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.
There was a nice turn out which included several of the newest group to take the TSC sailing lessons.
The weather was great almost all day for the 8 contenders that wanted to take the trophy from last trophy race winner. After several elimination races, long time member Richard Sebastian took the trophy home. Tremendous job! That was after spending the weekend teaching sailing class people what it’s like actually on the water. At some point there were new sailors getting their on the water lessons during the racing. The lake was busy.
Mardi and Bob Burden had the barbecue hot and ready to cook. The food was wonderful. Members out did themselves with side dishes galore.
How long has this race been held in the Spring and Fall? Fred Ray, the creator of the Top Gun Trophy, challenged “anyone that thinks they can take it away from me, try!”. The gauntlet was thrown and challenge accepted. That first race was in April 1989. There have been many races since then.
Three 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.
Brother John’s (520) 867-6787
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.
With hurricane Patricia nearby there was some talk on Friday of closing the harbor. Fortunately the large swell did not develop and no closure occurred.
On Saturday we sailed the the usual bay course with 10 to 15 knot winds. On Sunday the winds were expected to be lighter.
We 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 challengin
g 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
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…