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About the E Scow

The elegant and sleek E Scow is the pinnacle for high speed one-design racing for sailors in North America, from lakes and bays to protected ocean harbors. With 70+ boats regularly hitting the starting line at the National Championship, the E Scow is an ever-growing fleet driven by a design that’s always innovating.

Melges Performance Sailboats is the quality builder the class enjoys for creating these magnificent race machines. They have provided many of the innovations built into the boats, all carefully guarded by tight class scantlings and an experimental project process. With all the control lines led to the deck and an asymmetrical spinnaker launch and retrieval system, the boats are exciting and relatively as easy to sail as they have ever been. Melges continues their multiple decades worth of expertise building excellent products, including new E Scows.

The National Class E Scow Association manages the class and the National Championship regatta. Membership is across North America and include both active members and associates.

In 2023, the E Scow celebrated its 100th birthday. There were multiple celebrations across the country, culminating in the National Championship regatta in Madison, WI, where 128 boats participated – all on one starting line. The Race Committee did an amazing job of creating four segment starting lines that extended for over a mile. It was an event for the ages.

As the class looks forward to the next 100 years, the focus is on increasing the size of our regatta participation at local and regional events, along with engaging anyone interested in learning more and participating in E Scows. Here are a few ways you can get involved:

  • Review the regatta schedule on and attend an event near you.
  • Find out the name of the fleet leader close to you, under committees on, send them an email and ask about schedules and ways to get involved
  • Send a quick note to the class secretary at or any of the class officers.
  • Call Melges Performance Sailboats to find out about purchasing new or used
  • Review the classified ads on for used boat listings

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