MC Fleet #47 and the Crystal Lake Yacht Club
cordially invite you to the

2016 MCSA National Championship Regatta
August 24 – 27, 2016



Crystal Lake Yacht Club, 3491 Pilgrim Highway, Frankfort, MI 49635, 231-352-4691 (summer only)


The races will be governed by the rules defined in The Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS). No advertising may be displayed. The Sailing Instructions will take precedence in case of conflict. This changes RRS 63.7.


Entries and Eligibility

This regatta is open to all sailors of MC scows. This is an MCSA sanctioned event. Each skipper must be a current member of MCSA and meet trophy age requirements before the first scheduled race. Non-MCSA members will be scored DNC for all races. All yachts must comply with the MC class scantlings prior to the preparatory signal of the first scheduled race. A boat may sail with a different sail number from its hull number if it registers with that sail number, and must compete with that number for the entire event.
NOTE: This year’s MCSA Youth Championship is being held in conjunction with the MCSA National Championship. You will be racing with the entire fleet- all divisions (open, youth, masters, grand masters, mega masters, women). There is a separate “Youth Championship Division”. MCSA is covering $100 of the entry fee for every youth that registers and competes.

MCSA Membership Signup


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Schedule of Events

NOTE: All times shown are preliminary. Check official Notice Board for updates.

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Wednesday-August 24, 2016——————————————————-
Set Up, Weighing & Measure, Launching
Registration,Check-in and Launching at CLYC. Registration is not complete until sailing instructions and waiver of liability have been signed for.

2 Practice Races

Welcome Party at CLYC

Thursday August 25, 2016———————————————————
Registration,Check-in and Launching at CLYC. (please register Wednesday from noon to 6pm – we cannot guarantee you will make the first race if registering Thursday morning)

Breakfast at the CLYC

Competitors Briefing

Warning signal for Race One

TBD Lunch

TBD Racing as conditions permit
Free beer after racing

Garden Theater Gathering (Frankfort)
Annual Meeting (at the theater unless weather delays require holding the meeting at CLYC clubhouse)

Friday August 26, 2016———————————————————

Breakfast at the CLYC

Racing begins as Directed on Notice Board


Racing as conditions permit
Free beer after racing

Cocktails & hors d’oeuvres
Steak Dinner at CLYC

Saturday August 27, 2016——————————————————

Breakfast at the CLYC

Racing begins as directed on Notice Board-no race to start after 3:00pm

Lunch and Trophy Presentation


Regatta registration for Adult Members is:
$235 on or before 8/01/2016 – includes FREE 2016 MC Nationals COOLER if you register by August 1
$250 after 8/1/2016
$275 on-site
Regatta registration for Youth Members (under 21 on 8/25/2016) is:
$70 on or before 8/01/2016 – includes FREE 2016 MC Nationals COOLER if you register by August 1. 
$90 after 8/1/2016
$100 on-site
MCSA is covering $100 of the entry fee for every youth that registers and competes. Example: regular youth registration is $170, so youth out of pocket cost is $170 less $100=$70.
MC Nationals cooler
Drawing for FREE new North MC sail ($1300 value) thanks to Melges Boat Works for the first 50 who register and pay in full

Regatta Registration includes:
Racing Participation
Free 2016 MC Nationals Cooler ONLY if registered by August 1st.
Free beer at club house after last race each day
Skipper meal package:
3 Continental Breakfasts
3 Lunches
Wednesday night Welcome Party
Thursday night Garden Theater Gathering
Friday night Steak Night

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Crew & Guests:
Complete meal package will be available for $95 per person and includes 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, Welcome Party, Garden Theater Gathering, and Steak Night.
Limited Ala Carte meals will be sold on-site at Registration. Breakfast $4, Lunch $10, Welcome Party $20, Garden Theater Gathering $25, Steak Night $38.
* – Note that the meal package at a discounted rate will only be available online until 8/17/16.  After that date meals will only be available at the Ala carte prices and limited availability.

Refund Policy: 100% refund until 8/7/2016

For those paying by check, please make payable to “Crystal Lake Yacht Club ” and mail to:
Crystal Lake Yacht Club
Attn: Kelly Winter
PO Box 452
Frankfort, MI 49635


Regatta T-shirts, wicking shirts, and hats.  Orders for participants, family, and crew must be placed online by August 1st. No orders will be taken after August 1st. There will be a limited quantity of shirts and hats for sale onsite at the regatta on a first come first serve basis.
Regatta Apparel

Radio Use

Bring your VHF radio. It will be the primary way to communicate with the contestants about activity on the racecourse; e.g., delays, recalls, weather related issues.


The Low Point System, RRS A4, will apply, except that each boat’s total score will be the sum of her scores for all races; in the event that seven (7) races are completed, her worst score will be excluded. This changes RRS A2.


Three (3) completed races shall constitute a regatta for awarding Perpetual Trophies and declaring the National Champion. Keeper trophies will be awarded if at least one (1) race has been completed.

Keeper Trophies:

Top 15 Overall (any age, male or female)
Top 3 Masters (50 – 59 years of age)
Top 3 Grand Masters (60 – 69 years of age)
Top Mega Master (70 – 79 years of age)
Top Old Salt (80+ years of age)
Top Woman – all ages
Top Single-Handed Sailor

Youth Championship Division (under 21 on 8/25/2016)
One (1) completed race shall constitute a regatta for awarding Carl Reuterdahl perpetual Trophy and the Keeper Trophies

Top 5 overall youth
Top woman youth

Address for return of previously won Perpetual Trophies (please do NOT require signature for delivery):

Hank Dow
3945 Pilgrim Hwy
Frankfort, MI 49635


All boats will be inspected to ensure compliance with the class weight requirement. Weighing will take place on club grounds at a location to be announced.

Washing Station

Boat and trailer wash is required by Benzie Township Aquatic Nuisance Ordinance no 2013-3 if your boat and trailer have been in the water in the last ten days.  To help avoid washing boats at CLYC, please have your hulls clean, check board wells for weeds and remove lake water from boats before coming.  If your trailer has been in the water in the last ten days please power wash it. This can be done with your covers on.  There is a free boat/trailer wash located on the way to the club located at the Crystal lake public boat launch on M115 and Mollineaux Rd 1.9 miles from the turn off of US31 onto M115.  YOUR BOAT AND TRAILER WILL BE INSPECTED prior to receiving your registration packet.


The Crystal Lake Yacht Club has one ramp for trailer launching and one crane hoist for lowering boats into the water. A tow tractor service will be provided to back trailers into the water prior to races and remove boats immediately following them. The CLYC also has a wide beachfront. Competitors are welcome to beach their boats or store them on dolly-trailers along the water. Sailors may also wet-sail their boats if they provide their own mooring buoys with at least 30’ of line, and if they agree to remove all anchors and weights from the water at the end of the regatta. Water-taxi service will be provided for any boats that wet-sail prior to and immediately following racing. Boats will not be permitted to dock overnight on any of the piers at the CLYC.

Only competing sailboats and powerboats for official regatta use will be allowed to launch from the Crystal Lake Yacht Club. All Support Team, Crew, and Spectator boats must be launched from one of the other boat ramps around Crystal Lake. All Spectator Boats are asked to observe the courtesies and rules of spectating a yacht race in addition to basic right-of-way laws. Unofficial powerboats may not be moored in front of the CLYC and they may only dock briefly on the Club piers for the purpose of picking up or dropping off people. All Spectators or Support Teams should understand that assisting a competitor while a race is underway will likely result in the disqualification of that competitor.


NOTE: No RV’s or overnight sleeping will be allowed on the CLYC grounds

Private Housing

There will be limited private housing available. If you would like to request housing – please contact Donna Phillips at prior to July 25th and we will try very hard to accommodate you.


The area surrounding the Crystal Lake Yacht Club is scenic and beautiful, featuring the clear blue waters of Lake Michigan and the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, which was named “The Most Beautiful Place in America” by Good Morning America in 2011. Downtown Frankfort features a number of excellent restaurants and shopping options, while the local lighthouses can be very photogenic. We hope you enjoy the local area just as much as the sailing!


We are so excited to invite you to sail Up North.

Before you know it you will be experiencing Crystal Lake’s fantastic breezes, terrific weather, crystal clear blue water and exceptional sailing conditions. The Crystal Lake Yacht Club was founded in 1931 and has hosted countless large regattas in the past. In 2014, we hosted the E Scow National Championship with over 70 boats and 300 sailors. Our committee has been hard at work this winter to get the details in place for another fantastic event. As always, our top priority is making sure we have excellent race management so, of course, we have put together a great team of experienced Race Officers. Logistics are also important and we promise that parking, launching and hauling, etc. will run smoothly. The CLYC is honored to be the host club. Our 80+ volunteers look forward to making you feel at home and to provide our unique brand of hospitality.

Please mark your calendar, register and join us for this spectacular regatta.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Chair: Kelly Winter –
Sailing Liaison: Rob Terry –

Media Rights

Competitors give absolute right and permission for video footage or photographs of themselves or their boat generated during an MCSA event to be published in any media for press, editorial or advertising purposes.


Sailing is an activity that has an inherent risk of damage and injury. Competitors in this event are participating entirely at their own risk. See RRS 4, Decision to Race. The race organizers (organizing authority, race committee, protest committee, host club, sponsors, or any other organization or official) will not be responsible for damage to any boat or other property or the injury to any competitor, including death, sustained as a result of participation in this event. By participating in this event, each competitor, or in the case of minors, each competitor’s parent or guardian, agrees to release the race organizers from any and all liability associated with such competitor’s participation in this event to the fullest extent permitted by law.