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 March 18, 2013

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March

13-16 MC Midwinters-Eustis

15 Club 420 US Youth Champs application deadline

30 Club 420 Neill Clinic, Chicago Yacht Club Clinic application deadline

April

1 Registration accepted for Ida Lewis Girls 420 - closes 5/1 

20-21 Lotawana C, Missouri YC

27-28Spring(field) C Regatta--Island Bay Yacht Club, IL

 

May

1-5 USODA Team Trials - Pewaukee

4-5 Cedar, IN Icebreaker C

11-12Cedar, WI C Spring Regatta

    Mother's Day C--Spring Lake,MI

18-19 LaBelle C/X Tune Up

18-19 Geneva Spring E - Geneva

June

1-2 I-20 Lighthouse, Fond du Lac

8-9 MIR C--Lake Beulah, WI

      C Easterns--Chautauqua, NY

8-12 Club 420 Neill Clinic, Chicago

14-16  C Nationals--Pewaukee, WI

19-22 MC Youth Champs-Lake Murray, SC

20-23 420 ILYA Champs/Clinic - Delavan

20-23 A Scow Nationals - Geneva 

21-23 ILYA I-20 Invite - Cedar Lake IN

22-27 US Junior Women's Doublehanded Champs, Club 420 Ida Lewis (girls only) clinic and regatta, Bahia Corinthian YC, Corona del Mar, CA

25-27 TRAP X - Pine

26-29 MC Nat'ls - Clear Lake, IA

29-30 USODA Midwest Champs - Gull Lake, MN

30 - July 2 Area K JOs, Wayzata 

July

1-2 Quad Lakes X - Nagawicka

8-10 GLSS Dinghyfest

11-13 420 Youth Nat'ls-Geneva

11-14 ILYA E Invite - Pewaukee

11-14 ILYA MC Invite - Delavan

15-16 Xtreme-Oshkosh

14-16 SBS Area K Qual-Lk Forest

17-20 MC Masters Nat's-Hoover, OH

18-21 ILYA C Inv.--Okauchee, WI

19-21 ILYA Melges 17 Champs - Pewaukee

19-22 420 NAs, St. Margaret YC, Glenhaven, NS, Canada

22 ILYA No Tears East-Nagawicka

22 ILYA No Tears West - Clear, IA

24-27 ILYA X Champs - Oshkosh

26-28 Hyannisport 420 regatta, Cape Cod

28-30 ILYA Opti Champs-Beulah

29-31 CJ Buckley 420 team regatta - Cape Cod

August

1-4WMYA Champs-White Lake, MI

2-4 WYA C--LaBelle, WI

2-4 Buzzards Bay 420-Providence,RI

2-4 I-20 ILYA Champs,-Green Lake

7-11 Chicago Tall Ships and Chicago Match Cup

8-10 ILYA C champs; Regis 8/7

11-13 ILYA A champs; Regis. 8/10
15-17 ILYA E/MC champs; Regis. 8/14  Housing options 
13-17 US Sailing Youth Champs - Corpus Christi

 

September

7-8 Max C Fall=-Maxinkuckee, IN 
7-8 MC Team Nat's-Clear Lake, IA
13-15 I-20 Nat'ls -Fond du Lac
14-15 Blue Chip--Okauchee, WI

      Fenton C Fall Lake Fenton, MI

21-22 C Challenge-Lake Beulah,WI
21-22 MC Blue Chip-Spring Lake, MI
28-29 Lotawana C-Missouri YC, MO
     Polar Bear--Lake Davenport, IA
 
October
5-6 C Worlds--Delavan, WI
  

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mc midwinters MCs Begin Season at Lake Eustis
By Eric Hood            Photo above by Johncolephotography@yahoo.com

2013 MC Scow Midwinter Championship - Day 1,2, Final Day 3 Results

The Setting -  Warm sunny Florida at Lake Eustis just northwest of Orlando.   Little change up for everyone right out of the gate for this 74 boat championship.   It was in the low 40s at sunrise and then by race time high 50s and low 60s with a big chilly north wind. for race 1 today.  The four or five most popular weather services were all pretty much in sync with each other on the weather today.  Cold, windy early and then warming up to mid 60s and less wind by days end.  Not a cloud in the sky though.  Tomorrow and final day Saturday though mid 70s and low 80s respectively.

The Sailors - We had a fun moment this morning when the Mayor of Eustis asked who traveled the farthest distance to this regatta.   The Canadians won but there were some possible disputes with a few Brits in the crowd.  Several sailors from other countries were participating including Rob Coutts (Russell's brother) who now is sailing out of Lake Okoboji.   Many new sailors to the class including our Regatta leader after day one Kenny Wolfe (actually tied but wins tie-breaker with Ted Keller).  Kenny joined us for Zenda University earlier in the week where he worked hard and won that event.  Kenny is with the very fast and large growing Rush Creek Yacht Club group from just outside the Dallas area.  We had several folks from the Montreal area including Will Hendershot and Andre Gagnon.  Several former National Champions including Brett Hatton, Cam McNeil, along with a large group of former Midwinter and Masters National Champions were sailing as well.   Then back into MC action after a long time away we had Skip and Marge Johnson.   Skip will be speaking at our annual MC banquet dinner tomorrow night which should be a highlight for all.  Just a great group for this 41st Midwinter Championship.

The Courses Day 1 -  For today we had two W5 courses  Compass courses of almost due North. About 1 mile legs.  Velocity for race one was about 10-18 mph.  Race two we saw the winds drop down with a range of 5-15 mph.  For those of you who have not sailed here before Lake Eustis is a large round lake and of course very flat surroundings.   So you really can see the wind well as it comes down the course.   Race one had some nice chop in the bottom 1/3rd of the course and I think it actually threw the fleet of 74 teams off for the first start as the whole group for the most part  was short of the line by several feet.   Race two we had about 9 boats called over with individuals.   Both races saw upwind and downwind shifts swing as much as 20 degrees . However they came in big shots and you knew they were coming . Not enough breeze to set a good course for race 3 today .  Very good starting lines today which was really great with such a large group. Not easy to do but the team here at Eustis have a big group and they work it hard for the sailors.

Results Day 1 - Just take a look at the scores and you can see some pretty big swings. It was a tough day of shifty conditions. Seven boats in really good shape with a range of 5-18 points.  Then another group in pretty good shape from 8th-14th with a point range from 26-39.   This is a hard regatta because our class rules differ from the national standards from U.S. Sailing.  6 races with no throw-outs.   You have to race for every boat all the time and one big mistake or bad break is hard to overcome.  Premium on being consistent and not too crazy.   While we had to sail to some lay lines by mid beat today you always saw the top 10 or so boats doing it together.  Rarely did anyone take off by themselves.  The other thing was not to absolutely make sure  the shift was real today.  There were a few teasers that came down that tricked some folks into tacking and sailing off to the wrong side of the course.  Race winners  Chris Hawk and Kenny Wolfe.

Top Ten Day 1 - Here are the top ten with lots of racing left. Kenny Wolfe - Rush Creek YC 5, Ted Keller - Torch Lake 5, Scott Harestad - Spring Lake/MI 12, David Mooring - Lake Eustis 13, Eric Hood - Lake Eustis 14, Rob Seidelmann -18, Clark Wade - Hoover SC/Columbus Ohio 19, Tim Fredman - Pine Lake/WI 26, Rob Terry - Crystal Lake/MI 27, Chris Hawk - Keuka /NY 29

Other News -  Lots of reports of very good fleet growth.  Sarasota, Florida,  the group up in Montreal and many other reports.   Good reports and info from Eric Protzman and Jeff Nicholas about the MC National Championship in June plus the  MCSA Team Champhionship in September both at Clear Lake, Iowa.  Tomorrow morning and tomorrow night we will do Top 5 maybe Top 10 interviews and press conferences for the fleet to learn from those who had good races.

Day 2 - No racing but tons of fun.  After another very chilly morning at Lake Eustis things warmed up by mid-morning but the wind never came. The Race Committee team led by Dave Williams took a shot at trying to get one off before the end of the day but no luck.  Yep and guess what? As soon as we are all back on shore a good little evening breeze came in during the happy hour and banquet.  Highlights off the day certainly included all the good community time with each other.  Folks renewing old friendships and making new ones too with all the new members to the class at this event. The evening was catered by the world famous Oyster Troff which was great. Commodore Bob Cole gave a 15 minute update on the state of the class and new things in the works which was great to hear. I introduced our  Midwinter's Championship banquet dinner guest speaker, Skip  and Marge Johnson, which was an honor.  Skip really treated the 100 guests to some rich history about how scow sailing started with his Grandfather J.O. Johnson.  It was really neat to hear about all of his accomplishments and innovations during those first 50 years of scow building.  Skip went on to tell the group about his father Iver and his uncle plus other family members plus many of the other accomplishments of the Johnson Boat Works team and, of course, mentioning the fun but serious rivalry with Melges Boat Works.  It was a great evening.  Marge actually caught it all on video which we hope to have available soon.  So watch for that info on the MC Class Facebook page .

Day 3  The Setting and Courses - So for the final day a couple of written rules of the class for this particular event kicked in and only two could be run.   All the weather models were spot on with what would happen except the 20-30 shift from SSW to SW  was not supposed to arrive until probably the second race.  Start time for the first race was 9:30 and the winds were as expected 5-7 mph from the SSW.  The big shift actually occurred on the second beat (third leg) of race one.  Both races were W5s so from this third leg of the first race through the finish and all of race two  were sailed with the new southwest  direction and a light 4-7 mph winds.  Two clean starts again for both races with only a few being called over early.  I have to say the starting lines were the best we have ever seen before at the Midwinters so kudos to the PRO Dave Williams and his large team for this event.

The Results -  Wow , what a tough day of sailing.   The first race for day 3 (third race for the event really shook things up for many folks going in both directions good and bad).  Ted Keller  who was sailing a great regatta and was tied with Kenny Wolfe for first going into this race 3  got caught on the outside left of the big right shift that came through on the last beat.   Others out on the left for that big shift included Cam McNeil, Rob Seidelmann and about 6 or 7 others .   A pack of sailors running in the 10th to 15th spots went right up this last  beat towards the new breeze coming and made big money all finishing in the top ten.  So four of the legs of this race were normal but the infamous "Crazy Ivan" appeared as was predicted on the weather services.  Now for the last and final race, number four, many things could happen for sure starting with Kenny Wolfe who now had a commanding lead in first but certainly had to be careful.   Anything from there on back was possible for many to go up or down.   Speaking with more than 15-20 skippers after the races were over, I noticed everyone saying the same thing.  That the race really took focus and concentration.   The wind showed itself on the water but you could not go chase it.  So long distant viewing was a premium for what was coming down.  Kenny got a little behind , Mooring and Ehood were hanging out in the front.  In the end Kenny put the rubber stamp on the regatta win becoming our 41st Annual Midwinter National Champion by finishing with either a 7th or 8th (left the results at the club - so flying now I am doing a little of this off memory).  Here are the top ten and full results will be up on Monday on the MC website  .  1st -Kenny Wolfe, 2nd - David Mooring, 3rd -Eric Hood (Top Master) , 4th - Clark Wade, 5th Hunter Riddle (Top Grand Master), 6th - Chris Hawk, 7th- Ted Keller, 8th - Rob Terry, 9th - Rob Seidelmann, 10th- Jeff Grinnan.   Top Mega Master - Tim Fredman, Top Woman Trish Keenan End.

Lessons Learned - No doubt for me watching and teaching for 13 races, 25 practice starts at Zenda U really drove something home for me and also the discussion panel we did on day two.  Sharing of information is extremely important to how you can best approach the next race.  I learned a lot listening to our panel of top ten sailors on day 2.  Knowing this lake as I do and many other do, trusting what you see off in the long distance was extremely important and really could be trusted at this particular lake.  Watching a few meltdowns of our good friends Ted Keller, Rob Seidelmann, Scott Harestad and a few others was painful because as it happened you could tell from what was coming off in the distance that they would not recover.  So knowing your lake I would say was a big premium this week.  Sticking with the group your were racing whether in front mid-fleet or in back was really important.  Sailing away from your pack 9 out of 10 times will give you some serious disappointments.   There were some 10-20 degree wind ups while going upwind in all four races and you had to learn how to be patient.  You had to stay in line sometimes going into the weather mark , eat a little bad air and not tack away to maintain your position in your group you were racing.  Everytime someone seemed to tack away from their group they lost this week.   Boat speed, boat speed , boat speed was a big premium.  That takes practice, practice, practice. 

Fleet News and Growth- Some exciting news on Fleet growth this week at the Midwinter Championship.   Zenda University winner and Midwinter National Champion Kenny Wolfe bought a brand new MC Scow 2579 from Team Melges to take back to Rush Creek Yacht Club just outside Dallas, Texas.  Also, Zenda University graduate Ted Weihe from Sarasota by my boat 2581 to add to that growing fleet of 10 boats now.  We also heard about a new California fleet from Commodore Bob Cole.   The MC Class is alive and well.   Melges Performance Sailboats is in great shape having caught up with the big rush of Melges 20s and now has MC Scows available for the National Championship

Other News - Closing ceremonies were great with Regatta Chairman David Helmick and class Commodore Robert Cole heading up the ceremonies.   David pointed out that about 75 of the club's membership participated in one fashion or another with all the volunteer requirements needed to help pull off such an event.  Tons of photos are out there for this event.  Bob Wynkoop mentioned in his Sunday afternoon MC Tell-Tales Newsletter that the pictures and sources will soon be available.  So watch for this photo info on his newsletters and also watch the MC Sailing Association Facebook page (lots of other goofy MC websites so be careful there - Just click on the Tell-Tales Facebook icon or on the Facebook icon that will come with Commodore Bob Cole's newsletters).  Our new 41st Midwinter's National Champion Kenny Wolfe got the traditional and ceremonial golf cart ride to the awards table which was fun to see.   Then the top three Wolfe, Mooring and Ehood were handed champagne bottles to spray each other and some in the crowd down NASCAR style.   Meals were fantastic, hospitality was off the charts .  If you are sailing MC Scows this one and the National Championship (Clear Lake , Iowa in June - registration available now) are the ones to put on the list as MUST DO events.

All the best,

EHood  MC 2581

College Sailing

   ILYA Sailors Busy this week in full numbers

  At first glance, fifteen of our sailors were on the east coast sailing in college events. At the St. Mary's Women's event, Boston College sat on top with A skipper Steph Hudson (Beulah) participating. Over at the Trux event, Brown's Colin Smith (Beulah) narrowly missed the top position by losing the pole position in the last couple sets. Trux is an unusual event with doublehanded and also Laser and Laser radial sailors totaling scores to declare a winner. Go to collegesailing.org to watch each weekend's events. This weekend's Trux event is a who's who of Inland youth sailors. Placing in the top five of their divisions were Smith in fourth in As; Christopher Banholzer (College of Charleston) 2nd in B's and Eddie Cox (Hobart and Willliam Smith) 3rd in radials.          

  
  
MCs participate in Zenda U before Midwinters
  
Melges Zenda University

Lake Eustis Sailing Club - Eustis, Florida

Melges USA and North Sails Zenda

 

Where is Zenda University?  Well, this week the location was the Lake Eustis Sailing Club in Eustis, Florida. The official site of the 80+ MC Midwinter Championship.  Sun, palm trees, wind and MC Scow Sailing.  Real Fun!

 

This is the 16th annual Zenda University Course at Lake Eustis. 16 years now!!!! 

 

The Melges Zenda University always kicks off the MC Scow Midwinter Championship.  Two days of intense training on and off the water just prior to the official regatta.  With a pyramid of fundamentals to focus on and accomplish.  (see attached Melges Pyramid).  The course is limited to 20 participants so that the coaches can give personal attention to their boats while on the trailer or while racing.  The course is run in a regatta format with official racing with inspirational coaching mixed in.  This year we had a total of 14 races over two days. Well over 25 practice starts. Drills and on the water visual demonstrations.  

 

"Conditions were sunny, windy, light, medium, rainy, flat water, chop - we had it all this year and we all learned a lot!  There is nothing like this, anywhere.  Great instructors, personal coaching, private tuning and lots of fun. All with a nice steak dinner with wine!  These Melges / North Sails guys do it all", said Jeff Nicholas from Clear Lake, Iowa.

 

What is a typical day at Zenda University like?  Here is a brief run down of a ZU day.

 

730am     instructor meeting and plan.

8am         breakfast for all participants - breakfast meaning eggs, pancakes, fresh fruit, bacon, sausage - fresh and hot!

9am         kick off for the day.  On land instruction and review of our topics for the day.  

10am      sailing until 12:30 then it is lunch - a fresh lunch at LESC with coaching during the lunch hour.

More sailing from 1:30-4:30 with final day wrap up.

Steak dinner at 7 -9pm  

Then we do it all over again the next day. 

 

The end result is dramatically improved MC sailors.  The end result is a group of 20 sailors that are really psyched about Melges Racing!  Fun on and off the water!!! This years coaching team was Jim Gluek, Eric Hood, Ted Keller and Andy Burdick. A special thanks goes out to Monty for his fantastic video coverage and review along with June for helping Andy to the starts and scores.  Thank you!

 

Melges MC racing is fun!  The new North Z-1 Mainsail is fast. Many of the students were sailing with their new Z-1 during the class and many more will have them at the Midwinter Championship.  You will want to be one of the first to have this new design on your lake. The new North Sails  Z-1 main is really nice!!! New Melges MC's are coming off the production line for this Spring and Summer!  

 

Sincerely,

 

Andy Burdick

Melges USA

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