Friday, November 9, 2018

Colie Sails' Sailor Spotlight - Jamie Wasco Wright

Earlier this year our friends at Colie Sails featured another M-Scow sailor in their Sailor Spotlight: Jamie Wright! She gives a great interview and runs down some of her accomplishments on the water, including (but not limited to) an Easterns 1st Place finish! Check out the article by following this link here

Thursday, August 16, 2018

2018 M-Scow Easterns Announcement & NOR

Hi All -

Below is the NOR for the 50th Annual Easterns Championship at Lavallette YC on Saturday, Sept 22nd and Sunday Sept 23rd. Please save the date!

We hope that you can attend this special event. If you are unable but are willing to lend your boat so that others can sail please let me know. We would like to bring back some previous M scow alumni to sail - this would be a great way to celebrate this milestone!

Email me with questions or call/text 609-273-5555.

Hope to see you at Easterns! The NOR can be found here.


- Tim Faranetta

Friday, August 10, 2018

2018 M-Scow North Americans Wrap-Up

    I’ve seen some regatta trophies from the ILYA that would list that there was “no wind” for say 1958 as the regatta winner.  I remember once playing a lot of whiffle ball at Lake Chatawqua for an E-Scow regatta a little over 20 years ago. But have not run into anything like this since.  

    This year, I brought my son, Tim, to crew for me, and maybe get some some really good food traveling through Chicago.  He’s going to the Culinary Institute of America at Hyde Park, NY in the fall, so I had to make sure we would get some good food into the trip.  We had two problems. Towing an M-Scow , parking would be an issue, and we’re not deep dish pizza fans. So the goal became getting through Chicago very late on a Thursday night.  Tim came up with a list of places to go, and it appeared that Minneapolis could keep up with the restaurants in Chicago, and be a better value!

   When we got there on Friday, Defending Champ, Joe Schroeder, was there to greet us.  He helped out with Jen O’Brien with Regatta Chair duties AND grilling up the bratwursts for the Friday night picnic held at Beards Plaisance (about a half mile away from Lake Harriet YC).  We sat down Dave Klein and his wife for dinner but left a little early to get some appetizers and a gazpacho at Harriet Brasserie. The food was wonderful and the restaurant was busy. The crazy part was that food arrived so quickly that I was thinking about calling it fast food.  Best service I received since my first visit to Donkeys Place in Camden, NJ.

   In all, we had fifteen boats registered.  Seven boats from Lake Harriet YC, three boats from Pigeon Lake YC, two from Lavallette YC, and then one boat each from Bald Eagle YC, Manasquan YC, and Wayzata YC.  We were told that the forecast was for 5-10 mph of wind, but that may have been wishful thinking. If we saw 5 mph of wind, it was a miracle. Saturday morning, Tim and I decided to miss the very good breakfast spread at the Club, and went into Patisserie 46 (on 46th Street).  We had coffee and shared a blueberry muffin, and chocolate croissant, and a blueberry, cheesecake, almond croissant. The third qualifies as the best pastry I’ve had of any kind. Jennifer O’Brien told us that the place across the street serves the best burgers in town.

   Race # 1 featured a pin favored start with Ted Jewett building a huge lead over the fleet.  There were substantial holes all over the coarse. We gained at least 6 boats on the first downwind leg by sailing further right.  I’m pretty sure we lost about 6 boats sailing into a hole on the second upwind leg. One boat that avoided all of the holes, was Bill Collburn.  He kept his boat moving, sailed through the 180 degree windshifts, and was pretty aggressive with hitting the corners. By the end of the race, he passed Ted Jewett for the win.  Defending Champ, Joe Schroeder was right behind them to take third. Half way through the last Windward leg, I was right behind Joe Schroeder in fourth. That was until we sailed into a hole with about 150 yards to go.  I watched Mike Burton-Davies sail around me for fourth, and then Dave Klein sail around me from the other side for fifth! Tough Conditions!

   Race # 2 featured another pin favored start, except the pin was literally upwind of the committee boat!  You would think that whoever started at the pin would dominate. Not necessarily, because the committee boat end of the line had more wind up the course. Curt Morton had a great start, and increased his lead, with Bill Colburn in pursuit.  There would be more holes, and more 180 degree windshifts, but everybody was getting used to this flukey light breeze. The race committee even moved the leeward mark pretty substantially, but the big windshifts kept coming. It looked like Curt Morton was going to win the race when it was abandoned.  The breeze was dying throughout the day. We went in for a lunch of three different kinds of Chipotle burritos.

   The afternoon brought more challenging conditions with no wind on a half to two thirds of the lake, gusts to 2 mph and 30 to 180 degree shifts.  Pretty tough to set a course. No races in the afternoon. We pulled the boats out and headed over to the Seymour’s house for the Saturday night catered by Divine Swine.  The barbecue was as good as it gets. We had our class meeting. We discussed our plans to have next year’s regatta out East, and heard from the Canadiens that they might bring four boats!  I’m impressed! I was pleased to hear that fleets are moving forward, with a one boat at a time game plan. Ted Jewett was pretty thrilled with their performance. I told him that I would be talking about that race for a long time, and he agreed.

   Sailing on Sunday Morning featured even less wind.  The race course was set, but the problem was that both the Windward and leeward marks had wind coming from its respective shore.  Sailing from mark to mark was a reach. We could keep the boats ghosting along, but a fair course could not be set. I stood in my boat, with the back of my leg steering to save my back.  So the regatta would be decided on one race.

   Defending Champ, Joe Schroeder sailed very consistently to take third.  Ted Jewett earned second place and Bill Collburn won the first race and the regatta.  Herb Garcia had recently parted from an ‘86 Johnson that had severe hull damage from a storm.  I was able to pick up a very nice boom and some rudders. Curt Morton picked up a dead straight Johnson mast, and LaurieAnne Cooper bought a freshwater Melges M which she brought home.  So even the people who had to travel the furthest got something out of this Regatta.

   We packed up our boats and headed out to lunch.  Tim had heard that there was a pizzeria that is ranked 18th in the world about a mile and a half down the road.  I’ve been to Frank Pepe’s (perennially ranked #1) in Connecticut, and have always thought that Papa’s Tomato Pies  in Robbinsville, NJ was better. We went into Pizzeria Lola on Xerxes Street in Minneapolis. Tim ordered a Korean BBQ pizza and I ordered a pizza with sausage and pepperoni.  They were smaller, but right on the same level in taste as Papa’s!

   We then drove to Ohio to visit with my brother.  The pizza sucks in Ohio, but that’s another story.  My brother heard of all of these culinary delights that we had enjoyed and asked  Tim what he liked the most in Minnesota. Tim said, “That’s easy, the chocolate cake at the barbecue Saturday night.  It was so good I had three pieces!”

There are another 2-300 photos on the Lake Harriet YC website. Check back for a better link soon!

Tom Welsch

Thursday, July 12, 2018

North American M Scow Championship Event Info


Calling all LHYC & TCSC sailors, friends & family! We're hosting the 2018 North American M Scow Championship on Lake Harriet, and you're invited!
 All N. Am M Scow racers, LHYC & TCSC sailors, friends & family,

Please join us for a BBQ on July 28 at 6:30pm to celebrate the North American M Scow Championship. Hosted by LHYC racer Chris and Betsy Seymour (address in the link). Top-rated BBQ catered by Divine Swine with plenty of vegetarian options, too. Beverages included. 

Please rsvp by July 20th at noon

Tickets $20 per person, and can be purchased online here.

Note: Dinner is included in registration fee for regatta racers/crew.


We're also taking pre-orders for the regatta shirt until 7/16. There will be very few extras available for purchase at the event, so we're encouraging everyone to pre-order. This is a Hanes Cool Dri shirt. The shirts are $20 and can be picked up at registration 7/27. Pre-order here:

FOR RACERS:We have racers coming from all over the US and Canada, so it will be quite the rare spectacle of Ms on Lake Harriet. If you're thinking about racing, please sign up soon. All levels. Registration online here:
We also welcome volunteers during the event. Right now extra hands for Saturday breakfast set up/take down and Sunday breakfast set up, and event take down are needed. Please have people email me ( or Joe Schroeder ( if they can help with this unique sailing event.

Thank you to all our volunteers and sailors. Looking forward to seeing you all during the N. Am. M Scow Championship weekend!

Jennifer O'Brien, Regatta Co-Chair
Joe Schroeder, Regatta Co-Chair

Thursday, April 12, 2018

M-Scow North American Championships NOR

Hello everyone!

Posted below is the notice of race for the 2018 M-Scow North American Championships! This time around it will be hosted the last weekend of July at Lake Harriet Yacht Club in Minneapolis, MN. I'd like to acknowledge last year's winner Joe Schroeder for putting in the legwork and getting this year's regatta organized.

Here is a link to the full NOR and registration forms. We hope to see you there!

 Till next time.

- Jeremy

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Sailor Spotlight: Zach Higham

     Last week Colie Sails began running a column  highlighting young sailors in the area. Their first interviewee was fellow fleet member Zach Higham, who gave some insight into his impressive burgeoning sailing career, as well as a nice shout-out to the M-Scow! His interview has been reproduced below (with permission!) but we encourage you to check out the ongoing series by subscribing to their mailing list at the top left of the page here:

Till next time.
- Jeremy Welsch


     Zach Higham is a 16 year sailor from Pine Beach, NJ.  Zach is a perfect example of someone we want sailing on the bay; he grew up sailing Optis at Pine Beach Yacht Club (the same club where his mom grew up), he loves sailing in high school and recruiting new teammates, he just bought an M-Scow to race in our BBYRA summer series, and he coaches the next group of sailors at the Island Heights YC.  When most 16 year olds get their Learner's Permit, they want to spend the day driving a car.  Not Zach.  He couldn't wait to get home and tune up his M-Scow.  Zach's love of the sport is exactly what makes him a life-time sailor.

Name:  Zach Higham
Age:  16
School: Toms River HS South
Yacht Club:  Pine Beach

1) Zach, give me a brief synopsis of your sailing career so far.  Where did you go to junior sailing program?  What boats have you sailed?

     I started junior sailing program at age 5 at the Pine Beach Yacht Club.  When I began racing Opti more competitively I joined the Toms River Yacht Club Opti racing team and CERT.  This helped me advance my racing knowledge and tactics tremendously.  I had a pretty good Opti career placing 3rd overall in NJ Opti States in the Silver Division and winning the BBYRA Midget Championship. At the Mid-Atlantic Midget Finals I placed 2nd.  My High School Sailing career started in the fall of 2015 at Toms River HS South. Sailing in high school is a lot of fun and I enjoy competing with other local high school teams.  This past summer I began instructing at the Island Heights Yacht Club.  Some of my fellow instructors were sailing M Scows, and I started crewing.  At the end of the summer, on my 16th birthday, I bought my first M-Scow.  One month later I placed 3rd in the Eastern Championship. Sailing has become a very important part of my life, and I don’t know what I would do without it.

2) What is sailing at Pine Beach Yacht Club like?  You are one of the better sailors to come out of that club in a while, and I know your family is involved at the club.  Tell me about the culture and what makes Pine Beach YC so great.

     The Pine Beach Yacht Club is a wonderful club which has given me so many wonderful experiences.  My mom grew up sailing and later instructed at PBYC so it's been a part of our family.  The club has evolved in many ways, and I have witnessed many of the changes.  My father has been on the Executive board in many positions from the Treasurer to the Commodore during the 100th Anniversary, and he now serves as the Past Commodore.  Over the summer, I am continuously around the yacht club participating in many of these historic events.  Most summer mornings, I head down to the yacht club to hop on my whaler for my commute to work. Friday nights, I join in on a casual, yet competitive, Sunfish series.  On Sundays my family gets together, and we all sail on my dad’s Capri 25 in the PHRF series. Pine Beach Yacht Club is great because of its amazing environment where the members get involved and are invested in the junior sailors.  I have gained knowledge and experience through either sailing with them or just having a casual conversation at one of the social events.  Pine Beach is a family club where all the members know your name.  I am very proud to be part of such an amazing yacht club and cannot wait to hopefully bring home another Bay Flag as well as see the development of the future junior sailors.

3) You are one of the top sailors on the Toms River South sailing team (Go Indians!).  What's your high school sailing experience been like?  Pretend I'm an incoming freshman considering joining the South sailing team.  Give me your pitch!

     I have been sailing in high school since my freshman year and have recently been named one of the two captains of our team at Toms River High School South. The transition in my freshman year from sailing a single handed boat like the Opti to a larger double handed boat like the 420 was a little difficult.  I started as a crew which was something I was not used to, but I am thankful to have such great coaches who helped me with the transition.  Towards the end of the fall of freshman year I began spending some time in the back of the boat.  Ever since joining the team back in the fall of 2015 we have qualified for our Silver Fleet Championship every season as well as one trip to the Gold Fleet Championship. I hope that in these coming years as a captain and our A fleet skipper I can help lead the team to another trip to the Gold Fleet Championship. Overall high school sailing has been extremely rewarding for me. I have met new friends from my school as well as others, and I have grown so much as a sailor because of this choice. I recently recruited two new freshman to join our team for this spring season, and so far they both really enjoy sailing. Sailing is unlike many other sports because it is a lifelong sport. At the end of the day high school sailing is very rewarding, and if you have the chance you should give it a try even if you know nothing about sailing.

4) This weekend was the first HS sailing regatta of the season, the Icebreaker Regatta at TRYC.  You sailed really well in very challenging conditions.  What was your strategy and how did you approach the regatta?

     Going into the Icebreaker Regatta this past weekend my main focus was to get back to the basics of the fast-paced high school sailing races. With 15 boats on a large line and heavy wind, I focused on getting clean starts each race and keeping my boat as flat as possible. I also focused on sailing my own race the whole day and paying attention to my own boat instead of the other teams. On my very first race this spring season I put everything I have learned so far in high school racing together and was able to win the race. As the day continued the wind was building and the conditions worsened. Managing conditions with heavy wind and waves is difficult especially when sailing with a crew, but I am very proud of how well my crew, Paige Zelenak, and I worked together.  Paige helped me tremendously throughout the regatta.  As co captains we have realized the importance of teamwork.  I look forward to future regattas such as the Spring Fleet Championship, SUNY Maritime Invitational, and the NJ State Championship as well as the conditions that they bring.

5) Recently you bought an M Scow to sail on Barnegat Bay.  M Scows are very cool boats with a strong presence on the bay.  What made you decide to buy a boat like that and how do you like it so far?

     Over this past summer, I was introduced to the M-Scow while crewing with a coworker at the Lavalette Sunday Series.  After crewing on multiple M-Scows I just knew that this was the boat for me. The overall shape and feel of the boat intrigued me. So my dad and I began to look around for my own boat. After talking to many sailors in the M-Scow community and meeting new people through the Lavalette Sunday Series I found out that Tom Welsch was interested in selling one of his three boats. One night after a long day of coaching at Duck Boat Worlds, my Dad and I met Mr. Welsch to look at the boat. The boat was in wonderful racing condition-- white with two sleek blue stripes down each side and the name Jammin’ on the stern. That night I bought my first M scow.  The next morning was my 16th birthday, and I went for my drivers permit.  After that, I spent the rest of the day sailing my M-Scow. I didn't even want to go drive in a car; all I wanted to do was sail my M-Scow.  Late in the summer I entered two weeks of BBYRA racing and then the M-Scow Eastern Championship in September. I had a great time racing that day and ended up finishing 3rd in the Eastern Championship. The M-Scow is a great double-handed racing boat on the Barnegat Bay which I truly love. I can’t wait to compete in my M-Scow next summer and for many years to come.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Crazy Talk

Every once in a while, I play the lottery.  You know, your basic $2 Powerball ticket for $292,000,000.00.  I know I’m throwing my money away - 380,000,000 to 1 odds, but I always come up with the same dream.  I would order 40 aluminum masts made for the M-Scow to the original One Design specs.  I would also have 40 aluminum booms made to the old One Design drawings, which we still have access to.  Buying some cnc machines so I could make top and bottom mast fittings out of billet aluminum would also be ideal, as well as buying a swaging machine for all of the rigging.  Where would I put all of this stuff?

I would then buy a building for an M-Scow Museum where we could house new and used boats for sale as well as many M-Scow artifacts.  If someone were in need of replacement sleeves for the main halyard, or broke their gooseneck, we would have these in stock for purchase.

This is crazy talk, right?  Bottom line, winning the lottery to fund these crazy ideas is unlikely, but I think if we put all of our creative sailing minds together, we can come up with some new ideas to keep this wonderful class going.

I still remember John Harkrader asking what can we do to get more young sailors in the boat at the 2016 North Americans.  As your Commodore, I will work to get more young sailors into the M-Scow.  We need to have a new boat that can be available to sell this Summer.  Far too many parents of junior sailors think the M-Scow is dead because they think we don’t have a builder.  We do have a builder - Windward Boatworks.

Windward Boatworks took way too long to supply a boat for Ned Thompson.  The hull was made pretty quickly.  The problem was he had a lot of issues sourcing the parts that are no longer available.  The first boat was ordered some time around 2007 and was delivered in late 2016.  Not our best effort.  And it was missing parts that John Applegate and I have in inventory.  It is a stiff boat with a good shape.  When Ned has sailed the boat, he definitely was faster than us.

Part of my game plan is to identify the parts of the boat that are no longer available.  Ronstan no longer makes the gooseneck on the M.  We don’t have a supplier for the cast aluminum fittings for the mast and boom.  I have an inventory of many of those parts.  I am working with a local machinist who will make these parts with his CNC machines out of billet aluminum. He also has a game plan to solve the galvanic corrosion problem between the aluminum boom fitting and the Stainless Steel gooseneck post.

As of now, we are fortunate to have three benefactors who can pay for Windward Boatworks to make us a hull with splashboard, rudders, bilge-boards, jib Cunningham, and new bailers.  Once completed, we can bring it to New Jersey to rig it, sail it, and sell it.  This is a successful business model that John Applegate has done with used boats for years.  The goal is to sail it and sell it this Summer.  If you know somebody who would like to buy a new boat, please send me an email.

Thank you,

Tom Welsch
North American M-Scow Association Commodore

Saturday, March 10, 2018

The 2017 Eastern M-Scow Championship Regatta

2017 M-Scow EasternsSeaside Park Yacht ClubSeptember 16, 2017
      The 2017 Eastern M-Scow District Championship was held at Seaside Park YC on September 16th.  It started out with very light winds coming out of the South, and would eventually build in speed, clocking over to the East.  Race 1 started with a one lap windward leeward, with the finish to leeward.  The wind favored the boats going right, building a lead in more wind that died as we approached the windward mark.  As we rounded the windward mark, the wind shifted East for a long reach into the finish.  Kate Faranetta sailed a great race in very tough light conditions to take first, followed by Bill Warner Sr., Janet Davis, and John Dietz, respectively.
      Race 2 featured building breezes, as in building from 2 miles per hour to 6 miles per hour.  Another one lap windward leeward.  Zach Higham quickly took control of the race, getting to the windward mark ahead of Kate Faranetta, and Peter Bentey.  Kate Faranetta may have received some help from her crew, multiple North American Champion Tim Faranetta, as they passed Zach Higham downwind for the win.  So race 2 finished in the order of Kate Faranetta, Zach Higham, Peter Bentey, and Janet Davis.
      Race 3 has to be about junior sailors Zachary Higham and his crew Edward Harrison.  Zach purchased an M-Scow this Summer in August and got 3 races in with the BBYRA Summer Series.  So this was his sixth race in an M-Scow.  They won the race, wire to wire, with Bill Warner, Sr. coming in second and Kate Faranetta in third.   We then sailed into the yacht club for lunch.  The clubhouse completely cut off any wind at the pier.  LA-10 was the only boat with the inertia make it to the pier without bailing out.  That might be the only advantage of sailing an M with 470 lbs. combined crew weight.  The Seaside Park Race Organizers did a wonderful job with lunch.  It was delicious!
      Race 4 was another windward leeward, but with enough wind for 2 laps.  The first windward mark looked like the first five boats were overlapped!  Very close racing.  Bill Warner, Sr won the race, followed by John Dietz in second, and Zach Higham in third.  Frank Ciufa had his best race with a fourth place finish.  
     The fifth and final race again featured Kate & Tim Faranetta sailing fast after a disappointing fourth race.  Zachary Higham was fast all day, taking second.  But the most consistent sailor of the regatta was Bill Warner, Sr in third.  They borrowed Barron Cohen’s red boat.  The racing was followed by a great cookout, and then the trophy presentation.  Peter Bentey then recruited a few sailors to turn his boat over on its deck for the winter.  It was refreshing to see new junior sailors doing so well.  The father-daughter teams took the top two spots.  


Bill Warner Sr.
Gwen Warner
Toms River
Kate Faranetta
Tim Faranetta
Zach Higham
 Edward Harrison
Pine Beach
John Dietz
Liz Hart
Manasquan River
Peter Bentey
Kaitlynne Wilhelm
Seaside Park
Janet Davis
Bill Rogers
Manasquan River
Frank Ciufa
John Bubnowski
Seaside Park
Tom Welsch
 Chris Conklin