2022 AYC Birthday & Leukemia Cup Regatta
Register for AYC’s premier sailing and fundraising event! Race. Cruise. Raise funds to fight blood cancers. Buy dinners , T-shirts, etc., etc.
2022 Spring Racing Series
Series: Any fleet with five (5) or more registrants by first day of the Series will be deemed an active fleet. Fewer than five will be combined with a handicap fleet.
Day Entry: You’ll need an entry for each day you race. Day entries are not eligible for series scoring.
Notice of Race
Lake Pleasant Chart L
Additional Chart Information
Arizona Yacht Club Sailboat Racing – Lake Pleasant (3 min video)
Race Score Duties at LP: Each fleet serving on the Race Committee is responsible for entering the day’s scores in a load file. Please see the side menu “Racing Information >LP Race Score Entry” on this page for the link. There is also a video link titled, How to Enter Scores for those new to the process. The club scorer will then process the file and post the scores on the Results page.
LP Race Committee – Spring 2022:
January 8-9: Sport Boat
January 22-23: Thistle / Multi-hull
February 5-6: Santana 20
March 5-6: Catalina 22 / Non-Spin
March 19-20: PHRF Spinnaker
Races begin at 12:30 pm Saturdays and 9 am Sundays
Tempe Town Lake
Race Score Duties at TTL: Each fleet serving on the Race Committee is responsible for entering the day’s scores in a load file. Please see the side menu “Racing Information >TTL Race Score Entry” on this page for the link. There is also a video link titled, How to Enter Scores for those new to the process. The club scorer will then process the file and post the scores on the Results page.
TTL Race Committee – Spring 2022:
January 16: Sunfish
January 30: Laser
February 13: Capri 14.2
February 27: Portsmouth
March 13: Sunfish
March 27: Laser
April 10: Capri 14.2
April 24: Portsmouth
Races begin at 2pm during January and February, and at 3pm during March, April, and May.
Tempe Town Lake – Fall 2021
TTL Race Committee – Fall 2021:
September 12: Sunfish
September 26: Laser
October 10: C-14.2
October 24: Portsmouth
November 7: Sunfish
November 28: Laser
December 5: C-14.2
December 12: Portsmouth
Races begin at 3pm during September and October, and at 2pm during November and December.
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 be occasionally asked to be a driver at Lake Pleasant.
Sign Up Here If you’re interested in being an AYC powerboat driver.
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
Information for Race Committee members: 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 boat. Here’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:
- Buccaneer (Currently part of the Portsmouth fleet)
- Capri (Catalina) 14.2
- Catalina 22
- Laser (Including Radial Laser)
- Multi Hulls
- PHRF Non-Spinnaker
- PHRF Spinnaker
- PHRF Sport Boat
- Santana 20
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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