The 2018 Midwinters are soon - Register Early by 3/1 and Save $

2018 MW SSS

What?  You haven't registered for the 2018 Midwinters yet?  For the northerners, this is a great relief from the crazy winter we are having.  And for the rest of you, you must know that Florida is wonderful at this time of year.  Sarasota Sailing Squadron is ready to have you as their guest.   So, what are you waiting for?  Read here for more information.  Hope to see you there!  Register at the event website - if you resgister by 3/1, you svae a few $

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2018 48th George Washington Birthday Regatta - Lake Eustis, FL


For those of us that are stuck in the winter doldrums, think about what's going on in the Florida Distirct!  The District Series in in full swing and there are lots of teams participating.  This weekend, the wind did not make much of an appearance at the 2018 George Washington Birthday Regatta at Lake Eustis but the fun sure did. First, let's note that 30+ Flying Scot teams were registered for this event - woohoo!  AND, the weather was just beautiful!  When the teams weren't racing, there was lots of hositality and even a giant Jenga game going on. 

Saturday there was just ONE race, but as we said, not much wind - only 11 boats finished and the rst tied for 13th!  Sunday there were no races, so it was a wrap. Full results are here  and the top 5 winners were:

1. David Moring & Arial Harrington
4. Dave Chapin & Caroline
2. Jeff & Amy Smith Linton
3. Zeke Horowitz & Jay Horowitz
5. David Helmick & Fred 

Pictures are at


There are still several more events in the DIstrict series - you should think abo9ut going if you aren't already planning to go. And the Midwinters are just a few weeks away, so get on down to Florida and have some Florida weather and fun!

Chicago Boat Show - Why We Sail Flying Scots

Here's a great group of sailors telling us why they sail Flying Scots.  Do you?  You should!  Visit the Flying Scot Inc. website for more informatiion on how to get one of these great boats!

Special thanks to Jim Walsh - FS Fleet #114 Captain who rallied the midwest sailors to attend "Strictly Sail Saturday" at the Chicago Boat Show!

Sad News in the Flying Scot Family

2018 Hohlers

It is with a heavy heart that we tell the Flying Scot community that Tom Hohler passed away on January 9, 2018,at age 73. Tom was a stalwart of the Flying Scot class, having served as Ohio District Governor for several years, before joining his wife Chris Czapleski in France on her very exciting teaching journey.  Chris describes him as Thomas Paul Hohler, Ph.D. – teacher, scholar of philosophy, passionate competitive sailor, and, especially, husband and father.  I'd like to add loyal friend to that list.

Tom and Chris campaigned their Flying Scot 3883 together for many years, competing locally, regionally and nationally, and we will all miss him on the race course.  He was a friend to everyone he met in the Flying Scot class. Tom is survived by his loving wife Chris, his son Paul, his daughter Andrea, his 2 grandsons adam and Aaron, and lots of other family and friends, We miss you already, Tom.

2017 Jeff Penfield Memorial Regatta - Sarasota Sailing Squadron, FL


Jeff​ ​Penfield​ ​Memorial​ ​Regatta Nov.​ ​11-12,​ ​2017 by Dave Thinel

The​ ​Sarasota​ ​Sailing​ ​Squadron​ ​and​ ​the​ ​Flying​ ​Scot​ ​Fleet​ ​36​ ​hosted​ ​the​ ​seventh​ ​annual​ ​Jeff Penfield​ ​Regatta,​ ​Nov.11​ ​and​ ​12,​ ​2017.​ ​The​ ​regatta​ ​is​ ​also​ ​one​ ​of​ ​the​ ​stops​ ​on​ ​the​ ​Flying​ ​Scot Florida​ ​District​ ​traveling​ ​series.

We​ ​had​ ​24​ ​teams​ ​of​ ​Scot​ ​racers​ ​ready​ ​to​ ​tackle​ ​Sarasota​ ​Bay​ ​Saturday​ ​morning.​ ​A​ ​passing cold​ ​front​ ​to​ ​our​ ​north​ ​brought​ ​a​ ​brisk​ ​easterly​ ​breeze,​ ​temperatures​ ​in​ ​the​ ​seventies​ ​and​ ​sunny! Racing​ ​started​ ​promptly​ ​at​ ​12:30​ ​on​ ​a​ ​windward​ ​leeward​ ​course​ ​about​ ​1.5​ ​miles​ ​north​ ​of​ ​the club.​ ​Zeke​ ​Horowitz​ ​and​ ​his​ ​dad,​ ​Jay,​ ​took​ ​the​ ​first​ ​bullet​ ​with​ ​their​ ​new-ish​ ​FS​ ​6138,​ ​JaMing-O. The​ ​Lintons​ ​also​ ​in​ ​a​ ​new-ish​ ​boat​ ​FS​ ​6133,​ ​The​ ​Scuppernong,​ ​finished​ ​second.​ ​The​ ​excellent RC​ ​had​ ​the​ ​second​ ​race​ ​going​ ​promptly​ ​in​ ​a​ ​building​ ​breeze.​ ​Some​ ​40​ ​minutes​ ​later​ ​the​ ​top​ ​two finishers​ ​from​ ​the​ ​first​ ​race,​ ​finished​ ​1​ ​and​ ​2​ ​again.​ ​There​ ​was​ ​plenty​ ​of​ ​hiking​ ​and​ ​some​ ​planing downwind​ ​so​ ​things​ ​were​ ​getting​ ​fun!​ ​Race​ ​3​ ​had​ ​Jim​ ​and​ ​Cheryl​ ​Signor​ ​blasting​ ​out​ ​ahead​ ​in​ ​a new-to-them​ ​FS​ ​5982,​ ​earning​ ​a​ ​nice​ ​win.​ ​In​ ​second​ ​place​ ​was​ ​Tyler​ ​Andrews​ ​and​ ​Eric​ ​Bussell FS​ ​6135​ ​who​ ​traveled​ ​from​ ​Deep​ ​Creek,​ ​MD​ ​and​ ​Illinois​ ​respectively.​ ​That’s​ ​some​ ​dedication!

Sunday​ ​was​ ​a​ ​bit​ ​cooler,​ ​about​ ​as​ ​breezy​ ​but​ ​much​ ​more​ ​overcast.​ ​The​ ​fleet​ ​beat​ ​out​ ​of​ ​the harbor​ ​for​ ​a​ ​10:30​ ​start,​ ​under​ ​a​ ​few​ ​drops​ ​of​ ​rain.​ ​After​ ​a​ ​general​ ​recall,​ ​we​ ​got​ ​off​ ​clean​ ​in​ ​the breeze​ ​and​ ​chop.​ ​Zeke​ ​and​ ​Jay​ ​wasted​ ​no​ ​time​ ​adding​ ​to​ ​their​ ​lead​ ​from​ ​day​ ​one​ ​with​ ​a​ ​nice win​ ​but​ ​the​ ​Lintons​ ​were​ ​second,​ ​still​ ​close.​ ​The​ ​5th​ ​and​ ​last​ ​race​ ​would​ ​soon​ ​decide​ ​the winner.​ ​Sadly,​ ​Zeke​ ​had​ ​a​ ​slight​ ​mechanical​ ​issue​ ​and​ ​finished​ ​back​ ​in​ ​the​ ​pack,​ ​a​ ​shame​ ​after such​ ​a​ ​good​ ​series.​ ​The​ ​Lintons​ ​seized​ ​the​ ​opportunity​ ​and​ ​won​ ​the​ ​race​ ​and​ ​the​ ​regatta.​ ​David Ames​ ​with​ ​his​ ​dad,​ ​Larry,​ ​crewing​ ​grabbed​ ​second​ ​place​ ​in​ ​a​ ​new-to-them​ ​boat​ ​FS5350.​ ​The new​ ​boat​ ​theme​ ​is​ ​hard​ ​to​ ​miss!
Awards​ ​went​ ​to​ ​the​ ​top​ ​five;​ ​1-​ ​Jeff​ ​and​ ​Amy​ ​Linton,​ ​2-​ ​Jim​ ​and​ ​Cheryl​ ​Signor,​ ​3-​ ​Zeke​ ​and​ ​Jay Horowitz,​ ​4-​ ​Mark​ ​and​ ​Michelle​ ​Taylor​ ​and​ ​5-​ ​Tyler​ ​Andrews​ ​and​ ​Eric​ ​Bussell.​ ​Well​ ​done​ ​to​ ​all!

Kirk​ ​Burnett,​ ​PRO,​ ​the​ ​RC​ ​team​ ​and​ ​volunteers​ ​did​ ​a​ ​great​ ​job​ ​running​ ​the​ ​races​ ​and​ ​providing safety​ ​boat​ ​coverage.​ ​Alan​ ​Staniforth​ ​volunteered​ ​to​ ​take​ ​photos​ ​and​ ​got​ ​many​ ​great​ ​shots which​ ​can​ ​be​ ​viewed​ ​through​ ​the​ ​link​ ​below.​ ​​Thank​ ​You​ ​volunteer​ ​team!!

Each​ ​year​ ​since​ ​Jeff’s​ ​passing​ ​we​ ​present​ ​the​ ​Jeff​ ​Penfield​ ​Leadership​ ​Award​ ​to​ ​the​ ​person who​ ​best​ ​leads​ ​the​ ​Florida​ ​District.​ ​The​ ​previous​ ​year’s​ ​recipient​ ​is​ ​tasked​ ​with​ ​selecting​ ​the new​ ​leader.​ ​Barry​ ​Millbourn​ ​made​ ​an​ ​excellent​ ​choice​ ​in​ ​choosing​ ​John​ ​Pether​ ​for​ ​2017.​ ​John has​ ​been​ ​a​ ​true​ ​leader​ ​at​ ​the​ ​Squadron​ ​and​ ​with​ ​the​ ​Flying​ ​Scot​ ​Fleet​ ​36.​ ​He​ ​has​ ​recently authored​ ​a​ ​book​ ​of​ ​history​ ​for​ ​the​ ​Sarasota​ ​Sailing​ ​Squadron​ ​and​ ​is​ ​serving​ ​as​ ​regatta​ ​chair​ ​for the​ ​2018​ ​FSSA​ ​Midwinter​ ​Championship.​ ​A​ ​truly​ ​excellent​ ​choice,​ ​​congratulations​ ​John!!

Full results are here.  Click here for photos and here to go to Facebook and view the and posts and a video of the awards ceremony.

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Winner, winner, chicken dinner for Jeff and Amy Smith Linton.  They must LOVE chicken! (and beer)

2nd Place Jim & Cheryl Signor
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3rd Place Son/Father Team Zeke & Jay Horowitz 4th Place - FL District Guv Mark and Michele Taylor
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5th Place - Eric Bussell & Ty Andrews - love the spinnaker!

The Signors aboard Cool Change!




2017 Fall 48 - Lake Norman Yacht Club, Mooresville, NX


Were you at the Fall 48 Lake Norman Yacht Club - videos stories and pictures are on on the Flying Scot Sailing Association Facebook Page here - Results are here.

2017 Hospice Regatta, Western Carolina Sailing Club, Anderson, SC


Western Carolina Sailing Club, in Anderson South Carolina, held our 17th Annual Hospice Regatta this past weekend. The event raises funds for a local non-profit Hospice Organization called Hospice of the Upstate. The Regatta is part of the National Hospice Regatta Alliance where events are held all over the country to benefit a local Hospice charity.

This year we had record numbers of Flying Scot's (18) and boats in total (96). We also exceeded our goal ($75,000) and raised $80,600. We take a lot of pride in throwing a great party with fantastic food, lot's of cold beer and most importantly, great race management. We have 3 courses setup, a distance course, a Keelboat course and a dinghy course. We try really hard to make sure we have competent and quality race PRO's and race committee.

With 18 boats on the race course on Saturday at noon, we had pretty much a zero breeze day shaping up. Our Race Committee positioned us on the lake in an area where we had some light breeze, just enough for racing and got in one race on Saturday. On Sunday morning, we moved up the start time to 9:00am hoping for that morning breeze you get before the mid day heat kills any breeze that you might have. We had just enough breeze to get in one more race.

Joe and Stacey Brake captured first place, Don and Chris Smith were second and Bob Graves and crew Roger Sulhoff were third.

For me, this was a special weekend. I had Beau and Beckett Brake on the boat crewing for me on Saturday. Beckett decided he had enough of me on Saturday, so he jumped ship on Sunday to Mom and Dad's boat. For years, I had been waiting on the event where I could have Beau and/or Beckett crew for me. This weekend the dream came true. It was probably a blessing that it was a light air event for me as I am not sure how we would have done in a blow. It was a great time sailing with Beau and I have lot's of stories and memories that I will cherish for a long time.

Full results are here.  Here is a link to a cool video recap of the event.

Mark your calendar for next year's event scheduled for October 12-14, 2018.

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Looking for a Scots n' Water Assistant Editor


Do you:

  • Love reading, language and/or writing
  • Dream of learning to edit a publication
  • Have good organizing skills
  • Yearn to contribute some volunteer time to FSSA

Then perhaps you’d like to apply to be the assistant editor for SnW magazine!

We are looking for an assistant editor for Scots N Water. The person in this one-year position would work side by side with the current editor to organize and proof the magazine and to learn the details that go into producing this magazine six times per year.  The expectation is that, if all parties (including the Board) are agreeable, the assistant editor would take over as editor within one year. It is also helpful if this person travels to at least some regattas, including national ones, as a way to meet sailors and hear about possible stories.

If you are interested, please contact the current editor, Deb Aronson.

2017 Ocean Challenge - South Carolina Yacht Club, Hilton Head, SC


The 2017 Carolina Ocean Challenge Regatta was hosted by the South Carolina Yacht Club on Hilton Head Island, SC, on October 7-8, 2017.  Nineteen boats participated in 5 classes with 11 Harbor 20s, 2 Handicap with Spinnakers, 3 handicap no spinanakers, and 3 Flying Scots participating. 

The 3 skippers are from Calrolinas Fleet 134 at The Yacht Club of Hilton Head.    Pictured here is Flying Scot winner Henry Schultz.  Flying Scot results are here.

2017 Great Scot Regatta - Birmingham Sailing Club vs Hurricane Nate


Fleet 135 participants and their loot - from Deb Aronson's Facebook page


Great Scot competitors at the local Honky Tonk paying tribute to the late Tom Petty

The Great Scot Regatta was this past weekend at Birmingham Sailing Club in Alabama.  While Hurricane Nate was on the way, the club managed to get in 3 races for the 24 teams on Satruday and based on the Facebook posts, it was a great time.  I hope we get to see more stories and pictures from this event! 

Deb Aronson - "You know you are a crazy Flying Scot sailor when you drive 10 hours TOWARD a hurricane to participate in the Great Scot Regatta at Birmingham Sailing Club. Had a great time. And happily they didn't make us race on Sunday as Nate came ashore!"

Melissa Miller - "What a fun regatta at the beautiful Birmingham Sailing Club! Special thanks to Richard Wade and his lovely wife Billie for their hospitality!"

Eric Bussell - "Great Scot competitors at the local Honky Tonk paying tribute to the late Tom Petty.  Tracy Hambrick (Birmingham), Bill Bruss (Chatanooga), Tom Miller (Corinthian), Robert Copps (Keowee), and Patrick Whatley (Birmingham). Thanks Melissa Miller for the video!"  (view the video above).


The regatta was won by Tom and Melissa Miller from Texas - pictured here after the regatta attnding a concert in Jackson with the SFGM Chorus Lavendar Pen Tour.

Second was Richard Wade, Third was Eric Bussell, fourth was Ben Williams and fifth was District Governor Andy Fox.  We'll work on getting the crew names into the results.  Meanwhile, full race results are here.



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