Sunday, July 31, 2011

Carnage at the Gorge...

Instead of attending the club's 120th birthday party our erstwhile Race Committee chairman was doing the unthinkable -- he went sailing.  Unfortunately, like many things, he was really ripping along on Morphine (a Moore 24) when things went wrong in a big way -- take a look.

Bad things start happening around 7:00 minutes into the video...

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Northern Century Coming up Fast...

The 2011 running of the Northern Century is coming up fast -- on-line registration is open and is $50 per boat (which includes a SPOT transceiver & dinner for you and your crew).  This increases to $75 per boat after August 15, so don't be late!   

If you have purchased an AYC race packet you get $20 back or a free event-shirt when you check in before the race.  We presently have 8 boats registered with many waiting in the wings.  We especially need some multi-hulls to participate.

Here is a video from last year in case you want see what the event is like...

Monday, July 25, 2011

Don't try this at home...

Things got a little slow on Friday at the Whidbey Island Race Week so the crew of Pteron (a Melges 24) tried a little backwards sailing under spinnaker.  Now try this on Wednesday night to see what happens...

Saturday, July 23, 2011

AYC @ Adult Summer Camp!

Whidbey Island Race Week celebrated 29 years of fun in the sun last week. The winds were surprisingly steady and strong Mon-Thurs, Friday was reserved for ice cream and mussels in Coupeville as the wind appeared after the fleet was headed for their trailers. 11 fleets sailed as many as 12 total races before the curtain came down and the winners headed to the podium. AYC was well represented with 7 boats and a bunch of AYC members crewing aboard other boats.

Starting at the top, Teddy Bear was third in P0 fleet. It appeared the usual cadre of family and friends lining the rail with a new mainsail providing horsepower. Kevin Welch's Mikey earned a third in P3 with fellow AYC member Ian Sloan on the stick. These boats are easily the most physically challenging class and Kevin still had energy to sail Soulfood Wednesday night.

In P4 the Santa Cruz 27's competed in their 35th annual class championship. Wild Rumpus with Stephanie Schwenk on the helm battled to 3rd and Cookie Monster with former Commodore Chuck Tidrington held on for 11th.

Crazy Ivan skippered by Dr. Chris White still flying the scarlet letter by way of Orcas Island was the sole winner for AYC in P6. Rear Commodore Steve Orsini drove his new Viper 640 Kaa to 6th in P7 after placing his Lido 14 2nd in the preamble DWI. (Dinghy'sWhidbey Island, Ian Sloan also placed second in his Hobie F-18)

Finally Captain Brad Blymyer earned a 6th in P11 aboard Alert. This regatta provided terrific racing, great food and music, easy camping, decent trophies and freebies, excellent support from OHYC and I'm guessing those that came will be back as well as a few more.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

BYC PITCH Regatta...

In its 38th year, sponsored by KarMART Auto Superstores, PITCH 2011 is a Grand Prix and 48 North Top 25 qualifying regatta and will offer PHRF and One Design Class racing, the Kelly O’Neil Cup for club team performance, free moorage and camping, delivery and cruising gear storage, free Dead Pirate burgers and beer at the Friday Skipper’s meeting, free hoist use and much, much, more.  Come see what Bellingham Bay will serve up this year….LABOR DAY WEEKEND, 2011.

Details and NOR at

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

2011 Northern Century Registration Now Open...

For all you anxious sailors out there wanting to register for this season's most challenging double-handed event, you need not wait any longer. At long last on-line registration is now open --


PS - registration is $50.00 per boat by August 15, $75.00 thereafter. With this you get race entry, a free meal for you and your crew Friday evening, plus the use of a SPOT transceiver for the event. We also have some cool event shirts for $20.00 each (you can order these on-line during registration).


Friday, July 01, 2011

Colin Orsini TransAtlantic Update

The second wave of sailing vessels, including the 289 foot long Maltese Falcon, started the 2011 TransAtlantic Race from Newport, RI to the Lizard, UK today July 1, 2011. Smaller boats started on June 26 and the third and final wave starts July 3. The Oakcliff All American Offshore (OAAOT) team on board the STP 65 footer Vanquish starts in this third wave along with such speed machines as the 100 ft long Rambler, ICAP Leopard and the fearsome new Volvo Ocean 70, Mar Mostro.

The team on Vanquish was put together by three non-profit sailing foundations to give young American sailors the chance to compete in long distance ocean racing. One of the foundations, Kings Point Maritime, donated the use of Vanquish. Oakcliff, headed by America's Cup veteran, Dawn Riley, stepped up to add major funding to get the boat ready for this season. Colin Orsini from Anacortes is on board as grinder, trimmer- one of 18 chosen from over 250 applicants, all under the age of 30. When Germany entered a youth team, and realizing that offshore sailing is dominated by teams from New Zealand, the UK and Australia, the foundations realized that something had to be done to give young American sailors more opportunity to compete in long distance ocean events.

The OAAO Team has already completed the Block Island and Annapolis-Newport, RI races in preparation for this TransAlantic. Go to their website, and their Facebook site, to find some great video as they went offshore to get deep water experience. A 38 knot blow found them and gave them all they had asked for. Colin is writing blog updates for the team which are carried on under their Blog tab. All the boats in the 2011 TransAtlantic Race will have GPS tracking, so you can follow along to see how the team is doing crossing The Pond. Once across with some days to recoup, the team will compete, starting August 14th, in the famous Fastnet Race from Cowes,UK around the Fastnet Rock on the southern tip of Ireland. Enjoy and cheer for the home team while eating that July 4th hotdog!!