Sunday, January 31, 2010

COMING - Andrew Kerr Sailing Seminar - April 30, 2010

The Anacortes Yacht Club and One Design Plus are co-sponsoring an Andrew Kerr Racing Clinic in Anacortes April 30 and May 1, 2010.

Kerr is a unique combination of great sailor and great coach with a 27 year history of racing seminars given all over the world. On the sailing front, Andrew and team Disaster Area won the 2009 Santana 20 Nationals in another close fought battle. He was the head instructor at J World in San Diego for over a decade. His clinics are terrific.

Friday evening April 30, 2010 Andrew will present a "chalk talk" at the Anacortes Yacht Club, 504 7th Street, Anacortes, WA 98221 starting at 7:00 PM.

Saturday, May 1 will be on the water, with Andrew conducting a series of racing drills with his video cam and commentary running. The video will form the basis for discussion back at the club Saturday afternoon.

On Sunday, May 2 the Anacortes Yacht Club will be hosting its annual Ed Knowles Hein Bank Race, a long distance event open to PHRF rated boats. Entry into this Hein Bank Race is included with the seminar.

All one design boats, keel & centerboard boats, as well as PHRF boats are welcome. The cost is $50.00 boat for PHRF rated boats; $30.00/boat for dinghy and centerboard boats; and $15.00 per person for those without boats.  The limit of boats on the water will be about 15 so early registration is highly recommended. Attendees are responsible for supplying their own food.


If you are interested in participating you can register on-line using the AYC on-line registration system at For additional information please contact:

Steve Orsini
One Design Plus
1213 1/2 14th Street
Anacortes, WA 98221

Judge Says - GO RACE

Justice Kornreich of the New York Supreme Court informed the America's Cup defending yacht club, Societe Nautique de Geneve, and the challenging Golden Gate Yacht Club today via telephone conference that she will not hear the American challenger's complaint regarding the 'constructed in country' requirement of the Deed of Gift before the 33rd America's Cup Match which is scheduled to begin on 8 February.

In plain English - the New York Supreme Court tells Alighi & BMWO to go racing and a decision/hearing will take place AFTER the match...

So there you have it...exciting isn't it!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Women's Boating Seminar...

The 13th Annual Women's boating seminar is being held on Feb 20, 2010 in Seattle.  This event is being sponsored by many well know local organizations and is designed specifically for women interested in boating, both power and sail.  The group of speakers/instructors are dedicated to sharing their knowledge and encouraging women to have the confidence of taking the helm.

Date of Event:    February 20, 2010

Time:                    8:45am - 5:30pm
Location:             North Seattle Community College
                               Room LB1141
                               Seattle, Washington 
Link to Women's Sailing Seminar

New Club Members...

On Tuesday night the club board of directors voted to accept the following people into club membership:

  • Michael & Carol Herbert
  • Semmes & Pam Mickelwait
  • John & Michele Pope
  • Matthew & Charissa Weaver
  • Walt & Christine Schad (returning)
  • Vincent & Linda Henley
  • Joyce Kennedy (associate)

The club has been growing nicely this year, but there is still room for more members!  If you know of anyone who would be interested in joining, you can download application forms here:

 AYC Membership Application Form

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Lido Fleet January Newsletter...

The latest January 2010 Lido Fleet newsletter is now available - many interesting topics are covered, including the upcoming Andrew Kerr Seminar...

January 2010 Lido Fleet Newsletter

You can run but you can't hide...

Once in a while a great picture surfaces that was previously unknown and we can't resist sharing it with the club in general - here is one of our esteemed race committee chairman demonstrating a new method for washing the boat decks...

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

First Encounters...

This last Thursday (Jan 21) was the first time the two America's Cup contenders were seen together at the same time - the games should begin in about two weeks, and we are not talking about the Winter Olympics...

Monday, January 25, 2010

Super Bowl Sunday...

Super Bowl on the BIG screen! We'll open the Club...and the 1500 on 7 Feb. Bring a 'footbalie' snack to share, join the pool, and enjoy the SAINTS taking on the COLTS!!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Let's Go Boating!!!

Feb 27th marks the Annual Girts Rekevics Memorial Foulweather Race /Cruise. It doesn't always live up to it's reputation for foulweather but it always lives up to it's reputation for good times. Girts would say, "A good goat will do that...."

This year it's Friday Harbor with dinner catered by the Downrigger. Registration is open online, cruisers are welcome, or heck if ya can't find a mate or spousal equivalent in the AYC with a seaworthy craft to transport you to the heart of the San Juans just hop the ferry! You're sure to see the annual driftfest in Thatcher Pass and some bold sailor trying to sneak up to Obstruction Pass and clean the entire fleet!

Sign up early so we can work logistics out, very helpful if we know how many of y'all hungry yachties are likely to appear. I hope the statute of limitations has past for any chicken machines in that neighborhood....

Monday, January 11, 2010

Alinghi Weather Spotters...

Not wanting to leave anything undone, Alinghi has commissioned two weather ultra-lights to act as reconnassiance vehicles for the upcoming fight with BMW/Oracle.

Judging by the pictures these planes have the ability to collect real-time wind speed and direction at various altitudes and radio this information back to base for analysis.

So now you know...

Friday, January 08, 2010

The PR Machine Lives On...

The BMW-Oracle publicity machine just released its latest video - perhaps their best yet. Check it out - regardless about what you think, it is pretty impressive stuff much of which had a home here in Anacortes...

Friday, January 01, 2010

2010 AYC Commodore's Ball

The 2010 Anacortes Yacht Club Commodore's Ball will be held Saturday January 16, 2010 at the Banquet room of the Flounder Bay Cafe, 2201 Skyline way, Anacortes, Washington. The annual Commodore's Ball is to honor our outgoing Commodore, club accomplishments in 2010, and introduce our new officers.

All AYC members are welcome but reservations are required. A no host bar will open at 1730 for a social hour followed by dinner at 1830. Three dinner options are available:

  • Roast Prime Rib of Beef or
  • Halibut prepared as house specialty or
  • Fettuccini based vegetarian meal.

Table wine is included and meal selection is required at time of reservation. A program will follow dinner and later a band will provide an opportunity for dancing. The cost is $30.00 per person.

Reservations may be made here (on-line registration), or if you really have to do it the old fashioned way you can mail a check to Liz O'Neill, 31104 Boulder Creek Drive, Arlington, WA 98223.