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 OIYC.org 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:)