Welcome to the MC Sailing Association
Published on January 31st, 2022
The 16-foot MC Scow was born in the 1950s, and depending on wind strength will be sailed by one or two people. Its famous flat hull shape revels in lake conditions, but requires the right amount of heel to avoid excess drag through the water.
With just a mainsail, there is less for a crew to do other than hike, but this role also is a gateway for countless youth sailors and new adults to gain exposure, and the MC Class is thriving.
In this day and age when the mantra ‘foiling is the future’ diminishes the bulk of the sport, the MC Class Association (MCSA) reports that other variables beyond technical advancements are what matter.
“2021 was a year of MCSA records: 84 boats at Midwinters, 119 boats at Nationals, and the best record of all is officially topping the 700+ membership plateau for the first time in our history!” reports MCSA Commodore Scott Harestad.
“The strength of our association comes from having a strong consistent boat builder, multiple sail makers, and some very enthusiastic members who promote the MC fleet at their clubs. I’m especially thankful for the new friendships that grow through your attendance at local, regional, and our sanctioned regattas.
“Financially speaking we are looking very strong and your board is working on projects to provide you with more sailing instruction days, live GO Pro videos, additional drone footage at select events, and increased social media.
“This coming year our sanctioned events take us from Lake Eustis, Florida to Gull Lake, Minnesota to Barnegat Bay, New Jersey and ending in Spring Lake, Michigan. I hope to see on a starting line soon!”
The class is actively looking for good used boats, hoping to pry them apart from sentimental owners who haven’t used them in some time. Plus, the MC Scow will gain exposure as the boat selected for the 2022 U.S. Championship of Champions.