During Arizona’s sweltering summer, join other hard-core sailing nuts on Wednesday evenings for informal, no-scoring, no-entry racing at Tempe Town Lake, beginning about 5:30. One-minute starts. One-turn penalty. Post-race gathering usually at Fates Brewery on Scottsdale Road just south of McDowell. For further information and to be included on the email list, contact George Sheller. If it’s too hot or the wind is predicted to be poor, the gathering might be canceled.
2017-2020 Racing Rules of Sailing are in effect. Here’s a PDF copy of the World Sailing version. Here’s a link to sources for the Racing Rules of Sailing 2017-2020 from US Sailing. Here is a protest form.
AYC & ASF Boats: To drive an AYC-owned boat at Lake Pleasant you must be 18 or older and hold certification for safe powerboat operation from US Sailing. Boats at Tempe Town Lake are owned by the Arizona Sailing Foundation (ASF) and drivers of those boats must be approved by the City of Tempe. The approved TTL boat drivers include US Sailing-certified powerboat operators, US Sailing-certified Small Boat Instructors, and anyone who has been checked out and approved by the City of Tempe. Here is the list of approved operators. If you’re interested in having certification for safe powerboat operation, please contact Rob Gibbs to join the next powerboat class. If you have received certification by US Sailing but are not on the list, please contact AYC Fleet Captain George Sheller.
New to racing? Want to try it? 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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