Day One Complete For MC Scow Orlando Webb Regatta

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2 June 2012

The second largest MC regatta of the year kicked off this week first with a Ehood 2 hour clinic with 25 skippers present on Friday. Light winds on Friday but still a few practice races were held on Lake Lotawana out of the Missouri Yacht Club fleet 14. Rich history with this event named after one of the fleet founders Orlando Webb. You always have big fleets when coming to this event on one of the trickiest lakes on the circuit. I think pre-registration was 41. I tried counting before race 1 today and I ended up with 53 or 54 boats. I may be off by one or two but we are over 50 for sure. So I will correct once we get printed results tomorrow. I do have the scores for the top ten here on day 1 for everyone.

Crazy Ivan - Okay most of you know where I am going with one. We had big wind shifts up to 90 degrees at certain times today during both races. The winds had a general light westerly direction however we had velocity problems from 0 - 10 mph for both races . That gave a few moments on every leg with nobody was ever really safe with any given position. Actually I should take that back. The rich did get richer so maybe the first two or three boats had a little security in each race but even that was at risk at any given moment. A key today was taking a shot at staying in the breeze all the time. Three boats out of the group did a great job of this , then another three boats did a very good job too so six boats really survived the day well staying focused and staying in dark water regardless of direction. The key was just keep the boat moving. Big long lines for starts and they were good considering the conditions.

Just a reminder for those who have not been to Lake Lotawana. It is a very skinny lake usually well less than 1/4 mile wide , most times just 1/8th of mile wide. T shaped with the long part of the T a little over a mile long and it runs north and south. The top to the T runs east and west is about a half of a mile long. High hills with trees surround this lake so the breeze can drop in out of no where and surprise you. So it is fun , exciting, frustrating , challenging and never over till it is over all in one.

Here is your top 12 after two races. Two races were morning races and breeze died this afternoon so no races. We are trying to get two races in before noon tomorrow on Sunday before predicted storms hit around 11am to noon. Should be an interesting morning for sure.

Jeff Surles 4, Austin Chamberlin 6, Mark Marling 7, Steve Sherman 11, Mark Frashier 13, Jeff Grinnan 14, Danny Ziegler 15, Jean-Pierre Bordes 18, Ehood 18, Drew Ziegler 21, Craig Eaton 28, Scott Griffiths 29.

More tomorrow.

Two important reminders for everyone. Please make sure your whole fleet is paid up on class dues. We really need everyone pitching in to keep our class healthy.

Second, we hope you are seriously considering attending the MC National Championship at White Lake. It is a bucket list event. Cam McNeil and team are rolling out the red carpet in many different ways for this championship. We think we will break the current 111 record set back in 2000 at Clear Lake. Bring your family , rent a cabin, house, spend time on beautiful Lake Michigan which White Lake is attached too. If you need some pictures or encouragement just email me or Cam McNeil and we will help you out. You can reach Cam

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