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MCSA Blue Chip Championship

Friday, September 22, 2023, 10:00 AM until Sunday, September 24, 2023, 2:30 PM
Spring Lake Yacht Club - Fleet 07
17500 West Spring Lake Road
Spring Lake, MI  49456

Additional Info:
Event Contact(s):
Scott C Harestad
616-844-8434 (p)
MCSA Sanctioned Regatta
Registration is temporarily unavailable
Payment In Full In Advance Only
PLEASE - Pay when you register or when arrive at the event only.

see- Notice of Race
Attendees pay for their own charges
Attendance at the MCSA Blue Chip Regatta is by Invitation Only. 

Eligible boats will be notified by September 8. If you qualify in the next 3 weeks, please contact the regatta chair immediately.

his is an MCSA sanctioned event. Each skipper must be a current member of MCSA and meet trophy age requirements before the first scheduled race. Non-MCSA members will be scored DNC for all races.

Invitees register by going here: 

Qualification for MCSA Blue Chip Regatta
The MCSA Blue Chip Regatta is an annual event held during the third week of September at the Spring Lake YC in Michigan. This regatta brings together the top MC sailors of the country for two days of some of the toughest competitive racing you'll ever experience. There is also a mystery skipper, typically a nationally ranked sailor from another class whose participation further enlivens the competition.


This activity is complemented with bratwurst and beer after the practice races on Friday plus a great dinner on Saturday night. It is truly a memorable event and an honor to attend even if you come in last and have your name added to the plaque on the Gutterball trophy! 
Invitations are based on demonstrated regatta performance between September 22, 20xx, and September 20, 20xx. Organizers of the event will issue invitations to all candidates who have earned at least one (1) point as defined below. The organizers may invite other skippers to further enhance the quality and competitive nature of this premier event. NOTE: Make sure regatta results are promptly and properly submitted to our Webmaster --; they must contain the skipper's classification (Y, W, U50 or blank, M, GM, MM).
Some basic rules
  1. Points are awarded based on your classification and finishing position in a multi-fleet event.
  2. Points awarded at a regatta are not cumulative - use 'larger of' test
    • Example: You are a GM and 1st overall finisher at a regional regatta with 15 entrants - that earns 1 point. As the top GM you are also eligible for 0.5 point
      Points : Larger of 0.5 and 1.0 = 1.0 point

    • Example: You are a Top (M,GM,MM,OS,W,Y) and finished 6th at a regional regatta with 35 participants
      Points : You receive a 0.5 point for being Top (M,GM,MM,OS,W,Y)

    • Example: You are a Master and finished 5th in a regional regatta with 20 Participants. Another master finished 2nd and received 2nd overall award. You were awarded Top Master because the regatta host awards only one award per person; spreads out the awards. 
      Points : Sorry, no points; you needed to finish 3rd overall to earn Blue Chip points.


  3. Participants are skippers who sailed, not just registrants; must have at least one non-letter race finish.
  4. No points are awarded if all participants belong to the same MC fleet.

MCSA Blue Chip Regatta - Points Available (if event fell within period)
Blue Chip
-prior yr
Nationals Masters Youth Team Multi-Club/Regional Regattas (Participants)
> 50 50-41 40-31 30 - 21 20 - 15 14 - 10
1st Overall 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0
2nd Overall 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0
3rd Overall 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 0.5
4th Overall 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 0.5
5th Overall 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 0.5
6 - 10th Overall 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 0.5
11 - 15th Overall 1.0
Top Master 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5
Top Grand Master 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5
Top Mega Master 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5
Top Old Salt 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5
Top Woman 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5
Top Youth 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5
Gutter ball (Last) 1.0
Past Winners 1.0
Mystery Guest 1.0
Wildcard 1.0

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