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.