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Great Conditions, Great Racing at 2015 Wife-Husband

This year’s Wife-Husband was quite competitive. Sometimes it felt more like a NAC than a Wife-Husband! For the first time, the Wife-Husband Championship fleet had five (loooooong!) races while the Challenger fleet had the traditional three races for the weekend. 

The weekend really began on Friday with Mark and Michelle Taylor’s wedding reception. Beer, sponsored by Mad Sails, flowed and food and cupcakes were devoured. Although Mark and Michelle were married in May, they wanted to share their special day with all their Flying Scot friends, so they scheduled the reception for the Wife-Husband. Pretty appropriate, right?!

The wind at Davis Island Yacht Club was out of the east most of the weekend, making for shiftier conditions than the steady seabreeze one might expect in Tampa.  The race committee, capably led by Henry Moore, managed the conditions wonderfully. Plus, the conditions were pretty darn wonderful. Jeff Linton did say at the end of the weekend that these were the best conditions he’d ever seen in Tampa in October. Nice going regatta committee!

2015 Wife Husband at Davis Island Yacht Club - Day 2

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Here are pictures from the 2015 Wife Husband Championship at Davis Island Yacht Club in Tampa, FL, where there was beautiful weather, lots of Tampa hospitatlity and lots of Flying Scot camqraderie!  With 19 boats in the Cmahpionship Division, Jeff and Amy Smith Linton were winners of the Division, with Carrie & Tyler Andrews 2nd and Lisa & Andy Hayward 3rd.  With 4 boats in the Challenger Division, Leann & Robin Roberts, newest members of Fleet 168, were 1st, Donna Mohr & Jon Hamilton 2nd, and Cheryl & Bob McCorkle 3rd..  

Full results are here.  

2015 Hospitality Regatta - Jackson, MS

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The Scot fleet winners from the Hospitality Regatta, First place, Larry Taggart and Tina, second place Jim Leggette and Will Manuel and third place Claude and Randall Dannerman.

2015 Wife Husband at Davis Island Yacht Club in Tampa, FL - Day 1

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Reports are that the weather was beautiful for Day 1 of the 201 Wife Husbands.  We're awaiting furhter reports, but the Lintons are leading with the Andrews' in 2nd. The results to date for the lucky ones who are there can be found here.  

 

2015 Michigan Ontario District - Pinckney, MI

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Michigan-Ontario District Regatta: A Tail of Two Winds

Steve Rajkovich, MI-ONT District Governor

Portage Yacht Club and Fleet 20 hosted the Michigan-Ontario Districts this year and part of the annual Michigan Hot Scot Regatta.  8 boats competed for the Fanshawe Trophy.  Included in the race was our new District Governor, Steve Rajkovich.

As is often the case at Portage Lake the wind was going to be an issue.  A cold front was expected and for Saturday the wind was expected to be 15-21mph with gusts to 30.  Sunday was another story… winds calm to 3mph.

Saturday Morning started off with coffee and registration in the PYC club house and a lot of activity in the parking lot and the docks as folks readied their boats.  There was also a lot of sharing of information gleaned from various phone apps as sailors tried to figure out whether the wind was going to stay within safe limits.  Portage is a small, inland lake with a reputation for very shifty winds.

The wind was indeed building as Principal Race Office Bill O’Donnel gathered his crew, composed entirely of members of PYC Interlake Fleet 22, a great bunch of guys and gals that chip in every year to make the Flying Scot regatta a success.  Brook Smith, chief judge, assistant pro, and scorer; Rick Jarzembowski, service boat driver; Steve Zawaki, mark setter; Ty and Flea Cathy, second mark boat; and Tom Ehman, Judge.  Nancy Staub from Fleet 20 served as the on-water recorder.  On Sunday Craig Kivi and Tom Kimball took over the mark boat duties. 

At the Skippers’ meeting discussion about the wind continued as safe sailing was discussed.  The Regatta was planned to consist of five races and the race team intended to do just that.  Steve Rajkovich took the opportunity to introduce himself as Governor and to publicly thank Bill Pfund for serving as governor for the last 6 years.

Folks “saddled up” and headed out to the course for he first race.  Winds held steady at 16 MPH with moderate gusts and the race was closely contested.  At the finish the fleet returned to PYC for lunch.  Skippers and crew were asked about going back out and it was decided that the prospects of little to no wind on Sunday persuaded a majority to try one or two more races while the wind held.

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