2017 Choo Choo Regatta - Loads of Hospitality, Not Too Much Sailing

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The Privateer Yacht Club in in Hixson, TN, hosted the 2017 Chatanooga Cho Choo Regatta that featured lots of fun and hospitality this year, but Mother Nature had other ideas.  On Saturrday, 29 boats, count them, 29, went out to see how they could do in very light air.  There just was not much wind and the race committee was able to get just one race in.  On Sunday, it was just too wet to go out, so the regatta was decided by just one race.  And the top three boats went over the line together with just inches between them.  Cheers to the RC fo figuring that one out.  Privateer always puts on a great event and the folks who went all had a great time. For example, each traveler was partnered up with a sailor from Privateer Yacht Club for the cornhole tourney. Unfortunately the tourney was cancelled due to rain, so Eric Bussell and John Cassada remain the defending champs.  Wait until NEXT year!

The pictures posted in tis story are courtesy of Eric Bussell.  Eric shared all his pcutes on Facebook here.  Oh, and the winners, Rob Fowler, Mark Taylor and Ryan Malmgren.  Thanks to Rob Fowler and Privateer for another fun event!

Quote from Dixie Lakes Sailing Facebook Page by Rob Fowler - "Thanks to everyone who made the 2017 Chattanooga Choo Choo Regatta such a great time! 29 boats showed up and I think everyone had a great time. We did a "cook your own steak" for dinner, drank Dark and Stormy's, played corn-hole and had a traditional English Breakfast on Sunday morning. The only thing in short supply? Wind."

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2017 NAC at Sandusky Sailing Club, Sandusky, OH - Register Early!

The NAC is Coming, the NAC is Coming - Sandusky Sailing Club 2017

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Are you excited about the 2017 NAC?  This is an event that you won't want to miss, The team is busy getting ready for us and registration is open! Want to see what you can do while you're there in Sandusky?  Click on the icon below.

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Don't forget this is our 60th Anniversary year, a very special milestone - so make your plans soon and join the fun! You can get your 60th Anniversay Commemorative Apparel from Coral Reef Sailing Apparel..

Learn to Sail at the Deep Creek Sailing School – Celebrating 25 years!

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Registration is open at the Deep Creek Sailing School. Enjoy beautiful scenery as you learn to sail in the mountains of western Maryland. In addition to our very popular junior weeks and teen week, we have three adult instruction weeks scheduled. The weeks of June 19 and July 17 will focus on beginner/intermediate levels of sailing and introduction to racing. The week of July 24 will focus on intermediate/advanced levels of sailing including sail trim, racing, and spinnaker skills. We understand that a week may be too much of a commitment - hence we are offering both Monday to Friday and Monday to Wednesday options for adult weeks. The school also offers 3-hour private lessons. On July 8, 2017, the Deep Creek Sailing School is celebrating its 25th year since being established in 1992. Former instructors and students are welcome to join the celebration. Contact the sailing school if you are interested. 

www.deepcreeksailingschool.com

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2017 Space Coast Invitational - FL District Series #6 - a REAL BLAST!

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When there is a regatta in Merritt Island, FL, you will probably have great racing, but Henry Picco arranged a rocket launch during this year's Space Coast Regatta - how cool is that?  On Saturday, there was a great day of racing. with 2 races in 4-6 knot wind and 2 races 8-10 knot wind.  Sunday brought another 4 races and according to the teams that were there who commented on Facebook, if you didn't come, you really missed out.  Congratulations to Tom and Melanie McNally - full results are here.

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2017 Midwinters - Allen Douglas Memorial Trophy for Sportsmanship

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Each year at the Midwinters the Allen Douglas Sportsmanship award is voted on by all the other skippers for someone who showed exceptional sportsmanship.  This year, the honor goes to Eric Bussell who personifies that and more! Congratulations to Eric who is a dedicated member of the Flying Scot class who is tirelessly working on publicity for the class.

2017 Midwinters at Southern Yacht Club, New Orleans, LA - Day 4 - Final

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Well Mother Nature was kinder today with temperatures in the 60’s with the sun out most of the day.   With an east wind at 10 -12, there was not much chop so it was a little easier on the boat and the passengers.  On the way out there was just not much wind but by the time we reached the Race Committee boat, all was well.

The Race Committee started right on time at 11:00 and gave us 2 great races, one 4-leg and one 5-leg windward-leeward.  There seemed to be more pressure on the right and it seemed to be favored but some boats went left and still made out.  The Championship boats were really spread out but the Challengers were close at every mark and both finishes.

The final results:  The Championship winners are (1) Zeke and Jay Horowitz, (2) Rod and Roddy Stieffel. and (3) Tom and Melissa Miller.   The Challenger winners are (1) Tom Clark and David Bergevin who won the tiebreaker over (2) Greg and Diane Kampf, and in third Burton Shepherd and Audrey Duffell.  Full Results are here

Thanks so much to Southern Yacht  Club, Regatta Chairperson Larry Taggart, Race Committee Chair Wallace Paleotu and their teams for a great time this week.  We LOVE New Orleans and would love to come back!

2017 Midwinters at Southern Yacht Club, New Orleans, LA - Day 3

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Brrrrr, it sure was chilly in the morning!  But we got warmed up with beignets and coffee from the famous Café du Monde.  It was 48 degrees but felt like 39 with the wind chill, even with the sun poking through the clouds.  After polling the competitors, it was decided to postpose until 1PM.  When we left the dock, it had reached the 50’s with the wind at 8-10 directly from the north.  We were cold going out, but worked hard enough on the water and managed to stay warm – and luckily the sun stayed with us the whole time.

Once again the Race Committee got Race 1 started right at 1PM with a 4-leg windward-leeward with .7 mile legs.  You could almost see the lead change every time a boat tacked and realized it was a mistake.  Some of us managed to get it right and stay in the pressure but some boats went from the beginning of the fleet to near the end of the fleet in one tack.  And some lucked out and had the opposite happen. 

We waited a while for the second race after the wind we had seemed to disappear.  We finally got enough wind to start a race, a 4-leg wind-ward-leeward with .35 mile legs.  After the first 6 boats rounded the first windward mark and put up spinnakers, they seemed to stop in their tracks as two boats that did not raise chutes passed them all, one below and one above.  Most boats put their spinnakers up and down quite a few times during this race. 

After Day 3, The Championship Leaders are Zeke and Jay Horowitz, Tom and Melissa Miller, and Rod and Roddy Stieffel.  The Challenger leaders are Greg and Diane Kampf, Tom Clark and David Bergevin and Burton Shepherd and Audrey Duffell.  Full Results here.

2017 Midwinters at Southern Yacht Club, New Orleans, LA - Day 2

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The conditions were totally different for Day 2.  Today was in the 50’s but SUNNY so that makes a huge difference.  in the "real feel" temperature.  The morning started out with the wind blowing above everyone’s comfort zone and some 4’ waves, so the Race Committee postponed for an hour.  By the time we went out, it was blowing 15 or so with 3’ waves and  it seemed a bit more civilized – still 3 teams decided to stay ashore.

The awesome Race Committee started at precisely 1PM with no further postponements.  The first race was a 4-leg windward-leeward, with 1.2 mile legs and the crews were working pretty hard.  The wind stayed steady and there were no course changes needed.  The race lasted a little over an hour, and I was thinking I could not do another one, but we stayed out!  The second race was a 5-leg windward-leeward with ,7 mile legs.  But by now the wind was steady at about 11=12 so the second race was a bit easier than the first. 

After Day 2, the Championship leaders are Tom and Melissa Miller, Zeke and Jay Horowitz, and Rod and Roddy Stieffel.  The Challenger leaders are Tom Clark and David Bergevin, Greg and Diane Kampf and Burton Shepherd and Audrey Duffell.  Full results are here.  

Zeke Horowitz gave another great debrief with today's leader Tom and Melissa Miller.  This evening we have the famous Seafood Boil at SYC, always a big hit!

2017 Midwinters at Southern Yacht Club, New Orleans, LA - Day 1

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Not much sun, but no rain and it's in the 60's!  We have a great group of sailors here - several wife-husband teams, a few father-son teams, and lots of other great folks.  Thanks so much to Southern Yacht Club with Larry Taggart and his team for hosting us.

With the NNE wind blowing steady at 12, the SYC Race Committee got us started right on time at 12:00. with a rolling start, Championship followed by Challenger.  The first race was a 4-leg Windward-Leeward with a small wind shift between the first upwind and second upwind.  Most boats went left but those that went right in this race seemed to make out ok.  For the second race, the wind shifted right at the start and made for a confusing beginning to the race.  On the first downwind, the wind had died down significantly and the race was shortened to 3 legs.  For some of us that was not so great, but others made out with the shortened race.  Still, a fun day on the water!

After racing came the free beer, thanks to our sponsors!  And to top that off, Zeke Horowitz from Noth Sails hosted a great debriefing.  Lots of questions, lots of information about sail trim - when do you use weather sheet, when do you trim the main?  Can't wait until we go back out again tomorrow!  

After Day 1, Zeke Horowitz leads the Championship Division, Tom Clark leads the Challenger DIvision.  Full results are here.

2017 Midwinters at Southern Yacht Club - New Orleans, LA, Board of Governors

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Your Board of Governors is hard at work conducting FSSA business on your behalf.  Thanks to those who hold these volunteer postions and work hard to support the Flying Scot class!

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