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Battle Of The Biggest Scows On Lake Peawaukee

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  • Battle Of The Biggest Scows On Lake Peawaukee

    The Pewaukee Yacht Club in Southeastern Wisconsin hosted the 2021 A-Scow Nationals were held
    Thursday June 24 – Sunday June 27, 2021.

    19 A-Scows from distant lands of Illinois, Minnesota and Florida as well as locals Wisconsonites
    battled for A Scow Supremacy over 4 days on the 38' ballastless beasts.

    Images ©Hannah Lee Noll
    Drone footage by Dan Groskopf

    In the end, Tom Freytag and crew on Mad Cap from the nearby Lake Geneva Yacht Club
    rode two bullets, a 4th and a 7th to a 13 to 16 victory over Hans Melges and crew on White Heat,
    also affiliates from LGYC.

    To learn more about these shallow water loving, whale shark resembling larger than life vessels,
    Check out:

    The 38 foot (11.58 meter) Class A Scow is the largest, fastest, and most powerful inland scow sailboat. Originally designed in the late 1800’s by John O. Johnson of Johnson Boat Works (White Bear Lake, MN) the boat retains the same shape and size as the original boats. With the move to fiberglass and carbon construction, the addition of a bow sprit and a massive asymmetrical spinnaker, combined with a carbon fiber swept-spreader rig, the class is stronger than ever.

    Today’s A Scow, produced by Melges Performance Sailboats of Zenda, WI, has all the modern, sophisticated rigging and gear (from the good folks at Harken) needed to make this unbelievable boat simply rock on the water. Powered by North Sails, able to pull water-skiers, and having been clocked at over 25 mph in a good blow, the A Scow is a worthy challenge for even the most experienced sailors. Unlike keelboats of this size, the A Scow uses only dual bilge boards for stability and thus requires a crew of 6 or 7 people to keep her upright in heavy air.

    We hope you will explore our website and see what makes the A Scow so much fun!

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