The boating season is starting to wind down although the weather has been terrific the last few weeks. Hopefully most of us diehards will take every opportunity we have to get off the dock or mooring to enjoy the impending fall weather.
This summer was not the best for waterfront activity. We had a slow start with many boats not making it in the water until late in the season, with a few not even making it to their slips. I know I have spent more time bailing our boat than using it this summer.
A few waterfront reminders:
WAYS AND MEANS
We have covered a lot of ground, socially speaking, since writing the last Lubber’s Log in early May. I’m pleased to report that in spite of a lot of lousy weather through July, AYC members continued to bring a great attitude (ie. fun) to all of our social events and, in general, attendance has been consistent with recent history. Some up a bit, some down a bit, but you would not know we are in a recession based upon AYC attendance.
Family Bingo. First, Hannah and Gail Preble did a great job of planning and running the bingo. They experimented with the timing (Friday evening vs. Sunday), added a desert pot luck, and even threw in assorted door prizes to attract a crowd. In total, a dozen people attended and had a great time. But this is very marginal in terms of numbers to keep bingo on the calendar. Suggestions for another attempt are to start earlier (7PM) and try a mid week night. Ways & Means will consider.
FROM THE HOUSE
Things are fairly quiet in the house at the moment. The House Committee is continuing to look into kitchen needs and other “house amenities”. Hopefully next year will see some new lightweight folding tables and new shiny silverware, among other improvements. Many thanks to those members who have taken dish towels home for laundering!
Regardless of the miserable weather during June and early July, the Junior Sailing program has enjoyed one of its best attended seasons of late. Every beginner and intermediate class has been filled to the maximum due in no small part to our local journalists who have shown considerable interest in the program and have generously interviewed the sailing staff and attended a class to learn what a sailing program is all about. I hope many of you have seen the local articles and pictures published by the York County Coast Star and the Kennebunk Post. If not, you can probably still find the YCCS article and pictures online. Overall, it has been a terrific sailing season for our youngest sailors and we look forward to have many of them back next season for new learnings on the water.
The adult sailing program added a new program, casual adult sailing, aimed at getting more members out on the water in boats. Sailboat owners Charlie Barker, Peter Hatch, Cynthia and Mark Paquette, Jack Jensen and Robert Scribner graciously agreed to take members out with them for an evening sail. Some of the participants just wanted to get out on a sailboat, while others wanted to learn more or sharpen their skills at the helm. We had two perfect nights out on the water. Most of the members settled in back at the club for dinner. Many thanks to those skippers for sharing their boats. The 420 races struggled with some uncooperative weather. The first race was cancelled due to thunder and lightning. The next was a real drifter, but once again the AYC members made a great evening out of it anyway. We have one scheduled 420 race night remaining. Let’s hope for clear skies and a good wind!
FOUNDERS’ DAY RACE
The Founders’ Day Race, a race for all members to have the opportunity to experience a short sailboat race, was held Saturday, July 25. This year’s race was postponed due to weather and the following weekend brought blue skies, four boats, and 12 members ready for fun. Commodore Scribner aboard Clairann was committee boat at the bell, and a red buoy was set 3 miles south as the windward mark, then to Cape Porpoise bell and home, making for a 10 mile race. The weather was perfect: flat seas, clear, warm and 10-15 knots of wind. Not only was this a fun race, but it turned into see-manship as it was very difficult to find the windward buoy which in the club house looked large, but not so at 3 miles off. Bob Badger on the helm of Kanaloa showed his skill with Mark and Debbie Tuller as crew, and finished first. Blu, with Jack and Ann Marie Somers and Rob Egan came in at a close second. With matching handicaps, Kevin Cain on Mariko with Durward Parkinson as crew and Charlie Barker on Barcarollo with Abe Landau and friends did not finish. An awards ceremony and festivities followed. It was a nice day on the water, and good stories were shared of times past and traditions.
BOON ISLAND RACE
The 2009 Boon Island Race was held on Saturday, June 27, 2009. The skippers of nine race boats gathered at the Arundel Yacht Club at 9 AM and contemplated a dismal weather forecast of fog, showers and thunderstorms with light to variable winds. This kind of forecast seems recently to have become routine for a Boon Island Race.
Race results were as follows:
1st Place: Fera, skippered by Rob Benson with a corrected time of 2 hrs 5 min, 38 sec.
2nd Place: Kanaloa, skippered by Mark Tuller with a corrected time of 2 hrs, 12 min, 19 sec.
3rd Place: Shadow, skippered by Bob Steeves with a corrected time of 2 hrs, 16 min, 35 sec.
4th Place: Blu, skippered by Jack Somers with a corrected time of 2 hrs, 19 min, 3 sec.
5th Place: Capella, skippered by David Millet with a corrected time of 2 hrs, 23 min, 42 sec.
6th Place: Mariko, skippered by Kevin Cain with a corrected time of 2 hrs, 29 min, 24 sec.
7th Place: Dawn Patrol, skippered by Peter Hatch with a corrected time of 2 hrs, 33 min, 51 sec.
8th Place: Barcarolle, skippered by Charlie Barker with a corrected time of 2 hrs, 36 min, 31 sec.
9th Place: Tessie, skippered by John Bailey with a corrected time of 2 hrs, 39 min, 5 sec.
Following the race, there was an awards ceremony after which all of the participants enjoyed food and drink provided by Kim Chilton and Susan Benson of the Ways & Means Committee. All agreed that this was one of the better Boon Island races in a long time. There was a strong sentiment that the AYC ought to sponsor more similar events.
My thanks to all of the skippers & crew who participated in the race and to all of the others who provided their support.
Any news or comments you’d like to see in future newsletters?
Jenne James, Editor
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