Saturday, May 31, 2008
Here is the view from the water...
Now here from the boat...
Now here is how they test these boats...
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Volunteers are urgently needed to help with the annual Windermere Regatta, June 13 to 15, 2008, as follows:
Friday evening $3 menu:
3 bbq chefs for burgers and hotdogs
2 or more bartenders to help Pam Edwards (There will be an inside and outside bar. Note that you must have Bartending Permit)
3 bbq chefs to help Dave Thomson do the flank steaks, beans, salad, dessert
6 persons to help with setup and cleanup
Please Help!!! Volunteers should respond via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
This will be fun!
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
The Regatta is open to all yachts that have submitted the following:
- Registration Form and Waiver
- Copy of current PHRF certificate
- Registration fees
Monday, May 26, 2008
"Ahoy there Pa, if we're racing why are we anchored?"
"Well son that's a good question. Frankly though when you've been out here in this whale pasture as long as I have you'll learn to hush up and watch us experts in racing tactics and strategery do our thing. Now unscramble the drifter sheets, fend off that boat that has lost steerage in the current, and light up a smoke to check the breeze, be quick about it!"
Yes, the big daddy Drift/Swiftsure offered all this and more. In podium finishes here's the rundown:
Grafix skippered by Tom Gilbert was the big winner in the Clallam Bay Race, Handyman skippered by Neil Lhor held on for second, new AYC member sailed Chris White sailed Crazy Ivan to second, Alakazam with Dr. Paul Bergman was third, Doug Fryer got Night Runner up for a third as well in the classic Lightship Race.
Seattle Yacht Club had more division winners (read more$$$$) but AYC easily brought home more hardware overall than any other club! Congratulations also go out to Passepartout, Seeker, and Schussboomer for hanging in there in this tricky race.
The wind was light off the start and only a few boats were able to escape through Race Rocks before the great flushing sound was heard. Over 40 boats were anchored when Handyman arrived to watch boat after boat spin through the current and bounce off rocks. When the wind did fill from the West Saturday evening the race was warm and fast. We rounded Clallam Bay and maintained an over hullspeed run all the way home. The usual camaraderie was enjoyed and all are looking forward to next year.
This time the problem is that due to "Homeland Security" issues large fireworks (can you say explosives) cannot be imported without very strict security measures. It is as a result of these new security measures that it is prohibitively expensive to import large fireworks (John says around $500 per shell) so the Chinese (who make nearly all our fireworks) have decided not to export to the US anymore!
As a result tyhe 2008 July 4th event may very well be the last official fireworks show in Anacortes....
Monday, May 19, 2008
Orsini and his crew had moved around in the rankings during the weekend-long competition, then took the lead Sunday. He will be invited to compete aboard Sunsail 39s in the NOOD Regatta Championships in the British Virgin Islands in November. Other competitors will include the winners from each stop on the nine-regatta NOOD circuit.
Sunday, May 18, 2008
We are not sure how they ended up there, but I am sure that the passengers who departed Tsawwassen expecting to arrive in Syndey were NOT amused!
Check out the full story here.
MV Coastal Celebration
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Friday, May 16, 2008
Thursday, May 15, 2008
If you have an AIS receiver this information can be displayed on your chart plotter, enabling you to easily identify nearby vessels and determine if there is a crossing situation which you need to deal with. One added benefit is that part of the data being transmitted is the name of each vessel and their MMSI DSC calling number - enabling you to easily call a particular vessel and negotiate passing arrangements. Really cool stuff that based on my experience is a necessity when transiting congested waters with a slow vessel in reduced visibility or at night.
But wait - it gets even better! The US Coast Guard and the Norwegian government are planing to build and launch several AIS satellites, enabling AIS vessel transmissions to be globally received and monitored - facilitating vessel traffic control in regions well beyond the current VTS limits...
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
While LED lighting is in a stage of rapid technological advance they are most certainly ready for prime time! So if you need to replace your anchor light or various interior dome lights in your boat, stop by any one of your local marine retailers and they will be able to help you...
LED Anchor Light
Monday, May 12, 2008
For those Americas Cup fans out there you will be interested to learn that Justice Cahn has just ruled that the countdown to the date of the next Cup starts today (May 12, 2008). According to my calendar, this would mean that the first race would be in March 2009.
Given the history I fully expect both teams to continue pursing this matter on two fronts - the first being in the courts; and the second by building the fastest boat they can in the time available!
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Saturday, May 10, 2008
Thursday, May 08, 2008
Spence was back on the water less than 1 month after a triple bypass,(ask to see his scar). Grafix broke her unbeaten record of victories since her complete refit by getting beaten by the bad boys and girls of Schussboomer. Your RC beat his wife on the worm. (Now there is a sentence only sailors could understand) Capt Mac cooked his 1000th burger of the season. Check the duty roster it's probably your turn, we're a volunteer club, if you can't do it, it is your responsibility to find someone who will!!!!!!
Thanks to Scot Soes and prospective member Fred Schuttekopp for RC work. Nice to see some new boats on the water and all the familiar faces, in both B and C class the first boat around the final mark failed to finish first, it is never over till it's over. Even then it's not always over.
Wednesday, May 07, 2008
From our distant vantage point it appeared that a certain unnamed vessel rounded the leeward mark into a header and crash tacked, dumping our much beloved Commodore over the side. Recovery turned out to be difficult and required the assistance of the chase boat in order to effect a timely retrieval!
Unfortunately for the certain unnamed vessel the rules clearly state that you have to finish with the same crew that you started, so they were DSQ'd much to their surprise! There is however some controversy over this as the crew insists that the rules don't apply to situations when a crew member wants to leave the boat, especially when they are the Club Commodore!
Sound's like we need to get the protest committee warmed up for this one - could be ugly!
Tuesday, May 06, 2008
Monday, May 05, 2008
Thursday, May 01, 2008
0830 - Andrew Kerr Sailing Seminar - AYC Clubhouse
A free all-day seminar conducted by professional sailing coach Andrew Kerr. The first session will be in the club house, followed by an on-the-water session where you can practice what you learned, then a video wrap-up of the days events.
1800 - Relay for Life Benefit - Fidalgo Bay Resort
A Relay for Life fundraising Benefit (Team Rekevics #4102) featuring the band "Midlife Crisis" and a silent & live auction.
Tom spoke about the Deed of Gift Challenge being waged by the BMW/Oracle team and the various risks associated with such an endeavor. Based on his carefully worded comments(plus what we know locally but not from him), they are building one big mother multi-hull (most likely a trimaran) and that they will be testing it here in Anacortes (the cranes were placing the docks today).
This will clearly be one of the fastest and most expensive racing yachts ever constructed, and it is happening right on our doorstep! Stay tuned...
BMW / Oracle Training with an X40 Catamaran
ORIGIN OF SECURITE
This is said three times on Channel 16 when it preceeds a message concerning safety, hazardous navigation or some sort of danger to mariners. This comes from the French word for "safety". For some boaters it would be a good idea to use this whenever attempting to dock their boat!
ORIGIN OF PAN PAN (URGENCY DISTRESS CALL)
This is repated three times - PAN PAN PAN - and comes from the French word 'panne' which roughly means breakdown. Certain vessels in the AYC fleet seem to use this on a regular basis due to their highly unreliable auxilliary propulsion units...
ORIGIN OF MAYDAY
The term Mayday is also repeated three times and is an internationally recognized call for immediate help. It comes from the French word m'aidez or 'help me'. Note that it is not a good idea to call mayday when your barbie runs out of propane!
So now you know - French is really spoken on the VHF radio!
PS - Thanks to Capt. Richard J. Rodriguez for this...