Monday, January 31, 2011

Wild Times for Wild Rumpus

For the sailors in the crowd here's a sailin yarn...Our Santa Cruz -27 had been stripped of all deck hardware to address wet balsa coring in the deck in December. Mast step, winches, tracks, pulpits everything...We made plans to compete in the the 3 Bridge Fiasco on Jan 29th in San Francisco Bay. 369 boats ,single and doublehanded, 21 miles from Blackaller(near south Tower), Red Rock (near Richmond) and Treasure Island. Start and finish off St. Francis, round all three marks any order , either way around. On Thursday Jan27 AYC members Wlat Meagher, Colin Emsley, Don Pinter and Chris Roethle assembled @ 1000hrs to start bolting on hardware, by 1600 we loaded the mast and headed to SF. We arrived Friday @ 1100 hrs and stepped the mast @ St Francis. Steph flew in Friday night. We stayed in Union Square @ The Sir Francis Drake Hotel (90.00 via Hotwire) . Since it is a pursuit race we were able to watch the boats that started earlier choose their course. I estimate 300 boats along with us chose the "wrong" direction. We beat up the city front in light winds with boats actually sailing inside the breakwaters to avoid current. At Treasure Island things really got crazy as boats deployed anchors, rafted up, bounced off rocks and bridge abutments . The wind finally filled and we set spinnakers in a building westerly for a run to Red Rock. Boats met on the backside in combination spinnaker/headsail changes and beat in sloppy waves and 20kts up Raccoon Straits to Sausalito. By now it was getting dark and the the 1900 time limit was fast approaching. It was a tight reach across the Golden Gate with boats approaching in rain, fog and darkness into the bright lights of the Presedio to locate Blackaller Buoy. We rode a 3kt flood down the beach to finish with 4 minutes to spare. By now it was pouring so we dropped the spar,set the boat on the trailer, and retired to the hotel. Sunday morning we secured the boat and hove into Anacortes @ 2300 hrs. We set a new record 141st out of 369. Breaks my previous record of 102nd in 2008 Ditch Run..... Oh well that's sailin!

Monday, January 17, 2011


Kudos and THANKS to Phil Case and all the volunteers that helped make last Saturday night's COMMODORE'S BALL the great success that it was!! A grand time was had by all...those who missed it missed another marvelous AYC event!! We're all looking forward to another great year. Thanks everyone!!!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

2011 Racing Calendar & Packets Now Available...

Your Race Committee has been hard at work and has completed the first release of the 2011 Racing Calendar and Race Packet.

2011 AYC Race Calendar
2011 AYC Race Packet

There are a number of new and interesting events that have been planned this year in addition to our regular slate of buoy and distance races.  The first of these new events is being held on Saturday, April 30 where we will race to Sucia from Anacortes and meet up meet up with the cruisers for a party on the dock.  The second new event is on Saturday, September 24 and involves a joint race with the Bellingham Yacht Club to Blakely Island.  AYC boats will start from Anacortes, BYC boats from Bellingham -- all will end up at Blakely Marina for a wine & cheese party.

Sound like fun - on-line registration will be open for the 2011 racing season in a few weeks, along with registration for the 2011 Girts Rekevics Foul Weather Race...

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

2011 Girts Rekevics Memorial Foul Weather Race

Good news - the first event of the 2011 racing season is less than two months away!  This event is the Girts Rekevics Memorial Foul Weather race on Saturday, February 26, 2011 and is open to all yachts that have completed an on-line registration process available on the club website.

In case you aren't familiar with this race, it consists of a race 
from the west entrance of Guemes Channel to Friday Harbor - a distance of 
approximately 15 nm.  Following the race there is a special dinner in Friday Harbor along with awards.  Most participants stay overnight in Friday Harbor and informally race back to Anacortes 
on Sunday morning.

For more information check out the following documents or contact Chris Roethle at 360-550-6396.

2011 Foul Weather - Notice of Race
On-Line Event Registration