Quantum Sails is proud to continue promoting and supporting the MC Scow class. Customers have achieved great success this year with Quantum sails, including winning the Midwinter Championship and the overall Triple Crown Winter Series. Read below for regatta takeaways, customer testimonials, and resources for the MC Scow.
With Quantum Zenda & Melges’ Andy Burdick
Lake Eustis Sailing Club put on another fantastic regatta for the MC Class – the first regatta of the Quantum Sails Triple Crown. There was practice sailing on Friday followed by racing Saturday and Sunday with very nice conditions – sunny and warm with winds up to 15mph. There were a number of great takeaways from the regatta. Here were our top items:
- Prepare your boat for race day. After a short break from summer sailing, many good sailors were forgetting important items. Have your radio charged and ready. Be sure you have a sailing watch, or better yet a Tacktick Micro Compass that provides a digital readout for compass headings and start time. Hydration – we had 4 races on Saturday and many of us ran out of water/Gatorade. Be prepared for a full day on the water! You never know how many races the PRO may try to squeeze in while the forecast is good. Be sure your mast rake is in the correct spot. Double-check before launching!
- "Start first and increase your lead.” This is a famous tagline from Buddy Melges, and it works! Get a great start. Be ready to fire up to full speed with 20 seconds to go – don’t wait for 5 seconds. Getting a front-row start affords you so many options. When you have a poor start, you either need to tack and duck transoms or stay on starboard stuck in bad air. Great race results begin with great starts.
- Sail the shifts. There were big shifts on Lake Eustis throughout the 2 days of racing. You must stay in tune with the leaders and sail the shift as it gets to you. Be in the dark water (wind) and sail the lifted tack. If you did this on Saturday and Sunday, you had good race results. This was especially true downwind as well.
- Use the buddy system on and off the water. Having a friend that is competing to assist with boat launch, sail rolling, and general information is very helpful. Using the buddy system on the water is great for your race performance. Test each end of the start line. Have someone go off the port and you start on the windward end – an easy way to see which end is favored. Do a split upwind before the start. Race on opposite tacks for 3 minutes, tack and meet. Which side of the lake was better? Which side had more wind? A better angle? Communicate about what you see on the water before each start.
- Excellent boat handling will help your regatta results. The ability to perform good tacks when it counts is key to upwind sailing success. Get out early and practice your tacks and gybes. Practice your mark rounding. The basics help you improve your overall race results, and Zenda University can help. Sign up today! Space is limited!
Preparing for the 2023 Season
Quantum Sails and Melges will continue to support the MC sailors and many MC events next year. Our entire team is here to help and support you with whatever challenge you’re taking on. The next winter series event is the Train Wreck Regatta in January and then the Midwinter Championship in March. If you need help outfitting your boat for the next regatta, visit Melges Sailing Supply or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn more about the mainsails powering top sailors in the class. The PowerZone is the best all around sail; full and powerful for upwind and downwind sailing. The Speed Sail is great for a lighter sailor or sailing alone in all conditions. Here are a few thoughts from the sailors making our sails look good on the podium.
“The Powerzone Main gives me the confidence to compete at any event & wind condition. Felt particularly fast downwind this season, which helped me gain places in crucial situations & events.”
- David Harrison
“The Quantum Powerzone sail delivers the most consistent performance through all the wind ranges, from zero to 20+. You can get the optimum sail shape for speed whether you are looking for power in light/medium breeze, or trying to de-power in bigger air and keep the boat under control.“
- Ted Keller - MC Winter Triple Crown Champion
2022 Quantum Sails MC Results
MC Triple Crown Championship - 1st
MC Midwinter Championship - 1st
ILYA Invitational - 1st
Cedar Spring Championship - 1st
Train Wreck Regatta - 1st
Rebel Rouser - 1st
Labelle Tune-Up - 1st
Eagle Lake Open Champs - 1st
Nagawicka Fall Classic - 1st
Maxinkuckee Champs - 1st
Spencer Weersing Champ - 1st