2013 Pacific Districts
A wide range of Flying Scot build dates were evident by observing the competitors sail numbers where numbers ranged from #25 to #5472. A total of eleven Flying Scots from Richland Washington Fleet 186 and Seattle Washington Fleet 100 competed in the two day event sailed off shore of Fort Warden State Park on the Puget Sound. This location continues to be popular with past and present fleet members.
On Saturday, after a delayed morning race start, winds filled in quickly from the NW and built to 15 mph with gusts to 18 mph. Three races were sailed before racing was called off due to continuing building wind velocity. All courses were windward-leeward from a location just off the beach at Point Wilson Light to the leeward Race Committee mark, and the more distant Red Bell #2 near Port Hudson at the north end of the town of Port Townsend. Two of the three races were sailed twice around.
Sunday’s winds were lighter at 6-10 mph from the WSW. Three races were sailed. Courses were set just off the beach at the Fort Warden parade grounds to the Race Committee leeward mark and Red Bell #2. Two of the three races were sailed twice around.
The puffy winds on Saturday and current with lighter winds on Sunday presented many challenges the the sailors. There were no throw-out races.
Individual trophies and the FSSA medals were presented to skipper and crew of the top three boats. The trophies for the crews and the FSSA medals were a nice surprise to all present. The planners kept that part of the award ceremony a secret. A new (resurrected) perpetual trophy was presented to the first place finisher, it’s design and history has it’s own story to tell.
Brian Tyrrell and Laura Bolin took 1st place with an impressive string of top finishes and a score of 20 points. Rich Obst and Mark Bowden placed 2nd with a score of 25 points. John Mason and Mary Cronkite-Johns placed 3rd with a score of 27 points. See full results here