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15 Mercurys entered the 2018 National Championship regatta, organized by the Los Angeles YC and sailed in Hurricane Gulch in San Pedro. The courses were from the starting line to a windward mark and then downwind to a gate and finish back upwind.That was considered once around. However for all the races except race.4, an extra leeward/windward leg was added, and for race 4 another leeward/windward leg was added.

23 Mercs raced in the regatta at Huntington Lake. The breeze was a nice 8-10 kts. and was needed to clear the smoke from the fires around Yosemite. This was a very competitive group with six National Champions giving it a go.

The 2018 Joe Logan Regatta hosted by the St Francis YC,  lived up to its reputation as being well run with challenging conditions, pushing the limits for Mercury's. The city front was covered by grey skies but the sunny hills peeking out in the distance gave an indication the wind would pick up. The race committee was obliged to work with another race committee and local authorities running a bay swimming event, postponing the planned Mercury start for 30 min. This year, the Joe Logan also had 5 Moore 24s as part of the event. The historical work sailing barge, Alma, also made its way up the city front and through the starting vicinity.

Southern California sailors and one Northern California sailor enjoyed decent sailing both Saturday and Sunday despite some influence from a hurricane to the South. Saturday required some patience to get going but by the fourth race of the day, Hurricane Gulch was living up to its name with 15 knot breeze.

The 69th Labor Day Weekend Stillwater regatta, sailed under grey skies and colder temperatures. A substantial ocean swell made boat and marks disappear at times and added to the challenging sailing conditions for the talented and experienced fleet. Local sailors from Monterey/Carmel, surrounding Bay Area as well as San Diego came to Pebble Beach to sail and play a little golf afterwards. 

2018 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.

Hello Fellow Mercury Class Members!
Been awhile since I last reported on the happenings in the class, but hey, itโ€™s been a busy summer!! Hereโ€™s a recap!

Hart Nunes, San Francisco Y.C. another excellent job of putting on a fun day of racing. Chris & Jeff Lanzfame coming away with the win!

Then there was Huntington Lake! Beautiful weather (a little smoky at times from Yosemite fire) and nice breeze as, usual. Once again there were some new comers to the lake (if you can believe that), Dave Bacci in 548 and John Ravizza in 537โ€ฆโ€ฆ.Dave West and Tony Basso get the win.

The National Championships in Los Angelesโ€ฆโ€ฆChris Messano and Doug McLain pulled off 5 first place finishes! Which has never been done in the Mercury class before. Big congratulations to Chris! Also, the Los Angeles Yacht Club did a fantastic job of putting on the regatta. From the club house staff, volunteers, food staff, and of course the race committee. Who did a very good job of keeping us on our toes!

Labor Day in Carmelโ€ฆโ€ฆ..Dick Clark and staff did another excellent job. Some different conditions from Saturday to Sunday (the later having a more than usual southerly swell condition). Doug Baird winning once again. We really need to try and get more boats there next year!

Thatโ€™s the summer wrap up! Crazy fun racing had by all!

As we move into the fall, PCC at Los Angeles Y.C. September 29th and 30th, Homecoming October 20th (which has been moved to Richmond Y.C., since there is no longer a Hoist for us to use in Sausalito), Perry Cup in Monterey starts off with 2 days of racing November 3rd and 4th followed by the Fall One Design 10th and 11th hosted by Cabrillo Beach Y.C.

Lots of great racing in some great venues coming up, so get your boat out and go sailing!

See you on the water!
Park
Mercury 572

Hello Mercury Sailors!
Nor Cal Series once again had good weather, wind, and participation for each Saturday. A very successful fun time had by all! Doug Baird, was on his sailing โ€œgameโ€ as he took home First overall. The So Cal series only got one Saturday in, but with solid race committee work and 6 races for the day, the future of this series looks bright!

Hart Nunes is just around the corner, July 7th! Held at the SFYC in Belvedereโ€ฆ.. sign up today and go enjoy one of the most beautiful sailing venues in the bay area! Next, thereโ€™s Huntington Lake! July 28th and 29th, thatโ€™s just a month and half away! This is a โ€œcanโ€™tโ€ miss regatta if you have not sailed there before! Donโ€™t forget the National Championships will be held at the Los Angeles Yacht Club, August 16th thru August 19th. As I had shared with all of you after the class meeting in January, it was decided, if someone has โ€œnewโ€ sails for the Nationals, it is the skipperโ€™s reasonability to make sure they measure in. In other words, if you bring new sails to the Nationals and they fail to measure in, you will not be able to use them, period.

On another note: Paxton Davis sent out lists (3 to be exact) to district reps listing people in the class that have not paid their MCYRA dues. Please pay your dues, it is part of what helps sustain the class and its only $40.00!

Now get out there and race your boat!! Your boat will love you for it, and more times than not, you will have fun!!!

See you on the water!
Park
Merc 572

The 2018 Homecoming Regatta Notice of Race is now availabler for download.

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To All Mercury Sailors:
This is to announce a change of venue for the Homecoming Regatta scheduled for October 20. The races will be held at Richmond Yacht Club (RYC) instead of Sausalito Yacht Club.
The organizers and members at Sausalito very much wanted to run this regatta again this year, but the hoist we used last year is no longer available, and there is no other hoist available in the town. For that reason only, SYC and the Mercury Fleet have mutually agreed to cancel Homecoming at SYC.

Seven  Mercuries entered the the regatta at  the San Francisco Yacht Club.  The first race was scheduled to be started off the Corinthian Yacht Club, but the wind conditions made for better conditions to the east near Keil Cove.  

At the annual meeting last weekend in Paso Robles, three issues related to measuring were thoroughly discussed. Though the discussion led to no rule changes, it did lead to some adjustment to procedures that all members should take note of.

13 Mercs entered the final day of racing of the 2018 NORCAL Series. The day was all sunshine, about 80 degrees or more. The breeze was about 2 to 6 plus knots and shifty as usual.There were five races, all windward leeward finishing on the wind.

This was the third race day in the series. First race this year without a forecast of rain! A warm perfect day with northwest wind about 8 kts with a few puffs at 14. The shifts were between West and Northwest. As a result the racing was very close with no side of the race course consistently favored. You needed to be on the correct side of the shift where for the most wind.

2018 Cinco de Mayo regatta had a small turnout but great racing conditions. Saturday saw an early morning westerly, 8-12 knots.

Hello Mercury Class Members!! Our racing season is off and sailing for 2018!

We were not sure we were going to sail going into the weekend, but no one really wanted to cancel. We raced and what a day! Shifty breeze between 13 and 15 knots primarily from the west. There were 12 Mercs entered. No one side of the course was favored. Winners went on either side, depending where the shifts in the wind sent them.

 2018 Regatta Schedule

Updated January 26, 2018

Considering a weather forecast of rain, hail, lighting with 11 kn wind with puffs to 18 and cold, eight Mercs showed up ready to race. The breeze in the puffs might have hit 11, but most of the day was shifty, light and smooth water. The wind was more from the south. The course after several adjustments was a twice around sausage finishing downwind. That was the course for the five races.

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