2006 Season Approaches
The 2006 season is quickly approaching and the MHRA is putting together an exciting schedule of events. As usual, it will all kick off with the Chico Classic on May 6th and 7th at Black Butte Lake.
In February, the MHRA held it's annual awards and planning meeting in Auburn, CA. A huge thank to Andrew and Karen Brigg for helping to put this together.
Congratulations to the following sailors who took home the annual division awards:
This year was the first year that the Commodore's Regatta at Huntington Lake was billed as an MHRA regatta, although it has been an MHRA points event since 2002. This change in management is continued fall-out from the Hobie "X-Boat" edict. Thanks to Bob Engellenner who not only did much of the work to put on the race, but also dominated the Division 1 catamaran fleet.
Racer participation was strong, with 26 catamarans and 27 monohulls. Seven Hobie 20s turned out, and showed us what highly competitive one-design racing is all about. There were also five A-cats, including two from the Los Angeles area. Mike Egan's success in that company proves that his previous domination of MHRA's Division 2 back when he was sailing a Freestyle 474 wasn't just due to a cheater sail and a generous Portsmouth Number.
2005 Chico Classic
As in 2004, the 2005 Chico Classic saw very light air. The Race Committee managed to get two races off on Saturday and one on Sunday. The Chico Cats put on their usual great raffle on Saturday evening, and a keg of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale helped keep the racers minds off the poor conditions. T
Welcome to the new 2005 season. The fact that the Hobie Corporate has excluded all non Hobie boats from their Regattas this year has not dampened our spirits. We officially have four regattas this year.Hopefully we will add two more, the Commodores Regatta and the Full Moon Regatta. The dates for these regattas will be posted as soon as they become available. Being we have a somewhat reduced schedule, we encourage all members to try to make all the regattas this year.
The 2004 yearly banquet was held this past November in Nevada City, CA. The food was good, the wine was good, and the company was the best. Congratulations to Jim Maskaly for becoming the sail of the year for 2004.
Sunday in Rio Vista
After two years of "lighter than usual" winds, Rio Vista decided to show her true self. Saturday's winds were 25-30 mph and were accompanied by larger than usual waves. After numerous attempts by various boats to sail, Saturday racing was cancelled. Sunday would prove to be an excellent day for racing and Team Schulz would go on to win Division I and the father/son Atchley team would dominate Division II.
Whitecaps Goes the Distance
A fast and furious race committee was able to get in 8 great races over the weekend as Michael Egan dominated the Open Division on his "A" Class catamaran. Places 2 through 5 were very tight as Division I leaders Schmalzer/Thompson, Maskaly/McGlumphy, Dry, and Schulz were battled in most every race.