Cam McNeil Wins 2010 MC Scow National Championship
10 October 2010
An incredible week here at Lake Lanier, Georgia with great sailing, great community time among the sailors, incredible food and social events on one of the nicest lakes on planet earth. The huge high pressure system we have watched all week is in fact here and no racing today for the final day of this championship.
Cam McNeil joins a short list of sailors who have won more than one MC Scow National Championship. Cam dominated the series with a convincing championship win and will bring home the hardware to White Lake , Michigan. Right behind Cam and sailing with blazing speed all week was Joe Rotunda from Spring Lake, Michigan. Noel Neuman sailed consistently strong and was always a threat at this year's national championship. It was great to see big Jeff Grinnan from Rush Creek Yacht Club finish strong in 4th. EHood put together a very strong last race to move up to 5th.
As mentioned earlier this championship was tough with the huge amount of talent and tough light medium conditions we faced. At the end of the day you had to have a great start with a quick escape route off the line then clear air and in pressure. Sounds easy but with 75 boats in light medium conditions it is hard to do. The top five boats were good at this. Second five were good at this too but all had a tough race along the way. Some great sailing further back in the fleet this week. Check out the photos at Chris Zanders website later this week to see all of that.
Top Ten Results (FINAL)
1st Cam McNeil - White Lake, MI - 11
2nd Joe Rotunda - Spring Lake, MI - 22
3rd Noel Neumann - Upper Minnetonka, MN - 23
4th Jeff Grinnan - Rush Creek, TX - 32
5th EHood - Lake Eustis, FL - 34
6th Steve Everist - Okoboji, IA 37
7th Ted Keller - Torch Lake, MI 38
8th Jeremy Pape - Lake Lanier , GA - 40
9th Jeff Surles - Pine Lake, WI - 45
10th Dan "Squad Car- BookEm Dano" Fink - Pine Lake, Wi - 45
1st Masters Div. - EHood - Lake Eustis, FL
1st Grand Masters Div. - Byron Beasley - Clear Lake , IA
1st Mega Masters Div. - Bob Miller - Diamond Lake, MI
1st Womans Div. - Amy Larkin - Lake Lanier, GA
1st Youth Div. - Connor Davis - White Lake, MI
Last night we had our annual class board meeting led by class president Jeff Annis and Ron Stryker. Jeff will be stepping down as president and off the board at the end of this year. Many thanks for all of the incredible hard work Jeff has done to promote the MC Scow for so many years and having been a key player in building up the large southeast fleets here in the U.S.. Three new board members were voted in among the nine candidates and they were Frank Ponitius, Danny Ziegler and Richard Blake.
Also at last night meetings Professor Frank Vandall roasted many members of the fleet. Obviously Frank worked all year on his roasting speech last night. Truly a delight for everyone who attended last night.
Rumor has it that the retired famous Camp Schnepahoe founded by EHood and Doug McNeil back in the day is being resurrected tonight on the beach here at the club with new champ Cam McNeil, runner-up Joe Rotunda and Youth Champ Connor Davis. Have fun you three sailed well.
So many thanks to co-regatta chairs Amy Larkin and Kurt Stadele for well over a year's worth of work in preparing to make this a great event both on and offshore for all the sailors. A huge volunteer team at Lake Lanier Sailing Club did a fantastic A+++ job. Kudos for Lee Estes and his very large team of race committee folks, judges, boats and more. 4 very tough great races were held.
It was a fantastic year for the class. Stay in touch through our class website for all the upcoming news on 2011 events. Our National Championship for 2011 will be at Lake Keuka, NY (destination spot/bucket list). Dates are still being discussed with either late August or early September being the choices at this point.
Two great regattas left. The famous Halloween Regatta at Augusta next week (destination spot/bucket list) and then the S.E. Championship at Lake Eustis in November.
Below are all the websites that will have race results, regatta stories and tons of great images will be posted at Chris Zanders site listed below.