Black Tie Regatta 2011

Rush Creek Yacht Club is happy to announce that in anticipation of the upcoming Melges 24 World Championships in Corpus Christi, Texas, the RCYC Melges 24 Fleet has decided to revive the Black Tie Regatta.  This three day Melges 24 exclusive event will start off with a one day clinic coached by Farley Fontenot of Quantum Sails. Topics will range from boat set-up, 2-boat testing, starting drills, plus more. Then with two days of hard racing, you will be one step closer to achieving your teams goals by the end of the event.

Entry Fee: $150 per boat.
Late Entry: $200 per boat after March 25, 2011

Click here to register:
2011 Black Tie Regatta Online Registration Form

Click here to download a copy of the NOR:
2011 Black Tie Regatta NOR

Click here to see who is coming:
2011 Black Tie Regatta Entries

Click here to see the Results:
2011 Black Tie Regatta Results

The 1st Black Tie Regatta was somewhat laughingly put together in June, 1963, and 7 boats showed up for the 2 day affair and a black tie party was held at the Fleet Captain’s home. One skipper showed up in a beautiful tuxedo complete with black dyed Topsider sneakers. The wives and girlfriends, who usually acted as crew, outdid themselves as the transformation from crew scruffiness to evening wear was eye opening. In subsequent years, they formed an auxiliary called the “Pucker stringers” (a string on the sail that the crew regulated to change the sail shape) adopted a rather skimpy costume and met each boat after each race with refreshments for skipper and crew.

Buddy Melges, a manufacturer of scows, heard of the fun to be had with this upstart fleet far from the center of scow country, and discovered that due to Wisconsin tax laws, if you took delivery of a new C scow in Texas, a new owner could defray the cost of the trip down here tune his new boat in the Black Tie Regatta, and steal a March on his Wisconsin competitors before their lakes thawed out. Melges and a competitor, the Johnson Boat Works, delivered many new boats at successive Black Ties and the regatta achieved national fame so rapidly that White Rock Lake became too small and had to be moved first to the Fort Worth Boat Club and finally to its present home at the Rush Creek Yacht Club. The local C scow fleet split when the RCYC was formed and the two separate fleets competed for many years. In the year 2000, the 37th annual Black Tie Regatta enjoyed over 100 scows ranging in size from the 16 foot MC class to the magnificent 38 foot A class.

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