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.