2012 AYC Member Survey results

July 26, 2012

This spring, 210 Austin Yacht Club members filled out a 12-question online survey, providing some exceptional feedback on sailing programs and priorities.

This feedback will be helpful in steering both the club’s short-term and long-term plans.

Click here to view out the a summary of the results, including more than 400 comments.

Thanks for your input and for your help in making AYC an awesome place!  Keep the conversation going by leaving a comment below.

AYC Member Survey 2012 from Doug Kern

Register for PBJ Sailing

April 5, 2012

Time for summer sailing!

Registration is now open for AYC’s PBJ summer sailing program for 4-10 year-olds. See below for the dates and link to sign up.


Here’s the schedule, with two new Sunday morning sessions in June.

Saturdays @ 9:30a-11a (June 09 16 23 30)
Saturdays @ 11a-12:30p (June 09 16 23 30)
Sundays @ 9:30a-11a (June 10 17 24, July 01) New
Sundays @ 11a-12:30p (June 10 17 24, July 01) New

Saturdays @ 9:30a-11a (July 07 14 21 28)
Saturdays @ 11a-12:30p (July 07 14 21 28)

Saturdays @ 9:30a-11a (Aug 04 11 18 25)
Saturdays @ 11a-12:30p (Aug 04 11 18 25)

Spring sailing in Austin

February 7, 2012

It’s mid February, the Super Bowl is over and it’s time to find your wet suit and go sailing.  Here’s a snapshot at upcoming practice session for the AYC junior sailors, before and after the Roadrunner Regatta on March 3-4.

Prep sessions Roadrunner Regatta:

We’ll have practices for those planning on sailing in the regatta on Saturday February 18 and Saturday February 25 (1:30 – 4:00pm each day). Please RSVP to Coach Kate.

After March 3-4:

Our regular practices will resume after Roadrunner, with the same basic schedule as last year:

  • Thursdays, 4:00 – 6:30pm: Basics/Beginners (Optis, Picos)
  • Saturdays, 1:30 – 4:00pm:  Green Fleet (Optis learn-to-race)
  • Saturdays, 4:00 – 6:30pm: Lasers (middle school, high school)

AYC Roadrunner Regatta 2011

Save the date: March 3-4 AYC Roadrunner Regatta

January 22, 2012

[Update: Great weekend with 92 boats]
Please join us March 3-4 for the largest junior sailing event in Austin.

You can register online at www.txsail.org (beginning Feb 1), download the Notice of Race (NOR) and a flyer, and check 2011 results and 400+ photos, courtesy of Bill Records.

The incredible shrinking Lake Travis

September 9, 2011

It’s not like you needed anyone to tell you, but now it’s official.  The summer of 2011 in Texas was the hottest ever in the US, at 86.8F avg for June-Aug, according to the Natl Weather Service.  While some burnt-orange face-painters in Austin are always happy to beat out #2 Oklahoma in anything, this is not a trophy to brag about.  Lake Travis dipped below 632ft this week (down 50ft).  The last time it was below 630ft was in the 1960s.

Summer Sailing Wrap-up:  Despite the heat and low lake levels, we had a solid summer of junior sailing and made the best of things (club newsletter pdf).  More than 100 kids participated in sailing classes and camps, we closed out the summer with an inaugural “Roadrunner Cruise”   and welcomed seven new junior members.  Here’s the junior practice schedule for this fall: Beginners will be Thursdays 4:30pm – 7:00pm; Green Fleet racers, Saturdays 1:30pm – 4:00pm; Lasers, Saturdays 4:00pm – 6:30pm. Contact Coach Kate (jrcoach@austinyachtclub.net) for more info.

AYC Roadrunner Cruise 2011

Aerial Firefighting: Glad that the lake was put to use in supplying water to help douse the incredible fires in Bastrop and central Texas, part of a number of aerial firefighting efforts.   Our thoughts go out to all in nearby Steiner Ranch and Bastrop who lost homes in the fires.   Check out  #centraltxfires on Twitter for updates.

On the bright side, we’ve fared better than some…

June PBJ class is a wrap

June 30, 2011

We had a great time and perfect breeze for the June learn-to-sail classes.    There are still a few open spots in the August class.

June 9:30-11am class

June 11-12:30pm class

Optis vs 45ft Cats in SF Bay: Who flips first?

June 15, 2011

I love seeing the Optis in this video, reaching around like it’s no big deal in 25knots, while Russell Coutts’ AC45 cat capsizes in the background.  Glad folks were wearing helmets that day.  Russell’s interview the day before was telling:

“You’ve got to get to the point of finding the edge and not going over the edge, and sometimes you’re going to go over the edge. … Because the closer you design it to the edge, the faster it will go. But you don’t want to go over the edge. Or preferably not over the edge.”


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