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Hello once again all Mercury Class members!

Been a few months, so here’s a brief class update………..

Strange times we are living in right now with the whole COVID 19 (Corona Virus) world pandemic. I first want to address the class sailing schedule…..that being said, some yacht clubs are completely shut down and some are on limited schedules but still conducting regattas or sailing events. One such club is the Encinal Yacht Club who host our NorCal series. They will still run our upcoming races on April 4th…….however, keep an eye on your email for any last minute updates or any changes. As for the rest of our racing schedule, we’ll just have to see what comes about in the next couple weeks. It is important that we make sure if the class is to change or cancel any up coming racing dates, we need to let the hosting club know in advance (as much as possible) that no Mercurys will be attending. I will leave those decisions up to the local fleets as to what they want to do.

Notice Of Race, 2020 Mercury Class NorCal Series


Organizing Authority: Encinal Yacht Club, Alameda, CA

Sailing Dates: 3/7/20, 4/4/20 Carmiggelt Trophy, 5/9/20, 5/30/20

For over 75 years the Mercury Class Yacht Racing Association (MCYRA) has been racing throughout California. For 2020 the class continues to thrive and grow with great racing throughout all of California.

Encinal Yacht Club hosted an 8 boat Mercury fleet to kick off this year's four Saturdays of racing to determine who will be the 2020 NorCal champion.  The threat of rain in the morning may have discouraged a couple of sailors from coming out but for those who did, by the 12:30 start time the weather was perfect.  Breeze was a steady 5 to 7 knots with puff after puff rolling down the Estuary. Shifty was the word of the day but the shifts lead to a lot of position changes making for great racing for everyone.

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Last weekend a lucky few got to sail in beautiful sailing weather conditions in "Hurricane Gulch" out of San Pedro. Cabrillio Beach YC hosted the regatta  and were, as always welcoming.

2019 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. 

Listing of historical hull weights, mast weights and measurement certificate info including most current information.

An * indicates an estimated weight. Last update 2/5/20.

 Tenative 2020 Regatta Schedule

Updated January 8, 2020

With light winds in the forecast, PRO Dick Clark wisely chose to set the starting line just beyond Mile Buoy, near the old Monterey Bay Boatworks. It meant a long sail and more ocean chop, but with a better chance of getting in four races to complete the series.

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Hello again all Mercury Class members near and far!

Yes it’s been awhile since I have address the class with an update. So have a seat, sit back, and hold on as I recap the last part of our 2019 and give you some of what’s ahead for 2020!

Since we last talked we had just completed our High Sierra Regatta. Big thanks to Pat Bradly, Peter and Lynn Baldwin, and their large support staff for once again making the event spectacular! Fast forward to the Labor Day regatta, 12 boats participated in what is probably one of the most beautiful venues the Mercury Class races in. Dick Clark and his top notch race committee crew did another wonderful job. The sunset Saturday night while we enjoyed the BBQ dinner was magnificent!

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The Fall Regatta in San Pedro last weekend was lucky to get a friendly turnout, and some great sailing conditions on the Saturday. Straightforward 2x around with the luxury of leeward gates made sailing fun without the traffic jams and elevated pulses.

Listing of historical hull weights, mast weights and measurement certificate info including most current information.

An * indicates an estimated weight. Last update 6/17/19.

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This past Saturday the first Annual Fall Mercury Regatta  was kicked off at the Richmond Yacht Club.

Nine  boats started in a 12+ knot gusting breeze which was kicked up by a passing front. Before and after Saturday, much calmer conditions... "you should have been here last week"  

None the less, despite the rowdy conditions, we had a big turnout of new faces.

Regatta results:

Skipper/Crew Sail # Name Club TOTAL R1 R2 R3
John Ravizza USA 537 StFYC 4 4 2 1 1
Chris Boome
David Bacci USA 548 Marauder RYC 9 9 1 2 6
Patrick Murphy
Jim Bradley USA 553 StFYC 9 9 4 3 2
Kathy Bradley
Lyn Hines USA 541 Huitres RYC 10 10 3 4 3
Odile Hines
Chris Davis USA 529 Makani EYC 14 14 5 5 4
Bob Scholl
Anthony Chargin USA 577 Cure StFYC 17 17 6 6

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Richmond Yacht Club – Sept. 13-14
17 boats
After a long delay on shore, the PRO Fred Paxton got the fleet out for the first 3 races of this 5 race series. John Ravizza with crew Chris Boome showed the same great speed that had helped John win the Huntington Regatta a month earlier. John was celebrating his birthday by leading all the way for a win in Race 1.

This was the 70th anniversary sailing the Labor Day regatta which back in the day counted 60 boats sailing. Launching must have been amazing.  It was our third time coming to the Stillwater YC and this was the best so far with great wind and a notably hospitable reception by the Commodore Denise Foderaro who is very enthusiastic about Mercury's and their history at the club. 

Hello all Mercury Class Members!

Just a quick update from your President, I know its been a while, but it has been a busy summer.

Since my last report the NorCal series wrapped up, another successful series for the SF Bay Fleet. Unfortunately the SoCal series never gained any traction this year, but will push through to next Spring and make it happen! Then we had Santa Barbra Spring Regatta, with 6 boast on the line.

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Mercury sailors from all districts came together for a classic few days of racing at Huntington Lake.

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