Epic Shootout Expected for E Scow Nationals
Published on September 7th, 2016
Over 70 teams will compete at the 2016 E Scow National Championship when racing is held September 9-11 on Minnetonka Lake in Deephaven, MN. Hosted by the Minnetonka Yacht Club, E Scow teams will travel from across the country to compete in what has become one of the most competitive national championships in the United States.
Mixing together world class racing and social activities that resemble a family reunion, the 2016 E Scow Nationals fleet will feature Olympic medalists, college all-americans, world and national champions from other classes, and a large number of life-long scow sailors that will have a few tricks up their sleeves.
First hosting the E Scow National Championship in 1955, the Minnetonka Yacht Club has proven itself as superior hosts by providing fun, tricky racing along with unique social events on Lighthouse Island. While rolling out the red carpet to guests, MYC also has national title aspirations with a robust local E Scow fleet of 15+ teams and several teams that could get hot and win the 2016 title on home waters.
While Lake Geneva (WI) holds the most National E Scow National titles with 29, Minnetonka has 13 to its credit and two-time National Champion Tom Burton from Lake Minnetonka is looking to etch his name once again on the famous Bilge Pullers Trophy.
“It is wonderful that MYC is hosting the E Scow National Championships because it provides the opportunity to showcase to the community the excitement of racing E scows,” said Burton. “I’m looking forward to having my sons sailing with me too and hopefully putting together a good result.”
Defending his 2015 title will be Jeff Bonnani and his team on Limelight from Toms River, New Jersey. Winning in impressive fashion last year by taking bullets in 4 of 6 races, Jeff is poised to take the title again, assuming he can master the nuances of Lake Minnetonka.
“It was an amazing feeling to win last year’s championship on our home venue of Little Egg,” remarked Bonnani, “but defending our title won’t come easy. This regatta features one of the largest and most competitive one design fleets in the country and is at a premier venue for scow sailing. It looks like all the major players will be here.”
Looking to continue his 2016 hot streak and complete a triple crown of sorts is Brian Porter on Full Throttle sailing with his son RJ Porter and family friends Colin and Annie Rowe. The Full Throttle team from Lake Geneva won the ILYA Invitational and ILYA Championships earlier this summer, and a National Championship victory would put an impressive stamp on the 2016 season. The last time Porter won an E Scow Nationals was in 2006 on Lake Minnetonka in a tough 91 boat fleet.
“Sailing on Lake Minnetonka is always special and having a National Championship here only comes around every 10 years,” notes Porter. “The sailing is tight, often tricky and we will have our work cut out for us. We really look forward to connecting with life-long friends and racing the best boats on the planet.”
With an army of volunteers and strong support from the Lake Minnetonka community, pulling off the E Scow National Championship is no small task. “We have been planning this event for over a year,” commented E Nationals Regatta Chair Sam Rogers. “There are a lot of boxes to check off, but when the event starts, it is basically like throwing a party for 300 of your best friends and it somehow always comes together.”
Racing begins Friday morning, September 9th at 11am central time. Seven races are scheduled for the series.