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.