governor’s cup regatta
The 2023 Governor’s Cup Regatta will be a novel “Fiasco” pursuit race format. It’s a pursuit race where slower-rated boats start first and faster-rated start later with times calculated so that all should finish at the same time, if equally sailed. If wind is expected to be light, we’ll sail the short racecourse chart; if it’s expected to be stronger, then it’s the long course. The racecourse will be announced when starting times are announced.
Fiasco? That’s truly nuts: boats start and finish, round marks in any order and any direction. Here’s more.
Lake Pleasant Racing
Note: Race Documents were updated on 8/9/23
15November2023: Amend Sailing Instructions to show the start line may be either between the RC mast and a red ball or between the mast and a robotic mark with an orange flag. The finish line may be between the mast and a yellow ball or between a blue flag on the signal boat and a yellow ball.
TIME: Races begin at 12:30 pm Saturdays and 8:30 am on two Sundays
Race Committee Assignments (Subject to change)
September 30 & October 1: Catalina 22 (September 30 canceled)
October 7: Santana 20
October 28: Portsmouth
November 11: Thistle & Multi-Hull
November 18 & 19: PHRF Spin
December 2 Makeup Day Activated: RC Special Group
Tempe Town Lake Racing
TIME: Races begin at 3pm during September and October; 2pm during November and December.
Race Committee Assignments
September 17: Portsmouth
September 24: Laser
October 8: Sunfish
October 22: C14
October 29: Portsmouth
November 12: Laser
November 26: Sunfish
December 10: C14
Additional Information & Resources
LAKE PLEASANT VIDEOS (click to expand)
Video: Arizona Yacht Club Sailboat Racing – Lake Pleasant (3 min video)
Video: Lake Pleasant Mark Setting
How to handle race marks and the anchoring system—doing it wrong will make a complete mess. Lake Captain David Newland and his son Josh prepared this video to show how it’s done.
Lake Pleasant is less than one hour north of central Phoenix. If you’ve never been there, plan at least 90 minutes to get your boat ready, in the water, and to the starting line. Here are directions to Lake Pleasant.
Tempe Town Lake Marina is plunked down in the middle of metro Phoenix, bordered on the north by Route 202. Here’s more information and directions on how to get there.
CREW LIST FOR 2022-2023 SEASON
Interested in crewing this season? Read more on our Crew Connection page.
Protest or redress hearings will be conducted online. Hearing requests must be filed according to the Sailing Instructions using the US Sailing app, the form linked below, or by sending a simple qualifying email to the Racing Captain.
2021-2024 Racing Rules of Sailing: Effective January 1, 2021
US Sailing Racing Rules of Sailing 2021-2024 Website
VIDEO ON SAILBOAT RESCUE AND SAFETY (click to expand)
Video: Swanage Sailing Club – Sailboat Rescue and Safety Training Video (15 min)
This video includes how to right a capsized boat: small, large, and catamarans; towing, retrieving a person in the water, dropping safety crew to help; acting fast to avert danger; and handling injuries.
Powerboat Operators for Tempe Town Lake & Lake Pleasant Boats
To drive an AYC-owned boat for race committee duties at Lake Pleasant or an ASF-owned boat at Tempe Town Lake, you must be 18 or older and attend the current AYC-required training. Training is normally held in the Fall of each year, before the beginning of the racing season. List of Powerboat Operators
Arizona Yacht Club Fleets
Arizona Yacht Club has several fleets, each active with many boats and good sailors. See the fleet list here.
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