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Dick Turner passes
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Dick Turner is a founding member of the NCESA who gave generously to the sport of E-Scow racing, beginning long before the creation of the NCESA in 1956. We remember him for his outstanding contributions to promote our favorite sport.
Ranking Champion & Road Warrior Recognition
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See how your 2014 regatta season stacked up against your competitors
Harry Melges IV wins 6 Blue Chip races, plus must see 'Wrap-up' videos
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Blue Chip 'Wrap-up' videos
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2014 TRYC FALL ONE DESIGN SERIES E-Scows, Flying Scots, and Ensigns
October 19th, 26th, November 2nd, 9th, and 16th
Video of Day-2, Fantastic day of Blue Chip Racing
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Day-2 video at the Blue Chip
Harry IV wins 5 in a row! - Also ore Aerial Video by Sean Fidler
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See more aerial video from day one at the Blue Chip.
2014 E Blue Chip - Day1 VIDEO
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Harry Melges IV - only 3 points after three races!
Rick Turner wins the FLACE Regatta at Keuka
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2014 Triple Crown - Results
Keuka Yacht Club
Results and a couple pictures are attached.
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The Finger Lakes Autumn Classic E Regatta (FLACE)
September 13 – 14, 2014
Notice of Race
2014 Easterns Championship at Seaside Park YC: It’s “Showtime” on Cedar Creek
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40 E-Scows made their way to the New Jersey beach town of Seaside Park for the 2014 Eastern Class E-Scow Association (ECESA) Championship, hosted by Seaside Park Yacht Club from July 31st through Aug. 2nd. This Easterns promised to be one of the most competitive in recent memory, with a collection of graying former champions including Dick Wight, Erik Johnson, Russ Lucas, Dave Magno and Rick Turner squaring off against young contenders such as Jeff Bonanni, Chad Hillyer and John Brown (well, the crew is sort of young). To spice up the mix, the incoming fleet also boasted long-distance travelers like Augie Barkow from Pewaukee and Robby Wilkins from Charleston and Melges 20 hotshots Michael Kiss and Travis Weisleder. Even former E national champion and world-famous photographer Peter Hurley was scheduled to make a cameo appearance.
Jimmy Spithill, America's Cup winning skipper, at the E-Scow Blue Chip Regatta
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Jimmy Spithill, America's Cup winning skipper, at the E-Scow Blue Chip Regatta. This event will be part of the Bart's Bash, a fundraiser in memory of Andrew “Bart” Simpson, who passed away during a tragic America’s Cup accident on May 9, 2013. Sailors all around the world will be racing on Sunday, September 21st in a World Record attempt to help raise money for the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation. Also register to sail an Opti against Jimmy in the afternoon following the last race of the E Blue Chip Regatta.
2014 National Championship Trophies & Awards
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Listed are the 2014 National Awards. These were handed out at Crystal Lake, the host club for the National Championship Regatta.
Scuttlebutt had this to say about the E Nationals
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Scuttlebutt Sailing News
Thursday September 11, 2014
Issue number 4167
Aerial Video of 2014 E National Championships
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Must see video by Sean Fidler of the 2014 E National Championship Regatta at beautiful Crystal Lake in Michigan.
78 boats participated in epic sailing conditions for most of the regatta.
E National Championship Article in Sailing Anarchy.
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Sailing Anarchy had an article about the E National Championship at Crystal lake. check it out.
Sam Rogers is the 2014 E-Scow National Champion
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Sam Rogers with Chrisy Hughes, Tony Jewett and Lynn Jewett as crew win the 2014 E-Scow National Championship Regatta held at the Crystal Lake Yacht Club in Frankfort MI. As you can see from the scores it was a close fought battle and they won by 1 point over 13 year old Harry Melges IV and his crew of father Harry Melges III, Andy Burdick, and two young hikers May Burdick, and Monroe Melges.
The volunteers at Crystal Lake Yacht Club provided an experience to be remembered. They left no stone unturned to provide the best venue possible, and then delivered always with a smile.
Congratulations to Sam and his team and a big thank you to the entire Crystal Lake Yacht Club.
A Different way to look at 2014 National E Results
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Christopher Hawk put this graph together as another way to look a the 2014 E National Results.

Congratulations to first time E skipper Matt Pistay - his chart looks impressive.
Also Clay Johnson, Jeff Bonanni, PHIL Morley, and John McGlynn - their charts are headed in the right direction too.

I hope your chart isn't a downer - but if it is, you have to agree the sailing was great.
Day-1 National Champs
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Chris Jewett wins the first and only race of day-1
Digital Reaches #18
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Nationals starts tomorrow - 78 boats registered.
See the links to the results and list of competitors.
James Kimball (G-7) Wins the WMYA Championship Regatta
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Top five were:
James Kimball - 10pts
Pete Price - 17
Brett Hatton - 20
Rob Terry - 25
Doug McNeil - 26
Carlyle Cup at of "Whale of a Sail" - NOR
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*** Carlyle Cup Becomes part of "Whale of a Sail" - NOR ***
Carlyle Sailing Association invites all sailors and paddlers to participate in the 44th annual Whale of a Sail Regatta. The event will be September 12 to September 14, 2014. All events will take place at Carlyle Sailing Association, Carlyle Lake, Carlyle, IL.
FLACE NOR for 2014
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Keuka Yacht Club and the Keuka E Fleet cordially invite you to

The Finger Lakes Autumn Classic E Regatta (FLACE)
September 13 – 14, 2014
Keuka YC, 684 West Lake Rd, Keuka Lake, NY
2014 Annual Membership Meeting @ Crystal Lake
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2014 Annual Membership Meeting will be at Crystal Lake Yacht Club on Friday September 5th at 9:00 AM.
Vincent Porter,Clifford Porter, Coye Harrett, and Ailsa Freytag Win 2014 ILYA Championships
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Vincent won a tie breaker against his uncle Brian Porter to take home the top prize for the ILYA Championship Regatta.
Eric Johnson T-18 Wins Eastern Class E-Scow Assoc Champonshipship
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T-18, Erik Johnson, Toms River, 16 pts
T-17, Chad Hillyer, Toms River, 27
SC-55, Robby Wilkins, Charleston, 32
BH-8, Russell Lucas, Bay Head, 34
MA-10, Dick Wight, Mantoloking, 36
T-37, John Brown, Toms River, 38
BH-21, Peter Koar, Bay Head, 47
T-73, Jeffrey Bonanni, Toms River, 49
V-37, August Barkow , Pewaukee, 54
CH-6, Rick Turner, Chautauqua, 61
Eastern Championship Photos
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Art Petrosemolo photos of the 2014 Eastern Championship Regatta
Will Hanckel wins E-Scows at Carolina YC Open Regatta
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More than 130 sailors competed in 17 classes in the Carolina Yacht Club Open Regatta on Saturday and Sunday in Charleston Harbor.
1. Will Hanckel 8 pts
2. Mark Jordan, 9 pts
3. Robby Wilkins, 11pts
Up Bay Challenge Cup - NOR Posted
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See link to the NOR
Tammy Sawyer Photos from the 2014 E Invite at Lake Geneva
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Take a look - Tammy Sawyer took a ton of photos at the 2014 E Invite at Lake Geneva.
2014 Eastern Champs - registration Info
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First of all, thanks to those of you who have already registered and made plans for attending this year's E Scow Easterns. The numbers suggest we'll have the biggest fleet for this regatta in probably 35 years. But to achieve that, we need some of the rest of you to complete your registrations.
Day-3 ILYA Invite at Lake Geneva
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Although Vincent Porter with team Coye Harrett, and Clifford Porter, gave us all a schooling in racing E-scows at the 2014 ILYA Invite on Lake Geneva, the seventh race on Day-3 proved he was beatable - but just barely.
Congratulations and well done I-2.
Day-2 ILYA Invite at Lake Geneva
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It is always fun to report on someones first big success, and we all like to see this; Ben Burgum M-20, new to the E-Scow fleet, lead the last race of the day for most of the way. Although he ended up third it must have been a thrill. He was being chased by seven Geneva sail numbers around the top mark, just a little intimidating while on their home lake. Young I-2, Scott Ripkey I-10, Vincent I-2, Peter Strothman I-9, Steve Lyon I-88, Brian Porter I-49, and Mike Gannon I-22 followed Ben at the first mark.
Day-1 ILYA Invite at Lake Geneva
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30 boats braved the challenges of Lake Geneva wind shifts in a nice 7-12 mph breeze. It was The range was in the neighbor hood of 220 degrees to 180. Had to mention that before saying the Vincent Porter and team,Coye Harrett and, Clifford Porter won all three races. An absolutely impressive showing against some great sailing talent.
Eight Bells: Runyon “Runnie” Colie Jr.
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Runyon “Runnie” Colie Jr., a 2013 inductee to the US National Sailing Hall of Fame, passed away on June 26, 2014. He was 98 years of age.
Wanamaker Regatta Report and Results
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Thirteen teams attended the Wanamaker Regatta on June 14, 2014. The fleet sailed three races in a puffy 10-12 knot north-westerly on the Seaside course. PRO Chip Hillyer and crew (thanks again Chip for running all these preseason events!) set windward-leeward courses with an average race time of 45 minutes. It was a great feeling to stretch the legs after most of the preseason short course sailing on the more protected waters of the Toms River.
2014 Runnie Colie Regatta Winner - Team Shimmer - Russ Lucas, Jane Rew, Sam Williams and Mike Dutton
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19 scows graced the course on Saturday for the 10th running of the Runnie Colie Regatta. This regatta is so special for all of us on the Bay because we sail to honor and smile with our friend Runnie Colie Jr.

While the BBYRA is celebrating our 100th anniversary this summer, we revel in the fact that Runnie, 98 last week, has been a part of 98% of this long history. Who in their sound mind could imagine doing something special in any part of their life and project that it would be so vitally relevant and important to yet ANOTHER generation of cool kids 2-3-20-40-60-80-100 years from now.

Well, I think we Scow sailors are that lucky….. or have unsound minds… or both.
Doug Johnson wins Hopatcong 80th Anniversary Regatta
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Getting off to a fast start with a couple of bullets, Doug Johnson kept the lead to win the Hopatcong 80th Anniversary regatta over Brian Gabriel by one point.
Chris Jewett with team Harry Melges, Pat Hughes & Hunter Sharpe win the Geneva Spring Regatta
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A beautifull day of racing in Lake Geneva with 35 E-Scows on the line. Winds down the lake from the west at 5-15 with major shifts. Three 4 leg races – the downwind finish got the fleet off on the second race 5 minutes after the last boat finished – with a slightly longer 15 minute delay between the second and third race to scarf down on board lunches.

Leading it Chris Jewett (M-3) followed by Jeff Bonanni (T-73) and Lon Schoor (H-7). The shifty puff conditions made it hard to have consistently good races as boat might easily change positions by as much as 12 boats between marks.
2014 Tom's River Tuneup - NOR posted
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Saturday May 31, 2014
Schedule of Events:
0800 – 0900 hours, Continental breakfast
0800 – 0930 hours, Registration
0930 hours, Skippers meeting
1000 hours, Harbor gun
1100 hours, First race
Lunch will be on the water between Race 1 and Race 2, followed by the 2nd, 3rd and 4th race.
Sailing Legend Buddy Melges reflects on Wisconsin roots
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An article by Ben Stanley that appeared in Lake Geneva News
Robby Wilkins Wins the 2014 Charleston Spring Regatta
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Accumulating only 9 points in the 4 races on the second day of the Charleston Spring Regatta, Wilkins (SC-55) moved into the lead. Just 3 points back were both Molly Lucas (BH-8) and Bora Gulari (KG-111), tied at 16 points. The winds were too great on Sunday to race, and the standing were unchanged after Saturday's racing.
Jim Barr wins the 2014 Sarasota One-Design Regatta
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Jim Barr won 3 of the 5 races to sit on top of the 12 E-Scow fleet.
2014 Charleston Spring Regatta - Day1 Results
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20 E-Scows got in two races on the first day of the Charleston Spring Regatta. Bay Head Yacht Club's Molly Lucas (BH-8) is leading, and Mendota's Phil Zalog with Bill Bock and Miles Clark (H-88) is in second place. The points are close as the first group of six boats have points of 6,7,8,9,11,11
Sarasota One design Midwinter Regatta
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Sarasota Florida - One Design Midwinter Regatta March 21-23.
2014 BBYRA E-Scow Grant Program
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The Island Heights Sailing Foundation wants to give selected young sailors on the BBYRA an opportunity to experience E-Scow racing at its best. The Foundation will provide two competitive boats (2005 and 2006.) The grant applications will be reviewed and the grant will be awarded with preference to age, level of interest, skill level and strength of references. Applications must be received by April 15, 2014 for the 2014 sailing season.
Digital Reaches News 2-26-2014
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View the Feb 26, 2014 Digital Reaches News - click on "Read>>".
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Are your yacht club’s E-Scow sailors members of the NCESA?
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Are your yacht club’s E-Scow sailors members of the NCESA? See how easy it is to find this information out on the website - and you do not have to be logged in to do it. The 'Member Info' menu has a sub-menu 'Member Directory' and if you click on that you will see the Member Directory page with search options
Sailing World magazine article about Ronnie Colie Jr
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Sailing World magazine article written by Gary Jobson about Ronnie Colie Jr.
Brian Porter is US-Sailing 2013 Yachtsman of the Year
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Read the full article as it appeared in US Sailing
Digital Reaches - Charleston Regatta & Misc News
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Digital Reaches
Volume XI, Article 1
Charleston Regatta - New dates and format
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The Charleston regatta will be a 3 day event on new dates March 28-30!
North Sails 2014 Year Book
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E-Scow Nationals is highlighted on the cover!

At the 84-boat 2013 E Scow Nationals in Wisconsin, the starting line stretched almost all the way across Lake Geneva.
After more than five decades, the E Scow continues to amaze, evolve and enjoy strong participation, competition
Lois "Betsy" Elizabeth Colie ~ Remembered
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Married for 65 years to Runyon Colie, Jr., Betsy enjoyed competing in both sailing and squash. Betsy was a nationally ranked squash player, playing out of the Philadelphia Cricket Club. Runnie and Betsy together won five International Penguin dingy sailing championships.
2013 Board of Directors Meeting Minutes
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The NCESA Board of Directors met on Saturday Nov 2. Click on 'Read'to get to the link for the pdf document.
2013 NCESA Annual Membership Meeting Minutes
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The Annual Membership Meeting is held at the Championship Regatta. Click on "Read" to see the minutes of the meeting that took place at the Lake Geneva Yacht Club.
Velocitek Shift Compass
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The new Velocitek Shift compass is legal to use in all E-scow events