Big fleet, Big challenge at MC Scow Nationals
Published on June 26th, 2015
Pewaukee, WI (June 26, 2015) – Winds at 8-14, temperatures in the low 70’s, and 93 boats on the line for the first day of competition at the MC Scow National Championship here at Pewaukee YC. The starting line stretched nearly across the entire west end of the lake for this awesome display of scow power.
Three races were completed with only some minor trouble at the line, though the “Z” flag did come out for race two. Home sailor Andy Burdick leads the fleet with 7 total points followed by Clear Lake, Iowa’s Mark Tesar and Bill Colburn from Lake Harriet, MN. Winning the first race in classic style was Dan Fink from Mukwonago Wisconsin. Rush Creek YC’s (Texas) Kenny Wolfe made it around first in the second race and the President of Melges, Andy Burdick was tops in the third.
It’s not easy out there and it seems the local guys are as befuddled as the rest of the fleet when it comes to picking a path upwind. Many of the usual rock stars have finished deep in a race or two already. Although precedence says otherwise, based on the weather forecast there’s a good chance of completing all seven scheduled races affording each boat one throwout (fingers crossed).
The breeze should again be in that sweet 8-15 range and still whistling out of the North East as we head out for day # two.
Report by Bob Wynkoop.