Flying Scot Sailing Association

2016 Grits 'n Haggis - Dixie Lakes District Regatta, Keowee Sailing Club, Seneca SC

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by Sandy Eustis, FS5610

A record 25 Flying Scots showed up at the Keowee Sailing Club in Seneca, South Carolina for the 2016 Grits 'n Haggis Regatta.  The event, held on May 21-22, also served as the 2016 Dixie Lakes District Championship Regatta.  Only 2 races were held on Saturday, due to the effects of a violent squall after the end of the second race.  PRO Jake Kohl had wisely shortened that race and sent the fleet scurrying for cover from a fast approaching squall which had unexpectedly turned more than 90 degrees to the right and headed due south to our venue after passing well to the north and west of Lake Keowee earlier in the afternoon.  Most of the competitors were well aware of what transpired at the ACCs last year when a monster squall hit the racing fleet, so almost everyone at Lake Keowee was wearing life jackets, and several skippers had wisely turned into the approaching storm, taken down their sails, raised their centerboards, and they remained upright when the squall hit.  With about 10 boats already at the dock, and with most of the mid-pack group almost home, the southbound freight train met the 15mph breeze moving northward right off the end of the KSC docks.   8 boats were almost instantly capsized, 4 of which turned turtle, and another remained upright but lost her mast, all within about 10-15 seconds.  At least 2 Scots had crew members on their fore decks with docking lines in hand when they were suddenly capsized. 

Coconut Grove Sailing Club Makes Sailing Easy - Miami, FL

On Wednesdays at the CGSC we make it very easy to sail. The story below pretty much sums up an average evening. However, our sailing club is only half the equation, the Flying Scots are the hook that keeps them coming back. Pictured are 3 of our club "sponsor" boats headed back to the dock up the main channel through the mooring field while flying the spinnaker. While this maneuver is not recommended for the faint of heart, the stability and ease of handling of the Flying Scot makes this possible. On any Wednesday night we will have from 6 to 11 or 12 Flying Scots participating. These boats help our sailing club with our mission " butts on boats on the bay". Our fleet currently has 16 boats including 5 club owned sponsor boats.

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Every Wednesday evening, sailors of any age or experience can turn up and sail CGSC’s Flying Scot Fleet. Past commodore Bud Price began the weekly event to encourage more people to try their hand at racing. Here he gives a taste of what to expect.

2016 Florida District Championship, Upper Key Sailing Club, Key Largo, FL

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Florida's last regatta of the season, before the summer heat, was the Florida District Championship at Upper Keys Sailing Club in Key Largo, FL.  it was advertised this way  "Your boat deserves a vacation in the Keys! FLORIDA DISTRICT CHAMPIONSHIPS at the Upper Keys Sailing Club on May 21-22".

Cheryl Signor pulled out all the stops to make this a good time for everyone. with Pusser's Rum as one of the sponsors.  Beautiful weather, great friends and rum; does it get any better?

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2016 Great 48 at Lake Norman Yacht Club, Mooresville, NC

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There was a story within a story at the 2016 Great 48 Regatta at Lake Norman Yacht Club May 7-8, 2016.  First, there were 42 boats registered, which is wonderful!  On Saturday, the winds were 10-12 gusting to 18, and on Sunday, things were a little more steady at 11.  Lake Norman always puts on a great show and this was no exception. On Friday before the regatta Brian Hayes from North Sails put on a clinic on and off the water.   This was followed by Pizza for all the hurgry sailors!  With 2 great days of sailing, and 40+ boats on the line, the results are here.

A family affair for sure - Brian Hayes was there with his son Brian, and they won the regatta!    There were lots of other family boats sailing too.  And there was a family sailing together in a regatta for the very first time - Joe and Stacey Brake and sons - the story below is from The Lake Norman Yacht Club Page on Facebook!"

2016 Make Your Scot Fly at Lake Murray Sailing Club, Chapin, SC

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Fleet 158 hosted its first "Make Your Scot Fly" performance clinic this weekend. Flying Scot builder, Harry Carpenter, and daughter, Carrie Andrews, graciously donated their time and expertise to help Flying Scot sailors and crew get the most performance and enjoyment out of their boats.

Ten beginner through intermediate sailors from as far as Chattanooga joined in a learning experience unique to the region. With expert oversight from Harry, on the water coaching and video from Carrie, and on board coaching by local fleet 158 volunteers, beginners and more advanced sailors received all the tips and coaching they needed to reach a higher level of boat speed and control.

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