 2003.

• Humphrey Bogart raced his yacht Santana in the event in 1947 and lost to Ed Witte.

• In 1954 Mitzi Gaynor was Queen of the Regatta.

• Cal 40s, one of the first fiberglass boats raced for the first time in 1964.

• The1967 Midwinters had 996 entries and 20 one-design classes over 25feet.

• The largest number of entries was in 1977 at over 1,200.

The Southern California Yachting Association’s 82nd Annual Midwinter Regatta 2011 is gearing up for the weekend of February 19th and 20th. The Regatta will be hosted at yacht clubs and associations from Channel Islands to San Diego and all ports in between. Several inland lakes from the Pacific Coast to Arizona will also see racing. Races will be held for dinghies, cruisers, one design sailboats, PHRF racers, multihulls, radio-controlled models, land yachts, powerboats and outrigger canoes (did we miss anyone?).

Regarded as a season opener, the Midwinter Regatta is a community event that unites over 600 boaters throughout Southern California and Arizona. D.I.S.C, spine, orthopedic and sports medicine specialist, supports the competitive spirit and body and wouldn’t miss a chance to partner with SCYA for this grand event; don’t you either! Rain or shine – the Midwinter races will be run. Sign up at www.discmdgroup.com/sailing

Registration for AYC Birthday Regatta Still Open!

Hey Sailors,

There is still time to sign up for the Birthday Regatta / Leukemia Cup!  REGISTRATION IS STILL OPEN and will remain open until 9:30 am on Saturday the 15th (that’s the Skipper’s Meeting!)

You can’t pre-order shirts anymore but we will have a VERY LIMITED quantity available on site.  Get there early as I’m sure the stock will go quickly – first come first served!

Also, if you just need to order dinner or breakfast, you can still do so.  Just go to the REGISTRATION PAGE and un-check the race entry and select only what you need.

Also, just because your fleet isn’t “Officially” racing on Friday, don’t let that stop you from coming out and getting some practice in!  We’ll be making fleets that morning and we’ll post the finishes so come out, have some fun and GO RACE!

LAST DAY to Register and Get the Shirt!

This is the LAST DAY to register for the Birthday Regatta and get the official T-shirt!

REGISTER NOW!

Also, last day for the REGATTA GEAR STORE!

Fall Race Series Winners

Congratulations to all Fall Race Series Fleet Champions:

Lake Pleasant

  • Catalina 22 –  None Yet – Martin Lorch
  • Merit 25 –  Blue Streak – Norman Anderson
  • PHRF Non-Spin – Melissa Kay – Mike Ferring
  • PHRF Spin –  Bad Idea – Dave Christensen
  • Thistle – [No Name] – Trey Harlow
  • Viper 640 – NAGA – Charles Kaye

Tempe Town Lake

  • Buccaneer 18-  Slur – Matt Davis
  • Capri 14.2 – Sea Ya’ – Mike Ferring
  • Laser – [No Name] – Mike Bernard
  • Portsmouth – Waterdog – Joe Motil

Last Week to Get Regatta Shirts for Birthday Regatta!

Hello Sailors!

As a quick reminder, in order to get T-shirts you MUST register by the end of the day on the 30th of December!  Don’t delay…REGISTER NOW!

And if you JUST want to come for dinner or get a T-shirt, use the REGISTRATION FORM and simply uncheck the race registration and select the items you are interested in…but do it NOW!

LAST CALL – Birthday Regatta Race Committee Needs YOU!

UPDATE 27 Dec – We’re down to the wire and we still have some openings on Race Committee.  We still need:

2 People on Friday
1 Person on Saturday
3 People on Sunday

Please let me know if you can help at robdasailor@gmail.com or 602-757-2012.

Hello everyone!
I’d like to extend the opportunity to participate as race committee to everyone if you don’t already have an offer to crew. We need 6 volunteers for Friday and 8 for Sat and Sun. The jobs include running the start line, calling the finish line, and being race support on one of our two runabouts. You can volunteer for 1, 2 or 3 days of help.  Don’t worry if you haven’t done it before…we’ll teach you everything you need to know!

Friday, racing starts at 11:30 am. I would like anyone who wants to help to meet me near the “big tent” (you can’t miss it) at Lake Pleasant.  You will need to arrive around 8:00am planning to leave the dock NLT 10:00.

Saturday, racing starts at 11:30 so same schedule (again with time to make assignments and do a little training). Sunday Racing starts at 9:00 so please plan on arriving around 6:45am and getting off the dock by 7:00.

For full details, please see the NOR and SI (out later this week.)  Please let me know as soon as you can if you think you can help out. Please feel free to contact me directly with questions either by email robdasailor@gmail.com or cell phone – 602-757-2012.  Oh, and in case you are wondering, there IS a potty on the RC Boat.  😛

Looking forward to having you on the team!
Thanks!
Rob
2011 Birthday Regatta RC Chair

TTL Final Results POSTED!

TTL Final Results are posted on the RACING RESULTS PAGE!

Congrats to our Fleet winners for the first half of our season…get ready for next season by SIGNING UP NOW!