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!