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...

BREAKING NEWS - BREAKING NEWS - BREAKING NEWS

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 http://www.svsolana.com.

Friday, September 05, 2008

REMINDER - 6:00pm RACE START...

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

BREAKING NEWS - BREAKING NEWS

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...