2009 MC Scow Spring Shakedown Regatta

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17 May 2009

A Weather Channel weekend greeted those who made it to this year’s annual spring opener here at the Grand Rapids Yacht Club. Driving rains on Friday with big wind predictions for Saturday kept what is usually a very large crowd from coming in.  FYI – This is code talk for Fair Wind Sailors. However, 20 tough guys and girls did show up. The field had a high percentage of tough sailors. Several past national champions in Brett Hatton, Justin Hood and Brien Fox along with other tough guys like Andy Molesta, Bob Currier, Todd Bosgraaf. Travelling trophy goes to Sean Tracy from Keuka , N.Y.

View the Melges MC Scow Shakedown Regatta Photo Galleries:

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The Weather Channel was right for the Saturday races – big winds. Race 1 saw 18-23 from the west with typical huge shifts that you can see here on tiny Reeds Lake. Six swimmers in the very , very cold water for race 1. The wind only got stronger after race 1, and reports just west of us in GR from the Michigan shore and even further west to Lake Geneva in Wisconsin at the E Scow regatta was the wind was kicking up to 40mph. Races the rest of the day were cancelled.

For Sunday, a little frost on some local lawns but it quickly warmed up into the 50s by the 9:30 start and we had great 5-12 mph northwest winds.  Incredible racing. The first three races all had boats crossing the line within 1 boat length of each other. Race 4 matched up with races 2 and 3 on this Sunday and was started just before the noon cutoff.

What was fast here all weekend for all four races. Quick , quick boat handling. The shifts were quick and fast. The boats that could tack fast, cleanly, and get the boat on the proper angle of heel asap were the boats in front. Hesitation for any more than 3 seconds and you missed the opportunity here. Staying in dark water or positioning yourself to intercept dark water coming down for the last three races was a big deal. Downwind some lead changes and position changes with the same situation of staying in these puffs that came down that were like 100 yards long and 20 yards wide at a time.  You had to be in the breeze.

Racer winners for the event were Race 1- Brien Fox, Race 2 – Justin Hood, Race 3- Andy Molesta, Race 4 – Brien Fox.


1.) Andy Molesta (8) (wins tie breaker)
2.) Brien Fox (8)
3.) Justin Hood (13)
4.) Brett Hatton (23)
5.) Sean Tracy (26)
6.) Chris Craig (28)
7.) Curt Miller  (29)
8.) Bob Currier (34)
9.) Thor Sorernson (37)
10.) Jack Coleman (47)

The rest of the fleet in order: Todd Bosgraaf, Brian Horwood, John Egers, Steve Streeting, Chris Lopez, Carl Steinorth, Ann Taylor, Ken Bandstra, Karel Vorel, Dan Chappel

Top Master – Bob Currier

Top Grand Master – Curt Miller

Top Junior – Chris Lopez

Top Woman – Ann Taylor

Many thanks to Carl Steinorth who is GRYCs fleet captain and also the regatta chairman. Also, many thanks to the volunteer RC team led by Al and Pat Vorel.

Congratulations to the Kimball family as they took delivery of a  brand new 2009 Melges MC Scow.

Lots of regattas this mid-May weekend so watch mcscow.org  for results and stories. Please make sure you take advantage of the great pre-registration system available to all clubs for MC regattas. Send fun images of our MC sailing community to the webmaster plus send those great sailing images too. Any and all good club or regatta stories are always welcomed.

Last, a couple of regattas coming up after Memorial Day weekend. Chris Craig and crew at Lake Fenton will be having their MC Cage Match Regatta which we know will be great for the folks in Michigan, Indiana and Ohio areas. Also, if you have never been to Lake Lotawana please consider the week after Memorial day down at the Missouri Yacht Club. This 50 plus boat regatta is always one of the great ones to attend. It should be on everyone’s Bucket List.

Check mcscow.org for all official regatta dates and NORs.

See you on the course,