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 anacortesyachtclub.org 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.