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Racing Entries and Information

Birthday Regatta & Leukemia Cup
February 13, 2021

With the nationwide social distancing protocols in place, our largest annual event will be a bit different in 2021. Plans are being made to celebrate our club’s 63rd birthday with a day’s worth of races and to RAISE MORE THAN A SAIL for the Arizona Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

For details on this annual event, visit the Birthday Regatta & Leukemia Cup page, where you’ll find the race documents, fundraising information, and how to order event shirts.

Governor’s Cup Regatta- November 21, 2020

Fall Racing Series

Day Entry: You’ll need an entry for each day you race. Day entries are not eligible for series scoring.

Lake Pleasant

Notice of Race
Sailing Instructions
Lake Pleasant Chart L
Additional Chart Information
Arizona Yacht Club Sailboat Racing – Lake Pleasant (3 min video)

LP Race Committee:
September 19-20: Catalina / PHRF Non-Spin
October 3-4: Thistle / Multi-Hull
October 17-18: PHRF Sport Boat
October 31 – November 1: PHRF Spin
November 14-15: Santana 20
Races begin at 12:30 pm Saturdays and 9 am Sundays

Tempe Town Lake

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

TTL Race Committee:
September 13: Laser
September 27: Portsmouth
October 11: C14
October 25: Sunfish
November 8: Portsmouth
November 29: Laser
December 6: C14
December 13: Sunfish
Races begin at 3 pm during September and October and at 2 pm during November and December. 


2017-2020 Racing Rules of Sailing are in effect.
Racing Rules of Sailing 2017-2020 version from World Sailing – PDF
Racing Rules of Sailing 2017-2020 from US Sailing
Protest form
2017-2020 appeals book
January 2020 appeals book supplement
Effective January 1, 2021
RRS 2021-2024 version from World Sailing -PDF/ Study Version PDF

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. If you’re interested in having certification for safe powerboat operation, please contact Bob LaBine to join the next powerboat class. If you have received certification by US Sailing but are not on the list, please contact the AYC Fleet Captain.
List of AYC Approved Powerboat Operators

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? 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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