Monday, October 26th, 7:00 pm at Harken World Headquarters in Pewaukee.
As many of you know, the National Class E Scow Association funded Gary Jobson's production company during the E Blue Chip to produce a documentary about the E Scow and the Blue Chip.
The documentary is scheduled to appear on the ESPN Classic channel on Wednesday, October 28th at 7:00 pm EASTERN; 6:00 CENTRAL.
Prior to this, Gary Jobson is going to have a screening for us at Harken the evening of Monday, October 26th at 7:00 pm.
This event will also be a fundraiser for our friend and current E Blue Chip champion Bora Gulari and his olympic campaign. We will have a short live auction with some amazing gifts donated by our fellow sailors. Be ready to raise your hands and win some incredible adventures:
-- Beautiful Hawaiian vacation for one week for up to 8 courtesy of Bora's parents at any one of their three vacation properties
-- Escape to Coleman Norris's Chalet in Grindelwald Switzerland for up to 12 people for a week
-- A once in lifetime Chicago America's Cup World Series Dream Experience - June 10-12, 2016 in style with Bill Goggins of Harken
-- Escape Wisconsin for a week's stay at the Harken's Cape Coral House in Florida
-- Amaze your youth sailor and a few of his or her friends by bidding on an Bora Fantasy Sailing Camp
-- Host a Smokin' Ricky Pig Roast for 50
-- Dinner with Bora prepared by Dex and Buckeroo.
-- Other auction items and opportunities to support our Olympic hopeful will be available at the event.
We are looking forward to a wonderful evening to celebrate the 50th E Blue Chip tradition and further all hopes and dreams of sailing.
Bora Gulari is a threat in whatever he sails. In the Moth, the defacto class of the pro sailor, Bora has two World titles. In the Melges 24, rather than collect a paycheck as tactician, he skippers against, and beats, the best pro teams. And now he has won the , which invited 24 accomplished sailors from all corners of the sport for an elite shoot-out.
For his latest trick, the 2009 US Rolex Yachtsman and of the Year is looking at the Olympics in the Nacra 17. Scuttlebutt editor Craig Leweck checks in with Bora for an update.
Let's start with the Blue Chip. All the skippers had competed in the event once before. How'd it go for you the first time?
I know I wasn't last but I for sure wasn't first ...I think I finished mid-fleet. I only remember one day of racing and it was in a Northerly. I remember the start line being about half a boat length above the weed line so it was very tricky even for Lake Pewaukee standards.
What is it about the E-Scow that non-scow sailors have to figure out?
Never pinch. If the jib backs it's quicker to tack then bear away and get going again. Also, angle of heel is more important than any other boat you ever sail. Too flat and the boat get glued to the water and too heeled and you go slow and slide sideways.
Explain the vibe at the 50th event.
It was the coolest thing ever. I was a little star struck to say the least but everyone was so glad to be there. Matching up all the skippers with scow teams through a lottery was very cool. I made three friends for life that I had never known before the regatta. During the racing, you always knew there was a good sailor right next to you, and I never heard the 'protest' word.
What is it about the Inland Lake Yachting Association and their scow fleets that the outside world should know about?
The level of sailing is very high but yet the family atmosphere is like nothing I have ever witnessed before. The boats are fast and comfortable and the sailing is civilized. Have you ever come in for lunch in the middle of a day's racing?
What launched the idea of sailing the Nacra 17?
Charlie McKee, the High Performance Director for the US Olympic Sailing Team, talked to me when I was looking for a new challenge. I am patriotic as hell, so it made a lot of sense to me.