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Mid-South Regional Recap
The Mid-South Regional in Shrezeport (a traditional Nebraskan pronunciation) started off on Friday, the 21st. Sailors were welcomed with a great breakfast, and racing started mid-day. The first two races were sailed in medium air, and the winds backed off quite a bit during the third race. Race Committee waited a bit before sending sailors in with not enough wind to hold quality racing in anymore. The evening took the group to Daqs, a local restaurant. The food was great, and the company and conversation was even better!
Saturday didn't have a promising forecast, and sadly, that was played out. The lake was very calm, so sailors entertained themselves by playing cornhole, measuring boats and sails, and generally solving most of the worlds problems. Racing for the day was officially called in the early afternoon, so many enjoyed the on-site keg for the rest of the afternoon, or went to explore other parts of the city. Saturday evening was the traditional cook your own steak dinner with lovely music on-site. It was a beautiful evening.
Sunday brought cold and rain, but also some wind. The sailors who ventured out bundled up to withstand the low 50's temps, but the racing was high quality. The winds were mostly steady, and three races were held pretty quickly before sending sailors in to tear down in the rain.
As always, the Shreveport Yacht Club members were amazing hosts, and the Mid-South remains an annual favorite for many sailors.
Results can be found here:
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FWC Update - April 2023
Greetings FWC Sailors!
April showers bring.. umm.. April regattas? I guess the old saying doesn’t rhyme and work as well for us, but the fact of the matter is our racing season is in full swing now! We have several Tier 3 regattas in the books, and our first and second Regional regattas are only two weeks away!
What’s Going On?
As I have mentioned previously, we are excited to be celebrating our 5th Anniversary this year! As a way to celebrate, and as a way of saying Thank You, each sailor participating at one of our Tier 1 or Tier 2 regattas this year will receive a 5th Year Anniversary long sleeve T-Shirt! We will also have some short sleeve shirts on site for $10/each if you want to purchase extras or get one for a family member or friend.
I’m excited to announce that ALL our Regional and Championship regattas now have open registration! I would kindly ask that if you are planning on participating, please take a moment to register early. This really helps regatta organizers plan ahead and encourages other sailors to come race as well when the list grows.
There are a couple of price increases I want to call attention to.
First, for the Championship regatta in June – there is a registration price increase that takes place on June 1st.
The Upper Keys Regional in Key Largo has a big price incentive for early sign-ups. Save money by registering before May 1st.
Also, in terms of planning ahead – if you are considering racing at Put-In-Bay – secure your accommodations well in advance. The island can fill up very quickly.
As always, please check our website for our full schedule of regattas and registration links. (www.formulawaveclass.com/regattas) There are few coming up I want to highlight!
Our first two regionals are coming right up!
The Mid-South in Shreveport will be April 21-23 and the Southeast will be in Charleston, April 28-30. There is still time to register and join the fun at these great events.
Our Championship regatta will be in Yankton, South Dakota, on June 23-25. We are planning a fun event with some lawn games to play, and a fun party with the local yacht club. Jane Sherrod will be hosting a pre-race chat on Thursday evening for any new or novice sailors who want some extra help or advice, or to ask any questions on their mind. This is a great opportunity to come sail at a championship regatta regardless of your skill level.
Our next Tier-3 regattas will be the Mid-Americas in Dallas, Texas, May 27-28 followed by the Candler Regatta in Florida, June 3-4.
Membership remains at $25 for the calendar year and is required for our Tier 1 and Tier 2 regattas. It is optional for Tier 3 regattas, however only FWC members will earn season points at Tier 3 events. If you have completed your 2023 membership – thank you! If you haven’t yet, I would encourage you to do so by following this link (https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/FormulaWaveClass) or sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Our referral system is still in place! Refer a brand new member to the FWC and earn $5 off next years membership cost (max of $25)! If you have questions about how this works, please contact us to ask any questions!
Our youth membership is only $10, and we strongly encourage any younger sailors to jump on a wave and come race!
I mentioned our website before and would again encourage you to check it out regularly for updates. I want to make sure you are aware of all other resources we have for you to stay connected and informed.
· Social Media
o Follow us on Facebook for updates, information, and sometimes just for fun pictures and all things Wave sailing!
o This is a user content generated forum for you to start conversations, ask questions, or discuss whatever is on your mind when it comes to Wave sailing and racing! Check it out if you haven’t yet!
FWC Members earn season points by racing at any of our Tier 1, 2, or 3 regattas. Points are weighted by the regatta type, with Tier 1 events earning double points, Tier 2 events earning standard points, and Tier 3 events earning half points. Want to see how things are stacking up? The link is on our info page of the website any time you want to check, and can also be seen here:
As always, Thank You to everyone who supports and sails with the FWC. We look forward to seeing you at one of our upcoming regattas!
FWC - President