Yearbook Archive

Electronic Edition

Table of Contents

Current and Past Officers

National Championship Information including 2014 Championship Results

History of Mercury Class

Mercury Class Perpetual Trophies

Numerical Listing of Mercury’s Including Hull Weights and Measurement Certificates

Constitution, Bylaws, Measurement and Guidelines for Race Pro

Sail Measurement

Rigging Plan

MCYRA Officers 

Current Officers 2016

President
Eric Conn (562 439 7952)

Vice President
Larry Nelson (925 465 5501)


Chief Measurer
David West (415 331 8188) Home

Secretary-Treasurer
Jim Bradley (415 586 2910) Home or (415 680 2120) Email:jandkb@aol.co

District Representative #1 San Francisco Bay
John Hansen (510 521 2865)

District Representative #2 Monterey-Fresno
Peter Baldwin (559 449 7226)

District Representative #3 Southern California
Tom Priest (310 377 7413)

 

Honorary Life Members  
   
Park Densmore Lynn Densmore Roger Roessler Paxton Davis Robert Hu
Phyilis Baird Kelly Robinson Dick Clark    


Deceased

 
Ernie Nunes Fred Dodd Chet Wheeler Bill McDonald Holden Sanford
George Rosman Mimi Jenkins Ray Johnson Harvey Kilpatrick Charles Jacobson

 

PAST OFFICERS      
YEAR PRESIDENT VICE PRESIDENT SEC/TREAS CHIEF MEASURER
1946 Jim Wyatt Geo Rosman Fred Dodd  
1947 Geo Rosman J Treadway Norm Lillis  
1948 Treadway/Dodd Norm Lillis Jess Blaker  
1949 Norm Lillis John Hopper Hank Mettier  
1950 Norm Lillis Chet Wheeler H Sanford  
1951 Chet Wheeler Ray Johnson H Sanford  
1952 Ray Johnson Rob Gaestel Earl Morris  
1953 John Koenig Windy Manly Ralph Buchan  
1954 Windy Manly Dave Paxton Ray Roberts  
1955 Bill McDonald Dan Flammer T Rothwell  
1956 Bill McDonald Dan Flammer T Rothwell  
1957 Howard Ward Roy Ashley M Stoughton  
1958 Morrie Lowell M Stoughton M Stoughton  
1959 Milt Stoughton H Sanford John Burch  
1960 Holden Sanford Robin Hobart Enzensberger  
1961 Roger Roessler H Kilpatrick Ray Johnson G Rosman
1962 Roger Roessler W Power Ray Johnson G Rosman
1963 Bing Kirk D Thompson Ray Johnson G Rosman
1964 Bing Kirk Dale Knopf Ray Johnson G Rosman
1965 Don Anderson Dale Knopf Ray Johnson G Rosman
1966 Roger Roessler D Thompson Ray Johnson G Rosman
1967 Dick Thompson J Nerdrum Ray Johnson G Rosman
1968 Dick Thompson J Nerdrum Ray Johnson G Rosman
1969 Ted Lindley Tom Clark Ray Johnson G Rosman
1970 Ted Lindley Tom Clark Ray Johnson G Rosman
1971 Ted Lindley Steve Gould Ray Johnson G Rosman
1972 Pax Davis G Patterson Ray Johnson G Rosman
1973 Pax Davis G Patterson Ray Johnson G Rosman
1974 Pax Davis Tim Condon Ray Johnson G Rosman
1975 Tim Condon P Densmore Ray Johnson Lee Pollard
1976 Park Densmore Jim Bradley Ray Johnson Lee Pollard
1977 Bill Ryon Jim Bradley Ray Johnson Lee Pollard
1978 Dick Clark Jim Bradley Ray Johnson Lee Pollard
1979 Jim Bradley Ed Vernon Ray Johnson Lee Pollard
1980 Ed Vernon Dave West Ray Johnson Lee Pollard
1981 Dave West Gary Gressler Ray Johnson Lee Pollard
1982 Jim Bradley Jim Hopper Ray Johnson Lee Pollard
1983 Al Kirk Lee Gould J Lusignan Lee Pollard
1984 Chris Lanzafame Tom Bradley J Lusignan Lee Pollard
1985 Chris Lanzafame Tom Bradley J Lusignan Lee Pollard
1986 Tom Bradley Al Downey J Lusignan Lee Pollard
1987 Al Downey J Laughton Phyllis Baird Dave West
1988 John Zazrivy Pat Bradley Phyllis Baird Dave West
1989 John Zazrivy Pat Bradley Phyllis Baird Dave West
1990 Pat Bradley Doug Baird Phyllis Baird Dave West
1991 Pat Bradley Greg Smith Jim Bradley Dave West
1992 Steve Mason GT Koldjeski Jim Bradley Dave West
1993 Steve Mason GT Koldjeski Jim Bradley Dave West
1994 GT Koldjeski H Marion Jim Bradley Dave West
1995 GT Koldjeski John Hall Jim Bradley Dave West
1996 Park Densmore John Hall Jim Bradley Dave West
1997 John Hall P Baldwin Jim Bradley Dave West
1998 John Hall P Baldwin Jim Bradley Dave West
1999 Peter Baldwin D Womble Jim Bradley Dave West
2000 Peter Baldwin D Womble Jim Bradley Dave West
2001 Don Whelan Schumacher Jim Bradley Dave West
2002 Don Whelan Schumacher Jim Bradley Dave West
2003 Don Whelan John Hansen Jim Bradley Dave West
2004 Don Whelan John Hansen Jim Bradley Dave West
2005 Bill Worden Tom Priest Jim Bradley Dave West
2006 Bill Worden Tom Priest Jim Bradley Dave West
2007 Bill Worden Tom Priest Jim Bradley Dave West
2008 Tom Priest McCormack Jim Bradley Dave West
2009 Tom Priest McCormack Jim Bradley Dave West
2010 Tom Priest McCormack Jim Bradley Dave West
2011 Hal McCormack Eric Conn Jim Bradley Dave West
2012 Hal McCormack Eric Conn Jim Bradley Dave West
2013 Hal McCormack Eric Conn Jim Bradley Dave West
2014 Eric Conn M Erickson Jim Bradley Dave West
2015 Eric Conn M Erickson Jim Bradley Dave West
2016 Eric Conn Larry nelson Jim Bradley Dave West

 

 
Past District Officers 
YEAR DISTRICT 1 DISTRICT 2 DISTRICT 3 DISTRICT 4 DISTRICT 5
1946          
1947          
1948          
1949          
1950          
1951          
1952          
1953          
1954          
1955          
1956          
1957          
1958          
1959          
1960          
1961          
1962          
1963          
1964     P Densmore    
1965     P Densmore    
1966     P Densmore    
1967 Tom Clark Bruce Butler John Hall Jay Becker P Norton
1968 Tom Clark Dick Clark C Holton Jay Becker P Norton
1969 Pax Davis R Peterson J Nerdrum L Greeno P Norton
1970 Pax Davis Carl Drow J Nerdrum L Greeno H Harrison
1971 Pax Davis Dick Clark Bill Ryon G Patterson H Harrison
1972 M Dowley Dick Clark Bill Ryon Richard Nix John O Bock
1973 M Dowley Dick Clark G Rogowski Richard Nix John O Bock
1974 John Umland Mike Kunkle G Rogowski Richard Nix John O Bock
1975 John Umland Mike Kunkle G Rogowski Austin Lysight John O Bock
1976 Steve Mason K Robinson Ed Vernon Austin Lysight John O Bock
1977 Steve Mason K Robinson Ed Vernon Austin Lysight John O Bock
1978 Steve Mason Pat Bradley Ed Vernon Austin Lysight John O Bock
1979 Steve Mason Pat Bradley Richard Miller Austin Lysight John O Bock
1980 Steve Mason Pat Bradley Richard Miller Austin Lysight John O Bock
1981 Steve Mason Pat Bradley Richard Miller Austin Lysight John O Bock
1982 Steve Mason Pat Bradley Bill Lannon Austin Lysight John O Bock
1983 Steve Mason Pat Bradley Bill Lannon Tom Bradley John O Bock
1984 Steve Mason Pat Bradley Bill Lannon Tom Bradley John O Bock
1985 Steve Mason Pat Bradley Bill Lannon Tom Bradley Discontinued
1986 Steve Mason Pat Bradley Bill Lannon Tom Bradley  
1987 Steve Mason Pat Bradley Bill Lannon Tom Bradley  
1988 C Lanzafame J McAleer Bill Lannon Tom Bradley  
1989 C Lanzafame J McAleer Bill Lannon Tom Bradley  
1990 C Lanzafame J McAleer Bill Lannon P Densmore  
1991 C Lanzafame J McAleer GT Koldjeski P Densmore  
1992 C Lanzafame J McAleer GT Koldjeski P Densmore  
1993 C Lanzafame J McAleer GT Koldjeski P Densmore  
1994 John Hall J McAleer Jim Young P Densmore  
1995 Steve Mason J McAleer Jim Young Discontinued  
1996 Steve Mason J McAleer Jim Young    
1997 Steve Mason J McAleer GT Koldjeski    
1998 Steve Mason Pat Bradley GT Koldjeski    
1999 Steve Mason Pat Bradley GT Koldjeski    
2000 Steve Mason Pat Bradley Don Whelan    
2001 Steve Mason P Baldwin P Densmore    
2002 Steve Mason P Baldwin P Densmore    
2003 Steve Mason P Baldwin P Densmore    
2004 Steve Mason P Baldwin P Densmore    
2005 Steve Mason P Baldwin P Densmore    
2006 Steve Mason P Baldwin G Herschman    
2007 Steve Mason P Baldwin G Herschman    
2008 M Erickson P Baldwin G Herschman    
2009 M Erickson P Baldwin G Herschman    
2010 M Erickson P Baldwin G Herschman    
2011 M Erickson P Baldwin Kenny Dair    
2012 M Erickson P Baldwin Kenny Dair    
2013 M Erickson P Baldwin Kenny Dair    
2014 J Hansen P Baldwin Tom Priest    
2015 J Hansen P Baldwin Tom Priest    
2016 J Hansen P Baldwin Tom Priest    

 

Mercury Class Perpetual Trophies

 

Mercury Class 50 Years And Going Strong

The Mercury Sloop was designed by Ernest Nunes of the Nunes Brothers Boat Works, Sausalito, California. In 1938, hull #1 was completed and first displayed in the 1939 World’s Fair at Treasure Island. At that time most small boats were built with plank construction so the Mercury, with its waterproof plywood construction was considered very advanced for the time. The hull was light by comparison and the simplicity of construction drew immediate interest in the new boat. Hulls numbered 2 through 8 were constructed at the same time in the shop at Nunes Brothers. These boats were presold and the owners took an active part in the construction. This gave Ernie Nunes the idea that a kit of the Mercury would be a good way to promote sales. The class grew quickly as home builders assembled these kits in back yards and garages throughout the state of California. A few boats even found their way out to the Hawaiian Islands and Guam. With the boat being easily trailerable, fleets developed at inland lakes so that by 1946 an active racing association had developed throughout the western states. To commemorate the 50th birthday of the Mercury class yacht, a party was held at the San Francisco Yacht Club on June 18, 1988. Over 150 current and past Mercury sailors attended the festivities, which included racing in Raccoon Straits and a barbecue dinner at the club house. Past champions, including our first champion (1947) Jim Wyatt reminisced about their most memorable Mercury racing experiences. Many of the past sailors brought their family scrapbooks with them to provide a pictorial history of the class. Three generations of Mercury sailors were in attendance. Hull #6, still an active racer, had the distinction of being the oldest boat sailing in the day’s races and also by having all of her owners present for the Birthday Party.

 


Homecoming Perpetual Trophy

This trophy was donated by Peter Sutter and designed and built by Leonard Delmas. The Homecoming Regatta was sailed in honor of the Builder, Ernie Nunes and later other builders. Currently the regatta is held at the Encinal Yacht Club in Alameda.

YEAR

SKIPPER

CREW

1960

Robin Hobart

Jim Enzensperger

1961

Jim Enzensperger

Robin Hobart

1962

Pat Bradley

Rick Gregory

1963

Jim Enzensperger

Mark Schaeffe r

1964

Doug Baird

Bill Sewall

1965

Jim Enzensperger

Mark Shaeffer

1966

Pax Davis

C. Paxton Davis, III

1967

Pat Bradley

Scott Harris

1968

Jim Enzensperger

Doug Baird

1969

Mark Dowley

Jim Hobart

1970

Leland Pollard

Laurie Pollard

1971

Steve Gould

John Kedzior

1972

John Grether

Mike Porvanznik

1973

Tim Condon

Al Swinger

1974

Steve Gould

Don Whelan

1975

Dick Clark

John Umland

1976

Pax Davis

Julie Davis

1977

Dick Clark

Pete Sherman

1978

Jim Bradley

John Kirk

1979

Kelly Robinson

Jack McAleer

1980

Pax Davis

Greg Salas

1981

Pax Davis

Tim Erskine

1982

Pax Davis

Tim Erskine

1983

Dave Huggins

Clayton Huggins

1984

Jim Bradley

Kathy Bradley

1985

Jim Bradley

Kathy Bradley

1986

Pax Davis

Ken Munro

1987

Chris Lanzafame

Robert Hu

1988

Pax Davis

Ken Munro

1989

Dave West

John Daseking

1990

Al Downey

Bill Harvey

1991

Doug Baird

Art Mowry

1992

Dave West

Dan Simmons

1993

Steve Jeppesen

Jim Taylor

1994

Pax Davis

John Hansen

1995

Jim Bradley

Greg Melanson

1996

Pax Davis

Richard Hubbert

1997

Pax Davis

Richard Hubbert

1998

Pax Davis

Richard Hubbert

1999

Doug Baird

Michael Baird

2000

Doug Baird

Michael Baird

2001

Carl Schumacher

Sutter Schumacher

2002

John Hansen

Tony Basso

2003

Bill Worden

Doug Baird

2004

Doug Baird

Tom Priest

2005

Doug Baird

Jim Taylor

2006

Doug Baird

Michael Baird

2007

Doug Baird

Chris Messano

2008

Doug Baird

Jim Taylor

2009

Jim Bradley

Kathy Bradley

2010

Doug Baird

Mike Dick

2011

John Skinner

John Selbach

2012 

Doug Baird

Michael Baird

2013

Jim Bradley

Ben Bradley

2014

Doug Baird

Michael Baird

2015

Pax Davis

Aaron Lee

Joe Logan Memorial Trophy

Dr. Joe Logan was a prominent physician in Fresno and an early member of the Fresno Mercury Fleet. Although his interest in sailing did not develop until later in life, he dearly loved the time he spent on his Mercury. His first boat was hull #104. During the summer months Dr. Logan kept his boat moored off the pier at Santa Cruz. This was in the days before the Santa Cruz Marina was constructed. During a summer storm the boat broke loose from its mooring and was destroyed on the beach. He ordered a new Mercury, built with the salvaged keel of #104. To keep the memory of his old boat alive he christened the new one Wonofora . While preparing his beautiful new boat for its first racing season, Dr. Logan was struck by a heart attack and died. In memory of her husband and to perpetuate his love for the Mercury, his widow donated this trophy. It is a working model of his Mercury #434 down to the smallest detail. The trophy is currently on loan from the Fresno Fleet to the St. Francis Yacht Club where it is on display. Through 1976 the trophy was raced for in Fresno and kept on display at the Fresno Sports Hall of Fame. The new deed was drawn up in February of 1977 and the trophy is now awarded to the winner of an annual series sailed in the waters off the St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco. The trophy is truly one of the most finely crafted and best looking in small boat sailing. 

YEAR

SKIPPER

CREW

1964

Joe Congdon

Joe Congdon, Jr

1965

Milt Rubin

Barbara Rubin

1966

Clair Williams

Nina Williams

1967

LeRoy Hinkle

Pat Hinkle

1968

Randel Petersen

Stuart Knopf

1969

Steve Gould

Doug Baird

1977

Pax Davis

Scott Carpenter

1978

Dick Clark

Pete Sherman

1979

Pat Bradley

John Sclepp

1980

Pax Davis

Rex Allen

1981

Pax Davis

Tim Erskine

1982

Pax Davis

Tim Erskine

1983

Pax Davis

Tim Erskine

1984

Pat Bradley

Doug Baird

1985

Doug Baird

Carl Petersen

1986

Doug Baird

Earl Stutes

1987

Jim Bradley

Pat Bradley

1988

Jim Bradley

Kathy Bradley

1989

Not Held

Earthquake

1990

Pax Davis

Brad Whitaker

1991

Pax Davis

Brad Whitaker

1992

Doug Baird

Dick Hansen

1993

Tracy Usher

Mike Spencer

1994

Tim Parsons

Nick Brya

1995

Jim Bradley

Peter Baldwin

1996

Tracy Usher

Erica Mattson

1997

Doug Baird

Tim Parsons

1998

Pax Davis

Richard Hubbert

1999

Jim Bradley

Ed Cotter

2000

John Hansen

Tony Basso

2001

Doug Baird

Rob Moore

2002

Jim Bradley

Ben Bradley

2003

No Wind

2004

Jim Bradley

Ben Bradley

2005

Doug Baird

Jim Taylor

2006

Doug Baird

Chris Messano

2007

Mac Kilpatrick

John Ravizza/Jim Taylor

2008

Doug Baird

Jim Taylor

2009

Randy Smith

Lauren Smith

2010

Randy Smith

John Verdoia

2011

Dave West 

Chris Krueger

2012 

Randy Smith

John Hayes

2013

Randy Smith

Kurt Hemmingsen

2014

Randy Smith

Michael O'Callaghan

Los Angeles Midwinter Regatta

Hosted by the Cabrillo Beach Yacht Club in conjunction with the Southern California Yacht Racing Association this annual President's Day Weekend event has long been a favorite of sailors from both Northern & Southern California. Along with over a hundred classes and in excess of one thousand yachts, the Mercury Class has a long history of participation in this, the largest yachting event in the world. The regatta is held at the north end of Los Angeles Harbor with occasional sojourns outside the breakwater to the Point Fermin bouy. Most of the competitors lodge at a single waterfront hotel, fostering camaraderie between Northern and Southern fleets. The highlight of the weekend is the annual Saturday night extravaganza at the Palos Verdes Estates home of Park & Lynn Densmore. One of the most entertaining evenings of the Mercury year, the Densmore party makes this winter outing a well attended tradition.

1965

Roger Roessler

1966

Duerstein

1967

Roger Roessler

1968

Roger Roessler

1969

Jack Nerdrum

1970

Jack Nerdrum

1971

Doug Baird

1972

Steve Gould

1973

George Patterson

1974

Austin Lysight

1975

Don Whelan

1976

1977

Jim Bradley

1978

1979

Jim Bradley

1980

1981

Pat Bradley

1982

1983

Pat Bradley

1984

1985

1986

1987

Doug Baird

1988

1989

1990

Pax Davis

1991

Pax Davis

1992

1993

Don Whelan

1994

Howie Marion

1995

Pax Davis

1996

Tracy Usher

1997

Dave West

1998

Doug Baird

1999

Pax Davis

2000

Chris Messano

2001

Dave West

2002

Not held

2003

Don Whelan

2004

Ron Dougherty

2005

Doug Baird

2006

Don Whelan

2007

Doug Baird

2008

Mike Burch

2009

Chris Raab

2010

Doug Baird

2011

Hal McCormack

2012 

Doug Baird

2013 

Randy Smith

2014

Dave West

2015

Mike Burch

Perry Cup

During the 1950’s and early 60’s, members of the Stillwater Mercury Fleet often discussed starting a winter racing series on the other side of the hill in Montere y. Many members felt that the limited summer season in Stillwater really wasn’t enough. Thomas K. Perry was one of the original advocates of the winter series which now bears his name. Although the idea of a winter racing schedule came up over and over again, nothing was really done about it until a number of Stillwater sailors decided to create a new fleet in Monterey in 1970. The Monterey Fleet, looking for a way to attract new members, yet, also wanting to continue racing at Stillwater during the summer, decided to hold the first winter championship in Monterey. The series was to last all winter, but not wanting to create a series which would drag on, seemingly forever, it was decided that it should be raced only one weekend per month. The first Monterey Winter Championships were won by Tim Condon in 1970-71. Later that year Tom Perry was killed and his widow Pat offered to donate a perpetual trophy for the series to be named after him. Pat Perry passed away in early 1995. Dick Clark, at the 1995 trophy presentation announced that this series would go on forever in Pat’s honor.

YEAR

BOAT

SKIPPER

1970 - 71

Juggernaut

Tim Condon

1971 - 72

Mehitabel

Steve Gould

1972 - 73

El Primera

Pat Bradley

1973 - 74

Contagion

Steve Gould

1974 - 75

Lima Bean Machine

John Grether

1975 - 76

Contagion

Doug Baird

1976 - 77

Contagion

Steve Gould

1977 - 78

Christmas Pudding

Jack McAleer

1978 - 79

Old Buzzard

Pat Bradley

1979 - 80

Rufescent Rhubarb

Dick Clark

1980 - 81

Old Buzzard

Pat Bradley

1981 - 82

Swift

Pax Davis

1982 - 83

Old Buzzard

Pat Bradley

1983 - 84

Seven Toed Re-Pete

David Huggins

1984 - 85

Frenzy

Jim Bradley

1985 - 86

Frenzy

Jim Bradley

1986 - 87

Burning Desire

Doug Baird

1987 - 88

Pacer

Pax Davis

1988 - 89

Pacer

Pax Davis

1989 - 90

Christmas Pudding

Jack McAleer

1990 - 91

Pacer

Pax Davis

1991 - 92

Vandal

Tracy Usher

1992 -93

Vandal

Tracy Usher

1993 -94

Disco Volante

Howie Marion

1994-95

Pacer

Pax Davis

1995-96

Pacer

Pax Davis

1996 -97

Vandal

Tracy Usher

1997-98

Pacer

Pax Davis

1998-99

Pacer

Pax Davis

1999-2000

Bushwhacker III

Don Whelan

2000-2001

Pacer

Pax Davis

2001-2002

Strider

Doug Baird

2002-2003

Vandal

Tracy Usher

2003-2004

Pacer

Pax Davis

2004-2005

Axon

Doug Baird

2005-2006

Axon

Doug Baird

2006-2007

Pacer

Pax Davis

2007-2008

Axon

Doug Baird

2008-2009

Pacer

Pax Davis

2009-2010

Axon

Doug Baird

2010-2011

Fast Break

Randy Smith

2011-2012 

Fast Break

Randy Smith

2012-2013

Axon 

Doug Baird

Race of Champions / Cinco De Mayo Trophy

Donated by Mr. & Mrs. Lester Baldwin, active Mercury sailors of the 1960's, this trophy is a beautiful silver sailing ship model on display at the Santa Barbara Yacht Club. The trophy was originally gifted as a competition between current & past Mercury Class Champions. In recent years the trophy is presented to the winner of a spring regatta sailed in the waters off Santa Barbara. This spring format was chosen to obtain optimum weather and wind conditions. The large fleets and competitive racing has made this regatta a premiere event on the Mercury Class Schedule. 

1962

Doug Baird

1963

J. Enzensperger

1964

Holden Sanford

1965

Roger Roessler

1966

Not Held

1967

Roger Roessler

1968

Not Held

1969

Roger Roessler

1970

Steve Gould

1971

George Patterson

1972

George Patterson

1973

Ted Lindley

1974

Steve Gould

1975

Richard Miller

1976

Not Held

1977

Dick Clark

1978

Dick Clark

1979

Austin Lysight

1980

Not Held

1981

Not Held

1982

Not Held

1983

Pax Davis

1984

Dave Huggins

1985

1986

Chris Lanzafame

1987

1988

1989

1990

1991

Pax Davis

1992

Dave We s t

1993

Lee Sandow

1994

Pax Davis

1995

Kelly Robinson

1996

Tracy Usher

1997

G.T. Koldjeski

1998

Don Whelan

1999

Doug Baird

2000

Don Whelan

2001

Dave West

2002

Doug Baird

2003

Dave West

2004

Doug Baird

2005

Doug Baird

2006

Doug Baird

2007

Doug Baird

2008

Doug Baird

2009

Jim Bradley

2010

Randy Smith

2011

Chris Messano

2012

Doug Baird

2013

Doug Baird

2014

Doug Baird

Nunes Championship Series Trophy

This is the top prize of the Mercury racing year. It is awarded to the top skipper of the Mercury Championship Series. It was donated by Ernest Nunes, designer and first builder of the Mercury Yacht . The list of past winners is printed preceding the story of the last Championship Series. 

 

Ray Johnson Trophy

This beautiful silver pitcher was donated to the Class in 1983 in honor of Ray Johnson’s contribution to the MCYRA. As Secretary of the association from 1961 to 1982, we can safely say that no other individual member of the class has made a more significant contribution than Ray. The trophy is presented annually to the winner of the first race of the Mercury Championship Series

 

1984

Pat Bradley

1985

Dick Clark

1986

Dick Clark

1987

Jim Bradley

1988

Jim Bradley

1989

G.T. Koldjeski

1990

Pax Davis

1991

Jim Bradley

1992

Don Whelan

1993

Pat Bradley

1994

Don Whelan

1995

Doug Baird

1996

Pat Bradley

1997

Dave We s t

1998

Steve Gould

1999

Dick Clark

2000

Dave West

2001

Dick Clark

2002

Jack McAleer

2003

Dave West

2004

Dave West

2005

Mike Burch

2006

Pat Bradley

2007

Chris Messano

2008

Doug Baird

2009

Chris Raab

2010

Chris Raab

2011

Pat Bradley

2012 

Dave West

2013

Pat Bradley

2014

Chris Raab

The Park & Lynn Densmore Perpetual Trophy

The Densmores presented this beautiful half model of their Mercury to the Mercury Class Association to be awarded each year to the winner of the second race of the Championship Series. This donation represents a continuation of their involvement in the activities of the Association which goes back more than a few years. For Park, Mercury sailing began many years ago on San Francisco Bay when he raced with John Koenig in a Mercury during the 1942 season. Lynn was introduced to the Yacht in 1960 and together they have been and still are faithful supporters of the class.

1995

Pat Bradley

1996

Jim Bradley

1997

Pat Bradley

1998

Pat Bradley

1999

Doug Baird

2000

Jack McAleer

2001

Jack McAleer

2002

Dave West

2003

Doug Baird

2004

Dave West

2005

Jim Bradley

2006

Jack McAleer

2007

Chris Raab

2008

Chris Raab

2009

Chris Raab

2010

Chris Raab

2011

Mac Kilpatrick

2012 

Doug Baird

2013

Chris Raab

2014

Jim Bradley

The Matt & Mimi Jenkins Perpetual Trophy

This perpetual trophy was donated by several members of the Mercury Class in memory of Matt and Mimi Jenkins. Not only did they own one of the first Mercurys at Stillwater Cove, but they spent their time and money to preserve sailing at this beautiful location. For many years at the Labor Day Weekend Regatta, they hosted a fabulous cocktail party for their friends and all the regatta participants. This half model of the Jenkin’s Mercury will be awarded to the winner of the third race of the National Championship series. 

1995

Pat Bradley

1996

Pat Bradley

1997

Pat Bradley

1998

Jack McAleer

1999

Pat Bradley

2000

Dave West

2001

Jack McAleer

2002

Dick Clark

2003

Steve Gould

2004

Dave West

2005

Jim Bradley

2006

Doug Baird

2007

Pat Bradley

2008

Mike Burch

2009

Jim Bradley

2010

Chris Raab

2011

Jack McAleer

2012 

Doug Baird

2013

Chris Raab

2014

Chris Raab

Holden Sanford Perpetual Trophy

Holden Sanford's involvement with the Mercury Class dates back to the late 1940's when he began racing his Mercury as a member of the Lake Millerton Sailing Association, now known as the Fresno Yacht Club. Holden served as President of the class in 1960 and won the class championship in 1964 with fellow Fresno Mercury sailor, Ken Walsh, as crew at Huntington Lake. Holden's many friends in the class thought it would be a good idea to honor Holden with a perpetual trophy. Ken Gardiner, famous model maker of Newport Beach CA., was commissioned to construct a half model on a plaque of Holden's Mercury number 461. Fittingly the trophy was presented to the class, to be awarded to the winner of the fourth race of the Championship series, at a special ceremony prior to the 1994 Championship series at Huntington Lake on the thirtieth anniversary of Holden’s victory. 

1994

Pat Bradley

1995

Pat Bradley

1996

Tracy Usher

1997

Pat Bradley

1998

Dick Clark

1999

Dick Clark

2000

Jack McAleer

2001

Doug Baird

2002

Chris Lanzafame

2003

Jim Bradley

2004

Doug Baird

2005

Jim Bradley

2006

Doug Baird

2007

Jack McAleer

2008

Dave West

2009

Chris Raab

2010

Pat Bradley

2011

Randy Smith

2012

Dave West

2013

Mike Burch

2014

Greg Dair

John Koenig Memorial Perpetual Trophy

John Koenig was one of the founding fathers of the Mercury Class. As MCYRA President in 1953 and Class National Champion in 1954, John developed a lifelong love for the Mercury. Following his death, his wife Pat Koenig donated this a silver bowl in memory of John. The trophy is presented annually to the winner of the last race of the Championship Series. 

YEAR

BOAT

SKIPPER

1974

Seven Toed Pete

David Huggins

1975

Lima Bean Machine

John Gre t h e r

1976

Contagion

Steve Gould

1977

Lima Bean Machine

John Gre t h e r

1978

Swift

Pax Davis

1979

Frenzy

Jim Bradley

1980

Old Buzzard

Pat Bradley

1981

Sea Deuce

Tracy Usher

1982

Whale Bait

Mike Polkabla

1983

Frenzy

Jim Bradley

1984

Old Buzzard

Pat Bradley

1985

Ernie

Dick Clark

1986

Italian Stallion

Chris Lanzafame

1987

Frenzy

Jim Bradley

1988

Old Buzzard

Pat Bradley

1989

Exterminator

Doug Baird

1990

Frenzy

Jim Bradley

1991

Old Buzzard

Pat Bradley

1992

Ernie

Dick Clark

1993

Ernie

Dick Clark

1994

Space Invader

Dave We s t

1995

Old Buzzard

Pat Bradley

1996

Vandal

Tracy Usher

1997

Christmas Pudding

Jack McAleer

1998

Christmas Pudding

Jack Mcaleer

1999

Strider

Doug Baird

2000

Ernie

Dick Clark

2001

Buswhacker III

Don Whelan

2002

Space Invader

Dave West

2003

Old Buzzard

Pat Bradley

2004

Old Buzzard

Pat Bradley

2005

Bushwacker III

Don Whelan

2006

Axon

Doug Baird

2007

Jade

Mike Burch

2008

Axon

Doug Baird

2009

Race Abandoned

2010

Arnold

Mac Kilpatrick

2011

Frenzy

Chris Messano

2012

Space Invader

Dave West

2013

Carbon Offset

Chris Raab

2014

Axon

Doug Baird

 Santa Barbara Mercury Fleet Invitational Perpetual Trophy

 The winner of the Mercury Fleet in the Santa Barbara Yacht Club Semana Nautica Regatta. 

YEAR

BOAT

SKIPPER

1965

Radiant

Jack Nerdrum

1966

Mehitabel

Steve Gould

1967

Limey II

Don Anderson

1968

Frenzy

Doug Baird

1969

Fromf

Doug Baird

1970

Blue Mist II

Roger Roessler

1971

Mellow Yellow

Austin Lysight

1972

Contagion

Steve Gould

1973

Radiant

Jack Nerdrum

1974

Swift

Paxton Davis

1975

Contagion

Steve Gould

1976

Contagion

Steve Gould

1977

Lima Bean Machine

John Gre t h e r

1978

Melba

Dave West

1979

Funny Farm

Bill Ryon

1980

Sea Deuce

Kelly Robinson

1981

Frenzy

Kathy Kirk

1982

Italian Stallion

Chris Lanzafame

1983

Frenzy

Jim Bradley

1984

Not Held

1985

Swift

Pax Davis

1986

Bonne Chance

G.T. Koldjeski

1987

Not Held

1988

Bonne Chance

Gerald Koldjeski

1989

Not Held

1990

Pacer

Pax Davis

1991

Pacer

Pax Davis

1992

1993

Lee Sandow

Stillwater Labor Day Regatta

Since it’s inauguration in 1950, the Labor Day Regatta hosted by Stillwater Yacht Club on Carmel Bay, has been a highlight of every Mercury year. 62 Mercurys were in the starting line in 1959, an all time record. A great storm then destroyed the old pier, and the event was held in Monterey Bay in 1969-71. By 1972, despite the pull of other classes and other regattas, Labor Day drew 55 Mercurys, second largest record. Special thanks are due Past Commodore Matt and Mimi Jenkins for 40 years of their fabulous Log Cabin cocktail party (1952-91) which helped pull the whole class together, for donating the sterling silver permanent senior trophy and for Mimi's strong personal commitment to the rebuilding of the pier. In 1975 an annual senior championship regatta was established, followed in 1976 by a B division regatta. The three starting lines and three sets of trophies are unique in Mercury racing and afford appropriate recognition to important segments of the class.

OPEN DIVISION

1950

Rob Gaestel

1951

Rob Gaestel

1952

Rob Gaestel

1953

Roy Ashley

1954

Rob Gaestel

1955

Rob Gaestel

1956

Rob Gaestel

1957

Jon Konigshofer

1958

Allen Mitchell

1959

James Wo m b l e

1960

Roy Ashley

1961

Roy Ashley

1962

Pat Bradley

1963

Roy Ashley

1964

Rob Gaestel

1965

Dick Thompson

1966

Dick Thompson

1967

Tim Condon

1968

Doug Baird

1969

Ralph Buchan

1970

Harvey Kilpatrick

1971

Lee Pollard

1972

Steve Gould

1973

Steve Gould

1974

Pax Davis

1975

Pat Bradley

1976

Dick Clark

1977

Dick Clark

1978

Tracy Usher

1979

Stillman Chase

1980

Jack McAleer

1981

Tracy Usher

1982

Chris Gould

1983

Pat Bradley

1984

Pat Bradley

1985

Doug Baird

1986

Paxton Davis

1987

Eric Arndt

1988

Jim Bradley

1989

Steve Kraft

1990

Jim Bradley

1991

Jim Bradley

1992

Doug Baird

1993

Tracy Usher

1994

Tracy Usher

1995

Pat Bradley

1996

Tracy Usher

1997

Pax Davis

1998

Pax Davis

1999

Jack McAleer

2000

Pax Davis

2001

Doug Baird

2002

Dick Clark

2003

Pax Davis

2004

Pat Bradley

2005

Pax Davis

2006

Pax Davis

2007

Doug Baird

2008

John Ravizza

2009

Doug Baird

2010

Randy Smith

2011 

Pax Davis

2012

Dave West

2013

Jim Bradley

2014

Jim Bradley

George Rosman Travel Series

One of the most difficult to win, this series is awarded to the MCYRA member who compiles the best overall re c o rd in the best 7 of the 9 designated major Mercury Class regattas. By finishing in the top five places at the Los Angeles Midwinters, Coronado Spring Series, Race of Champions, Nunes-Hart, Huntington Lake,Labor Day,Joe Logan, Monterey Invitational and Turkey Day regattas; a participant will earn bonus points as follows :


First:: 6 Points

Second: 4 Points
Third: 3 Points
Fourth: 2 Points
Fifth: 1 Points


Additionally, each MCYRA skipper receives 2 participation points for each of the 7 regattas in which he or she competes. The winner is announced at the MCYRA annual meeting. George Rosman, MCYRA Chief Measurer from 1961 to 1974, established this event as a means to encourage Mercury owners to travel to major regattas. George felt that by encouraging trailering of their boats, Mercury sailors would become better all around yachtsmen and at the same time build friendships throughout the State of California.

1964

Holden Sanford

1965

Holden Sanford

1966

Roger Roessler

1967

Steve Gould

1968

Roger Roessler

1969

Doug Baird

1970

Doug Baird

1971

Ted Lindley

1972

Steve Gould

1973

John Grether

1974

Pax Davis

1975

Pax Davis

1976

Pax Davis

1977

Pax Davis

1978

Dick Clark

1979

.Jim Bradley

1980

Kelly Robinson

1981

Pat Bradley

1982

Pax Davis

1983

Pax Davis

1984

Dick Clark

1985

Jim Bradley

1986

Pat Bradley

1987

Doug Baird

1988

Pax Davis

1989

Pax Davis

1990

Pax Davis

1991

Pax Davis

1992

Dave We s t

1993

Doug Baird

1994

Howie Marion

1995

Pax Davis

1996

Pax Davis

1997

Tracy Usher

1998

Pax Davis

1999

Pax Davis

2000

Don Whelan

2001

Dave West

2002

Doug Baird

2003

Pax Davis

2004

Pax Davis

2005

Doug Baird

2006

Doug Baird

2007

Doug Baird

2008

Doug Baird

2009

Doug Baird

2010

Doug Baird

2011 

Randy Smith

2012 

Doug Baird

2013

Randy Smith

2014

Randy Smith

Huntington Lake Regatta

The Race was started in 1954 informally when five Thistles raced a windward leeward around the windward island. With Bill Bradley as one of the founders, the regatta was formally initiated in 1955. The Mercurys and the Thistles were the original classes to compete on this 7000 foot high lake. The lake and it’s surroundings have remained unchanged over the past 36 years. Other than a cluster of condos with tennis courts and a pool, there has been very little new construction. The sailing has also remained perfect. The wind comes up at 10 am and fades at 6 pm daily. The Mercury has been in attendance every year since the regatta’s inception. In the early years, the class raced under the auspices of the Fresno Yacht Club. Due to logistics, the class now sponsors it’s own regatta, which normally occurs on the fourth weekend of July. Bill Bradley’s friends, in 1981, put up a trophy to be known as the BILL BRADLEY PERPETUAL TROPHY. This is to be presented to the winner of the annual regatta. Bill and June Bradley have been kind enough to host a Santa Maria Barbeque at their cabin with the Pat and Jim Bradley Families supervising. Attendance at this great party numbers over 200. Many families travel to Huntington Lake to enjoy what is known as baby beach. This is a lagoon like setting where most of the boats tieup bow to the shore and the young ones frolic in the lake. 

1955

Tim Condon

1956

Rob Gaestel

1957

Rob Gaestel

1958

Rob Gaestel

1959

Rob Gaestel

1960

Tim Condon

1961

Rob Gaestel

1962

Jim Enzensperger

1963

Jim Enzensberger

1964

Roger Roessler

1965

Roger Roessler

1966

Roger Roessler

1967

Tim Condon

1968

Roger Roessler

1969

Dick Thompson

1970

Roger Roessler

1971

Roger Roessler

1972

Austin Lysight

1973

Pax Davis

1974

Pat Bradley

1975

Pat Bradley

1976

Pax Davis

1977

Pat Bradley

1978

John Grether

1979

Dick Clark

1980

Jack McAleer

1981

Pat Bradley

1982

Pat Bradley

1983

Pat Bradley

1984

Jim Bradley

1985

Jim Bradley

1986

Doug Baird

1987

Pat Bradley

1988

Jim Bradley

1989

Jim Bradley

1990

Jim Bradley

1991

Doug Baird

1992

Steve Gould

1993

Pat Bradley

1994

Howie Marion

1995

Don Whelan

1996

Pat Bradley

1997

Pax Davis

1998

Doug Baird

1999

Pat Bradley

2000

Dave West

2001

Pat Bradley

2002

Pat Bradley

2003

Doug Baird

2004

Doug Baird

2005

Doug Baird

2006

Pat Bradley

2007

Chris Raab

2008

Pat Bradley

2009

Pat Bradley

2010

Doug Baird

2011

Doug Baird

2012 

Dave West

2013

Pat Bradley

Hart Nunes Trophy

For many years James (Jim) Hart had been reminded of his memories sailing KATAPURA II by the half model of Mercury #33 hanging on his den wall. He has been a member of the San Francisco Yacht Club since 1937 and decided in 1995 to donate his beautiful half model to the Mercury Class and the San Francisco Yacht Club. The Mercury Class has established the Hart-Nunes Trophy to be awarded to the winner of an annual regatta to be sponsored by the San Francisco Yacht Club. The trophy resides at this club. Jim had the half model built in the late forties while he was sailing KATAPURA II. Jim is looking forward to seeing the Mercury Class have many years of good racing out of the San Francisco Yacht Club.

1995

Jim Bradley

1996

Pax Davis

1997

Dave West

1998

Pax Davis

1999

Doug Baird

2000

Dave West

2001

Dave West

2002

Bill Worden

2003

Bill Worden

2004

Doug Baird

2005

Doug Baird

2006

Dave West

2007

Doug Baird

2008

John Skinner

2009

John Hansen

2010

Pax Davis

2011

Randy Smith

2012

No wind 

2013

Randy Smith

2014

Randy Smith

2015 Randy Smith

Coen Carmiggelt Memorial Trophy

This trophy was donated by the parents of Coen Carmiggelt after his death at a young age.. Coen started a Mercury fleet  at Lakeport on Clear Lake. He purchased 543 and his father, Hans bought 541. Several other Mercs were purchased by their nieghbors and a new fleet was born. The 1979 National Championships were sailed at the lake and again in 1993. Coen not only raced at the lake, but also came to the bay area to participate. The trophy is awarded to the winner of a designated regatta in the annual NORCAL Series.
 

1998

1999

 Doug Baird Michael Baird 432 

2000

2001

2002

 Pax Davis  Richard Hubbert  580

2003

 Bill Worden  Katie Worden  432

2004

 Doug Baird  Michael Baird  508

2005

 Doug Baird  Michael Baird  508

2006

 Pax Davis  Aaron Lee  580

2007

 Doug Baird  Chris Messano  508

2008

 Pax Davis  Dave Morris  580

2009

 Doug Baird  Michael Baird  508

2010

 Dave West  Chris Krueger  429

2011

 John Skinner  John Selbach  574

2012

 Hal McCormack  Anne McCormack  571

2013

 Hal McCormack  Anne McCormack  571

2014

 Doug Baird  Michael Baird  508

2015

Jim Bradley Kathy Bradley 553
2016 Pax Davis Aaron Lee 580

 

Don Lee Perpetual Trophy For The LAYC Mercury Class Pacific Coast Championship
 

Don Lee was the west coast distributor of Cadillac automobiles in the 1920's, who made coachbuilt cars for the Hollywood elite.  In 1927, he purchased Los Angeles radio station KHJ.  In 1931, he became the first television broadcaster in Los Angeles.  His experimental transmitter was placed on the ridge above the Hollywood sign.  That peak is still known as Mount Lee, and that station is now KCBSTV.  Don Lee raced cars and sailboats.  He died in 1934 of a sudden heart attack.  

The Don Lee Trophy was lost for more than 30 years.  Its connection with the Mercury Class was rediscovered in early 2014.   A search for the trophy eventually led to SCYA, where, for unknown reasons, it had been sent for safe keeping.  The trophy was returned to LAYC, but its base was missing and it had long ago seen better days.  In the Spring of 2014, a custom ebony base was fabricated by Southern California Trophy Company and the trophy was refinished and silver plated.  LAYC's Mercury Class Pacific Coast Championship was born not long after. 

 

2014

Chris Raab Kenny Dair                       570

 

2014 Mercury National Championships 

Sponsored by The Santa Barbara Fleet at The Santa Barbara YC

With a pretty steady breeze between 8 and 10 knots and a slighty lumpy sea, twenty one Mercurys entered to sail on the waters off Santa Barbara. The weather started sunny, but a slight overcast set in as the day went on. There was a pretty good current running up the coast.
There were three races that were all double sausages finishing downwind. The first start  had two general recalls. The race committee wisely put up the “I” flag and the problem was solved for the rest of the day. Chris Rabb with Kenny Dair went right immediately, the recommended way to sail on the coast. Jack McAleer with Remy Margerum played the suttle shifts up the middle and had a nice battle with Rabb. Pat and Brendan Bradleyjoined in on the battle. Meanwhile keeping right up with the leaders Dan Simmons with Blair Wallace did there best to hold off Brad Bergeron with Daniel Kim. Rabb won the Ray Johnson perpetual trophy  followed by McAleer, Bradley, Simmons And Bergeron.
Race two more of the same action, but those that stayed more on the left side of the course had the best results. Jim and Kathy Bradley took the lead never to give it up and won the Densmore perpetual Trophy. Paul Cayard with Kenny Maring were in a battle with Doug Baird and Jim Taylor to place second. Baird was third. Bergeron moved up a place to get a fourth and was followed by Randy and Kathryn Smith.
Race three, the wind was at the top of the range with a little more wave action. Rabb went right and Bergeron went left. Rabb tacked early to go out. Bergeron crossed the entire fleet, but Rabb caught him at the windward mark. It was all over, Rabb went on to win the Jenkins perpetual trophy. Meanwhile Bergeron continued his fine racing by placing second.Pat Bradley sailed up the middle on the second beat and got another third. Dave West with Chris Krueger had broken a side stay before the first race, were towed in, made the repair, raced the third race and placed fourth. Cayard hung in there and placed fifth.
The standings after the first and three of the five scheduled races had Rabb comfortably in first with 8 points. Bergeron having his best Nationals was second with 11 points. Newcomer Cayard was third with 18 points.
Day two, races four and five.Race four was a triple sausage course finishing downwind.The breeze for race four about 8 kn with suttle shifts. The sea was relatively smooth under sunny skies.The first start was a once again to the right however those who punched a bit to the left and then went right made out over those that went hard right from the start. West took a very good lead over Greg Dair with Alec Caterson, sailing Mike Burch’s Merc. However West went to a wrong mark and Dair won the Holden Sanford perpetual trophy for winning the fourth race. Raab and Cayard were dueling with third place going to Raab and fourth to Cayard. Smith captured the fifth spot.
Race five was a triple sausage finishing on the wind. The right side of the course payed off this time. Jim Bradley led the way in the first turns as the breeze was picking up to 10-12 and a there was a little shop on the water. Baird, in second place was able to power through and win the John Koenig perpetual trophy. Bradley placed second.West eased out Raab to place third. Raab being fourth with Cayard fifth.
Chris Raab won his Sixth Mercury National Championship. Jim Bradley was second followed by Cayard. Baird was fourth followed by McAleer in the fifth spot.The Jack and Jill perpetual trophy was won by Jim and Kathy Bradley
The silver fleet was won by Bergeron followed by Dair in second. Simmons placed third.
Class President Eric Conn did an excellent job of presenting the awards. Several years ago Eric suggested the current format. Three races on Friday and two on Saturday and the annual dinner and the awards at the end of the regatta. Great idea, we get 100% attendance at the final event.
Many thanks go to the Santa Barbara YC for putting on the regatta. GT Koldjeski arranged all the dinners and boat and trailer storage. Bill Lannan was the PRO and provided the great racing.

2014 National Championship Results 

Sail No

Skipper

Crew

R 1

R 2

R 3

R 4

R 5

Total

Place

570

Chris Raab

Kan Dair

1

6

1

3

4

15

1

553

Jim Bradley

Kathy Bradley

12

1

6

6

2

27

2

584

Paul Cayard

Ken Maring

11

2

5

4

5

27

3

508

Doug Baird

Jim Taylor

6

3

9

9

1

28

4

459

Jack McAleer

Remy Margerum

2

8

10

7

8

35

5

543

Randy Smith

Kathryn Smith

8

5

7

5

14

39

6

560

Pat Bradley

Brendan Bradley

3

15

3

15

6

42

7

467

Brad Bergeron

Daniel Kim

5

4

2

11

22

44

8

472

Greg Dair

Alec Caterson

7

16

16

1

11

51

9

429

Dave West

Chris Krueger

22

22

4

2

3

53

10

463

Dan Simmons

Blair Wallace

4

11

11

10

19

55

11

466

Don Whelan

Kieth Henry

16

14

12

12

7

61

12

542

Eric Conn

Kevin Dumain

10

12

15

14

16

67

13

468

Tom Priest

Damon Guizot

15

13

18

13

10

69

14

475

Greg Clark

Peter Clark

19

17

8

17

9

70

15

571

Hal McCormack

Anne McCormack

14

10

21

8

17

70

16

582

Peter Baldwin

Drake Baldwin

9

7

19

18

18

71

17

432

Bill Worden

Katie Worden

13

9

14

22

22

80

18

580

Pax Davis

Aaron Lee

17

19

13

19

12

80

19

583

G T Koldjeski

Mickey Gray

20

18

17

20

13

88

20

569

Chris Lanzafame

Robert Lanzafame

18

20

20

16

15

89

21

  


A History of the Mercury Class Yacht and the Mercury Class Yacht Racing Association 

A practical boat for all weather sailing...at a moderate price is just as true today as it was in the early 1940’s when Ernest Nunes was advertising his new Mercury design in Sausalito, California. Designed for the rugged conditions of San Francisco Bay in summer, the Mercury proved to be equally at home in the very light air of Carmel. As a result of this versatility, the Mercury is found up and down the Pacific Coast from San Diego to Seattle including several lakes and rivers. The popularity of the class in part stems from the original Nunes idea that the boat should be simple in design so that anyone could build one. In fact, the original Mercury could be purchased as a plywood kit for home assembly, partially assembled waiting to be finished, or complete and ready to sail. To this day plans are available from the Association for the home builder. After twenty years of plywood only construction, the MCYRA made the bold decision to authorize the building of fiberglass Mercuries by a franchised boat builder. The idea while controversial at the time, proved a boost to the class. Not only was the Mercury now low maintenance with major repairs completed with amazing ease, the boats became relatively inexpensive and were uniformly well built. Another major step was taken in 1970 when the Association allowed the use of tubular aluminum spars. It was at this time point that the class evolved into the sophisticated realm of sailboat racing. Now, not only was the mast more controllable, it was stronger. The sail-making technology of other development classes was utilized making the Mercury even more popular with serious racing sailors. The advent of mechanical pushers in 1979 added to the new sophistication. Contrary to the trend in other classes, the Mercury Association has insisted that the boats be well built, durable and safe. As a result, with the advent of sealed bulkheads the seaworthy Mercury has become even safer. It is also not unusual to see wooden boats and the original fiberglass boats among the highest finishers in any regatta. The MCYRA has held its championship every year since 1947 rotating the hosting of the regatta among its nine member fleets in such varied locations as San Francisco Bay, Huntington Lake, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, Monterey, Santa Cruz and Clearlake. A very active racing calendar that encourages travelling has created a circuit that has its own yearly champion and trophy — the Rosman Travel Trophy. The Mercury Class has been described as a great class to get started in and a better one to come home to. A large percentage of the association have been active participants for more than ten years. The boat attracts good sailors and the association attracts good people. It truly is a practical boat… Good Sailing!

Past Championship Skippers and Crews

Year

Location

Skipper

Crew

Hull Number

1947

Stanislaus

.James Wyatt of Fresno

Joe McAlese

48

1948

Los Angeles

Bill Jacobs of Los Angeles

Unknown

1949

Fresno

John Hooper of Sausallito

Heine Beagle

1950

Sausalito

Henry Mettier of Sausalito

Hank Easom

386

1951

Balboa

Rob Gaestel of Merced

Elva Roth

20

1952

Merced

Rob Gaestel of Merced

.Jan Flammer

20

1953

Stillwater

Rob Gaestel of Merced

Betty Gaestel

20

1954

San Pedro

John Koenig of Sausalito

Bob Dynhard

330

1955

Richmond

Al (Smitty) Smith of Los Angeles

Bill Dixon

383

1956

Merced

Rob Gaestel of Merced

Betty Gaestel

20

1957

Balboa

Roy Ashley of Sausalito

Rich Owen

1958

Huntington Lake

Ed Mills of Los Angeles

Bill Jacobs

157

1959

Sausalito

Doug Baird of Stillwater

Mike Figour

288

1960

Santa Barbara

Ed Wellington of Coronado

John Kenick

205

1961

Coronado

John Kenick of Coronado

Harry Shumwal

1962

Stillwater

Doug Baird of Stillwater

Rick Fraser

288

1963

Los Angeles

Bill Lannan of Santa Barbara

Nick Udall

286

1964

Huntington Lake

Holden Sanford of Fresno

Ken Walsh

461

1965

Ventura

Roger Roessler of Santa Barbara

Florence Roessler

466

1966

Sausalito(a tie)

Dick Thompson of Peninsula

Jim Dickinson

22

1966

Sausalito(a tie)

Pat Bradley of Fresno

Tom Wenzel

434

1967

Santa Cruz

Doug Baird of Fresno

Jim Samuels

408

1968

Santa Barbara

Doug Baird of Peninsula

Dave Garibodi

408

1969

Stillwater

Doug Baird of Peninsula

Jim Dereamer

408

1970

Ventura

Roger Roessler of Santa Barbara

Florence Roessler

466

1971

Richmond

Tim Condon of Stillwater

Dick Hayes

508

1972

Los Angeles

Chris Gould of Monterey

Chet Cordrey

267

1973

Monterey

Tim Condon of Stillwater

Colleen Condon

508

1974

San Francisco

Paxton Davis of Peninsula

Ken Keefe

542

1975

Santa Barbara

John Grether of Sausalito

Dave West

428

1976

Huntington Lake

Steve Gould of Monterey

Doug Baird

470

1977

Stillwater

.John Grether of Santa Barbara

Betsy Broome

428

1978

Richmond

Dick Clark of Monterey

Tracy Usher

482

1979

Clear Lake

Jack McAleer of Monterey

Pete Sherman

459

1980

Santa Barbara

Pat Bradley of Fresno

John Schlepp

560

1981

Los Angeles

James Bradley of Fresno

Kathy Kirk

408

1982

Monterey

Mike Polkabla of Monterey

Charles Queen

358

1983

San Francisco

Dave Huggins of Peninsula

Clayton Huggins

571

1984

Huntington Lake

Pat Bradley of Fresno

Bud Nestell

560

1985

Santa Cruz

Dick Clark of Monterey

Tracy Usher

576

1986

Richmond

Dick Clark of Monterey

Tim Cordrey

576

1987

Santa Barbara

Jim Bradley of Peninsula

Al Kirk

408

1988

Huntington Lake

Jim Bradley of Peninsula

Kathy Bradley

408

1989

Stillwater

Doug Baird of Peninsula

Karen Mason

575

1990

San Francisco

Jim Bradley of Peninsula

Ed Cotter

408

1991

Santa Barbara

Pat Bradley of Fresno

Brendan Bradley

560

1992

Monterey

Dave West of North Bay

Dan Simmons

570

1993

Clear Lake

Pat Bradley of Fresno

Brendan Bradley

560

1994

Huntington Lake

Don Whelan of San Diego

Mike Porvaznik

466

1995

Coronado

Pat Bradley of Fresno

Brendan Bradley

560

1996

Stillwater

Jim Bradley of Peninsula

Kathy Bradley

553

1997

San Francisco

Pat Bradley of Fresno

Brendan Bradley

560

1998

Huntington Lake

Pat Bradley of Fresno

Brendan Bradley

560

1999

San Pedro

Dick Clark of Stillwater

Brent Harrill

576

2000

Treasure Island

Dick Clark of Stillwater

Mike Pokabla

576

2001

Coronado

Jack McAleer of Monterey

Eddie Schaup

459

2002

Monterey

Dick Clark of Stillwater

Brent Harrill

576

2003

Huntington Lake

Doug Baird of Fresno

Mike Baird

508

2004

Ballena Bay

Dave West of San Francisco

Chris Kreuger

429

2005

San Pedro

Mike Burch of Los Angeles

JJ Burch

472

2006

Monterey

Doug Baird of Fresno

Mac Kilpatrick

508

2007

Huntington Lake

Chris Raab of Los Angeles

Kenny Dair

570

2008

Long Beach

Chris Raab of Los Angeles

Kenny Dair

570

2009

Richmond

Chris Raab of Los Angeles

Kenny Dair

570

2010

San Pedro

Chris Raab of Los Angeles

Kenny Dair

570

2011

Monterey 

Pat Bradley of Fresno 

Brendan Bradley

560

2012

Huntington Lake

Doug Baird of Fresno

Chris Messano

508

2013

Long Beach

Chris Rabb of Los Angeles

Kenny Dair

570

2014

Santa Babara