Flying Scot Sailing Association

31st Annual Saratoga Lake FS Invitational and NY Lakes Districts

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Another wonderful Saratoga Flying Scot Invitational is in the books.  We had two great days of racing and loads of fun visiting with old friends and new friends.  We had beautiful weather in the high 70's and mostly light air both days.  But we had enough wind to get in 4 races on Saturday and 2 on Sunday (one less race for the Challengers), with a mixture of Windward-Leeward and Triangle courses, keeping the divisions on different courses in each race.  The winds were a bit shifty and the race committee had their hands full keeping the races going and keeping the courses as straight as they could - not easy when you need to move the marks and the other division is still sailing the course.  We always appreciate what it takes to run races with multiple fleets. The results from Saturday were completely changed on Sunday, with Saturday's ties for 1st and 3rd in Championship and 1st in Challenger getting resolved on Sunday.  As we all know, lake sailing keeps you guessing and sometimes it does involve a bit of luck - your results may vary!

And the food - pancakes Saturday, French Toast Sunday, the you make it, you bag it you bring it lunches, and the beef and taco dinner on Saturday - delicious as always!  You are sure to have gained a few pounds over this weekend!  Oh, and we did have the usual Saturday thunderstorm at Saratoga, this time a little less dramatic than last year with no huge floods and no close lightning strikes, but one tent was upended and collapsed in the storm!  And the rainbow afterwards was lovely!

With 17 boats in the Championship Division and 9 in the Challenger Division, the competition was pretty tight.   The 6 races were won by 4 different teams in the Championship Division.  In the Challenger Division all 5 races were won by different teams.  In the end, the  Winners in the Championship Division were Mark Swanson and Scott Meyer who also won the New York Lakes District Championship.  The Challenger Division was won by Samantha Butler and .  Thanks to Paul and Shirley Waterfield and teams, who do a great job running the regatta and keeping us fed, to Bill Hudson, our hard-working PRO, to Rob Hayes for registration scoring., and the Saratoga Lake Sailing Club for hosting this terrific event.  The final results are here.  My unedited photos are here.

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Challenger winners Samantha Butler and Portia Studenroth with chairperson Paul Waterfield     Championship and District winners Mark Swanson and Scott Meyer with District Governor Ann K Seidman and Chairperson Paul Waterfield

 

2017 112th Annual Ephraim Regatta, Ephraim, WI

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Glimpse of Friday's weather (video by Eric Bussell)        Gorgeous glimpse of the regatta (photo by Jorie Johansen)

On Friday, Eric Bussell wrote:

Looks like Harry Carpenter and Ryan Malmgren will be having their racing clinic today on shore. One of my favorite things about Ephraim is all these future sailors running around and having fun no matter what. They are playing telephone upstairs and doing arts and crafts downstairs. Weather is expected to clear for the 30+ racers who have pre-registered.

Things turned around quite a bit and On Monday, the EYC Facebook Page said this:

Thanks to everyone for coming out and making the 112th Ephraim Regatta a success!

A special thank you to the people who generously used their boats to help run the regatta: David Chomeau, Chris Bungener, John Huff, Jim Rowings, Bob Kieckhafer.

We would also be nothing without our amazing volunteers: Nancy Claypool, John and Deanna Peterson, Wally Waleffe, Sibylle Tasker, Heather Andersen, Susan Reynolds-Smith, Lisa Gifford, Matt Winnacker, Steve Crane, Cain Goettelman, Liz Dischner, Michael Faugust, Ryan Malmgren, and Harry Carpenter of Flying Scot Inc.

We also had volunteers from South Shore Yacht Club, Moraine Sailing Club and Milwaukee Yacht Club: Dan Goldberg, Fred Horowitz, Bob Aring, John Archibald, Tom Salkowski, Dave August serving on Race Committee and as judges.

Thanks to Jorie Johansen for taking these great pictures of everyone.

There will always be an Ephraim Regatta thanks to all of you!

Full results are here:

2017 US Sailing Chubb US Junior Championships at Toms River Yacht Club, NJ

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We all know how great it is to see younger sailors in our boats!  Well, the US Sailing Chubb US Junior Championships start Monday August 7 and run through Friday August 11, 2017, at Toms River Yacht Club in Toms River, NJ.  One of the 3 boats being sailed will be Flying Scots, with Junior teams going three up.  It's great to see the class promoting the sport for Junior sailors, and there will be 10 teams racing Flying Scots in the event!  We're hoping there will be some pictures to share during and after the event.  The link to the event is at 

http://www.ussailing.org/racing/championships/youth/juniorchamps/

Brian Hayes from North Sails will be there Sunday to give a clinic at Seaside, get the boats tuned and share some tips with the Junior Sailors.  Aftter the event, some of you who were lucky enough to get in on the deal will be the owners of the North Sails used in the event.

This is all around good news for Flying Scot sailing! Good luck to all the Juniors - we will be watching!

 

Rigging Video by Tyler Andrews from Flying Scot, Inc.

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Tyler Andrews from Fying Scot, Inc. has put together a video of the new tuning technique. He hopes that it will be helpful. Click on the picture above to view the video.

2017 SANDY DOUGLASS MEMORIAL REGATTA, Deep Creek Lake, MD

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Fifty two boats completed in this year's Sandy Douglass Memorial Regatta, while the factory celebrated 60 years.  With 24 boats in the Gold Class, Zeke Horowitz and Cole Allsopp came away with first place.  The Silver Class was won by Emily Meehan and Ashley Fulk, and the Masters Class was won by Ed Peters and Sue Chase. 

District Governor Martha Sweterlitsch wrote on Facebook:

A great weekend at the Sandy Douglas Memorial Regatta with Cathy Huston, and Larry and Deb Anderson, our hosts. Larry is a great skipper as you can see by our finish in the Masters. Deep Creek has some amazing sailors. 52 boats including 16 from off the lake. Love this year's shirt!

Mark Reifenhauser wrote:

A great chalk talk session this morning at the Sandy Douglas Regatta. Many thanks to Tyler, Ryan and Zeke. It's great to hear different perspective and I actually used some of the tips or ideas.

Full results are here.

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