New TTL Key Cards Being Issued

In case you didn’t hear, this is from Okie at Tempe Parks and Rec:

We will be changing our card keys for marina access on Monday, February 14, 2011. That means that the current key you are using will not work at the marina starting Monday, 2/14 and you will need a new key. I or my assistant Ryan will be at the marina (we are usually in the shade cover area that the rowing shells are stored) at the following times to distribute new keys:

Saturday, February 5, from 6am to 12 noon.
Thursday, February 10, 4pm to 6:30pm
Saturday, February 12, from 6am to 12 noon.

You will need to show a card key to get a new card key. Your old key will work (as was mentioned) until 2/14. Then the new key will start working and the old card should be thrown away as it will no longer work.

I understand this will be a bit of a hassle for some of you to get to the marina at the times listed. However it will allow us to operate  a more efficient card key system and it therefore needs to be done. I apologize for the inconvenience. Please Let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you all,
Okie

Regatta Raises $41,000 to Fight Blood Cancers

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) 2011 Leukemia Cup Regatta, held January 14-16 at Lake Pleasant, raised $41,000 to support the fight against blood cancers. The Society’s signature sailing event has raised more than $300,000 in Arizona in the last 4 years. “We would especially like to acknowledge the Arizona Yacht Club (AYC), for their commitment over the past 9 years in running a safe and very competitive sailing race for us,” said Jon Meyers, Executive Director of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Desert Mountain States Chapter. “The need for continued investments in research is critical. More than 900,000 people in the United States are currently living with leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma and an estimated 55,000 will lose their battle over the coming year.” The chapter holds its sailing fundraiser in conjunction with the AYC, who celebrate their Birthday Regatta over the Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday weekend each year.

Fundraising events depend upon the support of the area community, and LLS gratefully acknowledges its 2011 Leukemia Cup Regatta sponsors: Arizona Yacht Club, Wolters Kluwer, Protea Medical Center, Phoenix School of Law, ST Microelectronics, Smith Law Group, West Marine, North Sail, SailShop, AGM Technical Solution, Arizona Boating and Water Sports, Mt. Gay Rum, Sailing World, Vineyard Vines, Jobson Sailing, John MeCray, Ken Gardiner, The Heislers, AmeriChoice, United Healthcare, Colligo Marine, Casa Technology Systems and Full Sail Brewery.

The three days of the Regatta proved once again that the wind in Arizona can be great, good and also non-existent, all in the same weekend!  Friday, January 14, saw consistent wind all day out of the north to northeast. Saturday, January 15, was a typical Lake Pleasant day with a couple of races off to the north before the midday shift and another race or two off to the south. Sunday was good in the morning, but without a hard and fast shift to the south, fleets checked out around noon. The wind did come back up, but by then the RC had flown the AP/A and everyone was on their way home. A special thank you to Peter Howson of SailLog.net for coming out and taking some really great pictures. Check them out at www.saillog.net


Congratulations to all of the event winners:

Bucc 18

Maggie Blumm & Dennis Martinelli

C-22

Doug McMillan

PHRF – MultiHull

Brad Smith

PHRF – Non Spin

Greg Woodcock

PHRF – Spin

Al Lehman & Steve Quant

Portsmouth

Michael Leon

Viper 640

Juan Mauri


Congratulations, sailors, and we look forward to another amazing year next year!

Courtesy of Kerri Weiss, Special Events Manager LLS of AZ

Spring Starts Saturday!

Spring Racing at Lake Pleasant, that is. Have you registered yet?

There are 33 boats signed up as of 7pm Thursday.

The Spins have now “fleeted” (after pilfering two of our non-spin stalwarts!), Merits are at 4 entries, Buccs at 3, and most Vipers have yet to sign up. (Five entries are required to constitute an active fleet.)

Here they are as of 7pm Thursday before our first race weekend:

Matt Davis Buccaneer 18
Charles Rush Buccaneer 18
Michael Parker Buccaneer 18
James Batz Catalina 22
Robert Frazier Jr. Catalina 22
Myles Hassett Catalina 22
Paul Liszewski Catalina 22
Martin Lorch Catalina 22
Robert Worrall Catalina 22
George Tingom Catalina 22
Raymond Gazzera Catalina 22
Roger Butterwick Merit 25
Jim Douglas Merit 25
Ricky Gilchrist Merit 25
Steve Kusic Merit 25
Dianna Andress PHRF Non-Spinnaker
George Campbell PHRF Non-Spinnaker
Peter Hartleb PHRF Non-Spinnaker
Greg Woodcock PHRF Non-Spinnaker
Mike Ferring PHRF Non-Spinnaker
Bruce Andress PHRF Spinnaker
Michael Axtman PHRF Spinnaker
Gordon Bean PHRF Spinnaker
Robert Gibbs PHRF Spinnaker
Chris Smith PHRF Spinnaker
Clay Poulson Portsmouth
Thom Dickerson Thistle
Jason Rziha Thistle
Dan Schott Thistle
Michael Yarnell Thistle
Trey Harlow Thistle
Skip Kempff Thistle
Greg Jackson Viper

Sign up by clicking on the link on this page: https://arizonayachtclub.org/?page_id=634

Spins are on RC, which could mean a good dinner. Could.

Cheers,
Mike Ferring

2011 Birthday Regatta Photos

Hi eveyone…

We’ve had a couple of folks submit photos via the Photos Upload Link.  Here they are along with a few of my own added. Also, don’t forget to visit our visiting Professional’s Site – www.SailLog.net – for some really great pics!

Courtesy of Peter Howson

Courtesy Chuck Landis

Courtesy Dennis Lynde

Our Guest PRO Andrea Caroe

Watching the Finish Line

Viper

Reynolds 33

Bucc Parade

C22 Starting

Birthday Regatta Results!


Photo Courtesy of SAILLOG.NET


Well, the 3 days of the regatta proved once again that the wind in AZ can be great, good and, well, non-existent all in the same weekend day.  Friday was consistent wind all day out of the North to Northeast.  Saturday was a typical Lake Pleasant day with a couple of races off to the north before the midday shift and another race or two off to the South.  Sunday was good in the morning, but without a hard and fast shift to the South, fleets checked out around noon.  The wind did come back up, but by then the RC had flown the AP/A and everyone was on their way home. Thanks to Peter Howson of SailLog.net for coming out and taking some really great pictures.  Check them out at www.saillog.net

Congratulations to all our winners:

Bucc 18 Maggie Blumm & Dennis Martinelli
C-22 Doug McMillan
PHRF – MultiHull Brad Smith
PHRF – Non Spin Greg Woodcock
PHRF – Spin Al Lehman & Steve Quant
Portsmouth Michael Leon
Viper 640

Juan Mauri

Here are the complete list of scores.

Birthday Regatta – Fleets So Far!

Many of you have asked for a participant list by fleet…here ya go!

This is the last week to sign up so get to the RACING PAGE and sign up!

(Fleets subject to change based on NOR/SI minimum sign up criteria and discretion of PRO.  This list is BIRTHDAY REGATTA Sign Ups.)

Martinelli

Blumm

Buccaneer 18

matt

davis

Buccaneer 18

Emory

Heisler

Buccaneer 18

Cynthia

Pillote

Buccaneer 18

Raymond

Gazzera

Catalina 22

Rick

Johnson

Catalina 22

Arno

Marcuse

Catalina 22

George

Tingom

Catalina 22

Robert

Worrall

Catalina 22

Roger

Butterwick

Merit 25

Ricky

Gilchrist

Merit 25

Steve

Kusic

Merit 25

Jay

Bulfer

PHRF Non-Spinnaker

George

Campbell

PHRF Non-Spinnaker

Sean

Eanes

PHRF Non-Spinnaker

NICHOLE

RIDER

PHRF Non-Spinnaker

Gene

Walentiny

PHRF Non-Spinnaker

Greg

Woodcock

PHRF Non-Spinnaker

Michael

Axtman

PHRF Spinnaker

Gordon

Bean

PHRF Spinnaker

Dave

Christensen

PHRF Spinnaker

Larry

Green

PHRF Spinnaker

Peter

Hartleb

PHRF Spinnaker

Brad

Lawson

PHRF Spinnaker

kent

maas

PHRF Spinnaker

Steve

Quant

PHRF Spinnaker

Christopher

Reinhard

PHRF Spinnaker

Chuck

Sears

PHRF Spinnaker

Chuck

Sears

PHRF Spinnaker

Albert

Chylek

Portsmouth

Brett

Johnston

Portsmouth

Michael

Leon

Portsmouth

Joe

Motil

Portsmouth

Clay

Poulson

Portsmouth

Brad

Smith

Portsmouth

Tim

Carter

Viper

Laurent

Dion

Viper

Drew

Harper

Viper

Mark

Hinrichs

Viper

Jeff

Jones

Viper

Charles

Kaye

Viper

Juan

Mauri

Viper

charlie

visser

Viper

Jeffrey

Young

Viper

82nd SCYA Midwinter Regatta

The SCYA Midwinter Regatta’s history is packed with legendary sailors and their boats from the early days to the present. The event began in 1928, when SCYA and the LA Junior Chamber of Commerce teamed up to promote Southern California as the sports “paradise” of sailing venues. As hoped, the event attracted boats from the Great Lakes, Atlantic Coast and the rest of the Pacific Coast and some of the best known yachtsmen in America.

Los Angeles Harbor was the only venue for many years. The first venue expansion added Alamitos Bay then Marina del Rey and King Harbor. New venues continued to be added through the years until races were being held from Santa Barbara to San Diego and as far east as Arizona and Nevada. Some changes in venue and classes occur from year to year to keep current with class interest. Today 25 or more host clubs and 100 classes participate in the Midwinters.

A few little known facts:

• The Regatta was put on hold during WWII and resumed again in 1946.

• The Star Class is the only one-design class that has sailed in every Midwinter Regatta held.

• The Naples Sabots raced for the first time in 1946 and for 57 years was one of the largest classes. The class quickly grew to huge numbers and it was still the largest class raced 57 years later in 2003.

• Humphrey Bogart raced his yacht Santana in the event in 1947 and lost to Ed Witte.

• In 1954 Mitzi Gaynor was Queen of the Regatta.

• Cal 40s, one of the first fiberglass boats raced for the first time in 1964.

• The1967 Midwinters had 996 entries and 20 one-design classes over 25feet.

• The largest number of entries was in 1977 at over 1,200.

The Southern California Yachting Association’s 82nd Annual Midwinter Regatta 2011 is gearing up for the weekend of February 19th and 20th. The Regatta will be hosted at yacht clubs and associations from Channel Islands to San Diego and all ports in between. Several inland lakes from the Pacific Coast to Arizona will also see racing. Races will be held for dinghies, cruisers, one design sailboats, PHRF racers, multihulls, radio-controlled models, land yachts, powerboats and outrigger canoes (did we miss anyone?).

Regarded as a season opener, the Midwinter Regatta is a community event that unites over 600 boaters throughout Southern California and Arizona. D.I.S.C, spine, orthopedic and sports medicine specialist, supports the competitive spirit and body and wouldn’t miss a chance to partner with SCYA for this grand event; don’t you either! Rain or shine – the Midwinter races will be run. Sign up at www.discmdgroup.com/sailing

Buccaneer Gift Exchange – December Meeting

The proceedings of the AYC Annual Christmas Party – A.K.A Buccaneer Gift Exchange (no relation to the fleet, although…) were full of cheer and merriment.  Here is a little bit of what went on…

The Overall Winner of the Governor’s Cup for 2010 was awarded to Gene Muller for best overall corrected time.  Norm Anderson (PHRF Spin) and Trey Harlow (Portsmouth) were on hand to collect their individual fleet trophies.

Mike and Jo Grijalva were on hand to deliver a Burgee from ????  Mike was also the winner (AGAIN) of the Newport to Ensenada race.

The Blunder Bucket was (finally) awarded to Emory Heisler for getting his back window taken out by the mast of his Bucc, Erin Morgan, when his trailer popped off the hitch (because hd didn’t close the latch!) on his way to the fiberglass repair shop (which is an entirely different Blunder Bucket nomination).  And while there were may other nominations, including Bob Worral for his “gift” at the exchange, Emory’s tale of gross bafoonary was by far the favorite of the group.




As always, the Buccaneer Gift Exchange was great fun for all!  Lots of Bootie – some great, some, well…not so great (Trailer tire? Really Bob?)


Fall Race Series Winners

Congratulations to all Fall Race Series Fleet Champions:

Lake Pleasant

  • Catalina 22 –  None Yet – Martin Lorch
  • Merit 25 –  Blue Streak – Norman Anderson
  • PHRF Non-Spin – Melissa Kay – Mike Ferring
  • PHRF Spin –  Bad Idea – Dave Christensen
  • Thistle – [No Name] – Trey Harlow
  • Viper 640 – NAGA – Charles Kaye

Tempe Town Lake

  • Buccaneer 18-  Slur – Matt Davis
  • Capri 14.2 – Sea Ya’ – Mike Ferring
  • Laser – [No Name] – Mike Bernard
  • Portsmouth – Waterdog – Joe Motil

LAST CALL – Birthday Regatta Race Committee Needs YOU!

UPDATE 27 Dec – We’re down to the wire and we still have some openings on Race Committee.  We still need:

2 People on Friday
1 Person on Saturday
3 People on Sunday

Please let me know if you can help at robdasailor@gmail.com or 602-757-2012.

Hello everyone!
I’d like to extend the opportunity to participate as race committee to everyone if you don’t already have an offer to crew. We need 6 volunteers for Friday and 8 for Sat and Sun. The jobs include running the start line, calling the finish line, and being race support on one of our two runabouts. You can volunteer for 1, 2 or 3 days of help.  Don’t worry if you haven’t done it before…we’ll teach you everything you need to know!

Friday, racing starts at 11:30 am. I would like anyone who wants to help to meet me near the “big tent” (you can’t miss it) at Lake Pleasant.  You will need to arrive around 8:00am planning to leave the dock NLT 10:00.

Saturday, racing starts at 11:30 so same schedule (again with time to make assignments and do a little training). Sunday Racing starts at 9:00 so please plan on arriving around 6:45am and getting off the dock by 7:00.

For full details, please see the NOR and SI (out later this week.)  Please let me know as soon as you can if you think you can help out. Please feel free to contact me directly with questions either by email robdasailor@gmail.com or cell phone – 602-757-2012.  Oh, and in case you are wondering, there IS a potty on the RC Boat.  😛

Looking forward to having you on the team!
Thanks!
Rob
2011 Birthday Regatta RC Chair

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

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