New England District

The New England District is in the Northeast region and encompasses Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine and Rhode Island.

Our active fleets are in Rockport MA, Duxbury Bay, MA, Lake Quannapowitt in Wakefield MA, Cape Cod in Brewster, MA, Cape Cod in Harwichport, MA, and Lake Massapoag in Sharon MA, Lake Massabesic in Manchester, New Hampshire that is growing, Spofford Lake in Spofford, NH, trying to make a go of it and our newest fleet at Pleasant Bay Community Boating in Chatham, MA.

Our District Governor is Ned Jeffries from the Rockport, MA, fleet and the New England District is the home to FSSA Immediate Past Commodore and Web Editor Diane Kampf.

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2017 Wife-Husband Championship at Sandy Bay Yacht Club, Rockport, MA - Day 1

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After Steve Ouellette led the skippers' meeting at 9AM, there was little to no wind in the harbor, so we did not go out immediately.  Teams took advantage of the goodies that were put out for a continental breakfast, then made PB&J or Fluffernutters to take out on the boat with them.  Teddie Peanut Butter donated the peanut butter and whatever is left over after the regatta will go to a local food bank. 

Unfortunately, the wind did not fill in before 11AM, so up went the Postpone Flag, jokingly called the Cat-in-the-Hat flag.  But that did not lessen the spirits of the Wife-Husband teams, they just kept on sharing stores of other regattas, bragged about their children and grandchildren and some went for a walk in Rockport to take in a bit of this historic New England town.  Meanwhile, Brian Hayes did what he does best, gave an impromptu talk with some Flying Scot footage he had from previous events, sharing stories, answering questions and really entertaining the crowd.

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About 12:30, the wind came up enough to take down the flag and get us out on the water and get in two races.  The first race was a W-L 4 with the wind blowing 4-6, occasionally getting to 7 or 8.  In the second race we had a little more wind, maybe 8-12, with some rail time and vang time.   Going right was the order of the day for most boats and that choice was not for the faint of heart - you had to go WAY right to be successful.  A few boats were successful going left.  In the seocnd race, the boats that went left really did not make out well, unless they went left a little way, then going right not too far up the legs. 

After racinng, Brian Hayes showed videos that he had taken on the race course and explained what went well, what were not the best decisions and what some could have done better.  In the end, the CHampionship leaders are Jeff and AMy Smith Linton and Challenger leaders are David and Marilyn Archibald.  Tomorrow is looking like there will be a little more wind coming in from the north/northeast, so be ready!

Day 1 results are here

2017 Wife-Husband Championship at Sandy Bay Yacht Club, Rockport, MA - Welcome!

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With Margot Hintlian leading the way, Sandy Bay Yacht Club in Rockport, MA, welcomed us with open arms as 29 Wife-Husband teams were arriving on Friday, 7/21/2017, for the 2017 Wife Husband Championship,  SKip Montello seemed to be everywhere helping us get boats rigged and in the water along with Tom Hoerner and other club members. There's a great view of the bay and the famous Motif #3 right off the deck of the club. 

After a few refreshments and beverages were served, Brian Hayes from North Sails gave a super rigging clinic and will be on the water when racing begins filming the races, then he'll present what he saw when we come back in. It's so great to have folks like Brian supporting the class and we appreciate what he does!

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A group of us walked a few blocks and had dinner at a nearby restaurant - food was great, compnay was great, sunset was a bonus!  Tomorrow, the racing begins and the weather looks great for a good day on th=e water.  Good luck to all!

2017 Wife Husband Championship at Sandy Bay Yacht Club, Rockport, MA - Register Now and Buy Apparel

2017WH60  2017WH2 The 2017 Wife-Husband Championship is coming up soon, 7/22-7/23/2017 at the Sandy Bay Yacht Club in Rockport MA. Please come and join the fun - enjoy a great New England coastal town and some super hospitality. This is Flying Scot's 60th anniversary year so make our class proud! Register early to help with planning and save a few bucks too!  More information and a link to registration is here. Regatta apparel is available from Coral Reef Sailing Apparel here - come dressed for the occcasion!

Kate Wilson: Making Sailing Better

Published on March 7th, 2017 on Sailingscuttlebutt.com
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In the March 2017 of WindCheck magazineKate Wilson (North Kingstown, RI) gets some deserved love that we are pleased to share.

At the 24th Annual Providence Boat Show, the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association (RIMTA) recognized Kate as the Rhode Island Boater of the Year.

Named after the Ocean State’s 66th Governor, RIMTA’s John H. Chafee Boater of the Year award, a beautiful half hull with a plaque engraved with such names as Ted Hood, Halsey Herreshoff, Ken Read and Rome Kirby, acknowledges an individual who has contributed to the success of the recreational boating industry in Rhode Island or championed the cause of bringing recreational boating to the public.

Kate was acknowledged for the important grassroots work she has done to grow  the sport by finding new ways of inspiring young people to go sailing. “This award is really for all the volunteers who are getting kids on the water,” she said in her acceptance speech. “To create lifelong sailors, we need to start with our youth.”

 Growing up sailing in junior programs around the world, Kate was enthusiastic about getting on the water as much as possible. “I had the opportunity to move quite a lot growing up since my dad was in the Navy,” she explains. “I had many coaches, and all of them taught me a little bit more about what it is to be a good leader and coach.”

As a former sailing coach at Rogers High School in her hometown of Newport, Kate saw that many students with requisite skills and experience to join the school’s sailing team were choosing other sports instead. After years of competing, these young sailors were simply burnt out.

2016 Massapoag Yacht Club 67th Annual Regatta - Sharon, MA

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We had another wonderful time at the 67th Annual Massapoag Yacht Club Regatta, with 57 boats participating. There were 16 Flying Scots - winners John and Connie Eckart (pictured here), 6 Day Sailers - winners Mike McCaffrey and Suzanne Boohar, 4 Comets - winners Talbott and Carol Lee Ingram, 9 RS Aeros - winner Marc Jacobi, and 22 Sunfish - winner Andy David!

What an amazing sight on the water ! The PRO Gary Werden and crew did a good job of keeping fleets separated using Trapezoid courses. The finish boat had quite a task keeping all the finishes straight but we got everyone scored and got the results up pretty quickly.The food from Roche Brothers was excellent as always and we enjoyed some nice meals, including lobstahs with friends and lots of stories to tell.

We unfortunately had a squall on Sunday that blew across the lake and capsized 10-15 boats. Many self-righted and the rest were taken care of by MYC rescue boats, other sailboats and MYC members going out in dinghies to boats near the dock. One boat even caught a fish when it was righted and we all had a good laugh at that one! No injuries were reported but a few boats will need some new parts. The Sharon Police and Fire Departments checked in to make sure everyone was safe and we were able to report that everyone was accounted for.

Talk about a story to remember! Thanks to all who participated and everyone who worked the regatta. Hope you all had a great time! Full results for all classes are on Regatta Network.  Flying Scot results are here.

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