Midwest District

The Midwest District encompasses fleets in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Our active fleets are at Wilmette Harbor, Lake Carlyle, and Clinton Lake in Illinois, Lake Freeman in Indiana, Lake McBride in Iowa, Medicine Lake in Minnesota, and Ephraim, Madison, Neenah, and Delevan Lake in Wisconsin.

Our District Governor is Bronson Bowling from the Lake Carlyle Fleet. the Midwest District is also home to FSSA Past President Frank Gerry, Scots n' Water Editor Deb Aronson and FSSA President Bill Vogler. Read more about the Midwest on the blog

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And the winner of the 2018 Egyptian Cup Regatta is...

                

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1st Place Ben Williams and Deb Aronson 

Photo by Eric Bussell

2nd Place Bruce and Lynn Kitchen

Photo by Eric Bussell

Carlyle Lake Sailing Association hosted another great Egyptian Cup Regatta where 26 boats were on the line!  THis is a great turnout and we all wish we could have been there.  There was racing on Saturday with 3 races but on Sunday, the wind was not as cooperative.  The winners were Ben Williams and Deb Aronson with Bruce and Lynn Kitchen in second.  Full results are at here   

We all know that the Flying Scot class is like family.  The late Greg Vitt was a wonderful Flying Scot member and skipper for his wife Linda, and he is missed by all his family and friends. Linda has carried on the tradition and is skippering their boat now - inspitrng!  The regatta team held a tribute to Greg and their other boat was renamed at the event "Eye of the Storm".  Such a touching moment!

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Chicago Boat Show - Why We Sail Flying Scots

Here's a great group of sailors telling us why they sail Flying Scots.  Do you?  You should!  Visit the Flying Scot Inc. website for more informatiion on how to get one of these great boats!

Special thanks to Jim Walsh - FS Fleet #114 Captain who rallied the midwest sailors to attend "Strictly Sail Saturday" at the Chicago Boat Show!

2017 112th Annual Ephraim Regatta, Ephraim, WI

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Glimpse of Friday's weather (video by Eric Bussell)        Gorgeous glimpse of the regatta (photo by Jorie Johansen)

On Friday, Eric Bussell wrote:

Looks like Harry Carpenter and Ryan Malmgren will be having their racing clinic today on shore. One of my favorite things about Ephraim is all these future sailors running around and having fun no matter what. They are playing telephone upstairs and doing arts and crafts downstairs. Weather is expected to clear for the 30+ racers who have pre-registered.

Things turned around quite a bit and On Monday, the EYC Facebook Page said this:

Thanks to everyone for coming out and making the 112th Ephraim Regatta a success!

A special thank you to the people who generously used their boats to help run the regatta: David Chomeau, Chris Bungener, John Huff, Jim Rowings, Bob Kieckhafer.

We would also be nothing without our amazing volunteers: Nancy Claypool, John and Deanna Peterson, Wally Waleffe, Sibylle Tasker, Heather Andersen, Susan Reynolds-Smith, Lisa Gifford, Matt Winnacker, Steve Crane, Cain Goettelman, Liz Dischner, Michael Faugust, Ryan Malmgren, and Harry Carpenter of Flying Scot Inc.

We also had volunteers from South Shore Yacht Club, Moraine Sailing Club and Milwaukee Yacht Club: Dan Goldberg, Fred Horowitz, Bob Aring, John Archibald, Tom Salkowski, Dave August serving on Race Committee and as judges.

Thanks to Jorie Johansen for taking these great pictures of everyone.

There will always be an Ephraim Regatta thanks to all of you!

Full results are here:

2017 Fleet of the Year - Fleet 135, Clinton Lake Sailing Association

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First VP (now President) Bill Vogler annonces the FOTY                       Fleet of the year winnders - Fleet 135

Each year, fleets are nominated for the prestigious Fleet of the Year Award, recognizing a fleet whose sailors are FSSA memebrs, are very active in the class including racing, participation as well as organization in local and national events, who have creative ideas for encouraging participation in Flying Scot sailing, and who generally support the Association,  At our 60th Anniversary party, the perpetual trophy and a Flying Scot class flag were awarded to Fleet 135, Clinton Lake Sailing Association, in Illinois.  Congratulations to Fleet Captain Chris Tesdal and the rest of this hard-working fleet!

2017 Egyptian Cup Regatta - Carlyle Sailing Association, Carlyle, IL

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Bruce and Lynn Kitchen proudly hoist the Egyptian Cup!

Twenty-two boats - 9 from Cliton Lake Sailing Association - registered for the 2017 Egyptian Cup Regatta at Careyle Sailing Association. Due to Sunday's forecast for lstorms and heavy winds, PRO Ted Beier held 4 races on Saturday.  Two W-L races were sailed in the morning in 8-12 MPH WSW winds. In the afternoon the winds held steady and there was 1 modified Olympic and 1 W-L course.  After Day 1 the top 5 boats were separated by just 5 points.  

After racing came the beer, dark and stormies (rum and ginger beer) and a delicious dinner  prepared by Greg and Melissa Ziegenfuss of Butler's Pantry.  Then Saturday night's expeted weather forced everyone to tie their boats down.  A fierce storm with lots of thunder and lightning and lots of rain came and filled the boats with water.  

Sunday the winds started out heavy and gusty but by race time it was 10-12 with some gusts.  hHile the PRO kept an eye on the weather, 1 more race was completed. Bruce and Lynn Kitchen finished first. Frank and Marianne were second. Ben Williams and Deb Aronson were third.

Another great job by CSA!  Full results are here.

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