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Fleet 135 participants and their loot - from Deb Aronson's Facebook page

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Great Scot competitors at the local Honky Tonk paying tribute to the late Tom Petty

The Great Scot Regatta was this past weekend at Birmingham Sailing Club in Alabama.  While Hurricane Nate was on the way, the club managed to get in 3 races for the 24 teams on Satruday and based on the Facebook posts, it was a great time.  I hope we get to see more stories and pictures from this event! 

Deb Aronson - "You know you are a crazy Flying Scot sailor when you drive 10 hours TOWARD a hurricane to participate in the Great Scot Regatta at Birmingham Sailing Club. Had a great time. And happily they didn't make us race on Sunday as Nate came ashore!"

Melissa Miller - "What a fun regatta at the beautiful Birmingham Sailing Club! Special thanks to Richard Wade and his lovely wife Billie for their hospitality!"

Eric Bussell - "Great Scot competitors at the local Honky Tonk paying tribute to the late Tom Petty.  Tracy Hambrick (Birmingham), Bill Bruss (Chatanooga), Tom Miller (Corinthian), Robert Copps (Keowee), and Patrick Whatley (Birmingham). Thanks Melissa Miller for the video!"  (view the video above).

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The regatta was won by Tom and Melissa Miller from Texas - pictured here after the regatta attnding a concert in Jackson with the SFGM Chorus Lavendar Pen Tour.

Second was Richard Wade, Third was Eric Bussell, fourth was Ben Williams and fifth was District Governor Andy Fox.  We'll work on getting the crew names into the results.  Meanwhile, full race results are here.

 

 

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A few boats pretty close to finishing up race 1

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Fifth place Mark and Adam Riefenhauser from host club Candlewood Yacht Club in New Fairfield, CTd

Thirteen boats from 3 Districts came to Candlewood Yacht Club to enjoy some great friends, some fun, some food, oh yes, and some racing.  There were 4 boats from Saratoga Lake Sailing Club in the New York Lakes District, 3 boats from my club, Massapoag Yacht Club in the New England District, 2 boats from Sprite Island Yacht Club in the Greater New York District and 4 boats from the host club Candlewood, also in the Greater New York District.  Participants included New York Lakes District Governor Ann K. Seidman and Greater New York District Governor Mark Riefenhauser 

While we started with a postponement first thing in the morning, we were pretty happy that our great Race Committee, led by Commodore Tom Mullen and crew, got in 4 good races on Saturday.  You really can't ask for better than that.   With steady 10-12 MPH winds from the south, and loads of shifts to discover as there often is in lake sailing, there were places changing on every leg in each race, sometimes on each tack.  The racing was pretty close and there was not much time waiting between races.  The top 3 teams won all the races, but the rest of us had a great time with just a 1 point difference between 4th and 5th place, and lots of tie-breakers after that.  On Sunday, we waited a while in the rain, but the predicted gusts up in the 20's and possible lightning made it just too risky to put people on the water, so we packed up and went home knwoing this was the last race of the year for us..  

The hospitality was great and the club members offered to help rig, park, launch and of course they fed us all.  This is our 5th year in a row and Greg and I will definitely be back!  Come and join us, you won't regret it.  Full results are here.

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Third Place Mark Swanson and Mike Henne from Saratoga Lake Sailing Club in Saratoga, NY

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Flying Scot ACC's -
Another successful Flying Scot ACC's are in the books. Thirty boats participated in two divisions at Fishing Bay Yacht Club this past weekend. The competition was fierce as the results from Saturday were completely changed on Sunday that showed the talent in this highly competitive fleet. The Championship Division had 26 teams competing and the Challengers had 4 teams. We were blessed with great weather both days, excellent race management, incredible food including a fantastic taco bar on Saturday night prepared by FBYC Nica Waters, lots of Southern hospitality and loads of fun visiting old and new friends. Saturday the wind was between 4 - 7 and Sunday was slightly higher with 8 -10.
First place team of David Neff and Jason Hair from Selby Bay won three of the five races to take overall honors as the ACC Champions and Capital District Champions. Second place went to FBYC's Rob Whittemore and Kevin Clark who won the other two races. Finishing in third was another FBYC sailor, Len Guenther and Ron Thompson. Charlie Clifton sailing with his son, Chip from the Sarasota Sailing Squadron finished in fourth. Fifth place went to John Kreidler and Joe Brake from the Western Carolina Sail Club. In the Challenger Division FBYC's Ric Bauer and his wife, Sharon had five bullets winning the title to this division

Results are here and pictures should be coming soon!

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There was lots of activity in the Flying Scots class this weekend - the ACC at Fishing Bay Yacht Club in VA, the Glow in the Dark Regatta/Midwest Districts at Clinton Lake Sailing Association in IL, and the Scot-A-Hoochee/Dixie Lakes Districts at Lake Lanier Sailing Club in GA.  I am waiting for some write-ups and some pictures, Meanwhile, the results ofall thre regattas are under regatta results.  

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Women's NAC winners Greta Mittman and Heidi Gough   Junior NAC Winners Rachel and Michael Mittman 
Photos courtesy of Dari Esfahani  

Corinthian Sailing Club in Dallas, TX, hosted a terrific makeup Women and Juniors NAC, with 2 great weather days, shifting conditions, great race management, and great Texas hospitality.  By 11AM on Saturday, the boats were all rigged, skippers meetings were done and racing was on!  There were two races on Saturday morning and one in the afternoon, then here were 2 more races on Sunday. With the 10 women's teams and 6 Junior teams participating, there was loads of good close racing with multiple lead changes, 

Practice Day, Southwest District Governor Robert Cummings wrote "The Practice Race went well for the 2017 Women & Juniors North American Championship Re-Scheduled Regatta in Dallas. Looking forward to a beautiful day of sailing tomorrow! It was so much fun meeting sailors from across the country!".

Day 1, Jody Smith reported  that "the first two races had great wind with great sailing" and later reported that "the third race was a great race! A lot of changes of position. The racers put on a sailing clinic. the Junior sailors were sailing close at each mark. The wind was up and down and shifty. The women's standings demonstrate the talent and challenging conditions. Nice job to all the sailors!"

Dari Esfahani reported "What a great day on the water. It was just as much fun to be helping on Race Support, as it was racing" seeing all the smiles on the participants.

Day 2 began with only 4 points separating the top 5 boats. and Dari reported that after 2 more great races "Final Results. Mom wins the Women's and Daughter wins the Juniors", referring to Greta Mittman and Heid Gough as the Women's Champions and Rachel and Michael Mittman as the Junior Champions.

We will gather more pictures and let you know when they are available, but here are some links to some pictures on Flickr by Bruce Moore for you to enjoy, and there are lots morepictures on Facebook.

Race 1 - https://www.flickr.com/photos/22470241@N07/albums/72157689155560245

Race 2 - https://www.flickr.com/photos/22470241@N07/albums/72157685256175702

Race 3 - https://www.flickr.com/photos/22470241@N07/albums/72157686747204624

Congratulations to all the participants!  A big thanks to Corinthian's Fleet 23 and the Southwest District for hosting this great event.  It was wonderful to have 16 boats on the water!  Full Results are here.

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So exciting!  There are 10 Women's Teams and 6 Junior Teams at the 2017 Makeup Women and Junior NAC.  There will be more to come, but just wanted to share the excitement,  There are lots of pictures on Facebook and we will share some of thoise later, but here is a link to some pictures on Flickr by Bruce Moore for you to enjoy,  https://www.flickr.com/photos/22470241@N07/sets/72157689155560245/

The races are very close and things could change today!  Watch here for further updates! 

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