Midwest District

The Midwestern District encompasses fleets in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Our active fleets are at Wilmette Harbor, Lake Carlyle, and Clinton Lake in Illinois, Lake Freeman in Indiana, Lake McBride in Iowa, Medicine Lake in Minnesota, and Ephraim, Madison, Neenah, and Delevan Lake in Wisconsin.

Our District Governor is Ben Williams from the Clinton Lake Fleet. the Midwestern District is also home to FSSA President Frank Gerry and Second Vice President Bill Vogler. Read more about the Midwest on the blog http://midwestflyingscot.blogspot.com

2014 Egyptian Cup Regatta - Carlyle Lake, IL

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The Egyptian Cup Had 21 Boats and Perfect Conditions – Let’s Hear it for the Pharoh!

Well, I meant to post something before we left for the Egyptian Cup at Carlyle Lake, because we knew before we got there that we would have 20 boats. That's an awesome turnout! As Mike Pitzer, the "Pharoah" for the regatta, explained on Sunday, he was hoping for 20 boats to help mark the 20th anniversary of the Cup being held at Carlyle. Before that, for those of you not familiar with the regatta, it was hosted by a lake in southern Illinois. The regatta has a long and storied history. If you ever get a chance to look at the cup you'll see names like Gordon Douglass and other Flying Scot greats on it. When they closed up shop, they asked Carlyle to continue the tradition, which they did and they have.

Meanwhile, the weather gods, whether Egyptian or otherwise, seemed to be pleased with the Carlyle race committee because they provided perfect weather all weekend: wind between about 8-11 and moderated temperatures in the low 80s, down from the high 90s of the previous weeks, so we were all very thankful.

2014 Midwest Districts at Sheridan Shores YC, Wilmette, IL

2014 MW Districts

Despite one capsize and a broken halyard, the 2014 Midwest Districts hosted by Sheridan Shores Yacht Club and Fleet #3 on June 27-28, was a huge success.

Eight out-of-town boats made the trek to Lake Michigan and, together with Sheridan Shores sailors, we had a field of 14 competitors. That group included Frank Gerry, FSSA president; Bill Vogler, FSSA vice president; Harry Carpenter, boat builder; Ryan Malmgren, sailmaker, as well as Midwest District Governor, Ben Williams.

Three races were scheduled for Saturday and the race committee and the weather provided just that. Winds were southeasterly (about 150-160) and nice and steady, something we lake sailors do not take for granted. Each race was almost precisely one hour, even though with the high winds (I heard a rumor that some gusts were as high as 24 mph) and large waves, sometimes they felt longer! Still, compared to last year's Race Weekend regatta at Sheridan Shores where the waves were about eight- or nine-feet tall, these conditions felt manageable. 

Flying Scot Wife-Husband is featured in Sailing World!

Flying Scot Sailors - Have you seen the latest issue of Sailing World Magazine?  There is a terrific article by our own Deb Aronson regarding the Wife-Husband regatta.  Hope you can get a copy or that someone you know has a copy you can look at.  This is a regatta unique to our class and we are proud it has been featured in Sailing World.  Thanks to Deb and Editor Dave Reed for bringing this article to fruition.  Hope you get to see it soon - individual copies of the magazine are always available for sale.

2014 SW W-H3

Man Overboard Story on Scuttlebutt by Captain Jack McClurkin

 

Captain Jack This Scuttlebutt entry by one of our own Flying Scot sailors in the Midwest is a must read for all of us sailing in areas where the water stays cold into the early summer.  Captain Jack holds a USCG Master’s license and has been sailing for 50 years. During the summer he drives a commercial passenger riverboat in Chicago, sails his Flying Scot, and crews on a Tartan Ten.  To view the full story pn Scuttlebutt, click here
   

 

Follow Eric Bussell & Chris Tesdal as they race Windtalker at the 2014 Midwinters

Eric Bussell and Chris Tesdal from the Midwest District are racing Windtalker FS 5631 in the Challenger Division at the 2014 Flying Scot Midwinters Championships in New Orleans.  Visit midwestflyingscot.blogspot.com for daily updates on all the racing action.  A link to the You Tube videos is here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CXPpTrHi_o4

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