Don’t miss it! A full day of sailing activities at Tempe Town Lake!!
The day begins with AZ High School Sailing Championships from 10am-4pm. Click on the RACING PAGE for NOR, SI and Sign up forms.
The final ON THE WATER session of Spring ASF Start Sailing Right runs from 1pm to 4pm.
And then ASF hosts a Spring Sailing Picnic on the “grassy knoll” from 4pm-7pm.
Bring your lawn chairs! Bring your boat! Or launch one of the AYC Sunfish or Lasers.
To RSVP and for more information contact John Mayall (480 290 8510) or Emory Heisler (602 679 0462).
The 2011 year has been a busy year already with our Birthday Regatta and many other activities. The March General Membership presentation will be Nicholas Hayes, an author who has recently been speaking all over the country about how sailing programs are being revitalized. I hope you can attend that session as it will be all of US that will need to help the club go forward.
The club does not go forward on its own, and relies on the continued participation of the membership. Please step up and ask what you may do to help the club. I know that each member will bring their strengths to the club if even for an hour a month. Clearly we need your help.
I am looking forward to the Commodores Dinner which will be coming up May 14th at the Chart House at McCormick Ranch. We will have a festive evening of great dining along with awards and summary presentations with introductions of the next AYC governing board. Planning is already under way and details of the event will be made available very soon. So don’t forget to block that date for a very nice evening and watch the website or look for e-mails coming soon about the event.
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Next week! February 8 – General Membership Meeting
Greg Jackson will share photos and stories from his cruise to the South Pacific!!
And it’s time to start planning for 2011-2012 Board of Directors Nominations!!
March 8 – General Membership Meeting and BOARD NOMINATIONS
Join us at 6pm prior to the March 8, 2011 meeting at Pete’s to help build the 2011-2012 AYC Board of Directors election slate!
May 14 – Commodore’s Ball at the Chart House Restaurant – Scottsdale
The Chart House! Spectacular Waterfront Dining and Views of Camelback Mountain across the Lake. Mark your calendar today for a great night of fun with your friends and families!
April 30 – Tall Cactus Regatta! 4/30/2011
Another event organized by MIKE PARKER PRODUCTIONS!!!! You saw how he rebuilt the Governor’s Cup. Don’t miss this annual trek for an overnighter in Humbug Cove. It’s sure to be a weekend to remember (or for some, maybe that they’ll never be able to forget????!!!!!) Come out and see someone earn the Blunder Bucket!
The January membership meeting is this Tuesday! We have two guest speakers coming:
Tom McMahon/Arizona Game and Fish Department – Aquatic Invaders
Rick Amalfi/Aquatic Consulting – Tempe Town Lake Water Quality Management
Also, we’ll get an update on the Birthday Regatta / Leukemia Cup from Greg Jackson, the Regatta Chairman.
Remember – you don’t have to be a member to attend! If you need to know how to get there, Click Here!
The proceedings of the AYC Annual Christmas Party – A.K.A Buccaneer Gift Exchange (no relation to the fleet, although…) were full of cheer and merriment. Here is a little bit of what went on…
The Overall Winner of the Governor’s Cup for 2010 was awarded to Gene Muller for best overall corrected time. Norm Anderson (PHRF Spin) and Trey Harlow (Portsmouth) were on hand to collect their individual fleet trophies.
Mike and Jo Grijalva were on hand to deliver a Burgee from ???? Mike was also the winner (AGAIN) of the Newport to Ensenada race.
The Blunder Bucket was (finally) awarded to Emory Heisler for getting his back window taken out by the mast of his Bucc, Erin Morgan, when his trailer popped off the hitch (because hd didn’t close the latch!) on his way to the fiberglass repair shop (which is an entirely different Blunder Bucket nomination). And while there were may other nominations, including Bob Worral for his “gift” at the exchange, Emory’s tale of gross bafoonary was by far the favorite of the group.
As always, the Buccaneer Gift Exchange was great fun for all! Lots of Bootie – some great, some, well…not so great (Trailer tire? Really Bob?)
Arrr Me hardies,
Tiz the season for that favorite of AYC gatherins, the Buccaneer Gift Exchange! This Tuesday eve bring ye bootie to the 19th Tee and prepare for a wild evening. Ye must bring bootie to get bootie, for that be part of the code. When you get called to the deck choose wisely, for if yer bootie be too prized, she may get pirated! But pirated only twice says I, then the prize must lay where she rests. Don’t miss out mate! A jolly time will be had by all.
If you were at Lake Pleasant on the morning of the 8th of November for the races you might have noticed something a little out of place…
If you look really, really closely you can see that this boat was SO NEW they didn’t even have registration stickers on it yet. I heard from some of the gang that stayed overnight that they heard a thud, an engine rev up, then cut out. I don’t even know where to start with the jokes.
As usual a good time was had by all at the November membership meeting. We were able to introduce one of the newest members of our club Ed Triebel, pictured here with the Fleet Captain Trey Harlow. If you see Ed, or any of our new members “around the club” be sure to welcome them.
The guest speaker was former America’s Cup contender Phillip Freedman one of the sailing coaches at ASU. He is starting a new intercollegiate competition here in the valley, the first one of its kind – the Cactus Cup. They are attempting to add it to the Pacific Coast Collegiate Sailing Conference’s tour of schools and venues.
We are working on getting them to bring some of their KILLER T-Shirts to a future meeting to raise money for their team. We’ll get the word out well in advance so you can get yours!
The rest of the evening was filled with the usual pirate frivolity…
Phillip Freedman, Sailing coach of ASU‘s sailing team will be coming to give the membership a presentation of all that they have been doing. Recently their sailing club has beaten some prominent Californian teams and looking to do more. Phillip, a recent transplant from San Diego with his wonderful daughter is looking forward to some fantastic plans associated with inter collegiate sailing which is often the base for larger programs. Come see an amazing trophy.
Speaking of trophies,
Come see the coveted Governors’ cup trophy and put your registration in to make history.
One more example of how blessed we AZ sailors are is that the US Sailing Board of Directors meets HERE IN AZ every other year for their annual Board of Directors meeting. As US Sailing members, and on behalf of AYC – Arizona Yacht Club, not Annapolis – we get to join in on the fun and information sharing and help welcome them to our fair city.
Several AYC members showed up for the welcome reception at the PV Embassy Suites and it was once again a marvelous opportunity to meet with the leaders of our sport from across the country. Joe Motil took the stage with Gary Jobson to welcome participants, and George Tingom, Tony Chapman and I rubbed elbows with US Sailing leaders like America’s Cup sailor Dawn Riley and rules “Guru” Dick Rose. We had a great time swapping sailing stories and discussing the many common problems in our sport that exist regardless of the kind of boat we sail or where we sail it.
A special feature of the evening – in addition to the awarding of the US Sailing Herreshoff Trophy to Jim Muldoon (CEO of St. Mary’s College in Southern Maryland) – was the unveiling of the “Motil Mark” created by our very own Commodore Joe Motil. My guess is we will see more development and in time you’ll see “Production Versions” of Joe’s simple yet effective Race Mark – The Motil Mark!
When US Sailing is here again – and I for one hope they continue to visit us every two years – I recommend this evening and the event in general as a way to get to know who is “at the helm” of our sport on a national level and to show that AZ sailing is active, alive and well!
US Sailing’s 2010 Annual Meeting is on Thursday the 21st of October at the Embassy Suites in Scottsdale. The “Icebreaker” we are hosting is 5:30 to 7:30. AYC is hosting a booth and you are invited to come and mingle with the leaders of your National Sailing Organization. Please let Joe Motil (firstname.lastname@example.org) know if you plan to attend. For more information on the meeting see US Sailing’s Website
At the September Membership Meeting we had Joe “Okie” O’Conner and George Sheller give us an update on the status of the Tempe Town Lake dam repairs and future plans for City of Tempe “mixed use” facilities at the lake.
There were a few burgees exchanged and good fun was had by all!