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.

Lessons Learned from the 2015 ACC


Lessons from the ACCs 2015

At the Atlantic Coast Championship on the Neuse River in September a fleet of 23 Scots was hit by a microburst with winds going from 12 – 15 knots to 50 – 60 knots in less than a minute and staying  high for 10 + minutes.   Seas quickly built to 3+ feet.  The teams sailing in this championship were well qualified skippers and crews, and yet 20 capsized.  There was extensive property damage including 8 -9 damaged mast, some of which are still on the bottom.  We were fortunate indeed that no one was seriously injured which could have happened very easily.

A few people shared some ideas on shore aimed at avoiding or at least minimizing the risk and damage in such situations.  Such conditions are thankfully rare.  I have been racing sailboats very actively since 1966 and this is the fortunately the worst weather I have encountered.  I emailed all the teams and asked that they share their thoughts on avoiding or managing bad weather in the future.  I will summarize these ideas and suggestions for the benefit of all Scoters.  I received 7 out of 23 entrants plus another from the team that did not launch after reviewing the forecast.  And, they were very capable sailors.

2015 Massabesic Regatta - Massabesic Yacht Club, Manchester, NH


The Massabesic Yacht Club in Manchester, New Hampshire, hosted their annual Regatta on September 19th and 20th. The regatta was open to Windmills, Lightnings and Flying Scots. The racers were graced with excellent wind speed of 7-12mph and gusts up to 18mph on Saturday. If you are a lake sailor you know wind shifts can be a challenge and on Saturday the shifts were greater than normal. All fleets completed 4 races on Saturday and many finishes had multiple boats coming across the line seconds apart. On Sunday the winds were heavy 14-20mph with gusts up to 30 and (of course) shifty. The Windmills and Lightnings had many capsizes but managed to get one race in before the race committee canceled racing." -- by Scott Cunan, FS 5620, Fleet #196

2015 Scot-A-Hootchee - Lake Lanier Sailing Club, GA


Fleet #111 hosted the 2015 Scot a Hoochee Regatta on Lake Lanier in Flowery Branch, GA.  A drizzly rain came and went, but the wind stayed for both days, ranging from 10 to 20.  5 races were sailed on Saturday and 1 on Sunday.  The competition was close for the top spot, with Tony Milligan winning the regatta with a bullet in the last race.

One of the highlights was the trophies, handmade tote bags from an old main sail, made by one of our fleet member’s wife Indu Kowalski, pictured above with the Scot fleet.  Full Results are here,

2015 Glow in the Dark - Clinton Lake Sailing Association, IL

CLSA File photo from CLSA website

Lots of Boats, Plenty of Wind by Deb Aronson

We had another wildly successful (if I do say so myself) Glow in the Dark this past weekend. With 26 boats registered, we beat our all time record by one boat, and everyone came ready to have a good time. This year we had mostly boats from our district, except for Mark and Maria Benner, who came from Moraine Sailing Club (outside Pittsburgh), Bruce and Lynn Kitchen from Cowan Lake (Ohio), and Carrie and Tyler Andrews, who came from Deep Creek in western Maryland. We also had Chuck and Denise Hollman, from Delavan Sailing Club in Wisconsin. Even though they are in our district, we have not seen many Delavan sailors over the last few years, so that was wonderful to have them here!!

Unfortunately, Luther and Deb Torgerson, from Madison, who have NEVER missed a Glow had to stay home this year because of an emergency (now mostly fixed) surgery. Even though they couldn’t come, they still sent a six-foot long cooler full of Madison beer for the event. Thank you Deb and Luther! We missed you!

2015 Wife Husband Championship 10/24-10/25/2015 - REGISTER NOW!

The 2015 Flying Scot Wife Husband Champiobship is quickly Approaching and you'll want to be part of the action!      Remember when this event made Sailing World Magazine?   It could happen again and you could be there! WHArticleSW   Bring your spouse to beautiful downtown Tampa, Florida for a sailing honeymoon. The event includes either a five- or three-race series depending on your division, plus a fun range of on-shore festivities. The entry fee is $75 for USSailing members, no late penalty. Campers welcome. 

Call early for charter and housing options.

Find the NOR and other regatta documents, including who's coming, are available HERE.  

For charters email Mark Taylor.  

For housing email Amy Smith Linton            

For more Regatta Information email Trista Snook

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