Monday, December 29, 2014

Polar Bear Sail

Every year you read the papers ( well at least ya used to), of course now it is online how some crazies are jumping into some body of water somewhere to celebrate the new year. Of course they never follow up with the frostbite and hypothermia it results in. Well enough of that! New Years Day is a time for a quick sail around the old pond. Just as cold but hopefully not nearly as moist. The weather is shaping up for a lovely little jaunt. I know of at least 2 club boats that are already out plying the Salish Sea and the plan is on New Years Day 'round noon to have a little sailing rally on Fidalgo Bay. There will be a chase boat out to tow in any dinghys that get becalmed and likely a thermos of something warm and delicious if you need a cup of cheer! Come on out and join the fun!
In other news:
The first sailboat race of the year, The Sydney Hobart, lived up to her reputation with broken rigs and a real battle between Wild Oats and Comanche with WO ending up in front.
The Vestas has been salvaged and shipped back home for repair.
Duwamish head, the second in the South Sound Series is set for Jan. 10th out of Des Moines, this is a drag race from there to Blakely Rocks and back, good videos on youtube from 2008 and 2009.
Check your email, there should be an announcement from Chris Roethle inviting you to the Girts Rekevics Foulweather Race/Cruise to Friday Harbor Feb 21st. With a terrific meal provided by SJIYC, prizes sponsored by Port Supply, Helly Hansen, Cap Sante South and others this is an event not to be missed. Sign up early so best arrangements can be made for all the shoreside hospitality!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Holiday Season and yer yacht!

When the cold winds blow and the limbs begin to fall, it's easy to forget about yer yacht and watch football. There a seasonal rhyme for you! But don't be that guy or girl. When winter winds cause branches to fall out of the trees so do the prices fall at your at your local boatyard and sailmaker. If you want to get around the course faster next year and get a good value to boot, consider doing the haul now before the spring rush. You might even get better service and a low price to boot. Shop around and compare, ask for a better value, tell them to sharpen their pencil. Going fast is simply a combination of force vs. resistance, having a clean, well faired bottom is crucial. Just because your sails are in one piece does not mean they're fast. Schedule an appointment with your favorite sailmaker and see what they say, doesn't cost a nickel. Every year at Foulweather someone does not get scored because they don't have their current PHRF cert. Goto PHRF-NW for all the details and contact Scott Lindberg who is always happy to trade a cool one at the Brown to help you measure your sails. If you purchase a new one it must be measured and rating adjusted if required.
In other news:
Check out R2AK a race to Alaska starting in Port Townsend in June, fun website and 10,000.00 in prize money.
OLD news, but still newsworthy goto Sailing Anarchy and read all about the Volvo 'Round the World boat that hit a reef and was destroyed in the Indian Ocean, all ok.
Finally CORE builders are back in business on T avenue, this is the outfit that build's the winning America's Cup boats for Team Oracle.

Monday, December 01, 2014

Northern Sailing Culture

This Friday the 5th of December @ 1800hrs the AYC will host representatives from Bellingham, Orcas, Bellingham CYC, Oak Harbor and hopefully FHSC and Lopez. Each of these clubs as well as AYC hosts terrific regattas and the point of this gathering is to possibly put together a championship series and promote attendance at each of the club's premiere regattas.The model may be based on the Southern Sound Sailing Series, this series is hosted one race a month Dec, Jan, Feb, and March Tacoma, Des Moines, Olympia, and Gig Harbor YC's. If you have an interest in doing some sailboat racing in 2015 come join the conversation or just listen in and find out about a bunch of terrific regattas.
In other news if you've ever felt like a knucklehead for contacting terra firma in your yacht, you have just been joined by some exclusive company. There is currently a race taking place with 70' fully crewed boats racing 'round the world and Team Vestas just parked up on a reef, the crew is ok the boat is a mess. Surf on over to for all the details.
Mark your calendars for Jan 23rd-Feb !st @ Century Link Field, the largest boatshow on the West Coast.
Check your docklines and consider lowering your furling headsail if you are not sailing for few weeks. It's much healthier for those expensive rags to be living in a nice dry garage or V-berth than out battling the elements all winter long.(Some sailmaker is gonna kill me:)

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Mikey likes it!

Kevin Welch the owner of the Melges 24 Mikey, well actually there are 3 Mikey's, but that is another story...Kevin and his crew of good 'ol AYC members Ian and Joy Sloan have recently returned from the 2014 Melges 24 National Championship Regatta hosted by the Davis Island YC of Tampa Bay Florida. Former Olympic siver medalist Jeff Madrigali was on the stick as they competed against an international field of 32 teams. They scored as high as second 3 times and threw out a 15th to place 4th after 8 races. The Melges 24 first held their National Championship in 1993 and some of the sailors on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams have several years more experience in the boat than the Mikey crew. Imagine the logistics of not only competing but doing well in a regatta on the other side of the country. In fact there is scuttlebutt about the Mikey team competing in Europe next summer at the World Championships. Congratulations to Kevin and crew on a job well done. Goto the Melges 24 Class Association website for all the details...

Monday, November 10, 2014

Ellis/ Ellison

AYC just keeps on winning! First it was hosting the America's Cup won by Larry Ellison. Now Scott Ellis ably assisted by Dave Hodgman and OHYC sailor Chad Holcomb have raised the bar by winning the 2014 version of 'Round the County. Two days of battling wind and current and sunshine in their classic J-92, no that's not 92 feet, 9.2 meters. Okay for you public school kids that's about 30'. The Saturday edition started with delays, mostly wind delays but the current wasn't making things any easier. Only two boats completed the entire course, so after making the 1/2 way mark then it was iron genoas to the fiesta @ Roche Harbor. Sunday was epic; imagine sailing from Roche to Patos to Lydia Shoal with a spinnaker up the entire way and the big boats finished in about 3 hrs. Hijinks only has 3 sails and four winches and proved that even though nothing goes upwind like money sometimes it just pays to keep on keepin on and let things roll your way! Both Pangaea and Celebration sailed tough to pull fifth's in their divisions and Rumpus, T Bear, Emoyeni, Passepartout, and Bangarang also flew the burgee with the scarlet letter to represent for good 'ol AYC. The club was jammed Friday night and several new folks showed up asking about membership, even a powerboater or two somehow shoehorned themselves in! Thanks to Jerry and Jerry and Larry and Patrice behind the bar, Walt and Callie and the girls in the kitchen, Don P, Ed K and the clean up crew. I know there were more than that pitching in and Steve Hayes has created a whole new place out to the South that can be used for sanding Lido bottoms or possibly a picnic table. The  AV system added to the ambiance with pictures stretching back nearly 30 years when 'Round the County was younger than the music on the soundtrack. In any case congratulations to Captain Scott and his crew. Again AYC rules the waves!

Saturday, November 01, 2014

Round and round we go!

Friday Nov 7th @ 1730 the doors will open at good 'ol AYC for the first party of the 2014 Holiday Season! Come on down to the clubhouse and welcome sailors from all over the Salish Sea! Here's the deal... Our neighbors at Orcas Island YC have been running the 'Round the County race for over 25 years and it has gained so much popularity they have capped the entries at 100 boats. Surf on over to for all the details. Anacortes is the jumping off place for most of the boats so over 500 sailors are typically wandering around town Friday night. For the past several years the AYC has opened it's doors and offered their legendary hospitality to these wayward sailors. Come join the fun! Walt is cookin, Jerry VV will set you up at the bar, Stephanie is in charge of decorations and music and videos and Andy and his crew will clean it all up when the last sailor sails out the door! This is a terrific opportunity to see some great shots of local boat in big winds, eat some delicious pasta, enjoy a refreshing libation or just enjoy the music. Bring a friend, the dark days of winter will soon be upon us and then we can do it all again at the Foulweather race/ Cruise in February! Don't forget to set your clock back, especially important for you club members that still have jobs:)

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Tis the Season....Race Year Ending

We have an excellent weekend planned for AYC members.  Things get started with Friday's crab feed and presentation by Andy Schwenk on his sailing adventure across the Pacific Ocean.  Andy competed in the Pac Cup and accomplished something many of us dream of doing.  Come and eat some local bounty of the sea and hear all about it...we hope it motivates a few other adventurers.

On Saturday, racers and cruisers are invited to meet at the refinery dock at high noon for the last showdown of the year.  We will be racing around Jack Island in the Commodore's race.  Bring your boats out and have some fun with your friends.  

We cap it all off back at the club with the year end racing awards and banquet.  Food will be ready around 5:00 pm, and I hope to see you all there to celebrate.

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

It's Roster Time!

This year I (Jan Chapman) have the privilege of putting together the 2015 printed roster. Please log in to the website and make certain your contact information is current.

About the photos: If you look at the online search results right now, you’ll see many members with 2 different photos. 

The little one is your avatar, used only in the website and for your profile page. Only you, after logging in, can upload that avatar. Change this by viewing your profile and under the tab My Profile, select Change Profile Picture.

The larger photo can be updated by us admin types or by you under Edit Profile. Scroll down to find the Upload button, choose the photo you want from your local computer, then Save. The photo uploaded here is saved 'as is' which is good news because we can take that photo and prep it for use in the printed roster. Make sure it’s of decent quality, usually 1MB or larger, max 5MB. 

Be sure to clear your browser cache or it may seem like it's not working.

Please log in and update your avatar and photo. Roster is being prepared now and it would be great if everyone had a current photo. You may also send your roster photos to me if you have trouble with the upload process.

In other news, we're making some upgrades to the website. Watch for a tab called Community where you can share photos and tales with members. Community is the social networking section of your AYC site.

We'll also have a page linking to our advertisers, making your ad in the roster this year even more valuable!

Thanks to you, this little yacht club is the best there is!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Wanna be a Ham?

Ham Radio Class
When power, phone and Internet services go down, a battery-powered amateur radio can provide that crucial link to the outside world. No longer must you install all of the fancy electronics and antennae of years past. You can help in a disaster with only a $35 handheld. But you need to know how to use it and a license.

Red Cross is offering a free class. I'm told that you can't fail the licensing test after taking this class. Testing will take place on the last day of the course. There is a $25 book required, available at the class.

Oct 13-24, 2014. M-W-F 6-9 pm at the American Red Cross office at 2900 T Ave in Anacortes.

Contact Bob Cummings, 360-873-8838 (home), 508-395-3595 (home), rvcummings at

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

If you don't do anything else today....DON'T MISS THIS!!!

We know Sunday's BART BASH was great, so watch this!  Thanks to our own Brad Blymyer, videographer extraordinaire!!!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Kudos, Thanks and WOW...$8,000!!

Bart's Bash!!...50+ boats, 200 people all having fun, and $8,000 raised for the local Youth Club Sailing.
The Anacortes community and the volunteer cadre of the AYC does it again!   And of course, thank you sun and wind gods!!  So many people to thank but special recognition is due to the donors, ADRIFT, THE BROWN, GERE-A DELI, ANACORTES BREWERY, PENGUIN COFFEE, CORE BUILDERS and ORACLE!  And as to volunteers from the club...where to start, or finish, but certainly special thanks to Dave and Terri Bawden and Walt Meagher and their crews cooking, Town Crier Richard Riddell, auctioneer Pat Barrett, auction and raffle organizer Jan Chapman, Carol Herbert and Bob Bell behind the bar, Elise and Austin Murphy tabulating and reporting, and so many more, registering, the dish washers, the cleanuppers, etc, etc.   THANK YOU....THANK YOU!    Now let's go get those high school sailors a coach and some dinghy upgrades!

Monday, September 15, 2014

BART'S BASH...this Sunday!!

Come on ALL members....join us and raise $$$ for the Anacortes High School Sailing Team!!
Of 730+ participating Yacht Clubs worldwide, we're now 23rd in number of people signed to sail and we're 2nd in the US!  But with just a few more we can be in the top 20.  So skippers, please get your crew to register. ANY members, family and friends who would like to go for a sail and be part of a WORLD RECORD making FUN race, PLEASE register and then join us on Sunday!   It's easy, it's for a great cause, and it'll be FUN!!!
It'll start at the Club with a brunch 0930 Sunday morning, followed by drawings for crew boat, no problem...we'll get you out there. Then the FUN race in Fidalgo Bay at noon, followed by raffle, auction, and BBQ dinner!
Just click on EVENT REGISTRATION and we'll see you on Sunday.

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Where were the rest of you???

WOW!!!...What a weekend the Nute's and the Bell's organized for 25+ boats and 60+ of us AYC'ers at Deer Harbor.  Marvelous dinner at the Inn Friday night, Eastsound exploring Saturday AM, games and prizes Saturday afternoon. Then wine, cheese and chocolate tasting followed by BBQ dinner.   EVERYONE there had a GREAT time.....thank-you Anita, Tom, Bernie and Bob!!!
Now looking ahead, 2 more Wednesday night races, General meeting Friday, Smith Island race Saturday, and then BART'S BASH Sunday the 21st!!!   If you missed this weekend, plan on the next couple!

Sunday, August 31, 2014


'Read All About It!!'....BART'S BASH is coming!!  The front page of Sunday's SVH Sports page (today, 31 August) explains all you all have to do is, sign up!!   It's only 3 weeks away, the 21st of September, a full day of fun and fund raising on and off the water.  Make sure it's in your, and your families', plans and on your calendar...and sign up!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Another N100 is in the record books!

The 2014 Northern Century Regatta is complete!

This Salish Sea demonstrated that she was firmly in charge of course conditions and made it challenging with light winds combined with not-so-light currents. Four boats completed the the full 100 mile course and one boat the "Half Century" 50 mile excursion.

Top honors go to Lawn Dart, a Santa Cruz 50 skippered by Bill Allen.  Making the circuit in 21 hours, 30 minutes and 19 seconds made Lawn Dart 1st overall and 1st in the fully crewed division.

Runner up was Time Bandit, skippered by Bob Brunius.  Their elapsed time of 23:42:29 put them second overall and 1st in the double handed division and also their fleet.

Next across the line was AYC's own Scott Ellis with Hijinks.  Completing the route in 29 hours, 14 minutes and 16 seconds made them third overall, second in the double handed division and 1st in their fleet.

Fourth overall and second in the double handed division as well as their fleet was Cinco de Mayo with John Peterson in charge.  They made the trek in 29 hours, 23 minutes and 30 seconds.

Finishing the 50 mile course in 23:41:34 for the number on honors was PeaceKeeper under the command of Wayne Lytle also sailing under the AYC burgee.

Thanks to all that participated and all the volunteers that made this regatta happen!  We hope to see you all again next year!

Check out some of the pics HERE!


Commodore Sean

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

NORTHERN CENTURY...Let's Go The Distance

Northern Century...Let's Go The Distance!

It's time for AYC's premier distance race of the season, the Northern Century!  100 miles of sailing in the Northwest's finest waters, so come join your friends the weekend of August 22 for what is sure to be an adventure.  We are getting down to the wire for registrations prior to the price tag bumping up on the 18th, so help out the planning and get your name on the list of registered boats.  We are offering three different race formats to meet your level of experience and desire to spend time on the water:  Double Handed 100, Fully Crewed 100, and Double Handed 50.  There will be dinner included prior to the race along with the SPOT race trackers, so your friends and family can watch your progress online.  Hope to see you on the water!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

PASSEPARTOUT....home from the sea.....MONDAY @ 1700!!!!

Come and welcome them home!!!    D-19 @ Cap Sante   Bring some wine and cold beer!!!
0350Z 17 Aug
Lat 47 50
Lon 128 17
145 nm to Cape Flattery
TWS 6.7
TWA -160
SOG 6.6 kts Thanks to the iron genoa (known to our polars as Big MO). 

We think we have enough fuel to take us all the way to Anacortes so our 5 PM PDT Monday arrival looks pretty firm.

Caught 4 tuna today. Evan is freezing them for friends. We have eaten quite enough fresh tuna on this trip. If we caught another Mahi Mahi we might eat it but that is highly unlikely where we are. I guess it is time for some gourmet Mac & Cheese.

It is a good thing we are almost home. There is only one bottle of red wine left. I did buy four bottles of white. When I realized what I had done I exclaimed in anguish, what did I do that for? Richard answered, "In time it will become evident." It has,

See you all soon.

This is our last official position report. Thank you again for a wonderful race. This is as good as it gets.

Pete & the crew of Passepartout


Saturday, August 16, 2014

Northern Century...Let's Go The Distance!

It's time for AYC's premier distance race of the season, the Northern Century!  100 miles of sailing in the Northwest's finest waters, so come join your friends the weekend of August 22 for what is sure to be an adventure.  We are getting down to the wire for registrations prior to the price tag bumping up on the 18th, so help out the planning and get your name on the list of registered boats.  We are offering three different race formats to meet your level of experience and desire to spend time on the water:  Double Handed 100, Fully Crewed 100, and Double Handed 50.  There will be dinner included prior to the race along with the SPOT race trackers, so your friends and family can watch your progress online.  Hope to see you on the water!

Friday, August 15, 2014

PASSEPARTOUT...the end is near!!!

0000Z 16Aug
Lat 47 15
Lon 132 36
323 nm to Cape Flattery
TWS 10.4
TWA 134
SOG 7.07
Flying Big Blue, the only spinnaker we have left but the right one for this moment - our 2A. The wind has been good to us. We are eating up the miles. Our weather files predict 12 to 18 hrs of motoring - the current 10kts turns into 5 - then 10 to 20 kts all the way to Cape Flattery. There is a cold front coming through that looks like it was generated by a low above 60N, the northern limit of our weather charts. That seems to be the wind source but of course there will be a price. Already the sun has given up to the clouds. We should be OK on fuel even if we need to motor in the straits.

Evan created a polar file that includes the iron genoa, designated MO. Our optimum course using that polar predicts we will raise the Cape at 0143Z 18 Aug. So I am confident we will be at Cap Sante at 1700 PDT 18 Aug (Monday).

Caught three tuna today. We put the lure away. We can't handle anymore. Donna is working on Tuna for dinner at this very moment. Between Donna, Woody and Richard we have been blessed with three excellent chefs. The Top Ramen is still wrapped in plastic at the back of the cabinet.

For those who can make it we will see you at Slip D-19 Cap Sante at 1700 on Monday for the Passepartout Top Ramen and Spam bash.


Thursday, August 14, 2014

PASSEPARTOUT...rollin' along!

1925Z 14 Aug
LAT N45 50
LON W137 02
TWS 20 kts
TWA 114 (reaching)
SOG 8.22 kts
Waves 4 ft
Distance to Cape Flattery 523 miles

All is well except for the standard maintenance issues (reduced voltage due to corroded wire connections, a piece of a gasket caught in the forward fuel tank pick up tube). Thanks to Costco's packaging policy we are in no danger of running out of capers. We are getting a little nervous about eggs, only 7 dozen left out of 32 dozen at Lahaina. It is becoming evident that Passepartout will have to host several socials at the dock in Anacortes serving Spam with Top Ramen and Peanut Butter. I am uncertain about how successful those will be.

Our current gfs grib file downloaded yesterday says we will have another day of wind then 5 kts or less all the way to Cape Flattery. We have enough fuel to motor for about 400 miles so if the grib is accurate we could be waiting off Cape Flattery for the flood so we can ride it in to the fuel dock at Neah Bay. We know the accuracy of the gribs is legendary. We have just crossed one 1020 isobar heading for another 1020 isobar (two sides of the loop around the high). We have two electronic barometers aboard, both calibrated against the FAA barometer at Bayview Airport before we left Anacortes. The Weems & Plath reads 1024.6 and rising. The Vetus reads 1025.7 and rising.

The crew is doing well. There is lots of laughter. I am sure everyone is thinking some about life after this trip but nobody talks about it. I think we will all be sad when it ends.


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

PASSEPARTOUT....wonderful times!!

Should it have been "Estimated Arrival" or "Est arrivee"? Thanks for that suggestion Monsieur Hoenisch.  We're looking at arriving Tuesday the 19th or Wednesday the 20th...
Richard cooked a fantastic breakfast complete with eggs any way you want them. I wanted to clean out the fridge because it was smelling badly but there were so many dishes piled up I needed to do those first. By the time I got most of the dishes done and the counters and stove cleaned off We caught a yellow fin (I am told it is a jack). Donna was trying to push me out of the galley so she could start dinner. After some negotiation we cleaned the fridge first. It made a huge difference in the oder. Amazing what a few onces of bleach will do. Donna and Woody breaded the fish and deep fried it (in a frying pan) . Fish and rice with some homemade tarter sauce (we bought an 1100 gal jar of capers from Costco) with some Tuscan red - very nice. The batter was very light - I don't know how they did it but it was better than most restaurant fish and chips.

The wind turned light this afternoon (it was switching from port to starboard) and we were flogging in the swell so we put three reefs in the main, took down the jib and started the engine. The timing worked out well - we have motored long enough to bring the fridge down to 30 F (a little too cold) after cleaning it. The water maker has made us nervous throughout this trip but along with motoring comes the ability to run the watermaker with both pumps. Several people took showers today and I used quite a bit of fresh water between my dish and fridge cleaning. In spite of that our water tanks are full.

0758Z 140813
Lat N 43 38
Lon W 142 04
TWS 7.5 Kts
TWD 210
COG 035

180+35=215 so the wind is now behind us and 5 degrees to our starboard side but predicted to go to 170 at 15 kts. 170-35=135 on our starboard side - about perfect for Big Blue, our A2 Spinnaker.

The crew decided that today was to be the big time change day so 10:30 AM Hawaiian time become 1:30 PM PDT and the watch changed. Deck clothing is now fleeces or foul weather gear - the t-shirts and shorts are long gone. The friendships won't be so fleeting.


Monday, August 11, 2014


0501Z 0811 This means the time is 0501 UTC 11 Aug 
Lat N 40 35
Lon W 147 37
1079 miles to Cape Flattery

This is the first ocean voyage we have had AIS. It is really cool. Right now we have a cargo ship named Carmancita approaching from starboard. Her image shows up on our computer screen along with her speed and closest point of approach. We also show up on her navigation screen. We called her on 16 and had a conversation on 6. Very easy and everyone knows the other guy is out there and what the other guy intends to do. 

1/2 way party tonight. We had a large pot of tortellini with artichoke hearts, sun dried tomatoes and pesto accompanied by some Manchego, extra sharp cheddar, crackers and two bottles of good red wine. It was sunny again today after last night's rain but the rain is back. We have about 20 kts of wind and we are making about 7.5 knots with one reef in our main and the #2 on the forestay.


Monday, August 04, 2014

Passepartout Update...headin' for home!!

Time 0717 UTC 8/4/14
 Lat 27 29
 Lon 157 20
 COG 028
 SOG 6.7
Distance to Cape Flattery 1963 nm
Maui no ka oe
means Maui is the best
and a Hui no means
catch you all again 
in the great Pacific Nor'west

The 2014 Vic Maui Race is another one for the books
but no boat ships a trophy home
unless the crew is a bunch of crooks
So we raise our glasses as we depart from Lahaina town
The Passepartout a makin way

We are Anacortes Bound
Trackin up the hill or down
it's all the same to us
we settle for nothing less than a romping 8 knots plus
so its aloha to the garden isle
and to all of you
as we trim our sails before the gales on the good ship Passepartout

We caught another Mahi Mahi today, a fish so good they named it twice, 
this one big enough for dinner.
Richard did a fantastic job with it. This dinner would have been $175 a 
plate at Mama's Fish House and it could not have been as fresh.

Pete and the crew of the good ship Passepartout

Monday, July 28, 2014

10 Lido 14 Races in two Glorious Days on the Bay

The title of this photo is: "Wow are those two boats from Portland finished finished already, again!"

Two days of great Lido sailing on Fidalgo Bay left every one of the 14 attending crews smiling.  The top finisher, Mark and Kathy Sandifer in their Lido #5126, hardly fell out of the bullet category.  Fellow Willamette Sailing Club members, Ron and Nicole Runyan, (Ron is currently Commodore and they are remodeling their club house over the water!), were a tight second.  Thankfully, Trevor DiMarco and Dustin Johnson, recent additions to AYC's Lido Fleet 78 made it to the podium in third.  Fred Abelman and his diligent race committee got off 10 races over the two days which had steady northerly winds in the 5-8 knot range.  The competition was excellent with all protests solved on the water.  One design racing in the Lidos really sharpens your racing and sailing skills.  We hope to get the full race results up in a day or two.  Thanks to all the local Lido participants for the volunteer work that made this a terrific regatta.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Lido's on Fidalgo Bay- a picture perfect day

Fourteen Lido's from around the Pacific Northwest competed in day one of the NW District Lido Championships.  Four races were completed in stellar weather.  Michelle Pope did a terrific job at capturing the action as shown here in just one of her shots.  

The latest addition to AYC's Lido Fleet, Race Chair Eric Beemer and Jordan, liked the one design action.  Final results will be posted after Sunday's day two.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Mai Tai

Our fellow AYC racers have made it safely and swiftly to the tropical shores of Hawaii.  Pete Shainin and the crew of Passepartout finished the journey from Victoria to Maui yesterday evening with an elapsed time of 14d 16h 31m 27s.  They capped off the long trip in second place in their division.  Andy Schwenk and the mighty Blade Runner completed their epic journey just after 8:00 AM this morning and wrapped up second place in the Pac Cup double handed division they competed in.  They made great time and got from San Francisco to Oahu in 14d 0h 51m 14s. The crews are probably enjoying some much needed rest and a cold Mai Tai on the beach this evening. I'm sure there are some great stories to be told, and I look forward to hearing the details when you get back.  Congratulations and thank you for representing AYC so well.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Double Handed Fun

Anacortes Racers! In case you missed the email I'm blogging it too: this week we are celebrating double-handed racing with a fun race on Wednesday night.  If you haven't tried double-handing in a race, you should, and Wednesday is the perfect opportunity.  There will be a special prize for the best sailed double-handed boat on the evening.  For those that aren't feeling the challenge, please come out and enjoy racing in Fidalgo Bay with as much crew as you can muster.

The chalk talk for the week has been postponed as I am hoping Anacortes' own Andy Schwenk will give a presentation on his most recent adventure once he returns.  Andy is currently sailing on Blade Runner across the Pacific Ocean en route to Hawaii in the Pac Cup Yacht Race.  The guys have an amazing blog going, so enjoy their adventure at:

We have another boat full of Anacortesians headed to Hawaii as well;  Passepartout is currently competing in the Vic Maui International Yacht race and is 1000 miles out from Maui with Pete Shainin and crew rapidly approaching.  Check out the race tracker at:

I apologize for the late notice on the lack of chalk talk, but look forward to seeing you all on the water and back at the club on Wednesday evening.

Sunday, July 06, 2014

Lidos and the Great Raft Up

Saturday, July 5, six Lido 14s raced on Fidalgo Bay in a productive day practicing for the upcoming Lido 14 Northwest District Championships.   The Championships will be hosted by AYC and its Lido Fleet 78 on July 26-27.  (For details, see the Notice of Race under Racing, Lido 14s on the AYC website.)  The Lidos had hoped to find the massive raft-up of the AYC hometown cruise still intact to offer rides in a Lido following the racing.  Somehow the raft up had managed to untangle their multiple anchor lines, spider web in complexity, and make the long treck back to their Anacortes area moorages before the Lidos were on the water for their 1:30 pm start.  Two new Lidos were out to race, Trevor Di Marco and crew Dustin just purchased a Lido 6000 series in Oak Harbor and will be sailing here for the rest of the summor.  Tony Billera and his wife Katherin came up from south Whidbey and will have their Lido 6000 here through the Northwest District Regatta.  Although the wind was light, we got off 5 races with plenty of lead changes throughout.  These Lidos will be on the water every Sunday through the Northwest Districts.  Maybe next year we can time a Lido race when the great AYC raft-up is still in place.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Kaneohe or Bust

Okay so the blog has been a little quiet lately and Capt Mac asked me for a liitle ink so here goes... About two years ago an ER Doc from Bellingham (Ward Naviaux) asked if I would be interested in doing the doublehanded Pac Cup sponsored by West Marine in his Santa Cruz 27, actually  I probably asked him. The course is from San Francisco to Kaneohe HI just over 2200nm check out the website for details on the 74 competitors. In any case we did Northern Century that year had some fun and have been preparing the boat ever since. Blade Runner was in good shape to begin with but the offshore list is extensive from safety gear including a liferaft to solar panels and emergency rudder and the list goes on. Ward did most of the stuff and Jim Bett's yard here in town did the rudder system and Jack Spriggs prepped the bottom. Oregon Offshore was the first big test this year with winds from 20-30 out of the south we completed the 198nm course in less than 24 hours and didn't break anything, our top speed was over 17kts and the waves weren't even that big. Okay we bent the vang and spilled a lot of coffee but truly we were proud of ourselves and knew what we need to do to prepare for the start July 7th. I last completed this race on a S2 7.9 (26') in 1998 and now nearly 20 years later I still remember the people I met and the good times we shared, in fact Kent Morrow is now an Northwest Rigging employee after hiring me to sail his 45' home that year! So while you're rafted up watching the fireworks light up the sky Ward and I will be stowing the groceries and sunscreen. Each boat boat carries a tracker so if it's raining and you're wondering how it's going you can go to the website and find out.
In other news:
Passepartout skippered by Pete Shainin and with a mostly Skagit Valley crew will be setting off July 3rd in her 3rd Vic Maui Regatta. This regatta has true PNW flair and many AYC warhorses have competed in fact Doug Fryer has held the record and ICON was close. Again each boat has a tracker and there are daily updates on the website with fishing highlights and the like.

Monday, June 02, 2014

It was great...THANK-YOU!!!!

Windermere Regatta is in the record books, and a fabulous one it was!!  In spite of light shifty winds, some marvelous racing occurred, the sun shone, everyone had fun, and the high school sailors cleared  $875 Friday night with their pasta feed. And then everyone feasted on Del Fox's brisket of beef Saturday night (special thanks to Scott Reed and Pat and Karl Essig for serving it) and Sunday the approximately 100 racers rounded out the feasting with chili dogs (and again special thanks to Angela and Stu Currie for putting that together) and enjoying the sun on the deck.
And SO many other volunteers...behind the bar, on the water, on the committee boat.  Eric Beemer as Race Chair, Mark Dobie as Event Chair, and the Schwenks as PRO's put together a great team to 'getter done'!   Thanks all!!!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

High School Sailing Fund Raiser....YUMM!

It's Windermere Regatta weekend at AYC and it kicks off on Friday night, the 30th, with a fabulous Italian dinner (Meat and/or Veggie pasta, salad, bread, dessert) prepared and served by our Anacortes High School sailing team (with some parental assistance!) and all AYC members and guests are MORE THAN WELCOME!!  The dinner will be served from 1830 to 2000 (6:30 to 8PM) and only costs $10...all proceeds going to the team.    So please come on by, enjoy, mix and welcome the visiting racers and support our youth sailing programs!!  And altho it's a 'pay at the door' event, please register on our website, as usual, to give the kids an approximate head count.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Swiftsure and stuff...

AYC sent a flotilla of yachts to the annual Swiftsure Lightship Classic yacht race this past Memorial Day weekend in Victoria, BC. Icon, Passepartout, Kymodoce, and Night Runner battled the elements in the annual race out the Strait of Juan de Fuca and back. For the first time in a long time AYC was not on the winners list though ICON made the podium with a solid third in the premiere IRC division. The winds were Westerly and the currents Easterly on the way out making for flat water and plenty of strategery for the naviguessers. Most boats got down to working jibs and a reef and tried to pick the shore with the best combination of wind and current relief. The answer will be borne out via the race tracker system and a few cocktails. The first boat to finish a Multihull named Dragonfly that is familiar to anyone that has driven I-5 through Everett and noticed a aboat with dragons painted on the hull at Dagmar's was done and at the safety inspection after covering nearly 100 miles in less than 12hrs! As the day gave way to night the winds just simply blew themselves out and the fleet began the drift with current routine. When dawn broke and the wind still failed to materialize a sgnificant number of competitiors simply opted for the iron jenny. Nonetheless the spectacle of Swiftsure weekend is not to be missed. Likely one of the best tests of crew, boat and afterguard preperations on the West coast and maybe nationally and beyond Swiftsure remains a challenge! In other news: Windermere Regatta is this weekend, either sign up or join in. This week Mark Dobie the Regatta chair, Eric Beemer the Race chair and Stephanie and Andy the PRO's will be busy with preperations. If you can lend a hand ashore or afloat please call or email with your availability.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Oh, So Nice!

Update, Update, racing schedule change.  The weekend may not yield the sunny weather we have been experiencing for the past week, so lets take advantage this Wednesday in our boats. The distance race chalk talk has been postponed due to sunny weather, and I hope to see all of you out at the refinery dock for a fun race on Fidalgo Bay.  Drinks and stories back at the club after a dose of Vitamin D.

Monday, May 19, 2014

On a Roll!

There they go again! Kevin Welch and Ian  and Joy brought home another pickle dish this past weekend. While the 34th anniversary of Mt St Helens was being celebrated and 90' yachts were capsizing in the harbor the AYC burgee was on the podium again. Former Commodore Steve Orsini with Garrett and Mr. Way, along with the Mikey crew dominated the Seattle NOOD REgatta. Yes you have to wear clothes. In a regatta that was neither completely one design and certainly not offshore the sailors of AYC were victorious in the Viper div and Melges 24 respectively. There were plenty of races a total of 8 over two days and plenty of wind to boot. This regatta is a travelling show with sponsors and swag and is notorious for great racing and serious fun. Congratulations to KAA and Mikey!
In other news:
Windermere registration is open, either set your sails or join the volunteer army it takes to make these regattas happen!

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Rewrite the Record Book!

Kevin Welch and the crew of ICON absolutely shattered another record this weekend. What started 30 years ago as a fun race to get boats from Oregon to Victoria has now become a premiere race in it's own right.

The Oregon Offshore Race begins at the R-2 buoy at the entrance to the Columbia River, takes sailors North to Duntze Rock and finishes at the entrance to Victoria, BC. The start was at 8am sharp on Thursday, boats had 72 hours to finish, 30 hearty crews showed up. The largest SC-70 Neptunes Car, the smallest a trio of SC-27's. The wind was a steady 15 from the South and soon built to over 35kts. Rumor has it ICON averaged over 17kts for the first 150 miles.

With Neptunes Car and a speedy 44' hot on her heeels she was headed down the Strait of Juan de Fuca before supper was on the table. The other blue boat in town, Passepartout, skippered by Pete Shainin was also in attendance his crew of AYC regulars also enjoyed the stunning conditions and was battling in class C. There were the usual sea stories of broken gear torn sails, the kind of things you might expect on one of the roughest areas of the enitre Pacific Ocean. ICON actually carried full sail to the point the knot meter(fun meter) was recording in excess of 25kts!!!

72 hr time limit? Hardly...less than 15hrs later and 193 miles from the start line ICON was headed for the customs dock. Ian and Joy and Stuart and the rest of the Iconians can sleep well knowing that is a record that will stand the test of time. Nearly 5 hours off the previous best. Passepartout slipped in for a solid second in her div., and two of those pesky 27's slipped in in less than 24 hrs.

In other news: The annual Windermere Regatta is fast approaching (3 weeks)so call that diver for a nice little bottom scrub and get your chores done early. There is room for everyone to lend a hand. If you don't plan on competing call Andy and Steph to be part of the on the water crew or Eric Beemer if you prefer a duty on terra firma. From hospitality to clean up whatever you are good at, need practice at or want to step out of your comfort zone and do something completely different, the sun will be out and it's your club so come be a part of it all!

Sunday, May 04, 2014

Gravity Storms and You!

For the rag baggers in our club it's been a rough spring. Suffice it to say it's been three weeks and two masts on club boats are now horizontal. In one case the chainplate came through the deck, the other the mast itself failed. One thing these two boats had in common, they were leading the cumulative points race for the club championship when these accidents occured. Both Wild Rumpus and Emoyeni (even more so) are looked after very carefully. Accidents happen. Fortunately for you there are at least two places in town you can call and have a qualified, knowledgeable, friendly person come take a look at your rig and have a conversation to see what your risk factors are. From the mast base to the masthead there are all kinds of things that are sources of trouble even if they were built to take it, but maybe that was 30 years ago so best to take a careful look see. Of course if no boat ever got damaged there would be a lot less marine businesses in town. In any case the best plan of action is to take steps to try to make sure it's the other guy and not you....No injuries, masts tend to fall slowly, and both boats are scrambling to get their next mast erection sooner rather than later.
In other news:
Wednesday nights are off to a terrific start. Plenty of colorful reparte and some new faces. Windermere is less than a month away and there will be some crew looking for rides if you read the preceding paragraph. The mighty Icon is headed South to Astoria  for the Oregon Offshore and Scott Ellis and crew just won the "Round Whidbey race and even finished in daylight!

Sunday, April 27, 2014

What a SUCCESS!!!!

This weekend the Anacortes High School Teen Sailing Team hosted the NWISA (NW Interscholastic Sailing Assoc) Doublehanded District Championships with the most able and dedicated backing of the kid's parents and volunteers from our AYC.  There were at least 2 dozen AYC volunteers there both days, on the water, on the dock and on shore helping to organize and manage this complicated event. The venue was PERFECT...Seafarer's Park!!  But you had to be there to comprehend the logistics of pulling this regatta off, let alone feeding the 90+ teens and the volunteers.  Here's how it works:  There were 16 schools, each with two double handed teams (4 schools from Portland, the rest from Olympia, Gig Harbor, Bainbridge, etc to Bellingham) and 16 identical dinghies.  The boats are FJ's (Flying Juniors) with new sails (provided for the event by SYC Sailing Foundation). So you have 32 sailing teams and 16 boats.  The goal is to have every team sail  2 races on every boat.  After every 2 races they sail back to the dock and change boats.  32 races in the 2 days would be perfect....we did 28!!!!   Congrats to all involved and CONGRATULATIONS to the kids from Sehome who won a trip to the Nationals in San Diego next month.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Big Weekend for: High School Sailing, AYC & Port of Anacortes

This coming weekend come on down to Seafarer's Park during the day Saturday and/or Sunday and see Seafarer's Park, Fidalgo Bay and AYC at our best.   The NW Interscholastic Sailing Association Double-handed Championships will be under way.   There'll be 90 - 100 high school kids representing 17 high school teams from the Pacific Northwest...from Portland to Bellingham...competing for a chance to go to the National Championships in San Diego in May.  The excitement and action will be at Seafarer's Park but great viewing opportunities abound from atop Cap Sante.   You'll see top notch dinghy sailing competition in an unsurpassed venue.

Wednesday Night sailing and You!

Once upon a time there was a small yacht club in a vibrant, livable city in the Pacific Northwest. The folks that made up this yacht club had so much fun others wanted to join in. Now look how far we have come....The members of the club and especially the hard working volunteers are certainly the backbone of our club, without them the doors would close and eventually the roof would cave in. The heart of our club is the boating. Wednesday night sailing is a terrific example of this. We have classes for the hard core racers and NFS classes for the rookies and the more casual crowd. The galley and bar is all set to accomodate members that want to be a part of it all without getting their feet wet. Of course if you want to learn what racing is all about without risking your vessel, give Mr. Beemer a shout and let him know you would like to help with race commitee duties, don't worry they will set you up in a role you can handle. The crews come up with tasty meals and cocktails are priced right, so if you just want to unwind with fellow yachties come on down and join the fun!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Thar She Blows

Everyday spent on the water is a little different. Even if you are passing through areas you have been to many times before, you have to be ready for variable conditions. The Guemes Island race held last Saturday was just like that. This race has gone through some changes over the years, it has ceased to be a night race as it once was and buoys and islands have been added to the course. One thing hasn't changed and that is the fact that even though it takes place in some of our most familiar waters, the outcome is never certain. Spinnakers were launched as the fleet left on an on time start and Kinetic Ki showed her transom to the fleet as the boats travelled at hullspeed and better out the Guemes Channel. It was clear that the current pouring out Bellingham Channel was going to be a challenge. Boomer, the Martin 242 out of Bellingham, quickly sailed into the West Guemes shore and dropped anchor waiting for the wind to build. Journey led the charge up the Cypress shore but the wind was not due in for another hour and the fleet was soon washed out to the South. Once  the wind filled in solid the Hassenfeffer's were in the thick of it as a lovely spinnaker run brought the fleet to the North end. At the point  the fleet rounded the R4 buoy it was Katie bar the door! A Southeaster gusting close to 40 met the fleet and soon snapped the jib halyard, outhaul, blew 1/2 the battens out of the 242 to put a hitch in her giddy up. Kinetic Ki picked up a mooring buoy to stow a torn main. Kymodoce got busy with reefs and headsail changes and likely won the day. Capt Ed K and son dropped anchor and waited for the tide off Samish. Unfortunately for the Team Emoyeni which has been off to her best season of racing ever donated her rig to Davy Jones locker off the east side of Huckleberry Island. Capt Andy Damis and the crew of Journey stood by ready to offer assistance  if needed. Results should be up soon...Back to International competition...
The mighty Icon represented for AYC and brought home the only podium finish for the AYC fleet at the Southern Straits Regatta hosted by WVYC. Passepartout was the victim of a nasty spinnaker wrap and the Wild Rumpus is likely in the market for a much needed fathometer. Of note is this regatta once dipped to as low as 42 entries and this year there were over 100! (Plus the RC stepped up and had three portable hot tubs on site, but as they say YOU HAD TO BE THERE!!!)

Saturday, April 12, 2014

International Competition

Thank heavens racing and spring are here. The usual suspects Kevin Welch, Ian and Joy Sloan are competing in Charleston Race Week in South Carolina, after a rough start they have rattled off four bullets in a class stacked with luminaries from all over the map. In fact for those trivial pursuit fans, Chris Field, whose brother Jay Field owns the local Villge Pizza/ Wheelhouse is laying 9th. All the details are on the web, maybe soon we will see an AYC Viper Team representin! Why International competition as the heading describes? Be on the lookout for Kevin and crew jetting back home to get the mighty ICON to Vancouver this weekend for the 46th Annual Southern Straits Regatta. Passepartout and Wild Rumpus will also join in the action out of West Vancouver YC. Each boat is fitted with a "Yellow Brick" tracker so you can follow along with your feet on the hearth. The Wild Rumpus will attempt to copy this feat of two regattas in one week in two different countries by competing in the AYC 'Round Guemes Island race on Saturday! In other news please support Fred Abelman and his posse putting together the high school regatta April 26 and 27, simply give him a shout and let him know you need a job or show up at the April 16th meeting 1900hrs @ AYC.

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Potluck and Basketball

Racers just had a successful Tulip Regatta and Cruisers are off to Bellingham this weekend. It's time for something about some basketball! The NCAA National Championship game is on Monday, April 7th. Will it be Florida or Connecticut vs Wisconsin or Kentucky? Whichever it is, what a great excuse to have a potluck at the club and watch the nation's 2 top teams battle it out. The bar, of course, will be open. Game time is at 6pm, the club will be open at 5:30pm for pre-game psych up. Whether you're a fan or not, potlucks at the AYC are always a great event. See you on Monday.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Terrific Tulip

The 2014 edition of the annual Tulip Cup sailed Mar 29th and 30th will be remembered by the salty sailors of the AYC for a long time. Blustery and lively on Saturday and fine weather on Sunday. The usual legendary hospitality was the Friday night scene and many sailors were paying the price Saturday morning at the skippers meeting. The start was delayed for an hour to let the wind squall blow through and the fleet was split into 6 divisions. First off the line the legendary Pangaea showed her transom to the fleet and proved the value of solid crew work notching a bullet on the windward leeward course. Fleet two were the high flying 505's and with overlapping headsails and no provision for reefing these intrepid sailors had their hands full and also there cockpits full of water and sometimes their masts too as the chase boats raced here and there to offer assistance or at least encouragement. Fleet 3 were the colorful SC-27's,  7 boats and three skippers of the fairer sex. Stephanie Schwenk showed her winning style rattling off 7 bullets in two days and even let her current husband take the helm in the final race. Fleet 4 turned into a battle for second as Ben Braden rattled off a string of bullets and AYC and BYC perennial winners Emoyeni and Blackfoot were engaged in a duel to the final race. Fleet 5 was led by a three peat for Syndicat, the Walt and Jerry show held off the competition and led them on a wild goose chase in one race save for Tiramisu that actually read the course board! Finally Charles Webb in div 6 had it all to himself and walked away with a beautiful Jennifer Bowman print. Of course the most important thing is to thank everyone that made it happen. From the bartenders to the cleanup crew to the race committee and  a host of sponsors please patronize these folks and let them know AYC is a loyal bunch. Hey Walt keep that salmon coming for one more year, or at least share the recipe!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Tulip Time

You've heard of high time, mashed potato(e) even Miller Time! This year Tulip regatta is comin at you on the 29th and 30th of March. Come join us for the high flying antics of the F-18's featuring our very own Ian and Joy Sloan fresh from their capers in the sunny South East. The colorful Sc-27's will there with a bevy of Tulip princesses to choose from. Past legendary winners including Teddy Bear, Pangaea, Syndicat, and Blackfoot are expected. Walt Meagher is at his culinary best at this event serving up savory seafood delights. Former Commodore of OIYC, Dr. Chris White will be directing the on the water action. This regatta has long been the goto regatta in the Northern Salish Sea for crews to work out the kinks for up coming challenges like Whidbey Race Week and even Swiftsure. If you need a PHRF rating contact club handicapper  Scott Lindberg right away. Check out the new PIYA safety regs. Most of all get out your plastic or forward a check and get signed up for the fun. Alternatively if your yacht is in pieces or your crew is trekking in Nepal, contact RC Big papa Eric Beemer and find out where you can help out either ashore or afloat. Sailboat racing is fun and attitude is everything, the old salts will mentor you along so don't hesitate to be a part of your club. Hey there is a bonus too..... FREE CHILI DOGS Sunday afternoon!
In other news:
Just back from their victory in the Melges 24 class in the Miami Bacardi Cup, Kevin Welch along with Ian and Joy are taking the Big Blue Show(ICON) to SNSYC for the 'Round Patos Island Race this weekend. Wild Rumpus boat boy Andy Schwenk is off to sunny California to do battle in the double handed Farallones Race . A new Viper has been spotted in  town. Passepartout (The other Big Blue Show) is under intense preparation for the Vic Maui race featuring a crew of AYC regulars. The local Pelican Sailing group after a long winter of practice are eager to show off new skills, go David, John and Tom...and Esther! Also beware the Limey Bastard is now 3' longer so watch it on those crossings!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014


Spring is almost here, time to mow the grass and plant gardens.  It's also the start of our first buoy race series of the year, so get your boat out this Wednesday for some Fidalgo Bay fun! 

Races start at 6 pm, come try out your new gear and get primed up for Tulip Regatta.  Bill Short and the crew from Lucky Duck, fresh off their new personal top speed record, are preparing the food for the after race party.  The team from Anacortes Rigging always sets a great course and their efforts are sure to be appreciated by all.  See you on the water!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Chicken Gybe

Wow! The results of the Post Point Pursuit Race are in, if you didn't break something you won. If you made it out for some wild times, consider yourselves in close second place. Epic day of sailing with huge wind gusts and sustained 30's.  Lucky Duck pegged the knotmeter for a new personal best, Colin E showed the brass ones for single handing Limey, and even the saltiest got a little saltier.

Race results are posted with 9 starters and 3 finishers. Now for the real results: Gortex hats off to Journey for a well sailed win, followed by Emoyeni who brought some crab home, and Syndicat with the nicest bottom paint I've ever seen. :) Great job out there in what was a true display of seamanship and heavy weather sailing.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Post Point Pursuit Race

The weekend is fast approaching!  Come sail with your friends the Post Point Pursuit Race. This year has an interesting twist on ol' classic, with a pursuit start.  Check your GPS start time (based on PHRF rating) @  What position you cross the line is the place you finished...easy math.  :)

Bar opens at 5:30 pm after racing and potluck starts at 7:30 pm.  All are welcome to come enjoy the festivities.  Hope to see you on the water!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Intro to Racing Rules

Don't let the rules of racing stand in your way of having a good time out on the water.  Join us Wednesday, March 12th @ 6:30 pm for an introduction to the basic rules and AYC race format.  Program is intended for those looking to get their boats on the starting line for the first time and also as a refresher for the more seasoned after a long fall/winter enjoying Seahawks football.  Come share in the fun and get your 2014 sailing season kicked off.

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

It's Tulip Regatta Time!

We are counting down to the Tulip Regatta!  Mark your calendars for March 29-30 for the annual AYC event!

Regatta Chair Walt Meagher and a cast of thousands have been hard at work making sure this will be the best Tulip Regatta ever!

Come join us for great racing and an awesome salmon dinner.

The NOR is posted and you can find it and everything you need to register HERE.  Don't forget the awesome t-shirts!

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Why not head on over and register right now?

Sunday, March 02, 2014

Is this the start of a trend?

Yesterday's Lawson Reef race was completed by a fleet of six boats, with Emoyeni again taking top honors, with Syndicat and Hijinks running a close second and third respectively.

Complete results are HERE.

The evening potluck dinner was delicious, if you weren't there, you missed some excellent eats!

Saturday, March 01, 2014

Lawson Reef Race Today - Potluck @ 7:30

Today's Lawson Reef race kicks off the Tri-Straits series and boat of the year racing.

There will be a 7:30 potluck at the AYC clubhouse to wrap up the evening, all members are welcome to come and enjoy.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Cioppino on Friday!!! Only $5!!!

This Friday's $5 night features cioppino!!!

Chef/hosts Jane Billinghurst and Tom Lebovsky, and John and Diane Wilkinson, have planned a menu of cioppino—fish stew with an Italian accent—garlic bread, salad, and dessert. They want you to know that the stew will not contain shellfish but will have green peppers. So polish up your "delizioso" and come join the fun. 

Please reserve your spot by Wednesday the 26th so the chefs have plenty on hand.

Click here for online reservations.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

And the Winner is...

The 2014 Girts Rekevics Memorial Foul Weather Race and Cruise is in the books!!!

More than a dozen intrepid crews braved a chilly wet and snowy day and rode the northeast breeze from Anacortes to Friday Harbor.

The overall winner was Chris Roethle's Emoyeni followed by Wayne Lytle's Peace Keeper with Team Handyman taking the third slot.  Complete results are HERE.

A hot lasagna dinner and drinks at the San Juan Island Yacht Club helped restore everyone's core temperature and a good time was had by all.

If you weren't there, you should have been!

Monday, February 17, 2014

Foul Weather Race is Almost Here!!!

It's almost time for the Girts Rekevics Memorial Foul Weather Race and Cruise!!  This coming Saturday the 22nd is the BIG DAY!
If you havn't already signed up, and plan on going, you need to register now!  There is still lots of room for racers AND cruisers.
Dinner reservations must be made by the 18th.

It's time to get out after a long winter nap.  You know you want to go!  Your boat wants to go!  It's a win/win!
It's an event you don't want to miss, so why not just head on over right now to the AYC site right HERE and sign up!


Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Girts Rekevics Memorial Foul Weather Race/Cruise

With the Super Bowl behind us, the next big sporting event up is the Girts Rekevics Memorial Foul Weather Race/Cruise!!

You don’t want to miss this!  Here’s why:

It’s our season opener.  You know you want to get out!  It’s a great outing.  You get to either race or cruise to Friday Harbor!  Then you get to spend an enjoyable afternoon on the dock with your friends, followed by a lovely evening with cocktails and a lasagna dinner at the San Juan Island Yacht Club!  This venue was a big hit last year.

You can go out to breakfast on Sunday morning, have a visit with all the good AYC folks and our Canadian friends that will be there and then take a leisurely cruise home on Sunday.  When you are back in your slip you will say to yourself: "I'm glad I got out and did that!".

So plan on going!  You can race there!  You can cruise there!  You can even take the ferry there!  There’s no reason you shouldn’t go!

So mark your calendar for February 22nd and head on over HERE and sign up!

Saturday, February 01, 2014

A funny thing happened on the way to the club...

The plan is to party at the club and break in the new floor covering and window treatments...So you have your kidney beans soaking for your crock pot of chili to share at the big game. The Velveeta is off the shelf and at the ready. You have your tax return done. In other words let's focus on sailing, (is Baker even open?) If you are planning on Swiftsure or Southern Straits you need to update your state registration, if you are over 30' you need a new customs decal. PIYA has adopted a new set of safety regs called ISAF. PHRF you can sign up on line, if you have a new sail or a new rudder you need to let Mr. Lindberg our club handicapper know. Maybe a bottom scrub? Sign up on the website for the Girts Rekevics Memorial Foul Weather Race/ Cruise to Friday Harbor. In years past the Rough n Ready has been the finish line, this year they are in warmer climes so we need a brave volunteer. Typically a former race will hop on board to handle the timing and recording. Highlights this year include a new perpetual trophy, our Canadian friends joining in, boats from Bellingham, Orcas and a whole passel of those colorful SC-27's. This will be the return of Capt Tom Gilbert in Grafix 2 the Legend Continues, ably assisted by former Knot News editor Dave Martin. Power it, Sail it or Ferry it but get yourself to Friday Harbor and get registered so we don't have a lasagna panic....

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Super Bowl Sunday

It's the day we've been waiting for all year! The Seahawks are in the Super Bowl and what better place to be than at the AYC for the big game!

Club and bar will be open at 3pm.  Bring your favorite pigskin cuisine and join us for the BIG GAME!

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Git'er Done

In the words of Larry the Cable Guy it's time to make it happen. The NOR for the Girts Rekevics Memorial Foulweather race /cruise to Friday Harbor is up on this website and something unprecedented in the annals of yachting history has happened, the price has actually gone down from last year! Yes, you read that correctly. the dinner that SJIYC put together last year was so popular and they sold so many they actually exceeded their revenue goals and this year have agreed to knock two American greenbacks off the price. (For those scoring at home that is enough money to purchase a delicious Miller Lite at the AYC bar, currently in a new retro promotional all aluminum can!) Racers and cruisers alike  have enjoyed this annual rite of spring for well over 40 years here at AYC. In years past this rendezvous has been at Rosario (remember the hot tub?), the Islander @ Lopez (remember the hot tub?), and for the last several years Friday Harbor. You can also travel via the ferry and join the fun if your yacht is dry stored or if you are between vessels. Speaking of needing a boat the largest boat show on the West coast is fast approaching. The Seattle Boat Show Jan 24-Feb 2nd is just the place to find a new ride. Several other local clubs have a tradition of loading a bus and making a day of it, why not AYC? No, you won't miss the Seahawks in the Superbowl, if (when) they make it the show is cancelled that day. (no kidding) Also for you racer types out there if you have a new sail or rudder or haven't renewed your PHRF membership now is the time to do it, if you are a newbie contact member Scott Lindberg our local handicapper and he can help get you started. SOOOO if you haven't done so already sign up for the Foulweather Race/Cruise so they know how much lasagna (also veggie) to make and come join the fun!

Monday, January 06, 2014

Blue Monday?

Happy New Year all! 2014 is ramping up to be a very busy one at AYC. Many members took advantage of the calm clear weather to take a cruise last weekend. This week at the club includes football Monday night, regular social hours on Friday, and the fabulous Commodore's Ball on Saturday. See you there!