Jeff Surles Wins Orlando Webb Regatta, Second Largest MC Scow Regatta of Season

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3 June 2012

Article courtesy of Eric Hood - As reported yesterday three boats had a good lead on this crowd of 52 MCs (actually 52 registered with 48 racing in any given race. So just to recap going into today's racing we had the Melges/North speed clinic with 25 attending on Friday, great Missouri Yacht Club party on Friday night, fantastic MYC and famous dinner on Saturday night, then to light air Crazy Ivan races on Saturday.

For the final third day here at Lake Lotawana we had one light air race that went the length of the lake with the southerly winds. It looked like big winds were possible with approaching storms from the southwest but it all fell apart just short of the lake this morning.

Wind direction for the race was for sure much more steady today but we still had some of the same velocity issues that plagued us on the first two Saturday races. That being said you had to be one of the first five or so boats to escape the starting line and then it was short tacking up the lake  in light air. The problem you have in big light air starts like this is when boats gather closely what little air is available becomes disturbed and unstable with velocity and direction. That was the case today. So the first 5 or 6 boats got away quickly and never looked back.

Jeff Surles out of Pine Lake Yacht Club in Wisconsin sailed a great, I mean great regatta this weekend for the win. He will be a tough one to beat at the upcoming White Lake National Championship.

TOP TEN RESULTS
1.) Jeff Surles 7
2.) Austin Chamberlin 12
3.) Jon Martin 14
4.) Jeff Grinnan (top Master) 16
5.) Steve Sherman (top Grand Master) 18
6.) EHood 22
7.) Jean-Pierre Bordes 26
8.) Danny Ziegler 27
9.) Mark Marling 30
10.) Glen Foulke 32

Top Mega Master - Jack Kern
Top Woman - Nikki Weber
Race Winners- Austin Chamberlin, Glen Foulke, Jon Martin
Full results will be posted soon on www.mcscow.org

Images are available from Gordon McBride at http:/gmcbride.smugmug.com

Don't forget to make plans now, change plans now to be at this years National Championship. This will be one of the best ever MC events in the history of our class. Connect with Eric Hood or Cam McNeil today.

7 or 8 brand new boats are being built for the Nationals. If you want to go all out connect with Andy Burdick, Jim Gluek, Justin Hood or myself ASAP.

See you all on the course soon.

From a pit stop on the road all the best,

EHood
MC 2567