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!