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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.

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.

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. 

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.  

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.

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.

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.

Last year the LA Midwinters at the Cabrillo Beach YC in San Pedro was a little stormy, but this year it was perfect. The warm sun with smooth water and 8 to 12 knot breeze. The first race Saturday was a little light, but then the super racing conditions prevailed.There were 7 races with one discard.

For resutls from the February 4th RYC Midwinters click here:  2018 RYC Midwinters Results

Eleven Mercurys raced the final day of the series. Sunny, 70 plus degrees and a relative smooth water. The breeze got up to 7 kts, but was mostly lower during the day, but subtle shifts. The course was set up off of Lovers Point with a current running towards the ocean.

RYC got off 4 races for 5 Mercs on Sunday. Attendance was down from the previous month for various reasons including a "Mast Suicide" when it leaped from the deck while traveling in Pacific Grove.

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