Saturday, December 26, 2015

Feliz Ano Nuevo

Polar Bear swims on New Years Day are all the rage right now but frankly it is not all that appealing to me or my family. I have a close relative that recently tested the temperature of the Puget Sound in the 'Round the County Race last fall and after her report I am even less interested in Polar Bear swims.
Polar Bear sailing, now that sounds much better! In recent years the sailors of the AYC along with a few fellow pirates have hit the water in all kinds of water sailing craft. Come join the fun at 1200hrs on Jan. 1st, 2016! Typically if the weather is fair several boats will rally around in the bay or chase a few of the heartier seafarers out the channel that are headed to Friday Harbor for a weekend of winter amusement.
Rumor has it the Strandberg boys are ready to test their new ride, they are priming up for the R2AK Race to Ketchikan in June. Cassiopeia is ready to be unleashed again and will likely be looking to break in some new crew for 2016. The Pelican people are always there. If you have a Lido, an Optimist or a foiling tri come join the plan to wassail in the New Year!

Monday, December 14, 2015

AHS Sailing Team receive donation from AYC

Town crier Richard Riddell was on hand to ring in a generous donation of $2050 for the Anacortes High School Sailing team. Jerry Reilly, Commodore of the Anacortes Yacht Club presented a check to Coach Trevor DiMarco and team members, at the December general meeting.

Throughout the past year money was collected in a ‘tip jar’ at the Yacht Club to support youth sailing. In addition to the $2050 from the tip jar, a spaghetti feed and an art auction netted a further $1700 towards the sailing program. “Club Members realize the future is with the young and we want to encourage them as much as possible,” said Mac Madenwald, past Commodore

In 2015 there were 18 High School sailors involved in a full schedule of fleet and team racing. The two-person co-ed teams sail one-design boats, called Flying Juniors, in local, district and regional regattas.

Support from the yacht club helps maintain the team’s activities, training and the purchase of dinghies. Coach DiMarco and Assistant coach Steve Orsini are both members of the yacht club. Opportunities to get out on the water on larger boats are available during regular club racing. The club also offers Junior memberships at very reasonable rates.

Anacortes has been selected to host the 2016 Baker Cup, a US National High School Championship regatta, in May 27 – 29.

Photo credit – Sean Kelly
Photo from left to right:
Richard Riddell, Kian Patrick (Team Captain), Liam Patrick, Julia Soes, Christopher Watmuth, Trevor DiMarco (Coach)

Written by AYC Publicist Wendy Gray

Monday, November 30, 2015

Anacortes Yacht Club Knot News

It's back! The monthly newsletter that has been faithfully maintained by Commodores past is ready for your input! Current issue is available online for download and a few printed copies will be posted. A black notebook is behind the bar filled with past issues, 1995 - 2000. I'm the current editor but seeking a volunteer!

Sunday, November 29, 2015

AYC Junior accomplishment at WWU

AYC Junior member and Anacortes HS graduate, Gabe Hill, sailing with his girl friend Haley Bolin, led the Western Washington University Sailing team to a 9th place overall finish in the 'Fall Pacific Coast Collegiate Championships' held in Santa Barbara the weekend before Thanksgiving.  Sailing FJ dinghies the WWU team finished behind the host UC Santa Barbara, USC, University of Hawaii, Stanford but ahead of UC Santa Cruz, University of Victoria and UCLA just to name a few of the better known teams competing.  The WWU sailing team has gained "Honorable Mention" status on SAILING WORLD Magazine's "honor roll" of United States Collegiate sailing teams, and considering the magazine's East Coast 'bent', that is a great accomplishment!!!   And the WWU team is, for the most part, 'self coached'!  FOr results, check:

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

The Broughtons

On Nov 21 we enjoyed a delicious breakfast and presentation from Dave & Terri Bawden about visiting The Broughtons in BC. Of about 50 people present, at least a third raised hands showing interest in traveling there in the summer of 2016. Updates will be posted. For now, a summary of the presentation can be found here.
New members Gary and Barbara Gray added their insights and provided a spreadsheet and instructions to help navigate the challenging currents.
Needed is a Cruise Captain who can organize and schedule some ports of call. Are you our leader?

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Bright Lights Big City

FREE MOORAGE! That's right the Executives running the marina in our fair city have seen fit in order to celebrate everyone's favorite Christian holiday, Christmas, they will be offering free moorage for those so inclined. Here's how it works.
As part of the Anacortes Coastal Christmas party mariners are invited to voyage on over to "C" dock Dec 16th-19th and be a festive component of the Deck the Docks celebration. Simply deck out your yacht in holiday garlands and lights. and come join the fun. Several activities are planned.
* Celtic Christmas Celebration at the Transit Shed (can someone please rename this place?) Wednesday night
* The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe at ACT Thurs-Sat
* Live music at watering holes throughout town
* Cocoa crawl and public viewing of the yachts Saturday from 1600-1930
Historically, back when a man could make a living fishing in this town, the local fleet would turn out for a parade down Guemes Channel. Sounds simple enough right, just follow the leader. Well it never was. Add foul weather, alcohol and egos, along with horsepower and  darkness and well let's just say maybe this was a holiday tradition the just couldn't be lost to the sands of time soon enough:)
Reserve your spot today! Call 360 293 0694,listen to the hold music (Classical Gas) until someone picks up the phone and come join the merriment.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Holiday Shopping

With only 40 more shopping days until Christmas what is a good elf to do? Of course the first thing is to pay your AYC dues, still the best value in the district. Then breakout just 3 more dead presidents, in this case the ones with Andrew Jackson on them and join PHRF-NW:) That's correct for just the low, low price of 60.00 American greenbacks you too can compete in the premier regattas that AYC sponsors like the Girts Rekevics Foul weather race to Friday Harbor, Tulip Regatta, Windermere Regatta, Northern Century all kinds of mid distance and those silly Wednesday night affairs. Yes, you heard me right, all these antics and hijinks for just one easy payment of 60.00 Wait, don't send that money in yet! Not only that, but you could do the Shaw Island Winter Classic Feb 13th 2016 or the 'Round Shaw Island Race the first weekend in August or even the notorious 'Round the County Race in the fall in which this year AYC sent 13 yachts, including the largest at 72' and the smallest at 27'. Of course there are hidden costs. This year if you want a PHRF handbook it will be additional 5.00 or if you don't work for a certain local rigging shop just download it for free at your place of employment. Still that is not all. If you choose to race there will be regatta fees and pressure from your crew to buy new and better sails. (Someone ask Mac how he is able to parry this constant burden as he perpetually wins races with sails that are older than some of the crew trimming them:)

PHRF is entering a new era. This has been the dominant handicapping system in the PNW for now 50 years. Here is a fun fact, AYC's own Doug Fryer was a founding member and has only owned one other boat since that day! PHRF has plans to become more user friendly and yes the cost went up 13.00 whole dollars. In order for PHRF to remain solvent this was required. It still is less than my son pays to be on the local high school mountain bike team, I think it is a terrific value. Each club has a handicapper and a director. They are happy to answer questions and help get you out on the water. Wherever you go from Portland to BC PHRF regattas are entertaining and some are ridiculously challenging. Most big events like Swiftsure and Southern Straits have added inshore events for the crowd that wants to be part of the action but prefers shore power at night to power the blender.Goto for all the details and spend those holiday shopping dollars on some good times on the Salish Sea!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Wet n Wild Round the County

AYC was rockin Friday night. Sailors from Vancouver to Olympia converged on the clubhouse and absolutely devoured the most chili seen this side of Texas since the Nixon administration. Keith Stone and New Rear Commodore elect Walt Meagher added cornbread and salad to make a feast. Gerri Gunn led a team of bartenders to keep the crews watered down.
Saturday morning was wet and windy as the first vessels led the flotilla to the start line at Lydia Shoal beginning at 6am sharp. Let's take a look and see how the burgee with the scarlet Aand crusaders cross did:
Div M, the multihulls, Lars Strandberg just missed the podium but kept it right side up as the mighty Dragonfly turtled off Sucia Island skipper and crew were recovered safely.

IRC is the latest racing scene in the PNW and AYC did not field a boat of our own but Kevin Welch and Ian Sloan sailed in the afterguard aboard Valkyrie so we will go with that team. On the run North Saturday they enjoyed boat speeds reaching into the mid 20kt range and finished exactly 1 second ahead of the first boat off the podium. Sunday's start was hot mess for most boats and a full 30 competitors missed it completely choosing for a scenic mtor home through the SJI's if they could net get started within the 20 minute limit.

Div O, Dr. Schoenrock's Davidson 72 assisted by Tom Gilbert and 20 other crew people posted a perfect 10 and covered the first 30 miles in just over 3 hrs! Look for the tall stick at the end of B dock and watch for her moving up in the standings next season.

Div 1 Michael Picco and Team Wild Blue has been a welcome sight on Wednesday night and held on for a 3rd place finish without even completing the course on Sunday.

Div 2 featured our personal chef Walt Meagher on his new ride "Sunshine Girl" and a band of merry pirates. Rumor has it they moored in the noisiest area of Roche Harbor or maybe it was them, rumors are rampant.

Div 3 The mighty Pangaea with more of these races under her keel than most any other boat got up for a solid 6th in the class that featured the overall race winner in a fleet of 115 total. Mac and Wendy continue to field a solid program with old friends and new faces aboard every year

Div 4 Third through 6th as well as eighth was all AYC! Colin Emsley and a pair of hard working crew held off the well sailed Hijinks and those silly celebrators on Celebration. Bangarang was not far behind as somehow they all managed to finish Sunday even when many larger faster rated boats could not.

 Div 5 These are the smallest boats in the fleet and start first. Saturday the 8 Sc-27's set kites early and the battle was on. The gusts hammered out of the East with enough force to send our favorite female skipper Stephanie Schwenk (the eventual class winner) swimming over the side. Hijinks quickly dropped sail and lent an assist as WR was able to make a quick WOB recovery. Please practice this skill aboard your own vessel. (Especially if Steph is on your crew list:) Lil Toonces and Emoyeni kept the dirty side down and revelled in the breezy conditions.

Congratulations to all that competed in this PNW tradition, time to dry out sails and socks and cheer on the 'Hawks!!!!

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

Round and round we go!

What's more fun than a room full of sailors on a Friday night? Well just add chili, cornbread, music and videos and now you have a party. In this case it's this Friday the 6th and it's the "Round the County party. Doors open at 1700 and chili at 1800. Checkout OIYC for all the details regarding the race. 115 entries, 13 flying the scarlet letter AYC burgee. The start is off Lydia Shoal Saturday at 0830hrs so at least 50 of these competitors stage out of Anacortes. This is where you come in. Come join the party at AYC and show these outa towners what AYC hospitality is all about. The crowd will include former gold medalists from both the US and Canada as well as numerous National Champions like our very own Stephanie Schwenk fresh off her SC-27 victory this past summer. Take a wander down the docks this Friday and checkout some gorgeous sailing eye candy, don't miss the brand newly rebuilt Davidson 72 Cassiopeia at the end of B-dock. With a 100' mast and a 13' 6" keel she will be the AYC flagship for this edition of this legendary race. Hopefully for those adventurous souls a Southerly breeze will make for some pleasant sight seeing Sunday around noon as the fleet bowls North under colorful spinnakers up Rosario Strait. Pack a picnic lunch and head for Washington Park. Added bonus this year will be a skype lash up to OIYC for the 1945hrs skippers meeting streamed live from OIYC. Everyone is welcome! Especially when it comes time to clean up at 2200hrs or thereabouts, you know you want to feel like you were part of the action so come grab a broom or a washcloth and help me out:)

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Halloween Comes to AYC

Last Wednesday night brought a scene of mayhem and utter destruction to the clubhouse as 13 intent pumpkin carvers attacked their oversized vegetables with knives and scrapers. But, miraculously, through lots of laughter, candy, cake and glitter, 10 amazing works of "art" appeared.  Then on Friday, 5 additional creations entered the competition and the quest was on for best Halloween Pumpkin of 2015.
Top honors, and incredible prizes, were awarded to Lee Schroeder, Beth Bell and Dylan Schwenk. And, as they say, a good time was had by all.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Halloween pumpkin carving

Calling  all pumpkin artists.
This is your time of year. Wed night, October 28, we will meet at the club, 6-8pm, for some old-fashioned pumpkin carving. Bring your pumpkin(s) and carving tools. We will provide newspaper, popcorn/candy and appropriate music (Monster Mash anyone?) and the bar will be open. Definitely bring the kids and grandkids. 
Then on Friday, Oct 30, we will have a Halloween Pumpkin contest. This is open to those who carve on Wed or bring one from home. Voting will be from 6:00 to 6:45 with prizes for the winners at 7pm.
Hope to see you at one or both events.

Friday, October 02, 2015

Final, final for 2015!

You know you wanna say you were there! Saturday, Sept, 3rd, 2015 (punctuated correctly) will long be remembered as the Commodores Race that was all that (anda baga chips). Even if'n you missed all the other ultra fun regattas this year, this day is for you. Each year the racers get together to celebrate with the man (or woman) that makes everything happen at the club. First there is a sailing activity, usually with a fair bit of hijinks, then the sailors retire to the club for a little soiree that the Commodore's minions have ordered to honor their leader.  It's all in fun and with a forecast for 62 degrees and wind and sunshine who really needs an excuse to cast off the mooring lines? So either join the crowd at the top of the VIP viewing area at the top of Cap Sante or put a pork chop around your neck a solicit a ride aboard one of the racing dreadnoughts. The races to remember are sailed in November so this is your chance to have a little fun on the water before the witch of November comes stealin....
In other news:
Capt. Trevor showed his transom to the fleet in the final Wednesday night race even though he showed some restraint towards the more senior sailors at the start,
Round the County party is shaping up for Nov. 6th with a fleet over 110 yachts competing with AYC fielding: Passepartout, Sunshine Girl, Pangaea, silly rumpus, Hijinks, Bangarangarang, Emosomething, Wild Blue, Limey Bastard, Celebration(featuring the Snoopy kite), Lil toonces, and Bedoo! Why just one shy of a Baker's dozen!!! Just for good measure I will count Valkyrie to make it happen!!
Of course there is a slough full of AYC sailors on other entries so come come join the fun or lend a hand on Nov. 6th, doors open at 1600hrs..... Hats and cellphones ok:)
Rumor has it Eric B has signed up for another year as head honcho for the racing program, buy him a delicious beaker of his favorite or ask not what he can do for you but what you can do for the AYC racing program:)

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Calling all Hippies and Poachers

There has long been a tradition in sailing and I'm not sure if it grew with the Great Northwest where I grew up or if it's a worldwide thing. In any case occasionally a yacht will fail to officially register for a regatta through a paperwork snafu or other clerical error. Now the boat and captain and crew find themselves at the regatta site all dressed up and ready to go and not invited to the dance. Now what to do? It's called poaching or doing a regatta "hippie style". You simply wait until the official starters are underway and make certain you do not interfere with their racing and do the race anyway to see how you would have done. With this spirit in mind it has been proposed that Wednesday, September 30th, at 1800hrs the yachts of the AYC are cordially invited to a proposed hippie regatta. For the younger crowd consider this a flashmob. Imagine if a fleet of boats arrived at the R2 buoy off the tanker dock sailed around Huckleberry island and met at Anthony's afterward for a soothing beverage. This very idea was proposed last night at the club and earned the nickname R2A (Race to Anthony's) It's not really a race at all, simply a group of sailor friends trying to shake the mildew off their rags one more time on a wonderful summer of Wednesday night racing. Come have some fun!
In other news:
Ian and Joy Sloan have recently returned from a Transatlantic voyage aboard a record breaking catamaran  Lending Club 2. They averaged over 20kts under sail and I hope we can look forward to hearing all about it and seeing some pictures at an upcoming meeting.
Captain Midnight recently attended the Rolex Big Boat Series in San Francisco earning a victory in the Express 37 class. Fun fact Express 37's have been a fixture at the Big Boat Series for 25 years.
Steve Orsini is ahead of the game putting pieces in place for the 2016 High School Team Racing Championships scheduled for Memorial Day weekend. This will be the highest caliber regatta ever hosted by Anacortes and requires as many as 66 separate rotations as well as billeting, entertainment and the like. If possible block this weekend to be part of the action.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Annual Deer Harbour Cruise

Over 50 members participated in the Anacortes Yacht Club’s annual Fall cruise to Deer Harbor.  The flotilla consisted of sixteen boats with a mix of both sail and power.   Cruise Captains, Tom and Anita Nute and Bob and Bernie Bell organized lots of fun and games to entertain the members.   The weather was perfect for on the water activities like ‘Aqua Golf’ and kayaking.  On-shore there was the renowned wine, chocolate and cheese tasting and potluck bbq. Winners of the Duck Luge were the all female team of Helen Prier and Karen Thomson.  They beat out tough competition but going into the final round Helen said “ I feel quietly confident” while Karen claimed “I’m stoked!”.
Deer Harbor Marina Party Barge, Saturday Sept 12, 2015

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Sunday, September 06, 2015

'Round the County

November 7th and 8th may seem a long way off, but if you're planning on doing the ever challenging 'Round the County, now is the time to sign up. This regatta sponsored by OIYC each year is a 66 mile jaunt around San Juan County split over two days. Most of the boats that come from out of town stage out of Anacortes and traditionally good 'ol AYC has had a Friday night ruckus to send them on their way in style, or at least with full bellies and lighter wallets. As dawn approaches usually in the rain and sometimes with wind the fleet begins the haul out to the Lydia Shoal buoy. This year the course is North to Patos (the halfway pt) then South to the finish off Battleship Island at the entrance to Roche Harbor. The 6pm time limit keeps the fleet from freezing overnight. The clock is also frozen until the start Sunday morning at 9 and the fleet dives South out of Mosquito Pass to the 1/2 way pt near Davidson Rk. Then it's back to Lydia Shoal and usually back to Anacortes in the dark. Forty boats are already on the list ranging from a Moore 24 to gold medalist Carl Buchan. Any boat with a valid PHRF certificate faster than 200 is welcome to attend. The fleet is typically capped at 100 boats though Betsy Wareham sometimes has been known to take pity on a worthy competitor that has a tardy application. Historically AYC has done well with ICON, AJAX and Gambler all posting overall victories. If you like watching snow capped mountains in the distance while Orcas play in the foreground this race is for you. More AYC boats are already signed up for RTC than made it to PITCH this weekend! If you aren't taking your yacht, track down one of these intrepid skippers, offer to bring a Thermos of potable anti freeze for the slog to the start Saturday morning and don't forget your long handle underwear!

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Challenging Numbers

Labor Day weekend has been home to the PITCH Regatta in Bellingham for over 40 years. Historically this regatta was three day regatta but after several gear buster Friday nights it has now been shortened to just two. PITCH is an acronym for Pacific International Ton Championship. What? Well back in the day before PHRF yachts raced under a system called the IOR. (International Offshore Rule) This system broke out fleets in 1/4 , 1/2, 3/4, 1 ton and two ton divisions.
For example 1/4 ton boats like San Juan 24's, 1/2 ton were like Thunderbirds, 3/4 ton were Yamaha 33's, 1 tons really varied but the Ranger 37's used to battle Yankee 38's regularly Pangaea would have likely just squeezed in, Chuck Tidrington's old boat White Lightning was a fine example of a classic 2 tonner. Why tons? I have no idea, nothing to do with boat weight, simply a formula that resulted in a solution exploited by yacht designers like Doug Peterson and Gary Mull.
Let's cut to the chase here, PITCH offers a welcoming crew as you enter the harbor, free moorage, live music Saturday night, fun food trucks, fine racing, charity raffles for juniors, 3 boat teams and the Kelly O'neil trophy. The last part is where were in a jam. In order to compete for the O'neill trophy we need 3 boats, currently just 2 AYC boats are registered. Come on now people BYC has sent 9 different boats to our regattas this year. Let's rally our racer types and support our neighbors to the North:)

Sunday, August 30, 2015

It could happen to you......

For those scoring at home you might note that traditionally the Northern Century takes place the weekend before Labor Day. That would have been this weekend. If you were looking out your window on Saturday you may have noticed wind gusts into the 60's.  This kind of breeze even in protected waters like the San Juan Islands can be problematic. As we head into the fall season what better reminder to check your safety gear. Having you been thinking about upgrading your ground tackle? (Anchor and rode) Make sure if you do your chain fits your windlass. Riding at anchor in a steady 50kt breeze will be lively and a sentinel may be needed. If you're not sure what a sentinel is get with someone that knows anchoring and make a plan. Check out a few weather sites and plan accordingly. Maybe buy a few extra fenders and mooring lines. Be prepared fellow travelers.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Dude where's my boat?

Aloha race fans!
The Northern Century is here!
Goto to follow the fleet's progress! Each boat is fitted with a "SPOT" tracker device and you can click to your heart's content.
For all you armchair skippers the Nifty Fifty should be easy to predict, 3 spots on the podium and 3 contestants...The Fully Crewed 100 and the DH div are split nearly evenly and don't forget about human powered, Jack and Jill, Canadian and other special divisions. From 24-47.7 feet, multi, cat and mono there is something for everyone. Join the crowd at the top of the rock to watch the start or join the throngs of folks at the finish line.
In other news:
Work boat races in the channel Saturday, don't miss it!

Monday, August 17, 2015

Final Friday Plan

This Friday the 17th good 'ol AYC is hosting the Northern Century Regatta. Boats are due to arrive as early as Wednesday but mostly on Friday. Please contact Eric Beemer or Stephanie Schwenk if you are willing to be part of the legendary hospitality at AYC. Duties that could certainly use some help on Friday include: T-shirt sails, registration, assigning SPOT trackers, food prep and of course the ever popular clean up duties. This is what AYC is all about. Fun in the sun with members and guests. Please call or email if you can help:)

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Rollin on the River

Guemes Channel, the river of which I speak in the title, was a veritable cornucopia of sails last night. The Big Blue Show was in action with a skeleton crew. The Son of Raven with her illustrious new graphics was in attendance and Tom Stockton nailed the start and led the fleet, if only briefly. Local rising sailing star Nate Keller handled RC duties and masterfully or is that mercifully called a chort course at the weather mark allowing everyone to go home and feat on Chef Wenger's delectable Caesar Salmon Salad. The Sc-27's were out in force and Colin's bastard boat was chewing up the fleet singlehandedly. Two divisions were decided by less than 3 seconds total. Lesson learned? Get in the river, stay in the river. Join us next week for the ever popular "What the Huck?" It's Summer Fun so almost anything goes, even women are allowed to take the helm for this series:)
In other news:
It appears we will soon have 3 competitors in the Nifty Fifty, the more civilized version of the Northern Century. Heck 50 miles? Yes you can do that! Alden Bank and back any course you choose. Let's give them something to talk about and have a flotilla of AYC boats join up today!
Thanks be to Jah we have a crew of volunteers to help clean up Friday night ,Aug 21st,  but they will need help, Please, before you go out to dance the night away until the early morning hours, swing by AYC about 1830 and lend a hand, many paws make for light work and this regatta make$$$ ca$$h for Member$$$ if you under$$tand the me$$$age so please come help out for an hour, yes the bar will be open:)

Sunday, August 09, 2015

N-100 and you!

2 Weeks and counting..... Okay so we have broken the magic 23 boat barrier. Everything from a multihull from the peoples republic of California to perennial Canadian Stalwart Wayne Foulds and crew aboard "Lightcure". AYC has received a challenge from yours truly to field a competitor for every boat from out of town. There is no penalty if we exceed that goal. There is still time to get measured in, get a PHRF-NW rating, round up yer pal if you're going doublehanded or put 1/2 the neighborhood in a headlock if you like company. Wind is not guaranteed but appreciated,  as a veteran of at least 5 I can tell you there is usually enough to get 'er done and if you bail early you will live to regret it, (sigh). For you hardworking types the start is late enough on Friday to accommodate your schedule. Delicious spaghetti(veggie option probably means just salad and cheesy noodles), seriously though get on in there early to carbo load, activate your tracker and swap a few theories about currents and wind. The Northern Century is a terrific opportunity to challenge yourself but also have the option to drop the hook in a comfortable anchorage and join the mob again when the wind and sun fill back in.
In other news:
Kevin Welch and the Mikey crew gorged on the conditions at Cascade Locks to battle to a hard earned 2nd place at the Melges 24 Nationals. Boat speeds exceeded 20 kts and teams came from as far as Germany to compete.
The Wally's Tours series wrapped up and 4 of 9 winner's were 27' long. Three were under 27' and and one was 29'. Representin for the luxury liners was Ed Kennedy in the always spicy "Spice". Newcomers Jeff and Steve walked away with honors in class 3. All those interested should note 3 SC-27's are for sale locally. Come join the fun. As long as you have insurance, rating details can be worked out retroactively, unless you are on the edge between classes 2 and 3. class one is always open to No Flying Sails boats. For race details contact Eric Beemer or Andy Schwenk.
The Cheney Cup named for noted prominent attorney John Cheney is this weekend and the Lummi Island course can turn into a drag race that allows the speedier boats to stretch their legs.
Wednesday nights feature the Summer Fun series so let the foredeck ape take the helm or put the skipper in the pit to pass out.......Pass out beverages not literally pass out:)

Monday, August 03, 2015

Chris' Canadian Cows

Each year the PNW Multihull crowd  gets together for the annual Cowichan Bay Regatta typically held the weekend after Whidbey Race Week. For the first time in recent memory the perennial powerhouse that is Dragonfly was not on the scene, For those new to cruising these waters Cow Bay is not to be missed. Just a stones throw North of Sydney BC and adjacent to the waters that take you to the Butchart Gardens this bay is a cruisers paradise. A quaint fishing village that dates to aboriginal times is slowly transforming itself to a cruising destination with but not limited to an ice cream factory, coffee roaster, 4 star hotel and restaurant, numerous B and B's on the water and off and of course a sailboat regatta in the summertime.
2014 was the year of the Son of Raven skippered by Chris Sherman, this year Chris was back to defend his trophy and he nearly did, Chris and his merry band settled for a second. Of note in this class was Kim Alfred's foiling cat with a PHRF rating of -200!!! When PHRF was invented the fastest boat in the sound was rated 0. The only other AYC boat was the Wild Rumpus holding on for a third place after running low on sunscreen and holding off the hard charging Giant Slayer populated with Jim and Staci Bottles and other Celebration regulars.
In other news:
Kevin Welch and Ian and Joy Sloan continued their winning way in the Columbia River Gorge rattling off 7 bullets in seven races denying any competitor the feeling of victory and preparing for the National Championship this coming weekend.
The Northern Century entry list is hovering near 20 boats, most new entries lured by the fact Walt Meagher has promised to make spaghetti Friday night before sailing out to compete in his Sunshine Girl. Also be on the lookout for the Marstrom 32 in from Orinda, California after recently smoking the fleet in a 250 mile offshore race in Southern California.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Northern Century News

Big news for N-100 fans. The paddle powered division at the N-100 will be a separate division. Boats that sign up can designate whether they are planning to paddle if the wind goes light or take a nap or go for a swim like I plan to do. The R2AK race to Alaska this past summer highlighted how popular the human powered crowd is, on the other hand it's not everybodys cup of tea. So come one and come all bring your paddles or not. Our goal is still to get at least one AYC competitor for each yacht from out of town.
In other news:
Jerry Vanderveen,leading Team Syndicat, in a desperate attempt to secure a free bottle of Sailor Jerry Rum, posted a 20 minute victory over a solid fleet in the rum run to Bird Rocks and back last Saturday. Emoyeni was in fine form for the deuce and Mr. Bottles was able to place third singlehandedly. Bottles in a rum run, what?
Maybe we should have an award for the AYC boat that lands the most crab this year. Is it me or are they tastier than usual this year?
Pangaea is reportedly outa town this Wednesday night so maybe the rest of us have a chance:)

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Mikey likes it!

The Welch clan led by Big Daddy Kevin and son Eric completely dominated the competition at Whidbey Race Week 2015. Father and son were both sailing Melges 24's in preparation for the Nationals in the Columbia River gorge later this summer. These boats are built to strict one design standards and are popular among the region and nations top sailors. Focus is on boat handling and tactics and boat speed advantages are hard to come by. To win by 25 points over second and 26 points over third in a 12 race series is simply stunning. Ian and Joy Sloan of AYC are also on the crew and are critical to team success. Teddy Bear skippered by Grey Hawken ably assisted by Fred Abelman battled to a second place finish. Steve Orsini and the Hawken family are on the sheets and if there was ever a trophy for one of the best looking boats when she powers upwind, Teddy Bear would win every time. This same crew also would have won the award for best dance crew at the after party on Friday. Whidbey was a little different this year. It used to be every competitor was issued a wrist bracelet and drinks were free. If you weren't drinking or weren't drinking much how fair is that? This year you paid for your own cocktails. There was a new focus on kids with planned activities each day. Oh and the sailing. For the first time I can remember, and I've been there since 1983, the RC was able to get in as many as 3 races each day, even the final day we got in two. WIRW is under new management and it shows. If you like sailing and having fun plan on Adult Summer Camp 2016.
In other news:
The registration is open for the Northern Century our goal is to have at least one AYC competitor for each yacht from out of town. This race has been won by boats from 24 to 66feet so if you are wondering if you have the right boat, you do. Any sailing boat can get a PHRF waiting, it's a simple process, costs 45.00 and takes about a week. It's an invitational regatta so a AYC race packet is not required. 50 or 100 miles, fully crewed or doublehanded whatever your pleasure. If you have any questions or need help getting started contact Eric Beemer or Stephanie Schwenk.
Don't forget this weekend is the Annual Shaw Island Classic and the Cowichan Bay Regatta. If you only do one regatta this year Shaw Island is for you, just show up they will issue you a rating, if you have a multihull Cow Bay is for you.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Anacortes Yacht Club on top!

For some of the finest sailing action visible with a plate of fresh mussels in front of you head to Penn Cove, right out in front of Coupeville, and tell the nice lady @ Toby's Tavern to set you up! Each summer the third week of July is reserved for Whidbey Island Race Week. Most of the sailing is in Penn Cove on windy afternoons. This year is no exception with 5 races in the first two days. Typically the start is near the Coupeville waterfront and the racing is scheduled to start around noon. This year Kevin Welch and the Mikey crew are dominating the Melges 24 fleet with 4 bullets outa 5 and his sons are hanging tough in the kids boat with a fourth, 1 point behind a tie for second and third. Teddy Bear is involved in a slugfest with Shrek with only 1 point separation after two days of racing. The new gal on the block Gail Gislason is holding 7th in a very competitive division 7.  With a pair of decent binoculars it's fairly easy to brush up on your mark rounding technique and also see what brands are leading the way.
With the Jah Mon boys cooking and Pangaea on deck for RC this Wednesday will be the first racing during WIRW in several years. Come join the fun!
This Saturday features the annual Rum Run, yes it's really for good old fashioned Nelson's blood, grog, whatever you call it, it won't last long on the trophy case shelf with a chilly winter predicted.
In other news:
The Schwenk clan found their way to Santa Barbara with some difficulty, though most of the road woes were on the way home, blessings be to Les Schwab, but that is not the point... Stephanie Schwenk showed the fleet her transom and Team Wild Rumpus was crowned 2015 SC-27 National Champion. 16 boats competed in 6 races, 5 different boats posted victories. When the rain stopped and the dust settled WR hung for a 2 point victory! College pal Kathryn Harang and her son Erik covered the foredeck, Andy's Pac Cup buddy Dr. Ward Naviaux from Bellingham worked the pit. Andy pulled on the sheets and son Dylan was at the mast. All Steph had to do was drive!

Sunday, July 12, 2015

A century of good times!

The AYC has been around for well over 100 years and one thing that has helped create that kind of staying power is the fun associated with good 'ol AYC. The tradition continues on August 21-23rd. The Northern Century race which you can sign up for right now on this very website promise more fun for everyone. Choose your own course 50 or 100 miles. For the hard core workaholic types you can still work right up till quitting time on Friday and then make the start. Nothing could be finer than spending a night out under the starry skies while watching islands slip by in the night and checking the computerized tracking system every now and then to see how the other guys are doing. Even if you are not a regular racer this event is for you. Typically there is a strong Canadian contingent and OIYC, OHYC, BYC, SJIYC, FHSC, and several Seattle area clubs to try to steal away some hardware. The safety regs are not onerous, mostly things you have or should have already and getting a PHRF rating from our new Club handicapper Colin Emsley could not be easier.  Autopilots are allowed and even multihulls are welcome. 1/2 way times will, be recorded so if the wind peters out you can still be a winner. Check your calendar, call your crew and get your registration in so we know how many noodles to boil Friday night (vegiie option for you too KW) and chili dogs to get on the grill Sunday. (KW just eats the bun). For more info just click on the NOR or come down to the club on Wednesday after racing and hold Eric's baby while he answers your questions:)
In other news:
Two new J-boats in town J-120 in Anacortes and J-109 in Bellingham. Speedy comfortable and fun.
Wanna see some cool boats? Goto the Transatlantic Race(local bowguy Robbie H competing) or the Transpac website.
Summer Shaw Island Classic is just around the corner Aug 1st, good primer for the N-100, SJIYC will give you rating if you need one, all welcome, either way around, AYC boats always do well in this one.
ICON spotted out cruising!
Schwenk and WR clan headed to Santa Barbara for SC-27 Nationals.
Two boats sunk in OHYC racing this season, Hobie Holder 20 and San Juan 24, OUCH!
New Blob in town, watch out for Sarah and Marshalls new ride this Wednesday night.

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Celebrate Good Times!

Life begins at 40! Just looking through the years results we have had nearly 40 different AYC boats competing in our racing program. There are so many new faces and so many good times happening on Wednesday nights. Come join the fun.
Tonight is an especially good night to get started either on the water or simply to enjoy a burger at the club. The on the water action features the second generation of the AYC Bottles clan with the third generation typically on board as helpers manning the RC duties. The galley crew tonight is the Roethle clan with their famous Greek Feta salad. They are fresh back from cruising the Gulf Islands and apparently with the BC economy in the tank they were able to get mooring balls and a seat at the pub.
If you want to get started on the racing scene check with Erik Beemer or Colin Emsley. Usually there is a grace period for a couple nights while you get all the paperwork in line.
In other news:
The AYC was out in full force for our nations 239th birthday with a raft up, Laser sailing and plenty of yachts sporting old Glory.
The Dolphin II ownership syndicate has purchased a new ride that looks well prepared, it should be since it was former scout boat.
The local Santana (TUNA) 20 fleet is growing, and there are couple good values on SC-27's and Viper 640's if you are interested in the one design thing.
The Etchells fleets are growing in Bellingham, Pt Ludlow and Lopez Island, maybe it's time the AYC joined in?
Northern Century is only a month away and also will have the 50 mile option. DH or fully crewed your choice!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Oh Canada!

For those in the know not only is it payday tomorrow for those that get paid on the first and the 15th, it is also Canada Day, eh. Although it says on the calendar Roethle's are cookin, they are actually visiting Canada. Schwenks are in the galley in their stead. We thought about back bacon and elk fritters but settled on poutine. If you have never tucked into this Canadian delicacy you are in for a treat. It's delicioso and will help you stand on guard for thee, for the True North strong and free, as god bless's our land. So come out and sail and fly the red spinnaker, or if yours has faded to pink that's ok too. The solstice is behind us. Come on out and sail Wednesdays are supposed to be fun for everyone!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

In the Pink

Sunday is a funday to do something special for a great cause. High noon at good ol AYC come join the merriment to support the funding for breast cancer research. Stephanie Schwenk will fill you in on all the details but all you really need to know is right here. You need a sailboat with some ladies aboard, all the pink you are willing to wear in 80 degree heat or just use body paint, a checkbook or a bunch of cash to contribute and smile for the camera. On the water fro 1pm to 3pm therte are two marks to round , each time you round a mark, then more cash is contributed. If your yacht is slow or your wallet is fat you can buy extra mark roundings to fund more research. Is all part of the Pink Boat Foundation and it's totally tax free and legit!

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Alphabet Soup at Lawson Reef

When Kymodoce and Emoyeni put bookends on Wild Rumpus for the podium maybe it's a sandwich rather than soup.In any case it didn't start out that way. Corvus led off the start beating into a light Westerly breeze while Celebration and Kymodoce slipped off to the right. Corvus hit the brakes for a moment off Shannon Point to allow Emoyeni and WR to catch up. Celebration and Kymodoce briefly looked golden when the wind shifted North, then a fairly solid Southerly filled in and the race was on. Celebration led around the first mark followed by WR and Corvus within boat lengths then the majority of the fleet still within 5 minutes. It was a headsail reach across a strong ebb to the red buoy and spinnakers blossomed for a sunny run home. Emoyeni went with the assymetric spinnaker to begin with then swapped to the womper soon after. The choice was thre ways, cross over to Burrows while the wind was fresh, battle staright up the middle, or hang on the West side until the end and crossover once the ebb wasn't ebbing so much. Some did a combination of two of these. The wind went light for the leaders at the finish and 1st through 8th was decided by less than 9 minutes.
Sun and fun for all, we should reconsider having an informal potluck at the club post race....
In other news:
Doug Fryer's Nightrunner recently completed her 4th Van Isle 360, the biennial, race around Vancouver Island. Highlights included a late night trip through Race Rocks in 35kts true with the 2,2 reduced spinnaker up and three competitors within a few boat lengths. The Nahwitti Bar did not disappoint with breaking waves filling the cockpit a few times. Imagine sailing all the way around VI without getting a drop of rain. Top wind speed 42kts on three separate days, yes it was a workout!

This coming Sunday come join the ladies for an informal regatta to support breast cancer research, contact Stephanie Schwenk for the details. Sail for a good cause, maybe make a new friend...

Monday, June 15, 2015

Putting the Wind in Windermere

For those of us lucky enough to experience this year's running of Windermere Regatta, it will definitely go down in the books as one of Anacortes' finest.  Competitors were met with perfect conditions on both Saturday and Sunday with temperatures in the 70's and consistent breeze from the Northwest at 12 knots that kept boats moving at a clip without a lull in the action.  Race PRO, Charley Rathkopf (of Whidbey Island Race Week), put the courses far enough North of Guemes Island that he found the only patch in the entire area without an abundance of eel grass (I didn't see a single boat sailing backwards all weekend!).  The racing was incredibly tight and the occasional downwind spinnaker finish kept Sean Kelly interested in the action as many boats passed within inches of catching their kites on his anchor windlass aboard the committee boat, Pacific Drifter.
Video by Brad Blymyer.

And now for the results...

While there were moments it looked like anyone's game, a strong Sunday performance by Vitesse, our friends from Bellingham lead by Dave Steffen, clinched the victory in Fleet 1.  Local favorites Teddy Bear and Pangaea were both on the podium in 2nd and 3rd respectively.

The Vipers in Fleet 2 demonstrated how much fun you can have with 21ft of performance sport boat as they were often on plane.  The team aboard Kaa showed their skill cruising to victory, followed by some of our talented local high school sailors helping out Rafe Beswick of Olympia into a strong 2nd place finish.  Jim Bottles got to taste the fun without having a boat with an oven or liquor cabinet as he joined Steve Orsini who filled in as skipper of TimeLine as they raced to 3rd.

Windermere Regatta Race Chairs Scott and Vicki Ellis, along with their talented crew aboard HiJinks held off the Bellingham boats Rubicon (2nd) and Blackfoot (3rd) in Fleet 3. 

In Fleet 4, the mighty San Juan 24 from Orcas Island, Ekono Juan, demonstrated their ability to get around the cans as they paced the fleet.  They were followed by the Roethle father-son duo aboard Emoyeni (2nd) and local pickle dish collector Syndicat (3rd).

All of the many contributions and hard work of the volunteers that put the event on absolutely put the wind in Windermere, and I am incredibly thankful for all of you and your efforts. The crew on the race committee put on a first class event without dispute.  The shore crew served the drinks (first 100 beers were on Charley and Whidbey Island Race Week) and hot food all three days that kept people at the club telling their stories and having a great time.  I love and feel pride seeing the folks in our club come together to make it all happen.  Thanks and hope to see you out there for the 30th anniversary running of Windermere Regatta next year.

Thursday, June 04, 2015

Windermere Regatta...Coming Soon

Hello AYC Racers!  It’s time to sign up for Windermere Regatta and get ready for two great days of racing, food, cold beverages, and prizes!  Yes, we have lined up another great event featuring local favorite Johnny Picaso’s Coffee and The Store muffins during the skippers meeting Saturday morning with food headliner Gere-a-Deli catering a full Lasagna Dinner Saturday night for only $12!!!  Anacortes Brewery will also be on tap so make sure you buy your dinner tickets online to refuel your crew after a great day of racing run by legendary CYC PRO Charlie Rathkof (aka Whidbey Island Race Week PRO / Mastermind)!   We also have over a dozen high quality swag items for the raffle Saturday night so be sure to buy those extra tickets before we start to enjoy the offerings of our generous sponsors for this year’s event!  Make sure you rally your friends, buddies, competitor’s, arch rivals, family, co-workers, and random strangers to sign up to race, buy t-shirts and dinner tickets online, or to volunteer!  If you can’t make it out to the race course but want to get involved, we have plenty of volunteer positions available to help out the club during the weekend and will use all the help we can get to make this event run smoothly for all involved.  Hope to see you on the water or around the club June 13-14th

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

AYC RACING...a view from above!!!!

All you Wednesday night racers, give this a peek (Thanks to Dave and Esther of HASENPFEFFER fame!).... tomorrow don't forget to look up!!!

Saturday, May 30, 2015


The Anacortes Yacht Club did it again...Clubhouse and deck packed to capacity for a fun evening with lots of good food and great camaraderie.  Lucky for those there, the work was done by the High School sailors and their parents as a thank-you for all the support given this past year by AYC members!

The evening was a huge success thanks to the great attendence and generosity of donors.  In total the event raised $1240 which will go to the Anacortes Parks Foundation Youth Sailing Program.

For those who couldn't make it Friday night and would still like to make a much appreciated contibution to the Youth Sailing Program, you can do so by copying the link below to your browser:

Thank you very much!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Annual Garrison Bay Cruise

photo by Mike Russell
What happens when 24 boats gather in Garrison Bay and plan a potluck? Over 50 people have a great time! There was always something going on at the central raft-up of 11 boats. Sunday was the busiest with blindfolded dinghy races followed by kayak racing, both forward and backward. A leisurely kayak cruise followed, then we all went ashore for a picnic dinner.
Hikes were made to the top of Young Hill, to the Alpaca Farm, and even all the way into Roche Harbor and the Sculpture Park. Others found their way to ice cream and burgers in Roche via boat.
Make sure you get this annual cruise on your calendar next year!

AYC in the frozen North

Each Memorial Day weekend for 72 years the Royal Victoria Yacht Club has sponsored the Swiftsure Regatta. It has grown into a family of five races. Let's start with the largest from Victoria around a mark about 15 miles off the mouth of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, The Swiftsure Lightship Classic. The lightship is no longer on station but the mighty NightRunner a Perry custom 42 cutter skippered by Doug Fryer with several AYC members aboard battled the sunshine, favorable current and steady winds to second in her division.The newest race, the Hein Bank Race to Neah Bay, Hein Bank and return was dominated by Kevin Welch and the ICON crew stealing a ride on the TP-52 Valkyrie and winning the pickle dish in this inaugural event. The Cape Flattery Race really only goes to Neah Bay and since no AYC boats participated we'll go with Lightscout a J-120 with a bunch of the old AJAX crew aboard as well as me. We set the heavy one at the start, rounded the 1/2 way point before 5pm, bolted on the BBQ after we got the kite up. As we blazed back up the strait we feasted on steak and baked potatoes with all the fixins. Full bellies, first in class 2nd overall, yeah I'll be back next year! The Juan de Fuca Race goes to Clallam Bay and back. Kymodoce with culinary expert Walt Meagher aboard battled to a 7th in the H-2 div. Bangarang was 8th in L-2. Interestingly this course is known for small fast boats but was won overall by a Catalina 42, just like our Girts Rekevics Foul Weather Race. Maybe time to consider purchasing this classic American speedster.Swiftsure also has an inshore regatta for folks that wanna be a little more civilized. Wild Rumpus with Steph and her offspring were the top American boat and just made the podium with a 3rd in div and 9th overall. Newest AYC members, well they probably will be after the board meeting tonight, Marshall and Sarah Brown also competed before slipping away to Garrison Bay in the Dolphin II. Swiftsure has something for everyone and after 35 years, yes I've missed a few when I was in the military, I can tell you it's a good time every time and the Canadians know how to make you feel welcome.

Monday, May 11, 2015

The AYC Pocket Park

Thanks a lot for a lot of work, the holes took Sean and helpers with the auger much effort, at least 3 people to get the piles into the ground, and 3 people on the rope at every pile. It truly was a lot of work. Special thanks to: Ed Kennedy, Warren Waltz, James Cashetta, Sean Kelly, Richard Schofield, Bob Barry.

The Yacht Club also needs to remember & thank those that donated items or equipment:
       The 18 - 7' X 10" piles by Culbertson Marine Construction,
       The 300' of 3" new clean Hawser by Crowley Maritime,
       A lot of labor, plus 2 picnic tables/bench and 1 bench by our tenant's work party from Fidalgo Island Rotary,
       A lot of equipment (Auger & Truck) from Sebo's. 

Without this equipment and labor, we would still have a weed patch directly south instead of a nice park area adjacent to the club house.

Thanks again to those AYC Member that helped with the work parties on Saturday Morning @ the new and improved pocket park adjacent to AYC.

Phil Case & Warren Walz, Past Commodores

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Tulip and High School Regatta Videos by Brad Blymyer

 Check out these cool videos by AYC member Brad Blymyer of the Tulip and NWISA High School District regattas recently held on Fidalgo Bay in Anacortes. 

Monday, May 04, 2015

Wonderful weekend at Sucia!!

Kudos to Dave and Terri Bawden and all the cruisers (25+ boats and 50+ people) who enjoyed near perfect weather (it was just a bit cool and breezy Saturday), clear skies, a full moon, accommodating tides, great hikes, marvelous food (& libations), wildlife (Orcas cruising by), activities (ugly shirt, hula hoops and stories) and, most important, just great camaraderie!!!   It just doesn't get any better than this.  Thanks ALL!!

Friday, May 01, 2015

Tulip Volunteers 2015 (62 people volunteered to make this happen!)

Thanks to everyone who made this year's Tulip Regatta a fun weekend of racing for 36 boats!!
Sponsors – Trident Seafood (donated all the Saturday dinner salmon), Wilson Motors, Sassy Frass, Heritage Bank, Cap Sante Marine Services, Anacortes Rigging and Yacht Services, Ullman Sail Loft, Rockfish Grill & Anacortes Brewery, Lopez Island Creamery donated the Saturday dinner ice cream!!
Mistress of Fun! Steph Schwenk! Steph did the facebook page and helped to get the word out to the known sailing world! She had sailing games ready but the appropriate time never seemed to develop.  We are lucky to have her on the team for another year!!
New Course board built by Joy & Ian Sloan!! 
Race committee chair – Eric Beemer
Regatta Chair – Walt Meagher
PRO – Kevin Welch, team
Scoring lead - Chris Roethle
Protest Arbiter – Chris White
Committee boat race management and scoring team - Laurie Gilmer, Jana Woodmansee, Brad & Sue Blymyer (photos), Catherine Bearce (photos), Leeds & Wendy Gulick, Ginger Orsini and grandson Moses, Joyce Roethle, Dorothy Engom & Bill LeDuc, Clay Wilcox, Mark Mauldin, Bea Cahsetta.
Committee boat – Sean Kelly & Jan Chapman donated use of Pacific Drifter again this year! Jan also organized lunches for all on the water personnel. They both have done this for a number of years now so they are able to help the newer volunteers understand what needs to be done – they are an invaluable resource!
Chase Boats – Chris Dalziel operator AYC chase boat Curran helper, Ian Sloan donated use of his power boat with Lucky Dave Hodgman driving and Colleen Shea helping.
Friday evening and Saturday morning late registration and T-shirt distribution 2– Rosemary Walter and Clay Wilcox
Friday night food – Tom & Anita Nute & Catherine Bearce, Bernie & Bob Bell, Beth Bell.
Friday night karaoke  – Shelly Meagher (Use of Karaoke machine donated by Sean Kelly/Jan Chapman)
Saturday night food  – Walt Meagher dinner lead with lots of help by Larry & Helen Prier, grill man Steve Hayes, Oysters Callie Weber & Bart Borusinski, Vern Lauridsen plus many folks pitched in to help with clean up!
Sunday night food  – Gerri Gunn dinner lead, Dave Wagner and Esther Fenton, Patty Young and Vernon Lauridsen, Clay Wilcox, Bev Dresen.
Bartenders  - Friday night- Liz Merriman & Dick Redmond, Saturday night - Julie Anderson, Diane Wilkinson, Liz Merriman & Myra McEwan, Saturday afternoon - John Wilkinson & Clay Wilcox

Monday, April 20, 2015

Tulip Time

The blossoms are blooming and for some reason it is not raining constantly. Take this chance to enjoy the hijinks and antics that is the AYC. On Wednesday night, the 22nd, after the sailors return to the clubhouse the perennial Tulip Cup chairman Walt Meagher is hosting an organizational meeting. Here is your chance to collect registration paperwork or sling potato salad like momma used to make or fly a flag or toot a horn. Believe it or not all these job descriptions and more are part of what makes the Tulip a Regatta. (paragraph KW)
 I can remember returning from college in the late 80's sailing with one of the bad boys from Bellingham to compete against my own family for an opportunity to kiss the Tulip Princess. I don't know where she is today or even if she will make an appearance this weekend. I can tell you this. The AYC is the club we make it. From turning on the lights and hoisting the burgee to stacking chairs and vacuuming the floors it's all us. Okay, there is a lady that does the windows and the heads, but the rest of it is club members just like you.
Typically the sailors blow back into the club around 7:30 or 8 and after a few delicious whatever they are serving Walt will pick up the microphone and start filling in the blanks. Soon after the PRO, the on the water guy, Kevin Welch will step up and fill out the on the water crew.
This weekend promises to be fun filled and fulfilling. Everything a yacht club is supposed to be. Crews hailing from Canada, Bellingham, Seattle, Oak Harbor, Orcas Island, Conway, Alger, Leavenworth, Sedro Woolley, Birdseye, Olympia, Tacoma and beyond. Let's show them what A town hospitality is all about. Bring a smile and a friend  and be there Wednesday night with a hand ready to raise.
In other news:
OHYC is hosting the annual 'Round the Island Race the weekend after Tulip May 2nd and 3rd. Last year AYC Capt Ellis and crew put the smackdown on the fleet and nearly broke the record set by the Big Blue Show Kevin Welch and crew on ICON. Registration is open.
Ian and Joy Sloan have not only hosted the first series of racing but also provided race committee and patrol boat services for everything this spring, buy them a cup of cheer or at least say THANK YOU!
Passepartout will be the first yacht flying the scaret letter this spring to brave the whale pasture this season when she sets forth May 4th to compete in the Oregon Offshore Race from Astoria to Victoria. Local sailing personality Captain Midnight will be on board looking to repeat last years success on Blade Runner.
Rumor has it Captain Fryers Night Runner, the AYC racing phenom, that took home the pickledish in the 2011 and 2013 Swiftsure's is emerging from the shed with a brand new deck.
26 boats have competed in the AYC Frostbite Series setting a record for the most competitors ever in the month of April. Results are tight with less than 3 points separating the leaders in two fleets.
Finally let's agree if God covered 3/4 of the Earth with water he must have intended we spend some time upon it.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Wonderful Wednesdays

Collectively across this great nation weeknight racing or beer can racing comes in many forms. Locally Bellingham YC races Wednesday and CYC Bellingham race Thursday night. Oak Harbor also race Thursdays. OIYC and SJIYC  race on Fridays. Everett has Friday night racing they call the log dodge and Tuesday's on Lake Union is the legendary Duck Dodge. These races always are set up with different divisions. Here in Anacortes we have Fleet 1 which is NFS or No Flying Sails, which means these boats compete without spinnakers. Fleet 2 for boats as fast as an Islander 30 or slower. Fleet 3 is anything faster than an Islander 30. Flying a standard size spinnaker is generally an 18 second per mile adjustment to your rating and is usually worth it except in very windy races when many boats don't use their spinnaker. (Hey KW watch for paragraph here)
Success on the race course depends on many variables. What is your goal? Success for some is simply enjoying the great outdoors! Success for others is competing against a friendly rival, for example the epic Handyman vs. Syndicat battle. Success for others is doing well consistently. To do well on the race course a well prepared boat helps. Clean bottom, decent sails, rig tuned properly and coordinated crew work are a few keys. Ultimately choosing the proper course is also critical. Generally as you clear the starting line you want to be on the tack that takes you up the course the furthest the fastest, the long board if you will. Of course if you can see the wind fading up ahead or a bunch of faster boats are disturbing your wind a short tack over may be in order. After 35 years of  AYC Wednesday night racing I have noticed a few common mistakes. (Some I continue to make.) The spinnaker has changed a bunch in shape and control systems, but some boats continue to struggle with control systems that helped give it's reputation as a pain in the first place. If you have difficulty setting, gybing and dousing your spinnaker talk to a sailor that looks like they have it figured out and see if you can incorporate their ideas into your program. The most successful racing team in our club actually pays people to tell them how to improve,and they win consistently, maybe a correlation here? If you aren't sure what a twinger or tweaker is or how it's used or think a spinnaker must be launched off the bow, tune in here there is fun even tranquility in store for you and the spinnaker. Ever notice that boats have those long tracks for headsail adjustment along their decks and if you move the farilead you can see by the shadow it has not moved since the Nixon administration, performance in store here, Halyard adjustment affects both speed and point.
The easiest thing to do is dress for weather bring a lifejacket and hang around the docks an hour before the start time. Introduce yourself and a bring a light snack to share. I can honestly say I have never seen anybody left on the dock. Of course it helps if you're young and attractive but in lieu of that read the tide book and pray your offer of a snack will be seen as a compensator. Once you have done it a few times take your own boat and join the fun. Wind in your hair, even if it's just in your ears and not your head and the feel of that a well sailed yacht under your fourth point of conatact can't be beat!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Magic and Mayhem at Seafarers

High school sailing is alive and well in the Pacific Northwest. From Portland, Oregon to several teams in Whatcom County both boys and girls this sport is growing fast. Anacortes played host to the Islands Cup here in Anacortes at Seafarers Park this past weekend. 33 teams and over 150 sailors, coaches and families were on hand, also several dogs. Anacortes Yacht Club's legendary hospitality started with coffee and pastries Saturday morning, a lunch buffet line both days and boat loads of hot chocolate. The Seafarers Park is just a gem for events like this. Big grassy lawns for setting up boats and room for throwing a frisbee or two while waiting for the wind or in the case of this weekend waiting for the wind to mellow out. I think organizing your average wedding is likely easier than putting together a production like a championship high school sailing regatta, at least the wedding only lasts one day. Fred Abelman, Steve Orsini and Gray Hawken covered the heavy lifting on the water and got off 16 races. Saturday blew in like a lion and Sunday went out like a lamb. On Saturday as 10 AYC boats were just making their way to the finish of the "Round Guemes Race the first rotation of 33 Flying Juniors hit the water. These 13' yachts designed in 1955 with 25' tall sticks, handled by a crew of two and carrying over 100sq ft of sail without a spinnaker offer a lively ride. Essentially the puffs that rolled through up to 26 kts made the conditions on Saturday too difficult except for the most talented sailors. There were several safety boats on the water and all the sailors were safe but it was just too much to offer proper competitive racing. Eventually the AYC volunteer crew retired to the club for a well earned recess and made short work of the vittles left over from Friday night's general meeting. Sunday was a day made for sailing and the first race got off on time at 0930 and went off about every 20 mins thereafter until it timed out at 1500hrs. These races can teach you how to get a decent start and a maybe I'm mistaken but I think after all that sailing there was only 1 protest. The rest of the sailors either allowed a bit of courtesy to the competition or took their licks and did their circles. For all the heat America's young people get today about drugs, obesity and test scores and the like I would have to say this group of young people was inspiring that our future is in capable hands. As the boats were derigged and trailers loaded there were plenty of helping hands. 2015 is shaping up to be one of the best years ever at AYC, come lend a hand and join the fun!
In other news:
 The annual 'round Guemes Race featured gusty winds and gutsy sailors. this was the 1 year anniversary for the Emoyeni. Last year they pulled the port side chainplates clean out of the decks and left the rig on the bottom less than two miles from the finish. This year they stole the trophy from the all female captain and crew aboard the Wild Rumpus by 28 seconds. The Wind Warrriors held of the always well sailed Syn di Cat and Ed Kennedy's recently rerriged SPICE stepped for the final place in the top 1/2.
Tulip Regatta is two weeks out. If you're sailing get signed up so they know how many trophies and how much potato salad to order. If you're not sailing get hold of the Chair Walt Meagher or the PRO Kevin Welch and they will put you in a position to help and have fun.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Great weekend for YOUTH SAILING!!

Any of you who did not come by Seafarer's Park this weekend really missed a great opportunity.  To see 150+ high school kids from Portland, Oregon to Bellingham...33 teams hotly competing for the NWISA (NorthWest InterscholasticSailing Assoc) ISLANDS CUP.   It was wonderful with Saturday winds often 20+ with the associated carnage of capsized and 'turtled' FJ dingies, and then near perfect 7 to 11 knot breeze for Sunday.  Sixteen races were run, with Bainbridge on top, followed by Lincoln of Portland and Woodinville third.   KUDOS TO THE OVER 30 AYC MEMBERS WHO VOLUNTEERED FOR ON THE WATER AND ASHORE HELP!!!!!!!   It was a spectacular event for all and there'll be more to come!!!

Saturday, April 04, 2015

Something so Sweet

While everyone else was toiling away at their workstation or trying to sort out their taxes, 80 intrepid yachts and their crews sallied forth from West Vancouver Yacht Club for the 47th annual Southern Straits regatta. This regatta starts on Good Friday each year and features four courses that are never the same from one year to the next. The start is essentially beneath the Lion's Gate Bridge in Vancouver and the finish is off Pt Atkinson. Interesting factoid is Vancouver and Seattle are equidistant from Anacortes 69 miles. This regatta has hosted the usual AYC favorites over the years to include Cassiopeia, Teddy Bear, ICON, Night Runner, Passepartout , Alakazam, Pangaea, and many others. This year Wild Rumpus was the sole entry with the scarlet letter flying proudly from the spreader. The delivery can can be just as challenging as the race and this year was no different, WR slipped her moorings at dawn from the Cap Sante boat basin and by supper was safely moored in the confines of Pt Roberts. Everything seemed ok until daybreak Thursday when the outboard would not start and our youngest crew commenced to barfing. Heating the spark plug with a lighter solved the outboard issue and Dylan eventually started feeling better. WR cleared customs by phone at Royal Vancouver YC and the recalcitrant outboard forced a finish under sail at WVYC, if you've ever been there, and if you haven't you should, you will know this is a tricky process. WVYC is a terrific host and rivals our own club with hospitality. A lot has changed since my first ride on Pangaea in 1980 but they still have the members liquor lockers in the bar leftover from when it was illegal to sell liquor in Canada on Sundays.  The start was downwind,big boats first, and spinnakers of every color blossomed under a brisk South Easterly sending the boats down course fast with the Fraser River current. Wild Rumpus was entered in the inshore race. We were able to keep the depth deeper than the draft and were actually leading the race for 3 out of 4 legs. Of course when it counted the squall moved on leaving the slower rated boats to linger in the rain while the leaders were on their trailers by the time the wind filled in enough to sail back to the club and consider the price of scrap aluminum for the still dead outboard. We chose the expeditious style of delivery home on the trailer and were pulling into the driveway in Anacortes just as the boats out on the course at night were enjoying the lunar eclipse. I poured a coffee and sat on the rail of the deck and thought just how much fun those folks were having out on the whale pasture that night. I think next year I will join them and maybe be wishing I was back on my deck, we'll see.....
In other news...
Next weekend AYC is hosting a high school dinghy regatta. If you have a RIB with an outboard that you could donate for a day or two please contact Fred Abelman. This regatta will be a solid training ground for the National regatta that is planned in Anacortes Memorial Day Weekend next year.
Wednesday night racing fleet gets bigger each week and Ian and Joy have done a masterful job of squeezing in as much as the wind and light will allow. Fun to see some new boats and faces around the club. Make sure you make nametags for your crew so everyone can get to know each other faster. The ever popular 'Round Guemes Race is scheduled for Saturday, if you haven't got a PHRF cert. yet simply call Colin Emsley on Monday and make it happen, generally the RC will record your time and credit you for your victory once the paperwork comes through as long as you have made application. This of course is not true for Tulip Regatta coming up fast so you need to get'er done anyway:) Don't forget the club is open for socializing on Friday evenings. The prices are fair and snacks are always welcome. The bartenders are cheerful and if you're careful you might even be able to poach some Emoyeni crew for the race Saturday since Capt Chris is in the land of Mai Tais, bikinis and coconuts!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Post Pt post race wrap up

This race featured a staggered start and many yachts were staggering under more canvas than they needed as it was a downwind start. The problem with boats and sailboats in particular is that they don't hold still very well especially with South Westerly winds gusting into the high 20's. It was sloppy wave action and surprisingly gusty just to add to the starting melee. Figuring how to have enough canvas up to be competitive downwind for the start yet maintain control before the start was the tricky part. Vern and the Myrica crew were down course before most boats had left the marina. The second boat to start, Wind Warrior, left most of their new to them spinnaker scattered across the wave tops. Syndicat got started without a hitch choosing to make their donation to Davy Jones Locker just after the Huckleberry/Guemes slot. John Gunn chose the conservative start approach but with roller furling it makes choosing between the big genoa or the small jib a little easier. Little Annie missed being first to Post Point by less than 5 minutes but when the wind lightened up on the way home chose the iron genoa.  Corvus and Spice got underway together and battled most of the way to Post Pt within yards of one another but again the fickle West/east/West /easterly on the way made the engine the logical choice for Corvus. The family affair that is Emoyeni was decimated by a tight work schedule so Chris soldiered on with a rookie crew and proved how nice it is to have your ever lovin son on board when it is windy, eventually opting for diesel power and a trip to the pizza joint rather than drifting home. The red sled Lil' Toonces skippered by local shipwright Steve Tiefischer, with crowd favorite David Way aboard was able to catch the waves even without the spinnaker up. She held the lead in the Sc-27 fleet until the Westerly disappeared behind Guemes Island and the fleet trailers went to school on her and faded East towards Samish to stay in breeze. The recycle project known as Off Constantly with the youngest average crew age in the fleet charged off the line under plenty of white canvas and held on later for a top half finish. Next up was yours truly with my trusty first wife on the tiller extension, which was later added to Mr. Jones tab in a nasty puff. In any case the kite went up and so did the fun meter. With only two on board she surfs into the teens fairly easily but honestly as the wind lightened as went North was still welcome too. I was wondering how we planned to douse it in those conditions. The new kid on the block, the J-30 Taku posted a solid podium finish in her first trip out, where was all that green last Tuesday night? In the big money fleet Kinetic Ki and Passepartout were treated to dying breeze and a fleet with tremendous leads established in much more wind. No boats were spotted taking the scenic route by Teddy Bear Cove, look it up if you don't know,  and Eric Beemer and the bar crew welcomed everybody home.
In other news....
Tulip Regatta NOR is up. Kevin Welch is PRO, Chris Roethle chief scorer, Walt Meagher Grand Exalted Chair (He has done this since the Nixon admin), Steph in charge of shoreside entertainment (don't miss it, similar to Teddy Bear Cove), delicious salmon dinner, free chili dogs, one design and PHRF racing. Sign up now and bring a friend.
Goto and see a new idea in adventure racing Port Townsend to Ketchikan, 10,000.00 for first prize, a set of steak knives for second.
Port Commissioner and AYC member Keith Rubin has recently returned from a adventure race in the Florida Keys.
If you have interest or time in helping maintain and/or running the club chase boats Race Knight a 20' Trophy and the other tri hull whose name escapes me, contact Terry Dorn or Markay Neumann.
For all you drone fans watch as you enter the harbor someone may be watching......
Don't forget if you don't do it this year you will be at least a year older when you do.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Hot Pursuit

This Saturday the 28th is one of the funnest race formats of the year. Instead of an equal start for all competitors and then keeping track of finish times and hanging around the club afterward to find out the facts, this race is the opposite. The handicap splits are predetermined and each boat starts at a given time and whoever finishes first is the winner. The course can be a real drag race to Post Pt near Bellingham and back. It gets shallow in Samish Bay and has collected a few keels in the past and when it is light the Westerly can be fickle. In this case the slower boats get the privilege of leading the way and finding all the parking lots first. If you are gaining on someone be careful it might not be all good.
Wednesday the 25th kicks off the Wednesday night racing series and after a pleasant tune up night on St. Paddy's Day the crews are ready to battle. Eric and Jordan rounded up plenty of Leprechuan Loot and the potlucks were delicious. On the other hand if you think there is enough conflict in the world and just want get out on the water Class 1 is for you. No need to bother with those tricky colorful sails, simply unfurl and enjoy the ride. AYC racing offers something for every sailor.
We have been measuring sails nearly every week and Vince Townrow at Ullman sails and Fleet handicapper Colin Emsley are happy to help.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Set the Green kite

You might think all sails should be green when you see the amount of greenbacks they cost! Tuesday night @ 6pm sharp just out in the bay near the ferry dock we will work up an appetite for the St. Paddys Day potluck at the club by having the first buoy race of the year. Of course wind has been reserved, in fact maybe we can have the wind that we saved by not having much for the Hein Bank race. For those new to the racing scene keep an eye on anchored ships and tugs in the bay, they make fine current indicators. As was proven at the start of the Hein Bank race the current can really move out Guemes Channel. (or in) Ebb tides carry more water in these parts due to the rivers. The wind near the massive rock, Cap Sante can be land effected. It is not uncommon for a reach to turn to a run as you sail NE across the bay. Listen to the instruction on the VHF and review what those flags represent. There are still some crab pots scattered across the bay and again there is no finer current indicator, there are many old timers that the current nearly always runs East-West along in front of the tanker docks. Stay clear of stbd tack boats, they'll be seeing your green running light and you'll be seeing their red, that's where the stoplight colors originated. After the fun on the water come join the fun at the club and bring your favorite snack!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

and There Was Wind

The Girts Rekevics Foul Weather Race kicked off another year of sailboat racing for the Anacortes Yacht Club with great style.  Chris Roethle has done a phenomenal job of putting this race/cruise on for as long as I've been a member and it is truly one of the highlights of our year.  Chris and his family deserve a big thanks from all of us for the dedication they put into the event. Each year we've participated has provided a unique story for me personally, and many of them are instigated by getting to the dock 4 hours prior to dinner with nothing better to do.  I'm pretty sure the majority of the over 100 sailors and cruisers at the event experienced something uniquely similar.

This year sailors were met with a sustained breeze of 18 knots in the bay prior to the start that made for some commotion while the race was getting kicked off.  The current was ripping down the Guemes Channel and the winds continued to pick up to the 22-24 knot range as boats passed the Bellingham Channel.  Reefs were popped in and the small sails were dusted off as sailors made their way to a pile-up at Thatcher.  Some shifty light breeze and back eddy's made things interesting as sailors worked their way through the pass on the way to more big breeze and the beat up Lopez.  Throw in some reachy stuff in Upright Channel on the way to the finish boat Ruffian, manned by Brad Blymer, and you have yourself one heck of a race.  Fleet 1 was paced by Count Enrico and his court on Jah Mon while Fleet 2 (and overall) was won by Gavin Brackett on Avalanche.  Thanks to all those who came to share in the fun, the San Juan Island Yacht club for the hospitality, along with Brad Blymer, Kyle Saum, and Chris Roethle for their volunteer efforts.  The fun has now begun!

Do you know Knowles?

Saturday March 7th is the first of the AYC's distance race series the "Tri-Straits". The hein Bank Race takes sailors from the West end of Guemes Channel out Rosario Strait and the Strait of Juan de Fuca rounding hein Bank just South of Cattle Pass and return a distance of 37.6 miles. When I first began racing in our club this race had a 24hr time limit. With the advent bottom paint and dacron sails this has been cut to 12hrs so let's move with some alacrity out there:) The fleet splits are still set at 180 but Gavin is out of town so maybe someone else will get to win after his dual victories at Shaw and Foulweather. Ed Knowles had a Spencer 35 "Theark" and later a 33' pilothouse by the same name. He was fierce competitor and a former USCG officer so he was always quick to make sure things were done proper. Rarely was he without his wife aboard and they also both made great contributions to our club. Back in the 80's there were enough boats competing out of Skyline Marina, Doctor Ruth, Honeybunch, Alakazam included we had several races each year out in Burrows Bay. So if you are hoisting a taco at the club Friday night or hoisting a sail on the course Saturday take a moment to remember all those terrific sailors that have gone on before and made AYC what it is today.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Let there be wind....

This Saturday, Feb 21st, the crowds will gather at the top of Cap Sante to watch the inaugural event of the AYC racing and cruising season. After the proper amount of posing and posturing about how wel waxed your cruising boat is or how well you have trained your racing crew over the winter the horns will sound and the flags will will fly and the fleet will be underway off the tanker docks. Or we will just start on GPS time, but in any case a start will happen !The winds are predicted to be snortin outa the NE and with a Westerly course this should result in many a happy skipper and crew. The class breaks are up and what can best be described as joyous news from fleet 1, the winner of last week's romp around Shaw, Gavin Brackett has been assigned to fleet 2. In fleet 1 the heavyweights from Alger the Blackfoot skippered by Mick Corcoran are early favorites. The J-30's will be a duel between the Bottles family from Conway and former Commodore of Oak harbor Yacht Club Rex Dupuis and his lovely wife Suzy. The lead bellied money guzzlers will be represented by Pete Shainin and his crew of sailing luminaries challenged by the disc golfing, cribbage playing, pranksters aboard Jah Mon led by The Count. In fleet 2, chasing Gavin, the smart money may be at the small end of the fleet with the upstart Wind Warriors challenging the perennial favorite Little Annie. Dockmates Emoyeni and Kymodoce may be hard names to understand but their is no misunderstanding their affinity for hanging the big rags and letting the chips or masts or booms fall where they may.
Grab your coat and hat and hop a ride on the ferry. The new Commodore will be holding court on board.  Come join the fun in Friday Harbor. Rumor has it the festivities at the host SJIYC will feature a special guest. Door prizes to include haul outs and plenty of tasty libations on hand.
In other news:
Space on the dinghy dock is available, see Roger Jewett about this.
Watch for our celebrity chef Walt Meagher aboard his new ride a J-35 on the water.
Trivial pursuit question of the week: When was the last time neither Pangaea or Handyman was not on the start line of the Girts Rekevics Foulweather Race/Cruise?
In closing in the words of Warren Miller, "If you don't do it this year you will certainly be a year older when you do it."

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Judging Seminar Cancelled

The US Sailing Judges Seminar scheduled for February 28, 2015 at the Anacortes Yacht Club has been cancelled.  The cancellation was in part due to conflicting schedules for the instructors and a low initial turnout.  The organizers will take a look at next year likely in January not to conflict with events scheduled toward the end of February.  Now that this event is off the AYC calendar for Saturday, February 28, there is more free time to participate in the AYC GR Foul Weather Race scheduled for Saturday, February 21, 2015.  Head for the events page and sign-up soonest to make sure you get the great meal after the great sail.

Saturday, February 07, 2015

Friday Harbor or Bust

Now is the time to get ready for one of AYC's best events of the year. The Girts Rekevics Memorial Foul Weather Race/ Cruise is scheduled for Saturday Feb 21st. The start off the tanker dock, slide down the Guemes Channel, choose a pass Thatcher, Obstruction or Peavine, typically a short beat up Upright Channel and choose a place to park. It doesn't matter if it's Southerly or Northerly it's reachy and fun! For the motorboat crowd what could be better than watching those ragbaggers battling the elements while you are snug as a bug in the pilothouse sipping coffee? Well maybe a drink that has some coffee in it even if it's not entirely coffee, maybe just coffee flavored. Strolling up and down the docks a little window shopping, maybe more coffee flavored libations and it's off to a scrumptious dinner. The good people of SJIYC know how to make a down home lasagna with all the fixins just like mama used to make. There luxurious clubhouse is just at the top of the dock and door prizes are for racers and cruisers alike. We're talking free haulouts, salty fashions, the works! If you're old sea dog or just new on the scene this event is just for you! Click right here on the website and come join the fun....
In other news:
On a sad note legendary sailor, builder and designer Ted Irwin has passed. His yacht designs in the 1980's were revolutionary for their day and nothing if not innovative. Get out on the water, it's later than you think...
Next Sunday the 15th OIYC is hosting the Winter Classic around Shaw. If you don't have a PHRF cert they will create one for you. SC-27 one design and two PHRF divs, usually the break is at 100 and if you're not sure just follow Count Ferarri an his merry band aboard Jah Mon.
Friday nights at the club have been hopping and let's not forget to thank our bartenders rather than criticize them. Of course if you think you can do better just take the course and show us your stuff:)
Saturday the 28th AYC is hosting an informal meeting for those interested in helping administrate local regattas. Come find out how to avoid some of the pitfalls that can hamstring a Race Committee, it's informative and free!

Sunday, February 01, 2015

9 outa 10

Rumor has it 9 outa 10 Americans will be watching the Superbowl today. As an AYC member you are entitled, even invited to watch the big game at the comfortable new clubhouse. Bring a snack to share and support your club. Make a new friend and achieve one of your New Years Resolutions by hanging around after the victory party and cleaning up! Rumor has it our new Commodore may commandeer a local police bike and make a few laps... What do I know I'm just here so I don't get fined.....In the unlikely case of a wardrobe malfunction at halftime bust out yer smartphone or have the club secretary burn you a hard copy and get signed up for the Girts Rekevics Foulweather Race / Cruise to Friday Harbor Feb 21st. By signing up now you are assured to get one of the cool shirts that are selling faster than those silly beast mode ones, and imagine eating pickled eggs with former Commodore Sean rather than Skittles! Other highlights include door prizes like free haulouts at local boatyards, merchandise from local marine suppliers and heck there is no snow so maybe the weather guys(gods) will send wind! SJIYC will be our hosts at the top of the dock. Some folks take the really big boats with creative Coastal Salish Native American names that offer senior discounts and is heavily subsidized by state taxpayers and you'll save enough dough you can play pull tabs at Herb's! Emoyeni will be looking to defend her title and hopefully everyone will get squared up with PHRF so boats that do really well won't get kicked to the curb for not having their paperwork in order. Traditionally the cruisers have shadowed the fleet and on at least two occasions have either towed in disabled sailboats or picked up a man overboard. BTW make sure if you are wearing a inflatable PFD it is fully inflated, the club may not levy a fine until after the race or maybe if you celebrated Christmas with the Commodore you will not be fined at all. Again you know why I'm here.