US Sailing Rescue Medal

The Hanson Safety at Sea committee has voted to award the US Sailing Arthur B. Hanson Rescue Medal to the seven boats who recovered people out of the water during the FS ACC storm and subsequent recovery efforts.

Mauntauk 17 rescued 4 (Eddy Parker & Richard Schott)
Aquasport 19 rescued at least 5 (Ken Gurganus & Jeff Thomas)
Triumph 17 rescued 1 (Dave Brown, Polly Brown, & Joe Gormley)
Weather boat rescued 4 (Jim Zaradka & Mark Brennesholtz)
The Big Parker rescued 3 (Roger Brake & Eric Rasmussen)
17' Key West rescued 4 (Skip Byrum & Gus)
Sea Hunt 235 rescued 2 (Malcolm Shaffer, Robin Shaffer, Charlie Marr)

Also providing assistance were Flying Scot sailors Dave Neff and Gabe Hermans and Jason Hairf who took to the water to assist boats get righted and the boat ready and towed in.

From the US Sailing website - about this award:

"This award is given to skippers of boats or race support vessels who effect rescues of victims from the water. The award is made for rescues in U.S. waters, or those which occur in races originating or terminating in a U.S. port. The purposes of the award are to recognize the significant accomplishment in seamanship which has saved a life, and to collect further case studies in rescues for analysis for the US Sailing Safety at Sea Committee which will eventually be incorporated into the extensive educational programs of US Sailing"



From Flying Scot South Facebbok Page:

What a great 2015 FS Fleet 23 Open House Regatta at Corinthian Sailing Club, White Rock Lake, Dallas, TX. Beautiful weather, breeze, and good friends from all over the area and beyond. Please check out this drone video of the regatta by Houston.  

From John Domagala:

The Open House regatta in Dallas TX got its name from the tradition of sailors putting up traveling sailors in their homes to promote attendance. Your welcome hosts however had to wait Friday eve for the guests to take in the welcoming party Friday eve. After a good night’s sleep the travelers were welcomed with the traditional breakfast tacos to fuel rigging of the boats. The weather was near perfect.  Warm, sunny, & a moderate breeze would hold all weekend. The only imperfections was the Easterly breezes. For those that don’t know White Rock lake, an easterly will turn an normally shifty into a series of auto tacks where you can go quickly from the front to the back an back again. Richard Wade made his annual return to White Rock and would draw first blood in the championship division. Kelly Gough would take 2nd. In the Challenger fleet Nancy Frisco Sailing with Greta Mittman would take the bullet ahead of Melissa Hemker. The 2nd race would see a mix up in the standings with Robert Cummings and Alanna Strong take the top 2 spots. In fact as of lunch Saturday only 4 boats had avoided double digit placed finishes, including Kelly & Richard. Nancy and Melissa continued with 1,2 scores in the challenger fleet. After a nice lunch break in the club the sailors returned to the water for 2 more Races. Kelly and Richard each racked up a bullet in the afternoon session, Kelly would add a 4th to his scores while Richard was flagged OCS and missed his hail to return. In the challenger fleet Nancy & Melissa added 1,2 and 2,3 score.

Off the water the happy hour started and was followed by a nice Fajita dinner, dockside live band, and sunset. The music and party continued into the evening. Sunday morning sailors were again welcomed with the traditional Sunday Biscuits and gravy. The shifty but moderate easterly continued along with the sun and warmth. Harry Carpenter would win the 1st race in a boat he was delivering at this regatta. He was rumored to also have delivered a new boat to Kelly, but that remained hermetically sealed in Kelly’s garage for the weekend and could not be verified. Nancy Franco added another bullet in the 1st challenger race of the day while Melissa Hemker would take the final race for her 1st win of the weekend. In the championship fleet finale Griffin Orr would take his first win of the series. Kelly & Hiede Gough would win the series with Michael Rist edging out Griffin Orr by a point for 2nd place. Michael was the only Championship boat to end the weekend with single digit finishes. After a great series Nancy Franco and Melissa Hemker ended the event 1-2 as they did in most of the races.. Baron Ellason finished the weekend in 3rd

 Thanks to the fleet for their hospitality and Dari Esfahani for a great job running the event!

This year’s Wife-Husband was quite competitive. Sometimes it felt more like a NAC than a Wife-Husband! For the first time, the Wife-Husband Championship fleet had five (loooooong!) races while the Challenger fleet had the traditional three races for the weekend. 

The weekend really began on Friday with Mark and Michelle Taylor’s wedding reception. Beer, sponsored by Mad Sails, flowed and food and cupcakes were devoured. Although Mark and Michelle were married in May, they wanted to share their special day with all their Flying Scot friends, so they scheduled the reception for the Wife-Husband. Pretty appropriate, right?!

The wind at Davis Island Yacht Club was out of the east most of the weekend, making for shiftier conditions than the steady seabreeze one might expect in Tampa.  The race committee, capably led by Henry Moore, managed the conditions wonderfully. Plus, the conditions were pretty darn wonderful. Jeff Linton did say at the end of the weekend that these were the best conditions he’d ever seen in Tampa in October. Nice going regatta committee!


Here are pictures from the 2015 Wife Husband Championship at Davis Island Yacht Club in Tampa, FL, where there was beautiful weather, lots of Tampa hospitatlity and lots of Flying Scot camqraderie!  With 19 boats in the Cmahpionship Division, Jeff and Amy Smith Linton were winners of the Division, with Carrie & Tyler Andrews 2nd and Lisa & Andy Hayward 3rd.  With 4 boats in the Challenger Division, Leann & Robin Roberts, newest members of Fleet 168, were 1st, Donna Mohr & Jon Hamilton 2nd, and Cheryl & Bob McCorkle 3rd..  

Full results are here.  


The Scot fleet winners from the Hospitality Regatta, First place, Larry Taggart and Tina, second place Jim Leggette and Will Manuel and third place Claude and Randall Dannerman.

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Reports are that the weather was beautiful for Day 1 of the 201 Wife Husbands.  We're awaiting furhter reports, but the Lintons are leading with the Andrews' in 2nd. The results to date for the lucky ones who are there can be found here.