Flying Scot Sailing Association

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


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.

2016 Pacific Districts - Sequim Bay Yacht Club, WA


Brian Tyrell presents Dale Dunning and Eric Taylor with the customary bottle of scotch to the Pacific District Champion which was shared with all.  Full results are here.

When you think of great sports dynasties the Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls, Pittsburg Steelers, and New York Yankees immediately come to mind.  In the Flying Scot Pacific District, Brian Tyrell has had his own dynasty winning the last 8 Pacific District titles.  This year that streak finally ended when Dale Dunning and Eric Taylor, aboard 4372 Trouble Maker, captured the title in a hard fought and dramatic battle that wasn’t decided until the eighth and final race. 

The Sequim Bay Yacht Club was the host of this year’s 2-day regatta on August 27th and 28th which featured both Thistles and Flying Scots.  Sailors were greeted with ideal conditions on Saturday with sun and steady winds ranging from 10 to 15 knots.

After five physically exhausting races on Saturday, sailors retreated to the SBYC clubroom for beers, burgers, and dogs.  At the end of the day Tyrell and crew member Valerie Bucholtz, aboard 5472, were in first place by two points over Dunning and Taylor on 4372 Trouble Maker with Ray Peters and Mark Bowden on 4887 close behind in third. 

2016 Scots on the Rocks - Lake Murray Sailing Club - Chapin, SC


Fourteen hardy competitors braved Hermine’s stormy prospects to ultimately enjoy sunny skies, cool temperatures, and enough breeze to sail 5 races over our annual labor day weekend Scots on the Rocks regatta.  Although Saturday’s racing was initially postponed for about 45 minutes of calm, a southerly breeze filled in nicely and the fleet was off at about 1:45 pm. With two great races in the bag, the Race Committee shortened the course to squeak in race 3 on rapidly lowering pressure backing from the east.

Robert & Nina Cummings from Dallas dominated Day 1 racing with 1-1-3 finishes for 5 points. In close competition for 2nd was John Kriedler from Greenville, with LMSC youth crew Jacob Dixon, earning 7 points. At the end of three, our own Willie & Tammy Liddicoat were tied for 3rd place with Mark & Michele from Tampa with 9 points each. Close competition all round.

Day 2 racing continued Sunday with easterly winds challenging the fleet to stay in variable pressure and catch some fairly rapid shifts. Mark & Michele swept Sunday’s competition with two bullets and a solid win for the regatta. Robert and Nina hung on with a 3-2 finish to tie with John and Jacob at 13 points. The Cummings two firsts on Saturday was the tie breaker that awarded them 2nd for the series, moving John and Jacob to 3rd. Had the the Liddicoats been able to compete on Sunday, there would have been a “dog fight” for the top three spots. Lynn and Bill Bruss from Lookout Mountain, Georgia, captured hardware for 5th place with some very consistent sailing and LMSC stalwarts John & Kaaren Rue stormed back with 2-3 finishes on Day 2 to capture the 4th place trophy.  Full results are here.

We were pleased and privileged to have Bill Walter and Annette Gardner, new LMSC members and new to sailing, compete in their first ever regatta. We were also very happy to have LMSC members Frank & Lynn McKinnon and Ivan Lopatin, with crew Tom Berens, sailing the Flying Scot competitively for the first time.

To those who weren’t directly impacted by Hermine, who thumbed their noses at the nattering weather oracles to go sailing, and who traveled from afar, we salute you! Thanks for the great competition and camaraderie.

Flying Scot sailing . . .It doesn’t get any better!

2015-2016 Biscayne Bay Yacht Racing Assoc Series

2015-16BBYRAwin  2015-16BBYRAwinners

The BBYRA consists of 5 member clubs - Coconut Grove Saling Club, Miami Yacht Club, Key Biscayne Yacht Club, Coral Reef Yacht Club and Biscayne Bay Yacht Club.  The 2015 - 2016 series was won by Jim and Cherl Signor from Coconut Grove Sailing Club. Full results are here.

2016 Sandy Douglass Memorial Regatta - Deep Creek, MD


Skippers Meeting - story by Doc Templeton

The 22nd Annual Sandy Douglass Memorial Regatta was held at Deep Creek Lake in Deer Park, Maryland on July 30 and 31.  Deer Park is the home of Flying Scot, Incorporated and, nearby, the two yacht clubs that make up the Deep Creek Yacht Racing Association: Deep Creek Lake Sailing Association (DCLSA) and Deep Creek Yacht Club, Inc. (DCYC).  This memorial regatta is an annual tribute to Sandy Douglass, the designer and first builder of the Flying Scot.  This is the only regular regatta here in Western Maryland in which boats are invited to attend from off the lake.  In addition to Flying Scots from these two yacht clubs were out-of-towners from neighboring states.

The racing weekend, hosted by Doc and Judy Templeton, kicked off with a Burrito Bash party on Friday night with entertainment by DCLSA club member Joan Coraor.  This event gave visiting sailors a chance to get acquainted with the DCLSA Club layout as well as the local sailors from both Clubs.  Everyone enjoyed the beautiful decorations and great food.

Saturday morning began with a hosted breakfast and skippers’ meeting prior to the first race.  There was a total of 43 boats divided into four classes: Gold, Silver, Masters and Challengers.  There were eight boats from off the lake.

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