Dixie Lakes District

The Dixie Lakes District encompasses several fleets in the South that are not on the Atlantic or Gulf Coasts, and span Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama and South Carolina.

In Georgia we have Lake Lanier in Atlanta. In Tennessee we have Privateer Yacht Club in Hixson. In South Carolina we have Western Carolina Sail Club in Anderson and Keowee Sailing Club in Seneca. In Alabama we have North Central Alabama in Birmingham, Mussel Shoals Sailing Club in Lauderdale and Brown's Creek Sailing Association in Guntersville.

The District Governor is Rob Fowler.

2015 Scot-A-Hootchee - Lake Lanier Sailing Club, GA


Fleet #111 hosted the 2015 Scot a Hoochee Regatta on Lake Lanier in Flowery Branch, GA.  A drizzly rain came and went, but the wind stayed for both days, ranging from 10 to 20.  5 races were sailed on Saturday and 1 on Sunday.  The competition was close for the top spot, with Tony Milligan winning the regatta with a bullet in the last race.

One of the highlights was the trophies, handmade tote bags from an old main sail, made by one of our fleet member’s wife Indu Kowalski, pictured above with the Scot fleet.  Full Results are here,

2015 Dixie Lakes Districts - Muscle Shoals Sailing Club, Killon, AL

Dixie Lakes District Championship - Muscle Shoals Sailing Club, September 5th and 6th, 2015


Normally we like to hold our District Championship in the Spring or Fall. If you’ve ever sailed in the Southeast in the summer, you know why. It’s usually very hot, very humid, and little to no wind unless there’s a thunderstorm nearby. Despite the potential challenges, Joel VerPlank, Willson Jenkins and the rest of the crew from fleet 190 forged ahead with plans for a regatta to be held the first weekend in September. I was confident that should the wind get scarce, we would be entertained in some way. Fortunately, the weather gurus got it wrong, and we had minimal, but sailable breeze all weekend, enough to get 5 races in! Fleet 190 makes its home at Muscle Shoals Sailing Club on beautiful Wilson Lake, near Centre Star, Alabama. MSSC is located about 12 miles east of Florence, and about 40 miles west of Huntsville, along the Tennessee River.

2014 Scot A Hoochee Regatta - Lake Lanier, Atlanta, GA

  2014 Scot A Hoochee1      2014 Scot A Hoochee2

The Flying Scot fleet at Lake Lanier and their guests had a great time on 9/13 and 9/14/2014 at the Scot-a-Hoochee regatta.  Racing was challenging as storm clouds moved around us Saturday, creating big wind shifts.   We got in four races Saturday and finished in a dying breeze.  Sunday conditions were light rain and a shifty east breeze and we got in two races before we headed in for lunch.  The top four finishers were from out of town, including some top notch national competitors - Rob Fowler, Peter Beam, Sandy Eustis, and Joel Verplank.  One highlight of the regatta was the after dinner leader’s debrief when the top skippers sat down and discussed the technical aspects of the days racing. See more details, pictures and full results here.

2014 Choo Choo Regatta, Privateer YC, Chatanooga, TN

Choo Choo Regatta by Rob Fowler, FS 5152, Fleet 13

2014 Choo Choo Downwind    2014 Choo Choo Porch

The annual Choo Choo Regatta was held at Privateer Yacht Club in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on April 26th and 27th. As usual, we had a great turnout of scots from our sister Dixie Lakes fleets, and from our “adopted” members from Clinton Lake in Illinois. Privateer’s Fleet 13 was proud to host the first regatta in its “almost finished” brand-new clubhouse. The new facility, which replaced an aging structure built in 1953, should be finished in late June and will provide sailors with expanded and modern bathrooms, showers, bar and dining area.

2014 Grits ‘n Haggis Regatta - Keowee Sailing Club, Seneca, SC

2014 G&H Scots  2014 G&H Sandy

    Scots move to the line at the Grits 'n Haggis regatta                       Sandy Eustis leads the fleet

2014 G&H Leeward  2014 G&H Spinnakers 

                  Busy at the leeward mark                                                           Spinnakers full

Lake Keowee is about 8 miles west of Clemson, SC at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  For 6 years now, Fleet 193 has hosted this regatta on the 3rd weekend in May.   It is usually temperatures in the mid 80’s by now, but this weekend was different.  As boats came in from other clubs on Friday the gusts were 20+, usually a precursor for no wind the next day.  Depending on which website you checked, the weather & wind reports varied wildly. We had light breezes on Saturday morning, but by the noon competitors’ meeting it was a steady 10 to 12.  The sun was out, but it felt more like October than May.

Regatta Results