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.