Racing with the Tucson Sailing Club

The Tucson Sailing Club has an active racing program, and members can participate with a wide variety of boats, including Lasers, Hobie Cats, J-boats, and an assortment of others, small and large.

Many of our members race sailboats on Arizona lakes around Tucson and Phoenix. The biggest racing events of the year are the twice annual regattas in San Carlos, Mexico.

Even the cruising boats participate in the San Carlos regatta, after which, many of them like to go cruising in Mexico.


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The May regatta racing was challenging and fun.  The Saturday race course was to Catch 22 beach.  Winds were in the 6 to 12 knot range which resulted in a challenging beat up the coast in sloppy water.  Fortunately the race committee moved the mark almost out of the bay and the shortened course allowed more boats to finish.  We had a nice run the finish in 12 knot breezes.

The Sunday course was in the bay with 10 to 15 knot winds,  almost perfect sailing.  San Francisco Bay has some of the most consistent breezes you will find anywhere and when you add 70 degree turquoise waters surrounded with beautiful scenery, well, it is just hard to beat.  Click HERE for the race results.

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AYC Gov Cup StartThree TSC boats raced in the Arizona Yacht Club Governor’s Cup,  the Muller/ Williamson J24 (yellow boat), the Burgard / Mcdade Santana 20 (middle of picture) , and Paul Bear in his Montgomery 17 (whitest sail right middle).  It was great day; winds were steady at 10-15, gusting to 25 knots.  The picture shows the start with all three of our boats in good position but unfortunately, none of us placed.  You can find the results at the following link:

Fifteen boats in four classes competed in near perfect conditions at the TSC annual Fall Regatta in San Carlos, Mexico.  The weather was hot and the wind forecasts poor but once again, San Francisco Bay did not disappoint us.  The wind arrived right on schedule both days and we had competitive racing in 8 to 15 knot breezes.  The weekend started with a well attended dock party with beer provided by the club.  Our commodore, Lisa Rundle,  once again hosted a Saturday night cocktail party at a fabulous beach front location with a surprise performance by an up and coming Mexican opera singer.  We finished the weekend with our awards dinner at Tequilas.  Click HERE for the race results.

Starting in September of 2016 monthly club meetings will be held at Brother John’s at 1801 N Stone Ave (the old Wildcat House location).  PLEASE NOTE THAT THE CLUB MEETINGS WILL BE HELD ON TUESDAYS INSTEAD OF WEDNESDAYS but still at 7:00 PM.  Happy hour prices will extend to 7:00 PM for TSC members so come early for dinner and drinks.
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We had near perfect conditions for our Spring Regatta with winds both days around 10 knots with smooth waters.  We had 20 boats in 5 classes with close racing both days.  Three fantastic parties added to the great time had by all.  Thanks to Duff Fletcher and and the committee boat crew and to Race Chairman Marshall Williamson for a fine regatta.  Click 2016 Spring Regatta to see the results.

The TSC Fall Regatta will be remembered for a hurricane near miss, warm weather and mostly decent winds.  2015 Fall Regatta 3With hurricane Patricia nearby there was some talk on Friday of closing the harbor.  Fortunately the large swell did not develop and no closure occurred.  2015 Fall Regatta 2On Saturday we sailed the the usual bay course with 10 to 15 knot winds.   On Sunday the winds were expected to be lighter.  2015 Fall Regatta 1We started with 5-8 knot winds from the southeast which died before clocking around to the west northwest about 8 to 10 knots.  The course was shortened and we finished at the Pillar mark.   Many thanks to the over 20 volunteers who helped make the regatta possible.  Special thanks to Garry Morris for the images and Duff Fletcher for the scoring.  Here are links to the results:

2015 Fall Regatta Final Results.

2015 TSC Fall Regatta Day 1

2015 TSC Fall Regatta Day 2

 

Strong winds marked the TSC 2015 Spring Regatta.  The Saturday race had winds in excess of 30 knots with 3 to 6 foot waves.  Reefed mains and small jibs were the order of the day.  On Sunday the winds abated to 15 knots or less as the fleet sailed up the coast and into Catch 22 bay.  It was a dicey beat to weather but the breeze came up and we had a great run back to the finish line.  All in all, very challenginSan Carlos May 2015 2014-05-23 008g sailing which we don’t see that often in San Carlos.  Here are the results thanks to Judy Burgard:

Regatta Spring 2015 PHRF Overall

Regatta Spring 2015 Day 1 Final

Regatta Spring 2015 Day 2

PHRF Low 1 - Marshall Williamson

The 2014 Fall Regatta featured a day of light air, followed by a day with more of a breeze. There were 4 fleets that competed. Commodore Lisa Rundle Sellyei congratulated the winners, and presented the trophies along with Race Chairman Marshall Williamson. And the winners are…

The Tucson Sailing Club’s International Regatta was held October 31 to November 2, 2014, in San Carlos Mexico. This fall regatta featured a good turnout, and a couple of days of racing action. Light winds the first day were challenging, and breezes picked up for the second day. There were four fleets represented…

Sailing club trophies and awards

The 2014 Spring Regatta was the Tucson Sailing Club’s 33rd International Regatta, and the sailboat racing was exciting indeed. There were five fleets competing over two days of racing. And the winners are…


3 Comments:

  1. Just an fyi
    The wind on the first 2015 race according to my gauge and GPS was up to 42 knots
    Thanks Had a great time

  2. who decided to change the regatta from the holloween weekend to the weekend before the ayc is having a regatta that weekend and will not come also takes away the fun from the holloween party and fun this continues to destroy the momentum that was started in 2014 and seem that the club members do not get a vote who is responsible for changes that diminishes the club regatta from making it better this regatta only showsbthat we dont want more boats to participate lets stop calling it a regatta

    • Raul,

      Let me reply to your concerns:

      1. The bridge set the fall regatta dates at the March meeting. As I recall the discussion it was done to allow cruisers to avoid the less favorable November weather. While it might be of value to not schedule on the AYC dates I would note that AYC members have been personally invited to attend the last three regattas (Marshall in 2014 and Peter and myself in 2015) with no takers. All things being equal, the bridge decided to accommodate TSC members rather than hope we could get a couple of AYC registrants.
      2. Club members elect bridge officers to conduct the business of the club. You, or any other club member may attend any bridge meeting to express their views.
      3. I disagree with your assertions that the bridge has “diminished” the club regatta or that we “don’t want more boats to participate”. To the contrary, we continue to do anything and everything we can practically do to encourage participation. At this time information for the fall regatta is posted to “Whats Up San Carlos”, “Small Craft Advisor”, Good Old Boat” magazine, the AYC Web site, our Web site, and Facebook.

      If you think there are other things we should be doing to promote our regatta (yes, we will continue to call it a regatta) the bridge would love to hear about them. You may email me or any bridge member or attend a bridge meeting to share your ideas.

      Mike Mulcahy
      Commodore, 2015

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