The NCASA Board had its Spring meeting April 2, 2020 with Lee Alnes, Todd Haines, Dave “Dex” Decker, T. Freytag, Pat Hughes and Tommy Groskopf participating via teleconference. After much deliberation, and after thorough evaluation of trends and data since the COVID-19 outbreak started to impact our region, we unanimously agreed that the 2020 NCASA National Championship Regatta scheduled for June 26-28 must be cancelled.
Please know that we did not take this decision lightly and for those who feel it is premature to cancel a June event, we just don’t see safe conditions improving quickly enough and felt we needed to make the decision while people could still get a full refund on home rentals at Green Lake.
As a group we feel an intense responsibility to the legacy of the A Scow class. These incredible boats have been raced since the late 1800’s, and our forefathers managed to keep the Class alive through the Great Depression, two World Wars, the loss of Melges Boat Works to fire, and multiple pandemics and epidemics. We know in our hearts that this difficult choice is the right decision for our host club, members, volunteers, race committee, competitors, and spectators. But we also know it is the right thing for the A Scow Class. We simply couldn’t live with ourselves if any owners or participants were lost due to foolhardy choices.
We have ruled out the possibility of holding a formal event at a later date this year, but if things do improve and it is possible to safely sail together, we will entertain holding a short notice “pop-up regatta”. Such an event would be very informal and would not be able to support a social program and meals, but it might still be fun. Again, this would not be considered if travel and personal safety continue to be issues.
While this is sad news for our summer fun, we are happy to report that the first two new A Scows built in 10 years are nearing completion at Melges. There is still interest to build a couple more which means great opportunities to pick up a race-ready used boat. We will emerge from this crisis stronger than ever before.
Finally, our organization is in good shape financially and we will weather this storm. If you do wish to support NCASA with your 2020 membership dues, please do so only if you can afford to. Don’t hesitate to reach out to myself or any NCASA Board members if you have questions or need any support during the coming days.
NCASA Commodore, on behalf of the NCASA Board of Directors.
The 38 foot (11.58 meter) Class A Scow is the largest, fastest, and most powerful inland scow sailboat. Originally designed in the late 1800’s by John O. Johnson of Johnson Boat Works (White Bear Lake, MN) the boat retains the same shape and size as the original boats. With the move to fiberglass and carbon construction, the addition of a bow sprit and a massive asymmetrical spinnaker, combined with a carbon fiber swept-spreader rig, the class is stronger than ever.
Today’s A Scow, produced by Melges Performance Sailboats of Zenda, WI, has all the modern, sophisticated rigging and gear (from the good folks at Harken) needed to make this unbelievable boat simply rock on the water. Powered by North Sails, able to pull water-skiers, and having been clocked at over 25 mph in a good blow, the A Scow is a worthy challenge for even the most experienced sailors. Unlike keelboats of this size, the A Scow uses only dual bilge boards for stability and thus requires a crew of 6 or 7 people to keep her upright in heavy air.
We hope you will explore our website and see what makes the A Scow so much fun!
A Scow Events
2020 A Scow National Championship Regatta – Green Lake, WI
Set-up and Check-In Date: EVENT CANCELLED – COVID-19 Pandemic
2020 ILYA Annual Championship Regatta – Lake Okoboji, IA
Set-up and Check-In Date: August 12, 2020
Race Dates: August 12-15, 2020
Location: Okoboji Yacht Club
Official Event Website: ILYA
2021 A Scow National Championship Regatta – Pewaukee Yacht Club
Set-up and Check-In Date: June 24, 2021
Race Dates: June 25-27, 2021