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Brian Hayes of North Sails shares tips with the sailors

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The winners!

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Story by Peter Eldridge

The 2018 Greater New York District Championship was held at Sprite Island Yacht Club in Norwalk, CT., in conjunction with Fleet 142's annual Douglass-Orr Invitational Regatta and the first leg of the Connecticut Cup. Twenty four boats registered and participated in the two day event, June 23-24.

Participants arrived at neighboring Cedar Point Yacht Club in Westport, CT. Thursday evening and early Friday and Saturday mornings to use CPYC's hoist and launch their Scots for a tow to Sprite Island. Chris Perez and his fellow Fleet 177 Scot sailors and other volunteers from CPYC were very cooperative in helping  to organize the launch and tow. 

Friday afternoon, Brian Hayes of North Sails conducted a sail trim clinic in challenging winds, but the 13 crews attending the clinic found it to be an excellent experience. Brian followed the clinic participants providing real time commentary as well as video taping the boats. After an afternoon of practice starts and short course practice racing, the crews relaxed over some beer and hamburgers while reviewing the video tape and listening to Brian's commentary. Everyone was dialed into the hour long discussion and question and answer period that followed, hoping to pick up a new idea to improve performance.

On Saturday morning, the Race Committee, chaired by Peter Feick and the PRO, Todd Field, a Certified Race Officer with USSailing, set a course in moderately strong winds. Peter Eldridge, Fleet 142 Captain, found the start with 24 Scots on the line to be inspiring, as well as a bit intimidating. But the winds and Race Committee kept things moving and were able to get three races in before threatening weather closed the day.

Saturday evening was highlighted by a happy hour in the truly unique setting of Sprite Island and a lobster/clam bake dinner for 80 plus sailors and guests. The discussion topics ranged from the day's races and  the exceptional food and beverage, to the incredible views of Long Island Sound at sun set.

In the words of Todd Field, the PRO, the wind gods were not generous Sunday. The Scots headed out to the starting line for an 11 AM first warning horn- only to sit becalmed for more than an hour. With no wind on the horizon (or radar), the race was called and the visiting boats were towed to Cedar Point. Everyone reassembled at Sprite Island for light snacks and libations, as well as the award ceremony.

The top four finishers of the 2018 GNY District Championship/Douglass Orr Invitational regatta were:

In fourth place, boat # 5516 Mark Riefenhauser and Adam Riefenhauser of Fleet 24 (Candlewood Lake Yacht Club, New Fairfield, CT.);  In third place, boat # 520 Matt Cohne and John Weldon of Fleet 163  (Lake Nockemixon, Quakerstown, PA.)In second place, boat # 3289, David Irving  and Warren Schutt of Fleet 24; and In first place, boat # 5688 Daniel Vought and David Watts of Fleet 157 (Monmouth Boat Club, Red Bank, NJ.)

Full results are here.

Overall, the competition was tight; the venue and food was exceptional; new friendships were formed and old friends re-connected. We hope to see you all at the second leg of the Connecticut Cup on July 15 at Cedar Point Yacht Club.

And the winner of the 2018 Egyptian Cup Regatta is...

                

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1st Place Ben Williams and Deb Aronson 

Photo by Eric Bussell

2nd Place Bruce and Lynn Kitchen

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Carlyle Lake Sailing Association hosted another great Egyptian Cup Regatta where 26 boats were on the line!  THis is a great turnout and we all wish we could have been there.  There was racing on Saturday with 3 races but on Sunday, the wind was not as cooperative.  The winners were Ben Williams and Deb Aronson with Bruce and Lynn Kitchen in second.  Full results are at here   

We all know that the Flying Scot class is like family.  The late Greg Vitt was a wonderful Flying Scot member and skipper for his wife Linda, and he is missed by all his family and friends. Linda has carried on the tradition and is skippering their boat now - inspitrng!  The regatta team held a tribute to Greg and their other boat was renamed at the event "Eye of the Storm".  Such a touching moment!

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2018 NAC Wednesday Pictures were re-uploaded

The Wednesday pictures from the 2018 NAC had some kind of problem and were not all viewable.  The pictures have been uploaded again for your viewing pleasure.  Click on this link, then click on the album you want to browse: https://imageevent.com/ericbussell - hopefully you will see the pictures you missed before!

2018 NAC at Rush Creek Yacht Club, Heath, TX - Awards

 

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Lots of awards are given out at the NAC each year, including several perpetual awards.  Listed below are the winners of all the trophies handed out at the 2018 NAC at Rush Creek Yacht Club.  The keeper awards and the trophy display were so very nicely done by Melissa Miller!

2018 Flying Scot North American Championship - Rush Creek Yachy Club, Heath, TX - Trophy Winners
Best Sailed Club-Owned Boat Detroit Yacht Club Cup – Awarded to the best sailed club-owned boat. Not awarded in 2018
Best Sailed Challenger Boat with Woman on Board Nancy Roman Trophy – Awarded to the highest finisher with a woman on board, either skipper or crew, in the Challenger Division. Annette Johnson, Corinthian Sailing Club, Dallas, TX
Best Sailed Boat with Woman Skipper Huron-Portage Yacht Club Fleet 20 Trophy – Awarded to Highest Placing Woman Skipper. MaryAnne Hopper, Rush Creek Yacht Club, Heath, TX
Best Sailed Boat with only Wife/Husband on Board Ted and Florence Glass Trophy – to honor the best sailed Scot with only a wife and husband on board. Jeff Linton and Amy Smith Linton, Davis Island Yacht Club, Tampa, FL
Best Sailed Father-Son Boat Father/Son Trophy – Awarded to the best sailed boat with a father and son on board, with one as a skipper. Zeke and Jay Horowitz, Sarasota Sailing Squadron, Sarasota,, FL
Best Family Sailed Boat Mary Douglas Trophy – Awarded to the best family sailed boat with at least one woman on board. Jeff Linton and Amy Smith Linton, Davis Island Yacht Club, Tampa, FL
Best Fleet in NAC Fleet 1 Trophy – Awarded to the best fleet in the NAC. Corinthian Sailing Club Fleet 23, Dallas, TX
For the following winners
Kelly and Heidi Gough
Griffin Orr and Tim Ponter
Tom and Melissa Miller
Best Finishing Skipper – Age 55 and Over Master Trophy Jeff Linton, Davis Island Yacht Club, Tampa, FL
Senior Championship – Skipper and crew both Age 60 or Over Silver Piper Bowl Richard Wade and Jim Leonard, Corinthian Sailing Club, Dallas, TX
Women's NAC Champion Joan Burnside Trophy - Awarded to the highest placing skipper in the Women's NAC Will be awarded ay the Women's NAC!
Junior NAC Champion Fleet 76 Trophy - Awarded to the highest placing skipper in the Junion NAC LUCY brock, Julius Heitkoetter and Taylor Snyder
Fleet of the Year FSSA - Awarded to the Most Active Fleet  Awarded to Corinthian Sailing Club, Dallas, TX, Fleet 23
CHALLENGER DIVISON 10th Place Chris Powers amd David Anderson, Lake Canyon Yacht Club, San Antonio, TX
  9th Place Ralph C Red Dog Jones and Sherrie Galloway, Corinthian Sailing Club, Dallas, TX
  8th Place Forest Atkins And Mandy McCraken-Atkins, Corinthian Sailing Club, Dallas, TX
  7th Place Barry and {aul Moore, Corinthian Sailing Club, Dallas, TX
  6th Place Jeff and Roland Foerster, Lake Canyon, Yacht Club, San Antonio, TX
  5th Place Chet Hight and Gary Marshall, Grand Maumelle Sailing Club, Little Rock, AR
  4th Place Melissa and Eric Hwmker, Rush Creek Yacht Club, Heath, TX
  3rd Place - Terry Schroeder Trophy Steve and Renee Comen, Corinthian Sailing Club, Dallas, TX
  2nd Place - Sam Tellschow Memorial Trophy Jodie Smith and Annette Johnson, Corinthian Sailing Club, Dallas, TX
  1st Place - Max and Mary Doolittle Trophy Randy Pawlowski ans Rafael Melendez, Lake Monroe Sailing Association, Sanford, FL 
     
CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION 10th Place John and Susan Domagala, Pensacola Yacht Club, Pensacola, FL
  9th Place Samuel and Michael Mandell, Nockamixon Sail Club, Bucks County, PA
  8th Place Tom and Melissa Miller, Corithian Sailing Club, Dallas, TX
  7th Place Griffin Orr and Tim Ponter, Corinthian Sailing Club, Dallas, TX
  6th Place Bill Draheim and Jeff Perma, Rush Creek Yacht Club, Heath, TX
  5th Place Richard Wade and Jim Leonard, Corinthian Sailing Club, Dallas, TX
  4th Place - Ratsey & Lapthom Trophy Kelly and Heudu Gough, Corinthian Sailing Club, Dallas, TX
  3rd Place - GL Foster Trophy Jeff Linton and Amy Linton from Davis Island Yacht Club
  2nd Place - Tea Party Trophy Tyler Andrews and Bill Bruss, Deep Creek Sailing Association, MD
  1st Place - Gordon K. Douglass Trophy Zeke and Jay Horowitz, Sarasota Sailing Squadron, Sarasota,, FL

2018 NAC at Rush Creek Yacht Club, Heath, TX - Pictures, Pictures, Pictures

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Lots of photos were taken for the Junior NAC and the NAC at Rush Creek Yacht Club in Heath, TX.  Click on this link, then click on the album you want to browse: https://imageevent.com/ericbussell - there are several folders to view.  Enjoy them all!

2018 NAC at Rush Creek Yacht Club, Heath, TX - Championship and Challenger Winners

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2018 NAC CHampionships Winner Zeke and Jay Horowitz 2018 Challenger Winners Randy Pawlowski and Rafael Melendez

All award pictures can be found here: https://imageevent.com/ericbussell/nac2018thursdayawards

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