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Eight Bells – Farewell Frank Bigelow

Frank was one of our few AYC “Honorary Life Members”, an AYC member since 1959, AYC Commodore 1989-90, the man who was “Mr. AYC” to many of the club’s long time members.  He passed away with his family at his bedside this past Wednesday March 30, 2011 due to complications from pneumonia.

CELEBRATION OF LIFE: Mary Lou Bigelow, Frank’s wife, has invited AYC friends to attend a Celebration of Frank’s life from 1:00pm to 4:00 pm, Saturday April 9 at their home in Tempe. 1976 E Divot Drive, Tempe, AZ 85283. Email Patty Rosky (pattyrosky@msn.com) if you plan to come she will keep Mary Lou informed about how many to expect.

Tom Ohlin, also an Honorary Life Member, recalls Frank for us……”Frank’s dedication to the AYC over the last 50 years has been immeasurable. He was a friend and teacher to all that knew him. His Saturday night socials at his camper at the old Lake Pleasant ramp 2 were legendary.

Each Saturday night after much discussion of the day’s races, and the arrival of darkness, we would break out the dice cup and a pen light to pursue the game of Liar’s Dice; in the darkness (the guards thought we were crazy). Quite often on slow/large games Frank would take a cat nap between turns. One such night when the cup got around to Frank, he was abruptly woken and given the dice cup and pen light, which he immediately grabbed and began stirring his drink with it!

Another time, I was discussing with Frank the problems I had had sailing a sabot off the Rocky Point beaches. We always started into the wind (east or west) and by the time we were ready to head back to camp, the wind would reverse and we would have to beat back. Frank’s solution to the problem; “sail downwind first, you might get two downwind legs”.

Frank has received about every honor the AYC can bestow, and we still owe him more.

Frank; may you sail into a red sunset with the wind at your back.

Memorial Information will be posted when available.

Tempe Town Lake to add Paddleboarding to its Watersports

Hey everyone…not sure if you heard about this or not.  There was an article in the Arizona Republic not to long ago.

Anyway, for more information about classes, dates and times click here.

Please also remember that a sailboat under sail must GIVE WAY to a “human powered” craft…even if we’re racing!

Thanks!

February Meeting – Live from TONGA!

Okay…not quite “Live” but come talk with Greg and Chrisann as they recount their trip to Tonga in stunning photos like these!


February 2011 Compass Points!

Compass Points for February is now available online.  CLICK HERE!

New this month in Compass Points!!!

Upcoming Events!!!

Check out the SPECIAL AYC RATE for SCYA Midwinter Regatta!

Zippy Club History!!

Board of Directors Meeting Minutes!!

“By the Numbers” – Facts about your club!

What are we missing that you WANT to see in Compass Points?  Tell us!

CompassPoints@ArizonaYachtClub.org, or call Vice Commodore Emory Heisler at 602/679 0462!

Enjoy!!!

The Call of the Sea

Commodore Motil,

All these many years my “Pop” (90) has had another love in his life besides my mother; it’s his love of…the sea. A while back I wrote a song with him in mind. Now, with the internet, there are pictures with the words. It’s titled, “The Call of the Sea” and, since you have the same “calling,” I thought you might like to see it. I’d be honored if you did.

All the best, stay warm, and…smooth sailing,

Robert (bob) Edwards

Thanks to Chrisann Tortora for website image.

More Ways to Stay in Touch with Your AYC

Hi everyone,

Several of you have asked me about how Facebook works or how to get information sent to you from the website, so I thought I would do a piece on some of the new features of the site, many of which are why we moved to the new format in the first place.

First off, the simplest way to get information sent to you from the website is right at the top where is says “Subscribe to the Feed Via Email.”  This simply emails you anytime anyone posts a new article to the website.

Speaking of that, who can write articles?  Well, anyone can write an article and send it to me and I’ll get it posted.  The longer answer is that members of the board have access and can write and publish directly to the site.  ANYONE can comment on an article.  If you see an article on the front page of the website you can click it to read the rest of the story.  If you have an opinion or a comment, there is an opportunity to leave your thoughts at the bottom of each page.  You have to leave us some information and your comment has to be approved (just to make sure random people don’t send in bogus spam) but that happens pretty quickly.  This is not meant to replace the Yahoo group, just another opportunity to have a discussion.

We also have a page to submit photos for us to use.  This is a great, easy way to get published on the site.  I’m going to make every attempt to use the photos in articles.  On the form there is an opportunity to tell us the story behind it, if there is any…

So then we get to the social media stuff.  By far, the most popular place for social media is Facebook.  First thing you’ll need is an account.  They are free and you can use it to keep up with all your friends as well as the AYC.  Just go to the Facebook homepage and sign up.  If you’ve never used Facebook, here is a short video on how to sign up for an account and find and become a fan of the AYC Fan Page.

Now that you have a Facebook account, you can search for the Arizona Yacht Club page using the search bar at the top or you can go directly to www.Facebook.com/arizonayachtclub.  Once you are there, you should see something that says “Like” this.  It should look like this:

Alternatively, you can open our website www.arizonayachtclub.org and go to to the box on the lower right side and “like” the page there.  Once you do that, you will receive status updates to your Facebook homepage.  I’ve set it up so that any NEW post also shows up on the Facebook page.

So, the last thing you can do is to “Follow” @AZYTCLB on Twitter.com.  Again, you’ll need a Twitter.com account and all you have to do is search for us.  Here is our Twitter Page: http://twitter.com/azytclb

If you have questions, please use the comment block at the bottom, because if you have a question, chances are someone else does to!  Thanks!

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AYC Website Photo Upload Page

Hey everyone,

In a continuing effort to include YOUR stuff on our website we’ve added a place where you can submit your photos for inclusion in articles.  All we ask is that you give us some information about your photo and maybe a little background story if we don’t already have a post going on that event.  We can’t promise all photos submitted will be used, but we’ll definitely do our best to include your (appropriate  🙂 ) submissions.

Thanks!
The Web Team

Just Don’t Know What to Say About This…

If you were at Lake Pleasant on the morning of the 8th of November for the races you might have noticed something a little out of place…

If you look really, really closely you can see that this boat was SO NEW they didn’t even have registration stickers on it yet.  I heard from some of the gang that stayed overnight that they heard a thud, an engine rev up, then cut out.  I don’t even know where to start with the jokes.

AYC Junior Now ASU A-Team Sailor!

Submitted by Pat Blumm

Many Arizona Sailors know my daughter Maggie Blumm. She has been sailing our desert waters for nearly 15 years and is a product of the AYC Juniors and ASF programs, as well as having raced locally in both Buccs and her 420. Recently she was accepted to ASU’s Barrett, the Honors College.

She wanted to participate in ASU’s Sailing Team, but her schedule is very demanding. And when the Team hopped in cars to attend their first regatta of this season, Maggie’s college classes took precedence. She called home and asked if she could drive herself to Mission Bay to ‘try out’ for the team. I said let me drive you; so Friday night we departed on a beautiful full-moon drive to San Diego.

Saturday morning we showed up at the Mission Bay YC docks. Coach Philip Freeman assigned Mags to crew on one of the four FJ’s charted by ASU. Mags walked up to her assigned boat, grabbed the tiller and her crew member then shoved off into a moderate breeze.

Maggie’s starts were a bit anemic, but good golly she was passing one boat after another. Six boats passed one race, eight another; and these were all short w/l races! At a late afternoon shore break, I congratulated Mags on her passing skills, but reminded her it would be a whole lot easier if she better timed front row starts. I even threw in a minor incentive.

Next thing you know she wins the following two starts. Her dad’s wallet is a bit lighter and she is smiling – big time!!

Sunday morning Coach Freeman moved Maggie to ASU’s A-Team. To make a memorable adventure concise, Mags captured one third place amongst 13 teams, which included well funded PacTen teams. All in all, ASU scored a very impressive 4th in the San Diego State sponsored regatta.

The ASU Sailing Team is gelling, building sailing skills and confidence. Their next inter-collegiate regatta is this month in Santa Barbara. Go Sun Devils!

Maggie would not be where she is at without the support, skills and attitude she learned sailing with AYC and ASF. A special thanks to all AYC and ASF sailors who have assisted Maggie in fulfilling her dream of becoming the best sailor she can be.

Eight Bells for AYC Founder Ruth Beals Insho

It is with a heavy heart that I reproduce this obituary from AZCentral.com for the AYC’s Founder, Ruth Beals.  The posting of this obituary can be found here, along with the guest book.

Ruth’s life began in Pickerington, Ohio, and ended in Phoenix on Halloween morning, a favorite prank-filled holiday for her. She left her small town for work at a Columbus radio station and after the war was married to Sue and Margie’s father in Palm Springs. They lived in Phoenix without air conditioning amid scorpions near 7th Ave. and Glendale (out in the country) and began to acquire wonderful lifetime friends.

Mom believed anything to do with water in the desert deserved support so selling sailboats on Indian School Road wasn’t impossible. So she did it. Mom enjoyed those with whom she had common interests and founded the Arizona Yacht Club in 1958. To all you sailors out there, Ruth bids you a final (and hopefully breezy) “Sails Ahoy”.

While working at the Court of Appeals, she met an inventor with a wave making machine in his backyard. An ocean in Tempe didn’t seem out of the question, so with Ruth’s persistence and Clairol’s backing Big Surf was built. Mom was hired to manage the rental and gift shop and eventually modeled for Clairol’s Silk and Silver hair products. Associated General Contractors was another work experience and she produced the “Blue Streak” publication and managed the plan room.

For those of you who have found delight in the springtime flowers of Arizona, the thrill of rafting down the Colorado, the peace of trodding the Hillshire’s of England along with the new perspective of driving on the left side of the road, the breathless accomplishment of climbing the pyramids of Mexico, trodding the cobblestone streets of San Miguel de Allende, enjoying summers in Alpine or Hawley Lake or Bisbee, sailing the silent lagoons and rolling waters of Bora Bora, watching a volcano erupt in Guatemala, marveling at Europe, surviving an Atlantic force-10 storm onboard a freighter crossing the ocean for two months, Ruth salutes you. Our loyal lady encouraged and inspired three men, their families, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and lived her life in grace, beauty and wit. Although “life could be grim at times” insisted, “You never know until you’ve tried. The worst they can say is ‘No.’ ” She said life needed three things for success: security, identity and stimulaton and each person had to provide their own. For all of you who had the pleasure of knowing Ruth, survive her with joy in exploring and learning. That would be her wish.



Ruth’s life began in Pickerington, Ohio, and ended in Phoenix on Halloween morning, a favorite prank-filled holiday for her. She left her small town for work at a Columbus radio station and after the war was married to Sue and Margie’s father in Palm Springs. They lived in Phoenix without air conditioning amid scorpions near 7th Ave. and Glendale (out in the country) and began to acquire wonderful lifetime friends. Mom believed anything to do with water in the desert deserved support so selling sailboats on Indian School Road wasn’t impossible. So she did it. Mom enjoyed those with whom she had common interests and founded the Arizona Yacht
Club in 1958. To all you sailors out there, Ruth bids you a final (and hopefully breezy) “Sails Ahoy”. While working at the Court of Appeals, she met an inventor with a wave making machine in his backyard. An ocean in Tempe didn’t seem out of the question, so with Ruth’s persistence and Clairol’s backing Big Surf was built. Mom was hired to manage the rental and gift shop and eventually modeled for Clairol’s Silk and Silver hair products. Associated General Contractors was another work experience and she produced the “Blue Streak” publication and managed the plan room. For those of you who have found delight in the springtime flowers of Arizona, the thrill of rafting down the Colorado, the peace of trodding the Hillshire’s of England along with the new perspective of driving on the left side of the road, the breathless accomplishment of climbing the pyramids of Mexico, trodding the cobblestone streets of San Miguel de Allende, enjoying summers in Alpine or Hawley Lake or Bisbee, sailing the silent lagoons and rolling waters of Bora Bora, watching a volcano erupt in Guatemala, marveling at Europe, surviving an Atlantic force-10 storm onboard a freighter crossing the ocean for two months, Ruth salutes you. Our loyal lady encouraged and inspired three men, their families, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and lived her life in grace, beauty and wit. Although “life could be grim at times” insisted, “You never know until you’ve tried. The worst they can say is ‘No.’ ” She said life needed three things for success: security, identity and stimulaton and each person had to provide their own. For all of you who had the pleasure of knowing Ruth, survive her with joy in exploring and learning. That would be her wish.

ArizonaYachtClub.Org goes MOBILE!

As we continue to upgrade the website, the most recent advancement is the ability to view a “slimmed down” version on your mobile phone. Just navigate your mobile browser to www.arizonayachtclub.org like you normally would on your computer and you will get the 10 latest posts, a search function and access to all of the pages in the menu items.  Hopefully this will help get you to the right lake on the right day!

Good Luck to Bryan Dunham

For those of you who may not know, Bryan Dunham is being deployed overseas and is no longer able to serve as our Vice Commodore.  This was a letter he sent to the club:

Dear AZYC,

It is with deep and heartfelt regret that I must submit my resignation as Vice Commodore. As many of you know, I am deploying again with our U.S. armed forces in support of our various causes worldwide. Unfortunately the requisite preparations began much earlier and are requiring more of my personal time than I anticipated. Due to this I have been unable to attend to the duties of the Vice Commodore in a timely manner. I bear full responsibility for the neglect of my duties and apologize for my performance. You all deserve an officer who can dedicate his or her full attention to the duties and responsibilities of the position. The success of the Yacht Club has always been dependent on the dedication and enthusiasm of volunteer members and I encourage all of you to step up and do what you can. I hope that you can all understand that I have precious little time left before my departure and wish to spend what little I have left with my immediate family.

Sincerely ,

Bryan Dunham

I’m sure we all wish Bryan well as he sacrifices to defend our country.  We thank him and his family for their contributions.

That having been said, there are now 3 open board positions: Vice Commodore, Rear Commodore, and Cruising Captain.  There is no rule that says if you take on one of these positions, you must do the “5 year slog” that has burdened past commodores.  I encourage everyone to do what they can and serve their club in the way they find best for them.  Personally, Tuesday nights are tough for my family, so I haven’t taken a board position, instead I volunteered to take up the website and run the Ship’s Store.  Whatever you do, be sure you give back to your club!