Cam McNeil Wins Melges MC Shakedown Regatta!

Related topics:

21 May 2012

Article courtesy of Eric Hood - One race here on Sunday at Reeds Lake in Grand Rapids , Michigan. Light conditions for race 5 and the modified W2 course.

Jamie Kimball had a great start and worked up the middle along with Pete Comfort and were both met by EHood at the top mark who sailed up the right center in pressure . It was a struggle in the shifty conditions under the trees at the top mark to get around the offset with a big 30 degree left shift that came in as boats 3-10 tried to get around the offset. This allowed EHood and Pete Comfort to slip away on the first downwind and they held that position throughout most of the race until another big shakeup at the last downwind mark. EHood survived it but it got crazy for 2-27. In the end EHood wins the race and Cam McNeil survived with a 6th to save the regatta win.

Scores below. Cam McNeil wins, Jamie Kimball is second, Ehood moves up to third, Pete Comfort moved up to fourth and Rob Kimball slipped from 3rd to 5th after collecting a 14th in the last race.

Lessons learned for the event were valuable as this group clearly had the upcoming National Championship in mind at nearby White Lake. Lots of light air starts and mark roundings in tight quarters was both fun and challenging. Staying in dark water all the time was critical. Example today I started last but was first to the new pressure after having to duck everyone on starboard. So last to first in about 2 minutes because of pressure. Never give up after a bad start . Light air races things can change and change quickly. You have to stay focused and just keep plugging away at what you know is right and in light air that is staying in pressure. Gentle boat handling was a premium up in front this weekend. Keeping the air attached to the sail was important and the only way to do that was gentle body movements, light touch on the tiller and trying to tack/gybe when the pressure was up.

A little less than 100 days till the Nationals. Sign up today. Connect with Cam McNeil and his very large support team to get your logistics all sorted out. This is going to be a seriously fun event and probably the toughest National Championship we have ever had. It is a bucket list event for sure. White Lake, Lake Michigan, the historic White Lake Yacht Club. At least 10 different and maybe more current or former National Champions will be sailing. A very large junior crowd, a great line up of women are slated to be skippering. This is the big one you all. BE THERE!!!!

Also, there are 8 new Melges MC Scows that are available just for this Championship. Team Melges has shifted things around to accommodate this short production run for the National Championship. Call Andy, Jim, Justin Hood, Cindy or myself asap if you want one of these boats for the August National Championship at White Lake.

Hope to see you there.

Ehood

MC Scow 2549

FULL RESULTS

McNeil Cam U50 WLYC/MI 2166 1   9   2   1   6           19 1
Kimball Jamie U50 SLYC/MI 2478 2   5   1   6   9           23 2
Hood Eric M LESC/FL 2549 7   8   3   8   1           27 3
  Pete U50 TLYC/MI 2524 10   1   5   13   5           34 4
Kimball Rob U50 SLYC/MI 2142 11   3   4   2   14           34 5
Chappell Dan U50 GRYC/MI 1959 18   13   13   7   13           64 6
Schwartz Weldon MM GRYC/MI 547 23   23           21           67 7
Bloye David MM GRYC/MI 1303 21   16   18   18               73 8
Meyer Richard   GRYC/MI 1833 DNC   DNC   DNC   DNC   DNC           75 9
Pinckney Jean   GRYC/MI 1434 DNC   DNC   DNC   DNC   DNC           75 10
Wenger Peter M GRYC/MI 1077 9 11 11   23   23   19           85 11
White Gary GM GRYC/MI 2527 20   20   19   19   20           98 12
Rundquist Andy GM GRYC/MI 1842     12   11   15   17             13
                                        14
Currier Sam Y WLYC/MI 2011 3   14   21   20   15           73 15
Craig Chris M LFSC/MI 19 4   2   7   7   16           36 16
Knape John M GRYC/MI 842 5   7   16   11   2           41 17
Flood Jim M GRYC/MI 1963 6   19   15   21               61 18
Miller Curt GM GRYC/MI 1701 8   4   17   3   12           44 19
Henderslot Will GM CNDN-Mont 2395 17   22   8   10               57 20
Currier Bob Ji GRYC/MI 2551 12   15   9   16   11           63 21
Fox Peter U50 GRYC/MI 1928 13   10   6   5   4           38 22
Sorensen Thor U50 GRYC/MI 1665 14   17   12   12   8           63 23
Hann John M ELSC/MI 2117 15   6   14   4   3           42 24
Minore Jeff M GRYC/MI 1509 16   18   10   9   10           63 25
Lanka Linda W GRYC/MI 2416 19   21   20   14   7           81 26
Reeg Patrick M SLYC/MI 1822 22   24   22   22   22           112 27