Flying Scot Sailing Association

2015 NAC at Bay Waveland in MS - Day 1 of FInals

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Jim Tichenor and his Race Committee started right on time at 1:00 PM and we raced a 4-leg W-L race with a usually steady 8-10 MPH SSW wind. By the finish of the Championship Division, the wind had stopped several boats on the line and the first boats in the Challenger Division were finishing with them.  The Race Committee did excellent work tracking the finishes with 5 - 10 spinnakers in the mix at one time!  

By the second race the wind had built a bit, perhaps to 10-12  and gotten pretty shifty with big wind shifts that you really had to read or just find yourself behind everyone else.  You might think you were smart going left on the first windward leg, but it was not going to work on the second windward leg as many people learned,  

There was a bit of a race back to the dock for the Challenger Division - the race was against a pretty big rain and wind storm that followed us in.  We were lucky enough to get into the dock before the storm, which completely fogged in the bay. No one seemed to mind being inside in the bar talking about the days races, drinking various delicious concoctions, snacking on freshly made popcorn and watching the storm out the windows!

Ater Day 1 of finals after all protests were heard::

The leaders in the Championship Division with a 10 point spread between 1st and 5th place are Jeff Linton, Rod Steiffel, Andrew Eagan, John Dane and Zeke Horowitz.

The leaders in the Challlenger DIvision with  8-point spread between 1st and 5th place are Frank Richards, John Domagala, Tom Miller, Jim Bingham and Rudy Trejo.

Full Results are here

2015 NAC at Bay Waveland in MS - Day 2 of Qualifiers

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Things looked good on the way out                              The sky was dark and the rain was steady

The gods were not with us Tuesday 6/23, and although we went out right about on time for racing at 1:00 PM, a storm came and delayed us for what we hoped would be just a little while.  This was soon followed by a squall with thunder and lightning that sent most boats back into the docks to wait for the storm to pass.  Unfortunately, we did have one injury with a competitor's hand getting squeezed between the boat and the dock, and we hope she is doing ok!  

On shore we watched the storm move slowly and we could see the clearing off to the south.  But once the storm passed, the sea breeze was no longer there for us, so at around 3:45 PM, the Race Committee called it a day, and the qualifying scores stand from Day 1.  The Championship and Challenger Divisions are set now and we start the finals on Wednesday.  

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There's the clearing to the right, but alas no wind      The membership forum - great meeting!

FSSA President Frank Gerry facilitated a well-attended membership forum where we all shared ideas - about class growth, class future, how to get new sailors truly integrated into the class, national events and several other great thoughts that members brought to the table.  It was great to hear from so many and share thougths amongst the fleets - keep the ideas coming, the more we share the better we can be!  Afterwards, we had a great barbecue dinner at the clubhouse, and I don't think anyone went away hungry!  

Here's hoping for a better weather day tomorrow.

2015 NAC at Bay Waveland in MS - Day 1 of Qualifiers



With race scheduled for 1:00 PM, we were not hopeful when there was nothing by noon.  So we sat at the dock or on shore waiting to see what would happen.  It was 95 degrees or higher and lots of water and Gatorade was being consumed. There was some speculati0onthat we would not be going out at all today.  But after a short postponement, we saw the sea breeze coming in from S/SW and we all headed out about 12:30.  

Jim Tichenor and his Race Committee ran two flawless races, one 4-leg W-L and one 5-leg W-L in 10-12 MPH wind which ran fairly steady throughout the day.  The second race was set a bit longer since there enough time to run a longer race with the conditions.  The breeze kept us cooler, but we still needed lots of hydration while racing.

With 49 boats on the line, split into 4 divisions, we race 3 qualifiers and sail against each of the divisions.  When the qualifiers are done, 1/2 the boats sail in the Championship Division and 1/2 the boats sail in the Challenger Division in the finals.  After Day 1, the top 5 are Jeff Linton, Red Steiffel, John Dane, Andrew Eagan and Jake Horowitz.  One more qualifier tomorrow and we move to finals on Wednesday.  See results to date here.

2015 NAC at Bay Waveland Yacht Club in MS - Women's and Juniors


While registration for the finals continnued and boats were still being weighed in and measured, there was lots of excitement on the water with the Women's and Junior's NACs being raced.  It was a wonderful sight with 8 Women's teams and 11 Junior teams out there fighting every minute for their places.  We were very pleased to see so many teams out there today!

It was easy off the dock and we were off the wind out to the race course which was right out in front of the club.  It was in the high 90's and it felt like over 100, so staying hydrated was key.  The bay had very little so we did not have to fight that all day, and with the steady wind, we were never left floating out there in the hot temperatures.

WIth a nice steady S/SW sea breeze the Race Committee was able to get started on time at 1:00 pm and had us back in by 4:00 PM, after 3 great 4-leg W-L races.  At the end of a wonderful day on the water, the winner of the Women's NAC is Shelley Caplan, a local sailor from Bay Waveland Yacht Club.  The winner of the Junior NAC was Drew Hayward from Davis Island Yacht Club in Tampa, FL.  Congratulations to them both!

Junior's results are here.  Women's results are here.

2015 NAC at Bay Waveland Yacht Club in MS - in Full Swing

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Fifty boats are registered for the 2015 NAC at Bay Waveland Yacht Club in Mississippi.  Arrivals continued throughout the day on Saturday 6/20, with boats being measured and checked in.  One boat (above) got a new mast after a 40MPH gust took out the old one a week ago at a regatta.  The Women and Juniors have their turn tomorrow, with the rest of the skippers getting out there on Monday when the qualifiers start.  Good luck to all the participants - the competition is fierce!

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