Letter to the Editor of Sailing World Magazine

In a recent Sailing World issue, October 2012, there was a cover feature and article titled "The Eight Most enduring One Design Classes"   Featured in that article were the Highlander, Optimist, Lightning, Sunfish, Snipe, Dragon, International 14 and 505, but curiously the article did not include the 55-year-old Flying Scot.  I wanted to share here on FSSA.COM the letter I wrote to the editor about what I feel was an oversight.  I am sure you will agree.

Dear Editor,

I always enjoy Sailing World magazine, the stories, the features, and even the ads.  I was surprised to see in the October 2012 issue that when you listed 8 Enduring Classes, you did not include the Flying Scot® class.  The Flying Scot® is still being produced after 55 years, and is a very active class.  It is a great boat to sail for both families and racers.  We have about 100 active fleets around the country with new fleets added this year.  We race thousands of races a year, more than 60 at my home club alone, with 4 nationally sanctioned events, and have District Championships in each area of the country.  The Flying Scot® has been used in both the Mallory and Adams Cup Men’s and Women’s Championships more than once over the last 5 years.  It has also been used in the Sears and Champion of Champions, as well as the Special Olympics.  We have over 6,000 boats built to date, and have 1,300 members in the Flying Scot Sailing Association, with new boats built by a dedicated builder and sold on a regular basis.

At our 2007 North American Championships (NACs), also celebrating 50 years in the class, we featured over 100 boats on the starting line.  Since then, we have had a very respectable 65 – 80 boats at our NACs each year.   In 2007, right after our 50th anniversary NACs, Sailing World featured Flying Scot® as one of the top 5 enduring classes at our 50 year anniversary.  Not much has changed since then to make anyone think differently!
We hope you continue to see the Flying Scot® as an enduring class.  We have many more years of sailing and competition ahead of us in this fine one-design boat. 


Diane Kampf, President

Flying Scot Sailing Association


Sailing World Editor's response

Just wanted to mention that the editor responded to me.  He also published the letter with his response int he latest issue of the magazine.  You can see that in the magazine.  This is an excerpt from his response to me:

"The theme was to dig through the pages of all our 1962 issues (our first year of publication) and identify any one design classes featured that year, and include them in the feature. For whatever reason, the FS was not on the editors' radar in 1962, apparently, so while it is one of the most enduring for sure, it did not make the list for that reason alone. Of course, the Flying Scot is near and dear to everyone's heart, and I'd like to make it up to the class in 2013 by finding and opportunity to revisit the class in some way. Let's keep in touch and let me know if there's any specific topic to cover the class, its sailors, and its rich history."


Diane Kampf FS 5857

No worries!

It would seem a few other very worthy classes were left out as well.  It seems like the Thistle, Flying Scot, Laser, Hobie 16 and several other great classes were left off the list.  The Scot has a longtime following, and as a boat with strong fleets that you can sail until you are eighty, we re in good shape.  The budget for ink in these magazines is tight, so focusing on the really big classes in the US, like the dragon is important.  ;-)



Phil Scheetz

Flying Scot 5919

Fleet 163, Nockamixon Sail Club