2024 Spring Updates!

June 18, 2024 – NCASA Nationals Notes:

We are planning an epic event as we help LGYC celebrate 150 years of incredible racing. Early reports are that we will have great turnout. Our new NCASA Commodore, T. Freytag, looks forward to welcoming all of you at this event.

UPDATED Regatta Details:
We are planning similar logistics as our ILYA Championship at LGYC last August. We will dry sail and launch by crane at the LGYC Facility. The event will take place starting Thursday evening June 20th with a Special Race at 5 pm. The Thursday race will compete for the Wacker Trophy (see below). A six-race series is scheduled with first warning at 11 am on Friday morning with 2 more races scheduled for both Saturday and Sunday at PRO Mark DeGuire’s discretion.

The Lake Geneva Yacht Club has a couple of parties planned for us on Friday and Saturday both of which include live music. Please be sure to come and help our friends at LGYC celebrate their 150 year anniversary as a club and enjoy old friends and new!

After haul-out on Sunday, we will have lunch available and present our awards.

NEW for 2024 – some event specific information:

  1. On Thursday we will race for the Wacker Trophy – 17:00. Warning Gun – Frederick Glade Wacker and his wife, Grace Jennings Wacker, presented the Charles H. Wacker Trophy to the Lake Geneva Yacht Club in 1931 for Class A competition. They named the trophy in memory of Mr. Wacker’s father, a brewer, philanthropist, and prominent Chicagoan. Charles H. Wacker served as director of the Ways and Means Committee at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago and was chairman of the Chicago Plan Commission (the Burnham Plan). His Lake Geneva home was called Fair Lawn . At Lake Geneva Yacht Club, Fred Wacker raced a number of Class A scows “Privateer, Happy Warrior, Blue Heron, and Sweepstakes” among them. The Wacker Trophy is an elegant and detailed sterling silver model of his A-boat Rumpus, one-half inch to the foot in scale, and it rests on two rectangular bases that are inscribed with the winners names. The race for the Charles H. Wacker Trophy was traditionally held on Labor Day, and the course, if weather conditions permit, is from the Yacht Club to a mark at Buttons Bay, near the Wacker home, and return. ……………………………………………….The Wacker Trophy
  2. We will once again be using the Vakaros RaceSense starting system which we used last year at the ILYA Championship with great success!  Per the NOR all boats are required to use the Atlas 2 device. If you own one you will need to take it to the Vakaros tent at LGYC and have the event’s application uploaded to your device prior to racing. If you do not own one, you may rent one from the class for $120 for the event which you will need to do when you register before June 1st or you can contact Andy Burdick or Eddie Cox at Melges Boat Works to purchase one BEFORE APRIL 21, 2024. See the sale flyer below with the purchase discount they have kindly offered to our fleet.
  3. Following our fleet meeting last year and the recent boat owner polling, our NCASA Board recently voted to allow one throw-out race in a series where six races have been completed. This will be reflected in the regatta documents.

Contact Andy Burdick or Eddie Cox at Melges Boat Works to purchase the amazing Atlas 2. See the sale flyer above with the generous purchase discount they have offered in support of our fleet.

Regatta Gear:
You may order your team event long-sleeved performance fabric hoodie t-shirts when you register.  If you order upon registration before June 1st they will be delivered at the event. If they are ordered after that date they will be delivered post event.

Rated UPF50 to help combat harmful UV rays, this Tee also performs with Dry Zone® moisture-wicking technology to keep you cool, dry and comfortable.

  • 3.8-ounce, 100% polyester
  • Removable tag for comfort and relabeling
  • UPF rating of 50
  • Raglan sleeves
  • Sizes S-XXXL
  • $30 ea.

Regatta Schedule:

Registration, Vakaros Programming, Check-in, Practice Race (17:00 Warning Gun – 5 pm): Thursday, June 20, 2024
Race 1 and 2: Friday, June 21, 2024
Race 3 and 4: Saturday, June 22, 2024
Race 5 and 6: Sunday, June 23, 2024
Awards: Following the last race on Sunday

Registration is open. Please help us out by registering early – Thanks!

NCASA Executive Director:
Todd Haines



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 the latest sail designs, 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 skilled 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

2024 A Scow National Championship Regatta – Lake Geneva, WI
Set-up and Check-In Date: Thursday June 20, 2024
Race Dates: Friday June 21 – Sunday June 23
Location: Lake Geneva Yacht Club, Fontana, WI
Registration: Click Here
Official Event Website: NCASA

2024 ILYA Annual Championship Regatta – Clear Lake, IA 
Set-up and Check-In Date: August 11, 2023
Race Dates:
August 11 – 17, 2023
Location: Clear Lake Yacht Club
Registration: Not Open Yet
Official Event Website: ILYA

Future Venues:
2025 A Scow National Championship Regatta – TBD
Set-up and Check-In Date: always the Thursday after Father’s Day
Race Dates: Always the Fri-Sat-Sun after Father’s Day.