The MC Scow Fleet 27 call themselves the "ScowBoys." The ScowBoys run at least two regattas each summer, one at Union Reservoir in May and a second in Steamboat Springs late in August. Occasionally we also travel to other clubs in and out of Colorado.
MC Scows are an active fleet at Union and race in the Portsmouth handicap fleet.
The MC Scow is a fast, flat-bottomed, 16-foot dinghy, designed by Buddy Melges and Melges Boatworks in 1971. The boat is rigged with one mainsail, to go over rather than through the water, so it can really get up on a plane and go. The boat is sailed either single or double handed depending upon the wind speed. Top end recommended crew weight of from 250-310 pounds.
The MC class is one of the top one-design sailboat racing classes in North America. Today there are 104 fleets across the US and Canada with an active Association Membership of nearly 400 racers. Regattas are held across the country throughout the season.
Don’t let the non-traditional look of these boats fool you. Those who race them all admit that their large sail and hull shape make them a fast lake boat. The fleet owns a loaner boat for those who would like to try them out. Contact Jenny Sutton at MCFleetCaptain@unionsailingclub.org, if you have an interest in taking a test sail or racing with us.