Florida District

The Florida District emcompases 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 Central, Davis Island Yacht in Clearwater, St.Lucie Sailing Club in Stuart, Melbourne Yacht Club in Melbourne and Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club in Port Charlotte.

The District Governor is Mark Taylor. Follow the Florida District on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/fsfloridadistrict/ and Fleet 168 at https://www.facebook.com/groups/98437668559/

2015 Space Coast Invitational Regatta / Florida District Championship

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Indian River Yacht Club hosted the Florida District over the weekend of April 11th & 12th for the Florida District Championship.

The weekend kicked off with many Scots arriving on Friday afternoon and early evening; the much anticipated Space-X rocket launch was delayed due to weather and was pushed off until Monday evening; however, the weather delay that was not good for rockets was great for sailboats!  Brisk southerly breezes settled in both days allowing for some great, tight sailing for eleven Scots.

The truly big news of the weekend did not take place on the water, but rather at the end of the Skippers Meeting when our District Governor, Mark Taylor, proposed to his lovely girlfriend Michelle, asking for her hand in marriage !

Scot sailors are really one big family and let’s wish them all the happiness in the world.

The Race Committee did an excellent job getting in six races over two days; after a postponement on Saturday waiting for the sea breeze to fill in, the breeze built nicely throughout the afternoon.  Sunday went off on schedule and the boats were all back in & out of the water by 1:00pm.

The regatta ended with a tie between Mid-winter Champions Jeff & Amy Linton and Florida District Series Champion Tom McNally, with Jeff & Amy taking it on a tie-breaker, followed by Dave & Kim Thinel rounding out the top 3. The FSSA Foundation donated medals for the District Champions, along with the Indian River Yacht Club commissioning a new perpetual trophy that featured a space shuttle made from an actual shuttle tile.

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Results are here.

Thank you to all the sailors, IRYC and many volunteers that made the regatta a success. We look forward to everyone marking their calendar for next year’s Florida District Championship.

More Reports from the 2015 Midwinters at Sarasota Sailing Squadron - Florida

Besides the stories and pictures you have seen daily from the 2015 Midwinters, reports are still coming in.  I hope you were luckiy enough to be there, If not, there was plenty of publicity - thanks to all for sharing their experiences.

Here's a link to some videos taken by Eric Bussell from the Midwest District; https://www.youtube.com/c/Fleet135

Look what Zeke Horowitz is saying at North Sails One Design - The 2015 Flying Scot Midwinters reminded all who attended why we love this sport. Eighty-five degrees, abundant sunshine, and beautiful breeze every day made it impossible not to have fun. http://www.onedesign.com/One%20Design…/…/23032/Default.aspx…

See us on Scuttlebutt - Lintons win Flying Scot Midwinters

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More pics like the one above from the Herald Tribune of the Midwinters: http://galleries.heraldtribune.com/?id=369560#/0 

And a story http://health.heraldtribune.com/…/flying-scots-take-to-the…/ 

And another story: http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.heraldtribune.com%2Farticle%2F20150319%2FARCHIVES%2F503191056%2F-1%2Fsearch10%3FTitle%3DLinton-duo-first-at-Midwinters-event-SAILING-Flying-Scot-regatta-finishes-day-early-on-Sarasota-Bay&h=iAQHOLQI0

Enjoy!

2015 Allen Douglas Memorial Sportsmanship Award

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Each year at the Midwinters, the sailors nominate a fellow sailor for the Allen Douglas Memorial sportsmanship award, given to an individual who demonstrates behavior that is deserving of this honor.  It is one of the most prestigious perpetual awards awarded by the Flying Scot class.  Each nomination is written with the name of the nominee and the reason that person should be considered for the award.  This year we were unable to award this trophy to any individual because the voting resulted in a tie between 2 very deserving individuals - Amy Smith Linton and Ron Pletsch.  As a demonstration of how honorable both of these people are, each felt the award should be given to the other person.  Ron being the gentleman that he is gave Amy the keeper trophy, however both names will be engraved on the perpetual award.  Mr.Douglas and his family would be proud of this choice.  Thanks to Amy and Ron for all they do for the Flying Scot family to promote the class and make us happy to know both of them.

2015 Midwinters at Sarasota Sailing Squadron - Florida - Day 3

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Day 3 and done, with a 3rd day of perfect conditions with NNW winds 10-12 MPH in 80+ degrees and sunny AGAIN. The Race Committee held 2 W-L races, one 5 legs and one 4 legs, and finished the maximum number of races (8) for the regatta in 3 days!  We could not have asked for better conditions or a better Race Committee.  All 3 days the Race Committee kept everything going and the participants behaved with only 1 general recall the whole time.

Once again, no postponements and we started on time on the water around 12:15.  The wind stayed steady so not much mark movement between races and pretty gentlemanly mark roundings each race.  The winners of the Championship Division were (1) Jeff and Amy Linton in a tiebreaker second place (2) Zeke and Jay Horowitz and (3) Ned Johnston and Ryan Donahue. In Challenger, the winners were (1) Jim Leggette and Mike Funk, (2) Norris Elwick and Chuck Tanner is a tie with third place (3) Randy Rubinstein and Jim Cavanagh.

Thanks so much to Sarasota Sailing Squadron and the volunteers, as well as the terrific Race Committee for a fine regatta!  Hope to see everyone at the NAC in Bay Waveland, MS, in June!

Video is here.  Full results here.  Pictures taken by Jim Faugust are here.  Pictures taken by Cheryl Shafer are here.  Once you get to Flicker, search people for Shafer2933, then look for her album 2015 Flying Scot Midwinters.  Thanks to Jim and Cheryl for all the great pictures!

2015 Midwinters at Sarasota Sailing Squadron - Florida - Day 2

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No need to postpone today!   Incredible conditions on Sarasota Bay for Day 2 of the Midwinters with 10 -15 MPH NNW winds and a beautiful cloud-free sky with temps in the 80's again!  The RC ran 3 W-L races, the first one was scheduled to be 5 legs but was shortened to 4 and we finished downwind between the gates.  The Second race was 5 legs and the third race was 4 mile-long legs.  Everyone got a real workout today and there were lots of close calls and a bit of noise on the race course - very different from yesterday. 

The Race Committee did a great job of keeping things moving and we were abe to get out on time and get back in by 4PM, plenty of time to socialize and get to the keg early!  Having 6 of a maximum of 8 races completed by Day 2 is great, meaning even if we have a bad weather day, we already have 6 races in!

As of Day 2 the leaders in the Championship Division are (1) Zeke and Jay Horowiz, (2) Jeff and Amy Linton and (3) Paul Abdullah and Alex Krumdieck.  In the Challenger Division the leaders are (1) Jim Leggette and Mike Funk (2) Randy Rubinstein and Jim Cavanagh and (3) David Strawbridge and Joseph Connolly III.

Full results re here.

Regatta Results