North Sails Wins National C Scow Championship
2 July 2011
The 2011 C Scow National Championship was held on Maxinkuckee Lake in Indiana. A great scow sailing lake with fantastic hosts. The C scow fleet loves to go to this area for the Nationals. The hospitality is incredible.
The racing this year was fantastic too as we saw many new sailors on the water with new North Sails. In particular was Jim Tewes from Big Cedar Lake, Wisconsin. Jim sailed a great regatta and was very fast with his I-1 Gold Mainsail. His first North Sail on the C scow. Nearly put him in first! He tied with long time North / Melges Customer Paul Reilly. Paul is also from Big Cedar Lake – they have a tough fleet. Both Paul and Jim worked on Andy Burdick and crew Chris Impens who won the regatta on the last day with a bullet in the final heat of the event. The top 3 all sported New North I-1 Gold Mainsails.
North Sails Zenda provided three shapes in the C scow and the fleet were using all three in this light air regatta. Many of the leaders had the I-1 Gold on but there were many in the front of the fleet using the G-137 Cut which is perfect for the 0-12 conditions that we see on a regular basis in the summer. This is what we had at this years National Championship. Ed Eckert in A-136 (C scow national points champion for 2010) uses the G-137 sail and loves it. He won a race convincingly at this regatta and is always fast with this sail.
Chris Andert from Minnetonka loves the C I-1 Gold. Chris won a close race with Ben Porter.
The Harecut is primarily a heavy wind sail for our customers but some do use it in light air with great success. Tom Keenan and his son used the Harecut and were very fast and pointed 5 degrees higher with the flatter sail. The Harecut was a sail designed back in the 1970’s by Melges Sails, inc. Originally it was a light air sail but the more the used the sail in the breeze the better it went. Now it is considered a heavy wind sail. However, you can use it in all condition with success. Great on flat water lakes!
The North Sails National Championship Line Up is:
I-1 Gold Mainsail - a great all purpose sail for all conditions. Ideal in the 8-18mph wind range.
G-137 Cut – designed by North Rock Star Jim Gluek – ideal in the 0-12mph wind range.
Harecut – designed by Melges Sails back in the 1970’s – perfect for 12-25mph. Can be used by light weight teams in the light air too. This sail has stood the test of time and is FAST.
Congratulations to all of the winners at this years National Championship. It is great to see such family fun! Kent and Will Haeger in particular. Kent is a top flight sailor and always extremely tough to beat in the C boat. Now his son Will is competing at a high level and will win many regattas in the years to come. Brian Brickler is a young sailor that is already winning big regattas and he was very close to winning this years nationals. He races with the I-1 Gold and is FAST.
Thanks Maxinkuckee Yacht Club and the National C Scow Class for a really fun 2011 National Championship.
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See you in Delavan, Wisconsin for the 2012 C Scow Nationals!
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