Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Wednesday Night Racing is On...

In case you were wondering - YES there is racing tonight and there are rumors that it will be scored!  The word is that our illustrious commodore is coming up with a triangle course for tonight that can be sailed either way.  Perhaps he will throw in a reverse start to further confuse things...

Monday, May 24, 2010

Wednesday Night Mayhem...

Here is an eyewitness report from our very own Bill Bowman from Cap Sante Head last Wednesday - most boats wisely stayed in for this race...


Last night I observed the AYC fleet from Cap Sante head.The predicted forcast was calling for 25-35 knots with gusts to 40 and thunderstorms. 

About twenty of us watched from Cap Sante head.The competetors were Wild Rumpus a Santa Cruz 27,Emoyeni an Islander 30,Celebration a J-30,Crazy Ivan a J-80,Kymodoce an Ericson 29, and Syndi-Cat a Catalina 27. Course was South and North marks, once around. Rumpus crossed start line on port tack first with full main,some others had reefs.

Rumpus led around windward mark w/ 10-20 boat lengths margin.Not surprisingly they were the only ones to set their chute,which briefly skyed. Celebration and Emoyeni were neck and neck on the downwind run in a horse race of their own,followed by Kymodoce w/ ~ 70% jib and 2nd reef. Followed by C.I. and Syn. 

With wind against tide the Guemes Channel was a washing machine so when W.R. was about a minute into it, they broached. Mast in water, chute retrieved, popped back up,jib up,kept going like nothing happened. 

Break...had to pick up son from piano lesson. Returned 20 min. later, and W.R.was just finishing. As remaining boats finished in their order of start, Kim on Syndicat almost goes in, and crew Nathan from Nebraska, slides across the deck and through the lifelines into the balmy 50 degree bay during a tack. Safely retrieved,yet quite a baptism for a Nebraskan. All this to the amazement of the 20+ sailors observing safely from Cap Sante head. 

HAT'S OFF TO THE HEARTY! Bill B. s/v Kinetic Ki, safely ashore at dry storage. 

Sunday, May 23, 2010

May 2010 Lido Fleet Newsletter...

Hot off the press is the May 2010 Lido Fleet Newsletter - you can get it HERE, or you can download it from the Lido Section (under Racing) on the club website.

If you haven't heard, after decades of racing for Lido Fleet 78, they have decided to move the racing to Thursday night in order to coordinate with the new AYC dinghy sailing night.  The first Thursday evening night of racing will be on June 3rd...

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Our Creative Commodore

It has long been an AYC tradition to skip Wednesday night racing the Wednesday before Swiftsure. Wednesday the 26th Commodore Ed is cooking up something different on the water. Keep your VHF tuned to 72 and prepare to have some fun, check here Tuesday evening for any late breaking developments. The Corinthian series wrapped up last night in a whole bunch of wind, congrats to all finishers and swimmers alike. Check out the results and bring on the dinghys Thursday Nights!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Burn Baby Burn

Steve Orsini and crew continued their winning ways aboard the Santana 20 Inferno at the Seattle NOOD Regatta @ Shilshole this weekend. Yes they wore clothes... NOOD is National Offshore One Design Regatta and there are about a dozen held around the US each year. At each regatta a boat is chosen and they receive a trip to the Carribean to compete in a championship regatta there, Steve has won this honor before. Also competing for AYC were Ian and Joy Sloan in a Formula 18 catamaran and Stephanie sailed on a SB-3 in open sportboat. In other news Passepartout skippered by Pete Shainin with our Commodore Ed Kennedy, Clay Adams and Mark Novak placed second in their division in the Oregon Offshore race from Astoria to Victoria. A hearty congratulations to all !!!! Rumor has it our upcoming June 12/13 Windermere Regatta and June 19-20th Girls/ Singlehanded Regatta are creating some buzz around the chilled beverages. Time to make some plans to to do a bit of yacht racing!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Surprise, Surprise...

We love it when a plan comes together, however this time it was a surprise.

As many of you know Raymarine has been on the ropes for the last couple of years, like a number of others in the marine electronics business.  There have been numerous on and off again transactions in the works (some very public, most private), none of which amounted to much....

More recently Garmin made a very public bid for the company, but in the end - guess who was the winning bidder???

FLIR

Yes, you read that right - FLIR.  A very capable company & strong company that is serious about entering the commercial and recreational marine industries.  While they "officially" have no plans to move or substantially change Raymarine operations, you can bet your bottom dollar that a significant reorganization is in the works, plus you will likely see FLIR's excellent thermal imaging products fully integrated into Raymarine's product line...

Another day, another surprise -- isn't life interesting!

Now what will Furuno do with both NobelTec and MaxSea - stay tuned for this emerging soap opera...

Monday, May 10, 2010

L'Hydroptiere - The Story of a Dream...

Here is a great new video of the the story of L'Hydroptiere - the world's fastest sailboat - enjoy!

Sunday, May 09, 2010

Let's Go Sailing!

Come join the fun on Wednesday nights! Get out the boat and compete, or try our new "D" division for rookies or people just out sailing around the buoys for the fun of it. There are also opportunities for helping out with Race Commitee, flipping burgers or clean up crew afterwards, usually around 2200hrs. Call Andy 360 770 7035 with any questions, or just come down to the club have a delecious mid week meal, (veggie burgers are always available), and cheer for the competitors and volunteers.
P.S. Don't forget to call yer ma today.....