How the Lakes Are Responding to Coronavirus

As Commodore Rob Gibbs has reported, AYC has shut down racing for March, canceled some meetings and moved others to conference calls. In fact, both Tempe Town Lake and Lake Pleasant have shut down activities through the month of March that involve more than a few people. We can still go sailing at those places (please do), but not as an organized group.

Here’s more detail on the Lake Pleasant restrictions. Here’s Tempe’s link to latest city cononavirus news.

At Lake Pleasant, the two marinas have also limited activities.

Here’s the letter from Pleasant Harbor Marina. The marina is limiting access to the office, closing the RV resort clubhouse, pool, and media room and limiting hours for showers and laundry. Restrooms remain open.

Scorpion Bay manager Cris McSparen reported Wednesday (3/12) that they have closed the restaurant, but will continue to-go orders at the marina store, which is open. Scorpion will continue services at the fuel dock and boat rentals for groups of 10 or fewer.



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 will be made prior to the end of March and more communication will be forthcoming.
  • April’s Board Meeting will be held virtually. In accordance with our policies, as a member you are entitled to attend any Board Meeting. Please let me know and I will send you the virtual meeting information when it becomes available.
  • April’s general Membership Meeting is cancelled.

We will continue to monitor the situation and make decisions regarding upcoming events as the situation progresses. Please know that these decisions were made with your health and safety in mind and were not taken lightly. We would all rather be sailing right now…

Your Commodore,

Rob Gibbs

AYC Birthday Regatta & Leukemia Cup: February 7-9

By Bob Naylor

You can order Saturday night dinner here. Deadline for entry has passed, but you can still register with a late fee.

Celebrate the improbability of a yacht club thriving in the middle of the Arizona desert for 62-years! Happy Birthday, AYC! Register and race in the Birthday Regatta – top finishers in each class will be recognized with awards. These classes are expected:

  • Three-day racing: Multi-Hull, Viper 640
  • Two-day racing: Buccaneer 18, Catalina 22, Laser, PHRF non-spin (jib & main), PHRF Spin, PHRF Sport Boat, Santana 20, and Sunfish
  • One-day event: Cruising – PHRF distance race

Sail with us, over 200 sailors and “shore crew,” and 70+ boats. Sail under blue skies in front of the Black Mountains near Castle Hot Springs, Buzzard Neck and Humbug Bay. Celebrate with us under the stars, between the saguaro and ocotillo, with the burros and coyotes on Lake Pleasant, just 45 minutes northwest of Phoenix.

Our Keynote Speaker this year is award-winning nautical photographer Onne van der Wal. He will be on the water during the day taking photographs that will be shown during the dinner Saturday night. More about Onne van der Wal here.

Finally…this event doesn’t happen without help from a small army of Volunteers! This year you can sign up for what you’d like to do online using Sign-Up Genius. Check out the different needs and volunteer on this page.

To read more and sign up for the Birthday Regatta visit the Birthday Regatta webpage.

Tony Chapman takes 3rd @ SA ISAF Regatta

This year’s Sailing Anarchy ISAF “Sportboat” Regatta was held at Coronado Yacht Club, Coronado California.  It’s a location that is not unfamiliar to AYC Sailors.  In the past, they have hosted some of the small boat fleets for the SD NOODs held in March.  Bucc and Viper sailors know it well.  The Viper fleet bailed on Opening Day events at Lake Pleasant and trucked out to the coast for this event.  The Viper overall winner was a boat with a Ullman Sails Sailmaker on board, with the runner up being Drew Harper, from Spinnaker Sailing – the West Coast Viper Distributor.  Keeping that in mind, what a great showing for the AZ Viper Fleet!  Congrats TONY!

Sailing Anarchy has a whole section on it. You can play “Where’s Stacey” on the page as well!

Here is the YouTube video sponsored by Ullman Sails