Flying Scot Sailing Association

2016 Midwinters at St.Andrews Bay Yacht Club, Panama City, FL - Day 1 of racing

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Sunday night, we had the skippers meeting followed by a welcome party at the club with great food and great people!  We started the day Monday with the a solemn but very nice opening ceremony, including the raising of the American Flag by club officers, accompanied by bagpipes playing.  This was followed by a welcome from the club officers.  The wind did not look too promising first thing in the morning but it looked like the sea breeze came in just before it was time for us to go out around 11:00.

We had a great sail out to the race course, with a nice easy 8-10 MPH wind on a beautiful sunny day on the 70's.  We thought we would start the race in those conditions but about 12:25, just before the scheduled start, the real sea breeze came in and shifted the line 40-50 degrees.  Up went the postpone flag and the Race Committee went to work moving the course around to match the wind.

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The first W-L 4-leg race brought us about 10 MPH wind, and the boats that went right made out pretty well, beating out most or all of the boats that went left.  By  the second W-L 4-leg race the wind had picked up a bit and we were taking a little spray over the bow.  Going right this time proved to not be the best way and the boats that went left made out much better.  The Race Committee decided to do a third race to be sure we can get in as many as possible in case the weather doesn't cooperate on the other days.  We did one more W-L 4-leg race, and this time it was a toss up between those who went left and those who went right.  All in all a beautriful day on the water!

After Day 1. the leaders in the Championship Division are Zeke & Jay Horowitz, Mike & Jennifer Faugust, and John Eckart & Roger Sharp.  Challenger Division leaders are  Adophs & Zentmeyer, Andrew & Doug Fox, and Rob Vogul & Patrick Connell.

We had a nice easy downwind sail into the club followed by the traditional keg and a chalk talk given by the experts,  We'll do it all again tomorrow!  Lots of pictures here.  Resutls to date are here.

2016 Midwinters at St.Andrews Bay Yacht Club, Panama City, FL - Practice Races

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Pictures by Danie Panasiuk

WIth more boats arriving today, registration and measurement continued, and SABYC was ready for action!  The registration team was very organized and got people through the line as quickly as they could, much appreciated by the participants.  Meanwhile, today's practice races were being held on the bay.  

We started out with 10-12 MPH winds on a beautiful sunny day, with about half the registered boats out there for the practice   Two windward leeward races were run, and as the sea breeze came in for the second race, the wind shifted about 40 degrees and came up tto over 15 MPH and we ended up with boats in clusters on the pin end of the starting line.  Those boats who started "late" or were not at the pin end ending up having the advantage over those who were ready for the start at the pin end!  A few boats came in and did not race the second race.

Zeke and Jay Horowitz won race 1, and Harry Carpenter with crew Tyler Andrews won the second race.  Full results for practice races are not available.

Lots of great pictures here.

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2016 Midwinters at St.Andrews Bay Yacht Club, Panama City, FL - Arrival Days

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Boats have been arriving since Friday 4/1 at St. Andrew's Bay Yacht Club in Panama City Florida - juat about ready for the practice races before the actual event.  The folks at the club are happy to have the Flying Scot class back for this event.  We have 40+ boats registered and the weather is very promoisong for this week.  This is great news after weeks of sotrms and nasty weather so we are grateful for the sun and the wind we will have!  Stay tuned to see who wins the practice races today.  Meanwhile, your Executive Committee and Board of Governors will be busy discussing and planning FSSA business behind the scenes.

Have You Registered for the Midwinters - Coming up Soon 4/4-4/7/2016

 

SABYClogo Have you registered for the Midwinters yet?  Sant Andrews Bay Yacht Club is getting ready for us to return to Panama City where the Midwinters have been held in the past.  Many of you are familiar with the vneue and some of you are new to the site.  It promises to be a great time so sign up today and join in the fun!!!  The dates are 4/4 - 4/7/2016 and you can get more information right here on the FSSA website!

41 Scots on the line for the 46th Annual George Washington's Birthday Regatta

WOW!  It is fantastic to see that 41 Scots were on the line at the 46th Annual George Washington Birthday Regatta at Lake Eustis Sailing Club in Florida!  I bet you wish you were there!  Lots of folks went to The Oyster Troff where it is reported that the food was great,  And the weather was great for Jeff Linton's talk on boat rigging and tuning.  

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Dean Grimes wrote - I want to thank you all for coming to the GWBR! this was one kick-ass weekend, for sure! It started with an awesome sailing clinic by Jeff Linton., (who else!), sponsored by LESC, on Friday. Saturday, there were 41 Flying Scots on the starting line!! From what I have been told, this is an all time high for a Florida District regatta! A record! To add to that, there were 96 boats sailing on two courses in this regatta, making it one of the highest attended regattas at Lake Eustis, EVER! Believe me, we were pushing the limits! Everyone seemed to have a great time, and everyone came home safely. (phew!)

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