AZ High School Sailing Championship & ASF Picnic

The third double handed (two person) sailing championship was held in the east basin of Tempe Town Lake on Saturday April 16th 2011.  Parents and friends cheered on their favorite sailors from the blue shade umbrellas on the north shore (just below the east basin condo development).

Alexia Lorch won with crew Scott Soethe.  Alexia is a junior at Xavier College Preparatory and Scott attends Brophy College Preparatory.  A perpetual trophy to display at the school of the skipper for half the time until next years race (the other half of the time to be displayed at the school of the crew) was presented after the races.  Individual trophies were presented for the winners to keep.

Four boats sailed with eight students on board.  The last two years had six boats racing in the championship.  We hope to have more than six in 2012.  Two races were held in the morning with very light wind.  A one hour lunch break was taken before three twice around races in freshening afternoon breeze (6-8 MPH).  Three different boats scored first place finishes.  There was a chance for a lead change in the last race, but Alexia and Scott managed to hold off the competition in variable strength wind that was changing direction frequently. 

FYI for next year….the race is NOT LIMITED TO ASF HS SAILING CLASS STUDENTS, however we’re pleased to note that this year’s winner was a student in 2010.

Information about High School Sailing Classes is available at https://www.arizonayachtclub.org/Education/hsclass.shtml

There are decorative blue shade umbrellas on the north shore (just below the east basin condo development) where many parents and siblings cheered.

As of now, unless some special Tempe event forces a date change, the 2012 championship will be held on Saturday April 22nd 2012.

AFTER THE RACING…..it was time to PIG OUT!   The Arizona Sailing Foundation and Arizona Yacht Club joined together for a very nice Spring Picnic.  High School Sailing Championship participants, Start Sailing Right spring class students and a menagerie of AYC members, families and friends enjoyed an afternoon of sun and sailing on the “Grassy Knoll”. 

Many thanks to ASF Board President John Mayall and his picnic team: Rick Lake, “Pig Master”, Dave Christensen, “Grill Master”, and Lisa Lake, Wendy Larsen and a host of other helping hands!  Congratulations to ASF for ending the spring season in excellent fashion!

AYC Club Championship Notice of RACE!

Congratulations to all of the winning fleet champions and our defending Club Champion.

Attached is the NOR for the upcoming AYC Club Championship race weekend. The course chart and SIs will be either sent in the next days or handed out at the skippers meeting.

The goal is to sail windward leeward races lasting about 15 – 20 minutes and then exchange boats ASAP and start the next race. The goal is to complete the event on Saturday if at all possible much like we did in 2009. You can expect sailing to continue until 5 or 6 if wind conditions permit and to leave Sunday for yourselves

The plan therefore is to have a skippers meeting at 10:30 then launch and be ready to start at noon or a little earlier if the area is clear. Round robin starting order will be drawn after the skipper’s meeting on Saturday….

2011 Championship NOR

ROAD TRIP! Buccaneer 18 Summer Events

Bucc West Region Fleet 30 (CO) and Fleet 79 (AZ) have announced their Summer Regatta Schedules:

05/21-22, Rocky Mountain Shootout & Hornblower Regatta – Cherry Creek (Denver)

05/28&29, Memorial Day Regatta, Alamitos Bay Yacht Club (ABYC), Long Beach, CA

06/11-12, Reunion Regatta – Union Reservoir (Longmont, CO)

06/24,25,&26, Long Beach Race Week, Long Beach Yacht Club (LBYC), Long Beach, CA

06/24,25,&26, Summer One Design, Coronado Yacht Club(CYC) , Coronado, CA

07/02, Firecracker – Union Reservoir (Longmont, CO)

07/16-17, Aspen Yacht Club Annual Regatta (Reudi Reservoir, Basalt, CO)

08/01to08/05, Bucc 18 National Championship, Kenosha Yacht Club, Kenosha, WI

08/20&21, One Design, Mission Bay Yacht Club(MBYC), San Diego, CA

09/17-18, Colorado Governor’s Cup – Cherry Creek (Denver)

09/23,24,&25, Sailing Anarchy Sport Boat Regatta, CYC, Coronado, CA

10/1, Oktoberfest Regatta – Union Reservoir (Longmont, CO)

10/15&16, Fall One Design, CYC, Coronado, CA

11/19&29, Turkey Day Regatta, ABYC, Long Beach, A

Can you say ROAD TRIP!

Olympian Mark Reynolds – AYC April Meeting

Join us Tuesday 4/12/2011 for an evening with US Olympic Sailing Gold Medalist Mark Reynolds!

Where: Rolling Hills 19th Hole – 1415 N. Mill Ave. Tempe, AZ 85281 • (480) 350-5275 (across from Salt River Project)
When: 6pm Social Hour, 7pm Program

When Mark Reynolds walked into Opening Ceremonies at Sydney’s Olympic Games, he made U.S. Olympic Yachting history as a four-time consecutive Olympic representative in the same event. Well-known as the “Star of the Star class,” Reynolds has the resume to back up the well-deserved nickname: two world championship titles (’00, ’95) and three Olympic medals (1992 Gold,1988 Silver, 2000 Gold) in arguably the most competitive one-design class in the world.

Reynolds was introduced to the sport at age four by his father, Jim Reynolds, himself the 1971 Star World Champion (as crew for Dennis Conner). As a sophomore in college, Mark was All American on the San Diego State University sailing team in 1974. Mark led the team to a 2nd place finish both in 1974 and 1975 in the North American Dinghy Championships. A protégé of Conner’s, Mark started his first Olympic campaign in the Flying Dutchman class. Sailing with Miami’s Augie Diaz, Reynolds’ Olympic dreams were sidelined when the US boycotted the 1980 Games. A Star campaign, founded in 1986 with Hal Haenel (Los Angeles, Calif.), earned him four trips to the Olympics. In 1988 Reynolds/Haenel found themselves in the medal hunt in Korea. Unfortunately, their bid for Olympic Gold was undone in the final race of the regatta when a control line failed and their mast came tumbling down in the incredible winds and waves off Pusan. They settled for the Silver Medal.

Aware that no American Star sailors had ever repeated as Olympic representatives, Reynolds/Haenel kept their focus for the ’92 Olympic Regatta, where they never finished worse than third in any race, and enjoyed the luxury of being able to sit out the final heat. They returned home from Barcelona with Gold Medals. The challenge of competition fueled their desire to compete in a third Olympics, and Reynolds/Haenel placed 8th out of 25 boats at the 1996 Olympic Regatta in Savannah, Georgia.

Reynolds teamed up with Magnus Liljedahl in 1997 with the express goal of winning another Olympic Gold medal, and making it an unprecedented fourth trip to the Olympics. In three years a lot did happen. They won the prestigious Bacardi Cup and the European Championship two years running (’97, ’98), the Spring Championships of the Western Hemisphere (’97), the North Americans (’98), and were runner up at the World Championship (’97). The top ranked US team for two years, they went into ’99 as the top ranked team in the World. Then tragedy struck in June of ’99 when Magnus’ lovely wife, Agneta, was diagnosed with Ovarian cancer. After a hard battle, she passed away in October of that year. Between June and November of ’99, Reynolds sailed 10 regattas with 11 different crews while Magnus remained by his wife’s side. Reynolds/Liljedahl resumed their training in December and in February took possession of a new boat that Reynolds had overseen the construction of.

Reynolds has acknowledged that preparing for and competing in the Trials and Olympics this time was more challenging than ever. Unlike many sailors who put jobs and school on hold during their Olympic campaigns, this husband and father of three maintains a full-time job. While being his own boss makes some things easier, as the predominate sailmaker in the Star class with a steadily rising market share, Reynolds had a lot to deal with business wise. Mark’s business, Quantum San Diego, makes sails for most of his competitors. While preparing for the Trials and Olympics, Mark’s loft was making sails for almost all of his competitors in the Star Class. He also consults with his customers (also his competition) before and during regattas. His Star sails have been used to win 13 of the last 15 Olympic medals.

When Mark and Magnus arrived at the Olympics, they were picked as the favorite Star team to win the Gold Medal. They got off to a rocky start, in the tough conditions and a even tougher fleet that already held 11 Olympic medals. After the 6th race, Mark and Magnus were in 8th place. However, in typical style, Mark and Magnus persevered in the second half of the regatta to have an average 2nd place finish in 5 races to pass those ahead of them and win the Gold Medal. Recognizing their exemplary performance for the year 2000 Mark and Magnus were awarded the ISAF/Sperry World Sailor of the Year award.

Notice: 2011-2012 AYC Board Nominees

In accordance with Arizona Yacht Club Bylaws the following candidates have been nominated for the positions noted.
2011-12 AYC BOARD OF DIRECTORS BALLOT

  • Sr. Staff Commodore – Greg Jackson
  • Jr. Staff Commodore – Joe Motil
  • Commodore – Emory Heisler
  • Vice Commodore – Philip Freedman
  • Rear Commodore – Mike Ferring
  • Fleet Captain – Trey Harlow
  • Cruising Captain – Mike Parker
  • Membership Director (1 year) – Roger Butterwick
  • Membership Director (2 year) – Brenda Shears
  • Treasurer – Tony Chapman
  • Secretary – Cindy Pillote

Between April 1 and April 15, 2011 Election Ballots shall be sent to all members of record as of 4/1/2011. Ballots must be received by mail by May 09, 2011 (mail to Joe Motil, 1404 E. McNair Dr., Tempe, AZ 85283), or delivered by hand prior to 6pm May 10, 2011 at the May General Membership Meeting where Ballot Counting shall occur at 6pm on May 10, 2011 at 19th Tee Restaurant, Rolling Hills Golf Course- 1415 N. Mill Ave. Tempe, AZ 85281.

The Big Cactus is Coming!

As in…..The Tall Cactus Regatta and Siesta – Lake Pleasant, April 30, 2011. SKIPPERS MEETING 9AM. START TIME 10:30am

Yes, it’s time to wrap up the general club activities at Lake Pleasant for the season with a final Fun Race and BBQ before we spend the rest of the 100+ degree summer daze hiding from Del Sol.

The lake should be brimming full for us to venture out from the safety of the lower lake and explore the upper reaches and coves with a finish line the north end of Humbug Cove.

The cove is bordered with high cliffs and is fairly wide. About mid-afternoon, the winds are typically blowing out of the South for an exciting spinnaker or wing and wing run. The sight of a half dozen colorful spinnakers drifting down the cove with the deep blue water and sky, the canyon walls turning many shades of red, passing around and through the on looking crowds is amazing.

If you are able to weave you way through the party boats, and resist the sirens calls to join them, the cove opens up nicely to a large basin to the finish line, with good anchor holding. You should finish with time to relax, take a swim, board other boats to revel, or take a nap.

The cove also has a few excellent spots for a secluded sunset dinner under the stars. There is also plenty of shoreline for any daysailors to beach, or tie up to a furniture boat for the post race activities.

Dinner this year will be steak or chicken, corn on the cob (campfire style) with salads, desert, and my now infamous Spiced Rum Punch!

This is it for the NOR and Sailing instructions will be handed out at the skippers meeting Saturday at 9am. If you would like an electronic copy, I will post it on the web and send return emails to those requesting.

The start will be a 10:30am near the PH Marina Dam side entrance with a reverse PHRF order so the faster boats starting after the slower boats. The idea is to have everyone finish at the same time.

There will be a ferry barge to shuttle participants to and from the campsite to your boat at posted intervals, typically one roundup to bring you in and one or two (depending on finding a skipper) to take you back to your boat. Bring a dinghy if you can. The barge has a limited use bathroom for participant use.

Campers are able to reach the site by truck, but I would not drive a low clearance minivan or small tire car there. Maps of the campsite will also be available.

Cost is $25 per boat, that includes one dinner. Additional dinners are $10. Kids (16 and under) eat free. Sign up should be online soon. If you prefer, you may email me your entry and bring a check or cash Saturday.

DEADLINE FOR DINNER REQUESTS IS:
@@ IN MY HAND APRIL 25 @@

You don’t have to pay by then, but I gota know cause I am shopping Tuesday.

Questions, comments, observations: reach me at azexpedition@gmail.com

Fair Winds
Michael Parker
Crusing Captain

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.

March 8 GM Meeting – Nick Hayes on Saving Sailing

March 8, 2011, 7pm! Don’t miss it!    Officer Nominations meeting at 6pm will precede 7pm General Membership meeting with special guest speaker Nicholas (Nick) Hayes, author of  “SAVING SAILING”.
 
Nick will engage us in a conversation about what WE can all do to help our sport – and our club – remain vibrant through demographic and economic changes.
  
Why is something as rich, substantial and significant as sailing facing such trouble?  What can we do about it?
 
Excerpt from Saving Sailing:
Americans have abruptly stopped sailing. Participation is down more than 40% since 1997 and 70% since 1979. Less than 1% of Americans remain self-described sailors, they are doing less of it and are enlisting fewer newcomers. Current economics are not helping.
 
A crucial fact: key age groups that might sustain the activity — kids under 13, women and early parents — are essentially not sailing at all. From the basic population data, it is easy to conclude that unless sailing can soon attract newcomers in all age groups under about 40 and from all genders and a wider range of income levels — something that it is not doing well today — the future of the activity is bleak.
 
Demographic trends hide an important truth: apart from the numbers, there are modest actions that can be taken; basic decisions that can be made by individuals or within small groups  to improve the situation.
 
Please join us for this conversation with Nick 3/8/2011 at our March General Membership meeting with thoughts toward how we in AYC can make a difference for our club and our sport.
 
See you there!

March 2011 Compass Points

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

Board of Directors Nominating Meeting Scheduled 3/8/2011 6pm

ASU Boats Get Wrapped for PCCSC Series

Club History – The FIRST Governor’s Cup!!

Wild Weather Lake Pleasant Weekend #2

Board of Directors Meeting Minutes!!

“By the Numbers” – Facts about your club!

New TTL Obstacles…PADDLE BOARDERS!

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!!!

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!

From the Commodore’s Chair-February 2011

The 2011 year has been a busy year already with our Birthday Regatta and many other activities.  The March General Membership presentation will be Nicholas Hayes, an author who has recently been speaking all over the country about how sailing programs are being revitalized. I hope you can attend that session as it will be all of US that will need to help the club go forward.

The club does not go forward on its own, and relies on the continued participation of the membership.  Please step up and ask what you may do to help the club.  I know that each member will bring their strengths to the club if even for an hour a month. Clearly we need your help.

I am looking forward to the Commodores Dinner which will be coming up May 14th at the Chart House at McCormick Ranch.  We will have a festive evening of great dining along with awards and summary presentations with introductions of the next AYC governing board.  Planning is already under way and details of the event will be made available very soon.  So don’t forget to block that date for a very nice evening and watch the website or look for e-mails coming soon about the event.

Thanks.

Joe

Joe Motil
Commodore
Arizona Yacht Club

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

Rembering Boats of a “Zippy” Nature

Submitted by Dennis Lynde

After reading Rick Johnson’s excellent article in compass points about a Martin 242 named “ZIP’, it brought back memories of another time, many moons ago, of another “ZIP” that sailed with AYC.

This “ZIP” was a Montgomery 17 flush deck, which was my first new boat, and pride and joy. Pale yellow, with multi colored stripes, 1200 lbs displacement, 25 ft. mast, no interior, shoal draft keel with centerboard, and a ball to sail. We raced her for 3 years with the club, and in San Carlos Mexico, with Tucson Sailing Club, which also had several M17 flush decks sailing in their club. Al Jr. was a crew down there with me at least once. We also put the mast in the water when a wind shift knocked us down while under spinnaker. Very exciting. I sailed with her for 3 years, until I decided I wanted a boat with accommodations below, and good light air capability. Thus did the San Juan 24, “Bigamy” come into my life, but that story will be for another time.

Do YOU have a story about any of the many one (or two) of a kind boats that have sailed with AYC over the years?  They have likely been in either the Portsmouth or PHRF fleets.  Here are some photos of a few that may help you remember!.

 It would be nice if any of you have a special boat in mind, or just one you were fond of that you would write and mention in an article too!  Send them to CompassPoints@ArizonaYachtClub.org .      .org .     

Upcoming Events – Mark Your Calendars!

Next week!  February 8 – General Membership Meeting
Greg Jackson will share photos and stories from his cruise to the South Pacific!!
And it’s time to start planning for 2011-2012 Board of Directors Nominations!! 

March 8 – General Membership Meeting and BOARD NOMINATIONS
Join us at 6pm prior to the March 8, 2011 meeting at Pete’s to help build the 2011-2012 AYC Board of Directors election slate!

 May 14 – Commodore’s Ball at the Chart House Restaurant – Scottsdale
The Chart House
! Spectacular Waterfront Dining and Views of Camelback Mountain across the Lake.  Mark your calendar today for a great night of  fun with your friends and families!

April 30 – Tall Cactus Regatta! 4/30/2011
Another event organized by MIKE PARKER PRODUCTIONS!!!! You saw how he rebuilt the Governor’s Cup.  Don’t miss this annual trek for an overnighter in Humbug Cove.  It’s sure to be a weekend to remember (or for some, maybe that they’ll never be able to forget????!!!!!)  Come out and see someone earn the Blunder Bucket!