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.