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 Tenative 2020 Regatta Schedule

Updated January 8, 2020

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Hello again all Mercury Class members near and far!

Yes itโ€™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 whatโ€™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!

Reason for the cancellation is the weather forecast. 

The November Monterey Perry Cup is the first of a four weekend series, held at the Monterey Peninsula YC. It started with a strong turnout of 13 boats. Monterey is a venue where you thread your way through seals possibly whales and Dive boats are obstructions. What was exciting was to see such a mix of geographical, crew make ups and new faces. Crews came from Fresno, Santa Cruz, San Francisco Bay Area and Monterey.


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.

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 6/17/19.

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.

2019Fall podium

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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Saturday, November 2, Races 1, 2 & 3
Sunday, November 3, Races 4, 5 & 6
Saturday, December 7, Races 7, 8 & 9
Saturday, January 4, Races 10, 11 & 12
Saturday, February 1, Races 13, 14 & 15

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Richmond Yacht Club โ€“ 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.


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

Hal McCormack and the San Francisco YC ran this year's Hart Nunes Mercury regatta without any hitches, which can be difficult to organize in Racoon Straits.
Last minute entries, Scott Easom (crew Haydon Stapleton) and Jim and Kathy Bradley, spiced up the racing, making for a fun but challenging day racing in Richardson Bay.

Encinal YC put on another great series thanks to their many volunteers. Encinal is a great place to test out Mercury sailing, which new Meercury sailors Charlie McKenzie and Michael Spitz found out.

Race three of the 4 part Encinal YC Mercury series was a perfect example of what sailing in the Estuary can be. Moderate breeze, flat water and sunshine. The wind settled in to Westerly with some good puffs towards the middle of day allowing for a 5 race day over paperclip courses two times around.

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