Wednesday, December 31, 2008
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
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:
- April 4-5 - Tulip Cup
- April 10-12 - Southern Straits
- May 9-10 - Round Whidbey
- May 23-25 - Swiftsure
- June 6-20 - van Isle 360
- June 13-14 - Windermere Regatta
- Aug 23-30 - Northern Century
- Nov 7-8 - Round the County
2009 SARC Race Calendar
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
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
BREAKING NEWS - BREAKING NEWS
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
Saturday, December 13, 2008
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, ukhalsey.com
- 2009 Rules Seminar Presented by North U., northu.com.
- Dave Perry’s 100 Best Racing Rules Quizzes, store.ussailing.org.
- Handy Guide to the Racing Rules, 2009-2012, US SAILING, store.ussailing.org.
- The Racing Rules of Sailing for 2009-2012, US SAILING, store.ussailing.org.
- UK-Halsey Racing Rules Blog, Butch Ulmer, President of UKHalsey International, discusses the new rules changes. ukhalsey.com/blog
- Understanding the Racing Rules of Sailing through 2012, Dave Perry, store.ussailing.org.
- Speed & Smarts by Dave Dellenbaugh. The next issue includes an in depth look at the rule changes. Speedandsmarts.com
Thursday, December 04, 2008
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 www.vestassailrocket.com
Monday, November 24, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
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
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
Sunday, November 16, 2008
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
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
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
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)
Grafix - 1st place / 21st overall
Crazy Ivan - 2 place / 25th overall
Pangaea - 4th place / 28th overall
Alakazam - 8th place / 47th overall
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
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 http://www.pacificfog.net/ before he lost his gear over the side!
Thumper taking a Thumpn'
Time Bandit making waves down Rosario Strait
Monday, November 03, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
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
- Cat Sass
- Crazy Ivan
- Handy Man
- Lowly Worm
- Teddy Bear
- Ula Koa
Thursday, October 23, 2008
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
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Watch and enjoy - this is sailing at its very best...
Monday, October 13, 2008
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Thursday, October 09, 2008
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
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
BREAKING NEWS - BREAKING NEWS
Here are the supplemental instructions just posted for the Viti Rocks Pursuit Race:
Viti Rocks Pursuit Race
Race Date: October 11, 2008
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.
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
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
Wednesday, October 01, 2008
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
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Friday, September 19, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
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
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.
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Friday, September 12, 2008
Friday, September 05, 2008
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
Grafix wins overall at PITCH, plus AYC wins back the Kelly O'Neil Cup. Final results will be posted shortly!
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!
Come out next Wednesday night and perhaps you will see it yourself...
Saturday, August 30, 2008
The BMO boat (nicknamed DOGzilla) dwarfs them all - including the new Banque Populaire. Be afraid, very afraid...
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Some of the key conditions of the various permits are as follows:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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...
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
Sunday, August 24, 2008
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.