2014 Midwest Districts at Sheridan Shores YC, Wilmette, IL

2014 MW Districts

Despite one capsize and a broken halyard, the 2014 Midwest Districts hosted by Sheridan Shores Yacht Club and Fleet #3 on June 27-28, was a huge success.

Eight out-of-town boats made the trek to Lake Michigan and, together with Sheridan Shores sailors, we had a field of 14 competitors. That group included Frank Gerry, FSSA president; Bill Vogler, FSSA vice president; Harry Carpenter, boat builder; Ryan Malmgren, sailmaker, as well as Midwest District Governor, Ben Williams.

Three races were scheduled for Saturday and the race committee and the weather provided just that. Winds were southeasterly (about 150-160) and nice and steady, something we lake sailors do not take for granted. Each race was almost precisely one hour, even though with the high winds (I heard a rumor that some gusts were as high as 24 mph) and large waves, sometimes they felt longer! Still, compared to last year's Race Weekend regatta at Sheridan Shores where the waves were about eight- or nine-feet tall, these conditions felt manageable. 

Flying Scot Wife-Husband is featured in Sailing World!

Flying Scot Sailors - Have you seen the latest issue of Sailing World Magazine?  There is a terrific article by our own Deb Aronson regarding the Wife-Husband regatta.  Hope you can get a copy or that someone you know has a copy you can look at.  This is a regatta unique to our class and we are proud it has been featured in Sailing World.  Thanks to Deb and Editor Dave Reed for bringing this article to fruition.  Hope you get to see it soon - individual copies of the magazine are always available for sale.

2014 SW W-H3

2014 Choo Choo Regatta, Privateer YC, Chatanooga, TN

Choo Choo Regatta by Rob Fowler, FS 5152, Fleet 13

2014 Choo Choo Downwind    2014 Choo Choo Porch

The annual Choo Choo Regatta was held at Privateer Yacht Club in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on April 26th and 27th. As usual, we had a great turnout of scots from our sister Dixie Lakes fleets, and from our “adopted” members from Clinton Lake in Illinois. Privateer’s Fleet 13 was proud to host the first regatta in its “almost finished” brand-new clubhouse. The new facility, which replaced an aging structure built in 1953, should be finished in late June and will provide sailors with expanded and modern bathrooms, showers, bar and dining area.

Sailing article on Frankenscot

2014 Frankenscot

Read all about the Frankenscot and skipper Jeff Linton and crew Jahn Tihansky's adventures in the Everglades Challenge.  Story and pictures by Jeff's shore crew (for this time only) Amy Smith Linton!

2014 Fleet of the Year Nominations

2013 FOTY

Last Year's Fleet of the Year winner was Lake Norman Yacht Club - pictured Carol Claypool and Frank Gerry

Once again it's time to send in nominations for the FSSA Fleet of the Year Award.  This prestigious award is presented to an outstanding Flying Scot® fleet each year at the Annual Meeting during the NAC.  Last year's recipient was Fleet 48 from Lake Norman Yacht Club.  Please take time to review the application available here and submit your fleet for consideration!  Information on where to submit the form is here.  Good luck - it could be your fleet this year!

2014 Grits ‘n Haggis Regatta - Keowee Sailing Club, Seneca, SC

2014 G&H Scots  2014 G&H Sandy

    Scots move to the line at the Grits 'n Haggis regatta                       Sandy Eustis leads the fleet

2014 G&H Leeward  2014 G&H Spinnakers 

                  Busy at the leeward mark                                                           Spinnakers full

Lake Keowee is about 8 miles west of Clemson, SC at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  For 6 years now, Fleet 193 has hosted this regatta on the 3rd weekend in May.   It is usually temperatures in the mid 80’s by now, but this weekend was different.  As boats came in from other clubs on Friday the gusts were 20+, usually a precursor for no wind the next day.  Depending on which website you checked, the weather & wind reports varied wildly. We had light breezes on Saturday morning, but by the noon competitors’ meeting it was a steady 10 to 12.  The sun was out, but it felt more like October than May.

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