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2015 Midwinters at Sarasota Sailing Squadron - Florida - Day 3

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Day 3 and done, with a 3rd day of perfect conditions with NNW winds 10-12 MPH in 80+ degrees and sunny AGAIN. The Race Committee held 2 W-L races, one 5 legs and one 4 legs, and finished the maximum number of races (8) for the regatta in 3 days!  We could not have asked for better conditions or a better Race Committee.  All 3 days the Race Committee kept everything going and the participants behaved with only 1 general recall the whole time.

Once again, no postponements and we started on time on the water around 12:15.  The wind stayed steady so not much mark movement between races and pretty gentlemanly mark roundings each race.  The winners of the Championship Division were (1) Jeff and Amy Linton in a tiebreaker second place (2) Zeke and Jay Horowitz and (3) Ned Johnston and Ryan Donahue. In Challenger, the winners were (1) Jim Leggette and Mike Funk, (2) Norris Elwick and Chuck Tanner is a tie with third place (3) Randy Rubinstein and Jim Cavanagh.

Thanks so much to Sarasota Sailing Squadron and the volunteers, as well as the terrific Race Committee for a fine regatta!  Hope to see everyone at the NAC in Bay Waveland, MS, in June!

Video is here.  Full results here.  Pictures taken by Jim Faugust are here.  Pictures taken by Cheryl Shafer are here.  Once you get to Flicker, search people for Shafer2933, then look for her album 2015 Flying Scot Midwinters.  Thanks to Jim and Cheryl for all the great pictures!

2015 Midwinters at Sarasota Sailing Squadron - Florida - Day 2

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No need to postpone today!   Incredible conditions on Sarasota Bay for Day 2 of the Midwinters with 10 -15 MPH NNW winds and a beautiful cloud-free sky with temps in the 80's again!  The RC ran 3 W-L races, the first one was scheduled to be 5 legs but was shortened to 4 and we finished downwind between the gates.  The Second race was 5 legs and the third race was 4 mile-long legs.  Everyone got a real workout today and there were lots of close calls and a bit of noise on the race course - very different from yesterday. 

The Race Committee did a great job of keeping things moving and we were abe to get out on time and get back in by 4PM, plenty of time to socialize and get to the keg early!  Having 6 of a maximum of 8 races completed by Day 2 is great, meaning even if we have a bad weather day, we already have 6 races in!

As of Day 2 the leaders in the Championship Division are (1) Zeke and Jay Horowiz, (2) Jeff and Amy Linton and (3) Paul Abdullah and Alex Krumdieck.  In the Challenger Division the leaders are (1) Jim Leggette and Mike Funk (2) Randy Rubinstein and Jim Cavanagh and (3) David Strawbridge and Joseph Connolly III.

Full results re here.

2015 Midwinters at Sarasota Sailing Squadron - Florida - Day 1

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Stardate May 16, 2015 - Day 1 of Midwinters 2015.  It is a beautiful day in the 80's and sunny, but the morning started with a spotty South wind.. The Postpone flag went up around 10:45 and we waited for the sea breeze.  It did not disappoint us!  About 1PM the RC sent us out and the sea breeze filled in nicely from the West 10-12 MPH.  What an incredibly perfect day for racing.  The RC held 3 windward-leeward 4-leg races and only 1 general recall spoiled the perfect day.  There was very little yelling on the race course today and NO protests! 

With 32 boats in the Championship Division, after today's racing, the top 5 are (1) Jeff and Amy Linton, (2) Zeke and Jay Horowitz, (3) Ned Johnson and Ryan Donahue, (4) Larry Taggart and Carrie Berger, and (5) Ryan Malmgren and Chris Smith.  With 22 boats in Challenger, the current leaders are (1) Norris Elswick and Chuck Tanner, (2) Jim Leggette and ike Funk and (3) Randy Rubinstein and Jim Cavanagh.

Watch some video from the day's events here

2015 Midwinters at Sarasota Sailing Squadron - Florida - Warmup Regatta

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The Midwinters warmup regatta was sailed today in perfect conditions on beautiful Saratoga Bay with 36 of the 54 boats registered for the Midwinters participating in today's event.  With 80-degree temperatures and 12 MPH winds, 2 races were sailed with a Championship and Challenger Division.  There was some confusion on the scoring, and as of now, pending final results, Tom McNally with crew Henry Pico won the Championship Division and Jim Leggette with crew Mike Funk won the Challenger.  Watch here for final results as soon as they become available.

The boats are coming, the boats are here at the Midwinters!

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The boats have arrived and checked in that the Flying Scot Moidwinters in Sarasota Florida.  How many boats you ask?  There are 54, count them, 54 Flying Scots here in the 80+ degree sun, some who are just heading out for the warm-up regatta this afternoon.  Watch here and Scuttlebutt, as well as the local Sarasota news for updates, photos, videos and results each day after racing.  It is going to be a great week!

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