Sunday, December 29, 2013

City of Sails

New Years Day; some people make resolutions and break them before midnight. Why not take advantage of the fair weather and take the old beast for a spin?  It was a tradition in my family, at least for awhile it was, to take the yellow bus (my Pa's old yellow Santa Cruz 40 "AJAX) to Friday Harbor. The Rumpus isn't quite as luxurious and neither is a Laser but we plan to be out on the Bay on both these vessels New Years Day.
So come one and come all @ 1300 on Wednesday and lets fill the bay with sails from Lido's to Catalinas, Cal's to catamarans and start the New Year out right!

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Light Up the Night

Holiday tradition continues tonight with the lighted boat parade. The POA has generously provided free moorage for all the boats on C dock, So grab a string of lights and some egg nog to share and head for C-dock. Rumor has it that if the weather cooperates there may also be a chance to head out onto that whale pasture. Some may remember before Cap Sante Boatyard got chased out of the basin and the Dicksons used to doll up their 100+ converted minesweeper "Cairdeas" to lead the way. Trivial pursuit prize to any member that can remember the names of the two matching tri-hull tenders she carried on deck, one which was converted to become the AYC chase boat.
In other news...
When you remember dues also pay your PHRF dues, if you have a new sail you need to get that measured too, Scott Lindberg our newest member is our club handicapper and can get you started if you need help. Also the safety rules have changed  from PIYA to ISAF so if you are headed to any major regattas you may need to update your flares, lifelines, radar reflector and the like. The Seattle Boat Show is scheduled for Jan 24-Feb 2nd, it might be fun to get a group of members rent a bus and make a day of it. BYC has done this for over 30 years and it has become so popular they now run two buses. If you are looking for a warm up before the Girts Rekevics Foul Weather Race/Cruise, the 'Round Shaw Island Winter Classic is scheduled for Feb 16th, Sunday.

Monday, December 09, 2013

The America's Cup at AYC

Our photographer, Del Zane,  took 570 pictures and is in the process of uploading them to his site.  As soon as he has completed the task,  you will find a link here at to his site to download your pictures.  The upload process will not be completed until December 12 or 13.

Thanks goes out to all the Anacortes Yacht Club volunteers that made the hosting of the Cup a success in our new addition.  It was a brutally cold afternoon, and those volunteers served in outside positions deserve special thanks.   The book signing of The Billionaire and the Mechanic  was a perfect adjunct to the Cup viewing.  Thanks goes out to Mark Turner, Norbert Bajurin and Julian Guthrie for making the Cup happen at the Anacortes Yacht Club.  We can say with confidence that the general public and our guests appreciated our efforts in displaying the Auld Mug.

Saturday, December 07, 2013

Fryer on Friday Night

This Friday night make plans to come on down to the home, well temporary anyway of the Auld Mug! The special guest for the general meeting is Capt. Doug Fryer. Doug has a lifetime of sea stories to share. Special interest to all boaters is Doug's involvement in the development of the Lifesling a patented MOB recovery system. Doug started out at Fisheries in Seattle doing rope/wire splices on the pier and ended up becoming a maritime lawyer. He also crewed aboard Adventuress on her trip North from San Francisco in December in the 50's. Doug's current boat is a lovely bright finished 42' cutter designed by Bob Perry. He has raced her singlehanded to Hawaii and sailed 'round the horn to attend Carnival in Rio! In any case the drinks are cheap and the food is delicious. In other news your dues are due so send'em before the end of the month to avoid fees...Happy Holidays!

Sunday, December 01, 2013

Da Auld Mug

Friday, Dec. 6th, the AYC will host the event of the season. At 1530 we will have a members only (with special guests) event to host the most famous trophy in the sport of yachting, The Americas Cup. Some of our more senior members may know it by it's original name the 100 Guineas Cup. Not only will the cup itself be there but also honorary AYC member Tugboat Turner (reportedly no relation to Ted Turner), part of the Team that won for good 'ol USA. In addition the author of the soon to be best selling  book about the whole shootin match, Ms. Julian Guthrie, and probably some security personnel will be in attendance. If you're one of the quickly dwindling portion of the population that still puts in a full workday even on Friday you are in luck. After the AYC event the Cup will travel to Watermark store @1830. Of course member social hours will carry on as well.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Start your Holidays at AYC

Kickoff the holidays a little early at AYC. Instead of the usual 1730 doorbell AYC will ring in the holidays at 1230. The Apple Cup, the annual civil war between the states largest two public universities will be on the big new screen at the big new club. Be sure to buy an egg nog for all the volunteers that heaved a shovelful of gravel or  placed a brick in the fancy new landscaping. Speaking of UWand WSU; what is the same of all the graduates of each respective school?....wait for it.... They all applied at UW!  In other news the date is set for the first race/cruise for next year. The Annual Girts Rekevics Foul Weather Race/Cruise to Friday Harbor is set for Feb 22-23. the Canadians will be back to try and wrest the thermos from Team Pink, Steph and her crew of merry maids, the cruisers typically arrive early and set up the moorage and make sure the pickled eggs are not spoiling on our current Commodores gig Pacific Drifter. For the truly intrepid 'Round Shaw Island Winter Classic hosted by OIYC Feb 16th...

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Share a weenie with a friend

Gourmet Hot Dogs! (Isn't that like Jumbo Shrimp or alone together) In any case Friday, Nov.22nd is your chance to enjoy a frankfurter with none of the meat by products you got used to at all those Wednesday nights this summer. Linda and Warren are serving up the finest with all the fixins for only a sawbuck each! Come enjoy a holiday cup of cheer and listen to some easy listenin favorites. It all starts @ 1730, that's 5:30pm for y'all non-military types. It's all for you and soon the holidays will be here and you'll be wishin you could just order a cool one at the bar watch your troubles sail over the horizon....

Friday, November 01, 2013

Welcome Sailors All Around!

Mark your calendar for Friday, November 8th! The brand new all fancied up and fireproofed AYC will host sailors from all over the local whale pasture to a night of music, fun and food. Each year the OIYC hosts the annual 'Round the County Race, this year featuring 90 boats from 24' to 70'. Crews from all over converge on A-town and head for the start line in the dark Saturday morning. In order to send them off in style the AYC will make sure they aren't thirsty and even have a taco bar to keep them from hitting the free bar pretzels too hard. This year Teddy Bear, Celebration, Wild Rumpus, Pangaea, Passepartout, and of course ICON will be out for the lovely pickle dishes passed out each year. Come join the fun and let these sailors feel welcome, also cheer on your favorite local crew. The video is full of antics and hijinks from years past  RTC when Jo, Ajax and Night Runner ruled the waves.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Breeze on

Teddy Bear practicing for Round the County.   This was the run to Alki Point on Sunday, October 27 during Seattle Yacht Club's Grand Prix Regatta- 26 knots after two days of drifting.  Photo by Fred Abelman

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

And the winner is.....

A thin layer of fog did not stop the AYC sailors from enjoying one more chance to sheet the rags home and turn back the tranquil waters of Fidalgo Bay. A very certain local Halibut fisherman ably assisted by the Abelist of all blew the horn and flew the flags and two competitive races were completed. Our voluminous new club now nearly completed was filled with the savory smells of fine victuals and the bartender kept the taps pressed to the end stops. Everyone walked home with a souvenir of the year's racing, if you bought a packet and didn't get one email Steph or your former RC to make arrangements. This year just the same as last the coveted Yacht of the Year trophy was not decided until the final race, Viti Rocks. Three boats met the eligibility requirements, Little Annie, Syndicat, and Kymodoce. This year it was Kyle Saum and crew aboard Kymodoce that accepted the award, gave a heartfelt thanks to his competitors and probably enjoyed a stiff drink for a job well done. Let's pray for wind in 2014 and don't forget to give the 'Round the County racers a heapin helpin of AYC hospitality Friday Nov. 8th!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

SATURDAY Racing Fun and Awards.......

DON'T FORGET.....enjoy this glorious weather and join the racers Saturday:

  • Fun Race on Fidalgo Bay at 1300
  • Club open at 1700
  • Awards at 1800
  • and then the Halloween Extravaganza at the Transit Shed later
For details go the previous blog...."A Frightening End to the Sailing Season".......!!!!!

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

AMERICA'S CUP..Engineering the Comeback!!

A VERY special General Meeting is in store for this Friday Night, October 11th.   It's the Annual Crab Feed, the Nomination of Officers for next year, and for the program our guest will be Paul Bieker!!  Seattle Yacht Designer Paul Bieker was 'the man' who was responsible for "Appendage Structural Design"...the foils and rudders... that were key to the success of ORACLE's AC72 and the comeback that retained THE CUP!!
Come hear what he has to say, what really happened, and the role of the design team in the competition.
Register to reserve your meal, crab or chicken, on line as usual!!!!!

Sunday, October 06, 2013

A Frightening end to the Sailing Season

Mark your calendar for October 19th. Racing begins at 1pm on the familiar waters of Fidalgo Bay. This is strictly a day for fun for you and your crew. Typically we race around Huckleberry or maybe out Guemes Channel  let's see which way the wind is blowing.  The doors of good 'ol AYC open at 5pm, careful of that red wine on the new carpet! Year end awards begin promptly at 1800. Even if your yacht and sails are stowed for the season come join the fun. Every yacht that registered and participated in the 2013 racing season will take home something, so save the club the postage and enjoy a cup of cheer. Steph has prepared a slide show and music featuring your boat with photos by Roger. As the party at AYC winds down the spooky fun is just winding up. This the 5th Annual Haunted Warehouse at The POA Transit Shed located at the North end of Commercial Avenue. This ghoulish gathering is a fund raiser for the AYC Pirate Camp! BTW it also benefits the Cancer Care Cinic at Island Hospital and the local Amphitheater Restoration project. Check out the posters located around town for details or just google it for all the details.... Live music by the best dance band in the county, beer donated by Pizza Factory, Wheelhouse, and Dad's Diner, Tasty vittles, silent auction, dance and costume contests, all this and you're supporting three fine charities at the same time!

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Mikey Likes It!!!

AYC members Kevin Welch, Ian and Joy Sloan are currently leading the Melges 24 Worlds being held on the waters of San Francisco Bay hosted by San Francisco YC. If they pull this off it would likely be the best performance by an AYC member boat in the 100 year history of our club. The boat is owned by Kevin, helmed by Ian, Joy does foredeck. They have a practice boat also named Mikey that lives on a hydralift at the top of P-dock and their varsity boat lives on it's trailer in Ian's boatyard on R ave. The Melges Worlds is truly an international event (kinda like the AC is supposed to be) with teams from Switzerland, Germany, and Ireland in the top ten. Where are those Kiwi's? Maybe all the good Kiwi sailors already have jobs with AC campaigns.... Mikey warmed up by competing in the Pre worlds regatta hosted  by St Fancy (Francis) YC as part of the Rolex Big Boat Series last week, they were 5th. Interestingly for you trivia buffs Alan Field who's brother owns Village Pizza/ Wheelhouse placed 6th! GO Atown! 3 days of racing left let's hope Team Mikey can hold it together better than Emirates team NZ......
In other news Captain Midnight also competed at BBS, if you are interested in a sporty new boat called a J-70 (22.8 feets) goto for the write up.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

What A Cruise!!!!!!

It was the "Almost Blakely Island Cruise" and what a 'cruise' it was!!  They made the most of it...and great big kudos to Bernie and Bob Bell, and their daughters for a marvelous 'save'.   It was a very prudent decision, given the weather, to reformat and 'cruise to the clubhouse'.  Eighty plus gathered there last night (with the sheet rock just applied in the addition), tasted wine, watched football, cooked steaks, pot lucked, and played bingo.  Then they returned this morning for Cashetta's Bloody Marys and Chowanec's pancakes and sausage, golf putting and football.   Yes, what a weekend cruise!!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Make the Most of it!!!!

Change of plans....but what an opportunity to make the most of it.   The WINE-CHEESE-CHOCOLATE Cruise to Blakely has been reformatted and will be held at the Clubhouse so no need to brave the forecast heavy rain and 40K southerlies!!! And that means all members can come to Bob and MarKay's $5 night...baked potato extravaganza tonight...Friday!!!    MAKE THE MOST OF IT!!!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Tuesday, September 24, 2013


Today at the clubhouse!!!!...1300 (1PM)...on the big screen...the final race!!!!   Come on down, bring your friends, and join the cheering crowd for what has been a most historic AMERICA'S Jimmy Spithill said, "the greatest comeback in International sport".  It couldn't be more exciting, and even tho' construction is going on, we'll watch around it!!!!  DON'T MISS THIS!!!!!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Great Summer of Racing!!!

Last night was the last (darn!) Wednesday night race of the season....PAJAMA NIGHT...kind of putting the boats to bed?? And great big KUDOS to Stephanie and Andy Schwenk for a great program.  For those of you who might of missed coming by the club on a Wednesday evening this summer, you really missed out!!  We averaged about 25 boats out chasing each other around the buoys, being marvelously photographed by Roger Robertson, and then the crews fed by each crew taking their turn (great volunteering!) and watered at the very busy bar (helping finance the new addition so we can handle even more next year).  Every Wednesday saw the club house packed!!  It was marvelously organized and Steph's 'prizes' are something to behold!!
Now, register for the Blakely Cruise next weekend and join in more fun!!!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Annual Salmon Feed

Friday September 13th (yikes!) marks the end of our summer meeting hiatus and as in past years we will be celebrating with a salmon feed brought to you by Trident Seafoods and culinary wizard Walt Meagher. 

But it gets even better!  Captain Kenneth Greff of Sound Experience will be joining us. Sound Experience sails the historic schooner Adventuress.  Commissioned in 1913, Adventuress is a gaff topsail two-masted schooner measuring 101 feet on deck.  That's a whole bunch of sailboat!  Ken will tell us  about Adventuress and the mission of Sound Experience. 

Dinner will be salmon, baked potato, cole slaw and salad.  All for $12/per.  What a deal!  For those more inclined towards terrestrial fare, there will be an option for chicken.  Walt's famous oysters will also be available for $1 each.

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

AYC haulin the silverware

The BYC's annual PITCH Regatta held every Labor Day Weekend in the fiendishly tricky windswept bay in front of Bellingham provides sailors an excellent way to cap off the summer racing season. This year the sailors of AYC had a banner year, standing on the podium in three classes. First off, of course are those speedy multihulls with Chris Sherman and Keith Stone showing AC form in capturing second place in winds ranging up to 20 knots. Capt. Mike Strauss in the Bombshell ( can be yours for 19.5k) put the smackdown on the larger vessels to steal 1st place with 3pts to spare. The Little Annie Capt and crew kept the dodger up just in case of inclement weather and battled to a third place for their efforts. Excellent racing coupled with fine hospitality and plenty of sponsor swag made for a terrific weekend. Surely next year you will want to join the fun!

Monday, August 26, 2013


Results are in and posted online! Also, check out Steve's fabulous photography. How often do you get a photo of your boat under sail, taken from the air?

Steve Wolff Photos

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

N-100 and You

On Friday Aug 23rd sailors from across the Salish Sea from Sandpoint to Hood River, from Tacoma to Surrey will converge on AYC. Here's your chance to be a part of the action. Help Walt make a sumptuous repast, help Steph and Markay get everyone registered, help launch a boat from outa town, or help clean up when it is all over. AYC is reknown for it's legendary hospitality and reasonably priced beverages. From the welcome banquet Friday night to the trophy banquet Sunday afternoon there is something for everyone who wants to help out. Simply drop Steph a line @ and when she gets out of her pirate outfit she will set you up!

Saturday, August 10, 2013

N-100 You know you wanna be there!

Now there are 25! That little voice is telling you, I be they wonder how many t-shirts to order, I bet they wonder how many trackers to order,I bet they wonder how much chow to order... Yes, you're right sign up now! 50 or 100 It's all about fun. Slipping along through the night with the water and phosphorescence leaving a trail in the moonlight. You know you can do it, heck I can see the Alden Bank buoy from my house! Goto race registration right here on the website or call Andy @ Northwest Rigging 360 770 7035 for any questions.
In Other News:
Congratulations Jamie and Mike  what a beautiful day for such a wonderful ceremony !! Have a lovely honeymoon!

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Save 5 Sawbucks

Rarely does a sailor get to have fun and save money at the same time. If you sign up for the Northern Century or the Fabulous Fifty before the 10th you will save 25.00 American dollars. We have a fine fleet forming up and may even end up with a SC-27 one design start. This race is just great and draws boats from both the US and Canada, mono and multi, experienced and newbie sailors. Bring the whole crew or go double handed. Sign up now and join the fun!

Sunday, August 04, 2013

Bakers Dozen!

The Northern Century is just 3 weeks away and it's time for the skippers of AYC to step up to the plate, bust out their credit cards and sign up. This year we are also featuring the "Fabulous Fifty" for doublehanded boats. This course will take the skipper and crew person around the Alden Bank buoy about 4nm North of Sucia. The latest news in the N-100 is the new finish line. This year the finish will be a line between the boat ramp at Washington Park and the red buoy directly North. This way we avoid the strong ebb currents in the Guemes Channel. Walt is cookin Friday night and we already have 13 boats on the starting grid. Come join the fun. Check here on this website for all the details!

Friday, July 26, 2013

Great Photos - Thanks Roger!

Mac pointed out to me some GREAT photos of Wednesday racing taken by Roger Robertson. He has printed several and made them available at the club. You can contact him at Mrmud54 at or call 299-2203.

It is always so hard to get good photos of your own boat because you're always sailing on it. At Steve Wolff's website check out the Windermere Regatta and Whidbey Race Week galleries. Pick up a few to commemorate great racing at: The pictures are amazing, take a look!

Monday, July 22, 2013

What a week it was....

Whidbey Island Race Week is the last surviving remnant of a series of Race Weeks hosted by Yachting magazine that used to be held in every sailing hotspot in America, as well as Penn Cove, Washington. Anacortes Yacht Club has a long history of sending it's finest yachts and skippers to compete and this year was no different. Let's consider this for a moment; where else on Earth can you set a crab trap on the way to the start line, compete in a sailboat race, eat ice cream in Coupeville while you wait for the next start, watch a pod of killer whales eat seals, hold your ears while the Navy protects our freedom overhead, sail a third race, pull your pot on the way in and drink free alcohol for an hour with your sailor pals and do it all again tomorrow? Sound like fun? WIRW didn't get it's nickname "Adult Summer Kamp" for nuthin...

This year Two boats flew the scarlet letter, Gray Hawken's Teddy Bear and Mikey owned by Kevin Welch representin for Team Big Blue. The Hawken's competed with three generations aboard and missed having good 'ol Fred A in the cockpit. (Get well soon!) Div 1 turned into a 4 boat shoot out in a 5 boat class. Teddy Bear was on the podium each day bringing home a boatload of prizes. Kevin Welch along with AYC members Ian and Joy Sloan absolutely demolished, dismantled and destroyed Div 5. For people trying to learn what sailboat racing is all about this is hard to understand . It's supposed to be a tightly controlled one design class and each boat identical. Well it didn't look that way on the race course with Mikey winning every single race all week long and many by a landslide. The Mikey crew are training hard for the World Championship this summer in San Francisco.

Div 7 had an Anacortes flavor with Jim Lee's fleet of Left Coast Darts, constructed right here in A town doing battle with Team Schwenk split between the two Sierra 26's. Stephanie Schwenk sailed with the Bainbridge High sailing team all week scratched out a 1/2 point victory over the top DART. Many other AYC sailors and crews were spotted on the course and on the stage at the after party and another WIRW is now in the books.

Mikey flying downwind on Wednesday

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Pirate Camp!

Thar be pirates in these waters! Every summer the Anacortes Yacht Club hosts kids of all ages to participate in Pirate Camp. This summer the dates are Aug 6-9 and 11-13. You can check out all the details right here on the registration portion of the website. If you have a Laser or other sailing dinghy in serviceable condition let Steph know so we can get another kid/pirate out on the water. Also she will need members with keelboats and tenders or chaseboat drivers to ferry the pirates for the great hot dog roast on  Scallywag/ Saddlebag Island on Friday. This is an excellent way to host your grandkid or equivalent and have fun on your boat at the same time! Come join the fun! Let Steph know you want to be a part of the action and you may even get a free T-shirt!

Monday, July 01, 2013

Northern Century

Once upon a time, right here in the PNW, two old sailors were watching the raindrops pelting against the windowpane. The conversation turned to the usual topic, sailing. In a national sailing rag an article had been published of a 300 mile sufferfest of sailing that toured the Great Lakes. The raindrops began to come down in earnest which only served to add determination to the sailors cogitation. It soon became crystal clear, the Salish Sea needed a version of this sailing feat of it's own. 300? don't think so, 100 has a nice ring to it, consider the Benjamin, the typical 10% of a boat buck. Doublehanded ok, fully crewed? that's ok too, new for 2013 is the Fabulous Fifty (DH only). Delicious food, a parade, cannon fire, moonlit sailing, all female crews, new friendships, sponsored beer(thanks Anacortes Brewery/Rockfish Grill/ Brewer Kev), sponsored prizes (Port supply/West Marine), a group picture, sunrise breakfast on board, whale watching, kelp wars, fierce competition, and memorable moments. Read all about it on the Notice of Race here on the website and come join the fun!

Thursday, June 27, 2013

4th of July, 1968

Dateline Thursday, July 4, 1968
Anacortes American
Sailboat Race Set This Week
Three Anacortes sailboats were expected to join others from yacht clubs throughout the Northwest for a P.I.Y.A. (Pacific International Yacht Association) roundevous off of Decatur Head Tuesday afternoon.
The sailboats were to race Wednesday of this week from Decatur Head to the Bellingham Yacht Club, host club for a series of races to run through the holiday weekend.
Sailing for the Anacortes Yacht Club will be the RAG DOLL, skippered by the John Cheneys, EOS, skippered by Robert Dursch, and JELLY BEAN, skippered by the Charles MacDonalds.

Also in this edition of the American, "Skagit County Republican Chairman Meets The Nixons." Does anyone recall these events?

Sunday, June 23, 2013

One Big Island!

Every two years on the odd numbered years when there is not a Vic Maui Race the Van Isle 360 is held. This regatta consists of 10 legs sailed over 14 days this year beginning the 8th of June. The race circumnavigates Vancouver Island and for all the details checkout the website. AYC was represented by Kevin Welch and the ICONIANS and Doug Fryer with Team Night Runner. From carbon to canvas, well actually dacron, these two boats could not be more different. Or could they? Both designed by Bob Perry, huge sail inventories, Night Runner carried 3 staysails, a jib top, a drifter, 1/2, 3/4, 1.5, and 2.2 ounce spinnakers, as well as a specialty reaching kite, Number 1, 2, 3 and 5 headsails the spare main rode in the Northwest Rigging support van. ICON was ably assisted by "SWAN" a 70' Monk powerboat and I'm guessing their sail inventory is similarly complete. ICON has an antenna farm on her transom that appears to rival the NSA while Night Runner is generally guided by Jerry Vanderveen and a handheld GPS. AYC member Ian Sloan handles the driving duties at the start aboard ICON while Doug Fryer with over 60 years of sailing experience under his Sou Wester only gives up the helm long enough to check the fathometer every now and then. Both crews are primarily local boys, the old ones on Night Runner and the young guns on ICON. Looking for the ladies? Look to ICON and Ian's wife Joy handling everything from logistics to the main halyard, also Kevins' wife Jenny looking for secrets to steal for use aboard "Soulfood", it would be easier to find a female in a Turkish mens prison than aboard NR. Kevin's sons Eric and Christian are also among the ICON crew while Doug's son Daniel, assigned to the 3/75 Ranger Battalion, is preparing for a deployment to Afghanistan. (Keep him in your prayers.) Both boats have Swiftsure, Southern Straits and numerous Seattle regatta victories and rumor has it that ICON may be out to better Night Runners Vic Maui podium record. I think Bob Perry is justifiably proud of both of these designs. First class programs defining the breadth of the PNW sailing spectrum. How did the race go? As Kevin Welch was quick to remind me, Night Runner already has her victory for this year, (Swiftsure). Congratulations to the Big Blue Show, ICON, Captain and crew brought home the silverware, again!

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Commodore's (B)Log #2 Diversity in Action

AYC has not waisted one lively breeze nor backed off one click from full steam ahead as we move into the second, and hopefully, sunnier quarter of 2013.

Swifsure:     As noted, Doug Fryer and Night Runner, with several able crew on board from AYC, sailed back into Victoria Harbor to win the 2013 Swiftsure Classic for the second time in three years.  Doug was also honored for having sailed in a remarkable 45 Swiftsure races.  Wild Rumpus won the Inshore Regatta making another notable mark on the 2013 Swiftsure for AYC.  

Garrison Bay Cruise:  While the Swiftsure racers were battling for the last breath of wind in the Straits of Juan de Fuca,  the annual cruise to Garrison Bay proved that necessity is the mother of invention.  First, the AYC support boat Race Knight was towed to the event proving a nifty ship- to-shore boat while neatly advertising the presence of our Club.  Solving the problem of limited activities ashore imposed by the new park administration, Sean Kelly and Kip and Danette Carroll rafted their boats, Pacific Drifter and Ulysses stern to stern forming the core of what became a 6 boat party barge.  The solution was so successful, the cruisers may not be land based ever again at Garrison Bay.  This event will likely take the Pure Fun Award for the Club for the month of May.

Seattle NOOD (National Offshore and One Design Regatta sponsored by Sailing World):  Kaa, skippered by Steve Orsini with crew Garrett Johns and David Way,  were tied for first place going into the final day of racing on Sunday May 19th in the 5 boat Viper Class.    By the end of the day, Kaa, with a total of 16 races completed in two and a half days of racing, won first place in Class.  Representing AYC beginning in 2008, in two different one design boats, the team of Johns and Orsini have won their Class in three Seattle NOODs and were selected the overall Regatta winners in 2008.

Waterfront Festival:  AYC emphasized service to its community by providing its customary free boat rides at the June 1-2, 2013 Waterfront Festival.  The indefatigable duo of Catherine Bearce and Bob Neuman  had the complex event, 54 AYC volunteers and 14 boats,  running like a Swiss watch.   Over the two day Festival, 324 individuals were given boat rides, some for the first time in their lives.   Thanks to all the volunteers and especially those AYC members who offered up their boats.  Lots and lots of smiles from the public coming in off the rides.

Expansion:  BT&D Construction has the addition moving forward in a timely fashion.  Fred Abelman has been doing a yeoman's job as project manager and has been working many hours with the City of Anacortes, its Fire Department and the Port of Anacortes to get the 8 inch fire main and hydrant, now a requirement, to the Club property in a cost effective and timely manner.  The sub-contracts have been signed for the sprinkler system and the heating and air conditioning system.  BT&D worked with Fred and AYC to have the excavation work around the addition back-filled and gravel laid to the back of the Club to facilitate the Windermere Regatta Barbecue Dinner.  (Remember, do not park in the back of the Club yet.)  Beth Bell provided a bid for the flooring in the new addition including re-carpeting the existing upstairs carpet area.  The carpet was picked at the May 28 Board Meeting with an eye to color and finish to resist gallons of red wine spills!

Windermere:  Right around the point (in time- June 8&9) lies AYC's Grand Prix qualifying Windermere Regatta.  Michael Strauss and Jamie Riggs volunteered to organize this year's event and have been on it like white on an egg.  They have amassed a potent set of volunteers from Par Barrett and Mark Dobie, on the water PRO officials, to Steve Cox, and his galley crew, already with a stunning menu for Saturday eve's dinner.  

Lido 14 Sundays:  Lido Racing could not have been better than Sunday afternoon, June 4.  The sun smiled warmth while a 5 to 7 knot northerly rippled Fidalgo Bay.  Colin Orsini with crew Lisa Acomb proved hard to beat but David Way and Patrick Smedile in the Fleet 78 loaner Lido, Killer Tomato, were often right on them with a couple of close starts.  Clay Wilcox and Beth Bell had Clay's lovely Lido in contention and are quickly learning the necessity of good crew work in a one design fleet.   Steve and Ginger Orsini were ably assisted by four-year-old grandson Mose who is working on his tacking skills-(moving from one side of the boat to the other on cue.)  

One of the goals of the Anacortes Yacht Club is to provide the infrastructure to get people out on the water in meaningful, enjoyable and safe formats.  For this quarter of 2013, we are on target. 

Steve Orsini

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

AYC Waterfront Fest. Volunteers

The weather looks promising for this weekend's Waterfront Festival and we expect to be giving many people boat rides. AYC needs just a few more people to step up and help out on the docks either as runners or desk helpers.  It's a fun job, low stress and you get to promote boating and AYC to the general public.  If you have some spare time on Saturday or Sunday, give Catherine Bearce a shout.
360 708-9725  or

AYC Hat Trick!

This Memorial Day weekend, the grand daddy of them all, the Swiftsure Regatta sailed out of Royal Victoria Yacht Club celebrated  70 years. 200 boats from Oregon, Washington, BC and beyond rafted together in front of the Empress Hotel in anticipation of a 9am start of Brotchie Ledge. I could go on but let's stick to the facts: 2011 NightRunner skippered by Doug Fryer 1st OA, 2012 ICON skippered by Kevin Welch 1st OA, and again this year  Capt Fryer's 42 Custom 42 Perry designed cutter brought the AYC burgee home 1st! Not a bad 3 year average for good ol AYC! Mr. Fryer was honored at the pre race festivities for having completed 45 of these regattas. Also on board Night Runner were AYC members former commodore Jerry Vanderveen and current race chair Andy Schwenk.  AYC also had the top scoring female skipper with Stephanie Schwenk and kids and neighbors placing first in the inshore race and 3rd overall. The race had it all with top winds of 20kts off Tatoosh Island near Cape Flattery to boats anchored within sight of the finish to keep from being pushed backward by strong curremts. This is a very special accomplishment for these sailors and showcases the quality of  sailors around AYC.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

All the news that's fit to print!

Tiramisu took home his first victory this season in the Jack Island  Doublehanded Race, "three score and ten" now that's a big number! Jerry Vanderveen brought it home for those young'uns. In the Jack and Jill lovebird division who else but our own Windermere Regatta chairs Capt Mike and first mate Jamie.(sign up now!) For those that like to do it by themselves John Gunn got the bullet in the SH class. 8 boats and 4 winners!
In Seattle, where the big boys play, in the Sperry NOOD Regatta @ Shilshole our very own Commodore dominated the Viper class, while Ian and Joy Sloan were battling in their F-18. 4 races each day and boats from mini 12's to 6 meters makes this a terrific regatta.
This Wednesday the 22nd features an old skool Guemes Channel race if the winds and current allow, look for the start line near Randy's pier 66 and a turning mark near the West end of Guemes. Of course if the wind gods don't cooperate this plan could change. No points at stake here so take it easy and enjoy the evening. This race dates back to the day when skippers didn't want to crash their boat the day before they left for Swiftsure, or maybe it was  because Handyman was typically out of the water, but I digress. In any case Swiftsure!
Swiftsure is the grand daddy of them all, actually several races in one. First the race to the bank, Icon will compete for line honors skippered by Kevin Welch, Doug Fryer and his big old woody  Nightrunner will attempt to chase them down on corrected time. Passepartout fresh off the ocean from Oregon will compete in the Neah Bay course. Our favorite scorer Kyle Saum will attempt to score in the Juan de Fuca race to Clallam Bay and back. Wild Rumpus skippered by the lovely  Stephanie Schwenk will find her competition in the inshore races that finish at RVYC this year. Goto the Swiftsure website and follow the action via the tracker system each boat carries.
Sign up for Windermere. Please register for Windermere. Windermere Regatta is typically the biggest event of the year at AYC and it really helps to know how many of what to buy from trophies to T shirts to paper plates!

Sunday, May 12, 2013

AYC takes it offshore

The 37th annual Oregon Offshore Race started Thursday the 9th in Astoria, Oregon. What is it about blue hulled boats and AYC? ICON is always tearing up the race course with all the newest gadgetry, Teddy Bear does it old school with strategery and homecooked family style, in this case Passepartout skippered by Pete Shainin and ably assisted by former Commodore Jerry Vanderveen, Arty,Vince, Dean, Bryan and some new faces too! The trip down proved nav instruments not required as the Windex pointed to the destination the entire way. A skippers meeting featuring the longest raffle in yachting history, and it was down the Great Columbia River for a ten am start. A humpback whale actually breached here two years ago and took the rig out of a Beneteau 36 named ....wait for it...L'Orca. (Truly this did happen) In any case with more whales spotted in the start area, crews were on high alert. Passepartout led out to the West first across the start line chased by a fleet of 27 boats. (check out their website for all the details) Winds were North at ten knots and built into the twenties the first night. Westerlies wre predicted and most boats rounded the Duntze Rock corner near Flattery sometime on Friday. The classic spinnaker run down the Starit of Juan de Fuca the obligatory fireworks going through Race Rocks and a coast to the finish. Passepartout earned a deuce in class B.
In other news:
New plan for Wednesday nights seems to be popular lots of boats and smiling faces
Syndicat wins Sucia Island Race (after so many victories is this still news?)
New sail loft in town Ulman Sails located at MSC
Your race chair sailed to a class victory aboard SC-27 Bladerunner at Oregon Offshore
Anacortes Rigging owners Ian and Joy have volunteered to be RC for first Wednesday night series.
Commodore Steve took his Lido to Oregon for spring racing. He owns a lot of boats!
Big Blue Show ICON 1st to finish at SYC Protection Island
Swiftsure around the corner let's represent for AYC!

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

WATERFRONT FEST June 1&2 More Details

Waterfront Fest Volunteer Details!  On June 1 & 2.  We need boats to give rides, people to man the desk and "ambassadors" to take people to the boats, possibly ride with them and escort them off. You can work morning and/or afternoon shifts - one or both days. Boats and skippers can work one or both days. Waterfront Fest is a blast! Come be part of the fun!    
Please go to to volunteer.
If you have questions, please contact:
Catherine Bearce:      360 708-9725
Bob Neumann:

Waterfront Fest. Boats & Volunteers Needed!

Last year at the Waterfront Festival, AYC gave around 300 people the chance to get out on the water, some for the first time. We play a huge part in the success of this event and it's a great time to promote Anacortes Yacht Club and boating in general. We still need boats, skippers and dock crew to help out.

Please go to to volunteer.
If you have questions, please contact:
Catherine Bearce:      360 708-9725
Bob Neumann:

Saturday, May 04, 2013

Sucia Island

The weather is here, we wish you were.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Wednesday Night

Sunshine, wind and Walt behind the grill, this is guaranteed to make your workweek better. If God covered 3/4 of the Earth with water he must have intended for you to spend some time out on that whale pasture. Be on the start line or simply show up for a delicious meal and a cup of cheer.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Wednesday Night Warm Up

Mark your calendar for Wednesday April 24th @1800, that's 6pm for an informative evening regarding everything you ever needed to know about Wednesday nights at AYC. Whether you are a seasoned salt or just a newbie, if you are a skipper looking for crew or an out of work foredeck ape come on down. We will review how to fire up the BBQ, what the start sequence is, the new No Flying Sails div that starts 1st this year, where the keys to the chase boat are hidden, how many buns to buy and where to dump the trash. The first race is scheduled for May 1st and the fine folks at Anacortes Rigging and Yacht Service have volunteered to do committee duties for the first series. These folks know what they're doing so if you are interested in this kind of work let them know you're available and it is likely they will work you in. Fred Abelman will fill you in on getting qualified to run the chase boat and my first wife (and current) Stephanie Schwenk will describe how cooking duties are handled. Goto the Racing section here on the website to see which night you're in the barrel, if you are going to be cruising or otherwise outa town find someone to trade nights with. Let's have some fun!

Saturday, April 13, 2013

All Sails Set

If the Anacortes Yacht Club was a sailing ship, no barnacles are growing on her hull.  The first quarter spied her crowding on the canvas from Foul Weather Race and Cruise to the Tulip Regatta (both terrific successes).  These events bracketed the big project, the expansion of the Club itself, which began with serious excavation work on March 25, 2013,  the day after the Ground Breaking which witnessed four gold shovels and two gold clam diggers wielded first by the current Board, then by attending past Commodores and finally by those present at the ground breaking for the current club house.   Although the work to date has not disrupted the interior of the Club, parking is now more limited, but footings have been poured and the forms are in for the downstairs walls.  (By the way, the Club raised its targeted $170,000 via member promissory notes in barely two weeks time- congratulate yourselves!)  Vince Henley prepared all the documentation so that in the future the Club will be zoned Commercial Marine instead of Residential which will remove the extended conditional use permitting process.

In between the major racing/cruising events,  Race Chair Andy Schwenk has Saturday long distance racing in full swing, Vice Commodore Sean Kelly has pulled off three terrific General Meetings, Bill Short has kept the Club fed with an at least an equal amount of $5 Buck Nights, Fred Abelman and his host of AYC volunteers ran a full-on High School Team Racing Regatta at Seafarer's Park and the Club hosted Dick Rose, ISAF Rules Review Committee Chair, to bring the sailors up to speed on the recent changes to the Racing Rules of Sailing.  Jerry Ball has the burners hot for a great cruising season.  Meanwhile MarKay Neumann, Member Chair,  signed up a host (I lost count) of new members while turning out the 2013 Roster.  We also upgraded the ownership of our web site and have planned a more user friendly interface.  And do not forget that Rear Commodore Jerry Reilly and his team of very dedicated volunteer keepers have the bar running like a smooth 12 year old Scotch.

Speaking of volunteers, not one of the activities listed above, plus the ones that I have forgotten to list, has been executed without active volunteers.  Often, we find the same dedicated club members signing up for duties and I want to urge all of you who have been riding on their shoulders to broaden our base.  I guarantee you will be valued, you will meet other great volunteers and you will have some fun.  Above all, hang on because the breeze is up at the Club and we are not shortening sail.

Steve Orsini

Tulip Regatta Photos Available for Viewing

Del Zane's great Tulip Regatta Photos are available for viewing now. There are three links to view the many pictures.Tulip Photos Group 1
Tulip Regatta Group 2
Tulip Photos Group 3

Friday, April 12, 2013

Video from Tulip Regatta

Last weekend's Tulip Regatta was warm and comfortable when viewed from the Committee boat. Brad Blymyer took videos and here's the condensed version for your enjoyment. (Two days in about 25 minutes)

Windermere Regatta

Save the dates June 8th and 9th, this is the AYC's Windermere Regatta and as a qualifier for Seattle Yacht Club's Gran Prix Regatta in the fall this is typically our most attended regatta. Michael Strauss is turning over the controls of his jet airplane that creates the sounds of freedom for the weekend to be the chair for the weekend. We are still looking for a Saturday night chef to fill the shoes of the crew that have hung up their spatulas after a 10 year run. Flank steak and chili have been popular but of course change is good too....This regatta traditionally takes place in the waters on the North side of Guemes near Jack Island and allows the faster bigger boats to stretch their legs a bit and with that in mind we have tried to especially invite the multihull crowd. If you enjoy being out on the water, behind the grill, behind the bar or behind the scenes this regatta is for you. Simply contact Mr. Strauss and let him know you can lend a hand. Organizational meeting at AYC Monday the 15th
In other news:
Wednesday night racing starts May 1st, we will have a meeting at AYC April 24th at 6pm at AYC (Administrative Professionals Day) to discuss the new format. NFS (no flying sails) Div 1 will go first, followed by Div 2 and the Class 1 ocean racers will start last in Div 3. If you haven't bought a race packet yet simply goto the racing section here and click away. If you need a PHRF cert contact Mr. Scott Lindberg and ask him about his charitable work overseas.
Scuttlebutt includes some new boats in the swamp: Mike Herbert in an Etchells 22 that is really a 30, Capt. Ed in 36 feet of ocean racing fury, Mr Lindberg creating a special new rating for his little green toy, and it is likely Mr. Clay Adams will make a return this season.
Finally it is Friday the club is open at 1730 and is still the deal in town!

Sunday, April 07, 2013

Tulp Regatta

AYC sailed into the 2013 spring racing season with the Tulip Regatta organized by Walt Meagher and was enjoyed by all. Six dvisions and 38 boats hoisted sails and did battle on courses chosen by PRO Chris White and a hearty crew of volunteers including chase boat skippers Pat Barrett and Bernie Selting. On the "Pacific Drifetr owned by AYC members Jan and Sean Kelly a host of AYC members led by Laurie Gillmer and audited by Kyle Saum, fired off races ably assisted by Pam Mickelwait and others. The wind was shifty and the rain came and went but the competition was fierce. A protest was filed, a Survivor challenge was held at the club, no one fell into the construction hole, and the videos captured by the photo boats were the highlight of the weekend. AYC turned out in full force to support the regatta T-shirt vendors, bar tenders, committeee boats,and  galley people. Bill Bowman singlehandedly handling BBQ clean up, Walt Meagher cracking the whip across the backs of the entire crew for over 20 years and Commodore Steve ably assisted by his wife kept the whole operation running smoothly. No other club in the PNW enjoys the volunteer spirit of the Friday night crew Dave and Esther, the Saturday morning smile of John and Geri, or the Sunday night stamina of Jerry Reilly and Myra Mc Ewan. Sailing, socializing and plenty of AYC hospitality this is what AYC is all about. Come on down and join the fun; it's later than you think.... For full results check out the racing section posted here.

Thursday, April 04, 2013

Tulip Time

The sun is out, the boatyards are busy and the bar is overstocked. This can only mean one thing, it's time for the Tulip Regatta. Even if Jimmy Buffett doesn't show up we will still have a good time. Friday night is open social and Saturday night is game night. Come compete on the water, it's not too late to sign up, or just come on down and join the fun. Wind is in the forecast so  let's see who can hold it together as round and round the bay they go. Oh and don't forget the famous salmon feast Saturday night, by simply entering for the regatta you also can sign up for the best salmon this side of the Skagit.

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Great White North Race Report

West Vancouver Yacht Club hosted the 45th annual Southern Straits Classic yacht race, starting on Good Friday at 10am. Actually the big news was Thursday night when Kevin Welch's ICON was awarded the trophy for the overall winner of the 2012 edition. It is likely he will have to be willing to wax the Rumpus  topsides or mow the lawn in return for the pickledish since he was not there to receive the goods. The wind was light at the start and not quite enough to get the mighty Night Runner owned by Doug Fryer of AYC to lift her skirts and get underway. AYC member Stephanie Schwenk sailing aboard Bravo Zulu, that she sailed to Hawaii last summer, led out to the West and the race was on. After a lazy afternoon of swapping tacks and counting porpoises and killer whales (orcas) night fell and the moon rose out of the ocean like a burnt umber orange. Soon off to the North as spinnakers sprouted at Ballenas Islands the Aurora Borealis  put on a show, huge bands of light dominated the night sky and distracted the groggy crews. Phosphorescence spun off the hulls and marked the boats trails through the waters. In the morning the Night Runner was forced with the question of wreckers or checkers? Of course they gybed early going for the win and cutting the distance by taking a tight line in front of Howe Sound. Mr. Murphy was listening and served up a fine brew of contrasting breezes resulting in a foredeck fiasco that dropped the Night Runner from second to fifth in less than an hour. Glory will have to wait for another year. As the crews delivered the yachts South under the belt of Orion it was said: A yacht is a possession that is purchased in one's life, the experiences with other's aboard make up your life. (Or word's to that effect , two 80 mile deliveries and a 93 mile race in 72 hours fogs my cortex) For full details as well as the race tracker goto wvyc website.....
Now let's have some fun Tulip Regatta April 6/7!!!!!

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Expansion and Club Access

With the Club Expansion underway(see photo below and keep in mind the hole is now bigger),  the question comes up repeatedly about access.  We will be able to use the upstairs and downstairs in the club house through about 90% of the project.   (The estimate is that the expansion will take about 4 months).  For tomorrow's Club Social, March 29 starting at 17:30 hrs, we will have only one upstairs access through the north door.  Parking will be limited throughout the expansion, so club members are encouraged to park across the street in the Port of Anacortes parking proximate to the club.  Although the upstairs ADA access ramp will not be available for the Club Social tomorrow afternoon, we should have an outside stairway built onto the existing deck ready for next week's Tulip Regatta.  Keep in mind that we are in a major expansion, so flexibility is requested.  Fred Abelman is our construction project manager.  If you are planning to use the club for an event,  please contact Fred (360 708 2286),  for future updates on access as he is in regular contact with the builder.

Steve Orsini

Wednesday, March 27, 2013


I was crew on a delivery from San Diego to Ventura a few weeks ago. We started out under full sail then headed north – directly into what little wind there was. The rest of the trip was under power, 140 miles at about 5 knots. We had plenty of time to watch the horizon.

We all hoped to see whales but all we saw were balloons. Mostly heart shaped red balloons made of mylar. You see a spot on the horizon and wonder if it might be a crab, shrimp, or lobster pot. 15 miles offshore we didn’t expect many pots, but you never know. Getting closer, you might have to change course … for a balloon! How can you know what’s tied below?

I came away with new ideas about helium balloons. Let’s just say I’ll probably never give them as a gift. Even air filled latex balloons can escape into the sea where they can kill marine life.

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Spring Racing Beat

The Smith Island Race featured everything a sailor could want, smooth water, downwind start, fine competitors everything except wind.... Nonetheless Walt cracked the whip aboard Syndicat over the heads of a determined crew and came away with victory. The Hassenpfeffers were not to be denied and held on for the bridesmaid position. Everyone else figured they'd rather go bowling or mow their lawn.
Easter Weekend features the Southern Straits Regatta hosted by West Vancouver Yacht Club. There are four courses, the lone AYC competitor this year will be Doug Fryers, custom cutter, the wood planked, Bob Perry designed Night Runner; some call the inspiration for Kevin Welch's ICON. You can follow along on the WVYC website as the tracker system will be in use. This race is notorious for big winds and big action as the Strait of Georgia can get lively on occasion.
Tulip Regatta! Hands are in the Air! New BBQ, Games with Stephanie n Stacia, Sailing with a real PRO, salmon on the grill, wind in your sails, great trophies and sponsor prizes. Why not come join the fun? From F-18 catamarans, vintage SC-27's and Puerto Rican 24's, the new kid on the block with our own Commodore on the helm the Viper 640's and of course the usual PHRF suspects. Come see what AYC does best and support the sponsors and our bar revenue!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Ground Breaking Celebration This Sunday!

Come celebrate with us! 

After a long wait, much work and many hours donated by dedicated volunteers, the AYC Clubhouse expansion is about to become a reality! Join us as we pop a cork, break ground and honor all those who helped make this project happen. This Sunday, March 24th, 1PM at Anacortes Yacht Club.

For more information:
Contact: Steve Orsini
Phone: 360 202-7280

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Smith Island Race

Ahoy AYC racers! Saturday March 23rd the sailors of the AYC will set sail in the Ed Knowles Memorial Smith Island Race. I don't know if Ed had a daughter, but if he did I sure hope she shows up for the trophy presentation. If you were at the Foulweather Race/ Cruise you know what I'm talking about.
 What I do know about Ed is, he and his wife Janet were terrific sailors. The boats I remember were a Pearson 35 "THEARK" and later a Saturna 33 "OMEGA". Ed was a decorated USCG veteran and he and Janet knew and followed the rules, well at least they tried. I remember a certain raft up up, tied to a buoy, waiting for wind in Fidalgo Bay and Janet ringing that damn bell every minute until someone handed her a glass of wine to hold instead! Hey that's how I remember it. In any case speaking of light winds be aware that in the case of no breeze off the tanker dock the starting line is likely to move out west to the green and red buoys just West of the Guemes Ferry dock. Keep your VHF radio on and allow yourself a little extra time. Who can stop Team Bottles and the red menace? Esther is back on her feet and John Gunn knows that will be trouble. Syndicat is bringing a ringer from Seattle. Passepartout is rumored to be taking the lathe and civil war cannon ball collection off to save weight. Big Ed K is looking to find the gas pedal and spice it up. In the multihull div. Wild Bill continues to dominate...
In other racing news our PHRF handicapper and AYC member Scott Lindberg and most recent yacht owner has been kind enough to meet new racers at the club to measure sails. If you are interested in getting a PHRF rating call Scott and setup an appointment. Vince Townrow of the local UK sail loft has also been available to evaluate sails and make repairs as required. Swing by the loft and see him for recuts and and a quote.
Finally AYC is also hosting a high school regatta this weekend, it's team racing and it is a little different than yachts racing individually as special strategies and tactics apply. If you are interested in pitching in contact Fred Abelman.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Tulip Time

The Anacortes Yacht Club has been hosting the Tulip Regatta since before Mylar sails were invented. This year the event will be held April 6th and 7th on the waters of Fidalgo Bay. This will likely be the last major regatta in what will soon be remembered as the "old" clubhouse as the new clubhouse soon will be taking shape. One design classes slated to appear include those pesky F-18's, the Puerto Rican San Juan 24's, the venemous Viper 640's, and the hardly a one design SC-27's. (at least they're colorful) PHRF classes will be split out at the discretion of our PRO all the way from Orcas Island, Dr. Chris White. We could also have a NFS class if we get 5 boats to sign up. What better way to avoid the crowds and chase away those winter blues? Excellent salmon prepared by our very own Thomas Childs, local brew at terrific prices, games created by two wacky blondes, artwork and trophies by Jennifer Bowman, raffles and sponsorship so we will have many winners. If you are a skipper looking for crew or a crew person looking for a ride get down to the club social hours on a Friday evening or put a post on the club's forum/Facebook. Of course you can swing by the new Northwest Rigging at 620 30th St. introduce yourself to the proprietor Andy Schwenk and he can usually hook you up. Buoy racing in the bay with classes for all levels of sailors and legendary AYC hospitality provided by the best in the business Walt Meagher. Come join the fun on the water or if you would like to volunteer drop Walt a line and he will either put a spatula in your hand or show you how to stack chairs!

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Racin' with a Benjamin

That's right the best 100.00 dollars you'll ever spend! Imagine 20.00 off regattas and 32 races in all, that's less then a sawbuck per race, in fact if you do all the regattas that's 'bout a buck per start. I know you're thinking how can we do this? Low prices at the bar, low prices on the race course, 5 buck nights, a mere 15.00 to listen to nationally acclaimed rules expert, it's like Christmas all year long! Now for the stinkin details, yes; you need a PHRF certificate, yes; you need insurance, yes; you must bust out a Benjamin and purchase a race packet, you can either purchase one at the club Friday night or goto the racing program on this website and purchase one online. They are attractive with a picture of our very own Yacht of the Year "Emoyeni" on the cover suitable for framing. Check out the duty schedule and make plans for RC and KP duty. If you are not a racer and you are still reading this you must have some interest so come out and join the fun! Weekend races are scored as one fleet, GRFW had 23 starters, Wednesday night is different. Class one is NFS or NoFlying Sails or No %$$^$#$ spinnakers, Class 2 is anything rating the same as Emoyeni or slower, and you guessed it if your boat is rated faster than that you are a class 3 racer. The RC reserves the right to place certain boats in classes 2/3, so call Andy 360 770 7035 if you are not sure which fleet are your people. Most of all let's have some fun!

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Ladies First

In the annual international competition that is the AYC Girts Rekevics Foul Weather Race/ Cruise, it paid to be of the fairer sex, or at least have a woman on board if you wanted to do well. In this case the one female, Skipper Stephanie Schwenk with her crew of pink ladies ably assisted by Dean the Magnificent pulled an unbelieveable end run around the entire fleet becalmed just East of Upright Head to carry away the silverware or in this case the bronzeware. It must be very difficult to predict the weather in the PNW because in this case the conditions were very different than the forecast. The big Westerly never showed up and the sunshine made for a terrific dock party. The Canadians showed up en masse and had the early lead, they wore funny hats, they did a lot of hugging and were the best guests we could have welcomed. Sean and Jan were the early birds and helped get everyone get secured and still have a couple pickled eggs left. John beat Dave in the first Beneteau battle of the season. Ed K took his new boat through her paces. Nightrunner beat Myrica in the wood boat world. Bombshell skippered by the General Michael Strauss won the smallest boat award. Celebration squeaked into 2nd by one second. The family affair aboard Emoyeni not only planned and organized and got a ton of cool door prizes but also are lucky #7. Three cheers for Chris Roethle for a job well done! Passepartout hauling both the good wine and some for guests showed off her slick new bottom and rounded out the top ten. Handyman brought Stacy Doyle, Girts daughter to be the trophy girl. Of course Wild Bill was number one in the multihull div! There were powerboaters and ferrygoers and even some hippies from Orcas Island. The SJIYC is a wonderful venue and they know how to cook lasagna. And of course thanks to the RC volunteers Chris and Sheila Maher and their assistant Bob Neumann.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Foulweather Fun!

Time to break out the heavy canvas, batten down the hatches, and bring your umbrella! The weather forecast is just right to chase away those winter blues. Typically the SouWesterly tends to funnel down Guemes Channel and feel more Westerly than it is. Once you clear Shannon Pt be on the lookout for a Southerly shift. Thatcher Pass has been the pass of champions but Peavine is always an option. Once inside the seas should laydown but it can still be puffy. At Upright Head it's likely you'll feel a Southerly shift again, a short beat to the finish as it turns Westerly again and time to put the coffee on! Keep an eye out ahead! The J-120's are very well sailed as well as a number of the smaller boats, again the J-30's are tough in the breeze. If you see a Black boat hauling the mail don't let him out of your sight. These boats can give you and idea of wind shifts and sail selection, if you think you need to reef, you probably do. The outflowing current vs. a Westerly wind will make foulies required and surely give the helmsperson a workout. The commitee boat is the Roughwater 37 "Rough n Ready" skippered by Chris and the lovely and precocious Sheila. If Girts were here he set "Ol Blue" and wear his pig farmer hat and have plenty of condescending BS at the dock to share with all competitors. So let's have some fun and keep those sailmakers busy!

Monday, February 18, 2013

AYC Racing News

Each year in an attempt to warm up their crews and get a jump on the racing season the sailors of the AYC set off for Orcas to participate in the Shaw Island Winter Classic, sponsored by OIYC. Of course they never really warm anything up except for Jah Mon, they stay warm and are well fed, everyone else freezes their, well toes off and usually tear up some gear..... This year was no exception although maybe not quite as cold as can be and certainly not as cold as last year.  The AYC boats Emoyeni, Wild Rumpus, Jah Mon and Pulelehua met up Saturday night to celebrate a certain female skippers birthday at West Sound Marina and polish off all the moonshine this side of the Skagit River. Think I'm kidding? We had both strawberry and blueberry! The start was after the ferry that didn't break down (long trip home) was underway and everyone set their genoas and headed East. A tacking duel ensued and then a headsail reach up Upright Channel. At the turn at Low Point spinnakers blossomed and a lazy run to the entrance of Wasp Passage.  At the clubhouse turn things got a little interesting, a strong current was flushing the boats upwind against a whisper blowing over the hill. Okay the rumor is true so we touched the island.... It used to be you have to reround the mark if you touched, fortunately according to the new rules a 360 is all that's required! In the end Emoyeni earned third in Heavy class, Jah Mon 6th. For the light weights Rumpus was second to the Bad Boys on Blackfoot from Bellingham and Pulelehua was sixth.
In other racing news the Race Packet is off to the publisher and should be for sale at the club Friday night. The Girts Rekevics Foul Weather Race is scheduled for wind and sunshine. Let's have some fun on the race course, it's later than you think!

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Foulweather filling up Fast

Try saying that five times fast.....20 boats already signed up and still two weeks to the first start of the season. Cruisers and racers are in for a whale of a good time hosted by the San Juan Island Yacht Club. We have the club reserved at the top of the dock, warm showers, decent bar prices, hearty lasagna (veggie option), prize giveaways, socializing with foreigners, trophy presentations, and the usual hijinks and antics provided by the AYC membership. If your winter boat project is running overtime or you had to sell it to pay the taxman simply jump on the ferry and come join the fun. Goto the registration page on this website to reserve your place at the table!

Sunday, February 03, 2013

Paint it Red

Paint the town red or yellow or whatever color you choose. Even better paint your boat bottom. AYC member Chris Maher (Sheila) is the local Interlux paint representative. He has graciously donated 2 gallons of Interlux bottom paint to the winner of the Girts Rekevics Foulweather Race/ Cruise to Friday Harbor coming up on the 23rd of this month. There are also cool jackets from West marine that all entrants whether cruisers or racers are eligible for. Come join the fun on your yacht or just hop on the ferry and make day trip of it. All the details are here on the website or call the chair Chris Roethle.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

AYC Sponsors Racing Rules of Sailing Seminar

The Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS) have been updated for the years 2013 to 2016 and AYC is pleased to sponsor a Seminar on the updated rules from Dick Rose.  Dick was the chair for the International Sailing Federation's (ISAF) committee that completed this most recent update.  Rose also just received US Sailing's most prestigeous service award, the Natanael G. Herreshoff trophy.  The Seminar will be held on Sunday, March 10, 2013 from 13:00-16:30 hrs at AYC.  (We believe the club will still be accessible at that time.  If not, we wil arrange a back-up venue.)  The cost will be $15.00 for those over the age of 18 and free for 18 years and younger.  As AYC is the sponsor, with this announcement, you will have a few days to get registered before we advertise to the greater public.  You will not find a more authoritative seminar on the RRS than this so go to the AYC web site Events Registration tab, click on it and then open the tab, 2013-2016 Dick Rose Racing Rules, to get registered.  You can pay on line with a credit card at our site.  We urge you to register early so that you will get a seat as we expect seating to be limited.  Then you can hit the race courses with renewed confidence for the upcoming racing season.
Steve Orsini, Commodore, AYC

Saturday, January 26, 2013


The AYC Clubhouse expansion ballot is now ready.  This ballot is sent to Preferred Members only.  It is important that you take the time to vote on the Club's expansion project.  Please vote as soon as possible but not later than Sunday, February 3, 2013.  Please click here to go to the ballot.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Foul Weather Fun!

Saturday, February 23rd marks the annual Cruise/Race to Friday Harbor. The Girts Rekevics Foulweather Race has seen many changes over the years. Historically this pilgrimage has been to Rosario Resort on Orcas, The Islander on Lopez, and now Friday Harbor. This year features boats from Canada, Orcas Island, Bellingham and Coronet Bay. If you are a cruiser you are in luck! West Marine/ Port Suppply has sponsored some quality jackets and likely some other prizes frm local sponsors. If you are a racer this is your chance to win the big one, any course is acceptable, Cattle Pass, Lopez Pass, Thatcher Pass, Peavine or Obstruction your choice. In past years vessels have been done in as few as three hours! Goto the rigister for events tab on this website and join the fun! Lasagna dinner, dessert, sunshine and wind... well lasagna and dessert for sure!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Expansion plan status ?? !!

What's goin' on???   Why no vote yet??  Why no construction yet??   Many of you have expressed these questions to me and I assure you, your Board is on top of it and as anxious to get going as anyone.  We have bids in (favorable and slightly lower than expected), a contractor picked, but we're awaiting bids re fire alarm and sprinkling for the building.   We'd had hopes we could mitigate or avoid this expense but the codes are tighter all the time and it appears we've just got to do it!!  It also requires that we upgrade the water line from the nearest city main to provide increased flow. Fred Abelman, as our project manager, is working hard and pushing for some definite numbers from contractors and they should be in this week.
Again, as presented at the Gen'l Mtg and in my December Commodore's letter, we plan on financing the project with reserves (use about 50 of 110K) and 3% promissory notes from you, the members, to the tune of, hopefully, 150K.  With our present and expected cash flow, we can service that amount of debt and payback within 10 years.  
So stay tuned, more info, and a request for your vote and your participation is coming!!!  

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

SANTA came to AYC!!!

Your Anacortes Yacht Club was recipient of a most generous gift from member Jim Lee (aka Santa)...a SilverGiant 6' Stainless steel gas BBQ!!!!  The old, temperamental, well used, well worn BBQ's are passé....a condition of his generosity!!!!   So when it comes time for burgers, chicken, salmon, etc for the 2013 season, step up and revel in having the best there is for cooking!!!   THANK YOU JIM!!!