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