Pacific District

The Pacific district encompasses fleets on the West Coast.

In Washington, we have Columbia Basin Sailing Club in Richland, Lake Washington in Seattle and Sequim Bay. In California we have Tomales Bay in Inverness.

The District Governor is Dale Dunning.

2015 Pacific Districts - Sequim Bay YC, Sequim, WA

2015 Pacific Districts: Wild, Weird, and Wonderful!

Twelve Flying Scots and seven Thistles lined up for the annual SBYC Sequim Bay Regatta which was held on Saturday August 29th and Sunday August 30th.  The racing was wild and intense as a rare October wind storm (in August!) came through Puget Sound and the Olympic Peninsula on Saturday.

2015PD1  2015PD2Waiting for the wind to die down                                                  Fighting the microbursts

The boats had to wait on shore on Saturday until the gusting winds of up to 35 knots died down into the mid-teens. At around 1:30 pm the race committee felt the conditions were safe and headed out of the marina for the bay.  What they and the racers faced on the water was intensely weird. A calm southerly breeze was replaced by several micro-bursts and 360 degree wind shifts.  Back to calm and then suddenly boats where off planing.  A Flying Scot nearly capsized and the wind shifted to the north, then south, and so on.  This all happened before the race committee was able to even set a course.  It was wild.

After numerous tries to set a course due to the changing wind, the race committee finally settled on a south – north windward-leeward course.  The Thistles started first with the pin and left side being very favored. Five minutes later and the Flying Scots were off and what looked like a favored left side suddenly became a hole with no wind.  Scots that tacked out early to the right were greeted with wind from the west and were able to pop their chutes on the windward leg. At that moment the Thistles had rounded the windward mark under spinnakers headed directly for Flying Scots under spinnakers.  That was certainly weird.

FSSA Newest Fleet in the Pacific District

Dale Dunning is helping to form a  brand new Flying Scot fleet in Sequim Washington.  Here is a little background on the efforts:

A year ago at this time we decided that in order to build a robust sailing program we needed to focus on one-design sailing.  We looked at a lot of parameters and after considering everything, we decided that the Flying Scot would be a great fit for our program.  At this time last year, there were no Flying Scots in the area.  We committed to finding used FS’s throughout the west coast and as far east as Denver.  As of today, we now have 5 FS’s in our fleet!

This past August we hosted our Sandy Douglass Memorial regatta in Sequim Bay and we had 7 Thistles and 11 Flying Scots.  There should be story in the next Scot’s and Water on the regatta.  The regatta was a huge success and the Pacific Districts will be held again next August in Sequim Bay. 

At this stage, it would be extremely helpful if we could have official sanction as a Flying Scot fleet.  I discussed this with outgoing District governor Rich Obst and he suggested we take over the fleet 100 from Lake Washington in Seattle since there are only two member boats in Seattle with no active FS racing in the area.   I’m asking for help in either taking the fleet 100 banner for Sequim Bay or establish a totally new fleet. 

What is our next step?

 Since Rich has moved from the area, our district is now without a governor.  Rich asked if I would be willing to take on the task and I said yes as long as no one tells my wife. 

A little background on myself.  I am a former President of the International Thunderbird Class Association and I still own 2 Thunderbird sailboats as well as my Flying Scot #4372.  Sequim Bay would be the Westernmost Flying Scot Fleet in the World.

I look forward to hearing back from everyone and looking forward to your help in building a good strong fleet.

2013 Pacific Districts

2013 Pacific District Winenrs

A wide range of Flying Scot build dates were evident by observing the competitors sail numbers where numbers ranged from #25 to #5472.  A total of eleven Flying Scots from Richland Washington Fleet 186 and Seattle Washington Fleet 100 competed in the two day event sailed off shore of Fort Warden State Park on the Puget Sound.  This location continues to be popular with past and present fleet members.    

On Saturday, after a delayed morning race start, winds filled in quickly from the NW and built to 15 mph with gusts to 18 mph.  Three races were sailed before racing was called off due to continuing building wind velocity.  All courses were windward-leeward from a location just off the beach at Point Wilson Light to the leeward Race Committee mark, and the more distant Red Bell #2 near Port Hudson at the north end of the town of Port Townsend.  Two of the three races were sailed twice around.

Regatta Results