by Diane Kampf, FS5857
As we do each year, Greg and I trekked our way for the 20th time to Saratoga, NY, for the 29th Annual Flying Scot Invitational. We joined fellow Massapoag Yacht Club sailors John and Connie Eckart, who were traveling to this regatta for the 1st time. We were delighted to find that a couple of husband and wife teams from Massabesic Yacht Club in NH, Dennis and Nancy Dobe and Scott and Argelie Cunan, had also made the trip for their 1st time. Massabesic has one of our newest fleets in New England and is hosting the New England Districts this year. One of the skippers told me that they decided to come to Saratoga after reading previous articles of mine in Scots n’ Water! I sure hope I have not put too much pressure on our hosts.
Saratoga Lake Sailing Club is one of the neatest places to visit. There is room on the property to stay overnight in the house and plenty of room for camping, and several members also host visiting teams at their homes. The hospitality at the club is always great. We got there late on Friday night and just parked our Roadtrek, plugged it in and went to sleep. So we missed the Friday night welcome party, but we heard it was great as usual!
On Saturday, Shirley Waterfield was there with some others helping making blueberry pancakes, or custom made pancakes for the 1 or 2 people (like me) who actually like them plain. There were other choices for breakfast too but I think most people gravitate towards the island in the kitchen where the pancakes are being served. No one goes hungry at this regatta. Although your belly is full, you then make the famous “you make it, you bag it, you bring it” lunch on shore because once racing starts, you don’t come back in shore until the end of the day. Some people can make it all day, others need a snack, but some need their lunch to make it through a whole day on the water.