Last saturday night AYC crowned the victors at the annual awards banquet. Following a beautiful sail around the permanent marks with nearly 20 competitors being pelted by candy and silly string by the Race Commitee in what may have been the last voyage of our illustrious chase boat the sailors retired to the clubhouse. Family and friends in attendance filled the club to overflowing and Walt Meagher and crew served up a boatload of terrific food. Jerry and Bill (more on these two later) kept up at the bar and Stephanie produced a slideshow of the year in review from pictures provided by the sailors in our fleet. (soon to be available for download on this very website). Each year we award a "Yacht of the Year" trophy to the top scoring boat in A,B, and C divisions.
Remember those two bartenders?
Jerry Vanderveen/Walt Meagher and the crew of the Syndicat achieved a first ever three peat in the AYC by winning C fleet. By the way this boat has two outstanding ownership shares outstanding,(I meant to say that twice) what a fantastic way to get into racing without spending a yacht of dough....
Bill Bowman and his F-28 trimaran Kinetic Ki won A fleet. Bill is a terrific skipper and will often take a newby or someone who has never sailed a tri out for a sail. For a good time call "Wild Bill"!This shows how a fleet of boats of wildly varying designs from Mikey @ 24 feet to ICON @ 66 feet on courses from around the buoys to around Smith Island; in light and heavy winds can compete equitably under the PHRF handicap.
And then there was B fleet...
Team Celebration with that crazy Snoopy spinnaker crushed all those wacky colored SC-27's and all other competitors. Capt. Jim and first mate Staci showed the way all season and judging by the volume level on a typical Wednesday night race, had a ton of fun in the process.
We sold a total of 42 race packets and only canceled one race all season. We hosted three major regattas: Tulip, Windermere, and Northern Century. We gained several new memebers in the process and more are on the way. A huge thank you to all that helped out. From setting the permanent marks, filling out USCG permits, buying chase boat gas, starting and finishing races, scoring, registration, T-shirt sales, ordering trophies, horse collaring sponsors, lining up entertainment, vacuuming, taking out trash, filling propane tanks, setting marks, providing RC boats, helping out with the junior program, picking up catering, keeping the website up to date, distributing posters, sending out letters, the list goes on and on it takes the whole fleet helping to make it happen.
Thanks again to all that pitched in to make the 2010 AYC racing season fun!