National regatta returns to Lake Max, brings fun for public, participants alike
If Lake Maxinkuckee looks especially picturesque this weekend due to a swath of graceful sails on its waters, that's because Culver is hosting the 2011 C Scow National Championship Regatta from June 17 through 19. And one of the people behind the event, Culver's own Ed Furry, says that's good news for the whole community -- and he hopes the whole community will take part in the festivities.
"We'll probably have 60 or 70 boats, each with a two or three-person crew," he says. "We'll be bringing a few hundred people to Culver to support the restaurants and businesses."
Furry explains the event, which draws sailors most heavily from the Midwest -- including Missouri and Minnesota -- had once been on a rotation to take place regularly on Lake Maxinkuckee, but that tradition halted in 2000, when the Maxinkuckee Yacht Club opted to hold the MC Scow Nationals and realized it couldn't handle two major, national regattas the same year. C Scow National organizers actually sought out a return to this area, he adds, because they'd "been gone from Lake Maxinkuckee for too long, which is a compliment.
"We have one of the better lakes for sailing, we have a great town, and the Academy has a great campus -- they've always been great working with our club."
In the past, he explains, social gatherings connected to the regatta have been based at the Academies campus, but this year the school is a bit busier, and organizers like Furry (whose parents, Bill and Krista Furry, are longtime active participants in the Culver community on several fronts) wanted the town involved more in the event.
Sailors will enjoy get-togethers at the Edgewater as well as Furry's own residence on Thursday and Friday after their races. Following Saturday's races, says Furry, the community is invited to the Edgewater's new banquet facility (located on Lake Shore Drive at the former City Diner locale), where a live band will begin at 8 p.m. A $5 donation at the door goes to the Yacht Club's Junior Fleet, a sailing program for youngsters which is open to the entire community.
If Ed Furry's name sounds familiar, by the way, it should: besides being behind the scenes (and on screen) as a sailing instructor and organizer in the Disney movie, "Morning Light," his Sail22 company (sail22.com) works with teams all over the world to prepare for major sailing events, work which includes getting boats where they should be, photography, arranging housing, dining, crew gear, and more. Yoder's Sports, in Plymouth, carries the company's sailing gear and attire, and the company also handles vinyl graphics, primarily on boats, but other areas as well, such as the Edgewater in Culver.
Another area Sail22 handles is photography (as they'll be doing this weekend at the Regatta). In fact, Furry's fiancé Becky DaMore's photography -- primarily of sailing and sail-related subjects -- is part of a special display at the Culver Coffee Company at present. This Thursday, June 16, the Company will host an open house during which she'll be present to discuss her work, from 5 to 8 p.m.
Those interested in the best views of this weekend's Regatta may want to stop in at the Academies Naval Building and ask for Ed Furry, to be put on a spectator boat and learn more about what's going on. Races start around 10:30 a.m. each day, he notes. More information, and a complete schedule, is available at the Maxinkuckee Yacht Club's website, www.myc-culver.org.