The Christmas Tree Ship

The link below brings you to a true story about schooners on the Great Lakes transporting Christmas trees.    There is a book published with the story and a musical has been produced as well.  Hope you enjoy this at this time of year!

http://www.archives.gov/publications/prologue/2006/winter/christmas-tree.html

2013 Hospitality Regatta in Jackson, MS

2013 Hospitality Regatta, Jackson MS

On October 19 and 20 2013, the Jackson Yacht Club hosted its annual fall regatta, the Hospitality Regatta.  In the past, this has been a premier regatta for sailors all classes in the Deep South with several hundred boats participating at its peak including a large Scot fleet.  Unfortunately participation has dwindled over the years.

Thanks to the tireless work of regatta chair, Sherrye LaCour, that trend was reversed this year.  Our record turnout for recent years featured Flying Scots, J22s, multihull, PHRF spinnaker and cruising fleets.  In addition, area Lightening has added Jackson to their traveling circuit. 

2013 Chaos Cup at Quannapowitt YC in Wakefield, MA

2013 QYC

From Diane Kampf - Greg and I had the pleasure of participating in the 6th Annual Flying Scot Chaos Cup regatta at Quannapowitt Yacht Club in Wakefield, MA, on Saturday, October 19.  the Chaos Cup has a long history at QYC, but most recently has become a Flying Scot regatta. QYC has a long history as well, being the oldest inland Yacht Club in the country having been founded in 1884! 

2013 Sail for the Grail, Moraine Sailing Club, Portersville, PA

2013 Sail for the Grail 1

It would seem the grail of Fleet 80's Sail for the Grail Regatta hosted by Moraine Sailing Club on Saturday Sept. 21st would overflow from the persistent rain that fell that day, but not the case. The good spirits of those on 6 MSC boats and 11 from out of town displaced that rain and filled the grail with fun, competition, and camaraderie. Every person on a Flying Scot and on the Race Committee should commend themselves for stepping out of their comfort zone and facing the elements as the schedule was maintained and three races completed. The wind for the first race was lighter than expected and shifty, and the fleet got spread out. But the wind picked up for the next two races and the racing got tighter with the fleet crossing the finish well grouped together. Don't let the results fool you, everyone was very competitive. After putting the boats away and getting dried off, we enjoyed a delicious catered dinner at the Red Rock Falls Restaurant in Slippery Rock, PA. I heard a few found their way to the excellent North Country Brewery also located in Slippery Rock.

Update on the Grand Annual Regatta - Cave Run Lake, KY

You might not think that the government shutdown could affect our sailing events, but it actually can, and it did.  The Grand Annual Regatta was scheduled to be held at Cave Run Lake, a Corps of Engineers lake in Daniel Boone National Park in Kentucky, the weekend of 10/6-10/7/2013.  However, due to The US government's partial shutdown the lake was closed!  Racing was cancelled, but not the party!  They still held a Not-a-Regatta Pig Roast in Lexington.  That's the spirit!

2013 Punzi Memoral Regatta at Candlewood YC, New Fairfield, CT - Day 2

Roger Punzi

Roger Punzi, in whose honor this regatta is held, would be thrilled to see the number of boats that came to this regatta!  He was an avid Flying Scot sailor who supported the fleet for many years.

Day 2 on Sunday 10/6 brought pouring rain and 10-12 knot winds, 4 guest boats we're still at the regatta, but two of those decided not to brave the elements.   In the end we ran two races with 8 boats on the line with Roger & Kate Sharp from Massapoag walking away with first place honors, John and Connie Eckart from Massapoag took second and Candlewood's own Corey Loke came in third. People tell us they enjoyed the hospitality and will be back.  Fleet 24 is rebounding and this was our first attempt at putting on a sanctioned event in many years.  To receive such great support from neighboring fleets and individuals in the region really speaks to the quality of the community of folks who race this little boat.  Candlewood Yacht Club would like to extend a hearty thank you to all who supported this event even if the sailing was not what we had hoped for If your ever in the area please stop by and say hello and perhaps we can find some better wind than we had on Saturday.  Thanks again -CYC

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