Florida District

The Florida District encompasses most of the fleets in the state of Florida.Active fleets include Sarasota Sailing Squadron in Sarasota, Coconut Grove Sailing Center in Miami, Rudder Club of Jacksonville, Lake Eustis Sailing Club in Eustis, Davis Island Yacht in Tampa and Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club in Port Charlotte. With developing fleets in Merritt Island, Orlando and Key Largo.

Florida has an active open circuit consisting of one regatta a month from October through May. Race Schedules are posted on FSSA and Facebook. You can follow the Florida District at

https://www.facebook.com/groups/fsfloridadistrict/.

Any questions about the Florida District or the Florida Circuit please contact the District Governor, Tom McNally.

Get Fast and Stay Fast - by Zeke Horowitz, NAC Champion

 
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Important factors that affect your Flying Scot boat speed

 

 

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© Art Petrosemolo

We’ve all read it a million times from all of the sport’s top performers – “boat speed is king,” “the key to winning consistently is boat speed,” “you have to have top boat speed to win”…. There’s a lot of ways to say it… But how do we achieve it? THAT is the question.

In the Flying Scot, one of the most important factors for boat speed both upwind and downwind is the center board engagement. When sailing upwind we need to accurately trim the sails, put the boat on the right heading, and get the body weight in the right spot so that the boat can get going fast enough to allow the centerboard to start working and achieving maximum lift. If any one of those three trims are off, the boat will experience some sort of stall which will decrease lift of the board and increase the distance between us and the fast guys!

The generic tip is “speed before height”. This is a simple concept that most of us understand – but it’s the execution of this technique that can be difficult. It all starts with positioning. The boat has to be in a place where you are able to ease the sails a bit, put the bow down, and let it rumble. If you are sailing with someone to leeward, you aren’t able to make this move and instead you are stuck trying to live in high mode which can be very unforgiving. It’s crucial to make every effort to make tactical decisions that keep people away from your leeward hole. Make sure that you have a big hole to leeward of you right after the start.

A couple keys to achieve that are:

1. Use a “high kill” in the last minute where you get the boat to coast at head to wind (without losing flow/steerage). If the boat to leeward of you isn’t matching, then that hole is getting bigger.

2. Accelerate the boat in the last 10-15 so that you can ultimately “pull the trigger” at 2 or 3 seconds which allows the boat to be already close-hauled at full speed at the gun. Of course this requires accurate knowledge of where the line is, but if you can already be full upwind with the center board working when the gun goes off, you are going to have plenty of room to leeward of you to let the boat rumble.

2018 Midwinters at Sarasota Sailing Squadron, FL - WInners

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Each year the competitors at the Flying Scot Midwinters nominate a fellow sailor to win the prestigious Allen Douglas award, given to a sailor who portrays the best example of sportsmanship at the regatta. Several people were nominated for their various actions which is a testament to the camaraderie in our class.  But the one with the most votes gets the award, and this year's winner is Jim Cosgrove from Clinton Lake Sailing Association.  Jim was seen before and after races helping one team after another getting their boats on and off the dock and the class definitely appreciates this!

2018 MW Champs

For the first time ever, the Flying Scot class has a third time winner of the Midwinter Championship to be engraving their name once again on the Mary Meno Perpetual Trophy.  Zeke and Jay Horowitz were the best of the 40 boats in the large Championship fleet and their consistent sailing is evident in the results.  Zeke gives his Dad all the credit and of course Jay gives Zeke all the credit - it's an incredible team.  Jay just beams when you talk about what a great sailor his son is and he says sailing with Zeke is one of the greatest joys of his life.  Congratulations to Zeke and Jay once again!  Wiil there be a fourth win in their future?  Stay tuned.

2018 MW Chall

In the 23-boat Challenger Division there was some pretty close racing at the top.  But in the end, our president Bill Vogler and his crew Peg Woodworth and Carey Seven are the proud winners of the Brenda Pollack Perpetual Trophy   Bill and his crew were pretty consistent and won 2 of the 5 races in the series, not always easy in a fleet that large.  Congratulations to Bill and crew - hope you can sail here again next year.

2018 Midwinters at Sarasota Sailing Squadron, FL - Day 4 Over and Out

 

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We left the dock on another beautiful 80-degree day with 17 MPH southerly winds and a few gusts, After a great sail off the wind to the starting line, we found the wind was building more and more as we approached the Race Committee boat. We hoped it would lay down a bit but Mother Nature had different ideas and the 17 turned to 20+ and the gusts were pretty steady. We tried to wait it out for a bit of a break where we could get in a race, but the Race Committee called it and we headed back in. The sail back was challenging and at first it was fun but then one boat went over as the wind continued to build.     So, the Flying Scot Midwinters are complete and next up is the awards ceremony. The winners remain the leaders from the previous day - Championship top 5 are Zeke and Jay Horowitz, David Ames and PJ Buhler, Jeff Linton and Andy Hayward, Mark Swanson and Mike Hennessey, and Ryan Malmgren and Stacey Rieu. Challenger leaders are Bill Vogler with Peg Woodworth and Carey Seven, Randy Rubinstein and Carol Claypool, Greg and Diane Kampf, Forest Atkins and Mandy McCracken -Atkins and Shaun Clements and Andy Gardner. Full results are here..  Photos for the week will all be here.   Thanks so much to Sarasota Sailing Squadron for a fabulous week with loads of great weather, great friends and great fun! Can't wait to come back!

2018 Midwinters at Sarasota Sailing Squadron, FL - Day 3 Races

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No racing yestrerday but today more than made up for that!  Another beautiful sunny 80+ degree day with wind is really the best you could ask for.  The wild wind at the dock had us thinking we were in for a tough day on the water, but shortly afterwards we knew it was going to be a great day, as the wind laid down a bit and we headed for the racecourse.  The 6-12 MPH winds, mostly in the 10-12 range, winds shifted from Southeast to Southwest between Race 1 and 2 but stayed Southwest for Race 3.  DUring the races the shifts were minimum and you could pick a side and stick with it, 

As was the case on Monday, following the shifts was essential to a successsful day.  We had two 4-leg windwards-leeward races and one 5-leg windward-leeward, finishing us in the direction of the club in the 3rd race, just the way we like it!.  After racing today, the 3-way tie for 1st in the Championship Division went away, and the Challenger Division leaders changed as well.  Championship top 5 are Zeke and Jay Horowitz,  David Ames and PJ Buhler, Jeff Linton and Andy Hayward, Mark Swanson and Mike Hennessey, and Ryan Malmgren and Stacey Rieu.  Challenger leaders are Bill Vogler with Peg Woodworth and Carey Seven, Randy Rubinstein and Carol Claypool, Greg and Diane Kampf, Forest Atkins and Mandy McCracken -Atkins and Shaun Clements and Andy Gardner.

Next up is today's chalk talk with Zeke Horowitz and the leaders, followed by a great dinner at Sarasota Sailing Squadron.  Full results are here..  Piotos for the week will all be here.

2018 Midwinters at Sarasota Sailing Squadron, FL - Day 2 NO Racing



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We waited out the wind as long as we could today on this beautiful 80-degree sunny day, but the wind won the day.  We started out with a respectable 17 MPH wind but the gusts were as high as 32 in the morning.  It began to lay down a bit over the next few hours to about 14-15, but the gusts were still in the 20's.  The PRO postponed until 1PM hoping we could get racing in.  Although racing might have been great, the direction of the wind and the gusts made it difficult at best to be able to get boats in and out of the water or on and off the docks.  At 1PM , racing was called off for the day and we all went off to our favorite beach, restaurants, shopping places, and some of us to Mote Aquarium to enjoy the display of marine life.  So the results remain unchanged from yesterday - hoping for racing tomorrow!

Regatta Results