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