Did you miss the 2018 Ephraim 113th Annual Regatta/Midwest Districts?

If you missed the 2018 Ephraim Regatta, here are some fun pics from the event by Eric Bussell.  Mark and Michelle Taylor won the event - full results are here.

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Submitting Stories for the FSSA Website


Most of the stories on the FSSA website are submitted to me by members who have a story to tell or they are wiitten by me.  It's great to get these stories from so many of you.  But did you know that, just like adding calendar events, you can create the stories yourself on FSSA.COM?  If you log into you account on FSSA.COM and choose Create Content in the lower left of the page.  If you choose a district from the list, your story will appear on your District's page.  IF you want it to appear on the home page, or you have questions on how to proceed, email editor@fssa.com.  I would love to hear from you!

2018 NY Lakes Districts at Central Adirondack Sailing Association, Inlet, NY


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Some of the leaders showing off their colors

FS Hull #32 competing well even at its advanced age of 61 

Submitted by Liz Cowles pictures by Frank and Carolyn Belknap

The Central Adirondack Sailing Association hosted the Flying Scot New York Lakes District Championship in Inlet, NY on 7/28-7/29.  This Regatta also served as the Blakeman Regatta for the Flying Scott Fleet 104 Championship.  18 boats sailed in very challenging conditions on beautiful Fourth Lake.  Winds were generally from the Westerly direction, but as is typical for lake sailing in the mountains, never stayed in any one direction for very long.  A total of 5 races were sailed over two days.  Wind velocity ranged from 5-22 knots, often on each leg of the triangle and Olympic courses.

Saturday was a bit overcast, but temperatures were in the 70’s and the wind came in at about 10AM to provide a full day of racing.  Each race seemed to feature a different challenge; from starts in light air to legs with 20+ knots.  Huge wind shifts would shuffle the positions and make large leads appear and disappear like magic.  The downwind legs went from reaches too tight to carry a spinnaker to dead runs with many jibes.  Good crew work was at a premium and several crews were heard questioning the sanity of the skippers after the 10th or so jibe on a downwind leg.  Sunday was beautiful and sunny and more of the same windy conditions (except when there was no wind).  Overall, the regatta provided two days of great racing in a beautiful mountain setting.

As is usually the case in the Flying Scot class, this was a very family oriented affair as there were numerous wife/husband, father/son, father/daughter and sister/brother teams.  It was also great to see FS hull #32, a 61 year old boat, out racing and even leading the fleet at times.

The hosts did a fantastic job and the Woods Inn provided a beautiful site to serve as the base of operations.  Ryan Malmgren of MAD Sails put on a sail trim and boat tuning seminar Friday evening before racing got started.  Beer and wine were served after sailing each day and the Saturday evening dinner was superb.  Inlet, NY is a very happening place in the summer and there was a classical music concert and fireworks on Friday night, another concert and outdoor play on Saturday afternoon and a concert by the US Army band on Sunday afternoon.  If there hadn’t been any wind we could have had a great weekend on shore!

Full results are here.

2018 Greater New York Districts at Sprite Island, CT

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1st Place - Daniel Vought and David Watts Downwind 

Submitted by Peter Eldridge

The 2018 Greater New York District Championship was held at Sprite Island Yacht Club, 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 (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. 

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Brian Hayes from Norht Sails shares his vast knowedge Upwind

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 sunset.

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.


Fleet 157 hosts 2018 Full Moon Regatta, Monmouth Boat Club, Red Bank, NJ

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A Fleet winners - Dan Vought and Ted Duffy B Fleet winners - David Irving and crew

Submitted by Mark Gordon

Monmouth Boat Club held their 27th Full Moon Regatta the weekend of June 17th.  The sailing club dates back to 1879—deep history for a small club on the Navesink River in Red Bank NJ.  The Flying Scot is the premiere sailboat for our club with 34 boats on premises. 

The Regatta is always challenging with full on competition battling against each other and the river with tidal currents and varying wind conditions.  On Saturday, twenty boats hit the starting line with 11 boats in the A Fleet and another 9 in the B Fleet.  The "Little" choices off the starting very quickly determined the outcome of the race---  Right or Left resulted in the Thrill of Victory or the Agony of  Defeat in a light wind.  The Navesink gave us only one race before the wind died and the fleet retreated to the Club.  But in the end, it was a beautiful sunny day hanging with a great group of sailors while we waited for a second race that never materialized.  Dan Vought/Ted Duffy from MBC won the A Fleet while Dave Irving from Candlewood YC won the B Fleet.  See the full regatta results here.


2018 Wife-Husband Championship - Registration is open!




This message is from Jim Leggette, regatta chairperson:

Now is the time to make your plans to attend this year’s Flying Scot Wife Husband championships. The regatta will be hosted by the Jackson Yacht Club on October 26 - 28.  Look for an article about the regatta in the next issue of Scots and Water to see what we have planned.  To wet your appetite, take a peek at the video for the regatta.  Then go to our Regatta Network site to sign up and for information about housing, etc. and to get registered.   We have a number of members who live near the club available to host you for the weekend so make those arrangements soon. 

The chatter at the North Americans indicated that Team Florida will be sending a large group for this event.  No doubt the Dallas Flash Fleet is not going to get outdone by the Sunshine State.  Perhaps we should have a friendly wager between the two states on who brings the most boats with the stakes being barbeque sauce or some similar “state specific” treat.    Anybody up for the challenge?

Congratulations to Steve and Renne Comen from Dallas who won a bar fifty dollar credit for being the first paid registration for the regatta!   Keep an eye on FSSA and our Facebook page for some more things to get you ready for the trip and the regatta.

In the words of Johnny Cash, you will have time that is “hotter than a pepper sprout.” So who is “goin’ to Jackson?”

PS – Since it appears our group enjoys bushwhackers a machine will be on site to make this libation for those who like such things. 

Contact and registration information  here.

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