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2022 Fall Racing Series

Saturday / Sunday Series: For fall of 2022, the Catalina 22, PHRF Spinnaker, and PHRF Sport Boat fleets will score Saturday only. The Santana 20 and Thistle/Portsmouth fleets will score both Saturday and Sunday. (Depending on registrations, Thistles may combine with other Portsmouth boats as one fleet.)

Sunday Series: PHRF Spinnaker and PHRF Sport Boats will compete as a single fleet in a new Sunday morning series. There is no additional fee for boats to enter if they’re already entered in the regular fall series, but they must complete the entry.

Day Entry: If you’re not signed up for a series, you’ll need an entry for each day you race. Day entries are not eligible for series scoring. (Yes, eligible boats not competing in the fall series may submit a day entry for the Sunday morning series.)

Lake Pleasant

Notice of Race, Fall Series
Notice of Race, Sunday Morning Series
Sailing Instructions
Lake Pleasant Chart L
Additional Chart Information
Video: Arizona Yacht Club Sailboat Racing – Lake Pleasant (3 min video)

LP Race Committee Assignments
Races begin at 12:30 pm Saturdays and 8:30 am Sundays
October 1-2, Santana 20
October 15-16, PHRF Sport Boat
October 29-30, PHRF Spin
November 12-13, Catalina 22 (Sunday, Sport Boat and Spin)
December 3-4, Thistle/Portsmouth
Video: Setting Race Marks at Lake Pleasant (7 min video)

Tempe Town Lake

Notice of Race
Sailing Instructions
Tempe Town Lake Chart C
Additional Chart Information

TTL Race Committee Assignments
Races begin at 3 pm during September and October and 2 pm during November and December (to adjust to seasonal daylight, heat, and wind).
September 25, Portsmouth
October 9, C14
October 23, Sunfish
November 6, Laser
November 13, Portsmouth
November 27, C14
December 4, Sunfish
December 11, Laser

Protest: Beginning fall 2022, any 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.

Hearing Request (Protest) Form (PDF)

Powerboat Operators for Tempe Town Lake & Lake Pleasant Boats

Updated October 2021: 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 hold certification for safe powerboat operation from US Sailing, be a US Small Boat Instructor or have a completion certificate from BoatUS Boat Safety Course (online & free). Those holding certificates from the BoatUS Boat Safety course must also attend an AYC on-the-water practical at Lake Pleasant.

Boats at Tempe Town Lake are owned by the Arizona Sailing Foundation (ASF) and the city of Tempe now requires any race committee powerboat driver to hold a BoatUS Safe Boating certificate of completion. Drivers at TTL must also attend the on-the-water practical at Lake Pleasant since you may occasionally be asked to be a driver at Lake Pleasant.

Sign Up Here If you’re interested in being an AYC powerboat driver.

List of AYC Approved Powerboat Operators


2021-2024 Racing Rules of Sailing: Effective January 1, 2021
RRS 2021-2024 version from World Sailing -PDF/ WS Study Version PDF
US Sailing Racing Rules of Sailing 2021-2024 Website
Unofficial Study Version PDF
Protest form

Video on Lake Pleasant Mark Setting: You need to know how to handle the race marks and the anchoring system—and doing it wrong will make a complete mess that someone else will have to fix. Lake Captain David Newland and son Josh prepared this video to show how it’s done.

New to racing? Want to try it?
Our club Racing Fleet Captain and all of our individual Fleet Captains are knowledgeable about racing and are an excellent resource to our club. Feel free to contact any of them with your questions (see fleets below).
Consider being crew, taking our introductory class, or plunge in using your own boat or an adopted boatHere’s a written introduction to Lake Pleasant racing and here’s a brief introduction to Tempe Town Lake racing. The procedures are a little different at each lake. Do you have a cruising boat and consider yourself a cruiser? Consider racing your cruising boat. Here are links to racing tips on this website.

Rules and Start Sequence: Here’s a chart to help you follow our five-minute Lake Pleasant start sequence. And the three-minute Tempe Town Lake start. At Lake Pleasant, AYC follows the US Sailing RRS 5-minute start sequence, but to save time we use rolling starts. When one fleet’s race begins, another fleet is immediately on the start clock.  The Lake Pleasant Course Chart “L” shows the configuration of the “Boards” we use to start races.

Arizona Yacht Club Fleets

Arizona Yacht Club has several fleets, each active with many boats and good sailors. The fleets include:

We have two scheduled race series at Lake Pleasant in the spring and fall of each year, plus the annual Birthday Regatta & Leukemia Cup in February. Small boats race Sunday afternoons at Tempe Town Lake, with races running nearly year-round. Race day start times vary by time of year so that racing ends near dusk.
Each Lake Pleasant series contains five race weekends and we normally get in five-six races each weekend, depending on wind. Races begin at 12:30 p.m. on Saturdays and at 9 a.m. on Sundays. See the calendar for schedules.

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 all the way 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.

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