Florida District

The Florida District encompasses 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 Eustis, Davis Island Yacht in Tampa and Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club in Port Charlotte. With developing fleets in Merritt Island, Orlando and Key Largo.

Florida has an active open circuit consisting of one regatta a month from October through May. Race Schedules are posted on FSSA and Facebook. You can follow the Florida District at

https://www.facebook.com/groups/fsfloridadistrict/.

Any questions about the Florida District or the Florida Circuit please contact the District Governor, Mark Taylor.

The 2018 Midwinters are coming up soon! Have you registered?

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What?  You haven't registered for the 2018 Midwinters yet?  For the northerners, this is a great relief from the crazy winter we are having.  And for the rest of you, you must know that Florida is wonderful at this time of year.  Sarasota Sailing Squadron is ready to have you as their guest.   So, what are you waiting for?  Read here for more information.  Hope to see you there!  Register ate the event website:

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2017 Jeff Penfield Memorial Regatta - Sarasota Sailing Squadron, FL

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Jeff​ ​Penfield​ ​Memorial​ ​Regatta Nov.​ ​11-12,​ ​2017 by Dave Thinel

The​ ​Sarasota​ ​Sailing​ ​Squadron​ ​and​ ​the​ ​Flying​ ​Scot​ ​Fleet​ ​36​ ​hosted​ ​the​ ​seventh​ ​annual​ ​Jeff Penfield​ ​Regatta,​ ​Nov.11​ ​and​ ​12,​ ​2017.​ ​The​ ​regatta​ ​is​ ​also​ ​one​ ​of​ ​the​ ​stops​ ​on​ ​the​ ​Flying​ ​Scot Florida​ ​District​ ​traveling​ ​series.

We​ ​had​ ​24​ ​teams​ ​of​ ​Scot​ ​racers​ ​ready​ ​to​ ​tackle​ ​Sarasota​ ​Bay​ ​Saturday​ ​morning.​ ​A​ ​passing cold​ ​front​ ​to​ ​our​ ​north​ ​brought​ ​a​ ​brisk​ ​easterly​ ​breeze,​ ​temperatures​ ​in​ ​the​ ​seventies​ ​and​ ​sunny! Racing​ ​started​ ​promptly​ ​at​ ​12:30​ ​on​ ​a​ ​windward​ ​leeward​ ​course​ ​about​ ​1.5​ ​miles​ ​north​ ​of​ ​the club.​ ​Zeke​ ​Horowitz​ ​and​ ​his​ ​dad,​ ​Jay,​ ​took​ ​the​ ​first​ ​bullet​ ​with​ ​their​ ​new-ish​ ​FS​ ​6138,​ ​JaMing-O. The​ ​Lintons​ ​also​ ​in​ ​a​ ​new-ish​ ​boat​ ​FS​ ​6133,​ ​The​ ​Scuppernong,​ ​finished​ ​second.​ ​The​ ​excellent RC​ ​had​ ​the​ ​second​ ​race​ ​going​ ​promptly​ ​in​ ​a​ ​building​ ​breeze.​ ​Some​ ​40​ ​minutes​ ​later​ ​the​ ​top​ ​two finishers​ ​from​ ​the​ ​first​ ​race,​ ​finished​ ​1​ ​and​ ​2​ ​again.​ ​There​ ​was​ ​plenty​ ​of​ ​hiking​ ​and​ ​some​ ​planing downwind​ ​so​ ​things​ ​were​ ​getting​ ​fun!​ ​Race​ ​3​ ​had​ ​Jim​ ​and​ ​Cheryl​ ​Signor​ ​blasting​ ​out​ ​ahead​ ​in​ ​a new-to-them​ ​FS​ ​5982,​ ​earning​ ​a​ ​nice​ ​win.​ ​In​ ​second​ ​place​ ​was​ ​Tyler​ ​Andrews​ ​and​ ​Eric​ ​Bussell FS​ ​6135​ ​who​ ​traveled​ ​from​ ​Deep​ ​Creek,​ ​MD​ ​and​ ​Illinois​ ​respectively.​ ​That’s​ ​some​ ​dedication!

Sunday​ ​was​ ​a​ ​bit​ ​cooler,​ ​about​ ​as​ ​breezy​ ​but​ ​much​ ​more​ ​overcast.​ ​The​ ​fleet​ ​beat​ ​out​ ​of​ ​the harbor​ ​for​ ​a​ ​10:30​ ​start,​ ​under​ ​a​ ​few​ ​drops​ ​of​ ​rain.​ ​After​ ​a​ ​general​ ​recall,​ ​we​ ​got​ ​off​ ​clean​ ​in​ ​the breeze​ ​and​ ​chop.​ ​Zeke​ ​and​ ​Jay​ ​wasted​ ​no​ ​time​ ​adding​ ​to​ ​their​ ​lead​ ​from​ ​day​ ​one​ ​with​ ​a​ ​nice win​ ​but​ ​the​ ​Lintons​ ​were​ ​second,​ ​still​ ​close.​ ​The​ ​5th​ ​and​ ​last​ ​race​ ​would​ ​soon​ ​decide​ ​the winner.​ ​Sadly,​ ​Zeke​ ​had​ ​a​ ​slight​ ​mechanical​ ​issue​ ​and​ ​finished​ ​back​ ​in​ ​the​ ​pack,​ ​a​ ​shame​ ​after such​ ​a​ ​good​ ​series.​ ​The​ ​Lintons​ ​seized​ ​the​ ​opportunity​ ​and​ ​won​ ​the​ ​race​ ​and​ ​the​ ​regatta.​ ​David Ames​ ​with​ ​his​ ​dad,​ ​Larry,​ ​crewing​ ​grabbed​ ​second​ ​place​ ​in​ ​a​ ​new-to-them​ ​boat​ ​FS5350.​ ​The new​ ​boat​ ​theme​ ​is​ ​hard​ ​to​ ​miss!
Awards​ ​went​ ​to​ ​the​ ​top​ ​five;​ ​1-​ ​Jeff​ ​and​ ​Amy​ ​Linton,​ ​2-​ ​Jim​ ​and​ ​Cheryl​ ​Signor,​ ​3-​ ​Zeke​ ​and​ ​Jay Horowitz,​ ​4-​ ​Mark​ ​and​ ​Michelle​ ​Taylor​ ​and​ ​5-​ ​Tyler​ ​Andrews​ ​and​ ​Eric​ ​Bussell.​ ​Well​ ​done​ ​to​ ​all!


Kirk​ ​Burnett,​ ​PRO,​ ​the​ ​RC​ ​team​ ​and​ ​volunteers​ ​did​ ​a​ ​great​ ​job​ ​running​ ​the​ ​races​ ​and​ ​providing safety​ ​boat​ ​coverage.​ ​Alan​ ​Staniforth​ ​volunteered​ ​to​ ​take​ ​photos​ ​and​ ​got​ ​many​ ​great​ ​shots which​ ​can​ ​be​ ​viewed​ ​through​ ​the​ ​link​ ​below.​ ​​Thank​ ​You​ ​volunteer​ ​team!!

Each​ ​year​ ​since​ ​Jeff’s​ ​passing​ ​we​ ​present​ ​the​ ​Jeff​ ​Penfield​ ​Leadership​ ​Award​ ​to​ ​the​ ​person who​ ​best​ ​leads​ ​the​ ​Florida​ ​District.​ ​The​ ​previous​ ​year’s​ ​recipient​ ​is​ ​tasked​ ​with​ ​selecting​ ​the new​ ​leader.​ ​Barry​ ​Millbourn​ ​made​ ​an​ ​excellent​ ​choice​ ​in​ ​choosing​ ​John​ ​Pether​ ​for​ ​2017.​ ​John has​ ​been​ ​a​ ​true​ ​leader​ ​at​ ​the​ ​Squadron​ ​and​ ​with​ ​the​ ​Flying​ ​Scot​ ​Fleet​ ​36.​ ​He​ ​has​ ​recently authored​ ​a​ ​book​ ​of​ ​history​ ​for​ ​the​ ​Sarasota​ ​Sailing​ ​Squadron​ ​and​ ​is​ ​serving​ ​as​ ​regatta​ ​chair​ ​for the​ ​2018​ ​FSSA​ ​Midwinter​ ​Championship.​ ​A​ ​truly​ ​excellent​ ​choice,​ ​​congratulations​ ​John!!

Full results are here.  Click here for photos and here to go to Facebook and view the and posts and a video of the awards ceremony.

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Winner, winner, chicken dinner for Jeff and Amy Smith Linton.  They must LOVE chicken! (and beer)

2nd Place Jim & Cheryl Signor
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3rd Place Son/Father Team Zeke & Jay Horowitz 4th Place - FL District Guv Mark and Michele Taylor
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5th Place - Eric Bussell & Ty Andrews - love the spinnaker!

The Signors aboard Cool Change!

 

 

 

2017 Final Florida Series Regatta - Upper Keys Sailing Club

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From all accounts on Facebook, this weekend was a blast at the Upper Keys Sailing Club in Key Largo, FL, hosted by Jim and Cheryl Signor.  This was the final event in the Florida Series for 2017.  Mark Taylor noted after day 1 "Beautiful day on the water. Close racing....except Jeff/Amy. Fyi I dont care how flat the water is....14-18 and puffy hurts after 3 races.  Cheryl Signor noted after day 1 "Getting ready to do this again. We need you to work up an appetite as we've got a barbecue planned after we get in off the water. Congrats to the top teams!"  Amy Smith Linton noted after the event  "Really great weekend in the beautiful Florida Keys! Thank you Cheryl and Jim SIgnor who not only hosted, but got a bullet today and finished in the top two!"

And the winners are three Wife-Husband teams - Jeffy and Amy Smith Linton, Jim and Cheryl Signor, and Mark (birthday boy) and Michele Taylor.  Congrats to all!   Full Results are here.

 

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2017 Space Coast Invitational - FL District Series #6 - a REAL BLAST!

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When there is a regatta in Merritt Island, FL, you will probably have great racing, but Henry Picco arranged a rocket launch during this year's Space Coast Regatta - how cool is that?  On Saturday, there was a great day of racing. with 2 races in 4-6 knot wind and 2 races 8-10 knot wind.  Sunday brought another 4 races and according to the teams that were there who commented on Facebook, if you didn't come, you really missed out.  Congratulations to Tom and Melanie McNally - full results are here.

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