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Lake of the Woods Sailing Club 37th ANNUAL INVITATIONAL

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Lake of the Woods Sailing Club  37th ANNUAL INVITATIONAL  - April 28, 2018

Wow! When LOWSC puts on their annual invitational they go all out for an awesome event. To start with their Southern hospitality is over the top as you couldn't find a friendlier or more inviting club. Everyone goes home well fed.  They provided breakfast, lunches (optional with registration) and pizza after the awards ceremony.   Everybody receives a souvenir picture of their boat.  The one-day event is always held the last Saturday in April and is the perfect regatta to kick off the upcoming season.

This year's PRO, Roger Schermerhorn was ably assisted by his lovely wife Pat, Debbie Cycotte, Mosby West and Bruce Carruthers who provided excellent race management for the scheduled three races.  It was a beautiful day for racing with sunny blue skies and wind ranging from 8 - 10 to start and building to 12 - 15 with gusts up to 17.  The top four places in the Flying Scot class were all very consistent with their finishes. The two wife-husband teams of John and Sharon Wake from Fishing Bay Yacht Club had three bullets to take home first place.  Close behind was Deep Creek Yacht Club's David and Karen Meehan.  LOWSC Flying Scot Fleet Captain, Jimmy Lee finished third and regatta event chair Dan McFarland sailing with his granddaughter, Emma was fourth. 

Before the awards ceremony they gave out door prizes and there was no shortage of them again this year.  They included merchandise from Flying Scot, Inc.,APS - Annapolis Performance Sailing gift certificates, and a bunch of gift certificates from local wineries and breweries.  Even all the event volunteers got their names in the hat to be selected.  The trophy winners took home beautiful wooden plaques with a photo of their boat.  Event chair Dan McFarland's son, Scott was the photographer who was out on the race course for the first race and then hurried in to print the pictures in time for the trophy presentation.  LOWSC Commodore is Gary Close from the Flying Scot fleet. A fleet of Sunfishes also raced in this regatta.

Full results are here.

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John and Sharon Wake                                                          Dave and Karen Meehan

TIme to register for the 2018 NAC at Rush Creek, Heath, TX

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Join us in Heath, Texas at the Rush Creek Yacht Club June 9-14, for the 2018 North American Championship! 29 teams have already registered. Early registration discounts ends May 1 (Save $50).

Rush Creek Yacht Club is located on the southeast shore of Lake Ray Hubbard, located twenty-five miles northeast of Dallas, Texas. RCYC's 4500 square foot deck overlooks the sailing venue and affords an excellent spot to enjoy a beverage from the club bar and watch the racing action. Wind averages 10.5 mph with temperatures averaging lows of 72 degrees and highs of 89 degrees. In the June time frame, sailors can expect temperatures in the upper eighties to low nineties and a southerly breeze ranging from seven-to-fifteen mph and higher.

The starting line is often less than a five minute sail from the dock eliminating the need to tow boats to or from the racing area. The two hoists and double wide boat ramp will be staffed by volunteers to facilitate speedy launching and retrieval of all competitors’ boats each day. If you have a lifting bridle, bring it with you as the hoists are the fastest way in and out of the water. \

The club offers a heated and air conditioned full service clubhouse with restaurant, bar, 24 hour locker rooms, swimming pool, playground and huge deck overlooking the racing venue. All club facilities will be available to sailors and their families with the ability to purchase food and beverages. There is ample paved parking to support this event. Member’s boats will be relocated to ensure boat and car parking is available next to the hoists and boat ramp for participants. Additionally, there is a three acre field adjacent to the club used for overflow parking and camping. Register today: http://www.regattanetwork.com/event/15921

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2018 Midwinters at Sarasota Sailing Squadron, FL - WInners

2018 MW Douglas

Each year the competitors at the Flying Scot Midwinters nominate a fellow sailor to win the prestigious Allen Douglas award, given to a sailor who portrays the best example of sportsmanship at the regatta. Several people were nominated for their various actions which is a testament to the camaraderie in our class.  But the one with the most votes gets the award, and this year's winner is Jim Cosgrove from Clinton Lake Sailing Association.  Jim was seen before and after races helping one team after another getting their boats on and off the dock and the class definitely appreciates this!

2018 MW Champs

For the first time ever, the Flying Scot class has a third time winner of the Midwinter Championship to be engraving their name once again on the Mary Meno Perpetual Trophy.  Zeke and Jay Horowitz were the best of the 40 boats in the large Championship fleet and their consistent sailing is evident in the results.  Zeke gives his Dad all the credit and of course Jay gives Zeke all the credit - it's an incredible team.  Jay just beams when you talk about what a great sailor his son is and he says sailing with Zeke is one of the greatest joys of his life.  Congratulations to Zeke and Jay once again!  Wiil there be a fourth win in their future?  Stay tuned.

2018 MW Chall

In the 23-boat Challenger Division there was some pretty close racing at the top.  But in the end, our president Bill Vogler and his crew Peg Woodworth and Carey Seven are the proud winners of the Brenda Pollack Perpetual Trophy   Bill and his crew were pretty consistent and won 2 of the 5 races in the series, not always easy in a fleet that large.  Congratulations to Bill and crew - hope you can sail here again next year.

2018 Midwinters at Sarasota Sailing Squadron, FL - Day 4 Over and Out

 

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We left the dock on another beautiful 80-degree day with 17 MPH southerly winds and a few gusts, After a great sail off the wind to the starting line, we found the wind was building more and more as we approached the Race Committee boat. We hoped it would lay down a bit but Mother Nature had different ideas and the 17 turned to 20+ and the gusts were pretty steady. We tried to wait it out for a bit of a break where we could get in a race, but the Race Committee called it and we headed back in. The sail back was challenging and at first it was fun but then one boat went over as the wind continued to build.     So, the Flying Scot Midwinters are complete and next up is the awards ceremony. The winners remain the leaders from the previous day - Championship top 5 are Zeke and Jay Horowitz, David Ames and PJ Buhler, Jeff Linton and Andy Hayward, Mark Swanson and Mike Hennessey, and Ryan Malmgren and Stacey Rieu. Challenger leaders are Bill Vogler with Peg Woodworth and Carey Seven, Randy Rubinstein and Carol Claypool, Greg and Diane Kampf, Forest Atkins and Mandy McCracken -Atkins and Shaun Clements and Andy Gardner. Full results are here..  Photos for the week will all be here.   Thanks so much to Sarasota Sailing Squadron for a fabulous week with loads of great weather, great friends and great fun! Can't wait to come back!

2018 Midwinters at Sarasota Sailing Squadron, FL - Day 3 Races

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No racing yestrerday but today more than made up for that!  Another beautiful sunny 80+ degree day with wind is really the best you could ask for.  The wild wind at the dock had us thinking we were in for a tough day on the water, but shortly afterwards we knew it was going to be a great day, as the wind laid down a bit and we headed for the racecourse.  The 6-12 MPH winds, mostly in the 10-12 range, winds shifted from Southeast to Southwest between Race 1 and 2 but stayed Southwest for Race 3.  DUring the races the shifts were minimum and you could pick a side and stick with it, 

As was the case on Monday, following the shifts was essential to a successsful day.  We had two 4-leg windwards-leeward races and one 5-leg windward-leeward, finishing us in the direction of the club in the 3rd race, just the way we like it!.  After racing today, the 3-way tie for 1st in the Championship Division went away, and the Challenger Division leaders changed as well.  Championship top 5 are Zeke and Jay Horowitz,  David Ames and PJ Buhler, Jeff Linton and Andy Hayward, Mark Swanson and Mike Hennessey, and Ryan Malmgren and Stacey Rieu.  Challenger leaders are Bill Vogler with Peg Woodworth and Carey Seven, Randy Rubinstein and Carol Claypool, Greg and Diane Kampf, Forest Atkins and Mandy McCracken -Atkins and Shaun Clements and Andy Gardner.

Next up is today's chalk talk with Zeke Horowitz and the leaders, followed by a great dinner at Sarasota Sailing Squadron.  Full results are here..  Piotos for the week will all be here.

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