Wednesday, December 21, 2016

No Greater Gift

The title might be overstating it but for the sailor that has everything and you are at a loss for ideas for Christmas gifts (Winter Holiday) surf on over to What sailor wouldn't enjoy the opportunity to test their mettle against another fellow mariner? It's not that big of deal. 55.00 in US funds by Dec 31st and fill out a little form. If you need help with measurements contact your favorite sailmaker or Colin Emsley our local club handicapper. PHRF-NW allows boats of every size and description to compete quite fairly against one another. If you have been out practicing and your boat wants for nothing and you still aren't winning you are even allowed to appeal your rating if you are not satisfied with it. Come join the fun. Renew your cert. or apply for one.
In other news:
Boat just dropped out of 'Round the World race after crashing into something and starting to break apart
Winter Solstice sail today at 1400hrs off tanker docks
Only 72 more hours till AYC opens for Friday night social

Friday, December 16, 2016

Short and cold

Dec. 21st is the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year. Why not make it a Sailstice instead. Plan is to meet off the tanker docks at 1400hrs and either do the classic Race around Huckleberry or head out the Guemes Channel and back. Likely retire to El Jinete afterward for a fiesta meal.
In other news:
Girts Rekevics Memorial Foulweather Race registration due up today!
Swiftsure registration opens Jan 1st
Errant Belle crew is DUE to expand
Lighted boats look classy in front of Anthony's
minus 1 in Portland, ME
Club open this evening @1730hrs
Portland, OR snowy mess
Seattle Boat Show just a month away
minus 86 on Mt Washington this morning

Monday, December 12, 2016

Light it Up

There is nothing like a sailboat all lit up to bring on the holiday spirit! Come join the fun Friday 16th/17th @ Cap Sante Marina. has been the sponsor for this seasonal event for the last several years. (I think he even has a trophy, he awards) If the weather is fair I propose we have a parade, who doesn't love a parade? Back in the day the Dickson family that ran Cap Sante Boatyard when it was located @ Cap sante where Anthony's is now located would lead a procession of fish and pleasure boats down Guemes Channel and back. There would be bonfires on the beaches of Guemes Island and crowds on the Port Docks. The Dickson's vessel was a converted minesweeper and featured Santa in his sleigh and all the reindeer doing their thing on the bow. When the weather was lively and the nights were dark it was true winter adventure to get all the boats lined up and moving at the same speed. Those of you that have been in the military probably can imagine what I'm talking about. In any case get some lights and garland in your rigging and come join the fun!

Monday, December 05, 2016

Holiday Sailing Spectacular!

The snow is falling outside, well almost, at least a flake or two. Lively delivery to Edmonds on Friday, Winds gusting to 42 kts and actually were forced backwards off Strawberry Pt. Felt like we trying to double Pt. Conception. 12hrs to cover 51 miles UGH.
Saturday the 2017 racing season kicked off with the Tacoma Yacht Club's Winter Vashon race. Capt M's better 1/2 was aboard an Evelyn 26 "Nimbus" that won overall, now she thinks she is all that:) Goto if you wanna see the kind of day most sailmakers dream about.
Talked to Capt. Welch Sunday morning as they were packing things up and running for the airport. Jeff who was driving was having back trouble all week and apparently no fun sailing with back pain....
AYC race schedule due out soon and also make your reservations for the Annual Girts Rekevic's Foul Weather Cruise/Race this year, actually next year, scheduled for Feb 25th. Lasagna dinner at SJIYC is not to be missed:)

Saturday, December 03, 2016

AYC Awards

A major congratulations is in order for 2016's AYC Boat of the Year, Wind Warrior. Boat of the Year is a performance based award and Nate, Dean, and crew certainly earned it this year with their skills on the Sound.  The guys were just as gracious in the club as they were on the race course and jumped in to help whenever something came up.  Much appreciated and thanks for your efforts. Also earning year end awards are as follows:  
-Buoy Racing Champ Fleet 2 - Kaa
-Buoy Racing Champ Fleet 3 - Wind Warrior
-Buoy Racing Champ Fleet 4 - Corvus
-Distance Racing Champ - Celebration
-AYC Representative - Big Broderna
2016 was a fantastic year of racing and I really appreciate everyone who helped make it happen.  Next year I will be stepping away as race chairman, but I'm happy to say the program will be in the hands of two people who have really helped make ours one of the best in the Puget Sound:  Andy and Stephanie Schwenk.  The first AYC race of the year won't be until February 25th, but I'm already looking forward to the legendary Girts Rekevics Foul Weather Race.  Thanks again to all those involved with the race program these past three years.  Make sure to congratulate Nate and Dean on being crowned AYC Boat of the Year.
Eric Beemer, Race Chair 2016

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Mikey on TV

Surf on over to the Melges 24 2016 Worlds website and click on the video highlights. Kevin Welch's "Mikey" is at 2:15 on the screen. Sunny days and warm water can make a sailor wishin he was there:)