Tuesday, August 31, 2010

6:00pm START TIME...

For those of you forgetful racers out there, buoy racing on Wednesday night now starts at 18:00 (first start).  This means 6:00pm for those of you non-military types out there!

The days are getting shorter and the winds stronger - must be fall in the air!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Northern Century Results Posted...

For those of you racers out there - here are the preliminary results from the 2010 running of the Northern Century.  Winds were light at the start, but eventually those that hung in there were able to make it between Huckleberry Island and Saddlebag -

1st - Tantivy
2nd - ReignMaker
3rd - Kotuku

1st - Son of Raven
2nd - Icon
3rd - Sly D Away

1st - Stranger
2nd - The Orange Blob
3rd - Radiant Heat

Last to Finish - Sol Pacifico (39:51:51)
Most Fun - Soul Food
Slowest Rated Boat to Finish - The Orange Blob

You can download the complete results HERE.

Northern Warriors in the House

AYC will open @ 1800 this evening Sunday the 29th to host the competitors in the Northern Century Race. The bar will be open, please come join us to hear the stories and crown the winners. We will also be awarding most fun and turtle trophy. Many thanks to the volunteers that pitched in on Friday to get the fleet underway, TK and Louise Deskey-Wegg, Tim Wenger, Dori Johnson, Richard Riddell, Mac Madenwald and of course Commodore ED!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

N100 Boat Parade - Friday, Aug 27

If you haven't heard, there are 30 boats registered in the upcoming Northern Century - to kick this event off there will be a parade of competitors between A & B docks in Cap Sante at 18:45 on Friday evening, August 27.  Rumor has it that there might be a few special guests to liven things up...

If you are out on the town Friday evening and want to send the fleet off - stop by to cheer your favorite boat and wish them well...

Monday, August 23, 2010

Northern Century - 30 Boats and Counting...

Registration is still open for the Northern Century, so if you are still on the fence you can still sign up!

We presently have 30 boats registered (counting both on-line and mail-in registrations).  We are way ahead of last year and this event is fast becoming a real Northwest tradition!

For those who are not sailing in this event but would like to give a send-off to the participants - here is what you can do on Friday, August 23:

1700 - AYC Clubhouse - skippers meeting
1845 - Near D Dock Cap Sante - sail by
1930 - View the start

You can view the start from on-the water, or from Cap Sante head.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Summer Sailing and Salmon!

Summer 2010 has been one of AYC's best sailing season's yet. We are consistently getting 30 boats to the starting line on Wednesday night and the club has been hopping afterward. The Summer Fun Series wraps up this Wednesday with the salmon BBQ. This event is not to be missed. Salmon, slaw and spuds served up by Chef Walt Meahger and crew, Walt actually delivered his big sister to Woodstock in '69 on his motorcycle and reported in to work at a local restaurant, now that shows his dedication to his culinary development. (true story) We also need a RC boat and person, so make it an evening anchor out, toot some horns, fly some flags, record the scores, then head to the club for a feast! Call Andy 360 770 7035 for details...All are welcome @ the club Wednesday after the races doors open @ 1900!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

N100 - 25 Boats and counting...

The latest news is that we have twenty-five (25) boats registered for the Northern Century.  If this trend continues it looks like we might have over thirty (30) boats in the event.  We still need a few more AYC boats, so if you are sitting on the fence and would like to do this event - please register.

Also, for those that are planning on being around the AYC clubhouse on Friday evening, here is the tentative schedule of events:

Friday, August 27, 2010

1300-1700 - Registration
1700 - Skippers Meeting, Prior year awards, weather briefing
1730 - Dinner
1845 - Sail by (probably motor) - D Dock at Cap Sante
1930 - Double-Handed Start
1940 - Fully Crewed Start

If you are not racing but would like to watch the start please join the fun out on the water (Keith Stone will be there providing live music) or watch from Cap Sante.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Stepharoo battles AC talent!

On Friday the 13th team Rumpus headed down that lonely grey ribbon for some racing action in the Columbia river gorge. The only thing hotter than the weather were the trailer brakes but when you're pulled to the side of the road with a bright yellow 27 ft boat it's not long before a friend from Steilacoom will notice and after a slight delay we were back into a surprising amount of traffic headed south. AYC member (or at least his Pa is) Kyle Roethle kept us up to date on the traffic conditions and the nearest Les Schwab via his iphone. (or something like it)

We launched via a ramp @ Cascade Locks and stayed with my old college room-mate in Hood River. The Double Damned Regatta is supposed to be a 42 mile hair raising run to The Dalles. This year was 25 kt Easterlies not Westerlies so instead it was 15 miles to Mitchell point and a run back to Cascade Locks. Two divisions, Moore 24's and everything else.

We got a decent start a little overpowered with full main and a #3, we picked up two locals to round out the crew when we found out we were going to be going upwind not down; Chris and Darren were lifesavers! A 30 footer snapped her lifeline soon after the start and dumped the crew in the drink but those left on board had things under control and soon gathered them up. (Check those lifelines people!!!) The J-35 skippered by Mark Newbrook from the Americas Cup Alinghi program powered up wind and relished the flat water and steady winds.

We battled past the Moore 24 skippered by Morgan Larson with at least one other member with AC experience on board until he switched headsails and ground us down again. We rounded and set the kite and were really doing well until we surfed away on a wild puff aimed for the beach and had to jibe. It wasn't pretty and we lost our floating winch handle. I was able to pull myself back on board using the mainsheet then then over the lifeline. Kyle was able to realease the spinnaker halyard cleated on the mast with one hand while holding on to the shrouds that were well underwater with the other. The spin pole was toast, Windex missing, and we opted for a smaller chute. back underway with the stereo now switched off and now we were at the other shore and another ugly jibe now we were down to our third spinnaker pole our last one... Nice to have friends that let you borrow their poles for these regattas but maybe we should just buy iron ones...It actually started to lighten and we finished with the big kite back up.

We sailed in dropped the rig in the parking lot, bashed Steph in the head (long story, no major damage), 2nd in division, 3rd overall!!! Cool boat, great crew, anyone can take the helm when the river is calm, Only Steph can create that kind of damage in only 15 miles!!!!

Monday, August 09, 2010

Fifteen and Counting...

In case you hadn't heard - on-line registration for the Northern Century is now open! At present fifteen (15) boats have registered. If you are thinking about entering, don't hesitate!  2010 will be the third running of this event and there will be two divisions - a double-handed division and a fully crewed division.

The race starts on Friday, August 27, 2010 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. Double-handed entries start at 1930 followed by fully crewed entries at 1940.

If you have never done an overnight event or a distance race of this length, this is the one for you! The course is interesting with many sights to see, plus most boats will be well outside the shipping lanes during the night making for an enjoyable passage.

You can register HERE!

Friday, August 06, 2010

Take Notice!!!! especially draft beer drinkers

Next time you're at the Club, please take note of the tap handles on the draft beer spigots!!!! We're now serving "LIDO LAGER" and "RACER RED"... "Made especially for Anacortes Yacht Club" by Anacortes Brewing! Thanks to Kevin Pierce and our friends at the Rockfish. And still only $2/pint!! Enjoy. Yummmmm!

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Pirates invade AYC

Pirate Camp 2010 is up and running!

12 young pirates, 3 helper pirates, one fabulous parent volunteer (our Chuck T!) got sailing camp off to a great start yesterday. We'll have 3 more days of dinghy sailing, and a picnic sail to Saddlebag on Friday. Good times were had by all! More pictures will be posted later...

If you have kids with basic sailing skills who are interested in dinghy racing, sign them up for Dinghy Race Week. Next week, we'll be sailing Monday- Thursday.


Let's Go Sailing!

The Anacortes Yacht Club's premiere distance race is fast approaching. The Northern Century Regatta starts Friday the the 27th of Fogust(August) out at the tanker dock. The course goes up to Pt Roberts then out to Hein Bank, the choice of course is yours of course; then back to A-town. 10 boats signed up so far..... Talk to your crew see who is up for a mid-summer night adventure in the Salish Sea.

Sunday, August 01, 2010

July Lido Fleet Newsletter...

The Lido Fleet just published their July newsletter - get your copy here.  As you will see the Fleet has been very active...read on:

Lido Fleet Newsletter - July 2010