By Emory Heisler
Buccaneer Fleet Captain,
"Pirates" you say? Arrrr! Aye there be pirates in the
Arizona Yacht Club (AYC), home to one of the largest
fleets of Buccaneer 18 sailboats in the country.
And, these pirates will trailer all over the U.S. of
A. to race their speedy craft and to share their love of
sailing and maybe a wee dram o’ rum with their fellow
sailing ne’er do wells.
The AYC Buccaneer 18 Fleet sent four of its finest
sailors to the Buccaneer North American
Championships Aug. 7-11. Tony Chapman and First Mate
Chris Robertson, Wade McDaniel and family, and "Dave the
Barbarian" Rawstrom voyaged to the Waukegan Yacht Club
north of Chicago on Lake Michigan.
The Arizona Buccaneers joined 37 other pirate
captains and crew for a week of One Design fleet racing
and all the accompanying revelry that goes with such an
Chapman and Robertson faired best of the group in
terms of "hardware," bringing home the B-Fleet
Championship. Ever-enterprising Rawstrom flew to Chicago
and brought back two "new-to-Arizona" Buccaneers,
bringing the AZ Fleet up to 21 Buccs.
Meanwhile, Capt. McDaniel turned in the highest
A-Fleet AZ finish at 11th overall.
Then, as quick as you can say, "Shiver me timbers!"
this merry band was on its way from Chicago to San
Diego! The AZ Buccaneer 18 Fleet followed up their
National Championship adventure the weekend of Aug.
19-20 with a nine-boat one-design weekend at Mission Bay
Six Arizona Buccaneer skippers and crew, plus two
boats from California and one from Reno convened for
five races on Mission Bay.
The scurvy dogs that braved the voyage to Nationals
proved their mettle again in San Diego as Wade McDaniel,
Dave Rawstrom, and Tony Chapman finished on top of the
Mission Bay One Design Weekend in 1st, 2nd and 3rd
Where will these pirates be seen next?
Watch Tempe Town Lake and Lake Pleasant for the sails
with the "Crossed Sabers", or scissors as some call
them, as the Arizona Yacht Club fall season gets
underway this September.
And if you be thinkin’ of becomin' a pirate, check
out ArizonaYachtClub.org for more information about
sailing in and around Arizona and about that fun thirsty
band of pirates in the Buccaneer 18 fleet. Arrrrr!