Over the weekend, our fast growing MC Scow fleet held its first major event at the 67th Sarasota Sailing Squadron Labor Day Regatta. On Saturday, racing was held up until the sea breeze filled in at about 2 PM. We held three races on a crowded field of Flying Scots, 420s, Windmills and Sunfish with the 8-14 knot wind veering from W to SW with lifts on the right side of the course. On Sunday, racing was held up with a series of thunderstorms (and blue lightning, the first time I hear of it as a transplant from the north). We finally got out on the race course with a light southerly, but it petered out. After drifting for two hours, the race committee called it a day. Of course, when the racing was cancelled, a nice sea breeze filled in for the sail back to the club.
We had five MCs on the course, but we have another 9 or 10 snowbirds returning so the fleet has grown from one to 15 in less than a year. There is MC madness at SSS as more sailors want to join us. We understand the last time that there was a major MC regatta here was 15 years ago. We plan to coordinate our schedule with the Eustis MC fleet so that we can get more MCs out racing for the best season ever. I love sailing in Sarasota! Everyday there is a breeze on Sarasota Bay in the Fall, Winter and Spring (you folks up north, I hope you’re envious). We will sail E-Scows on Wednesdays and MCs on weekends.
Race results: Richard Elsishans (our fleet captain): 3, 1,1 (5); Ted Weihe: 1,2,2 (5); Bob Blomquist: 2,3,3 (8); Jerry Wheeler: 4,4,4 (12), and Knight Hamalian: 5,5,5 (15).