The early entry deadline for the 2011 National A Scow Class National Championship has been extended until Friday, June 3. Hosted by the Oshkosh Yacht Club (OYC) on June 24-26, all entrants that register before the early entry deadline will receive a very cool event specific gear bag. If you miss the deadline, there is a $50 late fee, plus Friday night dinner and the Thursday night cocktail party will only be available as supplies allow.
If your team has registered online, please be certain that you have paid your full entry fee, joined the class, reserved your Friday Dinners and Saturday Cocktail Party tickets prior to the extended deadline of Friday, June 3. You do not need to re-register to do this. Simply login at the YachtScoring Owner’s Corner and enter the e-mail address you registered with and your password. Your previous registration is saved right into the system.
REMEMBER: The Friday Dinners and Saturday Cocktail Party Social Package price is per person. Please be sure to take a head count (including the skipper) and make sure you buy the correct amount of tickets needed.
Now is also the time to order your 2011 A Scow National Championship gear. When you register online, prior to checking out, be certain to include your class membership dues (first item on the list), then browse a wide assortment of very cool gear. All gear orders must be placed by Friday, June 6. Organizers need this amount of time to have everything embroidered, etc.
STIFF & FAST
Eleven high-caliber teams are set and ready to compete, with many more teams expected to register prior to the extended entry deadline. Some of the fleet’s top teams are committed including Rob Evans on Cosmic Warrior, Terry Blanchard’s Silverhawk, Pat Hughes on Melvin, Chuck Lamphere on White Magic and defending National champion Tom Freytag’s Mad Cap. “My team and I are looking forward to another great year of A Scow racing. Everyone was in fine form in 2010, especially all of you 80-somethings,” said Freytag. “The racing conditions and competition could not have been better. We look forward to returning to Winnebago and Minnetonka in 2011. They are two fantastic A Scow venues with strong local fleets and great racing heritage.”
“We are very excited about this year’s Nationals in Oshkosh.” said NCASA Vice Commodore and Regatta Chair, Todd Haines. “The OYC and Bill Wyman have put together a really nice 2011 National Championship package. I can’t wait to sail on Winnebago again — lots of thrilling rides and adventures to be had!”
So what makes Lake Winnebago so special? Geographically, it is one of the NCASA’s favorite lakes to sail, not to mention it is a great social venue. Twelve miles wide by 30 miles long makes for some really great, perfect-for-the-A-Scow long courses with waves like no other inland lake.
“Hosting A Scows is what OYC is all about.” commented OYC Commodore, Tom Castle. “ Watching the speed and the power of these scows has been a huge part of Oshkosh tradition since the 1800’s. Our club is excited to continue the heritage and bring so many highly-regarded sailors to Oshkosh.”
In addition to some very intense competition, the event is very rich in history. The 100-year Felker Cup will be sailed on Thursday, June 24. OYC and The Waters have a spectacular dinner party planned on Friday evening, best known as the Professor’s Ball where each team will be introduced. Teams will compete for The Sawyer Cup on Saturday as a four-race series. Afterwards, prepare to celebrate the event in first class style with the A Fleet cocktail party under the tent where appetizers will be served and the famous Rock Award will be presented. Every year, the NCASA Board recognizes a member who they feel has contributed to the furtherance of the class and its development.
Stay close the Official Website of the National Class A Scow Association. More updates and information will be made available as the event draws closer and unfolds. Be sure to Friend The NCASA on FaceBook.