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 COmmodore Frank Gerry and First Vice President Bill Vogler. Read more about the Midwest on the blog http://midwestflyingscot.blogspot.com

Loads of Fun at the 2016 Glow in the Dark Regatta - Clinton Lake, IL

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Race 1 with Bill Vogler and Jack McClurken leading         Bruce & Lynn Kitchen with Fleet Captain Chris Tesdal

Story by Deb Aronson

Well, at the risk of tooting my own (really Fleet 135's) horn, I'd say the Glow regatta was pretty much a success. The weather was a little toasty, but still reasonable for camping. We had the very able PRO Dan Goldberg squeeze two races out of the light, north-northeast winds Saturday and then two more great races Sunday when the wind finally arrived from the south.

In Saturday's first race Bill Vogler and Jack McClurkin caught Bruce and Lynn Kitchen, who have been having an outstanding season. In the second race the Kitchens came back and, as the wind died, snuck up the right side of the lake, while Ben and Deb tried the left side, barely missing a few stumps and branches! It was a relief to the whole fleet when the RC shortened the course from five legs to three in dying breeze.

This was the first year we used regatta network for scoring and apparently it was amazing. As soon as Fleet 135-member and scoring chair Trent Johnson got off the water and entered a few numbers, voila! The results were up! This is a far cry from back in the day when we hand wrote results on the white board at the pavilion.  I know not everyone loves registering on line but it sure did make scoring tons easier.

After everyone pulled their boats and started drinking beer we started the steak cookout, with the able assistance of Chris Tesdal. We really need to buy him a chef's hat one of these years. We had the usual amazing beers from Madison courtesy of Deb and Luther Torgerson, as well as many other adult beverage contributions, and chocolate cake to die for from Heather Johnson.

2016 Glow in the Dark Regatta - Clinton Lake, IL

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If you're wondering what happened at the 2016 Glow in the Dark Regatta, the picture above is a sneask peak from the first race that was won by Bill Vogler and Jack McClurkin flying sail #5892.  The results are here.  A story is coming soon!

2016 Midwest District Championship - Delavan Lake Yacht Club, WI

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Delavan Lake Yacht Club hosted the Midwest Districts on August 12-14, 2016.  While it seems like it was hot everywhere else in the country, it was actually a little cool in Wisconsin.  Twenty-four boats participated from several fleets in the Midwest!  

There was wind on Saturday when there were 3 races before the wind pretty much died.  But the wind gods were less friendly on Sunday and there just was no wind!  In the final accounting, there was a 4-way tie for 1st place with Ben Williams and Deb Aronson winning on a tiebreaker.  Fleet 135 from Clinton Lake Sailing Association, which was the Best Fleet in the NAC this year, was also the best Fleet in the Midwest District this year!  

Read LOTS more fun details from Deb Aronson on the Midwest District blog here.

Full results are here.

 

37 Boats Were at the 111th Ephraim Regatta!!!

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Clinic by Harry Carpenter - photo by Jennifer Ikeda              1st Place Ryan Makmgren & Stacey Rieu - photo by Jeanne Papenthien

You’ve probably been wondering what happened at the Ephraim Regatta last week. Well, here’s the scoop from Jennifer Ikeda:

Under the leadership of regatta chair, Nancy Claypool, a cadre of volunteers helped to welcome 37 competitors to the 111th Ephraim Regatta, including guests from FL, TX, TN, MD, LA, OH, PA, and throughout the Midwest.  Harry Carpenter led an informative "Make Your Scot Fly" clinic on Friday afternoon, with support from Larry Taggart, Ryan Malmgren and Michael Faugust. 

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 2nd Place Bruce and Lynn Kitchen     (photos by Jeanne Papenthien)        Big crowd at Ephraim!

PRO Dan Goldberg ably led the race committee, completing four races in light, shifty conditions. Congratulations to Ryan Malmgren and crew / wife Stacey Rieu, who won the regatta with 12 points!

2nd: Bruce and Lynn Kitchen, 15 points

3rd: Harry Carpenter with Melanie Dunham, 19 points

4th: Larry Taggart and Carrie Berger, 25 points

5th: Ben Williams and Deb Aronson, 27 points

Full resutls are here.

2016 Egyptian Cup Regatta at Carlyle Sailing Association, IL

Story by Linda Vitt, pictures byJeannette Beier and Rachel Bowling.  Full results are here.

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Things heated up this weekend at Carlyle Sailing Association with the Egyptian Cup Regatta. It was no surprise that the parking lot seemed to melt under your feet and the downwind runs reminded you of a rotisserie oven.  The only relief was a wonderful cooling tent set up on the asphalt desert by our wonderful Fleet 83 Captain Bronson Bowling and the welcome AC in the Observation/Club house building which gave us each a break from the heat. The winds were variable in the 5-8 range and allowed us 3 races on Sat and 2 on Sunday morning.  The Egyptian Cup Regatta (ECR) was founded at the Crab Orchard lake and over the years has evolved to be Fleet 83's home turf Flying Scot event.

Regatta Results