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 bearce@comcast.net.

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 https://ayc.memberclicks.net/index.php?option=com_mc&view=mc&mcid=form_143020%20 to volunteer.
If you have questions, please contact:
Catherine Bearce:  bearce@comcast.net      360 708-9725
Bob Neumann: rneumann@wlgore.com

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 https://ayc.memberclicks.net/index.php?option=com_mc&view=mc&mcid=form_143020%20 to volunteer.
If you have questions, please contact:
Catherine Bearce:  bearce@comcast.net      360 708-9725
Bob Neumann: rneumann@wlgore.com

Saturday, May 04, 2013

Sucia Island

The weather is here, we wish you were.