The National Class A Scow Association celebrated its 15th anniversary this year on the big waters of Lake Winnebago! The lake that A Scows were originally designed did not fail to exhilarate the competitors. Oshkosh Yacht Club (OYC) was the home of the first A Nationals back in 2004 and is a special and storied place for our fleet. It is also important to note that the A Scow is celebrating 119 years of racing this season and we raced for the Felker Cup on Thursday evening June 21 in heavy breeze to continue this time-honored tradition. Every time we go to OYC we compete for one of these historic awards, which are older than the America’s Cup. Click Here for a full wrap-up on the 2018 event and links to the final results.
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
2018 A Scow National Championship Regatta – Lake Winnebago, WI
Set-up and Check-In Date: June 21, 2018
Race Dates: June 22-24, 2018
Location: Oshkosh Yacht Club
Official Event Website: NCASA
Official Event Facebook: NCASA National Championship Facebook Page
2018 ILYA Annual Championship Regatta
Set-up and Check-In Date: August 12 (Note – 4pm Warning for A Scow Races Sunday)
Race Dates: August 12-15.
Location: Minnetonka Yacht Club
Registration: Regatta Toolbox
Official Event Website: ILYA
2019 A Scow National Championship Regatta – Mendota Yacht Club
Set-up and Check-In Date: June 20, 2019
Race Dates: June 21-23, 2019
2020 A Scow National Championship Regatta – Green Lake Yacht Club
Set-up and Check-In Date: June 25, 2020
Race Dates: June 26-28, 2020