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 www.pressure-drop.us for the write up.