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The MC class is one of the top one-design sailboat racing classes in North America. The MC class is not just about racing -- it has also been described by many people outside of the class as a very enjoyable and fun group to spend a weekend with!
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Introduction to our new website
This is the official website of the MC Sailing Association. The prior website is now off-line. You will find that most of the information from the prior website has been transferred to this website. We will continue to transfer any remaining information during the next couple of months. Custom items such as the National Standings will take more time because they require programming. When complete, we will roll them out.
Life member, Herman van Beek, created and maintained our prior website for the past two decades. He has been an invaluable resource for MCSA. We thank him immensely for his contributions. Take a look around. We hope you enjoy your new website!
Interested Parties: for those folks who are not members but want to stay in touch with the MC class, you may do so by signing up for our e-mailing newsletter using this link: Add Me to the Mailing List.
Existing Members: you should have received an email from MCSA with instructions on how to use the new website. If you did not receive this email, begin by logging on, pay your dues (if expired), and update your profile: use Member Logon at the top of the page. There you will find many options to consider when using this new website. By logging on, you will have access to the members only section: Membership Directory, National Standings, Regatta Management, Member Only Forums which includes the MC Speed Shop Forum, Maintenance Forum, and much more.
Touch of Class Magazine - Spring Issue
We are excited to announce the first ever posting of the Touch of Class Magazine on the website! You will be impressed on the color and how vibrant the pictures are. I recommend you view the magazine in the two-page (book) format.
The Touch of Class magazine was mailed to your homes the week April 14 for those members that choose to receive a printed copy. For those members that elected to receive the electronic version of the Touch of Class magazine, it is now posted to the website under the menu "Touch of Class" in the members only section and is available for your viewing and or downloading.
Members have the option to choose a mailed printed version or an electronic version. You may do so by logging into your account and make the change under the "Contact Info" menu area of the "Personal Info" section. Please consider going green!
MCSA Masters Championship
Notice of Race is posted. See event calendar for details and to register.
Pacific Coast Championship - February 15-16, 2014
The Southern California Yachting Association Midwinter regatta was held February 15-16, 2014 at 24 venues stretching from Ventura to San Diego to Arizona, including over 100 classes, over 600 boats, and 2500 participants. The MC class racing was held at Mission Bay Yacht Club, home of MC fleet 98. Bay fleets included Snipes, MCs, and Lasers.
Mission Bay Commodore Brian Anderson, Regatta Chair Jamie Hoffman, and MC Fleet Captain Nils Andersson welcomed a fleet of 14 MC competitors, providing boats to visitors. Sailors attended from Arizona, California, Connecticut, Oregon, New York and Washington.
Mission Bay and Fiesta Bay sit side by side between La Jolla and the center of San Diego , north of Coronado, just north of the San Diego River. Mission Bay is the westward arm of these two bodies of water and is surrounded by several parks and public beach areas. MBYC is located on El Carmel Point, a spit of land extending into the bay from the west. The racing area was placed at the northern end of the bay in a smaller area called Sail Bay, an area affected by Santa Clara Point, another spit of land on the southwest side, and by a tall hotel structure on the northwest side. The series was planned for six races, three on each of the two days.
Friday, mind you, was Valentines Day. So, after setting up boats and going out for an initial look at the racing area, Thank God MBYC had a Valentine dinner. Thanks also for Nils and Carol Hartman-Andersson were dinner companions for Bob and Marie McKee-Cole. Nils and Carol to the rescue!
Winds during the two days were generally from the WNW. Saturday wind was 5-10. PRO "Doc" and crew set a course in Sail Bay, and proceeded through the order of the fleets. The upwind part of the course was a bit fluky in the area of the hotel and this unpredictability had some effect on outcomes. In the first race "native son" Keith Sternal in 1970 showed the group the methods in this breeze, taking an early lead and holding on at the end following a flameout by Bob Cole of Keuka in 1220. A strong starboard tack in the lower part of the course seemed to diminish as boats approached the tall building. Keith led from the left side, a lesson best remembered. Order of finish Keith, Bob, and Gerry Roloson of Bellingham Washington in 2350.
In the second the conditions were about the same, with some stronger gusts. This time Bob had his MoJo and led for much of the race with Heather Furey of MBYC and White Lake Michigan in 1821 and Keith nearby, and Bob Wynkoop of Connecticut in 1696 coming along strong. In the upper end approaching the finish Cole chose to cover Keith as the winner of race one, and found the hotel shadow on the right, only to watch Wynkoop slip by on a strong lefty. Gerry also slipped in to make the order of finish, Wynkoop, Cole, Roloson and Sternal relegated to fourth.
In the third the air had begun to diminish and to oscillate some. The weather mark was moved south and closer to Santa Clara Point. This seemed to favor the left side even more. The entire fleet sailed for the left initially, directly toward the Point. After leaving the Point area, a righty came on keeping the group moving up the left side. In this case local favorite and father of the fleet Nils Anderson in 2450 showed the way up the first time and was near the lead at the rounding. Later Nils the gentleman reminded Cole the fourth and fifth legs of this race were reaches - "follow the Snipes!" Nils to the rescue again! This time the same crowd were in the contest again. Finish Cole, Wynkoop, Sternal, Roloson.
End of day one on top were Cole, Sternal and Wynkoop. Much popcorn, beer, and tacos on the beach ended a perfect day.
Sunday started with fog and not much hope of wind, but the first race began in a surprising 10-12, with gusts, followed by diminishing velocity. This time Doc and crew set up for longer legs by moving the starting area to the southeast. The weather mark remained deep in the northwest end however, once again in the area of the hotel shadow. The first day's activity seemed to acclimate the group and throughout this day upwind proceeded to the left and around the Point. Over the course of the weekend through each race the velocity was fairly steady except at the top end. Changes of velocity were gradual except at the top. Race four continued the battle among the top four from the day before ending with Cole, Sternal, and Roloson, followed by Wynkoop. As the day progressed the velocity began to resemble day one. Race five Cole, Roloson, and Wynkoop with Andersson coming on strong. Race six Cole, Wynkoop, Furey and MBYC Commodore Brian Anderson in 46 joining the top four.
For awards, Simon Decker, local representative on the Board of Southern California Yachting Association, and Commodore Anderson were present in regalia and finery, making the rest of us look like sailors. Top awards third Keith Sternal, second Bob Wynkoop, and 2014 Pacific Coast Champion Bob Cole.
Thanks very much to MBYC and MC Fleet 98 for putting on a fine show!!
Bob Cole, Keuka
Train Wreck Report by David Moring:
The remainder of a cold front dancing of Central Florida brought heavy
fog and warming temperatures for the 2014 MC Trainwreck, but not
producing much wind. A record 44 competitors sailed the Event and
during the competitor briefing were treated to the resounding horn of a
train - one of the 1st seen since the
actual train derailment that gave the regatta its name (of course it was
a repair crew as the tracks are being refurbished).
practice was nice if cold - 8-14 mph from the NE, but as the air warmed
up, the fog descended and Saturday morning it was sometimes difficult
to see the end of the dock! PRO's Devin Farley and Bob Armes made
several forays out to ascertain any wind and with the fog lifting, so to
did a 5-8 mph breeze and the postponement was dropped. Alas, within 45
minutes, the wind again died below minimums and an on-the-water
postponement ensued. Sailors drifting back to the barn caught a
shore-side breeze which they used to practice and within 30 minutes the
breeze was again sufficient for a start.
This initial breeze
was to prove the undoing for many - as the sequence progressed,
"pancaking" out on that side wasn't enough warning for many. Others
picked up on the right-side zephyr at the top of the course. At the
start, the eventual top 10 stayed out right and center-right with a
left-lift while those continuing to the left sailed into a pond of
LESC's Ron Baerwitz (2220) did an OUTSTANDING job of
holding of determined attacks by John Porter (LBYC - 1746) and Rob
Seidlemann (2078) throughout the abbreviated 3 leg race to win both the
race and the Regatta. In fact, on the final upwind, those three
separated from the next 3 holding their own battle (Robert
Newland,LESC,1977; Chris Andert,LESC,2299; David Moring,LESC,2188) and
the rest of the Fleet in a right-lift to almost triple their lead at the
finish! This became important as the time limit began ticking with
Ron's finish - only 20 boats would get in under the wire with a 24 boat
tie for 20th place. Back nearer the front, Trish End (2270) had a
terrific last leg on the left side to finish 7th overall and Top Woman.
After boats were put to bed, beverages and debriefs began with a
scheduled "Press Conference" for the top 5 finishers. Competitors spoke
openly on tips on light-air sailing as well as some new ideas which
really seemed to work! If you want the inside skinny - come to
Midwinters! Dinner was a delicious affair prepared by Patti Moring and
her awesome assistants. The weather continued to warm up through the
evening and all looked forward to some warm racing in wind. However, it
was not to be! Pro's and competitors alike anxiously awaited the
fog-lift which came just before cutoff time and the dreaded abandonment
flag went up. Trophies were presented as sailors soaked up the now 80
degree temps and broke down boats for travel or just sunned themselves
because they're leaving the boats stored at LESC for Midwinters - what a
setup! As the hometown team, LESC definitely had the most attendance
and did well on the scoreboard with 4 of the top 6 slots and 6 of the
top 10. A total of 15 other Fleets were represented and 9 states /
countries! Special thanks go out to our Sponsor SONIC! The local
franchise owner, Keven Briggs (2393), is not only the newest and most
enthusiastic member of MC Fleet 4 at LESC but also provided much of our
lunches - thanks Keven and remember to visit your local Sonic especially
if it’s in Central Florida! Finally, thanks to the Regatta Co-Chairs
Geoff Moehl (2412) and Bob Cole (1372) - truly a great regatta and can't
wait for next year!
MCSA Member Ted Weihe created a MC book for purchase. Ted is contributing all royalties to the class!! ( $3 of $20 book cost) - Thank you Ted.: To purchase book, go here: MC BOOK
Falling in Love with the MC Scow is a primer on racing the MC from a new
comer to the class with a lifetime of sailing experience. Much of
information is based on Zenda U. on-the-water training by the Melges
Team and by MC champions. It is infused with personal recollections by