Yellow Creek Messabout 9.27.2015


Yellow Creek Messabout

(a fall, sailing festival)

Noon, Sunday 9/27

You are invited to a fall sailing festival at Yellow Creek State Park. Come join us for sailing, socializing and food. Beginning at noon, we expect sailors from University of Pittsburgh and Gannon University to join IUP for informal racing. We’ll have social sailing on FOYC boats and SUPs (stand-up paddle boards) for Friends members. But if you’re not a member, come join the festivities and find out about our sailing lessons and growing community sailing opportunities.

The Messabout is a relaxed alternative to the formal regatta. Bring your boat, if you have one … or hitch a ride with the friendly sailors at Yellow Creek. We’ll provide hotdogs, BBQ supplies and drinks. You’re welcome to bring your own favorite food to grill and share.

Yellow Creek Messabout is co-sponsored by Friends of Yellow Creek ( and the IUP Sailing Club (

The Yellow Creek sailing base is accessible via College Lodge Road off of Rt. 422. (Beach launching only at the sailing base; if you are bringing a trailerable boat, please launch from one of the park launch ramps on the north shore.) Email for more information.


Racers at the End of the Day, Sunday August 2, 2015


Sailors had a great time sailing in a 5-9 kt breeze, though it was quite shifty.  Here is the crew at the end of the day on Sunday.  Several sailors had to leave earlier in the day.

PDR Worlds 2015

More than a dozen ducks flocked to Lake Arthur (Moraine State Park) for the 2015 championships.  Races were held over two days, Saturday and Sunday, in generally brisk winds (6-10kts).  The race committee held two races each day.

Paul Hemker is the 2015 champion, winning each of the four races!

regatta and pdr worlds

If you are coming to the regatta, please don’t forget to register:

Email JohnBridges


The ducks are returning to Moraine State Park, home of the annual Regatta at Lake Arthur, which will proudly host the 2015 Puddle Duck Racer World Championship.

Not interested in entering the World Championship? Have a duck that does not meet class rules? You are still welcome to join us for impromptu races, fun and games leading up to the weekend’s Championship!  More details regarding programming to follow.

ALL PUDDLE DUCK RACERS ENTERING IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP MUST FIRST CONTACT SHORTY@SHORTYPEN.COM TO RECEIVE A REGISTERED FLEET NUMBER.  Fleet number must be displayed in 6″ numbers on the sail or hull of the boat for a chance to win the title.  Following true “Puddle Duck tradition,” each registrant is asked to provide a trophy for selection during the awards ceremony, which will take place on Sunday, August 2, 2015.

2015 Puddle Duck Racer World Championship (Moraine State Park – Pleasant Valley Road)
Saturday, August 1st, 2015 and Sunday, August 2nd, 2015.
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