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.

2018 Midwinters at Sarasota Sailing Squadron, FL - Day 1 Races

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Today was expected to be a light air day, but it turned out to be a great day for racing!  With the sun only hidden by a cloud here and there and the winds from 6-12 from the East, it was so much fun being on the water today.  There were lots of shifts and if you followed them you made out well, if you didn't, you really were taking your chances.  PRO Fairlie Brinkley and team worked hard to deal with the shifts that often happened right at the start.  In the first 4-leg windward leeward race, the shift on the Championship Division start caused a postponement while the race committee waited for better conditions.  The restart resulted in a general recall, but the third time's the charm, and the race was off.  At first it looked like going left was the ticket, but then when the boats who went right met the boats on the left, they were together for the rest of the windward leg.  The Challengers managed to start without incident and right was the way to go.  Most boats went left but those who went right got to the windward mark first.  One mistake and everything changed.   

The second race was also a 4-leg windward leeward race and once again the wind shifted on the start and up went the postpone flag.  The restart was more civilized and the Championship Division was off.  The fleet split and there were lots of tacks with the shifting wind.  The Challenger Division got off without a hitch and playing the shifts was the answer once again.  The lead boats did a good job of that and were far ahead of the rest of the fleet.

After the first day the Championship Division has a 3-way 7-point tie.  After the tie-breaker, the top 5 are Zeke and Jay Horowitz, Tyler Andrews and Andy Fox, Ryan Malmgrem and Stacy Rieu, Ned Johnston and Ryan Donahue, and David Ames and P. J. Buhler.  The top 5 in the Challenger Division are Randy Rubinstein and Carol Claypool, Bill Vogler with Peg Woodworth and Carey Seven, Greg and Diane Kampf, William Schwarzschild and Mike Stephens, and  Stephen Vincent and Stephen Vincent.  There are 3 more days of racing in the series so anything can happen.  

Next up is the chalk talk with Zeke Horowitz, Tyler Andrews and Ryan Malmgren - which is always great when we hear from the leaders about what made them successful in this day's racing.  We'll follow that with a nice dinner hosted by the club.  Thanks again to Sarasota Sailing Squadron for another fabulous day on the water.  Full results are here.  Photos are here.

2018 Midwinters at Sarasota Sailing Squadron, FL - Practice race

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Photo by Jim Faugust

Wow! Over 50 of the 60+ competitors registered for the 2018 Flying Scot Midwinters sailed out today for the practice race. With a southwesterly wind blowing 5-8, our PRO Fairlie Brinkley and team were able to get in a 4-leg windward-leeward race. The mark roundings were tight, the fleet was pretty close. In the end Zeke and Jay Horowitz led the way to the finish with the rest of us not too far behind. The Charlie Fowler trophy for the top 3 finishers in a fleet goes to Sarasota Sailing Squadrons own fleet 36, WIth Zeke Horowitz 1st, Bob Twinem 2nd and Ro Pletsch 3rd.   Next up is a chalk talk featuring today;s leaders followed by the welcome party and skipper's meeting. Thanks to Sarasota Sailing Squadron for a great day on the water - especially for the beautiful sunny 80-degree day. Can't wait for the rest of the week.   Photos can be seen at http://ImageEvent.com/ericbussell/midwinters2018sunday

2018 Midwinters at Sarasota Sailing Squadron, FL - 60+ boats are here!

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As 60+ boats are setting up for the practice race at the 2018 Midwinters, your Board of Governors is working to keep up the FSSA business!  President Bill Vogler thanked Chief Measurer Bob Neff for his many years fo service to the organization and his tireless dedication to keeping our class strong and our boat's one design intact.  We have indeed been fortunate to have Bob's service for these 25+ years.

The 2018 Midwinters Start 3/26 - 60 Teams are Registered and There's Room for More!

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Next Monday, March 26, 60 boats carrying more than 120 of the best sailors in the country will take to Sarasota Bay for four days of racing in the 2018 Flying Scot Midwinters at the Sarasota Sailing Squadron.

Competitors start arriving Saturday, March 24, and compete in a warm-up race Sunday, March 25.

There is still room for more - it;s not too late to register at the event website 

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Hope to see you there!

2018 48th George Washington Birthday Regatta - Lake Eustis, FL

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For those of us that are stuck in the winter doldrums, think about what's going on in the Florida Distirct!  The District Series in in full swing and there are lots of teams participating.  This weekend, the wind did not make much of an appearance at the 2018 George Washington Birthday Regatta at Lake Eustis but the fun sure did. First, let's note that 30+ Flying Scot teams were registered for this event - woohoo!  AND, the weather was just beautiful!  When the teams weren't racing, there was lots of hositality and even a giant Jenga game going on. 

Saturday there was just ONE race, but as we said, not much wind - only 11 boats finished and the rst tied for 13th!  Sunday there were no races, so it was a wrap. Full results are here  and the top 5 winners were:

1. David Moring & Arial Harrington
4. Dave Chapin & Caroline
2. Jeff & Amy Smith Linton
3. Zeke Horowitz & Jay Horowitz
5. David Helmick & Fred 

Pictures are at https://gwbregatta2018.shutterfly.com/pictures/233#266

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There are still several more events in the DIstrict series - you should think abo9ut going if you aren't already planning to go. And the Midwinters are just a few weeks away, so get on down to Florida and have some Florida weather and fun!

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