Flying Scot Sailing Association


The 2015 ACC is NEXT Week at Blackbeard Sailing Club - New Bern, NC

Blackbeard1 The 2015 Flying Scot Atlantic Coast Championships will be held next week on September 12-13 at Blackbeard Sailing Club, New Bern, NC. Get more information on the event page here Hope you are lucky enough to be going!

2015 Greater New York Districts and Punzi Memorial - Candlewood YC, CT

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Story by Bill Dunham, Pictures by Glenn Wesley

The Greater New York Districts were held at Candlewood Lake Yacht Club on August 29th and 30th.  Candlewood, known for its shifty and variable winds, lived up to its reputation by providing all competitors with challenges that many had not encountered in years.  Brian Hayes and his son, Brian, emerged victorious in both the Districts and the Punzi Regatta, winning two of the four races sailed and performing impressively in all races.  Brian credited his son with finding the wind, not an easy task at any point during the weekend. The veteran sailor was particularly happy not only to win his first district title, but also that the first regatta that he and his son won as a team! 

While the numbers were relatively small, regatta chair Mark Riefenhauser did an outstanding job of making sure that everyone had a great time from the moment they arrived.  Food and beverages were readily available and the hospitality was tremendous.  Hors d’oeurves on Friday night and breakfast on Saturday were topped off by a catered dinner on Saturday evening.  The tired sailors relished the opportunity to have the cooking done by someone else, and the food was great!  Glenn Wesley took many pictures of the event, both on and off the water, that testify to both the fun and challenges that were presented.

Both Saturday and Sunday were challenging for the race committee and sailors.  Each day featured dramatic wind shifts, some of even 180 degrees!  Nevertheless, three races were completed on Saturday and one race was contested on Sunday.  With talented competitors coming from New Jersey, Connecticut, New York, and Massachusetts the races were hotly contested.  In many races the lead changed numerous times prior to the finish line, and, as Brian Hayes said after one of the races to another competitor, “You made the mistake of getting too far out in front!”  Indeed, leading early was often a curse rather than a blessing in this event, particularly on Saturday.  Brian won two of those three races, with John Eckart winning the third.  On Sunday Melanie Dunham emerged victorious, figuring out the obstacles presented in a race that contained a 180-degree wind shift amongst other challenges.  John Eckart finished second in the regatta, with Roger Sharp, Melanie Dunham, and Greg Northrop rounding out the top five.  In the districts, Melanie Dunham placed second and Greg Northrop came in third. 

The Hayes’ family also won the Jack Orr trophy, given to the district boat which earns the most first place finishes in honor of long time Flying Scot sailor, and former Candlewood member, Jack Orr.  Those who sailed with and against him remember Jack, the back of the trophy notes, for his class and sportsmanship as well as his expertise on the helm.  Brian was honored to receive this trophy as well as the Punzi trophy given to the overall regatta champion in memory of beloved Candlewood Yacht Club member Roger Punzi.  Roger was an avid sailor, a great sportsman, and a true gentleman. 

While those at the districts wished a few more boats showed up, the group there had a great time, raced well, exhibited sportsmanship at all times, and expressed a desire to return to Candlewood to race again in the near future!   Full results are here.  More Pictures are here.

2015 Flying Scot Raffle Winners Pick Up Their Boat!

Here are a few words from Norm and Jane Wainwright, lucky winners of a BRAND NEW Flying Scot in this year's raffle.  The boat has been built by Flying Scot, Inc., and has been picked up at the factory.  The picture is the winners with Harry in their new boat when they picked it up!  Congratulations Norm and Jane!

2015 Raffle Winners

"I'm about to pick up my new Flying Scot next week, and I would like to express my thanks to the FSSA.

While this is the first Flying Scot I actually own, our family experience with the boat goes way back to our visit to the Flying Scot booth at a boat show in New Jersey many years ago.  My wife and I had three young kids in tow, and the simplicity and stability of the boat attracted us.  Unfortunately for the sales rep, we also saw a newly designed Freedom 21 and bought one.  After a move to Woods Hole, MA, we exchanged the Freedom 21 for restoring an old Cheoy Lee 31 Offshore and sailed it there several years till we decided to move to Charleston SC.  I sold the Cheoy Lee, planning to buy another boat in Charleston, once established there.  It was at that time I began thinking of the Flying Scot again, and started searching for a used boat within driving distance.  I routinely monitored your classified section of the FSSA website for over three years!  I renewed my search several months ago and came across the raffle you organized, confidently thinking that the 1/250 odds seemed awfully good - and you know the rest of the story!

I changed my membership with FSSA this morning to a full membership under the new hull #6067!  We will get the hull wet for the first time on Owasco Lake in the New York Finger Lakes, then return the boat to Charleston this Fall.  I look forward to exploring association with a fleet in one of the locations." 

Building a Flying Scot - piece by piece





Did you ever wonder how Flying Scot, Inc. builds your boat?  Well there's a video that gives you an idea of how the core is built. After watching you will know for sure that it is built piece by piece with tender loving care!  


View the video here.

2015 Battle of the Paddle - Seaside Park and Lavalette YC, NJ

The Battle of the Paddle by Ron Kiss #5509 and Rob Vogel #6058


In the parking lot of just about every yacht club on Barnegat Bay in New Jersey sits a number of covered Flying Scots just waiting to unfurl their sails in a perfect breeze.  But the Barnegat Bay Yacht Racing Association can only seem to attract a small percentage of the Scot sailors to the weekly Saturday races that they have been holding for over a century.

As enthusiastic sailors, we all feel disappointment seeing so many Scots sitting under cover instead of on the water.  By an unscientific estimate, there are 40-50 Flying Scots around the bay and on any weekend, we only have 10-15 on the water.   Currently there are three Flying Scot fleets, Toms River YC, Seaside Park YC and Lavallette YC.  Toms River has hosted the NAC’s more than once, and Lavallette has hosted the Atlantic Coast Championships.  Each of these clubs has its own club racing schedule and the Barnagat Bay Yacht Racing Association hosts a 10 week series during the summer where Scots from all clubs participate.  To encourage more participation, this past year Lavallette and Seaside Park agreed to join one another’s fleets for a home and home regatta.   “LYC has 7 or 8 boats out every Sunday and Seaside has 5 or 6.  Combining our fleets for a couple weeks offers sailors both good racing and the comradery of other Scot sailors they might not have the chance to meet,” said Rob Vogel, the SPYC Scot fleet captain.

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