Flying Scot Sailing Association

2013 Fontelieu/Fall Classic at Cedar Point YC, Westport, CT

Flying Scot fleet 177 hosted the Fontelieu / Fall Classic this past weekend at Cedar Point YC in Westport, CT. 15 Thistles and 9 Flying Scot enjoyed Cedar Point YC sailing at its finest. SE winds at 10 knots on both days and spectacular sunshine. The PRO for the weekend was Dick Thackaberry and team who also were the race committee team for the 2011 NAC’s at Cedar Point.

On Saturday, 3 races were held with Josh Goldman and John Cooke trading first and second place position throughout the day. Rob and Linda Cohen show great speed throughout the day to settle into third place. Sister Fleet 142 from Sprite Island sent four fast boats around the corner to partake of the great sailing conditions. At the end of Saturday Sprite sailors Tom Gordon, Fred Breekland, Jim Cummings, and Peter Feick settled into places 4 through 7 trading finishing places throughout the day. Cedar Point die hard sailors Chris Grantham and Sharon Herring hung in for places 8 and 9.

Saturday night dinner for the Fall Classic is something not to be missed. Thistle sailor Steve Gruver and team always put’s on the best steak dinner on the east coast followed by pastry chef and Thistle sailor Sam Bauer’s fantastic homemade cakes, brownies, and cheesecake. The rest of the night we had Green Eye Lady, a favorite local band playing great dance and rock music.

2013 Scot a Hoochee, Lake Lanier Sailing Club

The "First Annual" Scotahoochee Regatta was held at the Lake Lanier Sailing Club on September 14-15, but it was actually the second Flying Scot regatta held at LLSC -- the first being our 2012 Dixie Lakes District Championship Regatta on the same weekend last year.  Scott and Sharon Adams, helped by several fleet members (a special "thank you" to Peter Kowalski), have figured out very quickly how to put on a first class regatta.  Keith and I shared a sweet little rental cabin on the LLSC property with John Sensor and Matt Tringali from our own club.  As for us, we traded tacks in every one of Saturday's three races and Sunday's three races with the teams of Peter Beam / Lee Estes and Eric Ashaffenberg / Paul Beaudry.  There were 11 entrants and three races in beautiful, sunny, and very, very shifty 5-15 knot conditions on Saturday, plus three more in a slightly steadier 5-10 knot breeze on Sunday morning.  Peter won 2 races, but so did Eric, and so did Keith and myself --but in the end it was Peter's consistency (two seconds and two thirds to go with his pair of bullets) that won the regatta.  John Sensor, attending his first ever off-lake regatta since retiring here to the "Golden Corner" of SC-NC-Georgia, had a great trio of finishes on Sunday to finish fourth overall.  In sum, I think "Scotahoochee" is an old timey Cherokee word meaning "great hospitality, great weather, great competition, and great fun!"  Hey Scotters --put this one on your calendar for the second weekend after Labor Day next year if you live anywhere close!

Sandy Eustis, Dixie Lakes Governor

Pictures are here  and Results are here

2013 Atlantic Coast Championship at Tom's River, NJ - Day 2

TRYC ACC 2013

Day 2 was warmer, in the low 70's and the winds were steadier 5-10.  Two races were raced in the good conditions and the winners are: Championship - Rob Whiiitemore and Challenger - Glenn Wesley.  Congrats to the winners and their crews and thanks to Toms River for hosting another successful ACC!    

2013 Massapoag Yacht Club 64th Annual Regatta at Sharon, MA

 2013 MYC Bennett

The MYC 64th Annual regatta was held on September 7 - 8, 2013 with a welcome party on September 6,  It was a great success with 17 Flying Scots, 5 Day Sailers and 24 Sunfish participating.   It was a real family affair this year!  On FS and Day Sailers, we had 5 father-son teams, 3 father-daughter teams, a team of brothers, 4 husband-wife teams (one of which were the parents of another skipper),.   On Sunfish we had 2 mothers of other skippers, 4 fathers of other skippers and 2 grandfathers of other skippers.  One family came with 4 Sunfish, 3 on a trailer and one on top of a car.  We had decent wind for 2 days, although it was from the west-northwest, but managed to get in 7 races for big boats and 10 races for Sunfish!  Another great time for everyone at MYC!   Results are here

2013 Michigan-Ontario Districts at Crystal Lake, MI

Crystal Lake

From Frank Gerry, FSSA President

On the weekend of September 7-8, 2013, we had the fortune to attend a super good small regatta in the middle of Michigan.  We have the opportunity to travel to many nice regattas throughout the Midwest just like many of you folks do across the Flying Scot landscape.   The cool thing about this event was watching  the great job a small club can do with a roll up your sleeves attitude and a lot of good old volunteerism.   Crystal Sailing Club is a small club with maybe 40 members located in none other than Crystal, Michigan!    The club has a single launch ramp, a single pier and a nice functional clubhouse.   Yachts are primarily Flying Scots and Sunfish with a few other small boats.   This year they hosted the Michigan-Ontario districts drawing boats from mostly Michigan and few of us out of district boats from Illinois.   Our excellent hosts lead by regatta chair Steve Rajkovich, PRO Steve Last and Commodore Joe Kopchick, put on a great event.   For the sailor, all the ingredients were there;   Nice weather,  idyllic location, super hospitable hosts, good food ( Steve the regatta chair and team cooked breakfast for us all ), good sailing ( thanks to Mother Nature, Steve the PRO and team).   It was a fun time.   

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