2018 Wife Husbands at Jackson Yacht Club, Ridgeland, MS - Have you signed up yet?

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The Wife-Husband regatta is just a few days away with activites starting on Friday, October 26!   But there's still time to avoid late registration fees!  Please complete your registration by midnight next Friday October 19. Still unsure?  Go ahead and signup to hold the early entry price.  Register here:  http://www.regattanetwork.com/event/15389.

Thanks to one our regatta team members, Suzanne Wise who will be sailing in the regatta, we will get some local media attention. One the local weekly papers, The Northside Sun, ran a story this week.  The Jackson Yacht Club is looking forward  to hosting thirty three boats and you. So are you “goin’ to Jackson?”

2018 Women's NAC at Privateer Yacht Club, Chattanooga, TN - Racing Day 2

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On Day 2 of the Flying Scot Women’s North American Championship the weather was the opposite of Day 1,  The clouds overtook the area, a little rain and lots of wind greeted the racers on the water.  Once we went out, five boats retired before the races and one retired after Race 1.  With northwest winds blowing 15 with gusts in the 20s, the rest of the teams toughed it out on the race course.  The wind moderated and built through both races.  The final winners are (1) Mary Anne Hopper, Jennifer Draheim, Melissa Miller with 5 bullets,  (2) Tracy Sykes, Nicole Claas Moore, DIana Plunkett, (3) Nancy Claypool, Stacey Rieu, Debbie Huntsman, (4) Peyton Ankers and Holly Gregory, and (5) Kate Gomes, Kaitlyn Reilly, Lexi Cookson.  Congratulations to all the women’s teams!

Thanks so much to Rob Fowler and Privateer Yacht Club for hosting a great event.  Next year will be at Massapoag Yacht Club in Sharon, MA – come and bring your friends!  Photos by Ben Williams, Brian Hunt and Bill Bruss are being uploaded here.. Full results are here

2018 Women's NAC at Privateer Yacht Club, Chattanooga, TN - Racing Day 1

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After a great welcome party on Friday night, and a nice breakfast Saturday morning, we had the skippers meeting and the racing was underway.  There were 3 tremendous 4-leg windward leeward races on Saturday in 12-18 MPH north winds that picked up as the races progressed. The Race Committee led by PRO Brainard Cooper set great courses and lengthened them in the first race to make sure they were 50-60 minutes long.  We had a nice sunny day in the high 80’s so keeping hydrated on the water was key.  Of the 15 boats racing today, it was particularly tough for the boats that were 2-up to keep the boat flat, but we all made it through all 3 races. Jack Everett and David Cox videoed the races and you can see them on the FSSA Facebook page!  At the end of the first day, the top 5 teams are (1) Mary Anne Hopper, Jennifer Draheim, Melissa Miller, (2) Peyton ANkers and Holly Gregory, (3)  Tracy Sykes, Nicole Claas Moore, DIana Plunkett, (4)  Nancy Claypool, Stacey Rieu, Debbie Huntsman and (5) Melanie DUnham and Diane Kampf,

Now on to a nice dinner and party time - oh, and some rest!  Photos being uploaded here..  Full results are here.

2018 ACC Cancelled due to damage from Hurricane Florence

Due to extensive damage from Hurriane Florence, the ACC scheduled for 9/22 - 9/23/2018 is cancelled.  If there is an opportunity to hold the event later, we will try to reschedule.  We apologize on behalf of Mother Nature.

It's time for the 2018 Women's NAC at Privateer Yacht Club, Chattanooga, TN?

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It's just about time for the Women's NAC at Privateer Yacht Club in Chattanooga, TN. and hosted by Fleet 13..  Click on the link above to watch the video.  For more information, click on the event page here.

2018 Scots on the Rocks - Lake Murray Sailing Club, Chapin, NC

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Here are some great photos posted to Facebook from this year's Scots on the rocks.  No racing on Saturday, but 3 races on Sunday.  There were 16 boats cometing and the top 5 finishers were visitors from other clubs!  Congratulations to Lynn and Bill Bruss for winning the regatta.   Full results are here.

2018 Blackbeard One Design Regatta, Blackbeard Sailing Club, New Bern, NC

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Team Brake were winners of the 2018 Blackbeard Sailing Club One Design Regatta.  Full results are here.

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

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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 

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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.

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