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ASF-AYC Picnic 4-16-2011 Tempe Town Lake

Don’t miss it!  A full day of sailing activities at Tempe Town Lake!!

The day begins with AZ High School Sailing Championships from 10am-4pm.  Click on the RACING PAGE for NOR, SI and Sign up forms.

The final ON THE WATER session of Spring ASF Start Sailing Right runs from 1pm to 4pm.

And then ASF hosts a Spring Sailing Picnic on the “grassy knoll” from 4pm-7pm.

Bring your lawn chairs! Bring your boat! Or launch one of the AYC Sunfish or Lasers.

To RSVP and for more information contact John Mayall (480 290 8510) or Emory Heisler (602 679 0462).

Lake Pleasant Scores are posted.

A great weekend of racing at Lake Pleasant. From gusts that knocked a couple of boats over to ghosting along, wind shifts that had us sailing all over the lake and at one time boats under spinnaker heading at each other, from different ends of the lake. Lake Pleasant at it’s best/worst. A great dinner from the Catalina 22 Fleet. Good times! Click here for scores.

Tempe Town Lake Scores

Scores for TTL 13 Mar are posted.

Click here for Scores.

Buccs get nod on Sailing World

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Anyone see this on Sailing World?

http://www.sailingworld.com/nood-regattas/san-diego/from-buccaneers-to-bieker-designs

Good luck to the AZ Buccaneers as they compete in the NOODs and their Western Region Championship!

Annual High School Sailing Championship

This year’s High School Sailing Championship will be held 16 April 2011 at Tempe Town Lake.  Click on the RACING PAGE for NOR, SI and Sign up forms.

SCYA Midwinters…

…and the winners are – POSTED HERE!

Lake Pleasant Scores are up.

What a 180 degree different weekend the the last race weekend. Warm, sunny, light wind, instead of the cold, rainy, blowing the dogs off the chains of the previous week.

Click here for the scores.

TTL Week 6 Scores

Scores for Tempe Town Lake Week 6 are posted.

Click here for results.

Lake Pleasant Week 2 Results – Damp but Posted

Wild weekend, too wild for safe sailing on Saturday, but the results are posted, and many comments have been shared about the great RC work even NOT racing Saturday.

Click Here for the scores.

Could we have sailed?  Here are some of the comments about the wisdom of not sailing, and a great video of what it could have been like!

Dave & Wendy: The RC was on station with a course set in winds that the National Weather Service reported 10-15 with gusts to 37. We motored out in the rain in our J/24 along with 4 Merit 25’s; Dream on, Circuitous, Hydropathy & Sea Dreams. The Merits had all set their main sails and we were just about to when Craig called to belay that and look upwind at the gust that was coming. We hung on as the wind hit and heeled the boat over and for the first time I saw water being pushed up the side of the hull to stream up along the lifeline stanchions and then blow across the deck. We decided that was it and headed back to the ramp. We saw 2 of the Merits with ripped mains. All made it back in safely. A BIG thanks to the RC today for going out and a BIG round of applause to the runabout drivers!

RC/Ferring:  Thanks Dave & Wendy. I think we were all a little nuts for being out there under the conditions, but fortunately nobody was hurt. Greg Woodcock and Youri Lenets were the runabout crew, who appreciated a powerful bilge pump to evacuate the waves crashing across the bow. Our thanks also to George Campbell and Joanne who were great on the RC boat in heavy wind and rain and heavier anchor rode.

John Hiett: Well given the brutal brunt of a boundless breeze blasting boom…there are old sailors and there are bold sailors, but there are no old & bold sailors.

Pat Byrnes: Better to be a chicken than an insane fried chicken that was not bold enough to be a chicken to begin with. 

Eric Smaltz: Adding to the AYC drama I reached for a copy of the book The Open Door. “ Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. Security does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than exposure.”

 Mike Ferring: This is a precedent-setting string! A few days ago I was chipping in with information on brats and beer and the banal business of sailing classes. Now look. You’ve elevated it to the sturm and drang of man’s existence! Risk, reward, danger, thrills, and bronco-riding, storm-thrashed skiffs. I’m Googling Proust quotes now.

Editor: Now we know what some of our sailing compatriots are up to when they are NOT on the water.  That, or maybe it’s just that  philosophy is one of the gifts received from time well spent in the wind and on the water!

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