The MC Scow sailing season kicked off with one of the classe’s major championships, the MC Masters Nationals being sailed on Keuka Lake in New York. The MC class brought in Chip Mann and Larry Krause to help the local Keuka crew run four great races for us. Friday day one of racing saw two races with winds 9-15 mph with wind direction of 0 degrees. Saturday was more wind with two more races. Wind speed was 15-22 mph wind direction 340. No racing on Sunday due to lack of wind. So the scheduled 7 race regatta turned into a four race series. 15 states and two countries represented (U.S. and Canada). Hoover had 7 sailors who participated in the regatta.
Only two teams survived with all top ten finishes. Double digit finishes were the game changer for the top 15 boats with 3rd through 15 all having a tough race. Not because of bad conditions. 18 of the 20 legs sailed were good, fair and steady legs. We had two legs of the 20 legs sailed where giant race changing shifts came through. Most of us who have sailed here before were surprised at actually how steady it was all week. Our new champion is Ted Keller a newcomer to the Masters fleet. Ted along with his son Ben won with a four race total of 15 points. Ted and Ben sail out of both Torch Lake, MI and Hoover Sailing Club. 2nd place was Hoover Sailing Club’s Matt Fisher who sailed all four races with wife Lisa finishing with 17 points. The Keller and Fisher teams were out a ways on third place former Masters Champ Scott Harestad from Spring Lake who had a great regatta with 26 points. Full results are now posted at www.mcscow.org
The biggest lesson learned was a good one that Ted Keller our new champion just shared. He was saying when things look like they might go sideways on you to make the bad less bad. His example was race three the biggest wind race for sure. Ted was caught without his crew and he knew it could be a 15-20-25 type finish real easy. Instead he gutted it out, hiked hard and was super focused to stay in top 10 no matter what. He finished 6th.
Photo Credits to RegattaGirlPhotography, original article E Hood.