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!