Opening Day At 2014 Melges MC Scow Masters National Championship Complete
12 June 2014
Article courtesy of Eric Hood - One of the best sailing lakes in the world — Lake Ray Hubbard, and one of the best yacht clubs in the world — Rush Creek Yacht Club are the hosts for the 2014 Melges MC Scow Masters National Championship which officially started today. Regatta Chairman Brian Morgan has been working on very unique idea for quite some time. The idea was have loaner boats ready for any and all who came. A full blown concierge service if you will. Ship your sails in and arrive having a boat all ready to go for you. Many of the 50 MCs present took advantage of this gift offer from the countries largest MC Scow fleet — right here at Rush Creek Yacht Club. Full blown red carpet treatment from a very large volunteer team including folks like our current National Champion Kenny Wolf and many others. So exciting to be back here after several years of missing our famous beloved Black Tie Spring Championship.
So lots of teams have been here for several days practicing. Yesterday our PRO Wayne Coulon and team held five practice starts along with two practice races. Breeze has been in the middle for the last three days running between 10-15 mph. Fun Ray Hubbard sailing for sure.
For day one we had a very unusual easterly with all the storms in the area but the breeze finally settled in after a short delay and race one was under way. Breeze was again running around 11-14mph for this race.
Eric Hood, along with Bill Draheim started strong with Mark Tesar and Greg Gust right there too. Stu Oltrogge along with Doug Kern were also in hot pursuit of the lead four boats. The course was a L4 with one mile legs. Three great legs of racing and even a fourth was in progress when some lightning moved in quickly with one of the many storms in the area. Our PRO made a great call and got us in quickly. Breeze came up to about 20 shortly after that and now has gone away. The weather system wins Day One.
The great news though we have spectacular weather predicted for the next two days of racing with winds out of the usual SE-S and at a velocity predicted from 8-12mph.
Big party Texas Rush Creek style over at the Jacobs house nearby the club tonight which everyone is looking forward too.
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