Friday, April 30, 2010

What the #%^$%$& ??

Some people just have to much time on their hands -

The view from the shore:






















The view on the water:





















And then the view from below the water:

Thursday, April 29, 2010

2010 Hein Bank Race...

Yes it is that time of year again for our annual trek out to Hein Bank on Sunday, May 2 - the event this year is timed so that you can ride the ebb out Guemes Channel and the flood on your return.  The current weather is looking great - partially sunny with light to moderate SE winds.

Unlike last year when only one boat was able to finish, this year everyone should be able to finish - here is a picture of what the weather is predicted to be like around 11:00am (taken from the UW MM5 wind forecast).

Remember, the race is on Sunday, May 2 with a 09:30 start time at the west entrance of Guemes Channel:



Monday, April 26, 2010

Let's Go Sailing!

This Wednesday @ 1830 marks the start of the Corinthian Series. Scott Soes and Vince Sellen have volunteered to be RC, the Bottles and the crew are on duty for cooking and Jerry "Make mine a Stiffy" Hemme is tending bar! Don't miss out on the fun; register on line or contact Andy (360 770 7035) to handle the paperwork. We have already sold as many race packets this year (30) as all last year (28)! Welcome newcomers, and be on the lookout for crowd favorites. Keep it level, don't get any on ya...

Monday, April 19, 2010

Small Boat Storage Yard and Lease Approved

The Anacortes Small Boat Center proposal for Small Boat Storage Yard and lease was approved April 15 by the Anacortes Port Commission. Port staff have been instructed to move forward in good faith with ASBC to finalize layout and location of the North Basin Yard and along with negotiation of the lease agreement.

Thank you all who came out to the PQ Dock Ribbon cutting. Your show of support for what we have all been working towards for many years helped a great deal!

This is another step towards making Anacortes and Fidalgo Bay one of the premier small boating centers on the West coast!

Wahooooo!


Sunday, April 18, 2010

April Lido Newsletter Posted...

For those of you Lido fans out there, the April Newsletter is now available.  You can get it under the Lido section under Racing, or you can download it HERE!

Enjoy!

Viti Rocks Pursuit Race Results...

The Viti Rocks race run on Saturday was an interesting event - it is the only club race done in a pursuit style.  By pursuit style we mean that each boat is assigned a start time and the first boat home wins - simple as that!

The winds were really light at the start making it difficult to get away - the fleet regrouped just north of Vendovi Island and south of Viti Rocks.  After rounding the leeward mark the wind built to around 20 knots which made for a lively ride home - a nice day on the water...

In case you haven't seen them, here are the RESULTS!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Final Viti Rocks Start Sheet...

The final Viti Rocks Start Sheet is now available - this is a pursuit race so each boat is assigned a specific start time.  You can get the start sheet HERE.

Note - all times are GPS times.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

PHRF Ratings Changes...

Listen up - if you are racing you need to know this, especially if you are participating in the April 17, 2010 Viti Rocks Race:

PHRF Northwest recently made a decision that all ratings must be a multiple of three (3).  This means that if your rating is not a multiple of 3 you will be issued a new PHRF certificate.

Unfortunately this creates a mess as we are in the middle of an on-going series with races yet to run.  Our esteemed race committee chairman has decided to implement the following plan (at least until he changes his mind).  Here it is - read carefully:

  1. Boats that have started a series must finish sailing in that series using the rating they started with.  This only affects the Champagne & Tri-Straits series (both of which have one race left).
  2. New boats that join a series already in process would sail under the rating that they would have sailed under had they started at the beginning of the series.  If no such rating exists or is not known, then they would sail under their current rating.
  3. The club will start using the new ratings for all new series or new individual races not part of a series.
Hopefully this will provide some order to this change and make it fair for all competitors.

NOTE - for those racers participating in Saturday's (April 17) Viti Rocks race - this is a pursuit race and you will need to obtain your start time from the race committee on the water or by downloading the start sheet AVAILABLE HERE from the club website.  This start sheet will be prepared in accordance with the policies outlined earlier in this post.  Make sure you check the club website Friday evening in case there have been any changes.

Chase it down!

Saturday features the Viti Rocks Race. This is a pursuit race and we only use this format once a year. Goto racing click on schedule, then click on Viti Rocks Race then scroll down and click on the table to see your start time. Whichever boat finishes first wins, second is second and so on. Weather is predicted to be lovely, Bellingham YC is having their Vendovi Island race so there should be lots of boats out there!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Extreme Sailing - sort of...

Here is some extreme sailing video (sort of) in case you haven't had enough recently...

Kitewing 2010 from tom lonnqvist on Vimeo.

Triple Feature in Anacortes - Tulip Regatta Summary...

The Anacortes Yacht Club Tulip Regatta, The Santa Cruz 27 Western Regionals, and the "Auld Mug" The Americas Cup Trophy all arrived Saturday April 10th in Anacortes. Wind and sunshine greeted the 34 skippers gathered for a quick briefing at AYC which now is sporting a rudder from the Oracle donated by CORE builders a must see if you are in Anacortes on a Friday night when the club is open for visiting yachtsman @ 1730.

Racing kicked off  on schedule with 34 boats split into 4 divisions, the 9 SC 27's enjoying their own start. Northerly winds to 15 knots had some skippers reaching for their #3 jibs as crews grew weary later in the day after finishing 3 windward / leeward courses. Boats were then off the water and welcomed to the club for a delecious salmon dinner donated by Trident Seafood.

During dinner and Saturday results the first ever "Boat Trailer Olympics" held in A-town were contested by crews to the delight of a capacity crowd. The trailer piloted by the foredeck crew, powered by the crew and a few feats dexterity performed by the captain; along with a small bit of alcohol consumption by all involved will have crews in training for next year... Alleged damages to trailer were covered by AYC, sorry Arne and trailer security specialist Grace.

Next it was off to the Port of Anacortes warehouse to see the Cup. Sailors and non-sailors alike jostled for position for photo ops and to see the new carbon base donated by CORE builders.

Afterwards everyone trekked back to the club to dance the night away to the AYC house band "Gertrudes Hearse" featuring local sailors as well as guest appearances by some of the competitors in the regatta.

Sunday winds were lighter but competition was fiercer, in 3 more races with boats being called over early and vocal colorful anecdotes exchanged between skippers in tight situations. Mora a J/29 and Stranger a J/27 battled to the final race before Mora eeked out a single point victory, Vitesse a 36.7 was two points back in third to round out the A fleet. AYC's own J-30 Celebration flying their "Boat trailer Olympics" platter on a flag halyard won B fleet over Jim McAlpine's J-24 Lucky Jim and Yeah Dogg an Olson 25 both from Oak Harbor.

In the fastest growing one design fleet in the Northwest the SC 27 Little Blue Dune Buggy skippered by Alex Simanis posted a 4 point win over Arne Hammer in the legendary Norn and what was left of Wild Rumpus after 140 delivery miles and a punishing Southern Straits regatta the week before. D fleet saw Steve Orsini continue his winning ways in the Satana 20 Inferno followed by 'Round the County Queen Betsy Wareham in Red Eye Express and another Orcas boat the SJ 24 Ekono Juan.

The Tulip regatta is the first in Anacortes Yacht Clubs annual three race series incuding the Gran Prix qualifier Windermere Regatta June 12/13 and Northern Century a 100 mile tour tof the San Juans Aug 29th. For full details , results and further information please visit www.anacortesyachtclub.com

Monday, April 12, 2010

Tulip Regatta Thanks...

Once again my heartfelt thanks to all those who helped to make this year's Tulip Regatta the best ever!  I lost my cheat sheet on Sunday so my very faulty memory caused me to not mention some folks whose help was crucial in having all of the details come out right!  

Tulip chairman - Walt Meagher

Sponsors!

Foss Heating & Air conditioning - Willie Gravelly
West Yacht Sales - Fred West
Whidbey Island Bank - Dixie David
Cap Sante Marine - Richard Wright
Wilson Motors - Rick Wilson
Northwest Rigging - Andy Schwenk
Anacortes Brewery donated a keg of beer
Trident Seafood donated the Alaska, line caught Silver salmon.
Jennifer Bowman for donating the Tulip Regatta official art that is on the T-shirts, trophies and the original art to be auctioned with proceeds going towards the new AYC youth sailing program.

Kevin Welch & Dave Thompson for on-line registration development & web site support.

Andy Schwenk - 2010 Race Committee Chair

Mac Madenwald & Wendy Gray for organizational help, doing registrations and T-shirt production & procurement.

Kyle Saum for scoring & race committee work

Protest committee - Fred Ableman

Bar tenders - Pam Edwards, Brandy Britton, Nancy Elliott, Terry Dorn for manning the outdoors keg etc.

Vic Childs for PRO work & crew; Sandy Meissner, Chuck Rust

AYC chase boat - Commodore Ed Kennedy & Chuck Rust, Sean McKim

Brad Blymyer for using his boat for 2nd chase boat & his video work.  Nathan Garner for chase boat work.

Andy & Stephanie for organizing the SC 27 NW championships at Tulip!

Jerry Hemme for photo boat service, Wayne Martin for video taking, Chris Gill for still photos.

Pat Barrett for MC duty

Food preparation help: Dave Thomson, Thomas Childs, Jeri Gun, Dick Britton, Phil & Madeleine Case, Bryan Sundholm, Kim Kelly, Jeri Gunn, Laurie Gillmer.

Sunday chili feed:  Jeri Gunn in charge,

Allan Graves for cooking 1/2 of the potatoes at his home!

Bill Bowman, Sean Kelly & Jan Chapman

GERTRUDE'S HEARSE!!

Made in Anacortes...

In case you missed the festivities this weekend - the Tulip Regatta (which by all accounts was the BEST ever), and the America's Cup Presentation Saturday night, here is a short video for the ceremonies...

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Tulip Regatta Results Posted...

Just a short note to let everyone know that the Tulip Regatta results have been posted.  You can get them HERE.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Southern Straits - the Incisor Story...

As you might have heard one boat was lost (and later recovered) from the recent 42nd running of the Southern Straits.  While lots of stories have been circulating on the web about this event, only recently did the story from onboard Incisor surface - the boat was rolled 360 degrees by a wave.  You can read about the entire incident here...

NorthShore News Article

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

2010 Tulip Regatta


The 2010 Tulip Regatta is being held this weekend, plus the America's Cup will be in town Saturday night April 10.  The Tulip Regatta consists of two days of windward/leeward buoy racing plus parties each night.

The detailed schedule of events is as follows:

SCHEDULE
Friday - April 9, 2010
1730 - 2030 Registration & T-shirt sales at AYC clubhouse 
Saturday - April 10, 2010
0830 Skippers Meeting & announcement of divisions at AYC clubhouse
0930 First race starts
1500 End of racing
1700 Bar open at AYC clubhouse
1800 Dinner (tickets required), plus auction with band (Gertrude's Hearse) 
Sunday - April 11, 2010
0930 First race starts
1500 End of racing
1700 Bar open at AYC clubhouse
1800 Awards Dinner (free) & awards at AYC clubhouse
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
For additional information about the regatta and the weekend activities please contact Walt Meagher at 360-941-0854 or Walt@Fidalgocommercial.com
NOTICE OF RACE
SAILING INSTRUCTIONS
ON-LINE REGISTRATION

Lessons from a Rescue...

Here is a first-hand account of the rescue of Incisor from the perspective of Radiant Heat during the recent Southern Straits race -

I have done the Southern Straits race before 3 times I recall. Twice on a Hunter Legend 35.5 and one on the J-30 Radiant Heat. I have also sailed Swiftsure and Patos Island races several times and one Vic Maui and a trip on a friend's boat up the Inside passage to Skagway and Glacier Bay. I do not consider myself a very experienced sailor but one who has been around a little bit and who is generally comfortable on and around a small sail boat in various conditions.

I had been away for 5 months and just returned to North Saanich in time to prepare the boat for Patos Island 2010 and other races and was entered and registered for the Southern Straits.

It is always difficult to have a regular crew who is available the same time as the skipper so often these races are done with short crew or strangers on board.

As both races were requiring a PACIFIC INTERNATIONAL YACHTING ASSOCIATION (PIYA) Certificate signed and on board for Category II, I went online and got the most recent copy of the updated certificate and reviewed the required boat equipment.

Category II states it is for "Yachts capable of racing in semi-protected waters, day or night, where heavy weather may be encountered." There is then a long list of requirements which must be met. This includes the specifications of the boat and the equipment to be aboard.

Category I states it is for " Yachts capable of racing exposed waters where the vessel must be self sufficient and capable of enduring heavy storms."

It would seem clear from this that Category II are not expected to race in off shore conditions or in heavy storms. Light Storms maybe??.

I checked all the supplies and placed extra harnesses, strobe lights, Flashlights and floatation gear aboard. I replaced the batteries in the man overboard gear and made sure the gear was easily deployed. This included the mandatory Life ring, MOB pole, drogue and light as a single unit (a big wave snatched it off and away it went. I was glad to see it deploy perfectly. Now I get to buy another one and do it all again) and also the rescue collar which was unpacked and repacked with the attached floatation light.

I was, I thought ready to pass inspection by the race committee if required. At this point I have not been involved in any rescues or man overboard situations although I had practiced drills but in low wind conditions and flat seas.

The inspections by the race committees were more something of a nuisance to be rid of as they usually occurred after the race was finished and only to the boats likely to place in the race results. I submit that they were treated more of a fear factor that could disqualify one from the race after the fact and so deny the prize earned rather than a real safety featured requirement.

The exception to this was the Vic-Maui Race I did in 1996 where inspections for safety gear etc were carried out before the race. Non compliance meant that one did not take part. This ensured that all participants were fully compliant before the start.

On the day before the race I took Radiant Heat from North Saanich to the West Vancouver Yacht Club. Aboard were two crew, one who had sailed with me the previous week in the Patos Race and another who had sail a few time with me. Both had some degree of competence having owned their own sail boats for some years. Two other crew drove and met us in West Van. One is a member of the Coastguard auxiliary and owns his own boat and the other a stranger to me but with good credentials for sailing experience. I felt comfortable with the number of crew and the general level of experience. Subsequently this was to be an important factor to our survival and success in the rescue of two men afloat.

The evening before the race was a skippers meeting and weather briefing at 8 pm. As we were at supper I barely made it there on time but my crew were not there nor required to be.

The briefing was comprehensive and detailed by the Canadian Environmental weather forecaster, Meteorologist David Jones.

Charts, graphs, and computer simulations were displayed and as I recall the forecast went something like this. Race day would be windy with sustained winds of 25-35 knots in the morning with 30-40 knots in the midday from the south East. Around 4 PM there was the expectation that the wind would ease and veer to the Southwest. My plans were to be low of the mark on our approach and if the wind moved to the South West we would not be headed badly enough that we would overstand the mark by much and make a rounding. There was also a line drawn on this graph for "gusts". Gusts were generally in the 50 knot range but one place about 3pm showed gusts to 58 knots. This caused a level of apprehension in me that I noted. Some people muttered that the committee would postpone the start until the wind abated.

I later told the crew of the weather forecast and talked about the sustained 35-40 knots to be expected. I have sailed in 40 knots before but in protected waters. I knew it was not the wind one had to worry about but the seas. It was forecast they would reach 5 meters if the wind was as forecast. He was proven correct. The crew agreed they would sail.

We were in the club lounge and a stranger came by and sat for a chat. It was revealed that he was a lawyer from Calgary. In conversation he offered the opinion that the committee was treading on dangerous ground if they let the race continue having received the recent forecast, if there was injury or death. All skippers sign a waiver and agree that they are responsible for their own boat and crew and make their own decisions as to whether they will sail or not. However this person suggested that the committee would still have some liability in the current situation.

At this time I thought that the race would be called or postponed if there was no change in the forecast. The following morning, Race day, while at breakfast the weather was discussed but it seemed about 30 knots and there was no announcement on the bulletin board and it was a surprise to me that there was no morning pre-race skippers meeting. Talking to another competitor it was mentioned that the centre of the weather system had tracked further South over Victoria and that the race day weather was expected to ease. It seemed everyone was heading out.

The Start line for the race was off Dundarave Pier in West Vancouver. We motored out and our first indication of strong wind was the beat to English Bay. The head winds were strong enough to slow us from 6 knots plus down to three and a half. This was because of the heavy chop as well. We made the start area just in time for the warning gun for the first sequence and with a reefed main and jib sailed around the area until our warning and had a decent start with the wind almost dead down wind. The wind picked up again and after a short while of trying to sail wing on wing I decided the conservative sail plan was the best and we sailed with only the reefed main. Before we passed Point Atkinson we were doing a steady 8 knots with touching 9 now and then. It looked like plenty of wind for us and we were staying with the fleet. Our course was about 250 magnetic and this gave us a deep broad reach and lots of speed.

Over the next two hours the wind strengthened as as we moved out into the strait the seas grew more tumulus and bigger. It was hard to keep the boat on an even keel sailing with the one sail and the helm was sometimes very heavy and we suffered from more than one round up but generally the course was dead downwind and we were shooting down the backside of the waves with a steady recording of 12 knots plus. 13 and 14 knot plus were now regular events. We were largely on our own out there. We could see no other sails except 2 some way behind.We recorded over 15 knots.

At this point we had an accidental jibe and as the sail came through the stress was too much for the wire pennant on the main sheet which parted. There was no other damage and a repair was quickly effected with the placement of a new shackle and a direct fitting of the sheets to the boom. At this point we took the time to put in a second reef in the main. While this was accomplished we were slow in the water doing 3-4 knots and we were overtaken by a boat sailing under jib alone. This we now believe to be Incisor. We attempted to sail with the double reefed main but we were unable to hold a course without rounding up. The wind was much stronger. At this time we decided to quit the race and called in to the committee to let them know. Seas were now estimated to be up to 20 feet on a regular basis and we motored on a course for Nanaimo. Most of the time the boat was at a 15 deg heal due to the wind and the seas were slightly forward of abeam. We we making about 5.5 knots and all seemed well when the warning light for the engine heat appeared. This of course was a concern but I hoped it would be ok as it has happened before for no apparent reason. I had had the engine fully serviced the previous week and there appeared to be no problems. Water cooling was passing through the exhaust. I crossed my fingers and hoped for the best.

Contingency plans were talked about and abandoned as we spotted this mast above the waves. I could see no hull but I thought it strange that a boat would be healed that much. It was a strange thing but I now lost all sense of urgency and all my concentration was on the mast. Wind, seas, course, engine all passed back to the subconscious. Back to automatic pilot in my head. After saying, "Well we had better go over and see what that is about ", I simply turned downwind and shortly revealed to us was a boat, capsized, with no more than 2 feet out of the water but regularly over washed with the seas. Along this space were six people sitting, hanging, on.

My impression is that the seas were a little less at this point but I don't know. I did not dare to go too close to Incisor as the windward side would blow me on to the submerged craft and the leeward side had the mast. The crew of Radiant Heat were all active and talking to each other. I was busy with the piloting and circling around. May Day calls were made, The rescue collar was deployed and trailed behind. We yelled to Incisor that help was coming and they should stay with their boat. However two of their crew jumped into the water and one swam out to the trailing life sling but we were passed by. It is pretty hard if not impossible to slow a boat off the wind in 30-40 knots of wind. Then if the throttle is cut turning into the wind the boat comes to a halt without steerage. The men in the water were too close to their boat for me to pass by and turn up and circle around without fouling Incisor.

We came around again and the men were further away and this time one grabbed the rescue collar. As I could not stop the boat even at idle I was doing 5 knots and dragging him further from Incisor. He finally let go. I came around again and this time slowed down to 1-2 knots and we pulled him to the boat. As this man was large and waterlogged he was heavy! It took, I estimate, 15 minutes to get him aboard. All 4 crew had a hold but there was nothing to get a hold of. There was nowhere to hook a line on. Nobody could get a line around the man. Nobody dare let go. Finally with several concerted shouts of heave the man was moved an inch at a time inboard over the side and under the lifelines and then he was aboard. He went head first down the companionway.

By now Incisor was a quarter mile or more away so we went back to circle around. 200 yard from Incisor we suddenly saw a man in the water. We were going upwind at this time and so I did a parking job next to the man and as he came along side he was grabbed. Same procedure all over again. This time everyone was more tired. The man in the water was weak. Another 10-15 minutes saw him finally pulled aboard, but not before we thought we had lost him. Several times his head went below the water. Finally a leg was lifted up and the crew with more coordinated shouts of heave finally got him aboard.

The Coastguard had now arrived and we turned for Nanaimo, One of the rescued had severe hypothermia in stage two and uncontrollable shivering. One was sick. Our crew helped them strip off and gave them dry bedding . An hour later we finally made it to sheltered waters and handed our passengers over to the RCMP Cat who had followed us in. All this while the engine ran with the hot light on and we made it into Nanaimo harbour and docked without mishap.(After adding oil and checking out the motor I ran the engine for 7 hours with no red light appearing while motoring back to North Saanich, Was it the oil light on??)

Our crew (in no particular order ) of Rick Slauenwhite, Stefan Gashus. Blair Kelly and Bill Schuss are to be commended for the way they worked together and achieved the unlikely and pulled two people from the water.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS

1. I think the Race Committee should have called the race and postponed it pending clarification of the weather forecast. Category II is for inland protected waters. The Straits are not that protected and in some regard are worse than open ocean being subject to shallow waters and stronger currents.

2. Most skippers should have decided not to sail. Admittedly this is a hard call when you have paid the money and done all the preparation. I should not have gone but did.

3. There should be a morning meeting and not just for skippers but for all crew with a final weather update which is 12 hours more current than the one we received.

4. The inflatable floatation devices are useless when being rescued and hauled aboard. One of the men had his ripped right over his head. He was left hanging on the side of the boat in a storm with no floatation gear to keep him afloat . If the crew had to let go he would have been drowned shortly afterward.

5 It should be mandatory that all crew wear proper harness at all time as well as floatation devices. Radiant Heat has gear that can be quickly attached to the topping lift and hauled up the mast to a sufficient height, then the other end can be attached to the harness and the 4:1 purchase would have allowed the person to be hauled aboard. The person hanging on to the rescue collar did not wear it as described and none of our crew thought to tell him to put it on so it was impossible to use the tackle to get the man aboard. This is attributable to lack of preparedness and lack of practice. This includes me too.

6. All harness must have a crotch strap to prevent it being pulled over the head of the person wearing it.

7. Category I,II,II or IV requirements should mean all boats are inspected prior to racing and not allowed to race if not compliant. The committee has then done their due diligence as far as boat safety is concerned

8. Skippers should take the time to explain the safety equipment and tackle to the crew. They should sign a statement to the Race committee that the crew is familiar with the boat and equipment.

9. Maybe Coastguard can put on some courses for us to learn the best procedures needed to rescue people in the water.

For example I do not know if it would have been easier to get the men aboard from the windward side. Perhaps the waves would wash them aboard. On the other hand the freeboard was reduced to a foot on the leeward side.

None of these comments are to attach blame or are of a personal nature. These are things I have learned from last weekend. We must be better prepared. The next storm may be on the way home tomorrow

Regards,
Tony Brogan
Radiant Heat

Southern Straits Wrap-up...

Three AYC boats participated in the 42nd Annual Southern Straits race held this last weekend out of the West Vancouver Yacht Club - Wild Rumpus, Passepartout, and Icon.  


Due to the extremely rough weather predicted (storm force winds in excess of 50 knots) many boats decided not to participate in the event.  All AYC boats decided to go to the start line and make their own decision on the water.  At the start the winds were E 20-25 - gusty but manageable, but everyone knew there would be more wind out to sea.


Wild Rumpus started but wisely decided to head back in near Pt Atkinson shortly after the start.  Passepartout crossed Georgia Strait and exited the course at Naniamo after blowing out their mainsail.  Icon, being dumber than the rest continued racing to Sisters island in 50+ knots of wind and huge chaotic seas.


Meanwhile one boat was lost, numerous boats lost their masts, many people went overboard and were in the water, and ambulances were hauling people directly from the dock to the hospital.  With the Canadian Coast Guard now being swamped with calls and operating outside of their operational limits the WVYC race committee wisely abandoned the race.  The Coast Guard then ordered all race participants to immediately seek safe harbor - something of a first.


Straits ended up being an EPIC event and one that will grow bigger over time as the stories and told and re-told - more videos and pictures will surface as crews recover.  Here are a few that will show you what it was like:

First, what was on the evening news:



Next a view from Astral Plane:



And then the view from Occam's Razor:



And last but not least, the view from Icon:

Sunday, April 04, 2010

BIG EXCITING WEEKEND a'comin'

Get ready all!! It's a BIG weekend coming for AYC....and for Anacortes!!!!

Friday night starting at 1730 is the Gen'l Mtg..."Coast Guard update"...and Tulip Regatta registration (but PLEASE do online...see last blog!) and T-shirt sales! Dinner catered by Deception Pass Cafe.

Saturday is Skipper's Mtg at 0830 and Tulip Regatta racing 'til late afternoon. Then bar open, salmon BBQ a la Meagher, 1930 time to go to the Port Transit Shed and view the AMERICA'S CUP (only public showing in the PNW!) and the BMWOracle program. AYC is participatory, presenting a plaque to Core Builders. Following, 2100, 'Gertrude's Hearse' will be playing for your dancing, sipping and listening pleasure at the Club.

Sunday Tulip Regatta racing continues in Fidalgo Bay 'til mid afternoon, return to the Club for food, libations and Awards!!

We're looking forward to a GREAT turnout for all events...those of you who were kind enough to sign up and volunteer your help, please check the 'Duty Roster' on the website. See you all this weekend!!!!

It's all about the TULIP!

Now is the time to sign up for the annual Tulip Regatta! Go on line and do it, this really helps the organizers to know who is coming and how to prepare. Goto racing click on schedule, click on Tulip Regatta, input some numbers! If you're not planning on racing give Walt M a call and help out at the club or on the water. The AYC is built on volunteers, this means you...