VERY Happy Birthday!

Where does one start about this year’s AYC Birthday Regatta and Leukemia Cup?

Oh, wait, that’s easy…

THANK YOU JOE AND KATHERINE MOTIL! WOW! What a fabulous Regatta!!!!
…and…of course…
Thank you MOTHER NATURE for fabulous weather!
Thank you ANDREA & DOC CAROE our Race Management Team (PRO)!
Thank you VOLUNTEERS on Race Committee!
Thank you VOLUNTEERS on Shore for keeping everything running so smoothly!
Thank you DAVE CHRISTENSEN and WENDY LARSEN for scoring and shore support!
Thank you FUND RAISERS for raising over $25,000 (and still counting!) to CURE BLOOD CANCERS!
Thank you LEUKEMIA LYMPHOMA SOCIETY for such a great mission for us to join in!
Thank you ULLMAN SAILS for sponsoring the FRIDAY CHALLEGE!
…and last but not least…
Thank you SAILORS for coming from near and far to create and enjoy our wonderful “Desert Vibe”!
Thank you ARIZONA YACHT CLUB for hosting such a great Regatta…AGAIN!

Few things are perfect, but by most accounts the 2012 Arizona Yacht Club Birthday Regatta and Leukemia Cup was pretty darn close.

Take a look for yourself… (photo’s Courtesy of Tom Erickson-Sailboat Shop)






















January 2012 – Compass Points

CLICK HERE for the PDF Version

Out with the old – Congratulations to all the fall series winners!!
In with the new – It’s time for the AYC Birthday Regatta and Leukemia Cup!

Speaking of Birthday Regatta and Leukemia Cup…REGISTER TODAY to allow for accurate planning for regatta committee…and if you won’t be joining us then please take a minute to support your favorite FUND RAISING SAILOR – CLICK HERE – to help the Leukemia Lymphoma Society in their mission to cure blood cancers!

1) Commodore’s Corner – Happy New Year!

2) Birthday Regatta – Get Ready!

3) Governor’s Cup for Christmas

4) Spring Series +PLUS+ SCYA Midwinter Regatta

5) Fleet of the Month – PHRF non-Spinnaker Fleet

6) For Sale! Want Ads!

2012 Birthday Regatta – Get READY!



It’s time for the 2012 BIRTHDAY REGATTA and LEUKEMIA CUP!
Friday, Saturday, Sunday, January 13, 14, 15, 2012

Have you signed up for the Ullman Center Board Challenge(Friday), the Birthday Regatta (Sat-Sun) and Leukemia cup (Sat)? If not what are you waiting for, do it today!

Less than 10 days and the tents will be rising on Spinnaker Point in preparation for the 52nd Arizona Yacht Club Birthday Regatta.

Here’s the Agenda for the weekend:
January 13 – Friday

  • 9:00am – Ullman Sails Centerboard Challenge
    (all classess welcome for 3 days of racing!)
  • 6:00pm – Celebrity Chef Dinner – Silvio Berlusconi  

January 14 – Saturday

  • 9:00am – AYC Birthday Regatta & Leukemia Cup
  • 6:00pm – AYC Birthday Dinner
  • 7:00pm – Leukemia Cup Regatta Awards / Auction

January 15 – Sunday

  • 9:00am – AYC Birthday Regatta & Leukemia Cup
  • 3:00pm – AYC Birthday Regatta Awards

Sign up now, or contact Joe Motil to help volunteer as “shore party!”
Joe Motil (480) 967-6990
Birthday Regatta Chairman
Junior Staff Commodore

Busy Spring-SCYA Midwinter Regatta

Don’t blink! February and a full slate of Arizona Yacht Club activites, events and education are right around the corner.

Jan-22  TTL Spring Series Opening Day
Feb-11  ASF Start Sailing Right and Sailing Development
Feb-18  LP Spring Series Opening Day
Feb-18-19  SCYA Mid-Winter Regatta (Lake Pleasant)

$10!!! Really! The SCYA has agreed to allow AYC members to register for the SCYA Midwinter Regatta for a mere $10 on top of registration for either the TTL or LP Spring Series.

Watch for registration details with the Spring Series NOR, SI and Registration/Entry.

Want an SCYA Midwinter shirt – ORDER NOW by contacting Trey Harlow.

Cotton Short Sleeve Tee Indigo Blue $10.00
Cotton Long Sleeve Tee Indigo Blue $12.00

MidWinters Cap Navy Blue One size fits all: $10.00

Wicking Short Sleeve Shirt White $18.00
Wicking Long Sleeve Shirt White $20.00

Oversize Oversize (XXL) Shirt Add $1.80


New Year’s Day Raft Up in Cole’s Bay!

I hadn’t heard anything else about this so I thought I would post something…I’m going to leave the dock around 10:00 with hopes to make it to Cole’s Bay in the 12:00 hour.  Forecast looks pretty good!  Hope to see you out there…


AYC Hits Sailing World Magazine

The Arizona Yacht Club elbowed its way into Sailing World magazine, the Jan-Feb issue, with emphasis on the Birthday Regatta.

Commodore Emory Heisler is colorfully quoted. Chris Smith gets photo credit. Frank Hunter endorses us. Very cool. When you read it, you may be excused for thinking that Lake Pleasant must be a hundred miles from nowhere, but it certainly sounds like a fun place to be.

On the same page: Anna Tunnicliffe, our March meeting speaker!

Scuttlebutt Christmas Wishes

A “Sailor’s Christmas Carol” – from Scuttlebutt #3496 (Website:





(Courtesy of Captain Jeffry Matzdorff)

T’was the night before Christmas, I swung on the hook, With snowflakes a’landing, asleep with my book.
When up on the deck I heard footsteps and stuff, “I’ve been boarded!” I thought, and I tried to be tough.

Then down the companionway hatch came a dude, He was dressed like a nut and I thought, “I’m so screwed”.
But he laughed and he hummed as he surveyed my junk, So I figured he must be the resident drunk,

His eyes were lit up like a junkie on speed, But he gave me a whole bunch of stuff that I need.
Like rum and cigars and new charts and a dinghy, And some kind of fancy electrical thingy.

I knew it was stolen but I wasn’t telling, I just hoped he was giving and wasn’t just selling.
And I poured him a grog which he downed with a wink, Then I poured one for me (Lord I needed a drink!)

Then he staggered above to the dark snowy night, As I peeked I beheld an incredible sight.
Eight tiny dolphins and a beautiful sleigh, And the dude hopped aboard and prepared to make way.

The dolphins were ready to power the sled, But the guy raised a genny and mains’l instead.
With a burp and a chuckle he gathered the breeze, And called to the dolphins, now swimming with ease.

“Hey Stalker and FEMA and Cancer and Nixon!
Or Stinky and Pepper Spray, Mason, and Dixon!
Or whatever your names are, you cute little fishes, Here’s to every last sailor, my best Christmas wishes!”

As he sailed away leaving a wobbly wake
I hoped he had not many stops left to make.
He got close to shore and he soon was aground, But the dolphins proceeded to pull him around

And I heard him exclaim as he sailed out of sight, “Killer whales!! …
I’m just kidding, don’t be so uptight!”

Merry AYC Christmas

Pat Favier displays one of the bottles of Bailey's that was later "picked." Photos: Mike Ferring

Liquor once again proved to be the hot item at the Buccaneer Gift Exchange Tuesday night, December 13.

With an excellent turnout and a heaping table of gifts, the social decibel level was at max most of the night. Two “thefts” of open presents was the rule and while the thievery began slowly, it was still rippling through the crowd as the evening ended—mostly bottles of spirits changing hands. Pat Favier managed what was probably the night’s heaviest thievery traffic, owing to her ability to spot the hot presents on the table, including two bottles of Bailey’s Irish Cream. Other top picks to pick: A classic boat lantern and a model sailboat.

Mike Parker also guided the group through the semi-annual Ye Blunder Bucket voting, “won” by Ray Gazzera. Rob Gibbs waved photo evidence of Ray’s Blunder: His Catalina 22 sitting bow up, stern down, still on its trailer, when Ray failed to secure the trailer hitch. Ray is a Blunder Bucket nominee many times over, but this is his first actual “victory.” In fact, Ray had been nominated so many times that in 2007 we awarded him an honorary “Life Achievement” Blunder Bucket.

What, more booze?

Gene Walentiny nominates Bob Worrall for a Blunder Bucket. Bob nominates him back.

Gene Walentiny nominates Bob Worrall for a Blunder Bucket. Bob nominates him back.

Lots of excellent presents for the annual party.

Katherine Motil checks out the choices.

Katherine Motil checks out the choices.

Birthday Regatta & Leukemia Cup Set for January 13-15

Click Here to Register for the Birthday Regatta and Leukemia Cup

This is the biggest event of the AYC  year, with boats from other parts of the country coming to try out Arizona weather in January.

But the event means more than a great weekend at the lake. Click Here for more information on the Leukemia Cup and what your entry/donation means for the fight against blood cancer here in AZ.

As in past years, the Birthday Regatta is Saturday and Sunday of MLK Weekend – 14 & 15 January.  Come race on Friday, January 13, too, for the Centerboard Challenge, open to anyone who can get the time off to race.

The Leukemia Cup will be awarded based on the Saturday Birthday Regatta results. If you sign up for both the Leukemia Cup and Birthday Regatta, entry Friday is free.

65th Newport to Ensenada Yacht Race

Newport Ocean Sailing Association

…home of the Newport to Ensenada Yacht Race

Commodores and Racers

All Yacht Clubs

Subject: Update Information for The 65th Newport to Ensenada International
Yacht Race

Attached find updated information regarding the 65th Newport to Ensenada
Yacht Race. Excitement continues to build for the 65th Newport to Ensenada
International Yacht Race due in large part to several important changes
made, many based on the feedback we have received from our racers.

Make sure you have your reservation made at the Coral Hotel for its room or
hospitality suites, as reservations are building. Also, if your club is
planning on hanging a club banner from a room balcony, note the maximum size
banner that can be hung is 82″ wide x 67″ tall.

Please post the enclosed details in your clubhouse and on your website. This
will allow your members an early chance to make their hotel and marina
reservations at the new NOSA headquarters in Mexico, Hotel Coral and Marina.

The NOTICE OF RACE and additional information is available at our website:  .

Let your racers know entries open December 1, 2011, with a substantial
discount for December entries:

o The entry fee is $125 through December 31st, 2011.

o The entry fee is $175 from January 1, 2012 through April 12, 2012.

o The entry fee is $225 for any entry received after April 12, 2012.

We have attached two recent articles that appeared in Sailing Anarchy
concerning changes that have occurred at NOSA.

Please share this with your membership.

If you have any questions or input, please contact the NOSA Entry Chair, Tom
Madden: 949-351-9905 or <>

Chuck Iverson Tom Madden

Commodore, NOSA Entry Chair, NOSA

December 2011 – Compass Points

CLICK HERE for the PDF Version

What a great Fall Season!  And as it nears its end our AYC  Holiday Season gets going with December 13, General Membership Meeting and the “Buccaneer Gift Exchange!”

Help us with Compass Points and please submit your stories or photos or both about all your “Winter Cruising” trips into the “Lower Lattitudes.”

And remember to get your Leukemia Cup Fund Raising going for the January 2012 Arizona Yacht Club Birthday Regatta and Leukemia Cup to help the Leukemia Lymphoma Society in their mission to cure blood cancers!

1) Commodore’s Corner – What a Great Fall Season!

2) Birthday Regatta – Fund Raising Basics

3) Peter Reggio Blitzes AYC November Membership Meeting

4) Governor’s Cup Regatta – Blown Away…to Dec 26, 2011

5) Maggie Blumm and Carina Freedman Win Ruth Beals Cup

6) Fleet of the Month – Sport Boat Fleet

7) For Sale! Want Ads!

Commodore’s Corner – December 2011 – Great Fall Season!

Ahoy AYC Friends and Family! What a great Fall Season we’ve had for the Arizona Yacht Club! Along with our standard fare of LP and TTL sailing with warm breezes and cool water we’ve had some of the best Membership Meeting programs on record thanks to the great works by Mike and Maryellen Ferring!

And if you happened to miss out on these great meetings you can get an excellent “taste” of what you’ve been missing by checking out the video Mike Ferring put together from Peter Isler’s visit (CLICK HERE). Thanks again to Mike for sharing his expert A/V and editing skills with us.

Whether you’re an AYC “Los Viejo Marinero”, a new AYC member, or just joining the fray in Start Sailing Right, we’ve had lots of fun for everyone to enjoy this Fall.

Next up???? Buccaneer Gift Exchange 12/13/2011! And then on into the New Year!
December’s membership meeting brings the annual AYC gift exchange, a gift exchange with a twist. You might say twisted, even. The meeting is at 7 pm, Tuesday, December 13, at the Caddy Shack @ Rolling Hills, 1415 North Mill Avenue, Tempe.

Here’s how the gift exchange works:

  • You bring a wrapped gift valued at less than $20.
  • You pick a number from a hat to determine the order we select gifts.
  • We’ll have two people called to the front of the room at the same time.
  • Each person can choose to pick a wrapped gift from the pile or play pirate and take the gift from someone who’s already opened one.
  • Gifts can be “pirated” only twice before they’re safe from further theft.

Consider giving AYC goodies as Christmas gifts. The Ship’s Store will be open at the meeting. Other gift suggestions: Liquor always seems to bring applause!

Have a great Holiday Season! I hope to see you at the General Membership meeting next week, and at the re-scheduled Governor’s Cup, otherwise I’ll “see” you in Compass Points next year!

Emory Heisler
AYC Commodore

Leukemia Cup Fund Raising – Help Cure Blood Cancers!

Fund Raising Sign-up continues this Tuesday night at the December AYC General Membership meeting. Our Desert Mountain States (DMS) Leukemia Lymphoma Society (LLS) partners will be on hand to register sailors for Leukemia Cup Regatta Fund Raising….and chances to win cool prizes.

If you can’t make the meeting, contact Tiffanie Hawkins at DMS/LLS to get your Fund Raising web site up and running!

And also, if you have loot for the LCR auction on January 14th, ballgame tickets, time-shares, art, sports memorabilia, even a bottle of rum – they’re all worth silver and gold and will help us in our cause to Cure Blood Cancers!

Click here to contact Katherine Motil, or call her at (480) 967-6990 and she’ll keep it safe until the Birthday Regatta.

Joe Motil (480) 967-6990
Birthday Regatta Chairman
Junior Staff Commodore

Fleet of the Month – PHRF Sport Boat Fleet

A-Sail Racing Action

The Sport Boat Fleet is built for speed.

It’s the new home of the Viper 640, the light, rapid, carbon-fiber-rich 21-foot, scoop-tailed speed boat.

Viper 640 at speed

Viper 640 at speed. Photo: Chris Smith

And suddenly AYC has picked up a bunch of J/80s. These 26-foot speed machines fly in a breeze with lots of sail area and a deep keel.

And we hear that 2010-2011 PHRF Spin fleet champ Dave Christensen will put his new, fabulous, home-built Mini 650 on the line.

Exciting, right?

PHRF Sport Boats are monohulls flying asymmetrical spinnakers. They conform to the SoCal PHRF rules.

US Sailing PHRF Ratings List

Southern California PHRF rules

For further information, contact Fleet Captain Mike Ferring

Fleet Captain Mike Ferring

Fleet Captain Mike Ferring

AC45 Action in San Diego

Sunset in the basin where the AC45 boats prepare for action. Photo: Mike Ferring

A cluster of AYC members headed for San Diego for the AC45 World Series action, and were rewarded with some great action in the “stadium-style” competition.

The boats are amazing to see in person, dominated by that tall wing main sail. “As an aeronautics guy, I love those wings,” Steve Kusic shouted over the post-race rock band at the America’s Cup village. “They’re just fascinating.”

Steve and Greg Bennett came in Thursday, just as Chris and Ann Smith, Mike and Maryellen Ferring were getting ready to fly back to Phoenix. Bob Whyte had made the round trip on Wednesday. Tia Renshaw and Mike Yarnell were there. So was Norm Anderson. Were you there too?

The races are short and intense, with the fast but somewhat clumsy boats chasing across the San Diego waterfront, usually heading upwind toward Harbor Island (except on Friday’s and Sunday’s uncharacteristic shift) and then back to a finish just off the aircraft carrier Midway at Broadway Pier. Civilian boats are kept at a distance, so watching from the piers got spectators closest to the action while also giving them a feed of the audio commentary. Farther down the harbor it was still possible to see the windward roundings, but without a commentary, it was very difficult to know what was happening.

Speed under sail. Photo: Mike Ferring

Some of us opted for the VIP boat, which combined a great viewing position with excellent food and wine. Of course, the free spot on the pier was hard to beat. And all the AC45 races are carried live on the Internet, with superb coverage from dozens of cameras on the race boats, chase boats, and two helicopters.

It’s all designed to whet our appetite for the 72 footers to come on San Francisco bay in 2013. I’d say it did a very good job of that.

Anna Tunnicliffe is ISAF Sailor of the Year

We have a tentative agreement from Anna Tunnicliffe to be our February speaker at the AYC membership meeting, just as Anna has been awarded her second Rolex ISAF Sailor of the Year honor.

Anna Tunnicliffe and crew

Anna Tunnicliffe and crew round a mark in women's match racing. Photo: US Sailing

The team won the 2010-2011 ISAF Sailing World Cup Championship for women’s match racing and is preparing for the 2012 Olympics in Weymouth, England. Anna won the gold medal in Lasers in the last Olympics.

She was also honored with the ISAF Sailor of the Year trophy in 2009 and is one of three Americans to win the prestigious worldwide award. Fellow Laser Radial sailor and USSTAG teammate Paige Railey won the award in 2006, and Ed Baird, the America’s Cup winning helmsman of Alinghi, won in 2007.

Anna was also 2008, 2009 & 2010 Rolex US Yachtswoman of the Year. More information is available on her website.

Maryellen and Mike Ferring sailed with Anna at the Bitter End Yacht Club Pro-Am and she said that she expected to be able to accept our invitation to speak to the club at the meeting on Tuesday, February 14.

November 2011 – Compass Points

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The Fall Season is in full swing now, and that means the 2012 AYC Birthday RegaHa and Leukemia Cup are just around the corner. Join us November 8th to kick off the our Leukemia Cup Regatta fundraising season and help the Leukemia Lymphoma Society in their mission to cure blood cancers!

Before we get to 2012 though we still have lots to do in 2011. check it out in this month’s Compass Points!
1) Commodore’s Corner – We Need Your Help – Again

2) Birthday Regatta – Fund Raising Basics – Sail with Jobson!

3) November 8 Club Meeting – Peter Reggio

4) Welcome New AYC Members!

5) Sign Up for Governor’s Cup Regatta – Nov 26, 2011

6) The article that wasn’t….

7) Fleet of the Month – Merit 25

8) Your Photos on Our Website!

9) For Sale! Want Ads!

Commodores’s Corner – November 2011 – Help!?!

Ahoy Mateys – Your Board of Directors, your entire club in fact, is in trouble, again, and we need your help. Similar to the past several years, our board of directors has two empty chairs, again.  But that’s not all. 

Unfortunately our Vice Commodore and one of our Membership Directors have both had to step down for health or job reasons.  We all appreciate Philip Freedman and Roger Butterwick for their service to the Arizona Yacht Club,  but we also have to recognize that their departures just widen the gaps that we have been facing now for a couple of years.

Their departure leaves all of us with a challenge.  We all need a full board to operate our club and to provide the benefits and value that have kept the AYC alive and active for over 50 years. Frankly, we also need more help AROUND the board of directors too.   Your club’s success depends on YOUR participation, above and beyond showing up for racing and occasional RC.  Please, don’t wait to be asked.  Step up. Ask a Board Member, “What can I do to help?”

Please don’t wait to be asked to do a what you know you can do and you can see needs doing. Step up. That’s what sailors do. For myself,  being a latecomer to the sport, that “take care of each other” sailor attitude has always been one of my favorite aspects of sailing. “What can I do to help?” It’s what we do, whether it’s as big as a MAYDAY call, or as small as helping a short handed boat coming into the docks…or a making a couple phone calls, or pumping out the LP “barge” head, or helping to upgrade the rigging on one of our shared TTL boats. 

OK, so you ask, “What can I do to help?”  Well, here are a few things you can do, some big, some very small and simple but still very meaningful.

1) JOIN THE MEMBERSHIP WELCOME COMMITTEE: This committee will greatly assist the welcoming and “on-boarding” process for our club. We need to be more welcoming and helpful to our new members, but that’s a tall task for the small group left on the Board. This task only asks for one hour a month to make a copule calls and chat about AZ sailing with prospective or new AYC members. This one is EASY!  Please contact Brenda Shears to join the Membership Welcome Committee.

2) EQUIPMENT MAINTENANCE COMMITTEE:  First here, we can all help here by just being “gentler” on our AYC boats.  If we all just treat our AYC boats as if they are our own – they are – and with preparation considerations for the next time they’ll be used, then less maintenance will be needed.  Our committee boats and safety boats aren’t “rentals” with a hired staff to perform maintance. We need to care for OUR boats as they are OUR boats, because they ARE OUR BOATS.   In addition, just like our own personal boats, AYC boats need routine and even “special projects” efforts now and then. To lend a hand here, please contact Trey Harlow for LP boats and George Tingom for TTL safety boats and to help out with routine maintanance on the ASF/AYC fleet at TTL.

3) VOLUNTEER TO BE THE VICE COMMODORE: This is the biggest request of the bunch because it also implies you will run for Commodore next year and stay on the board the next three years as Commodore, Jr. Staff Commodore, and Sr. Staff Commodore. Primary short term duties for the VC is coordination and editing of Compass Points, and if we had a MARKETING COMMITTEE the VC would also Chair that committee. Contact Emory Heisler (602 / 679 0462) or any Board Member to discuss this position.

YOUR club’s success depends on YOUR participation, above and beyond showing up for racing and occasional RC. Please, don’t wait to be asked.

Step up.  Ask a Board Member, “What can I do to help?”

Emory Heisler
AYC Commodore

Welcome New Members!!

Bill Dingwell has his US sailing certification to Bareboat. He enjoys cruising and now wants to get involved with racing. He has two children and lives in Scottsdale.
Chuck and Irma Moretti are new members from Scottsdale who sail a J80. They are interested in participating in racing activities. They have a daughter and also look to contribute to the Junior Sailing program.

Daniel and Jillayne Packowski of Phoenix are on their 3rd boat: first a Catalina 38, then a Catalina 30, and now a Jeanneau 36. They love to sail and have joined the club as a way to connect with other people who are like minded.           
Gary and Elizabeth Roe, of Phoenix, have sailed in the past and want to get re-involved and meet other sailors through participation in AYC.  They now have a Catalina Capri 22 and want to improve their skills and possibly race.
Katie Runnels is our newest member. She is interested in participating in various aspects of our club including sailing instruction, junior sailing, publicity, and social activities. We can use that kind of commitment and participation. Welcome Katie!

Nick Warren is from the UK and has been racing dinghies since he was 8 yrs old.  He moved to Phoenix last August and wants to get back to doing some sailing. Nick, we hope you find fair weather here most the time!

Richard Warren is a Tempe resident is interested in cruising and racing. He is looking to AYC to connect him with others with a like interest in sailing and to gain more experience. 
Marc and Heidi Wildy have lived in Arizona for about 17 years, both originally from the North-East.  They have two young sons.  Marc has been sailing for years and describes his experience:  “I remember first sailing on a lake in New Hampshire when I was about 10, one of the other kids had a small single sail boat and he gave us rides and let us sail it ourselves when he wasn’t using it.  I have been sailing recreationally on and off ever since whenever I get the chance. I also remember receiving some kind of certification in Colorado many years ago, but only after requesting that they draw pictures to show the wind direction and what direction the boat(s) were heading for each question, as I had no knowledge of official sailing lingo.  In fact, I would most certainly have pronounced the ‘w’ in ‘leeward’ (gasp!) until reading never to do so just a few weeks ago!  What is unique about sailing to me is that in other sports like golf, soccer, etc, I have good days and I have bad days. But I’ve never had a bad day when I was able to get out and sail.”
Dave Willis has crewed the past few years with Skip Kempff in a Thistle. He is looking to “start learning the other end of a boat.” Dave hails from Glendale and was hearty enough to get involved with our Heat Stroke series this summer.
If you are a new member and have not been introduced through Compass Points, please send a brief writeup about you (and your family) to


Brenda Shears

Arizona Yacht Club Membership Director


Sign Up for Governor’s Cup Regatta – Nov 26, 2011

Ahoy AYC Friends and Families!
 I am excited to announce the 2011 Governors Cup Regatta at Lake Pleasant, 11am Saturday, November 26 2011. (Click HERE for Entry Form)
This year, as last, we will be sailing a 26.2 statute mile Marathon around and about most of the lake attractions and amenities.  I will conduct a Skippers Meeting at Spinnaker Point at 9am, just east of the Sailboat Shop. The start of the race will be at 11am in the Pleasant Harbor side of the lake, in the North Launch Bay.  We will sail up and down the lake, around islands and floating bathrooms, within “care package” delivery by our local pubs, and finally finishing at the same marks as the start.  There will be no penalty for leaving the course and stopping at any of the comfort stations as long as needed.  There will be a minimal entry fee of $5 for each participant.
All participants will be required to check in (as indicated on the course chart) as soon as safe and possible if retiring and upon finishing.  When a participating boat finishes, I will need your finish time INCLUDING SECONDS, boat ahead, and boat behind (if available).
I will have an “official” course chart available Online at on or before Wednesday, November 23 and also at 8am Saturday .
There will be several classes divided by racing abilities, potential, and Regatta Chairman caprice.  Entry Forms will be available Online and Saturday at the lake. Entry Forms will be accepted by mail, in person at Monthly Membership Meetings, Saturday at the lake.
Last year was sailed by every class of boat from 14′ dinghies to 33′ racing machines.  The top to boats to finish were separated by 3 seconds, and everyone was off the lake by dark.  The USCG Auxiliary was on hand and we anticipate they will be available for monitoring for any emergencies.
Please contact me for further info and check the website often for updates.
Michael Parker
AYC Cruising Captain