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From AYC Race Committee
Update 02.18.2017: FIRST WARNING - 9.00am


New date, new race courses, and new events, but the same fun and hospitality in the most beautiful setting for Winter sailing in the desert—Lake Pleasant, Arizona. The Arizona Yacht Club’s “First in the Nation” Leukemia Cup and Birthday Regatta will be held on President’s Day Weekend, Friday to Sunday, February 17-19, 2017. The new date will eliminate conflicts with multiple other events that take place on Martin Luther King Weekend in January, while increasing the likelihood of warmer weather and better breezes.

The new courses will include gates and downwind finishes.
The new events will include standup paddle boarding (“SUP") demos and instruction, SUP yoga, and SUP touring and racing.
New for 2017 is the "Club Challenge" Cruiser race between the AYC, LPSC and TSC.

And what about the fun and hospitality? Don’t take my word for it. Sailing World describes the regatta as taking place at a “sacred Sonoran Desert outpost” with the “allure of Lake Pleasant and the surrounding Sonoran Desert.”

We are proud that for the past 16 years, AYC has hosted the first calendar year Leukemia Cup Regatta in the United States. The regatta also is an opportunity to celebrate the club’s founding in 1958. That means you’re signing up for a 3-day birthday party. Can’t make all 3 days? No worries. Check out the Activities under the Shoreside drop down menu for the activities and dates that work for you.

You just want to watch? Go for a VIP cruise aboard “The Phoenix” on Saturday, February 18, from 3 pm to 4:30 pm. The cost? A donation to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

They say it’s our birthday. We’re gonna have a good time.

So have fun. Make a difference.

Chris Smith
Regatta Chairman

The A.Y.C.


Have you ever wondered what sailing in the desert looks like? Watch the video above! (Open to full screen)

Since 1958 The Arizona Yacht Club has delivered sailing, education, racing, regattas and events right in the middle of the desert. Prior to 2017, this regatta was called the AYC Birthday Regatta. The Club's monthly meeting 'Speaker Series' reads like a "who's who" of the sailing world were some of the greatest names in the sport visit with us.

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17 Feb 2017
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Regattas and Events

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    JANUARY 28 2017

    January 21 2017: The Ruth Beals Cup will be at LAKE PLEASANT. Lady Skippers only.This event celebrates the founder of the AYC and Women Sailing.

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    MAY 2017

    The last regatta of the year, usually in MAY will again be held in 2017. This is the "fun" regatta where being hard core is optional but not having fun isn't!. #3 of the TRIPLE CROWN

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    SOMETIME IN 2017

    AYCRegattas is working on another "First" - a single-handed, long distance race on Lake Pleasant. Stay Tuned! Comments and ideas - please use the contact page.

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