Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Gran Prix and Great Pumpkin

4 AYC burgees headed South October 27/8th. AYC boats and skippers included; ICON skippered by Kevin Welch and helmed by Ian Sloan, Surfin Bird owned by Eric and Jordan Beemer and Celebration with the Bottles family participated in the Seattle Yacht Club's Gran Prix invitational regatta. Each boat must qualify for this regatta at a regatta like AYC's Windermere Regatta or Swiftsure among others. This regatta lasts 3 days and features both distance and buoy racing. The rain fell and the wind blew and the Big Blue Show just about won it all placing 2nd in Div 1. Celebration placed 4th in Div 5 and The Surfin Birders were 7th. The fleet included terrific boats from all over and other AYC members competed on several boats, Kyle Roethle on Shoot the Moon and Keith Stone on Ace.
The Wild Rumpus blew straight thorough Seattle to Richmond, CA for the Great Pumpkin Regatta. WR placed second in the buoy racing on Saturday with Stephanie driving and 6th outa 197 boats in the pursuit race on Sunday with the rarely seen Andy on the helm. The pursuit race course started at the South Hampton Shoal either way around Alcatraz and Angel Island. Highlights included seeing the foiling multihulls screaming across the Bay and the Aussie 18 skiff turtling and being swept Oracle style under the Golden Gate.
Plan on coming down to the club Friday, November 9th to welcome sailors from all over the sound on their way to the OIYC 'Round the County regatta, doors open at 3pm. Hearty soups and bread for 5 bucks and plenty of refreshing beverages.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

LAST.....& NEXT !!

Last night's $5 Nite was perfect...wonderful, hearty beef stew for a cold, wet blustery night!!  Kudos and thanks to Chris & Jennifer Dalziel and Steve & Susan Wood for a job well done. If you weren't, you should've been there.
And coming up:

  • Tonight (Saturday the 27th) The 4th Annual Girts Rekevics "Haunted Warehouse" (fundraiser for Island Hospital Oncology Center) at the Port of Anacortes Transit Shed
  • Friday night November 2...AYC Gen'l Mtg with election results, program "The Track of Katarina, Bareboat Chartering the Dalmatian Coast" and catered fajitas (make reservations, please!).

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Let's get scared!

Saturday night is the 4th Annual Girts Rekevics Haunted Warehouse at the Port Transit Shed at the North end of Commercial Avenue. Doors open @7pm, band starts @8pm. This ain't any old band, this is Skagit Valley's finest "Midlife Crisis featuring the Alimony Horns". Costume contests, door prizes, raffles, dancing, fine food, what else do you want? All the proceeds go directly to the Anacortes Cancer Care infusion center for patient comforts. Girts was a talented sailor and knew the value of having a good time. Bring your favorite spooky pal and come join the fun. If you are outa town contact Judy Rekevics directly at judyrek@aol.com.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

EMOYENI...AYC Boat of the Year!

Congratulations to Chris and Kyle Roethle (father, son extraordinare) and their crew on the Islander 30', EMOYENI, for a season well sailed!  They received AYC's coveted Boat of the Year Award at last night's Racer's Award party.
For those interested, the BOTY award is calculated on a formula that includes 75% participation in selected series of club races, winning or placing, number of competitors in each race, etc, and this year's results were ever so close....
EMOYENI 1st with 65.77181 points,
KYMODOCE (Kyle Saum) 65.67164,
PANGAEA .... 65.47619,
SYNDICAT .... 60.89744,
HANDY MAN ... 53.07692 and
LITTLE ANNIE ... 49.66887 to round out the top 6.    How's that for close racing!!
It was a grand evening, in spite of a 'unroasted pig' and other missteps, but once again, big sincere, kudos to Andy and Steph Schwenk for another marvelous racing season!!!   We all THANK YOU!!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Comin' UP!!!!

October is slipping past....cooler, breezier, leaves falling but last mowing done!!  Tonight, Friday the 19th is the usual Social evening...bar open and we'll have some pics of the AC45 racing in San Francisco on the big screen.. Commissioner Keith Rubin's 60th and Pat Barrett starting the pig aroastin' for tomorrow's Racer's Finale and Awards for the season....Fun Race at 1:30 followed by food, drink and camaraderie.   All are welcome!!!

Monday, October 15, 2012

DUES...That time of year again!!

With the cruising and racing season winding down, the leaves falling, foggy days and colder temperatures, it comes time to pay for the good times had and the good times ahead.   Lots going on at AYC, but your Board, after careful consideration and accessment of our financial standing has decided that dues will remain unchanged for this year...$240 or $20/month.   What a deal!!!  So, the notice will be going out this week....please respond promptly.

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

America's Cup and AYC

This last weekend about 2 dozen AYC members ventured to San Francisco to watch the last America's Cup 45 Series Races (AC45) for this year, and what a spectacular weekend it was!!!  Besides it being beautiful weather, it was "Fleet Week" with the Navy ships, the air shows, etc, etc, and it was estimated over 1 million people lined the shores to watch!  Mark Turner treated us to a tour of the Core Builders facility on Pier 80 where 2 72' catamarans are being built for next summer's America's Cup final by the crew that was here for years. Tom Ehman of ORACLE spoke highly of Anacortes and of AYC on his morning show and everywhere we went people acknowledged and were aware of the Core Builders and the connection with us here in Anacortes.  Wendy and I were fortunate enough to have media passes (thanks to help from Jack Darnton at The Anacortes American) so watch for our contribution coming (we hope) in the AA!  If you see the Popes, Herberts, Malseds, Bottles, Beth Bell, Neumans, Pat Barrett & Mary, Sean Kelly & Jan, Eric Sorenson, Wendy or me...we'd love to bore you with stories and pictures!!!

Monday, October 01, 2012

Doesn't get any better!!

Blakely Island..24 boats, 70+ great people, clear skies, warm days, cool nights, full moon, glorious sunsets, games, chocolate, cheese, wine and it goes on and on!!   Somehow every boat (except 'ICON') was 'shoehorned' into that great little harbor and while Bob Bell was doing that, Bernie Bell (& daughters Chris & Becky) were overseeing the pitching of beanbags, the throwing of footballs and the chipping of golf balls....then the wine tasting, then the dinner and Sunday morning capped by Chowanec's pancakes and sausage and Cashetta's Bloody Marys....and the WONDERFUL camaraderie all weekend.   Thank you everyone!