Thursday, July 29, 2010

Help a Scout Out!

Friday Aug 6th the AYC is hosting a group of Scouts from Portland, OR. They are planning on doing some landscaping as a service project for our club. They have done this in the past and we have taken them sailing. They would like to go out on the water again. Goto forums and click on the thread or contact ED K. if you can help! (Be Prepared)

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Pirate Camp is baaaaaaaack!!!

Registration for Pirate Camp is open now for AYC families! Another year of fun is just around the corner. This year, we'll have two weeks of sailing goodness... hooray!

Fill out a registration form for each child and mail it to:

Stephanie Schwenk
1312 35th St, Anacortes
Or bring it on Wednesday night!

Email if you have any questions or if you want to RSVP before registration forms are posted:

Mikey Likes It!

AYC member Kevin Welch recently returned from a family summer cruise aboard ICON his Perry 66 to attend Whidbey Island Race Week aboard his Melges 24 "Mikey". AYC members Ian and Joy Sloan as well as Jeff Madrigali of North Sails rounded out the crew.

The Melges 24 fleet has traditionally been a battleground for many nationally and internatinally ranked sailors which makes Kevin's scores of (1,1,1,1,1,....they threw out a 2nd) that much more impressive.

After having a race they were leading thrown out the first day then being holed on the first start of the next day it's easy to imagine 1st place does not come easy. They also earned best performance of any boat for the week for the overall win. Checkout "Mikey" on the hydro hoist at the head of P dock @ Cap Sante and congratulations for a terrifiic victory!

2010 WIRW Week...

The 2010 Whidbey Island Race Week (WIRW) finished up yesterday in Penn Cove in perfect conditions. For those new to this event, it consists of a week-long series of buoy racing in Penn Cove (near Oak Harbor) and is an annual sailing tradition in the Northwest.

AYC was represented by two boats - Teddy Bear in P0 and Mikey in P5 (one-design Melges 24 fleet).

Monday was a bust with racing abandoned in Penn Cove after most of the fast P0 boats couldn't finish the course.  The races on Tuesday and Wednesday were run in Penn Cove in a light west to northwesterly wind.  On Thursday the conditions changed with a moderate southerly, so racing was moved out into Saratoga Passage.  On Friday racing moved back to Penn Cove but with a one hour delay due to the race committee boat getting stuck in the mud in Oak Harbor.

In the end, AYC boats had a good showing, with Teddy Bear earning 5th in the very tough P0 fleet and Mikey winning both the P5 class and "Boat of the Week".

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Super Summer Sailing

From the raging Pacific to the High Sierra here's the report: First I flew to San Diego to bring the Tanton 72 "Velos" to Anacortes for a fresh coat of paint and some other odds and ends. Tom Gilbert and Dave Martin of Grafix fame along with Dave's neighbor headed out into the whale pasture and turned North for A town. The trip was largely uneventful until Cape Mendocino featured 15-20 foot seas and 45kt wind reslting in the 2 and 3 ply main coming apart and actually forcing the boat backwards down a wave at one point, then an overheated engine and a run back to Pt. Richmond, California. Steph and the boys arrived with the Wild Rumpus on the trailer three days later and we headed to Santa Cruz, CA for a PHRF Championship Regatta. Unfortunately this was cancelled and we partcipated in the Alfred E Newman Regatta instead. AYC members Jim Bottles and Jason Huizenga were on the crew and we rattled off a string of bullets. AYC member Lori Gillmer provided shore patrol duty. Next up was Monterey Bay aquarium(don't miss this, PHENOMENAL) and a road trip to 7200 ft to Huntington Lake outside Fresno for the High Sierra Regatta and Sc 27's Nationals. I did RC flag duty for the Lidos and watched Orsisnis and Johns battle all over the lake often finishing overlapped after several miles of racing. (42 boats in all ) 12 SC 27's attended and former AYC commodore Chuck Tidrington and crew won the the 4th of 6 races. The Rumpians finished 3rd in High Sierra and 2nd in the Nationals with Steph driving, Andy pulling strings, and AYC member Marcy Shapely holding down the foredeck. Next up is 'Round Shaw Island then Hood River for the notorious "Double Damned"

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Blatant Product Promotion...

We don't normally promote products (and in particular movies), but this upcoming movie is worth passing on.  It has the makings of a being worthy successor to "Wind" & "Morning Light" and is called "Charlie St. Cloud".

Interestingly, the star of the movie (no not one of the actors) is presently sitting on the hard in Marine Service Centers Yard.  Opening July 30th in a theater near you, this one may be worth watching...

Monday, July 05, 2010

Multiple Scored Races Wednesday Night - Your Vote Needed...

The race committee is considering running multiple scored races this Wednesday night using separate start-finish lines (this is commonly done at WIRW, but we haven't typically done it at AYC).

Some people like the idea of having multiple scored races on Wednesday night (provided the course is well set and it doesn't run too late); others only want one race scored and if a second one is run it should be for fun only...

Here is your chance to weigh in on this topic - if the majority of responses are in support of multiple races then the race committee will attempt to do this - otherwise they will only run once race that counts towards the series...

Chime in HERE...

Saturday, July 03, 2010

AYC racers head south for gold and glory..

During the next couple of weeks, AYC racers will be invading the state of California and representing our great club in their respective classes. Huntington Lake, high in the Sierra Mountains (over 7000') will be the venue for the racing.

Fresno Yacht Club will host the High Sierra Regatta Centerboard Division on the weekend of July 10th-11th. In the Lido 14 Class, Steve and Ginger Orsini (hull #6310) and Colin Orsini and Lisa Acomb (hull #5029) will represent AYC. To date, there are 46 Lido 14's registered for this event! The following week, July 13th-15th, Fresno Yacht Club will host the Lido 14 National Championship Regatta. In addition to the Orsini boats, Garrett and Tracy Johns (hull #5126) will be racing on behalf of AYC. 44 Lido 14's are signed up for the National Championship to date!

As the Lido teams close things out on Thursday, Huntington Lake will be invaded by the bigger boats arriving for the High Sierra Regatta Keel boat Division on the weekend of July 17th-18th. In conjunction with this, the Santa Cruz 27's will be holding their National Championships! Representing AYC for this event will be the Schwenks on the deadly Wild Rumpus and Chuck Tidrington on the might Cookie Monster. To date, 12 Santa Cruz 27's will be lined up on the start line for this event!

Good luck to all the AYC Racers!!!

For updates and results.......

Thursday, July 01, 2010

2010 Northern Century Registration Open

For those of you who like to plan ahead, the 2010 Northern Century is now open for registration.  The Northern Century is sponsored by the Anacortes Yacht Club and is the club's premier distance event.

2010 will be the third running of this epic event and there will be two divisions - a double-handed division and a fully crewed division. The course starts in Fidalgo Bay and heads north to Point Roberts, down Boundary Passage, then south through Haro Strait to Hein Bank and returns to Anacortes with a finish at the west entrance of Guemes Channel.

The race starts on Friday, August 27, 2010. Double-handed entries start at 1930 followed by fully crewed entries at 1940. It will likely take most competitors until Saturday night to finish and perhaps later. 

Now is your chance to register - Northern Century On-Line Registration