2023 E Scow US National Championship
Published on September 10th, 2023
A near record fleet of 126 boats came out for the 2023 E Scow US National Championship held September 7-10 in Madison, Wisconsin. Interest was high for the 100 year anniversary of the Class but fickle winds only allowed for two races to be completed on the first day.
During the event, the predicted low wind conditions prompted an amendment to the Sailing Instructions that two races rather than three would constitute a series. That was good news for Minnetonka Yacht Club’s Tom Burton who posted a 1-3 to claim the title. Burton, who sails in the Masters Division, is a two-time National champion.
Burton praised his longtime crew, Andy Ferguson and Bruce Martinson, and noted how his family’s sailing heritage spans five generations. His grandfather founded the Minnetonka Yacht Club, and his father was born in the same year as the E Scow and would have turned 100 in 2023.
Ultimately, this regatta may have been shorter than expected with just two races, but sailing or viewing 126 E Scows racing as one fleet was an undeniable spectacle. The camaraderie, the spirit, and the joy of being on the water or the dance floor with the E Scow family made every moment unforgettable. Sometimes, it’s about more than just the quantity of races but the quality of the experience.
Source: Deb Whitehorse