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June 2017
Hello again Mercury Sailors!
2017 MCYRA Flagship

We have another new Mercury owner amongst us, Lyn Hines recently bought Merc. # 565 from Myron Erickson, and raced in the last Norcal series June 3rd. Myron, unfortunately for the Mercury Association is moving out of state, but appears he is moving onto new adventures. Myron will be missed on the water, and of course he is welcomed back anytime! We wish him and Nancy all the best!

August 2017
Mercury Sailors, Nationals Are At Then End Of the Month!
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Once again, the annual Mercury High Sierra Regatta was a big success! The lake was full of water, the weather and wind were perfect, and 23 boats came to compete! Pat Bradley, Peter Baldwin, and their support staff, pulled off another wonderful dinner on Friday night.

The MCYRA now allows interested owners to use a desk stepped mast instead of the normal keelson stepped mast.

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.

For upcoming regatta annoncements!

Or view the Updated 2017 Annual Schedule here.

 

24 entrants started in the regatta in almost perfect sailing conditions, warm and sunny, for this lake. The breeze was about 4 knots as one approached the weather mark to twelve knots in the biggest puffs. As usual with lake sailing it was shifty. 

 

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Nine Mercs entered the 2017 Hart Nunes Regatta on Racoon Straits from the San Francisco YC. The racers were met with a breeze of 16-18kn, with puffs over 20. The race committee had problems setting up the course in the breeze and the tides. 

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. 

Monterey Peninsula Yacht Club Presents
Mercury Class 2017 National Championship Regatta
August 25-27, 2017


Download the NOTICE OF RACE here  

 

As noted in in this month's "From The Prez..." article the MCYRA approved the use of GPS course tracking for post race review. How do you do this easily?
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Ten Mercs entered the last regatta of the 2017 NORCAL Series on a beautiful day on the Oakland estuary. The water was smooth with very little boat traffic. The wind was shifty with a max of 7 knots, but mostly in the 5-6 knot range. There were only four races as we ran out of wind ending the fourth race. 

Nine Mercs entered the third regatta of the 2017 NORCAL Series. The day was sunny with an increasing and shifty breeze.
The water was flat with a flood tide.Race one was a single sausage finishing on the wind. The wind was 5-8 kn with some shifts. Jim and Ben Bradley had a good start at the committee boat and were never headed. Randy Smith and John Hays had a duel with Bill and Katy Worden. Smith was second and Worden third.

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Saturday morning in the bay area was windy cold and rainy, but nine mercury sailors did not let the weather stop them.As the day went on, the sun came out, the rain went away, but the wind held. The gusts were clocked at 19 on the committee Boat and 9 on the steady side. For the wind ward-leeward courses the direction was OK, but the shifts were better than 20 degrees.The ebb tide became a factor as the day went on.

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Another gorgeous Southern California day gave way to some fun and exciting racing in 6 to 12 knots of breeze for round 2 of  the SOCAL Series at CBYC. 3 boats were able to get 6 races off, and with no race committee available this weekend, it was rabbit starts every race with each boat getting a turn at being the rabbit.

February 2017
Hello All Mercury Association Members!
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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!

April 2017
Hello again all Mercury Sailors!
2017 MCYRA Flagship

April is upon us and much has happened since my last notes to all. First I would like to welcome new member and owner of Merc 530, Victor Piltch. Victor recently purchased the boat and will be working with Pax Davis to make some user friendly improvements (i.e. taking out the raised floorboards). We are looking forward to having them out on the water soon!

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.

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.

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