2009 MC Scow National Championship Gears Up!

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16 September 2009

Here we are for our MC Class National Championship just outside Tulsa, Oklahoma. This will be the third time we have had a national championship here in Oklahoma and the second visit to the Windycrest Sailing Club on Lake Keystone. Fleet 32 has pulled out the stops and lots of action is going on as I write this update.

We have 51 boats officially registered at this point and we are expecting a few more, which would make this the second largest event of the year only behind the 80 plus Midwinter Championship at Lake Eustis this past February and just ahead of the Western Michigan Championship held at Torch Lake, Michigan in early August.

Early this morning EHood and Dan "Squad Car" Fink went out in the big breeze and sailed for two hours. Right now about 8 boats are heading out in the big breeze for a 4pm practice race or two. Just Google Sand Springs, Oklahoma and you will see how large the Keystone arm of the Arkansas river is. Like so many of the large lakes in Oklahoma, this is a U.S. Corps of Engineers built lake and there is a ton of room to race or cruise. A sailor's dream.

6pm cookout at the large WSC pavilion tonight, then a 10am or so start for the seven race national championship tomorrow. The class officers led by Jeff Annis are having their annual class meeting this afternoon. Competitors meeting at 9 a.m. in the morning.

Here is what is really cool about this event. While there are some big guns from the MC Class and some of our past national champs not here I can tell you that this is a deep field for the MC Class. We have the tough Texas crowd led by Greg Gust here. Class newcomer and Florida Champ in many classes Andy Fox here. Masters Champs Jeff Annis, EHood. Tough guys from Iowa like Jeff Nicholas, Eric Protzman, Mike Risewick, the big Tesar brothers. Some of Wisconsin's best in Dan Fink and Jeff Surles. Lake Lotawana has the largest team here with 5 team members led by Scott Tillema, Harry Drake , Bob Cantrell, Gary Schroeder and Finn tough guy Scott Griffiths. The list goes on and on. Michigan only sent one boat in Dave Bedeau. We are hoping for a surprise from the Michigan crowd which has happened before and we see some of those folks rolling in late. Deep field for sure.

Weather has been crazy. A system has just moved through that resembled an inland tropical storm in the words of our friends at the Weather Channel.  It had full counter-clockwise rotation and put a ton of water down in the last several days. The next three days are calling for 5-15 out of the north which is a very unusual direction for this lake. I am sure that might be a dissapointment for the locals, but it will be a big equalizer for all.

Stay Tuned,
EHood
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