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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!

Then there was Huntington Lake! Beautiful weather (a little smoky at times from Yosemite fire) and nice breeze as, usual. Once again there were some new comers to the lake (if you can believe that), Dave Bacci in 548 and John Ravizza in 537…….Dave West and Tony Basso get the win.

The National Championships in Los Angeles……Chris Messano and Doug McLain pulled off 5 first place finishes! Which has never been done in the Mercury class before. Big congratulations to Chris! Also, the Los Angeles Yacht Club did a fantastic job of putting on the regatta. From the club house staff, volunteers, food staff, and of course the race committee. Who did a very good job of keeping us on our toes!

Labor Day in Carmel……..Dick Clark and staff did another excellent job. Some different conditions from Saturday to Sunday (the later having a more than usual southerly swell condition). Doug Baird winning once again. We really need to try and get more boats there next year!

That’s the summer wrap up! Crazy fun racing had by all!

As we move into the fall, PCC at Los Angeles Y.C. September 29th and 30th, Homecoming October 20th (which has been moved to Richmond Y.C., since there is no longer a Hoist for us to use in Sausalito), Perry Cup in Monterey starts off with 2 days of racing November 3rd and 4th followed by the Fall One Design 10th and 11th hosted by Cabrillo Beach Y.C.

Lots of great racing in some great venues coming up, so get your boat out and go sailing!

See you on the water!
Park
Mercury 572

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 “game” 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 “can’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 “new” 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

Hello Mercury Class Members!! Our racing season is off and sailing for 2018!

Mercury Class Members!

Our 2017 Mercury Class Racing season is winding down; let us reflect on some of the highs and lows……It has been non-stop exciting sailing, starting with Perry Cup #3 in January.

President's Flagship

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!
2017 MCYRA Flagship

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.

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!

February 2017
Hello All Mercury Association Members!
2017 MCYRA Flagship

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!

The Weather Mark
September 2016

Thanks to a lot of work by our inland sailors, Pat Bradley, Peter Baldwin and others, Huntington was filled with plenty of water for the annual Huntington Lake Regatta. The lake also hosted the Mercury Class Championship Regatta. With twenty nine entries Huntington Lake finally seemed happy again, it’s longest standing sailing class had returned to celebrate and compete.

June, 2016

Here is a great idea from Larry Nelson, MCYRA VP, and owner of #548.  Each yacht club has newsletter either printed and/or online. The Mercury Class would benefit if an occasional bit of news or even a picture where included in various class member’s newsletters.

The Weather Mark, May 2016

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Great News! Hopefully by now every member of the Mercury family knows that Huntington Lake is on!

The Weather Mark, April 2016

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Close call. I was putting my mast away after the class championships in Alameda.  A terminal for one of the upper shrouds simply fell off in my hand. Another mishap happened to a top skipper when his main sheet broke in the middle while approaching the weather mark. In both cases the gear has been replaced but the lesson remains.

The Weather Mark, March 2016

The Mercury class is off to a great start this year. By now you have received your 2016 MCYRA Yearbook. Close inspection of Fleet Member Listings will find 6 new boat owners. Some have bought active boats and a few are restoring boats. Please welcome these new members to the Mercury family.

The Weather Mark
February 2016

The Mercury Class Yacht Racing Association officers work to preserve our class history, traditions and longevity. But they also look into the future. New technologies and materials are flooding the sailing world.

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