Greater New York District

The Greater New York District encompasses fleets in Connecticut, New Jersey, some of Pennsylvania and fleets in New York that are on the Atlantic Coast.

Our active Connecticut fleets are Riverside in Long Island Sound , Candlewood Lake in Fairfield, Cedar Point in Westport and Sprite Island in Norwalk. In New York we have Moriches Bay in Center Moriches, Hampstead Bay in Island Park, Southside Scots in Blue Point and Westhampton Yacht Squadron in Remsenberg, In New Jersey we have Monmouth Boat Club in Red Bank, Toms River Fleet in Toms River. Shrewsbury Sailing & Yacht Club in Ocean Port, Hunterdon Sailing Club in Clinton, Lavallette Yacht Club in Lavallette and Stone Harbor Yacht Club in Stone Harbor In Pennsylvania we have Lake Nockamixon in Quakertown.

The District Governor is Melanie Dunham from the Candlewood Fleet and this is the home of FSSA Second Vice President Bill Dunham.

2016 Atlantic Coast Championship & Greater NY District Championship

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Sailing with the NY Skyline in background - photo courtesy of Bob Markoff

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Story is by Thom Lee and Marc Gordon

The Monmouth Boat Club hosted the 2016 Flying Scot Atlantic Coast Championships and Greater New York District Championships on Sept 16-18th and provided a great event for all involved. The regatta was held in Sandy Hook Bay, NJ which provided for mile long legs.  Sailing conditions were perfect with sun and winds of 15 to 20 knots on the first day and 8 to 15 on the second day. Twenty two boats hit the line from Annapolis and Pennsylvania to Connecticut. The top sailors factored in the shifts, current, and tactics to achieve success.

MBC hospitality was in full swing.  A Friday pizza party kicked off the weekend.  After a full day of racing, the sailors were treated with beer and water delivered to the boats.  A special Italian dinner was held in the Monmouth Boat Club with musical entertainment.  The finale was the awards party on Sunday afternoon held in the Atlantic Highlands Yacht Club overlooking Sandy Hook Bay and the New York skyline.

For the ACC, David Neff with crew Jason Hair took 1st place and the title of Atlantic Coast Champions. In 2nd place were Dan Vought and his crew David Watts. 3rd place went to Peter Sayia and his crew Russ Lines and Jackie Wilhelm.

For the GNY, Dan Vought finished in 1st place, with Peter Sayia coming in 2nd and Larry Nociolo coming in 3rd sailing with Eileen Nociolo and Dave Whittle.

The Jack Orr trophy for most wins in the Greater New York Districts went to Brian Hayes and his crew Brian Hayes Jr.  The ACC Perpetual trophy went to Dave Neff and the GNY Perpetual Trophy went to Dan Vought. 

Congratulations to the winners and all of the competitors for participating in a classic weekend regatta.

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Downwind with Sandy Hook State Park in the background - photo courtesy of Bob Markoff

Full results are here. 

Lots of photos from Saturday by Art Petrosemolo are here.

2016 Douglass Orr Invitational - Sprite Island Yacht Club, CT

Story by Erin Cummings - Fleet 142 Captain 

Sprite Island Yacht Club Flying Scot Fleet 142 hosted the 34th annual Douglass Orr Invitation Regatta on Saturday, June 25th and Sunday, June 26th.  Six SIYC sailors and their crews were joined by 10 other skippers  and crews from surrounding clubs and as far away as Maryland and Massachusetts making for a very well attended event. Fleet 142 as very proud to host Harry Carpenter, the builder of the Flying Scot. 

While the racers were challenged on Saturday by very light winds, Sunday offered a great day of sailing with a consistent, moderate breeze.


Fleet 142 takes pride in their hospitality; providing breakfast on both mornings, lunch makings, and a wonderful Saturday dinner party complete with cocktails, appetizers and dessert. Sunday afternoon culminated in a luncheon and awards ceremony.

Fleet 142's Captain, Erin Cummings, was very proud of the success of the regatta and thanked all the members of the fleet and the members of SIYC who worked so hard to accomplish such an event.

Many of the participants at the Sunday awards luncheon spoke of what a unique and beautiful experience it is to sail at Sprite Island. Everyone left the event looking forward to 2017's regatta.

Top 3 finishers were Roger Sharp & Laura Favicchio of Massapaug Yacht Club, Bob McElwain & Amy Bullard of Cedar Point Yacht Club and Mark Reifenhauser & Adam Reifenhauser of Candlewood Yacht Club.

Pictures are here.  Full results are here.

Dan Vought Wins His Third Full Moon Regatta Title

Story and Photos by Art Petrosemolo.  Full results are here.

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Skipper Dan Vought, at the helm, with crew Ted Duffy on the wind in race one of the MBC Full Moon Regatta.

Dan Vought and Ted Duffy have sailed together for years. They won the Monmouth Boat Club Flying Scot Full Moon Regatta in 2011 and both skipper and crew sail multiple one-design boats.

            So it was no surprise on Saturday (June 11) in building winds - with gusts in the 20 mph range - that the pair guided their boat cleanly to three wins to take top honors in the Full Moon's 25th anniversary renewal.  Many of the fleet of competitors made trips to the dock for repairs of booms, masts and rudders during the four-race regatta.

            Vought, Rumson, and Duffy, Shrewsbury, got off to a great start winning the first windward leeward race set by PRO Dale Barney by a minute over defending champions Bernard and Andre'e Friel, Rumson, as the Navesink River winds -blowing on a long fetch from the West  - increased in velocity and brought a short chop and small whitecaps to the river.

2015 Greater New York Districts and Punzi Memorial - Candlewood YC, CT

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Story by Bill Dunham, Pictures by Glenn Wesley

The Greater New York Districts were held at Candlewood Lake Yacht Club on August 29th and 30th.  Candlewood, known for its shifty and variable winds, lived up to its reputation by providing all competitors with challenges that many had not encountered in years.  Brian Hayes and his son, Brian, emerged victorious in both the Districts and the Punzi Regatta, winning two of the four races sailed and performing impressively in all races.  Brian credited his son with finding the wind, not an easy task at any point during the weekend. The veteran sailor was particularly happy not only to win his first district title, but also that the first regatta that he and his son won as a team! 

While the numbers were relatively small, regatta chair Mark Riefenhauser did an outstanding job of making sure that everyone had a great time from the moment they arrived.  Food and beverages were readily available and the hospitality was tremendous.  Hors d’oeurves on Friday night and breakfast on Saturday were topped off by a catered dinner on Saturday evening.  The tired sailors relished the opportunity to have the cooking done by someone else, and the food was great!  Glenn Wesley took many pictures of the event, both on and off the water, that testify to both the fun and challenges that were presented.

Both Saturday and Sunday were challenging for the race committee and sailors.  Each day featured dramatic wind shifts, some of even 180 degrees!  Nevertheless, three races were completed on Saturday and one race was contested on Sunday.  With talented competitors coming from New Jersey, Connecticut, New York, and Massachusetts the races were hotly contested.  In many races the lead changed numerous times prior to the finish line, and, as Brian Hayes said after one of the races to another competitor, “You made the mistake of getting too far out in front!”  Indeed, leading early was often a curse rather than a blessing in this event, particularly on Saturday.  Brian won two of those three races, with John Eckart winning the third.  On Sunday Melanie Dunham emerged victorious, figuring out the obstacles presented in a race that contained a 180-degree wind shift amongst other challenges.  John Eckart finished second in the regatta, with Roger Sharp, Melanie Dunham, and Greg Northrop rounding out the top five.  In the districts, Melanie Dunham placed second and Greg Northrop came in third. 

The Hayes’ family also won the Jack Orr trophy, given to the district boat which earns the most first place finishes in honor of long time Flying Scot sailor, and former Candlewood member, Jack Orr.  Those who sailed with and against him remember Jack, the back of the trophy notes, for his class and sportsmanship as well as his expertise on the helm.  Brian was honored to receive this trophy as well as the Punzi trophy given to the overall regatta champion in memory of beloved Candlewood Yacht Club member Roger Punzi.  Roger was an avid sailor, a great sportsman, and a true gentleman. 

While those at the districts wished a few more boats showed up, the group there had a great time, raced well, exhibited sportsmanship at all times, and expressed a desire to return to Candlewood to race again in the near future!   Full results are here.  More Pictures are here.

2015 Battle of the Paddle - Seaside Park and Lavalette YC, NJ

The Battle of the Paddle by Ron Kiss #5509 and Rob Vogel #6058

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In the parking lot of just about every yacht club on Barnegat Bay in New Jersey sits a number of covered Flying Scots just waiting to unfurl their sails in a perfect breeze.  But the Barnegat Bay Yacht Racing Association can only seem to attract a small percentage of the Scot sailors to the weekly Saturday races that they have been holding for over a century.

As enthusiastic sailors, we all feel disappointment seeing so many Scots sitting under cover instead of on the water.  By an unscientific estimate, there are 40-50 Flying Scots around the bay and on any weekend, we only have 10-15 on the water.   Currently there are three Flying Scot fleets, Toms River YC, Seaside Park YC and Lavallette YC.  Toms River has hosted the NAC’s more than once, and Lavallette has hosted the Atlantic Coast Championships.  Each of these clubs has its own club racing schedule and the Barnagat Bay Yacht Racing Association hosts a 10 week series during the summer where Scots from all clubs participate.  To encourage more participation, this past year Lavallette and Seaside Park agreed to join one another’s fleets for a home and home regatta.   “LYC has 7 or 8 boats out every Sunday and Seaside has 5 or 6.  Combining our fleets for a couple weeks offers sailors both good racing and the comradery of other Scot sailors they might not have the chance to meet,” said Rob Vogel, the SPYC Scot fleet captain.