Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Windermere fun

Clearly, it isn't as pretty as the other poster, but it is funny! Look for it at a yacht club near you in the near future.

We're going with a Superhero theme for Windermere, and have Gertrude's Hearse and Karaoke lined up for fun. We'll solicit some very fine prizes for karaoke. Racing details on the poster may or may not be correct, but we'll edit as we go.

Should be a very fun weekend... try to talk all your sailing friends into coming. June 12-14. Be here...!

On-Line Tulip Regatta Registration Available...

For those of you that are interested in registering for the Tulip Regatta this weekend, check out our new on-line registration system. It is a work in progress, but chances are it is something you will have to get used to as we would like to start using it as a mechanisms to register for all club events, plus sell club merchandise on-line...

Here is the link to the AYC on-line registration page...


Sunday, March 29, 2009

Blowing Bubbles...

It has been a slow week (at least for sailing), so we thought we would bring you
the very latest from the animal world - check this out...

Monday, March 23, 2009

Anacortes Race Series Poster...

We have a new poster that will be making the rounds advertising the Windermere Regatta and the Northern Century. It will be appearing in 48 Degrees North and Northwest Yachting, plus we will be promoting these events with local yacht clubs and marinas.

Also new with these events is the ability to register & pay on-line - we are hoping that this will make it easier for people to participate and for the team managing the event...

If you know of anyone who would be interested in these events, please send them to the AYC web site for additional information - the Northern Century is a new event for the club (this is its 2nd year) and has the potential of being the premier distance event for the club.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

'Round Guemes Island

The switch from night race to day race seemed to appease the wind gods, almost too much. Light Easterly @ the start Pangaea looked like she was first across. Current swept fleet along through Guemes Channel. As we turned North the wind went light and boats had to fight to stay along the beach. A great tacking battle ensued up the West shore until another equalizer @ the North end. Pangaea, KK and Team Handyman caught a threatening breeze from the North as the rest of the fleet flew shy kites out towards Jack Island. The best breeze of the day came on for a short time to send the fleet through the tacticians challenge zone...... inside Huckleberry or not? Padilla Bay parking lot came and went and most boats were done by 1530.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Possession Point Rodeo...

For those of you that missed it, here is some great video from the recent Possession Point race. Check out our very own Steph & Andy at 18 knots of boatspeed in 25-30 knots of breeze at 2:48 into the video - great wipe-out scenes as well...

Monday, March 09, 2009

Friday the 13th is baaaaaaaaaack

Join your friends at the yacht club Friday night, March 13, for our general meeting/St Pat's Fest/ baked potato feed. Should be fun fun fun and Andy will be there with his beer hat on, and tales of big adventure on the Bay with Thumper and crew! A-M last names bring the dessert this time, and N-Z bring something to add to a baked potato. There will be a speaker, but he should be quick because I hear he has a ferry to catch back out to the islands. See you there!

Another new orca calf for J-Pod

Ken Balcomb, Dave Ellifrit and John Durban encountered J pod just before sunset in Haro Strait traveling Northwest. They confirmed that the new baby J44 was still doing well with its presumed mother, J17; and documented another new calf J45 with its presumed mother J14 (foreground in the above photo).

This is quite exciting to have two new calves in J pod within a month. Thanks to Jeanne Hyde for first noticing the newest calf on 28 February, and letting us know J pod was back in the area on 3 March. Here’s some additional coverage from the CBC

Friday, March 06, 2009

2009 Tulip Regatta...

The 2009 Tulip Regatta will be running Saturday & Sunday, April 4-5, 2009. It consists of a series of windward/leeward buoy races on Fidalgo Bay in Anacortes, Washington. The Regatta is open to all yachts that have completed a registration form and waiver, plus have submitted a current PHRF rating certificate and meet PIYA category III requirements.

Registration is Friday, April 3 at the AYC clubhouse from 1730 to 2030. The fleet splits and divisions will be announced at the skipper's meeting at 0800 Saturday morning at the clubhouse. The first race will start at 0930 in Fidalgo Bay.

The regatta will be governed by the Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS) 2009-2012, except as any of these may be changed by the sailing instructions.

Awards will be presented at the banquet the evening after the race at the AYC clubhouse. The bar will be open to all participants and guests.

Notice of Race & Entry Form

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Testing the crock pot

We're testing out the crock pot this Saturday! Actually it's my old ugly reliable crock pot, but I'm firing it up for racers this Saturday. C'mon up to the club when you finish and have some chili, drink a beer (I think!, but I'm not qualified to pour...) and turn in your times.

Sunday, March 01, 2009

Foul Weather Race - Fun Was Had by All...

For those of you that missed it the club had a great running of the Girts Rekevics Foul Weather Race to Friday Harbor this last Saturday. The conditions were light at the start with the pin being favored. The entire fleet got off to a great start led by Icon, Grafix and the Wild Rumpus. The transit down Guemes Channel was aided by the strong ebb current, but the fun quickly ended at the south end of Cypress with a big wind hole.

Several boats went way south to avoid it, while others tried to drift through. Passepartout made a gutsy move and decided to head through Peavine pass while the rest of the fleet collected in Thatcher Pass. The entire fleet sat drifting around for several hours at Thatcher Pass against an adverse current in no wind. Pangea provided some excitement by running aground not once but twice trying to cut inside the mark.

Eventually Wild Rumpus, Grafix and Icon were able to escape by sticking to the beach on the south side of the pass and then made a fast passage to Upright Head with Icon in the lead followed by Grafix and then Wild Rumpus. By then the wind filled in and the rest of the Thatcher Pass prisoners were able to escape. At the Lopez ferry terminal Icon had to give way to the ferry and nearly relinquished her lead to Grafix, but the big loser was Wild Rumpus who at the last minute had to turn around (with a kite up no less) when the ferry abruptly decided to depart the terminal. It looked like Wild Rumpus lost the race with this incident as many boats were able to pass them.

Once rounding Upright Head the Iconians finally got their #$%&*@ together and put up their big kite and quickly disappeared over the finish line followed 20 minutes later by Grafix, Pangea, Son of Raven and Blackfoot.

The big winner of the day was Syndicat who managed to hold off the Wild Rumpus by 0:6:57 (corrected time) and win this years trophy. Following the race there was a wild party at Downriggers, but like they say - "What happens in Friday Harbor, stays in Friday Harbor"...

Here are the preliminary race results which are pretty consistently ranked in reverse order by PHRF rating (funny how things work sometimes)...

1 Syndicat 221 9:30:00 15:52:15 6:22:15 5:35:18
2 Wild Rumpus 158 9:30:00 15:27:00 5:57:00 5:42:15
3 Blackfoot 152 9:30:00 15:30:07 6:00:07 5:48:20
4 Celebration 142 9:30:00 15:31:14 6:01:14 5:54:41
5 Handyman 221 9:30:00 16:18:10 6:48:10 5:58:02
6 Grafix 93 9:30:00 15:10:56 5:40:56 6:01:31
7 Pangea 106 9:30:00 15:21:30 5:51:30 6:04:59
8 Passepartout 112 9:30:00 16:25:44 6:55:44 7:07:34
9 Son of Raven 10 9:30:00 15:24:34 5:54:34 7:14:51
10 Icon -69 9:30:00 14:54:18 5:24:18 7:47:24
11 Little Annie 209 9:30:00 DNF
12 Ol Yeller 158 9:30:00 DNF

Finally, here is a short collection of video clips taken by the Iconians as they managed to come in last place is a fine showing of skill & expertise...