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