Monday, November 14, 2011

Round the County Roundup!

Each fall local racers start @ Lydia Shoal for the annual circumnavigation of San Juan County. This year six AYC burgees were represented on the start line.

The winds were Southerly and boats headed North to Patos with all the laundry flying. A headsail reach to Turn Point and short beat to the finish and most boats were done in time to catch the WSU game. Sunday the start line and RC work made for lively conditions. A reach to Lime Kiln and a run to Davidson followed by a broad reach back to Lydia Shoal start/ finish line and one boat was on the trailer before the Seahawks hung on for a victory.

Icon finished the 60 odd miles in less tha 7hrs for a third in Div X. In Div II Pangaea beat Passepartout by by 12 minutes for an 11th and 13th respectively. In Division III where Schooner Martha beat the next monohull by nearly an hour the Celebration crew placed 4th, followed by Soulfood in 7th and The Wild Rumpus in 12 and 60th overall out of 73 despite losing their rudder near James Island.

Thanks especially to all the volunteers that made Friday night memorable including bartenders Pam Edwards, Walt Meagher, and Jerry Reilly. Money counters Tod and Alyssa Osbourne. Kevin Welch handled the wind and current breifing. Stephanie put together a slide show and cracked the whip in the kitchen over volunteers led by Lori Gillmer. Bill Bowman took charge of cheerleading and arm twisting prospective new members. Racing for 2011 is officially in the record books!


Wednesday, November 09, 2011

AYC hosts RTC Sailors!

Come on down to the good ole AYC on Friday the 11th for some fun. AYC has a tradition of hosting sailors heading for the annual 'Round the County Race hosted by OIYC. (goto OIYC.org for all the details) 75 boats are signed up and many of them stage out of Anacortes. Whether you are a sailor or not come join the fun.

Doors open @ 4:30, lasagna dinner ($5) @ 6, wind and weather breifing @ 7 hosted by last year's overall winner Kevin Welch skipper of The Big Blue Show.

In addition AYC unofficial cheerleader Stephanie Schwenk, skippers of last year's division III winner the The Little Yellow Show, (also featured in this month's Sailing World magazine on your local newstand now) has decorated the club and put together sailor music and a slideshow to add to the party atmosphere. Of course there will be the usual opportunities in the galley and after we chase the sailors out to put away a few chairs and such. This is a chance to showcase our club and we will have flyers out promoting the Tulip Cup, Windermere, and Northern Century Regattas. Rain or shine this is the place to be Friday night.

P.S. - For those scoring@ home Big Blue Show=ICON, Little Yellow Show=Wild Rumpus

Saturday, November 05, 2011

Annual General Meeting THANK YOU!!!!

A very informative and fun Annual General Meeting was enjoyed by all last PM...Your new officers for next year are:
Markay Neuman, Deanna Emsley join Roger Jewett on the Board, Sean Kelly is your Rear, Steve Orsini is your Vice and Mac Madenwald gets to wear the Commodore's cap.
THANK YOU very much for the most informative Program, Kevin Welch and Dave Thomson and THANK YOU very much Wendy Gray with help from Terri and Dave Bawden in the galley and Jamie Riggs and Joan Mickelson as 'Dessert Divas'. And of course kudos also to Bob Neuman, Joan and Cal Mickelson for setting up all the tables, Mark Novak for taking your money, the 'Trash Kings' Madelyn Case, Tom and Anita Nute cleaning up. And, as always, Bill Bowman was there to haul the garbage to the dumpster!
Get your dues in, upgrade your profile (you now know how!), Rd da County party Friday the 11th, next meeting December 9 (Jennifer Bowman is the Program) and the Commodore's Ball January 14th.