Monday, December 05, 2016

Holiday Sailing Spectacular!

The snow is falling outside, well almost, at least a flake or two. Lively delivery to Edmonds on Friday, Winds gusting to 42 kts and actually were forced backwards off Strawberry Pt. Felt like we trying to double Pt. Conception. 12hrs to cover 51 miles UGH.
Saturday the 2017 racing season kicked off with the Tacoma Yacht Club's Winter Vashon race. Capt M's better 1/2 was aboard an Evelyn 26 "Nimbus" that won overall, now she thinks she is all that:) Goto janpix.smugmug.com if you wanna see the kind of day most sailmakers dream about.
Talked to Capt. Welch Sunday morning as they were packing things up and running for the airport. Jeff who was driving was having back trouble all week and apparently no fun sailing with back pain....
AYC race schedule due out soon and also make your reservations for the Annual Girts Rekevic's Foul Weather Cruise/Race this year, actually next year, scheduled for Feb 25th. Lasagna dinner at SJIYC is not to be missed:)

Saturday, December 03, 2016

AYC Awards

A major congratulations is in order for 2016's AYC Boat of the Year, Wind Warrior. Boat of the Year is a performance based award and Nate, Dean, and crew certainly earned it this year with their skills on the Sound.  The guys were just as gracious in the club as they were on the race course and jumped in to help whenever something came up.  Much appreciated and thanks for your efforts. Also earning year end awards are as follows:  
-Buoy Racing Champ Fleet 2 - Kaa
-Buoy Racing Champ Fleet 3 - Wind Warrior
-Buoy Racing Champ Fleet 4 - Corvus
-Distance Racing Champ - Celebration
-AYC Representative - Big Broderna
2016 was a fantastic year of racing and I really appreciate everyone who helped make it happen.  Next year I will be stepping away as race chairman, but I'm happy to say the program will be in the hands of two people who have really helped make ours one of the best in the Puget Sound:  Andy and Stephanie Schwenk.  The first AYC race of the year won't be until February 25th, but I'm already looking forward to the legendary Girts Rekevics Foul Weather Race.  Thanks again to all those involved with the race program these past three years.  Make sure to congratulate Nate and Dean on being crowned AYC Boat of the Year.
Eric Beemer, Race Chair 2016

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Mikey on TV

Surf on over to the Melges 24 2016 Worlds website and click on the video highlights. Kevin Welch's "Mikey" is at 2:15 on the screen. Sunny days and warm water can make a sailor wishin he was there:)

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Mikey on top of the world!

Breaking News!
Mikey, the Melges 24 owned by Kevin Welch with Anacortesians Ian Sloan and Serena Rhinelander Vilage aboard just placed 1st in race #4 in a 74 boat fleet at the World Championships in Miami, FL. This moves them into 12th place overall and only two points out of the elite top ten. Still 8 races left in big winds and big seas. Probably the best performance ever by an AYC boat!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Melges 24 World Championships and AYC

AYC members Kevin Welch and Ian Sloan are currently competing at the 2016 Melges 24 Worlds in Miami, FL. The Coconut Grove YC is hosting the event and 74 boats have registered. Wind and weather are epic 18 kts of wind and big rolly swells. Former Olympic medalist Jeff Madrigali is on the helm for Team Mikey and Serena, the friendly gal at our local Ullman Sail loft is on the bow. The top 15 teams are all pros and Kevin is currently in 13th after 3 races. Standbey for tomorrows update!
In other news:
Rumor has it Cat Sass is putting the band back together for another season in 2017.
AYC has landed the bid for the SC-27 Nationals June 30-July 2ndSunday's distance race will be to Friday Harbor. I know two boats for sale if you ready to come join the fun:)
The 2017 racing season starts this weekend with the TYC Winter Vashon Race
Captain Midnight