Tuesday, August 30, 2011


It's the start of a new FUN series.....Thank our friends at 2901 'T' Avenue!!!!
It's Hawaiian Night and the start time is one half hour earlier....1800!!!!
EMOYENI is listed start boat and LIMEY BASTARD is cookin'!!!
BE THERE!!!!!!

Monday, August 29, 2011

N100 - All Boats Home & Safe...

The 2011 running of the Northern Century finished up Sunday afternoon with all boats present and accounted for.  One interesting thing about this race is that three (3) father-son teams participated (Emma, Madrona & Really Crazy).  At the post-race party at the AYC clubhouse the following prizes were handed out:


Division #1
1st - Really Crazy! - Chris White
2nd - Surfin' Bird - Eric Beemer
3rd - LimeLight - Martin Vachon

Division #2
1st - Emma - Eric Jespersen
2nd - Madrona - Jamie Buchan
3rd - Idefix - Adrian Johnson


Division #1
1st - Blackfoot - Mick Corcoran
2nd - Wild Rumpus - Stephanie Schwenk
3rd - COHO - George Mundell

Division #2
1st - Garyloo - Eric Nelson
2nd - White Cloud - Steve Johnson
3rd - String Theory - Bob King


1st - Alii Kai - Doug Barlow
2nd - Blue Steel - Nigel Oswald

You can check out the fullresults HERE.  Pictures and stories are starting to emerge, so check out the AYC facebook page or the N100 Sailing Anarchy forum!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

2011 Northern Century Still Running...

In case you hadn't heard, the 2011 Northern Century got off to an EXCELLENT start Friday night with 42 registered boats.  The first two starts (double-handed & fully crewed) got away cleanly only to hit the first of many parking lots at Saddlebag Island.

With numerous fits and starts the wind eventually built near Lummi Island for those were lucky enough to get that far.  One brave boat went inside Lummi and did well.  After rounding the Point Roberts mark the courses tended to diverge with most taking the traditional route down Boundary Pass and Haro Strait, although a few took the inside route which resulted in sailing in the fog out through Cattle Pass -- now how is that for a challenge!

Preliminary results are available on the club website, plus there is a post-race party at the AYC clubhouse starting around 18:00...

Various N100 Routes

Friday, August 26, 2011

Tonight, the 26th and tomorrow night!!!

Lots going at AYC this weekend.....
TONIGHT...Bar open....Northern Century Racers gather, eat and start!!!
TOMORROW Night...$5 Night (what was Three dollar night, is now Five buck night!!!) with beef stroganoff (Del Fox's prime rib from the B'day party!!) prepared and served by Ed and Mellie!!!
And then during the day tomorrow, the Port of Anacortes Work Boat Races on Guemes Channel!!!
ALL ARE WELCOME !! Come and enjoy the waning days of summer!!!!!

Monday, August 22, 2011

40 and Counting...

We are now up to 40 boats registered for the 2011 Northern Century, with room for a few more.  Don't forget the organizational meeting tonight at 6:00pm at the AYC yacht club for race volunteers...

N100 Registered Boats - As of August 22, 2011

Thursday, August 18, 2011


In case you hadn't heard, the 2011 running of the Northern Century will be using SPOT transceivers which will enable your family and friends to track your progress (or lack thereof) throughout the event.  SPOT transceivers have been around for a number of years and are the defacto-standard for race tracking here in the Pacific Northwest.

The way the system works is as follows:

  • GPS satellites provide signals
  • SPOT messenger's onboard GPS chip determines your GPS location and sends your location, speed and direction to communication satellites
  • Communication satellites relay your message to the SPOT central data servers
  • The AYC SPOT tracking page downloads this information in real-time and displays the position of each vessel on a chart
The Anacortes Yacht Club has partnered with the Royal Victoria Yacht Club and will be using their SPOT race tracking system for the Northern Century.  This is the same system that was used to provide race tracking for Southern Straits, Swiftsure and the Van Isle 360.

Each competitor will be issued a SPOT transceiver and throughout the event you can follow along using the link in the Northern Century website (www.northerncentury.org).  Additionally, each SPOT transceiver has a HELP button which can be pressed when emergency assistance is required.  This will immediately notify the race committee that assistance is needed and they in conjunction with other agencies (such as the Coast Guard) will work to provide help.

SPOT Coverage Map

Then there were 35...


We now have 35 boats registered for the 2011 Northern Century - you can download the latest registration list here.  Note that we still have room for more boats, so if you are thinking about entering now is the time.  Remember that included with your race fee is dinner for you & your entire crew Friday night, plus a SPOT transceiver rental which enables your family & friends to see where you are throughout the race!

We also need some more volunteers to help out with the festivities -- we will be meeting Monday night August 22 at the AYC clubhouse at 6:00pm for an organizational meeting.  If you can help please stop by...

This could be you!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

2011 Shaw Island Classic

San Juan Island Yacht Club sponsored the 41st Shaw Island Classic, the annual mid-summer pilgrimage that requires sailboats to determine which way is quicker around the island, then prove it! Many tacticians were faced with advice to not to go counter clockwise and you would be foolish to go clockwise. Roughly 60 boats were entered in the official race and a surprising number in the "Hippie Shaw" which saves on entry fees but you're not as welcome at the awards presentation; if that is important to you.... Basically anything faster than a somewhat modified Sc-27 or a Freedom 36 that both rate 150 are in the second start, 10 minutes after the slow boats. 

Fast and slow were well represented with Joss @ PHRF -33 a Macgregor 65/70 and Ichiban a Mariner H-28 @ PHRF 348 as the bookends. This year it was good to be slow and also comfortable being in shallow water as the first start boats turned left and began working West along the rocky shore of San Juan Island fighting a fading outgoing tide.Generally the slow boats jammed all the lanes and the fast boats battled for clear air or were faced with sailing in deeper water against stronger current. Wild Rumpus and Lynn Adkin's new J-111 led the charge across San Juan Channel and entered Wasp Passage about the same time as the Hobie 18. 

Meanwhile for those choosing the counter clockwise option Norn led the way only to be slowly ground down by perennial favorites Grafix and Crazy Ivan this year also joined by local sailing Olympic medalist Carl Buchan in Madrona. In the great reckoning in Harney Channel the competitors met and you could have thrown a blanket over 75% of the fleet as chutes were hoisted and dropped, and boats jibed and tacked to avoid one another, dodge ferries, slog through power boat wakes and  will their vessel from one zephyr to another.The wind filled in Upright Channel and the clockwise boats reached home less than an hour later, Wasp Passage went completely greasy calm and it was game over for the CCW crowd. The SJIYC went all out with a delecious meal, great service, and awards for several classes. 

When the cheering died down it was Lloydd Bacon with a beautiful set of Ulman Sails powering his Laser 28 to the podium  standing with the biggest smile and a nice shout out for his crew. As the sun set and the stories grew there were many recollections of previous feats and plans to get it right next year Go to sjiyc.com for complete results.

Friday, August 12, 2011

N100 - 24 boats registered & counting...

The word is that there are already twenty four (24) boats registered for the 2011 Northern Century, including some well known local favorites such as Radiant Heat, Skookumchuck, Grafix, Tantivy, ReignMaker, Son of Raven and Madrona. A number of these boats were battling it out during the 2011 Van Isle 360, so perhaps this is turning into a double-handed grudge match in order to even the score...

We could still use some more AYC boats in this event, so if you are sitting on the fence this is your chance!  It is looking like there will be two divisions in both the double-handed and fully-crewed races, plus with a little luck we should be able to exceed the number of boats registered last year...

Stay tuned...

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Then there were 15...

The good news is that there are already fifteen (15) boats registered for the 2011 Northern Century, including some well known local favorites such as Radiant Heat, Skookumchuck, Grafix, Tantivy, ReignMaker and Madrona.  A number of these boats were battling it out during the 2011 Van Isle 360, so perhaps this is turning into a double-handed grudge match in order to even the score...

We really need some more multi-hulls or Son of Raven will win it all like last year!