Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Really Old School...

This post comes from Sailing Anarchy - John Walker, at 86, is the oldest skipper ever in the history of the Rolex Sydney Hobart, His hand firmly on the wooden tiller, Walker brought his yacht Impeccable into its berth in Hobart, where CYCA Commodore Matt Allen was waiting to present him with a cake to mark his and the boat's 25th race.

Allen told him "At the age of 86 you are an inspiration not only to all yachtsmen and women but to everyone around Australia." Walker I'm a very conservative person, I've been sailing this boat 25 years, same boat. I've been married to the same lady for 60 years. I started a business 55 years ago, I still have the same business, and my son has been in the business for the last 35 years. I'm a very conservative person." Asked if he will still be racing next year, at 87, Walker replied "I have said many times before that this is the last one and I am saying the same now."

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

2009 Seattle Area Racing Calendar...

For those of you who are planning your race schedule next year, here is the current 2009 Seattle Area Race Calendar. Of particular interest are several local events that you might want to consider:

  1. April 4-5 - Tulip Cup
  2. April 10-12 - Southern Straits
  3. May 9-10 - Round Whidbey
  4. May 23-25 - Swiftsure
  5. June 6-20 - van Isle 360
  6. June 13-14 - Windermere Regatta
  7. Aug 23-30 - Northern Century
  8. Nov 7-8 - Round the County

    2009 SARC Race Calendar

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Preferred Deferred Membership

Thanks to the original Lowlysangel, now Wildangel to go with her new ride (Stephanie Schwenk), the board has agreed in principle to a new way of paying for membership. If you have a friend or prospective member that is interested in joining good ol AYC but finds the initiation costs a bit onerous.... fear not help has arrived. Steph is checking with the bank to work out a direct deposit program to relieve bookkeeping responsibilities for a pay as you go membership. Yearly dues of $150 are still due (as with all members), but the initiation fee and stock purchase can be paid monthly, instead of up front. Perhaps a low monthly fee 35.00? With some limits on club privleges, rentals and such until full payment is received. Many thanks to the AYC board for considering and accepting the proposal, all at the same meeting! Merry Christmas everyone!

Happy Holidays...

In case the cold weather and snow is getting you down we thought we would post a short clip of some of the best small-boat racing on the planet...

Enjoy & Happy Holidays...

And a little more on the wild side...

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Winter Weather Continues...

For those out of town these last several weeks you have missed one of the longest cold spells in recent memory here in Anacortes - and judging by the weather report we have more to come through Christmas!

The roads are covered with ice, the docks are covered, and the boats are covered - however, of even greater concern is the amount of snow buildup on the roofs of covered marinas. The finger piers of many covered marinas are now nearly submerged and it wouldn't take much more snow for collapses to occur!

The managers of the covered marinas in the area are starting to look at the alternatives - ranging from shoveling portions of the roof (very dangerous) to moving boats and letting nature take its course. The next few days will be very critical...

Sunday, December 21, 2008

61 Knots Then Disaster....

The Hydroptère has reached a speed of 61 knots spectacular peak this morning during its first run. Wind conditions were very tough, 35-38 knots of wind with gusts to more than 45. The water was not as flat as hoped, making navigation difficult and dangerous.

The burst, which led to this extraordinary speed, unfortunately resulted in the capsizing of the Hydroptère."The gale was very violent, the Hydroptère was full acceleration to more than 61 knots when it crashed and then capsized," says Alain Thébault briefly while organizing towing the boat with his teammates. All crew suffered minor injuries. The trimaran will be towed to shore on Wednesday, as soon as conditions permit.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Sidney Ferry Run Slated to be Cut...


The ferry run between Anacortes and Sidney is scheduled to be eliminated under Gov. Christine Gregoire's proposed state budget.

The ferry, which operates from early spring until the first week in January, carried 113,000 passengers last year — the lowest in the system, with just half a percent of total ferry ridership.
The state has been operating the route since 1951, when it took the system over from the Black Ball line.

Dropping the route will save $9.2 million, eliminating 35 jobs, Gregoire said in her budget. According to budget documents, service between Anacortes and Sidney will stop at the end of next summer. David Moseley, head of the state ferry system, said eliminating the Sidney run "seemed to be the best way to achieve the cost savings we needed with the least impact on overall customers." He said Sidney is an expensive route to run despite the higher ticket cost. Because it is so long, it uses a lot of fuel.

As we all know the ferry is an important part of the local economy and the elimination of the run represents bad economic news for both Sidney and Anacortes. Hopefully there will be some more opportunity to comment on the proposed budget.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Ugly Sweater Blizzard Party

Due to anticipated blizzard conditions, the Ugly Christmas Sweater Party will change to Saturday night at 6:00. Same place, same fun, same great sailing friends. Eggnog, holiday pictures with the crew, fun and games, but on family-friendly Saturday night (and without the anticipated Wednesday blizzard). An email is coming out soon! Please reply if you plan to come! I know you'll want to see Andy live and in person...

Saturday, December 13, 2008

New Racing Rules of Sailing

The Racing Rules of Sailing for 2009-2012 take effect worldwide January 1, 2009. Most of the rules changes are the result of suggestions from competitors and race officials. Some significant changes will be implemented, most applying to rules at marks and obstructions. These include new rules 18, 19 and 20 and the new definitions Mark-Room, Zone and Fetching as well as edited definitions of Clear Astern, Clear Ahead, Overlap and Obstruction.

Section C - which deals with marks and obstructions - contains the most changes. The major revisions include: The Zone (around a mark) has been expanded from two-boat lengths and defined as "the area around a mark within a distance of three hull lengths of the boat nearer to it. A boat is in the Zone when any part of her hull is in the Zone."

There is a new term Mark-Room: "Room for a boat to sail to the mark, and then room to sail her proper course while at the mark. However, mark-room does not include room to tack unless the boat is overlapped to windward and on the inside of the boat required to give mark-room."

Obstructions on the race course have been rewritten to clarify what one is and obligations to act. For example, the rules now say that a right-of way boat may choose to pass an obstruction on either side. The rules also specify that a boat is not able to call for room at an obstruction that is also a mark of the course.

Several resources are available to learn the new rules, including expert interpretation that may help you use them in your racecourse strategy:

Perhaps the best resource is the red-lined document showing ALL the changes - you can get it here...

Racing Rules of Sailing 2009-2012 (with changes)

In addition, here are some other links that you might find helpful...
  • 2009-2012 The Rules in Practice, Bryan Willis,
  • 2009 Rules Seminar Presented by North U.,
  • Dave Perry’s 100 Best Racing Rules Quizzes,
  • Handy Guide to the Racing Rules, 2009-2012, US SAILING,
  • The Racing Rules of Sailing for 2009-2012, US SAILING,
  • UK-Halsey Racing Rules Blog, Butch Ulmer, President of UKHalsey International, discusses the new rules changes.
  • Understanding the Racing Rules of Sailing through 2012, Dave Perry,
  • Speed & Smarts by Dave Dellenbaugh. The next issue includes an in depth look at the rule changes.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Fastest Boat On the Planet...

Check out this sequence of what is now arguably the fastest boat on the planet - the SailRocket. It was recently piloted (and we mean literally piloted) by Austrailian Paul Larsen at an average speed of 47.4 knots.

On the following run while on target for the outright world speed record they sort of "spun out", except this time vertically! Check out this sequence of action shots, or for more information go to

Monday, November 24, 2008

"Gay Apparel" is putting it mildly

Keep December 17th on your calendar!

AYC Ugly Christmas Sweater Party!

Bring the whole crew for a Holiday Photo,

eat, drink and be merry

the fun starts at 6:00

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Lucky Omen or Backyard Wildlife Habitat?

We are not sure if this falls into the "lucky omen" or a new "backyard wildlife habitat" category, but check out the following pictures of eagles co-habitating on the masthead of a well known AYC vessel.

Surely this should be sufficient to qualify for a dramatic rating increase to account for the added weight and windage of the happy couple... Now lets hope they don't start building a nest up there!

From a distance...

Now close up...

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Fixed Race Marks Anchors Being Set...

At long last the anchors for our fixed race marks are being set. Each concrete anchor weighs approximately 500 lbs and has a u-shaped hole through which the line to the float is connected. The anchors will be set in pre-determined locations as specified in our permit.

We thought about using the club boat to set the anchors, but in the end decided to let Jim & Robin Roser use Frog to set them in case something went astray...

Marks Up Close On Ramp

Frog Loading Each Anchor

Frog Hauling Each Anchor

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Winter Wednesday Fun

Next Winter Fun Wednesday:

mark your calendar for Dec 17th (tenatively, most likely, not confirmed with Ed K)

Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest!

Good prizes will be solicited

Games will be played (see thread on forum)

Eggnog may or may not be consumed

let's have a serious turnout this time!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

AYC Elections - 2009 Board of Directors

At our November 14 annual meeting, the following were elected to be our 2009 board of directors:

Commodore -- Jerry Vander Veen
Vice Commodore -- Ed Kennedy
Rear Commodore -- Phillip Case
Treasurer -- Charles Webb
Secretary -- Joe Gleason
Director at large (2 yr) -- Kevin Welch
Director at large (1yr) -- Vince Sellen

The additional 2009 directors will be: Cynthia Backlund (serving out her 2nd yr as at-large-director), Chuck Tidrington (past commodore), Andy Schwenk (race chair), and Warren Walz (cruise chair). The race and cruise chairs are appointed by the commodore.

According to our bylaws, the directors shall take office on January 1st and shall be installed at the annual Commodore's ball, scheduled for January 17 at the Hope Island Inn.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

2008 Round the County Videos...

Here are a couple of videos that recently surfaced from the 2008 Round the County Race that give you a little perspective about what happened:

This first video was put together from the crew of Declaration of Independence and covers the race from the lumpy start to the drifter finish:

Here is another video snippet taken by Joy Brown on Icon blasting down Haro Strait at near 25 knots with just a kite up:

Friday, November 14, 2008

AYC Takes 2nd in Sailing World NOOD Regatta...


Steve Orsini's team representing AYC and the Seattle NOOD Regatta took a 2nd overall in the 2008 Sailing World NOOD Regatta Championships held in the Britich Virgin Islands.

The regatta was attended by 7 teams of NOOD winners from different cities across the United States. Steve's team won 3 bullets in 6 races, losing at the end to a tough team from San Diego. Steve's team consisted of Steve & Ginger Orsini, Garett & Tracy Johns, Colin Orsini and Lisa Acomb.

Congratulations to Steve and his team - well done!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

2008 Round The County Results...

The 2008 Round the County Results are in - congratulations to the AYC fleet who took two first places, two second places, a third, fourth and a 3rd overall...

Division X Results
Icon - 3rd place / 3rd overall

Division 0 Results
Teddy Bear - 4th place / 10th overall
Ula Koa - DNF (blew main out before start)

Division I
Grafix - 1st place / 21st overall

Division II
Crazy Ivan - 2 place / 25th overall
Pangaea - 4th place / 28th overall
Alakazam - 8th place / 47th overall

Division III
Thumper - 1st place / 16th overall
Celebration - 3rd place / 19th overall

Note that Celebration's finish position has been revised due to an adjustment in the amount of redress given them because of their assistance to Betty Boop who lost their rudder near Cattle Pass on Sunday. Initially Jim Bottles requested and the race committee granted 36 minutes to Celebration. However after further review Jim Bottles recalculated his estimate of time lost and submitted a request that requested that his redress be reduced to 16 minutes due to forward progress made during the time they were towing Betty Boop. The race committee granted his request for a reduction in the redress time and have rescored the race.

I don't know about you - but in my book Jim and the Celebration Team get a Corinthian First Place for their actions both on the water and with the race committee! Well done!

Check out the following link for the updated race results...

Monday, November 10, 2008

More then Less - 2008 Round the County

The 2008 Round the County started with a wild ride on Saturday followed by a drift fest on Sunday. It was so rough that several boats couldn't make it to the starting line because of the weather or gear failure.

The race started with a beat down Rosario Strait from Lydia Shoal in 30-40 knots and lots of big chop. The fleet quickly separated with some dropping out and taking the inside route to Roche Harbor while the bigger & heavier boats quickly left the smaller ones to suffer. The thumpn' continued to build around Davidson Rock with monster 8-12 footers sweeping in making it very difficult to maintain a consistent course. Some boats launched their kites in this mess only to suffer gear failure and multiple knockdowns. One boat was dismasted and another lost their rudder. Many boats set new personal speed records in the blast. Most boats then had to jibe and then put headsails back up to fetch the finish line.

At Roche Harbor the carnage rolled into the dock over the afternoon - most soaking wet but with a big grin on their face!

Sunday was a completely different game - light winds and calm seas. One boat lost its engine after backing out of the slip and had to sail out of the marina to the start. The start was a typical light-air downwind event, with most boats launching their kites after clearing the line. The fleet didn't separate as fast as Sunday, with all fleets being mixed together until Turn Point on Stuart Island. The winning move appeared to be to head over to the Canadian Side and short-tack the beach in maximum favourable current. The wind continued to shut off and in the end only three boats had sufficient horsepower to cross back over to the new breeze on the US side and made Patos Island (half-way point) before the race committee called the race.

Great fun was had by all - in 2007 it was counter clockwise with less followed by more. This year is was clockwise with more followed by less.

Check out these great pictures taken by Sean of before he lost his gear over the side!

Thumper taking a Thumpn'

Time Bandit making waves down Rosario Strait

Launching Multi-Hull

Monday, November 03, 2008

Drink Beer, Create a new course!

This Wednesday Nov.5th the doors open at AYC at 1800. Downstairs race planning meeting let's set dates, times, courses. We need your input. These meetings are where ideas like Run for the Rum, doublehanded race, night race, come from and why not a singlehanded race? Let us know what series you'd like to sponsor and how we can get consistently talented RC work... Then @ 1900 migrate upstairs for the Anacortes Brewery tasting soire featuring Kevin Pearce. (or you can just come @ 7pm have a few delecious brews and relive the adventures of the Viti Rocks Race!) All are welcome! No drinking or racing experience required.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Memories from The 2007 RTC...

In case you missed it, the 2007 RTC ended with an EPIC blow on Sunday - the bad news is that pictures continue to surface that document the carnage...

Check out this sequence of Schussboomer getting knocked down in a 35+ knot blow and rough seas while surfing at 14 knots...




Monday, October 27, 2008

Upcoming Races...

We have two EPIC race events coming up in the next several weeks:

1 - Seattle Grand Prix - the following boats have qualified and we hear that at minimum Grafix and the Worm will be participating:
  • Alakazam
  • Cat Sass
  • Crazy Ivan
  • Grafix
  • Handy Man
  • Lowly Worm
  • Schussboomer
  • Seeker
  • Teddy Bear
2 - Round the County - this annual epic thrash fest is scheduled for November 8 & 9 featuring a clockwise direction (it alternates every year). Club boats or boats loaded with club members known to be participating include:

  • Alakazam
  • Celebration
  • Grafix
  • Ula Koa
  • Thumper
  • Icon
  • Pagaea
  • Nightrunner
  • Seeker
To help get your adrenaline going, check out this picture of the carmage from last year !

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Out with the old, in with the new...

The official end of the season:
The 2008 AYC racing season closed with the Oktoberfest Regatta and Awards Banquet on Saturday, October 18th. It turned out to be a gorgeous day, and a fun time was had by all on the water and at the club. Pics will be up soon on the website, and we will also post the write up about all of the trophies. Jennifer Bowman graciously accepted our request to paint the Boat of the Year, Thumper, and created an image for the coffee cup trophies, which were fantastic as always. There are still several left to be picked up at the yacht club.

In with the 2009 season:
We are planning some fun Winter Wednesdays (I know it's fall, but some days it already feels like winter), and we are already starting to plan for next year. Wednesday, Nov 5 will be the first planning meeting for the 2009 season, followed by a beer tasting event upstairs. Race planning starts at 6:00 downstairs, and the beer tasting will start at 7:00 upstairs. The Anacortes Brewery is hosting the beer tasting, with our own brewer Kevin and owner Rick. They will have several different flavors, and will educate us about the differences. For a modest price, you can test them, learn something, and bring home your own Rockfish pintglass.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Angel Island on Fire...

You might have heard that Angel Island (in San Francisco Bay) caught fire and was burning. Due to its location and lack of access it was extremely difficult to fight. Here is an amazing picture taken by George Dapsevicius of the Maltese Falcon off Angel Island last week...

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Cheney Cup Thrash Video...

Here is a new video that Joy Brown created which gives you a little idea (at least from the Schussboomer perspective) what it was like during the 2008 Cheney Cup - in case you missed it!

Watch and enjoy - this is sailing at its very best...

Monday, October 13, 2008


Come down to AYC for Oktoberfest this weekend.

There will be:

Racing at 9:30 on the bay, show up around the tanker dock and get the details. We are shooting for 1-3 races, or until either the fun or wind runs out (or beer?).

Bar open at 2:00 with the usual cheap and strong drinks.

Dinner at 5:00: Kalua pork, specially made by Pat Barrett, with the help of an army of others.

End of the Year Awards, after dinner. I personally can't wait to see the Boat of the Year award, as well as the rest of them. Jennifer Bowman has some surprises for us to enjoy!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Tri-Straits Series Results Posted...

The Tri-Straits Series Results have been posted - congratulations to Kinetic Ki, Celebration and an oh-so-close tie between Syndicat & Handyman (who would have thought)...

Thursday, October 09, 2008

General Meeting - Friday Oct 9 at 1730

Come join us for our annual crab feed and general meeting this Friday at 1730.

Joe Barnes will be giving a presentation about the "Voyage of Maggie Drum". Joe left in September of 2004 and sold his boat in New Zealand in March of 2008. Along the way he spent two seasons in Mexico before heading off to French Polynesia, the Marquesasa, Tuamotos, Societies, Tonga, Fiji, Vanuata, New Caledonia and finally New Zealand.

He will be sharing some "selected" adventures with the group, along with some pictures - don't miss it!

Tanna Volcano at Night

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

DOGZilla Hits San Diego...

Now that DOGZilla is safely in San Diego it is making the light air down there look a little more exciting. Rumor has it that it is pulling 26 knots in 12 knots TWS. This would mean that it would take 23 knots of TWS for it to break the 50 knot barrier...

Hmmm - but I really wonder if it would hold together under those loads - I guess we will see...

Another great photo from Gilles Martin-Raget/ BMW ORACLE Racing

Monday, October 06, 2008

Supplemental Instructions - Viti Rocks Pursuit Race

Here are the supplemental instructions just posted for the Viti Rocks Pursuit Race:

Viti Rocks Pursuit Race
Supplemental Instructions
Race Date: October 11, 2008

Pursuit Race

A pursuit race is where boats are started in reverse order of their PHRF handicap rating (slowest boats first). Each boat’s starting time is calculated based on their PHRF rating and the length of the course.

Boats place in the order they finish, and if you are passing a boat you are beating that boat.

Supplemental Rules

The boat finishing first will stay on station and record the order of subsequent finishers. This duty may be handed off to another boat (with their agreement) at any time, but only one list of boats and their finishing order will be kept and submitted to the race committee.

Boats over early *may* be hailed on VHF channel 72, and may exonerate themselves by restarting at or later than their assigned start time.


Per 2008 Race Packet, start between R2 and refinery pier, Leave G9 south of Viti Rocks to Starboard, finish between R2 and refinery pier.

Assigned Starting Times (based on a 17 nautical mile course)

Boat PHRF Start Time
Kymodoce 226 09:30:00
Handyman 221 09:31:25
Syndicat 221 09:31:25
Lucky Duck 203 09:36:31
Barking Mad 198 09:37:56
Tryst 186 09:41:20
Thunderstruck 183 09:42:11
Zig Zag 171 09:45:35
Solitaire 158 09:49:16
Thumper 143 09:53:31
Celebration 142 09:53:48
Hesitation Zero 135 09:55:47
Jah Mon 112 10:02:18
Pangaea 106 10:04:00
Grafix 93 10:07:41
Slapper 89 10:08:49
Schussboomer 81 10:11:05
No Tomorrows 73 10:13:21
Kinetic Ki 46 10:21:00

Who has right of way?

Looks like the Nordic 40 had right of way at this weekend's San Francisco Leukemia Cup - but as we all know pictures can be deceiving. The big boat is the Maltese Falcon (owned by Tom Perkins of Kleiner Perkins fame).

It could be that the Nordic thought that were going to cross in front of the Falcon who was moving at an impressive rate of speed. Why they didn't tack away is another question since they were obviously more agile! Here is the picture of the love being shared between the gigantic square rigger by Peter Lyons... Check more of the sequence here.

Friday, October 03, 2008


Mark you calendars for October 18th! Cool race course, pig roast with all the fixins hosted by Chef Pat Barrett, trophies will be awarded for the season so bring your whole crew.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Class B AIS Approved...

For many of you this will be meaningless techno babble, but for one (maybe two) it might be of interest -- the FCC just issues an order fully approving Class B AIS devices and dealt with side issues like frequency allocation.

Why you might ask is this significant?

As you know, the Automatic Identification System (AIS) was developed to allow ships and coastal stations to accurately locate and identify one another. An AIS transceiver uses VHF radio and GPS technology to communicate with other nearby ships. Vessels broadcasts include: their location; speed; course; vessel type; and other elements of safety critical data. AIS is clearly the most significant development in navigation safety since the introduction of radar.

Before this new ruling you had to purchase an expensive and cumbersome Class A commercial AIS transmitter to be able to broadcast your position. With this new rule you can now use a much less expensive (and less complicated) Class B device.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Final Day for Enchantress...

Regardless of which side of this issue you stand, it is always sad to see a long-serving vessel meet an untimely end. Check out the following video...

Thursday, September 25, 2008

A Fond Farewell to Wednesday Night Racing 2008

Wednesday night racing came to a wild end September 24th. The rain stopped and wind built all evening for a fun-filled last night out on the bay. 8 boats came out to play on the last night. Pangaea was out first, ready to go, as well as Kinetic Ki. Boats started at the fuel dock and sailed downwind around an anchored tanker and back to the finish (except Bill, who went twice!). Split Arrow gave Pangaea a run for the money, Scott and Colin stayed together, and Kymodoce and Syndicat kept each other company. Bill was in his own little world out there. Am I forgetting someone? That sounds like 7 out there. We did our best to pelt the racers with chocolate, and got some great shots of Bill putting out a rooster tail of foam. Tim and the Split Arrow crew made some fantastic chili and Keith Stone made a bunch of home-made cornbread. Yum! The night ended with the jammy fashion show. Jerry made us all blush as he was once again awarded the "Teddy", Laurie charmed us as "the Belle of the Ball", and Mac was our "Vixen" of the evening, bringing home the Hornitas tequila. Be on the lookout for some Winter Fun Wednesdays. Chime in on the forum if you have suggestions!

Friday, September 19, 2008

Last chance for fall fun racing!

Next Wednesday, September 24 will be the last Fall Fun race. It is Jammy Night! For the sake of all your friends, please do not confuse this with "Wear what you normally wear to bed" Night. The coveted "Teddy" award went to Jerry Vanderveen last year, and we have high hopes that someone will snatch it from him this year. Racing starts at 6:00 on the bay, and will be followed by chili and drinks at the club. There will be awards again (not necessarily related to your sailing performance) and of course the jammy fashion show and presentation of the "Teddy". See you all there!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Goodbye Enchantress...

Most of you have heard about the sad story associated with the Enchantress tugboat abandoned in Fidalgo Bay approximately eight years ago. Since then there have been a variety of efforts to save the old tug...

This will all come to an end this fall when Global Diving & Storage starts dismantling the boat for a total estimated cost of $300,000. Having visited the tug many times (although not being a shipwright or marine salvage expert) it would seem to be the right thing given the fact that it has been sitting on the bottom for many years and it would take considerably more to restore her. At the same time being a sucker for boats it is a sad day to see an important part of our maritime heritage meet an untimely end...

You can read the recent article in the Anacortes American about the Enchantress by Joan Pringle, here.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Spaghetti Wednesday Night Following Racing...


Bill Jenkins will be the chief chef for eats at the AYC clubhouse following the races this Wednesday night (Sept 17). Dinner will include his special spaghetti, sauce, salad and garlic bread. Hope to see you there....

Monday, September 15, 2008

Say it isn't so...

Three people were injured when a 70-foot charter sailboat (Neptunes Car) collided with a 22-foot motor boat about a mile off of Alki Point around 3 p.m. Monday. Coast Guard and Seattle police boats responded to the scene. Two passengers of the sailboat as well as the operator of the runabout were taken to West Seattle to a waiting emergency medical crew for minor injuries.

A large hole was visible in the left side of the sailboat where the bow of the smaller motor boat had punched through. The vessel began taking on water, but rescuers were able to stop the flooding, the Coast Guard said. Emergency crews used smaller boats to ferry the passengers back to land. The sailboat was able to return to port under its own power.

While the circumstances of the collision are under investigation, looking at the pictures it would seem the powerboat will be the clear loser in this one...

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Save the Date! October 18th

Mark your calendars for the Octoberfest Regatta and yearly Awards Banquet. Saturday, October 18th we'll have some fun races on the bay, followed by a world-famous Pat Barrett pig roast and awards at the clubhouse. We'll be awarding the Boat of the Year, the first ever Girts Rekevics Foulweather Race trophy, rejoice at the return of the Kelly O'Neill memorial team trophy, and award trophies for the year (good ones! don't miss out!) Whether you like the racing, the food, the revelry and trophies, come join your friends for a day of fun!

Friday, September 12, 2008

SV Solana in search of sun...

In case you haven't heard, Sean Kelly & Jan Chapman left for Mexico and points beyond on August 28, 2008. They are presently in Coos Bay, Oregon. You can follow along with their voyage by logging on to their blog

Friday, September 05, 2008


As a quick reminder - the September NW Rigging Fun Series races start at 6:00pm (not at 6:30pm as before). This last week many people were late to the start line, in fact one boat was still at the dock at their five minute warning...

Also, contrary to what we have done in the past - the C fleet starts first, followed by the B fleet, and then the A fleet. Several people last week started three (3) times until they got it right!

So now you know...

Monday, September 01, 2008

AYC brings home the pickledishes!

Grafix led the charge and the rest of the AYC boats took home nearly all of the silverware at the 2008 PITCH regatta in Bellingham last weekend. Grafix was the overall winner and CAt Sass and Lowly Worm pitched in to bring the Kelly O'neill trophy(best yacht club trophy) back home to AYC. Son of Raven was second, Kinetic Ki third, Crazy Ivan 1st(flew the wrong burgee), Handyman 2nd , Syndicat third. Light winds and tricky currents made every race a challenge. Don't forget Wednesday night starts @ 6 not 6:30 next 4 Wednesdays listen to VHF 72 for details!!!!

BREAKING NEWS - AYC takes back the Kelly O'Neil Cup


Grafix wins overall at PITCH, plus AYC wins back the Kelly O'Neil Cup. Final results will be posted shortly!

Ultimate Driving Machine...

The new BMW/Oracle trimaran goes sailing today in Rosario Strait - it is hard not to be impressed by the sight of this monster. From a distance it is hard to gauge its scale, but when it comes near it makes everything else look tiny...

Despite its impressive size, this picture shows how they were actually sailing - VERY CAREFULLY. The isolated steering station seems a bit different... Can't wait to see what it will do when they really push it!

Moth Invades Fidalgo Bay...

In case you missed it - this last Wednesday night the racers were surprised to see this funny looking boat zipping around at 20+ knots on foils - a foiling moth! Not sure what its PHRF rating is, but it sure looks like fun (albeit a cold ride on a windy night).

Come out next Wednesday night and perhaps you will see it yourself...

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Size is everything....

The scale of the new BMW/Oracle monster tri is almost beyond comprehension. Check out how it compares to the current inshore and offshore multihills that are currently dominating the races.

The BMO boat (nicknamed DOGzilla) dwarfs them all - including the new Banque Populaire. Be afraid, very afraid...

Inshore Comparisons

Offshore Comparisons

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Three Cheers for Walt and Crew

Syndicat foredeckman extrordinaire Walt Meagher, Kristy Sundholm, Callie Weber, Kim Kelly with help from others produced the finest meal of the year Wednesday night @ the club. Delicious BBQ oysters, yummy salads, and NW finest kind salmon. For the series it was a multihull domination in A fleet, usual suspects in B, and for the 5687th time handyman in C (skippered by Dave Baker)!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Final Permit for Fixed Marks...

Thanks to the hard work of Ed Kennedy, today we received the final permit for seasonal fixed marks. This permit is for a period of five (5) years and will have to be renewed in 2013 (which hopefully will be less of a challenge). Copies of the permit were delivered to the AYC Board last night.

Some of the key conditions of the various permits are as follows:
  1. The Coast Guard permit describes location, color, (White with yellow reflective tape, and Black markings). The eight marks are to be lettered to match the cardinal compass points in large letters, and have some additional small wording for ownership and to indicate they are not mooring buoys.
  2. The Corps of Engineers permit includes a scheme for anchor rode counterweight that should minimize fouling with keels and should help keep the anchor rode off the bottom during low tides. This was required to minimize environmental impact on adjacent sea floor critters & eel grass. They also want the anchor left in place year round although we remove the marks during the off-season, end of October to April 1. The location of the anchors during the off season with a small crab-pot-float on a short line to surface only at low tide.
  3. The Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife permit requires the anchors be set with diver-directed placement to minimize damage to eel grass. They also require an intermediate float on the anchor rode at the 1/3 length and a total length of the anchor rode of 120% of the depth at highest tide. They also require adding their permit number to the wording on the buoys.

So now you have it...

Cosmic Muffin...

Just when you think you have seen it all, someone takes it to an even new high (er low)...

The Cosmic Muffin takes the concept of a seaplane all too literally. Once owned by eccentric aviator extraordinaire Howard Hughes, this unique houseboat was crafted from a 1930s vintage Boeing 307 Stratoliner, the civilian version of the B-17 Flying Fortress. These days it cruises at a much more sedate pace (and lower altitude) and is available for charter houseboat rental.

Perhaps Anacortes Yacht Charters could consider adding this to their fleet!

Monday, August 25, 2008

Deed of Gift Monster Launched...

In case you have been completely cut off from civilization - BMW/Oracle Racing spashed their new monster tri today right here in Anacortes! There is no doubt that this thing will haul ass... Rumor has it that it should hit 45+ knots and that they will be test sailing it for about a month here in Anacortes. The current mast is the smallest of the three that they will be using and the BMWO racing team is coming to town to go for a ride.

The test sails apparently will be conducted from Lovrics followed by a whole fleet of BMWO chase boats. There is still a great deal of uncertainty whether they will be racing the AC Defender Alinghi, but for now they will have to be content with having one of the coolest (and most expensive) racing yacht on the planet...

Sunday, August 24, 2008

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch...

In the broad expanse of the northern Pacific Ocean, there exists the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre, a slowly moving, clockwise spiral of currents created by a high-pressure system of air currents. The area is an oceanic desert, filled with tiny phytoplankton but few big fish or mammals. Due to its lack of large fish and gentle breezes, fishermen and sailors rarely travel through the gyre. But the area is filled with something besides plankton: trash, millions of pounds of it, most of it plastic. It’s the largest landfill in the world, and it floats in the middle of the ocean.

The primary sources of ocean debris include storm sewers, illegal dumping, littering, commercial and recreational boats, and commercial shipping.

The gyre has actually given birth to two large masses of ever-accumulating trash, known as the Western and Eastern Pacific Garbage Patches, sometimes collectively called the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. The Eastern Garbage Patch floats between Hawaii and California; scientists estimate its size as two times bigger than Texas. The patch is characterised by exceptionally high concentrations of suspended plastic and other debris that have been trapped by the currents of the North Pacific Gyre.

The main problem with plastic — besides there being so much of it — is that it doesn’t biodegrade. No natural process can break it down. (Experts point out that the durability that makes plastic so useful to humans also makes it quite harmful to nature.) Instead, plastic photodegrades. A plastic cigarette lighter cast out to sea will fragment into smaller and smaller pieces of plastic without breaking into simpler compounds, which scientists estimate could take hundreds of years. The small bits of plastic produced by photodegradation are called mermaid tears or nurdles.

Besides the obvious affects this has on both marine life and tourism, another question that presents itself is how do we clean this up? This question is yet to be answered. For now, experts say the best approach we have is not to clean it up at all, but to keep it from growing.