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December Midwinter Mercury sailing started with two planned regattas, one in Monterey, the second of a 4 part series, and the first of four Richmond YC Midwinters in Point Richmond.While sailors can be disappointed they couldn’t sail in Monterey on Saturday, because of 30+ knot winds forecasted, we can be thankful that the hosting MPYC decided to cancel out of concern for people’s safety and not having to make an unnecessary trip.

 2019 Regatta Schedule (TEMP)

Updated November 26, 2018

The Mercury Class Annual Meeting will be held at the Steakhouse at the Paso Robles Inn in Paso Robles, Saturday January 19th at noon. 
Please contact Secretary Jim Bradley, at info@mercury-sail.com for any items you wish to put on the agenda.

Hello Fellow Mercury Class Members!
Been awhile since I last reported on the happenings in the class, but hey, it’s been a busy summer!! Here’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!

The 2018 Fall One Design Regatta at the Cabrillo Beach YC, the last of the 2018 George Rosman Travel Trophy Series was held thanks to the work by Mike Burch and the Cabrillo Beach YC. β€œWell we had some pretty different conditions for the weekend but fun was had by all.

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.

This last weekend, Nov 3-4, in Monterey, 14 boats were treated to the elements which make Monterey special. Blue skies, big swells, wildlife and a 11 knot breeze. It offered up a great inauguration to the Perry Cup series spread over the winter months.
Local sailors turned out and profited from their bay knowledge to place in the standings but it was great to see some people just come out to enjoy the sailing and crowd.

The 2018 Homecoming regatta, which coincided with the 75 anniversary of the Sausalito Yacht Club, was fun for all. This year because of technical issues with the crane used last year, another venue was sought. The Richmond Yacht Club, a fan of Mercury's and of one-design classes in general, stepped up to host the day's sailing.

Monterey Peninsula Yacht Club
2018 Mercury Invitational & 2018-2019 Perry Cup Series
Notice of race is now available, click to download.

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. 

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 β€œgame” 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 Belvedere….. sign up today and go enjoy one of the most beautiful sailing venues in the bay area! Next, there’s Huntington Lake! July 28th and 29th, that’s just a month and half away! This is a β€œcan’t” miss regatta if you have not sailed there before! Don’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 β€œnew” sails for the Nationals, it is the skipper’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

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.

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