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MORC Fleet

MORC Fleet

Officers

Fleet Captain     Jeff Dahlin
Technical Officer    Dick Jackson
MORC Sailing
MORC Fleet Sailboat

MORC Station 40 Mission Statement

Promote sailboat racing at the Wayzata Yacht Club (WYC) for the handicap fleet by grouping like sailboats into level rated groups using MORC rules. Sailboat ratings will be adjusted to fit MORC and PHRF handicaps to arrive at a fair and competitive placement of boats into level groups.  Sailboats that do not fit into a level rated group will be assigned a fair handicap rating.

MORC Fleet Benefits

  • Handicap basis: time on miles (IE. seconds per nautical mile)
  • Racers  know their finishing placement when crossing the finish line
  • No boat measurements are required; Handicaps are based on existing MORC rating certificates or historical MORC data
  • No additional rules beyond WYC sailing instructions 
  • No fleet fees
  • Level racing for all boats with handicaps within 1.5%
  • Currently four level handicap boats and two higher handicap boats
  • Higher handicap boats give seconds per mile to level handicap boats resulting in closely matched competitive racing
  • All boats normally fly spinnakers when wind conditions permit
  • Most MORC skippers and crew members are highly experienced sailors
    • Experience fleet members available to help new people joining MORC
  • Racing rules are followed with good sportsmanship
  • Sailors new to MORC racing are welcome to join the fleet

Roster

Sail # Name Owner
18 Split Decision Mark Christopher
48 Dansk Jeff Dahlin
96 Stinger 24 James LaValle
132 Cleo Jeff Kirby
233 Mischief Russ Loomis
290 Anticipation Scott Slater
430 Dream Fisher Dick Jackson

History

The MORC fleet at the Wayzata Yacht Club started in the late 1960s and in 20 years grew to about 50 boats.  The MORC International Regatta, held on Lake Minnetonka in 1999, attracted 53 boats and remains one of the best events ever conducted by the WYC.

The MORC measurement handicap system provides a time adjustment for the nautical miles raced for similar, but different, design/manufactured boats, so they can race competitively against each other.

In the beginning, there were three different classes, MORC I (which is now the S2 7.9 Fleet), MORC II and MORC III.  Boats were placed in the appropriate fleet according to their MORC rating, allowing boats of similar handicap to race together.

Many of the MORC boats are considered dual purpose because they are well designed for racing, as well as cruising with family or friends.  Normally they have ample cockpit room and a full cabin with sizable storage space and four bunk beds for overnights on the water.

During the 1980s, strong interest developed in one-design racing.  The result was a number of one-design fleets were established, attracting sailors from the MORC fleets, which in turn caused a decline in its numbers for racing.  Today there remains an active fleet of seven boats that compete regularly in the WYC’s MORC racing series.