Friday, September 28, 2012

Life member, Billie McKee

Lifetime AYC member, Billie McKee, wife of ex-Commodore (1965) Don McKee passed away this week at the age of 90.   They have, in the past, been very active members and attended our 120 Anniversary Celebration in July of 2011.   Our thoughts and condolences go out to Don and the family. There'll be a memorial service at Westminster Presbyterian Church at 3PM Tuesday 2 October.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Drifting with a purpose

11 intrepid AYC yachts challenged Bellinghams best in the annual ABC Challenge. This years course was the same as last except less wind. Those of you that competed last year may find this hard to believe. Son of Raven slipped out to the early lead but was soon chased down by the Cat Sass. The Rumpians gybed out to the West and the breeze filled from the East and Walt Meagher singlehanding Syn di Cat was soon challenging for the lead.  We met the Bellingham fleet at Viti Rocks and the usual pleasantries were exchanged. The fleet bunched up in the battle South around Sinclair and it was reach for the finish at Lydia Shoal buoy. Boat after boat was washed past the finish and the suffering started in earnest as the clock continued to tick, tick, tick. Son of Raven eventually prevailed for first to finish, handicap results are not in yet, standby.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Endless summer.....?

How about this weather...wonderful!!   Hope all are enjoying it!

Those of you who missed it, it was the usual Walt Meagher gourmet delight Salmon feed at last Friday's Gen'l Mtg.  Wednesday night racing is the last of the season...Pajama Night...thanks, NW Rigging.  Friday night there's socializing at the Club,  Saturday is the ABC Challenge Race to Blakely and then the Blakely Wine, Cheese, Chocolate Cruise organized by Bob & Bernie Bell the 28th to 30th....again the last of the season!!

Looking ahead, the October Gen'l Mtg is Friday the 12th, the Annual Crab Feed...ink that in on your calendars!!   And at that meeting, we'll nominate Officers for next year.  There's lots of talented, able, eager members out there....please speak up and 'offer your services'....The nominating committee (Vince Sellen, Ed Kennedy, Jan Chapman) are looking 'for a few good people'!!!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Salmon feed Friday night...Gen'l Mtg

Friday the 14th is our Annual Salmon Feed and General Meeting!!  And our program should be very entertaining and informative..."The Caressing and Care of Marine Batteries".  So whether you count electrons or run your generator all night, this is for you.    Last weekend was a marvelous cruise to Deer Harbor, organized and hosted by Anita and Tom Nute (THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!!) and Sunday was a most frustrating Tri Straits III Race....Wednesday was the next to the last Wednesday night race for the season, the nominating committee is busy looking at next year and the expansion plans and permits continue to crawl thru the bureaucratic process.   Hope to see everyone Friday Night!!!

Monday, September 03, 2012

AYC on the Road

Three Anacortes boats travelled North to Bellingham for the annual PITCH Regatta held Labor Day weekend each year.Team Handyman and Wild Rumpus competed in Division 6 and Race Knight co- skippered by Ed Kennedy and Mike Hebert participated on the Race Commitee. Both Saturday and Sunday morning the wind filled in solid enough to break out the #3 jibs and the heavy kites. The afternoons featured warm lighter breezes and a total of seven races were completed. Free moorage, free burgers, free camping, free beer and sunshine made for happy skippers and crew. The Wild Rumpus had the ususal Team Estrogen crew, except for Andy, and got off to a rough start with some confusion about the sailing instructions but came roaring back on Sunday with straight bullets. Handyman won the award for the best campground hospitality complete with their own Honey Bucket, BBQ and dockcart.....you had to be there! Bellingham boats have been terrific about supporting AYC regattas. It would be nice to set up an AYC Armada next year to win back the Kelly O'Neill Cup that went to OHYC this year.