2017 is upon us and we are going to have a blast out at the islands this year. Let me first tell you a little bit about myself, my wife and what my goal is for heading up the cruising season as 2017 Cruise Director / Power Fleet Captain.
My name is Joe Underwood and my wife, Joanne, has been by my side as we have cruised and raced our area for the last 20 years. We joined Anacapa Yacht Club in 2006 looking to get more involved in the sport of sailing. At the time we joined, we had a Catalina 22 and in 2008 we got a Cal 34 that we outfitted for cruising/racing but we were bitten by the racing bug and started avidly racing. As we grew into the new boat we started to do more cruising and exploring Santa Cruz island. Visiting the island as many as 52 times in one year. We became the cruise directors in 2010 through 2013 and really got our cruising on, having a blast with a great group of cruisers every time we went out. We now have a power boat, Morning Star, a 53 Uniflite Yacht Fisherman and we are looking to get our game on, cruising once again.
My goal as cruise Director/Power Fleet captain is to grow our cruising program by doing what we all like doing, having fun with our boats and friends. Mentoring our members that are new to the game of cruising and sharing our knowledge of anchoring, ground tackle, cruising grounds and anchorages at Santa Cruz Island and beyond.
We are also establishing a new way for us all to be able to communicate, by starting a cruising blog that we can join right from the Anacapa Yacht Club website. We will be able to share ideas, locations and weather information that all the cruiser can ring in and have input on.
I will also hold several classes on having the correct ground tackle, and anchoring your boat with bow and stern anchors and all the facets of cruising that I have learned over the years.
With that said I am looking forward to an outstanding year not only for the Club but for all that want to get out to the playground I call Santa Cruz Island.
Please stand by as we create the 2017 cruising calendar that will be released February 1st
Respectfully submitted by,
AYC Staff Commodore 2009
Board Member 2010 – current
2017 Power Fleet Captain
2017 Cruise Director