Three Races Open The 2014 MC Scow National Championship in Augusta, Ga,

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25 September 2014

Article courtesy of Eric Hood - Our first day of sailing kicked off here at Augusta, Georgia for the MC Scow National Championship. Overcast day with light/medium oscillating winds with a base direction of Northeast. Sixty-five teams made it to the starting line. Solid courses from PRO Chip Mann and his large team of volunteers from the Augusta Sailing Club and also some other fellow teammates from Wisconsin. Good courses by the PRO and team but tough sailing for the competitors with the big shifty breezes. All in all a great day of sailing but some highs and lows for all with the challenging winds.

Race Winners for the day
Race 1 – Bill Draheim/Rush Creek Yacht Club
Race 2 - Jeremy Pape/Lake Lanier Atlanta
Race 3 - Chris Andert / Minnetonka

Talked to a lot of folks post race. Kenny Wolfe put it best. "My heart rate was up as so many things were going on all the time. Much more to compute than normal is another way to put the day sailing challenges."

What was fast was simply finding the correct side and edge for those outside the top 5. The top 5 usually played center left or center right but with the big swings and relatively low wind pressure you had to get to the edges if further back in the pack. Speed really did not seem to be the deal but positioning yourself for the new breeze and big shifts was a big deal. More tactical than anything is how you could summarize the day.

Cook your own steaks and crazy Georgia ASC Jeff Annis style Karoke is up next. Kenny Wolfe actually likes this sort of thing based on singing his crew Virginia Hannan a happy birthday song at the last regatta the ILYA Championship.

Here are the scores:
1st – Kenny Wolfe, 2-5-6= 13
2nd – Jeremy Pape, 8-1-7 = 16
3rd – Ted Keller, 6-7-4 = 17
4th – Steve Sherman, 4-14-3 = 21
5th - Chris Andert, 7-15-1= 23
6th – Scott “Chuck” Norris, 5–4-17 = 26
7th – Bill Draheim, 1-6-21 = 28
8th – Michael Considine, 14-17-2= 33
9th – Clark Wade, 19 - 2–14 = 35
10th – John Potter, 13-20-10 = 43
11th – Ron Baerwitz, 12-19-12 = 43
12th – Jeff Annis, 9-8-28 = 45
13th – Eric Protzman, 3-16-27 = 46
14th – Jake Erdman, 24-3-19=46
15th – David Helmick, 17-22-8= 47

More to come – four races to go and it looks like we will get there.
E Hood
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