2014 Massapoag Yacht Club 65th Annual Regatta - Sharon, MA

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           Got Water?  We Had Just Enough at the MYC 65th Annual Regatta - full results are here

When the time approached for the 2014 Massapoag Yacht Club 65th Annual Regatta in Sharon, MA, as regatta chairperson, I knew we had some hard decision to make.  There had been some unexpected lowering of the lake this summer, followed by a very dry spell resulting in no recovery of the lake level.  As the beach got bigger and bigger, we thought it would be great for the Sunfish and Lasers because they would have more room to rig their boats.  But the lower the water got, the harder it got to launch and retrieve dry sailed boats and the more worried we got about getting our motor boats and moored sailboats out of the water at the end of the season.  . 

2014 Scot A Hoochee Regatta - Lake Lanier, Atlanta, GA

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The Flying Scot fleet at Lake Lanier and their guests had a great time on 9/13 and 9/14/2014 at the Scot-a-Hoochee regatta.  Racing was challenging as storm clouds moved around us Saturday, creating big wind shifts.   We got in four races Saturday and finished in a dying breeze.  Sunday conditions were light rain and a shifty east breeze and we got in two races before we headed in for lunch.  The top four finishers were from out of town, including some top notch national competitors - Rob Fowler, Peter Beam, Sandy Eustis, and Joel Verplank.  One highlight of the regatta was the after dinner leader’s debrief when the top skippers sat down and discussed the technical aspects of the days racing. See more details, pictures and full results here.

2014 Egyptian Cup Regatta - Carlyle Lake, IL

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The Egyptian Cup Had 21 Boats and Perfect Conditions – Let’s Hear it for the Pharoh!

Well, I meant to post something before we left for the Egyptian Cup at Carlyle Lake, because we knew before we got there that we would have 20 boats. That's an awesome turnout! As Mike Pitzer, the "Pharoah" for the regatta, explained on Sunday, he was hoping for 20 boats to help mark the 20th anniversary of the Cup being held at Carlyle. Before that, for those of you not familiar with the regatta, it was hosted by a lake in southern Illinois. The regatta has a long and storied history. If you ever get a chance to look at the cup you'll see names like Gordon Douglass and other Flying Scot greats on it. When they closed up shop, they asked Carlyle to continue the tradition, which they did and they have.

Meanwhile, the weather gods, whether Egyptian or otherwise, seemed to be pleased with the Carlyle race committee because they provided perfect weather all weekend: wind between about 8-11 and moderated temperatures in the low 80s, down from the high 90s of the previous weeks, so we were all very thankful.

2014 Wife Husband Championship at Sayville YC - Day 2

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Day 2 was awesome - an 80-degree sunny day with winds starting out at 3-4 MPH.  After a short postponement, the wind came up to 10 and stayed 10-12 the rest of the day,   Two great races later, we headed back in wanting more!!!  Ted Cremer and his team did a fabulous job hosting us and we had a great time!

John Luard and Toni Gahn won the Championship Division and Paul Mac Menamin and Patricia Mizzi won the Challengers,  More to come later...

Final results are here.

2014 Wife Husband Championship at Sayville YC - Day 1

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As we drove towards Sayville Yacht Club this morning, we were treated to this beautiful sunrise.and we knew were in for a beautiful day.  With weather in the 70s and the wind blowing steady 13-15 MPH, we looked forward to getting out on the water on Saturday.  The PRO was SYC Commodore Paul Abel and he asked us if we wanted 3 or 5 races and the majority voted for 5.  Saturday the RC ran 3 W-L races with 12 boats, 8 Championship and 4 Challenger, participating in the event. 

 

After racing, several of us were treated to a boat ride to Fire Island where we walked to the beautiful beach on the ocean side of the island.  We then walked the nature trail and spotted a deer and a horseshoe crab along the way. 

 

We came back to the club where we had live music and hors d'oeuvres, followed by a steak dinner cooked by club members and homemade blueberry cobbler.  A very nice finish to a very nice day.After day 1, John Luard and Toni Gahn lead the Championship Division and Paul Mac Menamin and Patricia Mizzi lead the Challengers,  We'll do it again tomorrow and hope for great conditions like today.

Results to date are here

2014 Sprite Island Douglass Orr Regatta

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The 2014 Douglass Orr Regatta was held on June 21-22 at Sprite Island, Norwalk, CT, the home of Flying Scot Fleet 142. A total of 12 boats raced, hailing from Sprite Island Yacht Club, Cedar Point Yacht Club and Candlewood Yacht Club. Five races were held over two days in light air and the weather was gorgeous! Couldn't ask for better conditions. The winner of the regatta was not determined until the last race. Bob McElwain from CPYC and Mark Riefenhauser from CYC were in a tug war for first place overall with Bob prevailing at the end. Final results are attached. The regatta was the first of three legs of the Connecticut Cup. The second leg will be at Cedar Point Yacht Club in late September and followed by Candlewood Yacht Club in early October.  Hope to see y'all next year!

Full results are here.  A short You Tube video of some of the racing is here.

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