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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.

16 Mercurys entered the series opener. Three races Saturday and three on Sunday. The predicted weather was very unpredictable, heavy wind, light wind and maybe rain. The first race was light followed by a 15 knot breeze and then settling to shifty lighter air.

Sixteen Mercs entered the 2017 Homecoming Regatta conducted by the Sausalito YC. The idea of the regatta came from the club last year when they contacted Hal McCormack. The club was celebrating their 75th anniversary and the Mercs were the last of the small boats who were still active after the 75 years.


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12 Mercs entered the 2017 Pacific Coast Championship Regatta conducted very well by the LAYC. There were seven races, four on day one and 3 on day two.

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Hello, Mercury Class Members! It has been a busy summer of racing with many events still to come this year! Our 2017 Mercury Championships, hosted by the Monterey Peninsula Yacht Club, were nothing short of spectacular!

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.

Saturday, September 23rd a fleet of 9 very competitive Mercuries raced a 5-race series on the City Front course. Getting off to an early morning start the fleet began racing in a light westerly of 5 to 8 knots. The race committee set a weather mark ¾ mile to windward and the leeward mark was off Golden Gate Yacht Club. The start and finish line was from the Club’s race deck. There was a flood tide with smooth water so the first weather leg had the fleet in close quarters tacking up the shoreline.


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. 

2017 Nationals Winner, Pat Bradley 

26 Mercs entered the 2017 championship regatta sponsored by the Monterey Peninsula YC. The forecast was for some sun and 8-10 knot breezes. The courses were to be windward leeward with some finishes on the wind and some downwind.

Eleven Mercs entered the 68th edition of this regatta. There was a hot spell over Northern California wit the temperature 90 degrees plus. There was more breeze in the harbor to start the day, around4 knots and the fleet drifted around the committee boat for over two hours.

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!

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

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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. 

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?

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.

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.

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