Originally created 06/03/01

Wisconsin skipper captures 10th MC Scow sailing title



Andy Burdick won his 10th MC Scow national championship Saturday and got his head shaved for his effort .

When the Wisconsin native arrived Wednesday at Lake Thurmond, site of the MC Scow Nationals, he said he would shave his head if he won at least three races.

He won four of the seven races, resulting in a buzz cut courtesy of regatta co-chairman Ed Durant.

"How is he going to explain that to his wife?" said Andy's dad, Bob Burdick.

Seventy-five sailors from throughout the United States and from all age groups took part in the regatta, with the Augusta Sailing Club serving as the host club.

Burdick, from Pewaukee Sailing Club near Milwaukee, ran away with the trophy, winning by 21 points. Justin Hood of Springlake, Mich., was second. After finishing 15th in the Thursday's first race , Burdick won four of the remaining six races.

He was one of three professional sailors to participate in the event. He is vice president of Melges Performance Sailboats, which is the largest manufacturer of the MC Scow One design boats.

"When I am out there racing, I am racing for myself," Burdick said. "When I'm back on land, then I am here for the company."

Whether on land or sea, he has made a name for both himself and his company.

With 10 MC Scow championships, he has won the event more times than any other competitor since the trophy was established in 1971. Burdick won the event consecutively from 1988-93.

"That was a good run," Burdick said. "To win it that many times takes dedication to the sport."

Burdick's dedication to sailing has been the catalyst to his success in five different sailing divisions.

"I have won close to 25 national championships," Burdick said. "I just set a high standard for myself and go do it."

The regatta featured sailors from 12 different states. Fourteen came from Wisconsin, tying it with Georgia as the most represented state. Michigan was a close second with 12.

There were seven participants from the Augusta Sailing Club. Of those, Durant, finished the highest in 12th place.

"This was a very strong field," Durant said. "It's cool when you can race against a national champion (like Burdick)."

2001 MC Nationals Regatta

25-Andy Burdick (PYC, WI); 46-Justin Hood (GRYC, MI); 52-Scott Slocum (RCYC, TX); 62-Ted Keller (HYC, OH); 104-Pete Fox (SLYC, MI); 107-Jeremy Pape (LLSC, GA); 116-Rick Trester (CLYC, WI); 121-John Bates (RCYC, TX); 127-David Fox (SLYC, MI).

Other Scores of Interest

139-Ed Durant (ASC, Augusta); 155-Jeff Annis (ASC, Augusta); 194-Jim Harris (ASC, Augusta); 297-Jim Claffey (ASC, Augusta); 416-John Lovin (ASC, Augusta); 430-Edred Benton (ASC, Augusta); 440-Richard Mayne (ASC, Augusta).