Sunday, August 23, 2009

2009 Wet Wednesday - Series 2

Tim Gould took first place, followed by Geoff Wright in second and Bruce Lee in third for the seven race series.

Get the detailed results here. Note, now in HTML format; links on page are active.

See ya at Gov Cup!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

2009 Fireweed Regatta Results

Geoff Wright sailed his blue Buccaneer to first place in a tightly contested regatta. The margins between places in races and overall were generally very slim.

Keith Barton took the honors in the big boat class.

See race results for details.

Results note - need to research D-PN for MacGregor 25. I used the Venture 24 PN, which is likely very close. In any event, it doesn't effect the standings as posted.

Quick video of the sailing and good wind

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Race Committee Volunteers Needed

Looking for Race Committee Volunteers for the remaining two Wed Night races as well as the Fireweed Regatta. Really - it's not tough and the Race Committee is ALWAYS right - no matter what! Please consider lending a hand, and racers, it may just provide that perspective you need to move up in the standings.


Challenge Alaska - Thank You

Monday, August 10, 2009


The Alaska Office of Boating Safety will be offering Alaska Water Wise, a boating course designed for Alaskans on August 16 and 29, 2009 from 8-5 in the Atwood Building on 550 West 7th Avenue in Anchorage.

This eight-hour course is approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) and recognized by the U.S. Coast Guard. The course satisfies most states boating safety education requirements and may even qualify boaters for boat insurance discounts. Segments include pre-departure preparation, boating operations, boating emergencies, cold-water survival, navigation/rules of the road, and legal requirements. Students who attend all sessions, and pass the written exam and skills will be issued a course completion certificate.

This course has also been approved for eight hours of Continuing Medical Education (CME) training by the State of Alaska, Department of Health and Social Services. The courses are free but pre-registration is encouraged. For more information contact:Megan Piersma @ 269-6042 or Joe McCullough @ 269-8704.

Thursday, August 06, 2009

2009 Wet Wednesday Series 2

The monsoon stopped long enough to setup, race and stow the boats. Eight boats participated with winds averaging 3 - 4 mph. Tim Gould took three bullets on corrected times, but Bruce Lee came close; needing to sail only 16 and 17 seconds faster in R1 and R3 (see results BCE – Back Calculated Elapsed time).

Chris Remick’s chicken dumpling soup was a delicious after race meal that was virtually inhaled by hungry racers. Special thanks to Race Committee team members Robin Lee and Danielle MacDonald.

Get race results here.

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Musings from Big Lake

58°F, cloudy skies and light rain the morning of August 5, 2009. The club and lake are eerily quiet, save for the call of the loons and ducks. No boats or human activity sounds at all; it could be a remote fly-in lake this morning. Peaceful and refreshing come to mind - a regular Walden Pond.

Shortly after arrival last night it began to rain lightly on and off and then rained hard all night. Noted a very new looking Macgregor - Dance on the Wind - parked at the dock. I’ve not seen this vessel before.

Security update – Rick (our weekday security guard) has been absent for about a week and I found a dozen empty Busch Light cans strewn on the road near TL’s place, along with dozen Marlboro butts. After cleaning up this litter, a walk around check of the club revealed no other damage or missing items, so I’m assuming it was just some young folks looking for a secluded spot to quaff a twelve pack. For the sleuths among us: if you happen upon someone who drinks Busch Light in cans and smokes Marlboro Reds all the way to the filter, you have a suspect.

Lost and Found – thanks to whomever retrieved my needle nose and diagonal cutting pliers and weedeater trim line and placed them in the shed.

Found nice black REI long sleeve XL T shirt. It’s in the club house drying out.

For those Twitters and Tweeters amongst us and those who are just curious:

What the heck is Twitter about?

From Time Magazine: How Twitter Will Change the Way We Live

John Quincy Adams meets Twitter

While writing this blog posting it has begun to rain even harder, drowning out all other sounds… hopefully it will cease by race time tonight or it will truly be a WET Wednesday. Dress accordingly!

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Another glorious day on the lake! This was enjoyed by some clients from Challenge Alaska - giving people with disabilities a chance to explore. It was my absolute pleasure to share our club with them. We are already talking about the ideas for next summer! Cheryl

Girl Scouts at ASC

I was joined by 8 girls and 4 adults for a day at the lake. The girls completed many basic skills and learned a great deal. I know they are looking forward to next summer already!