Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Ice Cream at Sea...

Just received the following from our illustrious commodore deep in the Pacific...

They are now in the wind, sailing quite fast. The swells are rolly and 12 feet or so in height; they are approximately 500 miles out and expect to travel 150 miles per day. He was taking a "rain shower" bath on deck as he was finding a signal to call me.

They encountered a 100 foot sailboat today. When they saw the boat they radioed and asked if they had any ice cream? Of course they did! They pulled up along side and delivered a quart of strawberry ice cream; what a treat.

A small Great White shark was hovering about and gave the boys quite a show by jumping 6 feet in the air at least 6 times. Jerry's observation is that the Pacific is very large, very solitary and a very beautiful indigo blue. All are getting along well, having a great time; Jerry's voice sounded happy, relaxed and strong.

More to come...

Deja Vu?

Friday night fun at the yacht club again! 2/27 at 5:30

Get your race packet and race tshirt

Can't guarantee any oysters...

Monday, February 23, 2009

Memory Lane III...

In case you missed it, Spencer Swain just finished the third (yes 3rd) version of the AYC Memory Lane scrapbook. Included are many new pictures, stories and other goodies that you can't get anywhere else...

Got a fast internet connection - check it out here.

Where's Jerry?

Some of you might have been wondering where our illustrious commodore is -well the good news is that he is sailing from the Galapagos Islands to French Polynesia aboard the yacht Deva. This is a 2300 mile voyage which takes you further from land than anywhere on the planet!

Jerry is complaining of the heat and at present the lack of wind. The temperature and humidity are in the triple digits as they cross the Doldrums. The only way to cool off is to go swimming, but there are problems with this as the "wildlife" is plentiful...

You can check on Jerry's progress by following along with Spot using this link...

Track Jerry on Spot...

Saturday, February 21, 2009

All are welcome!

The Foulweather Race/ Cruise has been an AYC tradition for over 40 years. Cruisers can join in too, simply send in an entry with dinner reservations so we can better plan the catering. Steph will have t-shirts for sale for 15.00 each @ Downriggers.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Racers to invade yacht club tonight 2/20/09

Racers wanted at the yacht club!

Be the first to get the goods:

-race packets for sale
-sign up for kitchen and race committe duties while you still have lots of options
-get an AYC racing tshirt
-Andy will bbq oysters!

See you at 5:30!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Get in on the Girts Foul Weather Race!

The Girts Memorial Foul Weather race will be here before you know it! It starts next Saturday at 9:30am. Sign up now, and get your crew together...

Here's the link you need:

2009 Foul Weather Race Registration Form

Racing 2009 T-Shirts For Sale...

Racing 2009 t-shirts will be going on sale, starting NOW! Design on the back includes the names of all the club boats that raced in club events last year, and the known new boats to come out racing this year. Get a cool shirt and support the club!

Get 'em while we still got 'em!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Shaw Island Winter Classic Videos..

In case you missed it, last Sunday's running of the Shaw Island Winter Classic was a great event enjoyed by many club boats - including Jah Mon, Tir Na Nog, Wild Rumpus and Icon. Some of the boats travelled to Orcas Saturday and the rest ran over very early Sunday morning.

Here are two on-board videos for your viewing enjoyment - this one if from Jah Mon:

Here is another from Icon:

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Marine Google Mashup...

For those of you Google fans out in cyber space, there is a great new Google mashup which combines photos with NOAA marine charts.

In web development, a mashup is a Web application that combines data from more than one source into a single integrated tool. The term Mashup implies easy, fast integration, frequently done by access to various data sources to produce results that were not the original goal of the data owners.

The attached NOAA marine chart mashup is an example of using data from Google Maps to marine navigation charts, thereby creating a new and distinct web service that was not originally provided by either source.

The Google / NOAA Marine Chart tool is here.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Sign up now for the Girts Rekevics Foulweather Race

Foulweather NOR is up!

Time to sign up for your favorite winter race!

Get all the details, get registered, and order a yummy dinner. All necessary forms are attached.
Just click below!

2009 Foul Weather Race Registration Form

Sunday, February 08, 2009

Oceans in Google Earth...

Google recently unveiled its newest version of Google Earth at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. Google Earth 5.0 introduces a number of new features, but most notably Ocean in Google Earth. Finally, you can now explore what makes up two thirds of our planet - the ocean.

Here is what Google tells us what you can do with ocean in Google Earth 5.0:

  • Dive beneath the surface and visit the deepest part of the ocean, the Mariana Trench
  • Explore the ocean with top marine experts including National Geographic and BBC
  • Learn about ocean observations, climate change, and endangered species
  • Discover new places including surf, dive, and travel hot spots and shipwrecks

To help make this project possible, Google teamed with a number of scientists and organizations including NOAA, NASA, National Geographic Society, BBC, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Scripps Oceanography and many more.

Friday, February 06, 2009

Foulweather Fun

Saturday, February 28th will be the 2nd running of the Girts Rekevics Foulweather Race. Start will be at 9:30 am off the TANKER DOCK (new location!)

Finish at the bar of the Downrigger (well, sort of... we know you won't feel like you've finished until you get there). There will be fun fun fun at the Downrigger, plus yummy salmon or prime rib. And, I hear we'll be celebrating last year's victory of Celebration (AYC winner and 1st ever Rekevics trophy winner!). There's talk of lavish awards for this years victors!

We hear that ICON is going to try to break the speed record, and we know that the Wild Rumpus will be set loose for the first time under its new ownership. And there's talk of Pangaea racing with a shore support crew to assist in the partying!

We also know that it's usually windy enough for big fun on the water, and Friday Harbor has some good hospitality and entertainment when we get there. Start the year off on the right foot, and join the fun!