April Fools has come and gone along with the new brewery in Anacortes...Pangaea is sporting a new coat of paint fitting for her Captain's role as Commodore. The Hassenfefferers have taken the B265 challenge to a whole new level trading a beard of mussels on the bulb of their keel for a slick new antifouling coating. Five time Yacht o' the Year Syndicat spent several weeks in a local dairy barn getting fitted with new windows, err portlights. Celebration kept sanding, and still is in the process for that elusive ultimate bottom job. The boat voted most likely to become the next AYC member Barrel of Monkeys owned by Scott Ellis spent a gorgeous Sunday erecting her rig and chasing away cobwebs. The Son of Raven racing team is rigged up for action after a rough FW race. Emoyeni will be testing a new rating to match her new propellor. Puleluhua is back from a South Seas curise and will likely be mixing it up in A fleet. The Heron is no longer the new guy and will be replaced by a certain new new guy and his lovely wife sailing a Pearson Ensign that reportedly may have a PHRF rating in 4 digits. If you have not already; get PHRF renewed, purchase your race packet, sign up for Tulip Regatta and get set for a terrific year of sailing @ AYC!!!
In other news permanent marks will be refurbished April 5th, missing ones will be replaced and a few may be moved to better locations.
The Big Blue Show (Icon and the Iconians skippered by Kevin Welch) will lead the way to the 44th Annual Southern Straits Regatta (www.southernstraits.ca) Andy Schwenk will skipper Wild Rumpus in the short course doublehanded division , Stephanie Schwenk will sail aboard her Vic Maui ride Bravo Zulu. You can follow along on the race tracker, each boat carries a transponder for this regatta that starts Good Friday.