Monday, May 30, 2011

AYC Takes 1st & 3rd in Swiftsure!

The news is just in -- AYC boats take 1st and 3rd, plus line honors in the 2011 Swiftsure Lightship Classic!

Doug Fryer's Night Runner and Kevin Welch's Icon took 1st & 3rd respectively in the 2011 Swiftsure, with Icon also winning the City of Victoria trophy for the first to finish!  The race started in light winds and adverse current, with most boats footing off for Albert Head to avoid the strong flood at Race Passage.  Icon was the first to reach Race Passage followed by the rest of the big boat fleet.  Most boats, including Night Runner elected to work the Canadian shore, with Icon switching over to the US short near Sooke.

Icon worked up the US shore steadily putting time on the fleet,  Night Runner stayed on the Canadian shore until punching out into the middle mid-strait.  Icon rounded Swiftsure Bank around midnight in lumpy seas and moderate swells.  Night Runner rounded about 8 hours later early in the morning.  Both Icon and Night Runner stayed in the middle of the Strait throughout the night.

On the way home Night Runner managed to stay ahead of many of the big sleds until the winds built.  Icon on the other hand, being so far ahead had extremely light winds until shortly before Race Passage when they built to a maximum of 18 knots.  The winds continued to build for the later boats, hitting 35-40 knots late in the afternoon.

In the end Icon took line honors by about 3 hours over Strum, Rage and Neptunes Car (taking 1st in Division One & the City of Victoria trophy for first-to-finish in the process), but not enough to correct over Night Runner who finished first overall and first in Division Two!

A great (and long) couple of days on the water for AYC boats -- congratulations to all for a job well done!

Night Runner shortly after starting

Icon transiting Race Passage against the current
Race Track - Icon in Red, Night Runner in Orange

Friday, May 27, 2011

Have a GREAT MEMORIAL DAY weekend

Whether racing from Victoria or cruising to Garrison Bay or socializing with $3 night at the Clubhouse tonight...It's Memorial Day weekend, the weather's not TOO bad and AYC has plenty going on!! Have a great and safe Holiday and next week plan on Otterstedt I Wednesday night, meet at the Club Thursday with Fred Abelman to organize volunteers for Windermere Regatta, and Friday night to socialize and meet and volunteer to help with the 120 yr Birthday party coming up 31 July. Thank you one and all!!!

Monday, May 23, 2011

WEDNESDAY NIGHT...Fun Race....& evening!!

The Schedule says "Fun with Mac & Wendy - Buoy Race (no points)". So while the 'rock stars' are off to 'Driftsure' let the stay at homes have some fun. Come on out and we'll try some 'hijinks' on the Race Course and then after at the Club we'll have prizes for the most OUTRAGEOUS hats...men and/or women, girls and/or boys....Royal Wedding, or Derby, your choice!!!!!! The junior members will do the burgers!! Come one, come all!!! Same start times!!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

May 18 Race Results - Read and Weep...

In case you missed it the race results from May 18 are now available online.  There were a record number (at least for 2011) on the water with some exciting racing!

You can get your results HERE...

Sunday, May 15, 2011

AYC Racers - Start/Finish Line Rules Change

Attention Anacortes Racers -- there has been another slight change to the race packet (sailing instructions) that you will need to be aware of this coming Wednesday night. The exact wording regarding the start-finish line has changed slightly -- the final language is as follows:

REVISED SECTION 12 --Start Line Restriction

After completing the first leg of the course, a boat shall not cross the starting line. A boat shall not cross the finish line until she is completing the last leg of the course and finishes. A boat that breaks this rule shall not correct her error as per Rule 28.1. However she will be exonerated if she takes a Two-Turns Penalty as per Rule 44.2. This changes Rule 28.1.

The start finish line (the boats or buoys that define it) ranks as an obstruction on upwind and downwind legs. Before finishing, boats may therefore leave the start finish line either to port or starboard. As an obstruction, Rules 19 and 20 may apply between boats as they approach and pass it..


You can download an updated version of the Race Packet HERE.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

FRIDAY THE 13th GENERAL MEETING!!!!

All members, and guests:
This Friday, 13 May is the General Meeting. Bruce Bottolfson of the Coast Guard Auxiliary will give an approximate 30 minute presentation explaining the role of the CG Aux and an update of Coast Guard rules and regs, etc followed by a question and answer period. It should be a very valuable program and update for all boaters, cruisers and racers!!!!
And the meal is another gem from Wendy Gray et al....Asian Pork Tenderloin, Wild Rice, Vegetables, Salad and a Scrumptious Dessert....$12/ Bar Open 1730, Dinner about 1830 followed by program.

Sunday, May 08, 2011

Mildly Wild at Double Bluff

As some of you know we have several AYC boats competing in the Sloop Taven Yacht Club Race to the Straits this weekend.  The event consists of a race from Shilshole to Port Townsend on Saturday, and then back on Sunday -- all cumulative time.

What makes this event a little more interesting is that it is exclusively for double-handed or single-handed racers. On Saturday the event got started with a brisk southerly and things got a little out of hand at Double Bluff with a certain AYC boat.

Exactly what was going on we don't know, but we will leave that up to you to speculate -- one thing for certain, it wasn't t-shirt and shorts weather:

Courtesy Jan's Marine Photography

Friday, May 06, 2011

Port of Anacortes - Opening Day Festivities

AYC has been asked to take part in the Port of Anacortes Opening Day Ceremonies. I have agreeded that AYC would have boats in their parade. If you can show up with a boat or if you need a ride please contact Phil Case mpcase@earthlink.net. We have a few boats readyto take part, but would appreciate more boats in their parade. We intend to have several people on each boat to represent our interest in boating and the waters around.

Phil Case Commodore
Anacortes Yacht Club

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Attention Racers -- Race Packet Change

Attention Anacortes Racers -- there has been a slight change to the race packet (sailing instructions) that you will need to be aware of this coming Wednesday night. Due to an error of omission, the start/finish line was not restricted in the initial version of the race packet -- this has been corrected with the following language:

NEW SECTION 12 --Start Line Restriction

After starting and completing the first leg of the course a boat shall not cross the starting line. A boat shall not cross the finish line until she completes the last leg of the course and finishes. A boat that breaks this rule shall not correct her error as per Rule 28.1. However she will be exonerated if she takes a Two-Turns Penalty as per Rule 44.2. This changes Rule 28.1.

The start or finish lines (and the boats or buoys that define it) shall be considered as an obstruction while racing. Boats may therefore leave the start or finish lines either to port or starboard. As an obstruction, Rules 19 and 20 may apply between boats as they approach and pass it.

You can download an updated version of the Race Packet HERE.

Don't go in there.....

Spread the word far and wide, the 2011 race packet is being amended. The new rule is the starting line is restricted. This will be posted at AYC prior to the race Wednesday night and posted on line. You can only cross the start/finish line if you are starting or finishing. This adds a tactical element to the racing as well as convenience for the race committee.Sorry for the late notice, we accidentally edited ourselves right out of a good idea!

Monday, May 02, 2011

Thank Heavens Racing and Spring are Here!

I know it's only two decent days but it's May 2nd so we gotta call it spring if we wanna make room for summer!

On the homefront the bad boys on Emoyeni were the victors/only boat to finish the weekend race to Sucia. I watched the start and although my face shield was dusted with bottom paint it looked like a nice day for waterskiing or bowling, not a bad effort for a comfy 30' cruiser. In any case many reports of good times around the campfire and people sleeping in!

The Big Blue Show extended her winning streak with a victory in the Seattle Yacht Club's Protection Island Race. With the fleet grouped up off .Wilson she was able to leg out to an 8 minute winning margin and finish before midnight.  You can get pictures & the story here...

This Wednesday features everyones favorite chef Walt Meagher and Scott Soes on RC duty. There was certain new boat out on the water Sunday - better have a snake bite kit aboard.  Split Arrow should have her mast in a vertical position today, Heron is sporting new rags, Grafix and Mikey are due to continue where they left off last fall, Handyman has work to do to renew her "Pride of the Elks" title, Kymodoce is airing out the 180, D fleet is due for the first competitor.

(NOTE: D fleet is open to all comers, need not be a AYC member for first year. Simply show us your insurance and sign a waiver. Call Andy for details 360 770 7035)

Sail fast, live slow.....