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Cole’s Wash Raft Up

The annual New Year’s Day cruise to Cole’s Wash buoy for lunch is ON! Join us New Year’s day – about lunch time for a raft up at the buoy to share company and good eats. Bring lunch for yourself, and some to share.

If you don’t know where Cole’s Wash is, here’s a map.

I’ll bring the cookies!
Wendy Larsen-Christensen

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!

Spring Series Sign Ups POSTED!

Ahoy Sailors,

I know everyone is focused on getting ready for the Birthday Regatta, but don’t forget to sign up for the SPRING RACE SERIES! NORs and SIs are posted and you can REGISTER ONLINE for these series along with the Birthday Regatta.

Get to it you scallywags!

TTL Week 4 Scores Posted

Yes, we’re a week behind…these are NOT the final results…but they are results!

TTL Scores are on the Racing Results Page

Rob

UPDATE – 2011 Birthday Regatta and Leukemia Cup – UPDATE

Sailors,

Please get your registration completed by December 30, 2010! Register Here. This is the only way to get your Regatta  T-Shirt, which only available for purchase until December 30th! Get other gear like microfiber/drytech shrts, Gill bags and shorts with the Birthday Regatta Logo straight from our manufacturer here and it will be delivered directly to the regatta.

Also, if you just want the T-Shirt and or a few meals, you can use the registration page as well – just don’t enter the regatta!  You can also order gear from our Birthday Regatta Gear Page too.

Below are a few items to make your stay at the Birthday Regatta more pleasurable…

The closest hotel to Lake Pleasant is the Hampton Inn in Anthem and they have offered entrant a discounted room rate here.

Slips are available for $20.00 per night at Pleasant Harbor Marina at 602 912 1664 if you mention that you are with the Arizona Yacht Club.

Also, if you mention the Arizona Yacht Club to RV Rental Outlet, they can bring up a motor home and set it up for you at the lake for you weekend. Their number is 888 461 0023. You will also have to let Pleasant Harbor know so you can get a camp site.

If you want, tent and car camping is available for the price of admission to the park, but if you pitch your tent on a lawn, get ready for the sprinklers!

The general agenda goes something like this:

Friday

7:00 – Breakfast Burritos
7:00 – Registration Opens
9:00 – Registration Closes
9:30 – Skipper’s Meeting
11:30 – Racing/Race Practice (See NOR/SI)
17:00 – Bar Opens
18:00 – Dinner by resident Head Chef Rick Johnson
22:00 – Bar Closes

Saturday

7:00 – Eggs and Bacon Breakfast
7:00 – Registration Opens
9:00 – Registration Closes
9:30 – Skipper’s Meeting
11:30 – Racing (See NOR/SI)
17:00 – Bar Opens
17:00 – Silent Auction Open
17:30 – Dinner and Keynote Speaker Maureen McKinnon-Tucker
19:00 – Silent Auction Closes
19:10 – LLS Thanks You and Recognition
19:30 – Auction
20:15 – Top Fund Raiser Recognition
22:00 – Bar Closes

Sunday

7:00 – Breakfast Burritos
9:00 – Racing
14:00ish – Awards Ceremony


If you have more specific questions, please call me at 480-503-2191 or send me an email at jr.staff.commodore@arizonayachtclub.org.

Thanks!
Greg

AYC-ers Sail with Jobson for Leukemia Fund Raising

Gary Jobson and the Carolina Yacht Club hosted 80 sailors and their guests – including two AYC Buccaneer sailors (Chris Robertson and Emory Heisler) for the “Sail with Jobson – Fantasy Sail Weekend” December 3-5, 2010.

Not to miss an opportunity to sail, Emory showed up a day early to sail with his Buccaneer skipper from 2010 Buccaneer North American Championships (BNAC) Captain Ray Dunn who also just happens to live in the Charleston area – proof once again that if you know a Buccaneer, you probably know someone in just about any port in the country!  Arrrrr!

Along with an afternoon of sailing with Gary Jobson hopping from boat to boat, the weekend included many reminders about the Leukemia Cup Regattas, the Leukemia Lymphoma Society, and their shared mission to cure blood cancers. Attendees included at least half-a-dozen blood cancer survivors, but also was missing several participants from previous years that were not so fortunate to have the cure they needed for their version of the disease.

Get your fund raising “hat” on for the AZ Leukemia Cup Regatta and next year you might be  sailing with Gary Jobson in NEW YORK CITY!

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!

Get your Birthday Regatta RACE GEAR!

Our Ship’s Store is now offering more gear with the Birthday Regatta logos!  Check out the entire BIRTHDAY REGATTA GEAR PAGE!

If you are into tech gear we are offering the Long Sleeve and Short Sleeve Microfiber Tech shirts…these will be screen printed with the front, back and sleeve logo just like the cotton shirts you buy when you register.

In addition, get tons of other gear with the logo embroidered on.  All items ordered will be shipped to us and be given to you at the regatta!

Act now and you can get additional holiday savings!  Check the right side of the BIRTHDAY REGATTA GEAR PAGE for more info.

(BTW – there is a small error on their page that makes a reference to the Ultimate 20 North American Logo – we are aware of the problem and it will not affect your order!)

UPDATED – A Message From The Leukemia/Lymphoma Society –

UPDATE – Files available for you:
Instructions for setting up online fundraising
Forms and Instructions to get Event Sponsors
Sample Letter and Auction Item Form

Dear Arizona Yacht Club Members,

We are thankful all year for our wonderful friends, but  this season of caring reminds us of how fortunate we are to have such generous people around us.  The work you are doing through the Leukemia Cup Regatta has resulted in there being three researchers funded by The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.  I just wanted to convey once again the impact you have on blood cancer cures.   You are very generous with your time, and it helps tremendously.

On behalf of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, thank you for joining us for our 2011 Leukemia Cup Regatta with gold medalist speaker Maureen McKinnon-Tucker.  Dojiggy fundraising pages are ready to be reactivated! Please just email me at kerri.weiss@lls.org. By agreeing to participate in our 12th Annual Leukemia Cup Regatta, you have joined thousands of fundraising sailors nationwide to help support the Society’s mission to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life for patients and their families.

As you know, this is a fundraising regatta, and you and your crewmates are encouraged to raise as much money as possible.  Every dollar helps support blood cancer research and the Society’s education and support programs.  You can also earn great fundraising prizes and the chance to win a trip to our annual Fantasy Sail Weekend next Fall in New York.

Since its inception in 1949, the Society has invested more thank $483 million in research, leading to breakthrough drugs like Gleevec® designed to fight chronic myelogenous leukemia.  Currently, the Society underwrites the work of over 400 cancer researchers throughout the world, and provides a wide range of patients services including financial aid, support groups and educational seminars.  None of this could happen without the support of fundraisers like you.

Thank you for joining our “crew”, as we race for a cure.  We appreciate your efforts on the Leukemia Cup Regatta, and wish you and your family a joyous holiday season.

Sincerely,

Kerri J

:: Kerri Weiss | Special Events Manager
:: The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society | 3877 N. 7th Street, Suite 300, Phoenix AZ  85014
:: (602) 567-7605 office | (602) 567-7601 fax | VOIP 7605 | www.lls.org/dm | kerri.weiss@lls.org

Lake Pleasant Fall Final Results!

A good weekend with winds that shifted hard on Sat and on Sunday morning, a great blow that faded into a 2 race day was the finale.  See the scores here on the Race Results Page. If you have pictures from the weekend…send them in at our Photo Upload page.

UPDATED:
Thanks to Chris Smith and Chuck Landis for these!

Birthday Regatta Entry Now Open – Register Here!

Ahoy Sailors!

Don’t miss the first major AZ Regatta of 2011! It’s time to get ready for the Arizona Yacht Club Birthday Regatta and the 12th Annual Arizona Leukemia Cup – the first Leukemia Cup Regatta of 2011 January 14th through the 16th, 2011.

AYC and the Desert Mountain Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society invite you to join in for a full range of on-water and on-shore fun. Activities will include three days of racing Friday through Sunday with meals, entertainment and a special dinner Saturday.  Our keynote speaker Saturday night will be Paralympic GOLD MEDAL WINNER and newly elected U S Sailing Board of Directors Member, Maureen McKinnon-Tucker in addition to our outstanding special auction to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Racing will be from Friday through Sunday (Friday optional, each class will determine two or three days of racing), with the Leukemia Cup being held on Saturday.

Don’t miss Friday night’s dinner.  It is being prepared by the legendary culinary skill of our current Club Champion, Rick Johnson.

Our race committee will have a special look this year too! Andrea Caroe from Mission Bay Yacht Club in San Diego will be our PRO! Many of the Buccaneer and 14.2 sailors will remember her Pink RC flag from their events held at MYC.

Please check the RACING page of www.arizonayachtclub.org for the notice of race, registration and sailing instructions and other updates. Other questions can be sent to me, Regatta Director Greg Jackson,  at jr.staff.commodore@arizonayachtclub.org.

So come out and enjoy our desert hospitality up at Lake Peasant, January 14th through the 16th and help us help others through the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society!

Governor’s Cup Scores Posted

UPDATED – After a couple of corrections on PHRF/Portsmouth Ratings we have RE-Posted the Results to the Governor’s Cup.

The fleet scores from the 2010 Governor’s Cup are available.  These are the fleet scores, but remember the NOR states that the cup will be awarded to “the boat finishing the race with “outstanding seamanship” over the 26.2 mile course as voted on by a board of volunteers made up of fleet representatives.” So be sure to come to the December Membership Meeting to find out who gets that HUGE Rum Grog…I mean…Trophy…yeah.

AND in case you didn’t remember (ha ha), the December Membership Meeting is always our Buccaneer Gift Exchange!

the boat
finishing the race with “outstanding seamanship” over the 26.2 mile course as voted on by a
board of volunteers made up of fleet representatives.





the boat finishing the race with “outstanding seamanship” over the 26.2 mile course as voted on by a

board of volunteers made up of fleet representatives.

Ship’s Store Holiday Deals!




Sail into the savings for the holidays! Instant savings & gift certificates!



2011 Birthday Regatta – Details Being Finalized

For all of you anxiously awaiting the 2011 Birthday Regatta, we are finalizing a few details with some of the vendors, but I would like to put out some details for you:

RACE DATES AND TIMES – LAKE PLEASANT

Race Day 1 January 14, 2011
Race Day 2 January 15, 2011
Race Day 3 January 16, 2011

First Warning Signal on Friday 11:30 am
First Warning Signal on Saturday 11:30 am
First Warning Signal on Sunday 09:00 am

Racing will be 14, 15 16 Jan; however, each fleet will need to decide for themselves what days “count.”  Unlike past years, at this time there is no plan to have a separate set of awards for a Friday race day. Fleet Captains please send your decisions to the RC Chairman, Rob Gibbs at RobDaSailor@gmail.com by the end of December.  The Leukemia Cup is, as usual, only Saturday and requires a separate entry fee, ALL of which goes to the Arizona Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  It takes 5 or more entries to fleet.

Of course the final NOR and SI will override anything posted here, but these details shouldn’t change.  Thanks for your patience while we work out the final details with our partners.

Bucc’s Eat Turkey in Long Beach…AND on Catalina Island


Heisler, Vaillancourt, Rawstrom - LB Turkeys 2010

Heisler, Vaillancourt, Rawstrom - LB Turkeys 2010


Three hearty Buccaneer 18 teams skipped the AYC Gov’s Cup to join in the “umpteenth” Alamitos Bay Yacht Club Turkey Regatta to sample the legendary sailing inside the Long Beach sea wall, and to get some early turkey dinner.  The sailing and the turkey more than lived up to their reputations!

Day 1 started out with some steady rain and good 10-15mph winds but only two Buccs on the line.  Sacramento road warrior Carole Vaillancourt and skipper Ryan Scofield on “Wind Me Up” faced off with Emory Heisler and his brother Tim in “Erin Mogan” for the first race, a 2 lap W-L course.  Ryan and Carole lead easily at the first W mark and stayed there down to the gates as Emory and Tim sailed without the chute.  A problem at the gate for Ryan and Carole though let Emory and Tim sneak ahead by the 2nd W mark.  However without the spinny they couldn’t hold their position which gave Ryan and Carole an easy 30 second win.


Turkey Day Pirate Mayhem


Before race 2 could start Emory and Tim headed for warmth and turkey as the rain continued and the early signs of hypothermia started for Tim.  That left race 2 as a one-boat bullet for Ryan and Carole, but by the time Race 3 began Dave Rawstrom and crew Bailey Marra in “Red Fish Blue Fish” had found the course to put some competition back in the sailing.

Dave and Bailey sailed neck and neck with Ryan and Carole upwind until a blown tack by Ryan and Carole at the layline sent them from two boat lengths ahead to two boat lengths behind Dave and Bailey at the weather mark.  Ryan and Carole once again sailed their spinnaker against a team not ready to set the chute in the heavy conditions allowing them to pass Dave and Bailey for another easy win and 3 bullets for the day.

It was time for TURKEY!  Back in the Alamitos Bay Yacht Club the 3 Bucc teams and Dave’s family were joined by EX-AYCer Dennis Martinelli who was also in town for Turkey and some hard core Laser sailing too.  Of course the ABYC lived up to their reputation “with all the trimmings” and classic Yacht Club hospitality followed by a well deserved evening of recovery (except for Dennis and Emory that found their way to a bar showing the UFC fight!  Imagine that???!!!).

Stormy Long Beach Turkey Regatta 2010Sunday dawned with “freight train” winds blowing chunks of palm trees down the street.  Fortunately they “died down” to 20-25mph by race time.  Seeing these conditions both Dave and Emory lost their crews to the Farmers Market and teamed up on Emory’s “Erin Morgan” to keep at least two boats racing…or so they thought.

With the wind blowing a steady 20 with gusts to 25 Carole let Ryan know that she felt it was to windy, and that left the “well balasted” Emory and Dave to blast and plane around the course.  Ryan was appropriately jealous and Dave and Emory had some “profound revelations” during their 2 races “against the wind.” Details?   Sorry!  Sworn to secrecy!

After the scores were totaled, Ryan and Carole’s three Day-1 wins were just enough to win the Bucc class – AND a nice pair of frozen Turkeys (larger classes even had Cornish Game Hens for 3RD place LOL!)

AND THEN…..Emory and Tim jumped on a Catalina 30 Monday morning and cruised to Catalina and back (Tuesday) in beautiful 15-20 mph winds and calm seas.  “It was like sailing with training wheels”, said Emory, compared to the two Winnie the Pooh days in Long Beach.  But THAT is a different Turkey Day Regatta story.

Next year we hope to see more Buccs and other AYC sailors on the line for a great event at a great venue…..with some great Turkeys!

Next West Coast Race….SD NOOD, March 18-20.  See you there!

ARRRR!   Ryan Scofield – “Wind Me Up”, Emory Heisler – “Erin Morgan”

Governor’s Cup – Finished Before Dark!

The wind was great yesterday for the 14 boats that participated in the Governor’s Cup.  The wind speed was 9-10 steady most of the day with gusts up to about 20 in certain parts of the lake at different times.  Of course the Reynolds 33 Catamaran took line honors (we saw them finishing when we were just starting our second “lake lap”) but hat’s off to Chuck Robinson who completed the course in his US1 and Gary Oberbeck who completed the course in his SUNFISH!  The trophy will be awarded at the December Membership Meeting (along with Ye Blunder Bucket!)

Here are some of the better photos I got.  If you have a picture you want to submit, use our new Photo Upload Page. If you have multiples, it would be great if you could use a hosting site like www.Flickr.com or www.Picasaweb.com to post them and send a link to Web@ArizonaYachtClub.org.

NOOD Regatta Schedule for 2011 Released

FINALLY Sperry and the people at Sailing World have released their 2011 schedule.  Go check it out at:

www.sailingworld.com/nood-regattas

Governor’s Cup this SAT! Who’s in so far?

The Governor's Cup

Here’s who’s in so far: UPDATED 11/18/10


Michael Parker Buccaneer 18 HiJinks Ensue
Norman Anderson Merit 25 Bluestreak
Thomas Baker Merit 25 Sea Dream
Roger Butterwick Merit 25 Hydropathy
Dianna Andress Santana 20 Hot Flash
Peter Hartleb Catalina 22 Kicks
Robert Gibbs Santana 2023R
kent maas Reynolds 33 Flyer
Eugene Muller J24 To the nines
Chuck Sears Corsair Monsoon
Chuck Robinson US 1 Zephyr
Trey Harlow Thistle

Are you in?  Are you sailor enough??!!??

Register NOW!

George Tingom hits YouTube!

Tempe Town Lake Race Results

The good, the bad, and the ugly…

Race Results for the TTL Race Results from Sunday the 14th of Nov are posted.