US Sailing Arthur B. Hanson Rescue Medal for ACC rescuers

                                                          US Sailing Rescue Medal

The Hanson Safety at Sea committee has voted to award the US Sailing Arthur B. Hanson Rescue Medal to the seven boats who recovered people out of the water during the FS ACC storm and subsequent recovery efforts.

Mauntauk 17 rescued 4 (Eddy Parker & Richard Schott)
Aquasport 19 rescued at least 5 (Ken Gurganus & Jeff Thomas)
Triumph 17 rescued 1 (Dave Brown, Polly Brown, & Joe Gormley)
Weather boat rescued 4 (Jim Zaradka & Mark Brennesholtz)
The Big Parker rescued 3 (Roger Brake & Eric Rasmussen)
17' Key West rescued 4 (Skip Byrum & Gus)
Sea Hunt 235 rescued 2 (Malcolm Shaffer, Robin Shaffer, Charlie Marr)

Also providing assistance were Flying Scot sailors Dave Neff and Gabe Hermans and Jason Hairf who took to the water to assist boats get righted and the boat ready and towed in.

From the US Sailing website - about this award:

"This award is given to skippers of boats or race support vessels who effect rescues of victims from the water. The award is made for rescues in U.S. waters, or those which occur in races originating or terminating in a U.S. port. The purposes of the award are to recognize the significant accomplishment in seamanship which has saved a life, and to collect further case studies in rescues for analysis for the US Sailing Safety at Sea Committee which will eventually be incorporated into the extensive educational programs of US Sailing"


2015 Fleet 23 Open House Regatta - Corinthian Sailing Club, Dallas, TX


From Flying Scot South Facebbok Page:

What a great 2015 FS Fleet 23 Open House Regatta at Corinthian Sailing Club, White Rock Lake, Dallas, TX. Beautiful weather, breeze, and good friends from all over the area and beyond. Please check out this drone video of the regatta by Houston.  

From John Domagala:

The Open House regatta in Dallas TX got its name from the tradition of sailors putting up traveling sailors in their homes to promote attendance. Your welcome hosts however had to wait Friday eve for the guests to take in the welcoming party Friday eve. After a good night’s sleep the travelers were welcomed with the traditional breakfast tacos to fuel rigging of the boats. The weather was near perfect.  Warm, sunny, & a moderate breeze would hold all weekend. The only imperfections was the Easterly breezes. For those that don’t know White Rock lake, an easterly will turn an normally shifty into a series of auto tacks where you can go quickly from the front to the back an back again. Richard Wade made his annual return to White Rock and would draw first blood in the championship division. Kelly Gough would take 2nd. In the Challenger fleet Nancy Frisco Sailing with Greta Mittman would take the bullet ahead of Melissa Hemker. The 2nd race would see a mix up in the standings with Robert Cummings and Alanna Strong take the top 2 spots. In fact as of lunch Saturday only 4 boats had avoided double digit placed finishes, including Kelly & Richard. Nancy and Melissa continued with 1,2 scores in the challenger fleet. After a nice lunch break in the club the sailors returned to the water for 2 more Races. Kelly and Richard each racked up a bullet in the afternoon session, Kelly would add a 4th to his scores while Richard was flagged OCS and missed his hail to return. In the challenger fleet Nancy & Melissa added 1,2 and 2,3 score.

Off the water the happy hour started and was followed by a nice Fajita dinner, dockside live band, and sunset. The music and party continued into the evening. Sunday morning sailors were again welcomed with the traditional Sunday Biscuits and gravy. The shifty but moderate easterly continued along with the sun and warmth. Harry Carpenter would win the 1st race in a boat he was delivering at this regatta. He was rumored to also have delivered a new boat to Kelly, but that remained hermetically sealed in Kelly’s garage for the weekend and could not be verified. Nancy Franco added another bullet in the 1st challenger race of the day while Melissa Hemker would take the final race for her 1st win of the weekend. In the championship fleet finale Griffin Orr would take his first win of the series. Kelly & Hiede Gough would win the series with Michael Rist edging out Griffin Orr by a point for 2nd place. Michael was the only Championship boat to end the weekend with single digit finishes. After a great series Nancy Franco and Melissa Hemker ended the event 1-2 as they did in most of the races.. Baron Ellason finished the weekend in 3rd

 Thanks to the fleet for their hospitality and Dari Esfahani for a great job running the event!

Great Conditions, Great Racing at 2015 Wife-Husband

This year’s Wife-Husband was quite competitive. Sometimes it felt more like a NAC than a Wife-Husband! For the first time, the Wife-Husband Championship fleet had five (loooooong!) races while the Challenger fleet had the traditional three races for the weekend. 

The weekend really began on Friday with Mark and Michelle Taylor’s wedding reception. Beer, sponsored by Mad Sails, flowed and food and cupcakes were devoured. Although Mark and Michelle were married in May, they wanted to share their special day with all their Flying Scot friends, so they scheduled the reception for the Wife-Husband. Pretty appropriate, right?!

The wind at Davis Island Yacht Club was out of the east most of the weekend, making for shiftier conditions than the steady seabreeze one might expect in Tampa.  The race committee, capably led by Henry Moore, managed the conditions wonderfully. Plus, the conditions were pretty darn wonderful. Jeff Linton did say at the end of the weekend that these were the best conditions he’d ever seen in Tampa in October. Nice going regatta committee!

2015 Wife Husband at Davis Island Yacht Club - Day 2


Here are pictures from the 2015 Wife Husband Championship at Davis Island Yacht Club in Tampa, FL, where there was beautiful weather, lots of Tampa hospitatlity and lots of Flying Scot camqraderie!  With 19 boats in the Cmahpionship Division, Jeff and Amy Smith Linton were winners of the Division, with Carrie & Tyler Andrews 2nd and Lisa & Andy Hayward 3rd.  With 4 boats in the Challenger Division, Leann & Robin Roberts, newest members of Fleet 168, were 1st, Donna Mohr & Jon Hamilton 2nd, and Cheryl & Bob McCorkle 3rd..  

Full results are here.  

2015 Hospitality Regatta - Jackson, MS


The Scot fleet winners from the Hospitality Regatta, First place, Larry Taggart and Tina, second place Jim Leggette and Will Manuel and third place Claude and Randall Dannerman.

2015 Wife Husband at Davis Island Yacht Club in Tampa, FL - Day 1

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Reports are that the weather was beautiful for Day 1 of the 201 Wife Husbands.  We're awaiting furhter reports, but the Lintons are leading with the Andrews' in 2nd. The results to date for the lucky ones who are there can be found here.  


2015 Michigan Ontario District - Pinckney, MI

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Michigan-Ontario District Regatta: A Tail of Two Winds

Steve Rajkovich, MI-ONT District Governor

Portage Yacht Club and Fleet 20 hosted the Michigan-Ontario Districts this year and part of the annual Michigan Hot Scot Regatta.  8 boats competed for the Fanshawe Trophy.  Included in the race was our new District Governor, Steve Rajkovich.

As is often the case at Portage Lake the wind was going to be an issue.  A cold front was expected and for Saturday the wind was expected to be 15-21mph with gusts to 30.  Sunday was another story… winds calm to 3mph.

Saturday Morning started off with coffee and registration in the PYC club house and a lot of activity in the parking lot and the docks as folks readied their boats.  There was also a lot of sharing of information gleaned from various phone apps as sailors tried to figure out whether the wind was going to stay within safe limits.  Portage is a small, inland lake with a reputation for very shifty winds.

The wind was indeed building as Principal Race Office Bill O’Donnel gathered his crew, composed entirely of members of PYC Interlake Fleet 22, a great bunch of guys and gals that chip in every year to make the Flying Scot regatta a success.  Brook Smith, chief judge, assistant pro, and scorer; Rick Jarzembowski, service boat driver; Steve Zawaki, mark setter; Ty and Flea Cathy, second mark boat; and Tom Ehman, Judge.  Nancy Staub from Fleet 20 served as the on-water recorder.  On Sunday Craig Kivi and Tom Kimball took over the mark boat duties. 

At the Skippers’ meeting discussion about the wind continued as safe sailing was discussed.  The Regatta was planned to consist of five races and the race team intended to do just that.  Steve Rajkovich took the opportunity to introduce himself as Governor and to publicly thank Bill Pfund for serving as governor for the last 6 years.

Folks “saddled up” and headed out to the course for he first race.  Winds held steady at 16 MPH with moderate gusts and the race was closely contested.  At the finish the fleet returned to PYC for lunch.  Skippers and crew were asked about going back out and it was decided that the prospects of little to no wind on Sunday persuaded a majority to try one or two more races while the wind held.

Lessons Learned from the 2015 ACC


Lessons from the ACCs 2015

At the Atlantic Coast Championship on the Neuse River in September a fleet of 23 Scots was hit by a microburst with winds going from 12 – 15 knots to 50 – 60 knots in less than a minute and staying  high for 10 + minutes.   Seas quickly built to 3+ feet.  The teams sailing in this championship were well qualified skippers and crews, and yet 20 capsized.  There was extensive property damage including 8 -9 damaged mast, some of which are still on the bottom.  We were fortunate indeed that no one was seriously injured which could have happened very easily.

A few people shared some ideas on shore aimed at avoiding or at least minimizing the risk and damage in such situations.  Such conditions are thankfully rare.  I have been racing sailboats very actively since 1966 and this is the fortunately the worst weather I have encountered.  I emailed all the teams and asked that they share their thoughts on avoiding or managing bad weather in the future.  I will summarize these ideas and suggestions for the benefit of all Scoters.  I received 7 out of 23 entrants plus another from the team that did not launch after reviewing the forecast.  And, they were very capable sailors.

2015 Massabesic Regatta - Massabesic Yacht Club, Manchester, NH


The Massabesic Yacht Club in Manchester, New Hampshire, hosted their annual Regatta on September 19th and 20th. The regatta was open to Windmills, Lightnings and Flying Scots. The racers were graced with excellent wind speed of 7-12mph and gusts up to 18mph on Saturday. If you are a lake sailor you know wind shifts can be a challenge and on Saturday the shifts were greater than normal. All fleets completed 4 races on Saturday and many finishes had multiple boats coming across the line seconds apart. On Sunday the winds were heavy 14-20mph with gusts up to 30 and (of course) shifty. The Windmills and Lightnings had many capsizes but managed to get one race in before the race committee canceled racing." -- by Scott Cunan, FS 5620, Fleet #196

2015 Scot-A-Hootchee - Lake Lanier Sailing Club, GA


Fleet #111 hosted the 2015 Scot a Hoochee Regatta on Lake Lanier in Flowery Branch, GA.  A drizzly rain came and went, but the wind stayed for both days, ranging from 10 to 20.  5 races were sailed on Saturday and 1 on Sunday.  The competition was close for the top spot, with Tony Milligan winning the regatta with a bullet in the last race.

One of the highlights was the trophies, handmade tote bags from an old main sail, made by one of our fleet member’s wife Indu Kowalski, pictured above with the Scot fleet.  Full Results are here,

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