A Fun Race is scheduled for Sunday, August 12. But this ain’t yer usual race where the first boat to cross the finish line wins. Nope. This one is totally different. It doesn’t matter who comes in first. What matters is that you participate and follow a few rather unconventional rules. And since Sailin’ Sisters is running the Committee Boat, we get to make them up!
The whole point is to get folks out there on the water having a grand time!
Here are a few of the rules:
- First and foremost is that Sailin’ Sisters is in charge and, like all women, we reserve the right to change our minds at any point and for no good reason at all.
- Bribing the Race Committee is not only allowed, it is expected.
- Dress up yourselves and your boats for the craziest Fun Race ever!
- Be prepared to get wet since the Race Committee will be armed with squirt guns and who knows what else! (You will want some sort of defense or attack weapons yourself.)
- On the upwind mark, you must grab a “pennant” from the race mark. (No penalty turns for touching this mark.)
- On each leg, every vessel must perform a 360 degree turn.
- Monohulls that normally participate in the series races must start 5 minutes behind those who don’t normally race and multihulls start 10 minutes after the first start. This should remove the fear factor on the start line for the inexperienced racers.
- Each lap around the racecourse, you must successfully toss at least one drink of your choice to the Race Committee (preferably one that floats.)
- You earn a placement number as you cross the finish line with your pennant. Once everyone is finished, a random number will be drawn by the Race Committee. The vessel with the matching placement number wins!!! So you see, speed isn’t the determining factor. Participation is!
- A “fabulous” prize will be awarded during the raft up immediately following the race. (Bring lots of lines and fenders and remember to keep those spreaders offset!)
- Plan to party and swim the afternoon away! Bring some extra snacks and drinks to share!
- Most importantly, display good seamanship! Be a good sport and don’t get wrapped up in the rules
or we’ll send you home and tell your mama.
We’ll have a skippers meeting at 10 a.m. and the first start will be whenever we get around to it. (Told you we get to make up the rules!)
Questions? Contact Terri Tilford, Shelley Smith or Joan Allen. We’ll make up some random answer.
The PYC Parent-Child Regatta is open to all PYC kids. Parents, start stretching now!
During a recent Saturday the kids raced four 2-lap races in the harbor. The competitive fires have been stoked. The Parent-Child Regatta will be here before you know it.
Our kids are all looking forward to the Parent-Child races on June 30th and the Bill Sanders regatta on July 7th.
Parents, Sunfish sail best with less tonnage so start dieting now! I will be crewing for my son Sean so you know we will be pushing a large bow wave.
I expect to see you on the course. Good luck to all!
Jim North, Jr.
Director of Sailing Education
Jim North, Sail Education Director
What an incredibly fun weekend we had at the Weatherby Regatta! She Worthy finally got a wet bottom last Thursday afternoon at Lake Weatherby as we held our breath, crossed our fingers and said prayers that she would actually float. That she did and with no leaks either! After nestling into her slip and a bit of tuning on her rigging, we couldn’t wait to see her sail. We slipped the docklines, drifted back and set sail on a very easy shakedown in light winds. For safety’s sake, we took along Michelle Stevenson who normally helms Killin’ Time and Paul Fetterman of Grendel for a bit of Santana and lake specific knowledge. It was smiles all around and only the coming darkness forced us back to the slip.
Throughout the weekend all the folks from Weatherby and from the Santana 20 group in general could not have been more helpful, friendly and supportive. Huge thanks to Commodore Paul Stevenson and Rear Commodore Paul Fetterman who were so accommodating, lending a hand at every turn, and parts and advice when we needed it. The whole Santana 20 group was so friendly, it definitely confirmed that this boat was the right choice for the women’s sailing program at PYC.
Even though none of us had sailed before as a team, we didn’t know the boat, and we were still adding hardware only minutes before the first race, Amy Wilson did us proud at the helm. Amy lead the team of Shelly Smith, Terri Tilford, Charlene Howard and me (left to right in photo above) to an incredibly good showing for our first time out. During one of the races, we placed 4th out of 10 Santana 20s and came in 18th out of 29 boats overall!
Conditions were quite challenging at Weatherby Lake with its small size, gusty winds and lots of boats to dodge during the regatta. If you thought Perry Lake has shifty winds, try sailing at Weatherby. I’ll never complain about Perry again!
Everyone attending the regatta seemed genuinely happy that we were there. Many of the ladies were interested in the Sailin’ Sisters seminars over the winter months, and lots of sailors relayed how wonderful it was that Perry Yacht Club has a dedicated women’s sailing program. I simply could not be more pleased with how the entire weekend went, how the boat performed, and the camaraderie we shared amongst our team and entire sailing community. A huge thanks to Perry Yacht Club for making this all possible!
This weekend, Team She Worthy sails again in the Leukemia Cup Regatta and we’d love to have your support. If you’d like to donate please go to our Leukemia Cup webpage to contribute your tax deductible donation to support finding a cure for killer blood diseases. Then sit back and watch our little pink aft cross the finish line!
OK, maybe the title above is a little premature but we’re thinking positively here!
As many of you know, my hubbie, Pat is heading up a team for the Leukemia Cup Regatta the weekend of June 15-17. This will be the first ever Leukemia Cup held in the state of Kansas, and PYC is honored to host this worthwhile event. On top of this, my mother, Florence Messner, fell victim to lymphoma – another blood disease that receives research funds from these fundraising events. Please join me and many others of us whose loved ones have suffered to raise funds to stop these killer diseases.
Please go to the site to register for the event. You can do your part by donating directly to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society or, even better, register your own boat to participate or apply funds to the team of your choice. Team She Worthy would gladly accept your kind donations. Just click here to visit our very own Leukemia Cup page. And then come out and cheer for us on the course. We will be the little pink boat in the lead just ahead of Still Jammin’.
So come join in the fun! There will be shirts, great food, rainwater regatta for the kids, music, a poker run on the water, demonstrations and, of course, the regatta! Please remember your checkbook that weekend! Your donations are not only needed and appreciated, they’re also tax deductible! Please give generously!
If you have questions, please contact Pat Allen at email@example.com or (913) 648-6028.
Let the FUNdraising begin!!!
As sailing season begins so does PYC’s extraordinary race program.
PYC provides racing opportunities for those who sail centerboard boats, keel boats, and multi-hulls. Whether you’re a seasoned expert or a newbie you can have fun racing at PYC.
This season opened with a fun race over Memorial Day Weekend. Five boats competed in two races and a link to the results can be found in the left-hand column of the racing page on PYC’s website. Congratulations go out to Chris Ross, who took first place in this fun regatta.
Another season opener was on June 2, the first day of the keelboat series races. Two races were run and a link to results can also be found in the left-hand column of the racing page on PYC’s website. Mazel Tov to Bill Mendel and his crew (s/v Fast Lane) for taking first place in both races.
Another exciting racing event is the upcoming Kansas Leukemia Cup Regatta at PYC, in less than two weeks – June 15-17. If you haven’t already done so please commit to attending this event. Besides being an opportunity to race, it’s an opportunity to have fun and participate in an incredibly important cause.
And last but not least, put our Commodore’s Cup Regatta on your calendar. It’s the premiere sailing event in the midwest with boats coming from hundreds of miles away. You can find the Notice of Race for Commodore’s Cup by clicking here.
For more info about any of these events contact Rear Commodore Matt Gatewood.. You can also get in touch with Pat Allen for questions about the Leukemia Cup Regatta or Terri Tilford, Co-Chair of Commodore’s Cup.
PYC Director of Communications
Perry Yacht Club’s Rear Commodore, Matt Gatewood, presented an Intro to Racing Seminar at Kansas City Sailing on March 10th to a group of sailors interested in giving racing a try.
Matt started off the discussion by asking what everyone was interested in learning then tailored the presentation to cover those topics. The program was well attended and left the audience wanting more!
It is impossible to cover everything about racing in less than two hours but Matt did a wonderful job answering our questions and presenting the basics.
There are many opportunities to give racing a try at PYC this summer in the form of fun races and in the more advanced series races. There are also ample opportunities to be involved with the race program by volunteering to be crew on someone else’s boat and running the committee boat. Racing is not only fun and exciting, but also a great way to sharpen your sailing skills.
So don’t hold back. Get involved!
You can find out more about racing by visiting PYC’s Racing Blog and, specifically for women, PYC’s Sailin’ Sisters Blog.
Take advantage of the these opportunities to have a great time out on the water with friends this summer.