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            We're 60 years stong! Click on the picture above to see why we all love this boat so much!
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                  2017HarkenAd And have you seen us in the May 2017 issue of Sailing World as the featured boat in the Harken One Design Showcase?  Sixty years and still going strong - Flying Scots Rule!  Click on the picture to the left to view the full page ad.

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Want To Save $50 Bucks? Register For The NAC Before June 1!

We already have 38 boats registered for the NAC, which is great! We are more than half way to our goal of 60 boats for our 60th! Meanwhile, we are forcing our sailors into the 21st century by requiring online registration. I know, I know! I hate progress too! And change? Forget about it!!

But there you have it; even us oldsters have to accept the inevitable. So sit down in front of your computer (oh, if you are reading this you already are). So, go get an adult beverage, come back, sit down, go to FSSA.COM, and follow the links. If you need to, find your daughter or your grandson or your neighbor to help you navigate. Don't let the internet stop you from having the time of your life!

But the main point of this particular message is that registration for the NAC Championship goes up by $50 smackeroos after June 1. And as some of us get older, time flies. June 1 will be here before you know it!!

That fee includes two tickets for the Wednesday night annual banquet for skipper and one crew. Additional tickets are $50. Greg Fisher will be the featured speaker at the banquet. Plus, there will be cake. Enough said. 

Don't forget this is our 60th Anniversary year, a very special milestone - so make your plans soon and join the fun! 

Get more information Bout the event and registration here.

 

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Despite a very iffy weekend weather forecast, 19 Flying Scot crews attended the 2017 Grits and Haggis Regatta on beautiful Lake Keowee, in the Blue Ridge foothills of South Carolina, on Saturday, May 20 and Sunday, May 21.

But Keowee was not very beautiful for this year's event. In Saturday's hot and very muggy first race, Richard Wade and super crew Jim Leonard had an OCS start in near drifter conditions, then restarted, caught up to the leading group by the end of the first leg, but then drifted into the weather mark, yet somehow managed to come all the way back to record an impressive third place finish. They then won Saturday's very light air second race by several boat lengths to lead the regatta at that point. First race winners Don Smith and Chris Kacinski from Lake Norman followed their win with a third place finish in Saturday's second race to stand second on the day. Locals Sandy and Keith Eustis, with a fourth and a second, and Barry and Tracy Hambrick, from Birmingham, AL, with a second and a fifth, were close behind, and the fleet made it home before the rains began.

Saturday evening featured dark 'n stormies for all, a cut-and-grill-your-own sirloin steak dinner, and the “Fleet 193 Olympics” as evening entertainment. The Olympics included a thrilling game of “Pin the Blame on the PRO”, as well as “Boat Number Bingo” and a golf ball roll on a gravel drive to “Win the Starting Line.” Among the delicacies provided by an overthe-top food committee were a dark 'n stormy cake, both non-alcoholic and rum laced bread
puddings, and a platter of genuine Scotch eggs.

Sunday morning dawned to a steady downpour during our signature Grits and Haggis breakfast. Food Captain Cheiko French's famous Haggis cassarole recipe includes only a small amount of Haggis (oh thank you, Cheiko!), which went nicely with the scrambled eggs, South Carolina grits, and various other dishes. About half the fleet, including Smith/Kacinski and Sam Secrest/Sharon Hamilton who stood fifth after Satureday's races, then decided to
not go out for Sunday racing. Some of these competitors just didn't want to sail in a steady rain, while other simply had waaaay to much to eat at breakfast.  Sunday's racing included two more races in a relatively steady 5-7 mph breeze with diminishing rain; it even stopped raining altogether about halfway through the final race. Wade/Leonard won both Sunday races by 5-10 boat lengths each, while the Eustises and the Hambricks both recorded two more top finishes apiece to take 2nd and 3rd overall respectively. John Kreidler and junior crew Mitchell Brannon from nearby Lake Hartwell scored a second and a fith on Sunday to get back into 4th place overall, while Fleet 193's Fleet Captain Bob Graves, with Roger Sulhoff as his crew, managed to recover from a disastrous 18th place finish in race #2 on Saturday to take 5th overall in the final standings. We look forward to seeing all of you here for more Southern hospitality and much better racing conditions in 2018.

Full results are here.

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From all accounts on Facebook, this weekend was a blast at the Upper Keys Sailing Club in Key Largo, FL, hosted by Jim and Cheryl Signor.  This was the final event in the Florida Series for 2017.  Mark Taylor noted after day 1 "Beautiful day on the water. Close racing....except Jeff/Amy. Fyi I dont care how flat the water is....14-18 and puffy hurts after 3 races.  Cheryl Signor noted after day 1 "Getting ready to do this again. We need you to work up an appetite as we've got a barbecue planned after we get in off the water. Congrats to the top teams!"  Amy Smith Linton noted after the event  "Really great weekend in the beautiful Florida Keys! Thank you Cheryl and Jim SIgnor who not only hosted, but got a bullet today and finished in the top two!"

And the winners are three Wife-Husband teams - Jeffy and Amy Smith Linton, Jim and Cheryl Signor, and Mark (birthday boy) and Michele Taylor.  Congrats to all!   Full Results are here.

 

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At the 2017 Great 48, Greg Fisher was generous enough to join us and conducted a sailing clinic. Special thanks to Sean O'Donnell for coordinating and uploading the video footage. Click on the picture to enjoy the video!

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There were 38 Scots registered for the 43rd Great 48 at Lake Norman Yacht Club in Mooresville, NC .  A full story and pictures are coming soon, but for now, enjoy these videos.  The capsize even made Scuttlebutt with the caption "Paul Simon says there are 50 ways to leave your lover but we found a Flying Scot skipper who came up with another way".  Full results are here.

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Sunday was a beautiful day for racing at the 2017 Great 48 Regatta. Click on the picture tp enjoy some aerial footage as Harry Carpenter and Carrie Andrews lead the 30+ boat pack around the first downwind gate.

Video by Eric Bussell

 

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So we were filming at the Flying Scot Great 48 Regatta and just happened to have a camera pointed at Bruce Kitchen as he fell out of the boat, causing it to capsize. Thanks to Bruce and Lynn for being such great sports and having such a great attitude so that we can learn and share a good laugh with them. Boat footage by Angie Hunt, who drove from Illinois to volunteer and help us with our promotional project. Click on the picture to enjoy the video,

Video by Angie Hunt and Eric Bussell