Thursday, December 31, 2009

Annual Bartender THANK YOU!!

Annual soiree for AYC Bartenders and bartender wannabes.
Saturday 9 January 2010 at 4 PM, hosted by your club as a thank you to last year's volunteers and a welcome to those who we hope will volunteer in the coming year!
We'll have a brief training upgrade for bartending, opening and closing the club, flag protocol, AV system, etc. Food and libation to follow.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Return of the Ugly Christmas Sweater

Time to pull out your favorite festive Christmas Sweater!

Come have fun on the Dec. 18 3 Buck Night: eat, drink, be merry!
Expect prizes! and some fun
need inspiration?: (cross your fingers that it'll work):

December Commodore's Column...

By popular request, here is the December Commodore's Column - read and enjoy!

December 2009 Commodore's Column

2010 Vic-Maui Preparation Seminar

For those of you that are interested in the 2010 Vic-Maui, there is a special preparation seminar being held at the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club (Jericho clubhouse) January 8-9, 2010.

Check out the following flyer for more information...

Vic -Maui Preparation Seminar

Wednesday, December 09, 2009


Hey fun AYC people!

Promote women's sailing in our town and club with LEGS: League of Exceptional Girl Sailors. It is Stephanie's pet project and isn't necessarily intended to generate money. It's more to generate fun and interest in women's sailing. However, if we make some money from tshirt sales, they'll go toward our women's regatta and possibly a dinghy sailing.

If you want to order a shirt, print out this order form and get it back to Andy or Stephanie. You can also print one off and share with a friend.


Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Seattle Area Racing Council 2010

So, we hear this is the new and improved calendar after some big dust-up over dates, times, and/ or locations... for that very reason, you have to wait just a little bit longer for the combined AYC/SARC calendar... here you go...

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

2010 Seattle Area Racing Calendar

The 2010 Seattle Area Racing Calendar has been released. You can get your very own copy here. Dates for several key events that many club members will be interested in are as follows:
  • Feb 27 - Foul Weather Race
  • April 2-3 - Southern Straits
  • April 10-11 - Tulip Cup
  • May 8-9 - Round Whidbey
  • May 29-30 - Swiftsure
  • June 12-13 - Windermere Regatta
  • July 18-23 - Whidbey Island Race Week
  • Aug 28-29 - Northern Century
  • October 23-24 - Grand Prix
  • November 6-7 - Round the County
The AYC 2010 Racing Calendar is also nearly complete and will be posted shortly - stay tuned...

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Chase Boat Volunteer Wanted...

Our club has maintained a volunteer-based system which makes membership quite affordable. Here is an opportunity for someone with boat management skills: we need someone to manage our “chase boat”.

It is extensively used by three groups: the race committee, the lido group, and the jr. ‘pirate camp’. We have funds to maintain the boat. A member should check the boat weekly during the boating season for fuel, oil, damages, etc. When work on the boat must be done he/she could notify the Commodore for inclusion on the next board meeting agenda or for emergency expenditures.

This position would report directly to the commodore at the present time. Please contact him directly. or 360-708-8337

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Latest Lido Fleet Newsletter...

The November 2009 Lido Fleet Newsletter is now available - you can get it under the Lido section of our Racing pages, or you can get it here...

November 2009 Lido Fleet Newsletter

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Junior Sailing

AYC is the community leader in promoting sailing. There is a movement about the club, with some familiar faces, Stephanie Schwenk, Steve Orsini, Spence(of course), among others that are working together to refire our junior sailing around the club. Many of you know the POA has generously agred to let us use the old fuel dock attached to Q and the new lift is nearly complete. (Due end of November I think according to Port doc's I've seen) Here's your chance to get your kids or the neighbor's kids into a lifelong affinity for boats and sailing, or help run a regatta or make some sandwiches or provide "patrol" boat services, or help fold a sail or sell a raffle ticket WHATEVER just get involved and smile it's 99% attitude, don't feel like you don't know enough or don't understand teenagers(who does?) Contact Stephanie Schwenk for more....

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Sing Out

Here's your chance to impact the 2010 sailing season. The RC met tonite and they will meet again next Sunday night. So if you have an idea to improve the sailing program post it on the "forums" section under "racing" or visit 2901 T ave and just tell Andy what you wanna see happen.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Bill Booth Has Passed Away

Our Past Commodore of 2004, Bill (Constance) Booth died November 11 with most of his family around him and talking boats up to the last.

It was in January of 2004 just 2 weeks after the Commodore's Ball that Bill, suffered an aortic aneurism. Even though Bill was paralyzed from that point forward, as Commodore, he served in spirit with the help of many.

When I heard of Bill's death today, I had the chance to listen to more Bill stories from his children. It was in 1994 that he and Pat moved from Michigan to Anacortes, because he fell in love with the islands and the sailing. He loved the Anacortes Yacht Club. As he said, "it's a sailor's yacht club". Bill loved racing a Flying Scott on the Great Lakes and was one of the original skippers in the Pig-n-a-Poke Lido Fleet. With the rattiest sails he was always competitive and I for one seemed to always know where he was on the course by the smell of his ever burning cigarettes. Makes me realize he must have always been going to weather up wind and to weather of me… a good place for him, and bad spot for me. After some time in the Lidos he bought Flying Cloud and he and his teenage sons along with a gaggle of their friends, kicked butt on the PHRF course.

Bill was a brilliant engineer in his own right. While at Rockwell he and a team of 5 engineers invented the first antilock braking system and it was subsequently installed on Paccar trucks. They still have a prototype of the first roller furler system, designed in his "doodling time" and machined by Bill in his garage in the early 70's. He missed getting to the patented office ahead of the competitor by only 3 days!

However, it was his spirit I remember him for. He was a salty dog and was a great competitor who loved being on the water. For the 2005 Tulip Regatta, the boys hoisted him from his wheel chair onto Flying Cloud, strapped him in on one side of the helm, made sure he had his cigarettes (wind vane) and with him at the helm barking, set about to take 2nd place in their division that year.

Yes, BiIl was a sailor's sailor. I have it from reliable sources that young Bill Jr. was conceived in 1981 on a sail bag before one of the 12 Port Huron to Mackinac races Bill skippered. He was loved for his kindness and crusty ways by many.

His wife, Pat and all the family have always been thankful for all that what AYC and its membership did for Bill during his illness and wish to say thanks once again. Memorial services have yet to be determined but will be announced ASAP.

Bill my friend, many will pass a whiskey across their lips in memory of you and I'll think of you whenever someone with a cigarette gets to windward ... and smile to myself ... Sail on my friend.

Pat Barrett
Acting Commodore 2004
Past Commodore 2005

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Annual Meeting & Van Isle 360 Presentation...

This Friday evening, November 13 at 5:30pm will be our Annual Meeting with Officer and Board Member elections.

Dinner will be smoked prime rib by Del Fox. Following the dinner will be a presentation by Kevin Welch on the van Isle 360 bi-annual yacht race around Vancouver Island. Two boats from AYC participated and both came home with silverware!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

YES - The Wing Lives...

Yes its true (in case you didn't know or believe the rumors). The BMW / Oracle syndicate has a monster wing for their trimaran which was built here in Anacortes!

Check out this just released picture of the first time they hoisted it -- remember, this is likely the largest wing EVER built and is over 200 feet tall.

Monday, November 09, 2009

Perfect Ten!

AYC sent a ten boat flotilla to this years 'Round the County Race sponsored by OIYC. An estimated crowd of 200 sailors got ready for the race at AYC Friday night dancing to the groove of Gertrudes Hearse. Saturday was an 0830 warning @ Lydia Shoal. A driving rain squall and 25 kt winds sent the racers riding a huge flood North to Patos. Wipe outs were the order of the day. A long reach up Boundary Pass and a beat to the finish. Nearly all boats were done by 1500. Saturday results revealed "Martha" a 90' schooner leading the way. The elapsed time record was in jeopardy.... Sunday featured more Southerly winds to 25 kts as the majority of the fleet swapped tacks up San Juans Western shore. A few brave mariners bucked the flood to the middle strait instead. Davidson Rock was the trigger for the kite run to the finish, for those that still had kites and halyards and assorted gear that they hadn't lost or destroyed Saturday. Pangaea 7th, Grafix 4th, Alakazam 11th, Seeker 11th, Celebration 12th, Crazy Ivan 5th, Teddy Bear 9th, Icon 4th, Grafix 4th, the only boat to bring home a trophy was skippered by my favorite tiller handler Stephanie! She drove the Rumpus to 15.7 kts under storm sspinnaker, drove through several standing waves near Cattle pass washing one crewperson off the weather rail over the cabintop, broached and cleared the tri-color off the masthead, smiled and sang along to the stereo most of the way, brought home second place to the Mighty Martha. BTW record was safe by 20 seconds...

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Get your party on at AYC!

Round the County Party this Friday from 5:30 'til were done!

Bar open at 5:30
Dinner at 6 ish
Dance to Gertrude's Hearse
Get some winning raffle tickets
We're expecting a crowd of fun people, don't miss it!

BOR 90 Has Dismasted...

On Tuesday morning, during testing on the waters off San Diego, the BOR 90 dismasted. All of the crew on board are safe. No one was hurt in the incident. Support craft were with the race boat at the time and are currently working to salvage the rig and get the boat back to shore. The team is investigating the cause of the failure. The boat is expected dockside early this evening.

Annual Cruiser Potluck

The annual cruiser potluck will be on Friday, November 20th during open club with dinner at 18:30. All members and cruisers are invited to attend. This will be a $3.00 potluck to help fund the upcoming cruising season. Please bring main dish along with a side dish or desert and stories, photos, etc of this past year’s cruises to share with all. We will review to good points and not so good points of this past year’s cruises.

Also bring ideas of where and when you would like to cruise this coming year. We will use this input to plan the 2010 cruise schedule.

Warren Walz
2009 Cruise Chairman
(360) 293-0601 / (360) 708-1806

Friday, October 30, 2009

Salish Sea is Official...

Washington has a new name for a very old waterway. The inland waters including the Puget Sound, the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Strait of George will now be known together as the Salish Sea.

The new named approved Friday by the Washington State Board of Geographic Names does not replace any of the longstanding identifiers. Instead, it gives a label to something that has not had one.

The name has also been approved by the board’s Canadian counterpart.

A retired professor of marine ecology at Western Washington University proposed the new name. Bert Webber hopes it will promote public awareness of the common problems of the inland waters and the need for cross-border solutions.

So now you know - we are not in Puget Sound!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

October Commodore's Column

Our club Commodore Jerry Van der Veen has written another column for the club for the month of October. You can read his latest here:

Oct 2009 Commodore's Column

If you are interested, you can also read the historical columns here, along with our historical archives of the Knot News newsletters:

Lido Fleet Newsletter...

The Lido Fleet is alive and well after another great season of racing. Garrett Johns started creating a newsletter for the fleet - these will be posted under the Lido Section (under Racing) on the AYC website, plus we will post them on the Blog.

Here is the October newsletter - thanks to Garrett for getting this going!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Syndicat, Pangaea, and Thumper

For the second year in a row Syndicat took home yacht of the year honors. This is a true feat as Jerry and Walt are always willing to take out new sailors. You can be a part of this program by purchasing a share for $2500.00. Pangaea; probably the boat with the most miles under her keel and certainly the most well loved, brought home the honors for the A boats. Thumper now resting comfortably in a barn in the valley waiting for transport to her new/old home in Cali., scored first for the B boats. Congratulations to the winners and many thanks to all the volunteers that donated time, their boats, and computers to make this all happen!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Round the County Party

Get the word out to sailors, RTC racers, yacht club members...
Roundthe County party at AYC will be Friday, Nov. 6.
Bar open 5:30
Dinner will be lasagna and/or chili (both, you pick)
Dancing to Gertrude's Hearse (live music!)
plus raffle tickets to cover the band
We'll have fun, so come on down. Also, we'd love to have some help. You'll have fun while helping out, we guarantee it!

Adios, RAK

New York judge has ruled that Ras al-Khaimah (aka RAK), United Arab Emirates, cannot host the America's Cup based on the 19th-century document that governs sailing's marquee regatta.

The ruling by Justice Shirley Kornreich of the New York State Supreme Court is a blow to two-time defending champion Alinghi of Switzerland. The Swiss picked the Persian Gulf for their February showdown against American challenger BMW Oracle Racing.

Kornreich said her decision was based on the stipulation in the Deed of Gift that the America's Cup cannot be sailed in the Northern Hemisphere between Nov. 1 and May 1, not on concerns by the Americans that RAK was unsafe due to its proximity to Iran.

Guess what happens from here?

Volunteers Needed for Round the County Party!

Come help and have big fun! We have had a great response on the Round the County party Friday, Nov. 6. The doors open at or by 5:30 for the bar, and 6:00 for dinner and dancing. I'm sure we'll need:
-cooks/servers of Lasagna and Chili
-raffle ticket sellers
-anyone have a good raffle item to throw in the mix?
-clean up
-we could decorate on Wednesday night, too, if anyone is into that!
Knowing the crowd that is coming, this will be super fun. We are expecting 100 or more rowdy sailors. Eat, drink, dance, and be merry! Then get out of there at a reasonable hour, because we are all waking up early! Call Andy or Steph if you'd like to volunteer.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Pirates of Padilla

Sunday, Nov. 1 we have scheduled a Spooky Sailfest. Traditionally this end of year party on the water has featured MOB drills, floating pumpkins, sailing backward and the like. We are looking for a ghoul or goblin to take charge. Steph and Andy are feeling un-festive, although Laser sailing might be fun! It might just be a nice day to sleep in, and play on the dinghies in the afternoon. Please call if you're planning on bringing out your boat, or would like to take charge!

Saturday, October 17, 2009


Tonight is the night (Saturday, October 17, 2009) - year-end awards at the clubhouse. Be there and join in the fun!

Friday, October 16, 2009


Due to changes in our US Coast Guard permit, the course for the Lawson Reef race on Saturday, October 17, 2009 has been changed to the following:

Start Line - between the "R2" buoy and refinery pier
Leave Lawson Reef "RB" to starboard
Finish between "G3" and "G4" at the Guemes Channel Entrance

You are no longer required to round "R2" in Rosario Strait as the Coast Guard is concerned about us racing across the shipping lanes.

The race starts at 09:30 on Saturday, October 17 - hope to see you there!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Cheney Cup Results Posted...

The 2009 Cheney Cup Results have now been posted - twelve (12) boats started and seven (7) finished, with the first boat home taking about twice the time to finish as the slowest boat home last year!

The winds were very light heading up to Eliza Island with many parking lots along the way. At each parking lot the fleet compressed until the wind picked up a knot or two and the faster boats sped away. The fleet was evenly split with respect to which side of Eliza Island to take - with most of the lead boats choosing the west side, although Pulelehua managed to pick a great line heading way east of Eliza using the great circle route.

The north RG Buoy proved to be tricky to get around given the light winds and current. With nearly no wind the entire fleet compressed here making it impossible for the faster boats to place well.

On the way home the northwest wind filled in somewhat (to a ripping 4-5 knots) and the faster boats managed to stretch it out on the way home (although not enough for time-on-time scoring). Congratulations to Pangaea for winning A-fleet and Lucky Duck in C fleet (also with the overall). Unfortunately the sole participant in B fleet (Slightly Ripped) was unable to finish, so there was not a winner in that category.

Stay tuned for next week - it looks like there will be some wind for the Lawson Reef race, although the weather will likely not be as nice!

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Smith Island Race Results Posted...

For those of you that participated in the Smith Island Race on Oct 4, the results have been posted - looks like a great day on the water with some very close racing.

Note that the Smith Island results are under the Tri-Straits section of the racing results. Also note that the date of the Smith Island event is listed incorrectly in the results. This will be fixed shortly - the results however remain unchanged...

Friday, October 02, 2009

Party On!

End of the Year Awards Party:

  • planning is in full swing!
  • October 17, after the Lawson Reef race
  • BBQ at the club at 6:00
  • Slide show with Steph's mix tape and hundreds of photos from this year's racing and the pirates
  • "Starting flags" all-new drinking game!
  • Trophies!

Come one and all! We'll get out a RSVP email soon!

A Wild Ride - TRUE STORY

This just came in from the SV Gallivanter who was tied to the dock during the recent earthquake at American Samoa - check it out:


This morning (six hrs ago) we were shaken awake by an earthquake which seemed to have no end! We were aboard Gallivanter and tied side-to a big concrete dock in the heart of Pago Pago, American Samoa. And after living up & down the California coast, I knew this was no minor tremor.

After the rude awakening, Cath & I walked across the dock and chatted with a few of our fellow sailors, one of whom said that he’s just done a Google search on “recent earthquakes” and said that it measured-in at 8.1 and the epicenter was only 120 miles distant.

We returned to Gallivanter and I turned on our laptop and searched the same website. Sure enough there it was… “8.1 earthquake – American Samoa – 20 minutes ago”. I clicked on the “Show Map” option and noticed the epicenter was located south west of Pago Pago… which is located on the southern side of the island.

Just as I was considering the ramifications of that little fact… all hell started breaking loose! Our boat was on the move! My first reaction was to start the engine and dash up on deck to see what was going on. I witnessed the water around us was rapidly dropping! Rapidly! In a blink of an eye, we were on the bottom and the boat was falling away from the dock! Three of our big dock lines popped and we fell right over into the mud – the entire basin we had been floating in only moments ago had completely drained! People were screaming!

Next – the water came flooding back in at an even more alarming rate and the next thing I knew we were floating directly above the dock! Over the concrete slab and drifting toward a young lady we knew (from another boat) who was desperately hugging a power pole and up to her chin in swirling water! I told Cath to cut the two remaining dock lines with our serrated bread knife and to be quick about it!

Right as I put the boat into gear, we were somehow washed back off the dock and into the basin as I advance to full throttle and we accelerated through a floating debris field of floating docks, fuel drums, sinking boats, a shipping container and a barnacle encrusted wreck all of which were spinning in the torrent of rapidly dropping sea level. It was absolute mayhem! As we steered out toward the deep water in the center of the harbor I looked over my shoulder and saw what appeared to be a waterfall pouring off the dock and shore beyond. Not one of the dozen vessels remained at the dock. All were underway in a matter of seconds… with or without crews aboard.

We motored around in the middle of the harbor watching the waves of floods & ebbs while wondering about after-shocks and our fellow cruising sailors. As we passed one of our neighbors she shouted to us that her husband had been washed off the dock as they were trying to get away. She was alone and seriously concerned. Other boats broke free from their moorings and anchors in the initial seismic waves and many were driven ashore, or driven under by loose tuna boats.

After about three hours, we felt it was finally safe enough to return to the dock. All we had were lengths of old line and we were short a couple fenders.We were the first to go in and we started un-tangling lines and helping others get back along side the concrete dock. All of the store-fronts along the water are destroyed, roving mobs of kids can be seen looting, the fence around the dock is gone, every boat on stands in a nearby boatyard were washed away. Big fishing boats are now in parking lots across the street. Absolute destruction is seen everywhere along the shore.

Phones and power are down but we got back online right away and I immediately went back to the recent earthquakes website to see if things have been calming down in the center of the earth. A number of aftershocks as strong as 6.0 have been recorded over the past few hours – but thankfully no more wave action has been noticed. We’ve been making Skype calls to our families and letting others use the computer as well to phone home.

Online news reports say that the earthquake lasted three minutes and the highest flood rose 25 ft above normal! There are 20 confirmed deaths… including our neighbor who was swept off the dock. Most fatalities occurred in and around the harbor where we live. Boats are battered and nerves are fried. One friend wound-up on his boat nearly 1000 feet away from the water after breaking from his anchor and sailing right down Main St. taking power & telephone wires down with his mast! Some people lost everything… including their lives. We came through remarkably well with only minor dammage sustained to our toe rail when the dock lines parted and to our fender basket which was the only point of contact with that drifting wreck. I never felt any jarring loads while we were hurtling around above & below the concrete dock, so I believe our hull, keel & rudder suffered no dammage from the wildest boat ride I’ve ever been on.

We’re all okay… and very lucky.

And we’ve adopted a tiny kitten.

And that’s the way it is.

All the Best – All the Time,

Kirk, Cath & Stuart ~~~_/) ~~~ s/v Gallivanter

Thursday, October 01, 2009

URGENT - Smith Island Course Change

For those of you planning to participate in the upcoming Tri-Straits I race (Smith Island) on Saturday, October 3 - please note that due to the currents in Guemes Channel the race will now start between the #3 & #4 buoys at the west entrance to Guemes Channel instead of by the tanker dock.

The race will start at the same time (0930), but from this new location! This race has long been one of the classic AYC events - see you there!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Rumrunners Unite!

The mastless Rumpus and crew will start you all in the morning at the tanker dock this Saturday.

Take your own finish time and come up to the club at 5:00.

We'll have a chili potluck. Bring your own favorite chili, and/or a healthy supply of bread and salad to go with. We will feast and drink the winner's rum! Maybe we'll turn on the football game, or head down to the Oyster Run festivities.

See you there, rum runners!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

End of Year Awards and Round the County Parties

Two more chances to have fun at AYC this fall, even though the Wednesday racing is done:

End of Year Awards will be at 6:00 after the Lawson Reef Race on October 17. This is the last trophy race of the season. We have good trophies in the works, and are planning on a photo montage slide show of the season. Get your pics to Steph or Andy, best on CD. We'll put out an email request, too. If anyone wants to make it another "Oktoberfest" like last year, just shout out and we'll make it so!

Round the County party: we know that several boats spend Friday night before Round the County in Anacortes. So, we are in the works of planning a party for racers in town. Maybe some music (not confirmed, but we're working on it) some eats (to help pay for the music), drinks and AYC hospitality. Friday, Nov 6, starting at 5:30.

Monday, September 14, 2009

2009 Round-The-County Registration Now Open...

In case you are thinking about participating in the annual thrash around San Juan County (aka Round the County), the Orcas Island Yacht Club just opened registration. This year it is being limited to sixty (60) entries and you must register on-line.

As of 7:00am this morning there were already 19 boats registered - if you are interested in participating you can use the following link to register:

2009 Round the County On-Line Registration

Also, there is already a SA thread going on this topic, so if you have something intelligent to say (or not so intelligent if you are like me), jump in using the following forum thread:

2009 Round the County Discussion Forum

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Jammy Night this Wednesday... and then that's all for the year

Come out and sail in your jammies this Wednesday night!

6:00 Reverse order start

Food and festivities at the club afterward... and the always popular Jammy fashion show

This will be the LAST ONE of the year!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

St Francis YC deck cam

This one isn't as fancy and scripted, but you can move it around yourself if you wait in line:

catch the action here:

BBS Live Video

This is untested by me, but linked from St Francis. Live coverage is supposed to start at 11 am, which normally means I'm at work, and today means I'm at the peewee football game, but I'm attaching a link for the armchair sailors who are able to hook up:

Friday, September 11, 2009

Hot Stuff

Yeah, that's what Andy and Tom are thinking...

Velos continues to dominate their fleet, and even get to sail against everyone's all-time favorite, "Ragtime". Winds in the mid 20's today made for a lot of good times. Andy got to run a coffee grinder, but claims his heart is really at the mast... He was also calling for better non-skid as he ran to grab a runaway spin sheet, and the next guy grabbed him by the waist, and the next guy grabbed that guy, and the three of them were dragged across the deck... Two more races tomorrow, and a distance tour of the bay on Sunday predicted.

I can't find super great pics, but did find one I love of a boat sailing right in front of the yacht club, close enough it looks like you could just hop on the deck.

Thursday, September 10, 2009


So, Tom and Andy are winning their class for now! 23 crew members, which I just don't think the Rumpus could tolerate... 97 boats sailing. I found a couple good shots, but none of Velos. Stay tuned

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Single/Double Handed on Saturday


it'll be on Saturday (not on Sunday)

Sundholm's will be starting everyone, and racing at the same time, and doing the best they can to fly the flags and run the horns and get everyone going while also getting ready to start.

be sure to say thank you! (many times before you say f u to the volunteers, and you know who you are... be thankful! and friendly!)

stow-aways are welcome to be stowed away, of course: dogs, kids, exchange students...

On another note!

2 AYC guys sailing at the Big Boat Series this weekend in San Fran: Andy and Tom G will be on Velos. Tom is navigating, and Andy is at the mast. Check it out on Sailing Anarachy or Google it, or Facebook it... you can find it, and they have a live webcam to check it out. They're on the biggest of the big boats with a fleet of 100 sailing out of the venerable St. Francis Yacht Club. go AYC!

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Single / Double-Handed Race - Sept 12, 2009

Please note that the upcoming Single / Double-handed race is being held this Saturday Sept 12 at 10:00. In the racing schedule it was listed in error as being held on Sunday, Sept 13.

Also note that we are looking for a volunteer to start the race - in order to do this you will need your own boat (racing or not). If you can do this, please contact Andy at Northwest Rigging. If we are unable to get a volunteer the event will start at 10:00 using GPS time.

The instructions for sending in your finish times are on the web!


Sunday, September 06, 2009

2009 Pitch Regatta - DOUBLE NADA

Unfortunately the weather didn't cooperate - it was blowing 30+ both Saturday and Sunday so the PITCH organizers ended up cancelling both days. Even though the racing didn't happen, there was plenty of carnage given the high winds!

Thursday, September 03, 2009

A Sailor's gotta do what a Sailor's gotta do... especially on Wednesday!

Sail high

Sail fast

and always sail too often!

Courage is being scared to death

and still putting up the kite...

And all those other good Wild West Sailing quotes by our pal John Wayne

Be there next week at 6:00 at the tanker dock for a reverse order start and fun race... where ya finish whereva you finish!

Wild West theme, all you funseekers!

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

September Commodore's Letter

Each month or so our Commodore (Jerry Vanderveen) writes a letter to the club membership summarizing our activities and describing some of the strategic initiatives underway. This month is no exception.

You can read Jerry's September 2009 letter here.

Monday, August 31, 2009


Hi racers- we're trying to get the word out... tell all your racer friends... we will race on Wednesday. We don't remember why it was never on the schedule (other than PITCH, which we hope everyone is planning to go to also!) but anyway, we are racing. It's going to start getting cold and dark on Wednesday nights, so let's get out there while it's still good.

6:00 start (that's earlier), reverse order: C&D, then B, then A.... you finish where you finish

And it's Biker/ Oyster Run night. Wear all your biker stuff for a special prize and have some oysters after the race.

See you then!

Sunday, August 30, 2009

N100 Awards Party...

All boats have finished the race and the final race results have been posted. Awards will be given out tonight at 18:00 Sunday, Aug 30th (tonight) at the AYC clubhouse. The BBQ will be running and beverages will be served.

N100 Race Participants

SC 27's at the Start

N100 - All Boats In...

As of 12:00 noon on Sunday, August 30 all boats have completed the N100, although we still need finish times for the following boats:

  • Slightly Ripped
  • Freeflyte

Preliminary finish results with the latest updates are on the web - contragulations to all who participated - great race!

N100 Boats Still Out There...

All boats from the N100 have arrived home safely with the exception of the following who have either not finished yet or have not reported in with their finish times:
  • Psycho Duck
  • Slightly Ripped
  • Wind Song
  • Freeflyte
  • Calypso
Anyone knowing if these boats have finished or having any additional information about these boats is requested to contact the race organizers.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Northern Century Results...

The Northern Century got off to a great start Friday night under cloudy skies and a weak low pressure system which brought moderate southeasterly winds. The double-handed division left first at 19:30 with 9 boats, followed at 19:40 with 5 boats.

Given the excellent winds and favorable currents boats started finishing as early as 8:00 am this morning. Some boats are still on the course and more will be finishing shortly. Boats already in are:
  • Icon
  • Cinco de Mayo
  • White Cloud
  • Manana
  • Stranger
Wild Rumpus and Giant Slayer are within 30 minutes of the finish line. Since most boats won't be able to stay around for the get together Sunday evening at 18:00, we are working on seeing if we can open the club tonight - check back here for updates.

You can also check for the results here...

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Final Northern Century Sailing Instructions...

The final Northern Century (N100) sailing instructions have been completed and can be accessed under race registration or here. The changes made are as follows:

Grant automatic exception of PIYA rules 4.1, 4.2 and 4.3
Explicity allow the use of auto-pilots in double-handed events
Addition of a safety section
Addition of an insurance section

As a reminder the REQUIRED skippers meeting will start at 17:00 on Friday August 28 at the AYC clubhouse. This meeting will be followed by dinner and then the first start at 19:30.

2009 Northern Century Sailing Instructions [FINAL]

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Double your fun at AYC this week

Two nights of fun (plus lots of doubling your fun, on the N100 race!).

Wednesday night is supposed to be another good one (and we will not stay out late this time... hint hint RC people) because we have Salmon Dinner and fun Summer Fun awards to give away.

Friday night, join the N100 racers for some Gere A Deli lasagna and double your fun by going racing around San Juan County (and beyond, I think!). Double handed is the popular choice so far (as it was meant to be! from it's conception!) and it's two nights. A lot of things in two's I think. If you aren't racing, you can still come have fun at the club and see the racers off. Or go up to CapSante... or (do you want other good ideas? heehee...)

Come on down!

And if you know where the old "Yard Arm" is from the old bar, bring it with you! Spence?

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Shout out to Chef Steph, and others!

Great job last night to the Slapper crew! Great food, and we all appreciated that you got in there early to fix dinner. When they dropped out of the race, they were still doing really well and we still had high hopes of actually finishing.

Next week, Walt is making his famous salmon dinner. 5 year tradition, we hear! He would love to have help from anyone who is NOT racing since it takes a bunch of prep work. Call Andy, Steph, or Walt if you're interested, or know someone who is. Laurie G and I (Stephanie) are tenatively planning to help unless there are others who would have fun cooking.

Another shout out to Grafix who towed us in on the SB3, all the way into Anacortes Marina!

Go AYC! It's been a great year, and great people to be around!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Wednesday Fun is nearly done!

Come out for the Wednesday races before they are gone for the season!

Tomorrow, August 19: supposed to be the warmest day of the week! Slapper is prepared with a surprise menu from Stephanie and the Brown Lantern. YUM

August 26: the last Summer Fun! Walt is cooking his famous Salmon Dinner, too! MORE YUM and fun.

Fall Fun Series:

Sept. 2: Biker Night/Early Oyster Run. Reverse order start, prizes for costumes (is that really a costume or just the stuff you're gonna wear on your ride at the end of the month?) plus we should talk someone into bringing oysters doncha think? Alakazam set to cook!

Sept 9: Wild West Night. Get your sepia photos taken, wearing your favorite outlaw gear. Weenie roast at the club after. Can't remember who's cooking, but we've got someone lined up for beans and weenies, maybe cornbread?

Sept 16: this is it!!! you're done for the year! Jammie night, of course! Who will win the coveted "Teddy" this year? Commodore Jerry has walked away with it easily the past two years! Boomer is set to cook... prepare your palate for veggies!

Northern Century Update...

Registrations are starting to trickle in for the upcoming Northern Century - thus far we have 7 boats registered for the Double-Handed Divsion and 4 boats for the Fully-Crewed Division.

The long-range weather forecast is predicting sunny weather and moderate winds, so if you haven't registered this event and are thinking about it, you can register on-line by using the following link!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Pirates board Grafix, and take over Scallywag Island

You read it here first!

Pirates boarded Grafix in Cap Sante Marina on Friday afternoon, and proceeded to hoist the jolly roger and head out into the bay. The kite was flown (and no race sails were used! fear not Captain Dave!). Grafix sailed into the bay at Saddlebag/Scallywag Island and dropped anchor for lunch on shore and some nefarious pirate activities. The AYC pirate flag was hoisted ashore and off went the pirates, back to the dock... a great end to a great week! Thank you Cap'n Tom for hosting a bunch of pirates!

More next year!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Go Pirates!

The pirates of AYC had a great week despite very ominous weather (at least in the forecast! not all of it came to fruition, thank goodness!). 14 kids participated this year, which was perfect for the 4 Lasers and 2 Walker Bay dinghies on the dock. We have one more day of pirate fun planned, and will cross the bay to commandeer Saddlebag Island.

Many thanks to those who helped make Pirate Camp a success: The Lee family came through en force and donated ElToro dinghies, helped with movie day on Monday, and brought lots of kids and a couple helpers. Thomas Childs donated a carpet to the dock and showed up at the right place and the right time to help everyone dock on Tuesday. Dean Headstrom donated his Laser to the camp. The Gilbert family was a big help, with Suzy going on a pizza run on Wednesday and Tom sailing with us on Thursday (and Friday is in the works!), plus the help with the big screen movie projector. Andy Schwenk and Dave Baker moved all the dinghies to the dock, and Andy was our rescue diver when we lost a rudder at the dock. Gabriel (of Pangaea sailing fame) came and volunteered his sailing skills, and Wendy baked brownies for us. Who am I forgetting? If I forgot a wonderful helper, I apologize!

We are planning on some Sunday sailing this fall (starting with the next two Sundays 8/16 and 8/23), and make plans around sailing camp next year on the first two weeks of August. I'll get all the pics to Kevin for posting very soon.

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Swinomish Swing Bridge Closed...

In this morning's Coast Guard Group Port Angeles "Broadcast Notice to Mariners," it was reported the the Swinomish Swing Bridge was closed to vessel traffic until further notice due to maintenance issues. No word was given when it would reopen...

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Dinghy Dock FUN & Games!

The AYC Dinghy Dock is a go! So, here's the story...

Work: We need to do a little work to get it ready for next week, and eventually there are some bigger projects to make it work in the long run. For now, we need to cover some holes an put down some carpet to protect the boats. Any engineers out there? There are 5 round holes that have raised steel rings that run down the center of the dock. I'm thinking they are about the size of a tire, that for NOW if we had 5 tires (anyone have snow tires?) we could cover them up. There are also several small holes along the steel plates that run down the center of the dock. They could be covered with plywood for now and carpet for the whole thing. There is a shed on the dock that can be painted and can store boat parts (etc).

Later this fall, we can put engineers up to the task of really fixing the steel plates down the center of the dock and building racks to store dinghies and spars. It was mentioned that we should have a bbq out there on the dock... we could put a picnic table out there and store someone's cast-off bbq in the shed...? It is a big dock! Anyone interested can and should go have a look and put ideas on the forum... Imagine dinghy sailing in our future! It's not just for kids!

FUN: we have 6 Sundays scheduled for family sailing at 1:00. We'll rig and share the Lasers, and help others carry, rig, and sail dinghies. Maybe we can toss in some buoys for some practice races. Days that we are available include:
August 16 (right after Pirate Camp!)
August 23
September 20 and 27
October 4 and 18
After that, we may put them away for the winter or keep going...

Monday, August 03, 2009

Record Broken...

Banque Populaire V and Groupama 3 have crossed the Atlantic in under 4 days, destroying the previous record held by Franck Cammas on Groupama 3. BP-5 left New York hours after G-3, but crossed the invisible line marking the end of the run 12 minutes ahead of Cammas, setting the new benchmark of 3 days, 15 hours, 25 minutes, and 30 seconds. Cammas' time was just under 3 hours slower than Bidegorry's.

The big breeze and relatively flat water set up by the low pressure system they rode allowed some truly insane 24 hour-runs, including a stretch where each boat was breaking the existing record with each reported position. The new record for a single day of sailing stands at 907 NM set by BP-5.

Friday, July 31, 2009

ClubHouse Expansion - Comments Wanted!

Anacortes Yacht Club Members

EDITORS NOTE - the following is a topic being discussed at the board level and you are invited to join in using our on-line forum plua an informal poll - you can join in by following this link!

The City of Anacortes will not allow our clubhouse to be expanded or any increase of capacity if we are not adding bathrooms to meet the current codes: therefore this first step is to add the necessary bathrooms.

The past expansion vote convinced the AYC Board that the membership did not want to go into debt, but many members stated that the club needed to be expanded (kitchen, bathrooms, deck & or main activity room). Activities this past 9 months have reminded us of our need to readdress this situation. The $3.00 Night and General Meetings have out grown the dining space & the success of the Tulip and Windermere Regattas have out grown the club.

The AYC board has chosen to look into a 1st step by developing a set of plans for a bathroom addition. These plans have been bid and permits are in place for the first stage of resolving our overcrowded conditions (see the attached plans and rendering).

This seems like an opportune time to do this step—i.e. The economy has created lower construction costs, many contractors are very interested in this project, the project can be completed in less than 30 days, plus we can accomplish all this while retaining a majority of our funds for future needs.

Our solicitation is to find out if the AYC general members agree or disagree that the board should spend some of our funds (NO debt) to cover the cost for this project.

The City of Anacortes officials have stated that this solution will allow AYC to add any future project once the bathrooms are completed.

Please comment by the AYC forum, AYC blog, e-mail or phone to any AYC Board members. We want your feedback, it is your club.

AYC Board
Rear Commodore
Phil Case

Attached are two exhibits which describes the proposed project:

Exhibit #1 - Proposed Floor Plan
Exhibit #2 - Exterior Sketch

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

New Whale Watch Rules Proposed...

The National Marine Fisheries Service is proposing a wider berth plus safety zone for orcas.

The proposed rules would prohibit vessels from approaching any killer whale closer than 200 yards and forbid vessels from intercepting or parking in the path of a whale. In addition, the proposed regulations would set up a half-mile-wide no-go zone along the west side of San Juan Island from May 1 through the end of September where generally no vessels would be allowed.

The compete San Juan Journal post it here.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Ten Boats & Counting...

As of today we have 10 boats registerd for the upcoming Northern Century - 7 in the double-handed division and 3 in the fully crewed division. Below is our new logo for the event, plus we have some really cool t-shirts and trophies that we are designing as well.

We could really use some more entries however, so if you know of anyone who could or should do this race, please send them to the AYC website for more information & on-line race registraiton.

If you haven't done this race before you should check it out - it is a very challenging event, yet close to home!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Future Scallywag Society of AYC to resume!

Pirate Camp is coming soon! August 10-14 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm. You can register at the club on Wednesday nights, or print out this information a put it in the mail. We would love to have volunteers and dinghies, the more the better (no kids required!). We're looking forward to a week of fun on the water!

2009 Pirates Camp Flyer
2009 Pirates Camp Registration Form

Monday, July 20, 2009

Game On - both in the courts and on the water...

The America’s Cup is about to take another twist and turn on Tuesday in New York State Supreme Court over the rules that will be used in the next match. At issue is the secret agreement entered into by ISAF and SNG.

Meanwhile Alinghi has started sailing their monster new cat. It looks fast to us and it clearly moves even in light air. However, we are not sure what to make of the engine which they use to run the hydraulics's and water ballast, but I am sure this issue will mean another trip to the courts! You can check out their first sailing video here.

The boys and girls at Core are working hard - hopefully they have a few tricks up their sleeve to compete with this monster! Check out

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Wally's Tours III - Wednesday Night

In case you forgot there is racing planned for this Wednesday night - Wally's Tours III. The NOAA weather forecast is for sunny weather with Northwest winds 10-15 knots! As usual, following the race there will be a BBQ along with the reading of the results...

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Monday - Race Week Update...

Unfortunately the winds did not arrive on Monday for the anxious racers in Penn Cover. As a result racing was cancelled for the day and will resume on Tuesday. Hopefully with the weather clearing up a little the winds will return!

Some controversy lingers due to the fleet splits and rating changes imposed by the Race Committee, but then again it wouldn't be a yacht race without this!

Monday, July 06, 2009

ATTENTION - Updated Shopping List...

For those of you who have cooking duties for Wednesday night races (the list is here in case you don't have it), please note that we have INCREASED the quantity of food items that you need to purchase due to the large numbers of people who have been participating (which is great news).

So if you have a cooking assignment on an upcoming Wednesday night, here is the REVISED list of items that you will need to have on your shopping list:
  • 4 x 24 1/4 lb beef patties
  • 1 package of veggie burgers
  • 4 x 24 hamburger buns
  • Sliced chedar cheese (equivalent amount as burgers)
  • 4 Large sweet onions
  • 12 large beefsteak tomatoes
  • 3 Heads of lettuce
  • 4 tubs of Potato salad
  • 3 Large bags of chips
  • Cookies, brownies, etc.
There should be sufficient ketchup, mustard, mayo, relish, plates, forks and napkins on hand (worth checking). We are a volunteer club, this requires every boat to pitch in, be prepared, and help make this a well organized and fun racing season.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Jerry Cutshall Heart Attack...

We are sorry to report that Jerry Cutshall had an apparent heart attack while driving home this last Saturday and went off the road. There was a paramedic behind him who revived him and quickly got him to the hospital. Unfortunately Jerry passed away last Tuesday and was buried on Friday, July 3rd.

For those of you who don't know Jerry, he was AYC commodore in 1978 and is well known by our long-time members. Please join us in wishing Jerry's family our heartfelt condolences in this difficult time.

Powerboater looking for fun?

Do you fit that description?

Do you know someone who does?

Whidbey Island Race Week is looking for a finish boat. This is the boating party of the summer, and is coming soon. July 13-17 in Oak Harbor. You don't need to have any experience, they'll do all the work. Your boat will be the finish line boat, in place for the races to record finishes. You will be treated to all the good stuff... food, bracelets for the tent, entertainment, great sailing... This would be a great time if you or someone you know is available.

Call Andy at NW Rigging or 770-7035, the sooner the better! Thanks!

Linky to Race Week:

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

GOTB & Singlehanded Results Posted

The results from the recent "Girls on the Boat" Regatta and the Singlehanded event have now been posted - you can check them out in race results! Also, if anyone has pictures from the recent Windermere & GOTB regattas that they would like to submit, please send them in to your editors!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

AYC rules the waves

Nightrunner skippered by Doug Fryer won div 2 at Van Isle 360; Icon skippered by Kevin Welch was 2nd div 1 and 2nd on total elapsed time behind DragonFly; Celebration was 2nd to the boats that tied for 1st @ J-fest.

Closer to home Colin E proved it is his crew that is holding him back by winning the singlehanded race, Ed K was second. Barking Mad also dominated the GOTB regatta, eeking out a victory over the wild women of Syn di cat!

Pictures of Nightrunner & Icon Coming into Winter Harbor

Thursday, June 18, 2009

One hand at a time

Actually you can use both. Sunday the 21st at the AYC @ 1000hrs we will have a skippers meeting and decide a course for the singlehanded regatta. Of course you can use both hands...Possibilities include round Guemes, circumnavigating the fixed marks in the bay, round Huckleberry, round Jack, your call; if we can't agree we'll flip a coin!

Monday, June 15, 2009

Windermere Kudos and Congrats!

24 years and counting! Windermere Regatta is still the premier event for AYC! We had 39 participating yachts from 20-42 feet. Live music provided by Gertrudes Hearse, karaoke from Crystal Vision, Flank steak by Dave Thomson and crew, PRO Chuck Tidrington ( soon to be SC 27 sailor greatest boat in the whale pasture), Bartendresesses Pam and Deanna, Key people: Warren Walz, Bill Jenkins, Colin Emsley, Kyle Saum,Vic Childs, Wayne Martin, Wendy Grey , my ever lovin wife Stepharooie, Phil Case, Ed Kennedy, Red Hat Sarah, Kurt Cantarano, Dave Baker, Jerry Hemme( hope dog is ok) Nancy Laeha, Callie for 2 certain reasons, POA, Sponsors: Windermere, Harken, Port Supply, Fisheries Supply, Anders Signs, Paul Bergman DDS, Northwest Rigging, Cap Sante, Skyline, North Harbor Diesel, Dick Britton, CORE builders, Anacortes Brewery/Rockfish Grill,
Thanks to all the participants and the winners:
A) Veloce
B) Flying Circus
C) Moore Uff Da
D) Red Eye Expres
E) Lucky Duck

Thursday, June 11, 2009

It's Windermere Tme!

Champagne is cooling, Flank steak is marinating, Rumpus turning more yellow by the moment....If you haven't gone online to sign up do it now! Join the likes of Teddy Bear, Pangaea, Red Eye Express, and The Orange Blob. We are shooting for a record breaking 40 boats! The first live band to rock the club. Join the fun or just come help clean up!

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Windermere in one week!

Windermere Regatta is coming soon... just about a week to go! We have 15 boats already registered, and are counting on many more to show up on Friday. The Moores are returning for a one design start, with 5 or 6 planning to attend. Please come out and race, or just party with us at the club, and show our guests the wonderful hospitality that we're famous for!

Tuesday night we'll be decorating the club, if you're interested in helping out we'll start at 7:00 (ish). A huge thank you to all the volunteers that have already been working hard to make it a success, and all of the volunteers who offered to help out during the regatta. It's going to be a great one!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

GOTB pin up

Looking to decorate your office or fridge? Look no further than the new GOTB poster. Actually, it would be really great if you could put one up somewhere, to get the word out. We do want to make sure that we invite folks that don't normally come sail with us, and it is hard to reach those people through the website or Sailing Anarchy. I'll send it along to nearby yacht clubs, but even if you can't come out, you could invite someone else to come!

May 27 - Local Notice to Mariners

The Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad Swingbridge at Swinomish channel mile 8.4 between La Conner and Anacortes will be fixed in the closed position from 0700 8 Jun to 1730 12 Jun for replacement of center bearing and pinion gear.

Don't say we didn't warn you!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009


Well, I know that I heard "all clear", and I know that the Moore 24 was to weather of us, but if you look at this photo from the start, you might question that one... too funny... Um... what to say? It was a good start. I'm sure that smoke cloud was really hanging around since it wasn't very windy at the start. This does prove that we started in the correct sequence, since the byline says "Rosedale Rocks Start". So, we did beat them to the mark fair and square. That's our story and we're sticking to it.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Stories from Swiftsure....

AYC clearly had great attendence at Swiftsure with eleven boats participating. As expected there was adverse current in light winds at the start with a wild dash to make it through the Race before the door was slammed shut.

Most boats opted to immediately head over to the US side and short-tack the beach up to the Cape. The further west the boats went the heavier swell and higher winds they experienced. Several boats retired in this leg due to the lumpy conditions and gear failure.

Conditions were predicatably lumpy at the bank with the returning boats picking a side for the return trip. The later you picked a side the worse you did. Unfortunately there was a strong ebb in the Race for the return trip and many boats ended up getting parked for several hours until the current subsided.

The run to the finish inside Ogden Point was predictably unpredictable with those boats going wide and reaching up to the finish gaining considerable ground. Back at the dock there were many tired and wet sailors complete with numerous tall stories!

Below is a picture of the blue sled from AYC absolutely nailing the start! Stay tuned for more lies and sea stories as the fleet trickles in...

Thursday, May 21, 2009


Not to tell secrets, but in case you didn't know it today is the birthday of our intrepid leader with the initials JV. We are not sure how he managed to keep it secret this long! If you get a chance, bug him sometime today about his ever increasing old age!

Saturday, May 16, 2009

The Word on Wednesday sailing

Taken straight from the May edition of Latitude 38: 10 Commandments of Beer Can Racing:

1) Thou shalt not take anything other than safety too seriously. If you
can only remember one commandment, this is the one. Relax, have fun, and
keep it light. Late to the start? So what? Over early? Big deal. No instructions?
Improvise. Too windy? Quit. Not enough wind? Break out the beer.
The point is to have fun, but stay safe. Like the ad says, "Safe boating is
no accident."

2) Thou shalt honor the racing rules if thou knowest them. The ISAF
2009-2012 Racing Rules, unless specifically stated elsewhere in the Sailing
Instructions, is the current rules bible. Few sailors we know have actually
studied it cover to cover: it's about as interesting as reading tax code or the
phone book. For beer can racing, just remember some of the biggies (port
tack boats shall avoid starboard ones; windward boats shall avoid leeward
ones; and outside boats shall give room at the mark). Stay out of the way of
bigger boats, pay your insurance premiums, and keep a low profile unless
you're sure you know what you're doing. Like most things, it boils down to
common sense.

3) Thou shalt not run out of beer. Beer (a.k.a., brewskis, chill pills, thought
cylinders) is the beverage that lends its name to 'beer can' racing; obviously,
you don't want to run out of the frothy nectar. Of course, you can drink
whatever you want out there, but there's a reason these things aren't called
milk bottle races, Coca-Cola can races, hot chocolate races, or something
else. Just why beer is so closely associated with this kind of racing escapes
us at the moment, but it's a tradition we're happy to go along with.

4) Thou shalt not covet thy competitor's boat, sails, equipment, crew
or PHRF rating. No excuses or whining; if you're lucky enough to have a
sailboat, just go use it! You don't need the latest in zircon-encrusted widgetry
or unobtanium sailcloth to have a great time out on the water with your friends.
Even if your boat's a heaving pig, make modest goals and work toward improving
on them from week to week. Or don't - it's only beer can racing.

5) Thou shalt not amp out. No screaming, swearing, or overly aggressive
tactics. Save that stuff for the office or, if you must, for Saturday's 'real' race. If
you lose it in a Friday nighter, you're going to run out of crew - not to mention
friends - in a big hurry. Downing a quick chill pill on the way to the starting
line has been medically proven to have a calming influence on the nerves.

6) Thou shalt not protest thy neighbor. This is extremely tacky at this level
of competition and should be avoided at all costs. Perhaps it's justifiable
if one's boat is damaged and blame needs to be established, but on the
whole, tossing a red flag is the height of bad taste in something as relatively
inconsequential as a beer canner. Besides proving that you're unclear on
the concept of beer can racing, it screws up everybody's evening, including
yours. Don't do it - it's bad karma.

7) Thou shalt not mess up thy boat. Everybody knows some hardcore
weekend warrior who ripped his sails up in a Friday night race and had to
sit out the championship race on Saturday. The point is that it's not worth
risking your boat and gear in such casual competition: like the song says,
you got to know when to hold 'em, and know when to fold 'em. Avoid other
boats at all costs, not to mention buoys and other hard objects. If you have
the luxury of two sets of sails, use the old ones.

8) Thou shalt always go to the yacht club afterwards. Part of the gestalt
of beer can races is bellying up to the yacht club bar after the race. Etiquette
demands that you congratulate the winners, as well as buy a round of drinks
for your crew. Besides, the bar is a logical place to see old friends and make
new ones. However, when meeting new sailors, avoid the gung-ho, overly
serious types who rehash the evening in such gory detail that the post
mortem (yawn) takes longer than the race. As much as we enjoy a quick
romp around the cans, there's more to life.

9) Thou shalt bring thy spouse, kids, friends and whoever else wants
to go. Twilight races are great forums for introducing new folks to sailing,
such as your neighbors, out-of-town visitors, co-workers or maybe even
the family dog. Always bring your significant other along, too - coed crews
are happy crews. And don't just make the newcomers watch - give them a
job on the boat. Get everyone involved.

10) Thou shalt not worry; thou shalt be happy. Leave the cell phone in the
car, bring the ghetto blaster. Lighten up, it's not the Big Boat Series. Have
fun, and we'll see you out there!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

DOGZilla Will Race in February of 2010

A New York judge on Thursday ordered America's Cup champion Alinghi of Switzerland to face American challenger BMW Oracle Racing in a rare one-on-one showdown in February.

 Justice Shirley Werner Kornreich of the Supreme Court of the State of New York also ruled that BMW Oracle Racing needed to promptly submit a measurement certificate for its 90-foot trimaran.

 Kornreich strongly urged the bitter rivals to go mediation to finalize the dates and other issues surrounding the best-of-3 series in giant multihulled boats, which can sail 2 to 2 1/2 times the speed of the wind.

The Swiss had proposed to face the Americans in May 2010. The Americans said Alinghi was stalling in order to complete its boat, which reportedly is a 110-foot catamaran. 

Kornreich didn't hold Alinghi in contempt of court, as the Americans had asked. She didn't disqualify BMW Oracle Racing as Challenger of Record, as the Swiss wanted, but ordered the Americans to stick to the boat dimensions they provided when they issued their challenge, or be disqualified. 

The race will be in Valencia, Spain, or another port picked by the Swiss. 

Both sides claimed victory. 

"Today's hearing should end any further delay to the 33rd America's Cup and we can now look forward to some exciting racing in state-of-the-art boats early next year," BMW Oracle Racing spokesman Tom Ehman said in a statement. 

"We had a really good day today," said lawyer Barry Ostrager, who represents Alinghi and its supporting yacht club, Societe Nautique de Geneve. 

In early April, following a twisting path through two lower courts, New York's top court unanimously ruled that the Golden Gate Yacht Club, which backs BMW Oracle Racing, was the rightful Challenger of Record. The Americans and Swiss haven't been able to agree to rules for a traditional, multichallenger America's Cup, and therefore will face off against each other.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Round Whidbey Wrap-up & Video...

In cased you missed it, this last Saturday was the annual running of the Round Whidbey Regatta hosted by the Whidbey Island Naval Sailing Association. A total of 29 boats started with only 5 finishing. Unfortunately the wind shut off at night so the slower boats ended up anchoring at Possession Point and couldn't make it home before the cutoff!

Two AYC boats participated, with the big blue sled taking a win plus setting the elapsed time record for this event in 9:41:49. The blue sled was however 2:17:20 off the corrected time record set in 2003 by Skip Meisch on a Catalina 22! Here is a brief video recap of the race - if you haven't done this race you should highly consider it for next year! WINSA puts on a great event!

Friday, May 08, 2009

Girls on the Boat....

If you haven't heard about the new GOTB (Girls on the Boat) event being hosted by AYC on June 20 & 21, 2009, you need to check it out! This event is designed to encourage women to try something new and participate in the sport of yacht racing.

The event consists of a series of windward/leeward buoy races on Saturday, followed by single-handed races on Sunday. This event is open to any current PHRF NW member. All boats in the GOTB must have a women driver and are encouraged to have only women on the crew. Male bartenders, cross-dressers and cheerleaders (not crew) will be allowed on board. You can find out more information about this event here.

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

the Photo that ROCKED the club

Who is this bare-chested dancing machine?

Will Sucia ever be the same?

Can AYC survive the fallout from this?

Stay tuned "As the Yacht Club Turns"...

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

The Wrong Way Kid Will be Back...

After leading the A fleet deep into the bay last Wednesday Night in search of the missing leeward mark, the wrong way kid is planning to be back in force this coming Wednesday night to extract revenge on the fleet! His goal this week is at least to finish ahead of the B & C fleets!

Also, based on the weather reports we should have a little wind Wednesday evening unlike last week!

Monday, May 04, 2009

Opening Day Celebrations...

Our very own AYC commodore (Jerry Vanderveen) attended the Seattle Yacht Club opening day ceremonies on May 2. The SYC was a wonderful host, taking Jerry and Kim on a VIP boat to watch the crew racing, including the Windermere Cup, as well as the entire opening day parade of 23 classes of boats.

Your AYC burgee was proudly raised as the second of over 40 burgees saluted by attending Commodores during the opening ceremonies. The Seattle Yacht Club opening day ceremony is billed as the largest opening day ceremony in the USA and the crew races are the largest in the world. The rains held off until the end of the day, when the skies opened to remind all sailors that the weather is really what does remain in charge.

Sunday, May 03, 2009

Race to the Straits

Set the spinnaker at exit to Shilshole and doused at entrance to Port Townsend. Predicted 15-25 never filled in but we still finished before 1500. AYC b0ats Slightly Ripped and Wild Rumpus were there and Ian and Joy brought Stranger; also the Pretorion 35 "Seeker" that flies the scarlet letter from Mukilteo was there too. Lot's of jibes probably 80 or so boats in a pursuit format and both singlehanded and doublehanded crews, also a few stowaways.... Port Townsend featured a reception at the Amerian Legion and a very wet rain squall Saturday evening. Sunday the race was back to Seattle, no wind and significant current dictated our decision, we were back @ Cap Sante in time to mow the lawn....

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

New Kid on the Block...

Today's Skagit Valley Herald (April 28, 2009) contains a picture of the latest addition to our AYC flotillia conducting some secret practice sessions Monday evening in preparation for Wednesday's bouy racing opener.

Rumor has it that this little pocket rocket is being skippered by a 10-year old under the supervision of our Race Committee chairman! We are nearly certain that the skipper has a LOT left to learn, so stay clear on Wednesday night!

No dredging here?

The debate about whether to dredge the entrance channel into Skyline goes on, but meanwhile the boating community ends up like this while properly following their charts - go figure...

Monday, April 27, 2009

2009 Race Packets Available Online...

By popular request the 2009 Race Packet is now available for download on the club website here. If you haven't already done so yet and want to race (the buoy races start this Wednesday) you need to:
  1. Pay your race entry fees ($100)
  2. Submit a signed liability waiver
  3. Provide proof of insurance
  4. Submit a current PHRF certificate
Boats may voluntarily elect to sail in "open" class which is unscored. You can pay your race entry fees and pickup a printed version of the race packet by contacting the Race Committee chairman Andy Schwenk at 360-293-1154 (Northwest Rigging) or e-mailing Andy at

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Hein Bank Results & Recap...

For those of you anxiously awaiting the results from Hein Bank, they have now been posted here! Despite the weather forecast the race proved to be a total drift-fest. The only item of note was that the fleet was able to ride the ebb out Guemes Channel and Rosario Strait; and then the flood back in again...

We are not sure who in their great wisdom wanted to use the south Hein Bank mark, but a number of boats got caught up in the kelp. There were also reports on the radio of a wayward Halibut roaming around with a float attached...

Hopefully next year we can use the north Hein Bank mark!