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:)