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.
"SALT FREE SINCE 1958".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.
“The chance for mistakes is about equal to the number of crew squared. ” Ted Turner