Flying Scot Sailing Association

BIG WIND AND NO BREEZE AT CONFEDERATE ADMIRALS’ REGATTA

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by Joe VerPlank

Memorial Day weekend at Muscle Shoals Sailing Club started out hot and sunny with a nice breeze that we all anticipated for the Saturday and Sunday races.  By the time we had finished the Skipper’s Meeting and lunch, the breeze was beginning to pick up to a nice Southeasterly.  Our flawless PRO, Gar Bouse, had set a perfect windward-leeward course two times around.  By the time we had our first start, the wind had puffed up to around twelve knots.  Then the skippers had to decide whether to take the route closer to shore where there is usually a lift or to go up the middle where there was more wind.  It didn’t seem to make much difference which route you took since we all met at the windward mark about the same time and we were all competitive.  Going downwind was a different story.  The shifty winds started taking its toll on the boats that were not quite as skilled on their spinnakers.  As we rounded the leeward mark, the boats that could douse their chutes the best and trim windward surged further ahead.  There were puffs at eighteen to twenty as the wind built higher.  Some boats were going into survival mode but fortunately, no one went over.  The wind stayed up the duration of our three races on Saturday.

2016 Deep Creek Sailing School, Swanton, MD

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Attention adults (16+ crowd) - Learn to sail or improve your sailing skills at the Deep Creek Sailing School this summer. Adult sailing instruction weeks are June 20, July 18, and July 25.  If a week commitment is too much, the sailing school is offering a 3-day option - Pick the adult week you are available and pick three days within that week to attend at a pro-rated price.  The school also offers 3 hour private lessons.   Contact the sailing school if you are interested.  www.deepcreeksailingschool.com

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.

2016CGwednight

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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