2016 Glow in the Dark Regatta - Clinton Lake, IL

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If you're wondering what happened at the 2016 Glow in the Dark Regatta, the picture above is a sneask peak from the first race that was won by Bill Vogler and Jack McClurkin flying sail #5892.  The results are here.  A story is coming soon!

Lots of New Content Posted!

There's lots of new content that was submitted recently and posted this weekend.  

Scroll down for all the latest news!  Thanks to all for submitting so many articles.  It's great to read stories fro all over the country!  And don't forget to read the most recent Scots n' Water for more great stories about your favrotie sailing class and its memebrs!

2016 Atlantic Coast Championship & Greater NY District Championship

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Sailing with the NY Skyline in background - photo courtesy of Bob Markoff

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Story is by Thom Lee and Marc Gordon

The Monmouth Boat Club hosted the 2016 Flying Scot Atlantic Coast Championships and Greater New York District Championships on Sept 16-18th and provided a great event for all involved. The regatta was held in Sandy Hook Bay, NJ which provided for mile long legs.  Sailing conditions were perfect with sun and winds of 15 to 20 knots on the first day and 8 to 15 on the second day. Twenty two boats hit the line from Annapolis and Pennsylvania to Connecticut. The top sailors factored in the shifts, current, and tactics to achieve success.

MBC hospitality was in full swing.  A Friday pizza party kicked off the weekend.  After a full day of racing, the sailors were treated with beer and water delivered to the boats.  A special Italian dinner was held in the Monmouth Boat Club with musical entertainment.  The finale was the awards party on Sunday afternoon held in the Atlantic Highlands Yacht Club overlooking Sandy Hook Bay and the New York skyline.

For the ACC, David Neff with crew Jason Hair took 1st place and the title of Atlantic Coast Champions. In 2nd place were Dan Vought and his crew David Watts. 3rd place went to Peter Sayia and his crew Russ Lines and Jackie Wilhelm.

For the GNY, Dan Vought finished in 1st place, with Peter Sayia coming in 2nd and Larry Nociolo coming in 3rd sailing with Eileen Nociolo and Dave Whittle.

The Jack Orr trophy for most wins in the Greater New York Districts went to Brian Hayes and his crew Brian Hayes Jr.  The ACC Perpetual trophy went to Dave Neff and the GNY Perpetual Trophy went to Dan Vought. 

Congratulations to the winners and all of the competitors for participating in a classic weekend regatta.

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Downwind with Sandy Hook State Park in the background - photo courtesy of Bob Markoff

Full results are here. 

Lots of photos from Saturday by Art Petrosemolo are here.

2016 Massapoag Yacht Club 67th Annual Regatta - Sharon, MA

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We had another wonderful time at the 67th Annual Massapoag Yacht Club Regatta, with 57 boats participating. There were 16 Flying Scots - winners John and Connie Eckart (pictured here), 6 Day Sailers - winners Mike McCaffrey and Suzanne Boohar, 4 Comets - winners Talbott and Carol Lee Ingram, 9 RS Aeros - winner Marc Jacobi, and 22 Sunfish - winner Andy David!

What an amazing sight on the water ! The PRO Gary Werden and crew did a good job of keeping fleets separated using Trapezoid courses. The finish boat had quite a task keeping all the finishes straight but we got everyone scored and got the results up pretty quickly.The food from Roche Brothers was excellent as always and we enjoyed some nice meals, including lobstahs with friends and lots of stories to tell.

We unfortunately had a squall on Sunday that blew across the lake and capsized 10-15 boats. Many self-righted and the rest were taken care of by MYC rescue boats, other sailboats and MYC members going out in dinghies to boats near the dock. One boat even caught a fish when it was righted and we all had a good laugh at that one! No injuries were reported but a few boats will need some new parts. The Sharon Police and Fire Departments checked in to make sure everyone was safe and we were able to report that everyone was accounted for.

Talk about a story to remember! Thanks to all who participated and everyone who worked the regatta. Hope you all had a great time! Full results for all classes are on Regatta Network.  Flying Scot results are here.

2016 Pacific Districts - Sequim Bay Yacht Club, WA

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Brian Tyrell presents Dale Dunning and Eric Taylor with the customary bottle of scotch to the Pacific District Champion which was shared with all.  Full results are here.

When you think of great sports dynasties the Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls, Pittsburg Steelers, and New York Yankees immediately come to mind.  In the Flying Scot Pacific District, Brian Tyrell has had his own dynasty winning the last 8 Pacific District titles.  This year that streak finally ended when Dale Dunning and Eric Taylor, aboard 4372 Trouble Maker, captured the title in a hard fought and dramatic battle that wasn’t decided until the eighth and final race. 

The Sequim Bay Yacht Club was the host of this year’s 2-day regatta on August 27th and 28th which featured both Thistles and Flying Scots.  Sailors were greeted with ideal conditions on Saturday with sun and steady winds ranging from 10 to 15 knots.

After five physically exhausting races on Saturday, sailors retreated to the SBYC clubroom for beers, burgers, and dogs.  At the end of the day Tyrell and crew member Valerie Bucholtz, aboard 5472, were in first place by two points over Dunning and Taylor on 4372 Trouble Maker with Ray Peters and Mark Bowden on 4887 close behind in third. 

2016 Scots on the Rocks - Lake Murray Sailing Club - Chapin, SC

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Fourteen hardy competitors braved Hermine’s stormy prospects to ultimately enjoy sunny skies, cool temperatures, and enough breeze to sail 5 races over our annual labor day weekend Scots on the Rocks regatta.  Although Saturday’s racing was initially postponed for about 45 minutes of calm, a southerly breeze filled in nicely and the fleet was off at about 1:45 pm. With two great races in the bag, the Race Committee shortened the course to squeak in race 3 on rapidly lowering pressure backing from the east.

Robert & Nina Cummings from Dallas dominated Day 1 racing with 1-1-3 finishes for 5 points. In close competition for 2nd was John Kriedler from Greenville, with LMSC youth crew Jacob Dixon, earning 7 points. At the end of three, our own Willie & Tammy Liddicoat were tied for 3rd place with Mark & Michele from Tampa with 9 points each. Close competition all round.

Day 2 racing continued Sunday with easterly winds challenging the fleet to stay in variable pressure and catch some fairly rapid shifts. Mark & Michele swept Sunday’s competition with two bullets and a solid win for the regatta. Robert and Nina hung on with a 3-2 finish to tie with John and Jacob at 13 points. The Cummings two firsts on Saturday was the tie breaker that awarded them 2nd for the series, moving John and Jacob to 3rd. Had the the Liddicoats been able to compete on Sunday, there would have been a “dog fight” for the top three spots. Lynn and Bill Bruss from Lookout Mountain, Georgia, captured hardware for 5th place with some very consistent sailing and LMSC stalwarts John & Kaaren Rue stormed back with 2-3 finishes on Day 2 to capture the 4th place trophy.  Full results are here.

We were pleased and privileged to have Bill Walter and Annette Gardner, new LMSC members and new to sailing, compete in their first ever regatta. We were also very happy to have LMSC members Frank & Lynn McKinnon and Ivan Lopatin, with crew Tom Berens, sailing the Flying Scot competitively for the first time.

To those who weren’t directly impacted by Hermine, who thumbed their noses at the nattering weather oracles to go sailing, and who traveled from afar, we salute you! Thanks for the great competition and camaraderie.

Flying Scot sailing . . .It doesn’t get any better!

2015-2016 Biscayne Bay Yacht Racing Assoc Series

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The BBYRA consists of 5 member clubs - Coconut Grove Saling Club, Miami Yacht Club, Key Biscayne Yacht Club, Coral Reef Yacht Club and Biscayne Bay Yacht Club.  The 2015 - 2016 series was won by Jim and Cherl Signor from Coconut Grove Sailing Club. Full results are here.

2016 Sandy Douglass Memorial Regatta - Deep Creek, MD

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Skippers Meeting - story by Doc Templeton

The 22nd Annual Sandy Douglass Memorial Regatta was held at Deep Creek Lake in Deer Park, Maryland on July 30 and 31.  Deer Park is the home of Flying Scot, Incorporated and, nearby, the two yacht clubs that make up the Deep Creek Yacht Racing Association: Deep Creek Lake Sailing Association (DCLSA) and Deep Creek Yacht Club, Inc. (DCYC).  This memorial regatta is an annual tribute to Sandy Douglass, the designer and first builder of the Flying Scot.  This is the only regular regatta here in Western Maryland in which boats are invited to attend from off the lake.  In addition to Flying Scots from these two yacht clubs were out-of-towners from neighboring states.

The racing weekend, hosted by Doc and Judy Templeton, kicked off with a Burrito Bash party on Friday night with entertainment by DCLSA club member Joan Coraor.  This event gave visiting sailors a chance to get acquainted with the DCLSA Club layout as well as the local sailors from both Clubs.  Everyone enjoyed the beautiful decorations and great food.

Saturday morning began with a hosted breakfast and skippers’ meeting prior to the first race.  There was a total of 43 boats divided into four classes: Gold, Silver, Masters and Challengers.  There were eight boats from off the lake.

2016 NE District Championship at Massabesic Yacht Club, Manchester, NH

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         Championship Division Winners                                                           Challenger Division Winners

We started the day with an hour postponement with a promise of wind coming around 11:00 AM.  The wind came and the 17 teams, including 6 visiting boats, sailed out to the course, expertly set by the Race Committee.  But the wind gods had other ideas and took the wind out of our sails.  Never fear, the wind returned, albeit light, and we had a couple of long Olympic course races.  Roger and Kate Sharp, who won 4 of the 5 races in the Championship Division, were in the lead by nearly a leg in the second race when the wind shifted to where we were not flying spinnakers on the second reach.  We did fly them on the final "upwind" as the wind shifted 180 degress and nearly died.  First, second and third were just seconds apart in the end and the race ended with Ned Jeffries inching out Roger Sharp who barely inched out Greg Kampf.  The Challenger Division was extrememly competitive as well, sometimes grouped in bunches at the marks.  The end result was a tie for first place between Keith Conington and Glenn McKibbon, with Tim Hefferan in 3rd and a tie between 4th and 5th, Kamiz Moin and Carter Brown. After the 180-degree shift, the RC reset the course and ran 3 W-L races, the last of which was heavier air than we had all day.  We all headed in after 5 races, tired but happy and ready for dinner and awards.  I am happy to say that our club Massapoag Yacht Club placed 1st - Sharps, 3rd - Kampfs and 4th - Rousseaus, with DG Ned Jeffries in 2nd and Massabesic's Dennis Dobe in 5th in the Championship Division.  It was a pretty good day all around for all of us!  Many thanks to Fleet 196 for hosting 2 years in a row!  Full results are here.

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    Relaxing between races - what a pretty sky!                                 Massapoag Yacht Club winners

2016 Saratoga Lake 30th Annual Fleet 161 Invitational Regatta & NY Lakes Districts

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The weather predictions for the weekend were for intermittent thunderstorms so the Race Committee had its hands full trying to get in races for the Saratoga Lake 30th Annual Invitational Regatta which was also the NY Lakes Districts. There were 25 boats registered, 14 Championship and 11 Challenger, with 13 teams vying for the District Championship Friday night was a fun welcome party and we tried to ignore the storms - some brave folks still slept in their tents on the lawn! 

Saturday morning was sunny, hot and calm with a light breeze and it looked like we would get in a race or two so we went out.  By the time all the boats made it to the Race Committee to check in, the wind had died.  The forecast said it was coming, or was it?  When it didn't come, the RC sent us in under postponement.  We went back out when the wind came, but then some storms that were not on the radar sent us in under postponement again - and we never got to go back out.  There was a storm followed by a beautiful rainbow followed by a really nice dinner prepared by club members. But then we had the NEXT storm, a seemingly never-ending thunderstorm with high swirling winds and lots of thunder and lightning.  A couple of boats were hit by lightning with one melted masthead fly and several tents were collapsed!  Most people waited it out in the clubhouse but some of us stayed out under a tarp and just marveled at the most ferocious storm we have ever seen short of a tornado!  Some people spent the night in the clubhouse, some went to a member's home a few miles away, but some (brave?) people actually slept in their tents!

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Sunday was much kinder. We went out at 9:00 and the RC got in 3 great races with good wind and lots of great competiton.  My club, Masspoag Yacht Club from Sharon, MA, was 1, 2, 5 so we all went home with trophies!  It was a great day that made us forget about the day before - well at least for a little while.  Full results, including District results, are here.

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