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SABYSlogo GOOD NEWS for all of you who can't wait to get to sunny Florida to sail!   Midwinters registration is now open! Sign up today for the early bird discount. You can get more information right here on the FSSA website!

 

2016TaylorsCharlotte Most of us are hibernating and waiting for the warmer weather, but the Florida District is going stroing with lots of activities.  And the Midwinters are around the corner o sign up now!  Have a look at some of the events that are happening in Florida and look under regatta results to see who's participating and who's winning.

Gator Bowl - 12/5-12/6 2015 t Rudder Club of Jacksonville

WIth 12 boats registered and lots of wind at the Riudder Club, the racing was challenging and competitive. The Race Committee was great and got in 4 races on Saturday.  Race 1 had 10 boats, and Tom McNally won that race.  There werw 8 boats for Race 2 and equipment issues affected the outcomme.  The Taylors got this one!  With 7 boats in race 3 and the Taylors got this one too!.  And then there were onyl 4, and the Taylors take race 4 as well!  With similar conditions on Dunay, there were 2 races, with Tom McNally taking Race 5 and 6.  The overall winners were Mark and Michelle Taylor from Davis Island Yacht Club, second was Lynn Bruss from Provateer and 3rd was Henry Schultz from Hilton Head Island - way to go!  Full results are here.

Florida Districts at Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club - Flying Scot Fleet 198 - 1/9-1/10/2016

There were 18 boats on the line for this regatta, and the lead changed several times over the 2 days.  Dave Thinel won Race 1,  Race 2 went to Tom McNally, Race 3 Mark Taylor, Race 4 Dave Thinel, Race 5 Mark Taylor.  But it was Mike and Jennifer Faugust who were overall winners with 16 points, followed by Tom McNally with 20 points in second, and Marshall Pardy with 21 points in third.  Full Results are here..

Other Florida Dates Below!!!

 

2015WHTaylors Have you seen any of the pictures from the 2015 Wife Husband Regatta at Davis Island Yacnht Club in Tampa Florida?  We have uploaded a few here that you might enjoy seeing.  Looks like everyone was having a fine time!!!

                                                          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"

 

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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. https://youtu.be/D5hCpJrAFok.  

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!