MC Scow Fleet 27: ScowBoys

MC Scow fleet 27 call themselves the ScowBoys. The ScowBoys run at least two regattas each summer, one at Union Res on May19-20 and a second in Steamboat Springs late in August as well as occasionally traveling to other clubs in and out of state. Members of the fleet occasionally travel to other states to compete in the many regattas. The MC Scow is a 16-foot scow boat designed by Melges/Johnson.  MC Scows are an active fleet at Union and race in the Portsmouth handicap fleet in all the scheduled Union Sailing Club races. They sail from the City Side (west side) of the lake but are members of Union Sailing Club.  

Don’t let the non-traditional look of these boats fool you. Those who race them and those who race against will all admit that their large sail and hull shape make them a fast lake boat. The fleet owns a loaner boat for those who would like to try them out.

Contact Sandy Butterfield ( if you have an interest in taking a test sail or racing with us.

MC Scow Class Page

MC Scow Specifications

The MC Scow is a fast, flat-bottomed dinghy, designed by Buddy Melges and Melges Boatworks in 1971. The boat is rigged with one mainsail, to go over rather than through the water, so it can really get up on a plane and go. The boat is sailed either single or double handed depending upon the wind speed. Top end recommended crew weight of from 250-310 pounds.

The MC class is one of the top one-design sailboat racing classes in North America. Today there are 104 fleets across the US and Canada with an active Association ( membership of nearly 400 racers. Regattas are held across the country throughout the season.


Length 16’

Beam 5’ 8”

Weight 420 lbs

Cat rigged

Mainsail 135 square feet

Double bilge boards

Single outboard rudder

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