Monday, February 27, 2012

2012 Foul Weather Race Update

Anacortes Yacht Club hosted the Girts Rekevics Memorial Foul Weather Race/ Cruise on Feb 25th, also for the 2nd year in a row a fleet of Canadian sailors from RVicYC, Sydney/North Saanich and TurkeyHead YC were in attendance. 

The race started in a building Westerly off the tanker docks in Anacortes, destined to finish in Friday harbor 18 miles later. It was  a port beam reach to the start and fortunately nobody was brave enough to risk a dip start on Starboard and support the local boatyards. The Canadians were racing for the Stanley Cup, a Stanley thermos left unattended two years ago by a certain local female skipper... "you can have it back, but you have to beat us to Friday Harbor if you want it!"  The Redline, a J120 with Paddy Guy at the wheel, showed her transom to the fleet and relished the heavy going as the fleet entered Rosario Strait to sail into an insurmountable lead. 

The two Tri's, Kinetic Ki and Son of Raven, dueled off the start and out the Guemes Channel until the Ravens jammed a halyard and the Bowman Boys on KK found another gear to get an early lead. In the Sc-27 fleet Wild Rumpus and the little man on Giant Slayer swapped from genoas to blades as the other yellow boat Ol Yeller and the Norn gave chase. The predicted 35kt Westerly's never materialized but Rosario Strait served up a few salty reminders to wake crews that had enjoyed the Anacortes Yacht Club legendary hospitality till the burgee came down on Friday night. In the lead-belly money-guzzler fleet Passepartout (with the owner overseas) let it rip with the big sails and the expensive wine, along with a cockpit heating duct in a full enclosure to hold sway over Emoyeni, and Syndicat, which was featuring celebrity helmsperson Dr. Capt. Chris White. In the CC115 fleet Caliente tucked in a quick reef off the state ferry dock and was able to cover the hard charging Riot. Soon the fleet was struggling against the ebb pouring South out Thatcher Pass. The Beneteau 265's rolled out the headsails to full size and the good doctors aboard Little Annie slipped through ahead of the rabbit stew on Hassenpfeffer. The wind angle freed up on the way to Upright Head and spinnakers could have been set, if only for a moment... 

In the Canadian fast boat fleet Tracks and Wildfire opted for the more conservative hot chocolate or hot something, like feet! It was a beat to the finish up Upright Channel and across San Juan Channel to Herb's Tavern and a delicious awards ceremony dinner hosted by Downriggers. Arogonauta the only true cruising vessel in the race and the most beautiful Velica along with the tilt'n Hilton Soul Thyme hosted a bunch of sailors that had neglected essentials like heaters and snacks. 

This race is open to all sailors with a valid PHRF US or Canadian, so come join the fun next year and plan on taking home some hardware or at least a great sailing yarn...

Saturday, February 25, 2012


EVERYONE....the 2012 rosters are printed and are at the Clubhouse for distribution....please pick yours up whenever the club is open...e.g. Friday evenings!! We'd obviously like to avoid the cost of mailing, so come by, enjoy the company and help us out. THANKS to Linda Walz for her 'taking charge' of the roster and THANKS to Bill Bowman, the Priers and the Neuman's for soliciting the many our supporters!!!
The FOUL WEATHER RACE/CRUISE is underway, and looks like it'll fulfill it's title!!! And some of you missed a great meal at last night's 5 BUCK NIGHT. KUDOS to Scott and Donna Reed and helpers!!!

Sunday, February 19, 2012


Another busy week....something for everyone!!
  • Tuesday the 21st: DINGHY DOCKS....anyone interested in the fate, future, use, repair, modifications, etc, of the dinghy dock please meet there ('Q dock') at 1630. Your input is needed and appreciated!!!
  • Also Tuesday the 21st @1830 is the AYC BOARD MEETING at the Clubhouse. All are welcome!!
  • Friday the 24th: $5 BUCK NIGHT, a homemade meat, tomato, pasta meal with salad & chocolate dessert by Scott & Donna Reed starting at 1730. Expect a large gathering as:
  • Saturday/Sunday the 25th & 26th: GIRTS REKEVICS FOUL WEATHER RACE/CRUISE to Friday Harbor. Start is 0900 (or thereabouts), cruise or race to Friday Harbor and then festivities at the Downrigger! 20+ boats so far!!!! Register online at our website...right here!!!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

UPCOMING @ your AYC!!!

February 17th, Friday night SOCIALIZING. Bar opens at 1730 and by then the conversations are well underway...JOIN US!!
February 21st....Anyone interested in the DINGHY DOCK projects, join us on 'Q' dock at 1630 as we hope to finalize our plans. Then at 1830 is the monthly AYC BOARD MEETING and any and all are welcome!
February 24th is $5 BUCK DINNER night a la Scott and Donna Reed...will, as always, be special and especially so as we'll have lots of guests here for the GIRTS REKEVICS FOUL WEATHER RACE starting the next morning!!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

BE a PART OF IT...LIDO 14 National Championships

To ALL members...We (AYC & Anacortes)are hosting the Lido 14 National Championships JULY 22-27. This is our first foray into holding an event of this stature here....up to 50 boats with their crews and support. We need lots of volunteer help both on the water and ashore with logistics, organizing, publicity, housing, food, etc, etc. If interested, and we all should be, please come to the Clubhouse Monday, 13 February at 6:30. Vice Commodore Steve Orsini, who is Chair of this event is having an organizational meeting to get things rolling!!!! Thanks!!

Saturday, February 04, 2012

WONDERFUL PROGRAM for the Gen'l Mtg...FEB 10th

Don't miss the Gen'l Mtg Friday night. The program is Rod Kulbach, author of 'BAJA DREAMING, Stories from Another Time'. Rod lives in Friday Harbor and his book is to Baja and the Sea of Cortez what 'Curve of Time' is to the BC Coast....a must read for anyone who's been there or plans on going. It's a catered dinner, chicken fettucini...Wonderful!! Please register online thru the website so we have numbers and then pay at the door....$12/
See you all opens at 1730!