Flying Scot Sailing Association


Zeke Horowitz makes the final 3 for Rolex Yachtsman of the Year 2018

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Shortlist for 2018 US Honors

Published on January 11th, 2019 is Scuttlebutt

Bristol, RI - Three men and three women have been shortlisted for US Sailing’s 2018 Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year awards. The annual rundown of the year’s “best in the U.S.” represents a wide range of accomplished sailors from various disciplines and at different stages of their respective careers.

All three Yachtsman finalists earned their way on to this exclusive list by winning a J/Boat World Championship in 2018 while the three Yachtswoman finalists represent a combination of the youth movement currently taking form in the U.S. sailing circuit and a two-time Olympian on the comeback trail.

Florida District is in Full Swing While it's a Bit Cold Up North


Are you missing sailing because it is too cold where you live? Did you know that the Florida District is on the FOURTH of eight regattas in its District Series?  So get yourself to one or more of these events before the winter is over.  The winners so far Florida 1 - David Hemlick and crew, Florida 2 - Jeff and AMy Smith Linton, Florida 3 - Jeff and Amy Smith Linton, Results to date can be found here.  Oh, and don't forget the Midwinters at Sarasota Sailing Squadron coming up in March.  Here's the full schedule:

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2018 Wife Husbands at Jackson Yacht Club, Ridgeland, MS - It's a Wrap!

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CHampionship Winners - Jeff and Amy Smith Li nton Challenger Winners - FSSA President Bill Vogler and Jill 
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Best first time team - Maryann and John Hopper The closest distance between lodging and launching ever!

Sorry for the delay in getting this published.  I ran into some technical issues and could not get steady internet access until now.  Since we drove 1500 miles to get to Mississippi, we are still travelling home. Meanwhile, I have to say that I am THRILLED that the Red Sox won the World Series and I got to watch it all on my phone from the Roadtrek – the foibles and the wonders of technology!  Now back to our regularly scheduled program.

The dinner on Saturday was wonderful, a true Cajun feast with lots of choices including fried chicken, turnip greens and a yummy pecan pie for dessert.  Visiting with so many friends was so much fun and we shared stories of Wife-Husbands past.  We also talked about who’s going to next year’s event in Dallas at the Corinthian Yacht Club and it sounds like lots of folks will be going there too!  There were a few first time Wife-Husband teams and many who have been to 10 or more of these regattas.  IF you are a Wife-Husband team and have not been to one of these, think about coming - you don;t know what you are missing!  The competition is amazing and so much fun!

If you can believe it, the second day of racing at the Wife Husband Championship was even better than the first day.  The breakfast was great, including Flying Scot Communion (as our late friend Charlie Fowlers called itt).  The sun was out, the temperatures were in the 80’s AND there was plenty of wind, but not too much!  PRO George Hero and his Race Committee ran three 4-leg windward-leeward races in the 6-10 SSW winds.  Once again the races started right on time at 9:55 AM and we were back at the docks by 1:30 PM.  Places changed many times in each race with some pretty good size shifts that could confuse even the best sailors.  First place in the Championship Division races went to 3 different teams and there was an 18-point difference between 1st and 2nd place.

The lovely glass trophies were designed and made by JYC member and Candy Spurzem!  There were awards for each of the race winners and several went to teams that are not amongst the trophy winners.  The award for the best finish by a first time Wife-Husband Team went to Maryann and John Hooper from Texas.  Championship winners were  (1) Jeff and Amy Smith Linton from Florida, (2) Ryan Malmgren and Stacey Rieu from Wisconsin, (3) David and Kimberly Thinel from Florida (4) Tyler and Carrie Andrews from Maryland and (5) Kelly and Heidi Gough from Dallas.  Challenger winners were (1) FSSA President Bill Vogler and Jill Rendleman from Illinois, (2) Barry and Tracy Hambrick from Alabama, (3) Patrick Whatley and his wife from Alabama, (4) Derrick and Gwynn Van Valkenburg from Arkansas and (5) Bruce and Jackie Cattanach from Georgia. Full results are here.

Thanks so much to Jim Leggette and Jackson Yacht Club for putting on such a fabulous and fun event.  Make sure to start making plans for next year in Dallas!

PHOTOS AND VIDEOS:  There was live drone coverage by Eric Bussell providing lots of cover photos for Facebook!  There were loads of photos taken and video shot as well as local TV coverage on Jackson’s WLBT station.  Here are some links and we will post more as we get them.  There are also several photos and videos shared on the Flying Scot Sailing Association Facebook page if you get a chance to go to Facebook.  Maybe your new profile picture or cover photo are in there!

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Google Wife-Husband Regatta 2018 Album


2018 Wife Husbands at Jackson Yacht Club, Ridgeland, MS - racing Day 1


The Wife Husband Championship scheduled race start was 10:55 AM and the PRO George Hero and the Race Committee were right on time! On a beautiful sunny day in the 70's with a WSW wind that moderated from 8 MPH down to 4, the 29 Championship and 7 Challenger teams completed Race 1. Although most boats went left, right seemed to be the way to go because the boats that started late and went right, caught up to the boats that went left. The wind died near the end of the race and several boats did not finish within the time limit - a few from each fleet.   And then there was none - wind that is, The wind just died so up went the postpone flag and we waited. Who can complain being out on the water on a beautiful sunny day? Some boats were trying to stay closer to the club, and each time some wind showed up, it went away as fast as ir appeared. But then - after over an hour of waiting - there was finally enough wid to start Race 2. This time going right was NOT the way to go, but several boats went right and were pretty far behind the rest. The Challenger Fleet had very little wind for their start, so they started a little slow. The wind never really came back near the Committee Boat and by the end of the Challenger Race, the boats had to be towed in from the "no wind" area. Championship Leaders after 2 races are (1) Jeff and Amy Smith Linton, (2) Ryan Malmgren and Stacey Rieu and (3) John and Sharon Wake   Challenger Leaders after Day 1 are (1) Bill Vogler and Jill Rendleman, (2) Barry and Tracy Hambrick and (3) Derrick and Gwynn Van Valkenburg.   A Cajun dinner is planned for tonight with live music and loads of fun. We'll be back at it again tomorrow.   Full results are here.

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