Flying Scot Sailing Association

2014 Choo Choo Regatta, Privateer YC, Chatanooga, TN

Choo Choo Regatta by Rob Fowler, FS 5152, Fleet 13

2014 Choo Choo Downwind    2014 Choo Choo Porch

The annual Choo Choo Regatta was held at Privateer Yacht Club in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on April 26th and 27th. As usual, we had a great turnout of scots from our sister Dixie Lakes fleets, and from our “adopted” members from Clinton Lake in Illinois. Privateer’s Fleet 13 was proud to host the first regatta in its “almost finished” brand-new clubhouse. The new facility, which replaced an aging structure built in 1953, should be finished in late June and will provide sailors with expanded and modern bathrooms, showers, bar and dining area.

Sailing article on Frankenscot

2014 Frankenscot

Read all about the Frankenscot and skipper Jeff Linton and crew Jahn Tihansky's adventures in the Everglades Challenge.  Story and pictures by Jeff's shore crew (for this time only) Amy Smith Linton!

2014 Fleet of the Year Nominations

2013 FOTY

Last Year's Fleet of the Year winner was Lake Norman Yacht Club - pictured Carol Claypool and Frank Gerry

Once again it's time to send in nominations for the FSSA Fleet of the Year Award.  This prestigious award is presented to an outstanding Flying Scot® fleet each year at the Annual Meeting during the NAC.  Last year's recipient was Fleet 48 from Lake Norman Yacht Club.  Please take time to review the application available here and submit your fleet for consideration!  Information on where to submit the form is here.  Good luck - it could be your fleet this year!

2014 Grits ‘n Haggis Regatta - Keowee Sailing Club, Seneca, SC

2014 G&H Scots  2014 G&H Sandy

    Scots move to the line at the Grits 'n Haggis regatta                       Sandy Eustis leads the fleet

2014 G&H Leeward  2014 G&H Spinnakers 

                  Busy at the leeward mark                                                           Spinnakers full

Lake Keowee is about 8 miles west of Clemson, SC at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  For 6 years now, Fleet 193 has hosted this regatta on the 3rd weekend in May.   It is usually temperatures in the mid 80’s by now, but this weekend was different.  As boats came in from other clubs on Friday the gusts were 20+, usually a precursor for no wind the next day.  Depending on which website you checked, the weather & wind reports varied wildly. We had light breezes on Saturday morning, but by the noon competitors’ meeting it was a steady 10 to 12.  The sun was out, but it felt more like October than May.

FLYING SCOT TRIFECTA 2014

2014 Gulf District Trifecta

Once again wind forecasts were incorrect.  All of the “best” websites for forecasting winds on Lake Pontchartrain were wrong.  All had predicted light southerly’s the entire Memorial Day weekend of the Gulf District Trifecta.  And all weekend we wound up with 8-12 knot northerlies for the 5 race series.  But at least there was no rain!

On Memorial Day weekend of 2014 Flying Scot Fleet 96 and Southern Yacht Club in New Orleans hosted the first Gulf District Trifecta.  It was a Trifecta as the Flying Scot Class (also the largest class in the event) sailed for three different perpetual trophies as part of the 2014 Juby Wynne Memorial Regatta: The Commissioner General Trophy, the Charles L Dees Memorial Trophy and the Cock-of-the-Walk Trophy.

What was unique is that each of these trophies had its own individual criteria within the Flying Scot class, although everyone started together and sailed the same course.

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