2016 Florida District Championship, Upper Key Sailing Club, Key Largo, FL

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Florida's last regatta of the season, before the summer heat, was the Florida District Championship at Upper Keys Sailing Club in Key Largo, FL.  it was advertised this way  "Your boat deserves a vacation in the Keys! FLORIDA DISTRICT CHAMPIONSHIPS at the Upper Keys Sailing Club on May 21-22".

Cheryl Signor pulled out all the stops to make this a good time for everyone. with Pusser's Rum as one of the sponsors.  Beautiful weather, great friends and rum; does it get any better?

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2016 Great 48 at Lake Norman Yacht Club, Mooresville, NC

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There was a story within a story at the 2016 Great 48 Regatta at Lake Norman Yacht Club May 7-8, 2016.  First, there were 42 boats registered, which is wonderful!  On Saturday, the winds were 10-12 gusting to 18, and on Sunday, things were a little more steady at 11.  Lake Norman always puts on a great show and this was no exception. On Friday before the regatta Brian Hayes from North Sails put on a clinic on and off the water.   This was followed by Pizza for all the hurgry sailors!  With 2 great days of sailing, and 40+ boats on the line, the results are here.

A family affair for sure - Brian Hayes was there with his son Brian, and they won the regatta!    There were lots of other family boats sailing too.  And there was a family sailing together in a regatta for the very first time - Joe and Stacey Brake and sons - the story below is from The Lake Norman Yacht Club Page on Facebook!"

2016 Make Your Scot Fly at Lake Murray Sailing Club, Chapin, SC

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Fleet 158 hosted its first "Make Your Scot Fly" performance clinic this weekend. Flying Scot builder, Harry Carpenter, and daughter, Carrie Andrews, graciously donated their time and expertise to help Flying Scot sailors and crew get the most performance and enjoyment out of their boats.

Ten beginner through intermediate sailors from as far as Chattanooga joined in a learning experience unique to the region. With expert oversight from Harry, on the water coaching and video from Carrie, and on board coaching by local fleet 158 volunteers, beginners and more advanced sailors received all the tips and coaching they needed to reach a higher level of boat speed and control.

Chattanooga Choo Choo a Real Hoot

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The fleet! gorgeous, right? The orange spinnaker belongs to Rob Fowler's new boat photo: Jim Davis

Well, Chattanooga sure was a blast again this year! 

With 29 boats, about double the typical turnout, it was as if all the stars aligned: Birmingham Sailing Club, one of the largest southern fleets outside of Florida, decided to start traveling and three or four boats came from there; Lynn and Bill Bruss from Chattanooga spent the winter racing in Florida, and so Mark and Michelle Taylor returned the favor, traveling up from Tampa for the weekend; Lake Keowee sent three boats; and the Midwest District continued to support the event with five boats from Madison, Carlyle and Clinton.  

2016 Midwinters at St.Andrews Bay Yacht Club, Panama City, FL - Final Day of racing

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Championship Winners Zeke and Jay Horowitz                       Challenger Winners Andy and Doug Fox

Another perfect day in paradise sailing out of St.Andrews Bay Yacht Club for the final day of the Flying Scot Midwinters!  With temperatures again in the 70’s and a beautiful sunny day, we started an hour early to get in as much racing as we could.  There were lots of smiling faces and handshakes even before racing. And one particular skipper has a great sense of humor.  The first place Challenger boat through day 3 is names Flying Fox, and one of the close competitors temporarily gave his boat a new name “Fox Hunter”.   Gotta love the great sports in this class!!

Sailing out to the race course we had a 5-7 MPH West wind that picked up a little and died down a little as we went.  We reached the race committee and thought we would start with the wind from the west, but just a few minutes before the 11:30 start, the sea breeze came in from the South and picked up a little.  The Race Committee raised the postpone flag and quickly moved the course.

With perfect conditions we started the first W-L 4 race with 8-10 MPH winds.  Several boats went far right and several went far left.  Seems like the far left boats made out a little on the far right boats.   The second leg we had a wind shift and going left then right was the better way to go. 

As soon as the Challengers finished the first race, the Race Committee was all set to start the second race for Championship – wasted no time!  The second W-L 4 race was in 10-11 MPH winds and either left or right worked for the lead boats, so coming together at the gates was interesting with most wanting to get to the left gate, but some yielding and going to the right gate to avoid the traffic.  At the end of the race we saw the flags for no more racing today so we all had a nice spinnaker run into the club to start getting packed up for the trip home.

Mike Douglas, son of long time Flying Scot sailor and St.Andrews Bay member Allen Douglas, awarded the Allen Douglas sportsmanship award to Henry Picco.  This is voted on by the participants in the regatta and it is a great honor to win this award.  It is well deserved by Henry who is always lending a hand and always a gentleman to everyone around him.  Way to go Henry!  

On to the regatta trophies - the top 5 Championship were Zeke &Jay Horowitz, Mike & Jennifer Faugust, Ned Johnston & Ryan Donohue, Harry Carpenter & Tyler Andrews and John Eckart & Roger Sharp.  The top 5 Challenger were Andy and Doug Fox, Rob Vogel & Patrick Connell, Randy Adophs & David Zentmeyer, Larry Bigus & William Mendel and Frank Vandall & Patty Copeland.

Chris Reiss and her regatta crew and William Zehner and his Race Committee at St.Andrews Bay Yacht Club did a fabulous job and we thank them so much for the hospitality and the great time.  Many people remarked it was good to come "home" to Panama City!  Congratulations  to all participants and have a great trip home!

Final results are here.  Pictures are here.

2016 Midwinters at St.Andrews Bay Yacht Club, Panama City, FL - Day 4 schedule change

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TO ALL COMPETITORS at the 2016 Midwinters:

On Thursday 4/7/2016, the first gun is rescheduled from 12:30 PM to 11:30 AM.  Please plan to be there and be prepared for the earlier start.  Thank you!

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