Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Great ride!!!

It's been a great ride....the America's Cup and Anacortes!   But the 'Auld Mug' is off to Auckland, most deservedly and decisively after their win today...7-1 for the final series.  
Twelve years ago Core Builders came to town with the 'Cup Spirit' and they've certainly left a positive mark on the community and AYC....times and celebrations we'll never forget.  THANKS!!!

Monday, June 26, 2017

MATCH POINT in Bermuda1

Kudos to the KIWI's...They're at Match Point with 2 decisive wins today and they deserve to be!!  Peter Burling is, and has been, simply phenomenal, as has the KIWI team.   ORACLE was initially slower (last weekend) but the shore crew seems to have  remedied that, but the tactics and boat handling have fallen short!   At the start of the second race today Burling with a classic Match Race move "rubbed ORACLE'S nose in it" and was ahead by almost 30 seconds at the start!!!!   (It may not of been that far, but it seemed like it and it might as well of been!!!)
Tomorrow we take one race at a time, and still have some hope!!
It must be as warm in Anacortes as it is here!!
Mac & Wendy in Bermuda

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Red Bull Youth Championship Finals in Bermuda...

The last 2 days were the finals of the Red Bull Youth Championships....18 to 24y/o's racing the foiling cats used in the AC World Series the last 2 years.  Exciting fleet racing!!!!  It wasn't over until the final race when the Brits, having led after the first day, salvaged the series win even tho' the KIWI's got 3 bullets the second day.   I was fortunate enought ot get out on a high speed RIB 'media photo boat'.    Note the young gal on the Brit crew...she was tactician.   We spent some time with many of them...GREAT kids!!!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

'J' Boat spectacle in Bermuda...

For the first time ever, 7 "J" boats, the 45metre (150') beauties from the 30's, gathered to race around the buoys...and we were lucky enough to be here and get out on the water to watch them.
The boats included:

  • VELSHEDA   JK7   launched in 1933
  • SHAMROCK   JK3   also 1933
  • TOPAZ    J8   A more modern take on the 'J' design, built more recently
  • RANGER   J5  A replica of the original, built by Danish Yachts in 2003 as an exact replica, the white hull
  • LIONHEART   JH1  Another more modern replica built to the 'J' rule
  • HANUMAN   JK6    Another replica with updated systems
  • SVEA  JS1    Originally designed in 1937 but never built, and now just completed to 2017     standards and systems 
  • RAINBOW   ....   the original, is here but not participating in the racing
These behemoths draw 5.5 meters carry more crew than we could count,  and all sailed here.
We've lots of pics, but here are a few........

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Bermuda SUPERYACHT Regatta

Another spectacular day out here in the Atlantic Ocean....the Superyacht Regatta as part of the America's Cup Program.  There were 20 racing today, including 6 J-Boats...no, definately not the J boats we're used to seeing, but the behemoths of the 1930's that raced for the Cup.   These are just amazing to watch...they're absolutely beautiful...and it was a perfect day with 15K of breeze and the cobalt blue water.  LIONHEART won today with RANGER a close 2nd.   More to come!!

Monday, June 12, 2017

America's Cup.....Bermuda

Excitement, excitement!   So much going on here.
The Louis Vuitton America's Cup Challenger Playoff Finals are underway: As you probably know by now, in Saturday's racing, NZL won the first race. ARTEMIS (Sweden) won the 2nd and were leading in the 3rd when during a tack at the last windward mark helmsman Nathan Otteridge slipped overboard, so NZL ended the day up 2-1.  In day two, Sunday, ARTEMIS won the first, NZL the 2nd and in the 3rd race NZL won by ONE SECOND...both boats crossing the finish, reaching at nearly 40 knots in 14k of wind!!!!
Today they'll go at it again.  The first to get 5 wins going on to meet ORACLE next week for the CUP.   The sentimental favorite, overwhelmingly, here is ARTEMIS.
Today the Red Bull Youth Sailing starts with 12 under 24y/o teams fleet racing in the foiling AC45's. These teams represent 12 countries and with fleet racing format, it's really amazing.
And then the Super Yacht regatta starts tomorrow, including 6 of the fantastic J-Boats of yesteryear. What a sight.
If interested, visit the 48North Website where Wendy and I are posting (which gives us 'Media Status' and Access here).   More to come...stay tuned.


Monday, May 29, 2017

Swiftsure Wrap Up

Ahoy fellow race fans,
Well it won't go down in the record books as the speediest Swiftsure ever. It certainly is not as action packed as AC race between Sweden and NZ earlier this morning but all in all it lived up to the title it carries, "Always a Challenge". Probably a challenge to try to not stage a mutiny and throw in the towel after many hours of drifting. AYC was well represented, some might argue "over-represented" as there were at least a few boats flying the scarlet letter that is our burgee that are not even members!
As far as official AYC boats I count 4.
The first two are easy Freya did not start and Passepartout didn't finish. I have been competing at Swiftsure since 1978 and I can tell you, there is always next year. Just getting to Victoria and seeing all the sites and crazy street performers is such a treat. Victoria is a gem, winter or summer.
Walt Meagher and his merry band finished 6th in the Juan de Fuca Race after vying for the lead at several times. The Brothers Broderna, aka Lars and Nels Strandberg staged an epic comeback to get on the podium for 2nd in the Cape Flattery for Multihulls event.
There were the usual war stories and at least one boat needed USCG assistance but hey that's Swiftsure

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Tulip Time

AYC got off the first regatta of the year in fine style. Boats from Orcas, Oak Harbor, Olympia, and Lopez Island were in attendance. The lovely Pacific Drifter with Captain Sean aboard served as race HQ on the water and our chase boat Race Knight was kept busy setting and resetting marks mostly hauled by Marshall Brown.
Quite a few young faces in the crowd especially aboard Hitched and Teddy Bear.
Saturday featured 2 races before the wind shut down and Sunday we just barely squeezed in four more. Fine starts and proper strategery were the order of the day as the scoring was so tight in PHRF 2 only 2 points separated 1st from 3rd. Results are posted, sorta interesting if you look at them in detail. The Martin 242/SC27 div had 3 different winners in only 7 boats.
The new kid on the block Freja as well as Errant Belle were both on two wheels for a time as puffs rolled through. Dave  Wagner captured a ton of action on his tricky bow camera giving the drone the day off.
The food was fantastic salmon and oysters one night and chili dogs and salad the next. The lovely Deanna and crew kept the crowd well watered from behind the bar and John sanford was Johnny-on -the-spot attending to every detail.
The annual auction for the Jennifer Bowman print generated 1200.00 American dollars for youth sailing thanks to Beth Bell and Chris White.
Old friendships were renewed and new acquaintances were made. The usual should've and could'ves were shared everyone seemed pleased.
Thanks to all that made this possible, we could not have done it without you!

Monday, March 27, 2017

Lawson Reef

Ahoy fellow sailors! Saturday featured the evr popular technique of trying to determine exactly how far away from the start line you needed to sail in order to not be swept over early. Imagine roughly two knots of variable current and about 3 knots of variable wind. Each skipper judged just how far he thought his vessel would be pushed along and the Wind warriors absolutely nailed the Southern can while the Belle's nailed the Northern can. Everyone else managed to get across and not be swept to their doom on the wrong side. The current kept pushing and the wind eventually filled and the race was on. Lawson Reef eventually showed on the horizon and the fleet of a dozen all got around. Spinnakers billowed for a while on the run home but eventually it went greasy again and some people needed to mow their lawns so the iron genny's were employed. Congratulations to Team Strauss for an absolute over the horizon job and even though my wife was in Seattle where she drove a Beneteau 40.7 to second overall by 2 seconds in a fleet of 80 we figured our second place was just as worthy. Smith Island is next up for the distance race crowd, Eddie would go!
In other News...
Team Mikey is off to Charleston Race Week, then a trip to the continent for some super summer sailing.
Tulip Regatta is all set, but always have space for more cleaner, upper folks.
R2AK podium placer Big Broderna getting all set.
Cats Sass has made arrangements to be launchable this season.
High School sailing season in full swing, they can be seen practicing most afternoons.
Full house at AYC nearly every Friday night come join the fun!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Saving you from experience

Sometimes I think when someone says they have "experience" they are really mean... I've made a bunch of mistakes and if you listen to me then I might save you some trouble. I guess on occasion a person with "experience" has some innate talent they want to share but I bet the former is more common. With that in mind here is some advice with someone with experience doing AYC distance races since 1978.
1) Scrub yer bottom , the boat I mean. Either hire a diver or get a brush (usually homemade) or haul'er out in any case mossy bottoms are slow. We used to go to the SW shore of Guemes each spring and careen the AYC fleet at low tide but I would not suggest doing that even though the EPA is facing budget cuts.
2) Check the course and start time, in fact read the whole race packet:)
3) Make sure your PHRF cert is valid and you have purchased a race packet.
4) Check your safety gear and make sure your crew knows how to use it.
5) Get out and practice a few tacks and gybes
6) talk over crew vs captain expectations.
7) Bring some great snacks and have fun!
8) Make sure you have the sails you want aboard.
9) Take both your sunscreen and your foulies you never know...
10) Check your fuel separator for water, new fuel blends are just notorious, use fuel stabilizers.
Sign up for Tulip Regatta, all sorts of slick raffle prizes and PRO RC
Corvus is not the Corvus you remember, wait till you see the new ride:)
Swiftsure 2016 winner Broderna set to make an appearance, unless the price of crabs continues to skyrocket
Steph is outa town make way Captain Midnight at the helm!