Welcome to the Astoria Yacht Club

 

 

AYC POST LABOR DAY RAFT-UP

Saturday September 10th and Sunday September 11th

Come and join us at Lois Island and Cathlamet Bay. Dinner and social on the historic Salvage Chief.(http://www.freddevinedivingandsalvage.com/company_files/The%20Salvage%20Chief%20web%20brochure%20pdf.pdf)

More details to follow. Main dinner will be prepared on board.

Bring your boat and overnight in beautiful Cathlamet Bay or just drive out to the Salvage Chief for dinner.

 

 

Next "Downtown Rally" Date Set!!

Thursday evening the 28th of July Astoria Yacht Club is hosting it's Downtown Rally for all boats, power or sail, members and nonmembers alike. The Rally has proven to be a great evening on the water and we've been having a great turnout.  All that is necessary is Coast Guard required safety equipment and liability insurance,  (which is required by the marina anyway).

The goal of this rally is to simply get boats on the water and away from the dock.  We are looking to have a fun, low-key event where everyone can get out on the water and have a good time.  No stress of racing and racing starts.  Power boats, sailboats, sailboats under power, they are all welcome and encouraged.

Signup begins at 5:30 in the Yacht Club clubroom, and the rally gets under way at 6:00. There will be a nominal registration fee per boat ($5) to cover the cost of the post-activty food and awards. The course and (non) rules will be announced at signup.

Everyone meets back at the Yacht Club at 8:30 for hot dogs and awards. Prizes will be given for almost anything but coming in first. Bring your friends, or go on a friend's boat, and join the fun. Let's have some fun!

 

 

Commodore's Comments

May 15th 2016, Posted by Bruce Faling

Rules Refresher for the upcoming sailing season.

Today we are going to chat a little about the Rules of the Road. It has come to my attention that there is a great need to review these from time to time. This becomes very evident to me as I dust off the boat and go out to do some spring sailing and discover that many of the boaters out there have no idea in the world about how to avoid a collision with other boats despite owning Oregon Safe Boater’s Cards that require a test on these rules to obtain.

Every time you untie yourboat from the dock you are considered to be under way at that moment even though you are not yet making way (moving). At that point you are immediately fall under the jurisdiction of the 38 Federal Laws known as the Rules of the Road. There are an additional set of 38 International Rules that mirror almost exactly the Federal Laws that come into play after you cross the bar and venture out into the Pacific Ocean. We will leave those for another time, but if you are familiar with the Federal Laws you pretty much know the International ones as well.

These rules are set up to do one thing. That is to prevent collisions between vessels. All of you who have your Oregon Safe Boater Cards have been exposed to these rules when taking your test. While I am not going to go over all 38 rules, I will highlight those that you are most likely to encounter on your first day of the season out on the water.

The first two are more informational stating that these rules apply to ALL vessels and that you cannot use following the rules as a defense for a collision occurring. The first actual Rule that is really important is rule Number 5 that states you will keep a lookout AT ALL TIMES. Remember to look behind you as well. We get so focused on what is in front of us that we miss the 10,000 ton freighter coming up from behind. I will try and be brief lest I turn this article into a multi-page book. Your speed needs to be safe for the conditions so slow down in traffic, big waves and when you have poor visibility. When vessels are crossing the vessel on the starboard quarter crossing right to left in front of you has the right of way.  A vessel being overtaken has the right of way over the vessel that is overtaking it even if the vessel being overtaken is a power boat and the overtaking vessel is under sail. When possible boats meeting head on should pass port to port.

The sailboat rule is in three parts. First a sailboat on a starboard tack will have the right of way over a sailboat on a port tack. If the boats are on the same tack the boat to leeward has the right of way. If you cannot tell what tack a sailboat is on assume that it is on starboard. Of course if you are on leeward and on starboard you still have the right of way. Changes of heading to avoid collision should be evident and made early enough to signal to the vessel with the right of way (the stand on vessel) that you have seen them and are maneuvering to avoid a possible collision. The stand on vessel is to maintain course and speed until such time as it is determined that the vessel without the right of way (the give way vessel) has made it evident that they have not seen you and are not making a correction to their speed or course to avoid a collision. This goes back to the first rules I spoke of saying that the rule says I was supposed to maintain course and speed and we only collided because the other guy failed to do his part. You would then bear a portion of the fault in a Federal court.

A sailboat has the right of way over a power boat unless it is overtaking the power boat. However the sailboat is quite a way down the line in the hierarchy of who has the right of way. A vessel not under control therefore in distress has the right of way over all vessels. This is followed by vessels restricted in their ability to maneuver (the big ships for example). This is then followed by ships constrained by draft. They cannot go where you can because it would be too shallow for them (This is actually an International Rule, but is added here for completeness). Then comes a fishing vessel (That is a vessel with commercial gear such as long lines, nets or outriggers in the water and NOT a charter boat with fishermen fishing. That is just a power boat). This is followed by sailboats, powerboats and finally by seaplanes on the water. A word of caution here!!! Once a sailboat has engaged its engine it is a power boat whether it has its sails up or not.

There are several other rules for such things as lighting, fog signals day shapes and more. But these should suffice to cover the rules you need to know when venturing out into the Columbia for a day of sailing. I covered the sound signals in a previous segment of Commodore’s Corner. By the time tis is published in April the equinox will have passed and we will be enjoying spring sailing. So get  out there on the water safely and follow the rules.

Have fun,

Bruce

Open House,April 16th

Noon till 6PM

Let's Go Sailing!

 

            The lower Columbia River is not only beautiful, it's the basis of Astoria's history and economy.  But how many people realize it's also one of the best boating locations in the northwest?  Astoria looks even better from the water. The challenge of currents and sometimes gusty winds adds a touch of adventure, and with the right preparation boating in Astoria is fun and fulfilling.

            If you're one of the active people who is not content to just look at the scenery, visit the Astoria Yacht Club's Open House on Saturday, April 16 and find the boating activity that interests you.  Although the Yacht Club is best known for its competitive, adrenaline-soaked racing program, it also hosts regular weekend cruises, educational programs, a paddle group, and this year will sponsor regular weeknight cruising events along the Astoria waterfront.  Club members will be on hand at the Clubroom at the West Basin Marina on Saturday starting at noon to answer questions about all their activities, including winter social events.

            The Sea Scouts will begin serving hot dogs aboard their 32-foot sailboat Flying Cloud beginning at 1 pm, and snacks and cold drinks will be available throughout the afternoon.  Don't miss the discussion of local boating conditions that will begin at 4pm, led by veteran raceboat captain Dr. Norm Shatto.  If you own a boat or want to crew on one, the Yacht Club is where you'll meet others who are getting out there and really enjoying the river.  Check out one of the race boats which will be available for inspection, ask the Sea Scouts about their cruising sailboat, enjoy the afternoon with a beautiful view of the river and marina.  Visit the Club's website astoriayachtclub.com for more information and location.

 

Find out about club activities.

*Crewing on Sailboats, racing and rallies!

*Motor and sail cruising

*Paddling group

*Sea Scouts

For more information call   503-468-0151.

www.astoriayachtclub.com 

Astoria Yacht Club  West Mooring Basin, 348 Industry St., Suite 201, Astoria, Or. 97103

 

Racing Season is Coming.

March 29th 2016, Posted by Webmaster

The Astoria Yacht Club 2016 racing season is right around the corner.  We will be holding a captains meeting on Tuesday April 5th at 6:30 in the clubroom to discuss the upcoming season and schedules.  All interested captains are encouraged to attend and provide input for the upcoming schedule.  Hope to see you all there.