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!)....https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sjhu5OmEcaY...and tomorrow don't forget to look up!!!