MERCURY CLASS HOMECOMING REGATTA
SAUSALITO YACHT CLUB
OCTOBER 21, 2017
To the Mercury Class Members, Honorary Life Members, Past Presidents, and Friends of the fleet:
You are invited to attend the Homecoming festivities at the Sausalito Yacht Club on Saturday, October 21, 2017. Please put the date on your calendar. The Sausalito Yacht Club has opened its doors to all involved in the Mercury Class. We are hoping for a large attendance, both for the racing and for the dinner that evening.
NEW DATE 5/6-5/7, Santa Barbara Sailing Club
Circumstances have required us to move the regatta previously scheduled at SBYC May 20-21 back to the SBSC on May 5-6.
Sorry for any inconvience this may cause. When NOR is available this announcement will be updated.
2017 Regatta Schedule
L.A. Mercury Fleet had its inaugural SOCAL Series on Saturday with blue skies and 4 to 7 knots of breeze. The intention is to sail the same Saturdays as the NORCAL series and promote more activity within the fleet. Three boats came out, race 1 was 2 laps 4 knots of breeze out of the south /SW, Park Densmore got out ahead right after the start and lead the whole way, with Brad Bergeron taking second, Tom Priest coming in third.
The weather forecast had 12-13 knots of wind with puffs close to 20 with some rain. It never happened.
The course was across the estuary twice around, finishing downwind. Each race took over 20 minutes. The puffy shifts
made for some good racing. Twelve Mercs raced in this opening of the NORCAL Series.
L.A. Fleet and S.B. Fleet members...
We are going to start racing opposite of the NorCal series and call it the SoCal series. Running one day of racing on the same day of the NorCal series.
NOTICE OF RACE
2017 MERCURY CLASS NORCAL SERIES
Organizing Authority: Encinal Yacht Club, Alameda, CA
3/4/17, 4/8/17*, 5/13/17, 6/3/17 * Carmiggelt Regatta
For upcoming regatta annoncements!
Or view the Updated 2017 Annual Schedule here.
George Rosman Travel Trophy Series
2017 Travel Trophy Series has started! George Rosman, MCYRA Chief Measurer from 1961 to 1974, established this event to encourage Mercury owners to travel to regattas. George felt by encouraging trailering of their boats Mercury sailors would become better all around yachtsmen and build friendships throughout the State of California.
With all this rainy weather, the Cabrillo Beach YC was able to run a two day regatta. Several other clubs cancelled their regattas.There were three races on Saturday and three on Sunday.
I am honored to have been elected the class President for 2017. Most of you have known me for many years, but those who don’t, I look forward to meeting each of you and working with everyone to promote and continually improve the class! I would like to acknowledge Eric Conn, who graciously served as class President for 3 years! What a terrific job he did keeping the class heading in the in right direction!
With a MCYRA class emblem decal! Thanks to Larry Nelson, MCYRA VP, vinyl class emblem window stickers are now available.
The Weather Mark
Thanks to a lot of work by our inland sailors, Pat Bradley, Peter Baldwin and others, Huntington was filled with plenty of water for the annual Huntington Lake Regatta. The lake also hosted the Mercury Class Championship Regatta. With twenty nine entries Huntington Lake finally seemed happy again, it’s longest standing sailing class had returned to celebrate and compete.
Here is a great idea from Larry Nelson, MCYRA VP, and owner of #548. Each yacht club has newsletter either printed and/or online. The Mercury Class would benefit if an occasional bit of news or even a picture where included in various class member’s newsletters.
The Weather Mark, May 2016
Great News! Hopefully by now every member of the Mercury family knows that Huntington Lake is on!
The Weather Mark, April 2016
Close call. I was putting my mast away after the class championships in Alameda. A terminal for one of the upper shrouds simply fell off in my hand. Another mishap happened to a top skipper when his main sheet broke in the middle while approaching the weather mark. In both cases the gear has been replaced but the lesson remains.
The MCYRA Executive Committee approved for 2016 a trial period for competitors to use a GPS device to record courses sailed while racing. Off the water skipper's can analyze and share the GPS data. In GPS speak this is creating “track” of the course you sailed including direction, speed and time.
The Weather Mark, March 2016
The Mercury class is off to a great start this year. By now you have received your 2016 MCYRA Yearbook. Close inspection of Fleet Member Listings will find 6 new boat owners. Some have bought active boats and a few are restoring boats. Please welcome these new members to the Mercury family.
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