Smooth Sailing at Saratoga for Some Massapoag Skippers

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                             by Diane Kampf, FS5857

As we do each year, Greg and I trekked our way for the 20th time to Saratoga, NY, for the 29th Annual Flying Scot Invitational.  We joined fellow Massapoag Yacht Club sailors John and Connie Eckart, who were traveling to this regatta for the 1st time.  We were delighted to find that a couple of husband and wife teams from Massabesic Yacht Club in NH, Dennis and Nancy Dobe and Scott and Argelie Cunan, had also made the trip for their 1st time.  Massabesic has one of our newest fleets in New England and is hosting the New England Districts this year.  One of the skippers told me that they decided to come to Saratoga after reading previous articles of mine in Scots n’ Water!  I sure hope I have not put too much pressure on our hosts.

Saratoga Lake Sailing Club is one of the neatest places to visit.  There is room on the property to stay overnight in the house and plenty of room for camping, and several members also host visiting teams at their homes.  The hospitality at the club is always great.  We got there late on Friday night and just parked our Roadtrek, plugged it in and went to sleep.  So we missed the Friday night welcome party, but we heard it was great as usual!

On Saturday, Shirley Waterfield was there with some others helping making blueberry pancakes, or custom made pancakes for the 1 or 2 people (like me) who actually like them plain.  There were other choices for breakfast too but I think most people gravitate towards the island in the kitchen where the pancakes are being served.  No one goes hungry at this regatta.  Although your belly is full, you then make the famous “you make it, you bag it, you bring it” lunch on shore because once racing starts, you don’t come back in shore until the end of the day.  Some people can make it all day, others need a snack, but some need their lunch to make it through a whole day on the water. 

2015 ACC at Blackbeard Sailing Club, New Bern, NC - Just a Few Weeks Away!

Blackbeard1 The 2015 Flying Scot Atlantic Coast Championships are just a few weeks away on September 12-13 at Blackbeard Sailing Club, New Bern, NC.  It's not too soon to register online.  Get more information on the event page here.  Hope you are lucky enough to be going!


2015 Ephraim Yacht Club 110th Annual Regatta - Ephraim, WI

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The 110th Ephraim Regatta, the oldest continuous regatta in the United States, was held over the weekend of Friday, July 31 – Sunday, August 2.  There were 27 Flying Scots (including nine juniors) registered for the event.  Flying Scot Fleet #44 hosted a pre-regatta, on-and-off-the-water clinic, organized by Fleet Captain Jennifer Ikeda-Faugust with coaches Ryan Malmgren and Larry Taggart on Friday afternoon.  The clinic was followed by the Regatta Welcome Party.

PRO Dan Goldberg of Pittsburgh, PA was able to get in three races on Saturday.  The projected high winds had subsided enough to hold races in moderate to what ended up to be light conditions.  The first two races were W/L with three legs; the third race was W/L with five legs.  Each race had different conditions and you couldn’t predict which side of the course would be better, making for a lot of interesting changes throughout each race.  Racers headed to the 40th Annual Bratfest following racing for an evening of all the bratwurst, roasted corn and beer you could eat and drink. 

Sunday morning showed bands of storms approaching.  PRO Dan Goldberg called for a postponement while the Race Committee watched the radar.  After waiting for a while and determining that it would be difficult to launch boats and get in a race before more severe storms approached, the Race Committee abandoned races for the day.  While it may have been possible to get in one race, it proved to be a wise decision to cancel for primarily safety reasons.  Subsequent to the trophy presentation and just following the last boat to leave the club, the third storm came through, bringing winds with gusts up to 70 (and three Flying Scots blown over on their trailers), followed by power and Internet outages for thousands of people. 


The winner of the Vail Cup (winner of the first race) was Jay Lott of the Ephraim Yacht Club.  The winner of the Charlie Sauter Trophy (the last race) was Ben Williams of the Clinton Lake Sailing Association.  The winner of the Peder Knudsen Trophy (the highest ranking husband and wife team) was Ben Williams with his wife Deb Aronson.  The winner of the Sturgis Trophy (the highest ranking skipper, age 18 or under) went to Benjamin Therien of the Ephraim Yacht Club.  Acknowledgement went to Mark and Maria Benner from Pennsylvania, the racers who towed their boat the farthest.  Top five overall regatta trophies were awarded as follows:

1st Place – Larry Taggart (Southern Yacht Club) with Sonny Smith (11 points);

2nd Place – Ben Williams (Clinton Lake Sailing Association) with Deb Aronson (12 points);

3rd Place – Frank Gerry (Clinton Lake Sailing Association) with Marianne Gerry (18 points);

4th Place – Eric Bussell (Clinton Lake Sailing Association) with Chris Tesdahl (20 points); and

5th Place – Nancy Claypool (Ephraim and Southern Yacht Clubs) with Carol Claypool and Leslie Smith (20 points)

Complete results are here.

The 111th Ephraim Regatta will be held next year on August 6-7, 2016.

2015 Flying Scot Raffle Winners - Congratulations!


As you may have heard, we raffled off a brand new Flying Scot and the winner was chosen at the NAC at Bay Waveland Yacht Club in Mississippi.  We also had some runner up prizes.  Congratulations to the lucky winners:

  • Flying Scot to be custom built by Harry Carpenter and Flying Scot Inc. – Norm Wainwright,  Norm lives in SC but will be sailing the boat at his place on Owasco Lake in the Finger Lakes region of NY.  His family is thrilled to be a part of the Flying Scot family,  The boat  details and delivery have already been worked out with Harry!
  • Spinnaker to be provided by Ryan Malmgren and MAD Sails Inc. – Phillip Brittain
  • Jib to be provided by Zeke Horowitz and North Sails One Design – Paul Becker
  • Custom Tote Bag and Turtle provided by Stacey Rieu and MAD Sails Inc.  – Greg Shafer

The proceeds from the raffle benefit the Flying Scot Foundation helping to ensure the future of Flying Scot Sailing.  Thanks to all for your support of the class and the Foundation.

2015 NAC - Trophy and Perpetual Award Winners

Each year at the NAC, special awards are given in several categories to the participants as well as the prestigious Fleet of the Year Award, given to the fleet that has demonstrated most activity and growth in the prior year,  Entries for this award are sent in by fleet captains who nominate their fleets.  This year's award was  given to the Sarasota Sailing Squadron Fleet 36, Fleet Captain Robert Twinem. Other trophy winners are listed in the grid below - congratulations to all the recipients!

2015 NAC at Bay Waveland Yacht Club in MS - Day 3 of Finals


You would never think when you saw the bay in the morning with spotty north winds that the sea breeze would fill in just about starting time at around noon.  But, sure enough, here came the south winds from the other side of the bridge to give us the best winds we had all week, 11-13 MPH with no huge shifts or really big gusts.  We had a 5-leg W-L for the final race and some of us found that going right was the right way to go.  We were all back into the dock around 2:00 PM waiting for the awards and final goodbyes to all our friends.

We want to thank Boo and Martha Heausler and Bay Waveland Yacht Club for their hospitality and PRO Jim Tichenor for fine race management.  It was a blast!  

Top 5 Championship - (1) Andrew Eagan and Marcus Eagan, (2) Jeff and Amy Linton, (3) Benz Faget and Mary Hewes, (4) Rod Steiffel and Luke Rosetti and (5) Zeke and Jay Horowitz,

Top 5 Challenger - (1) FSSA President John and Susan Domagala, (2) Tom and Melissa Miller, (3) Rudy Trejo, Laura Dalton, Shawn Brennan, (4) Frank Richards and Bowman O'Connor and (5) Greg and Diane Kampf.

Final results pending any protests are here.

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