Have You Registered for the 2019 Midwinters Yet? No Time Like the Present!


It’s going to be another wonderful Flying Scot Midwinter Championships at the Sarasota Sailing Squadron.  Save the dates – March 23-27, 2019.  Great racing in a great place! Several memebrs have registered already so you should too!  For more information, visit this page for links to registration, who;s coming and lots more!

Sarasota is busy getting ready for us!  Hope to see you there!

Updated 02/09: It's not to late to sneak in a Midwinters Warm Up and attend the George Washington Birthday Regatta at Lake Eusits.  More than 30 boats have pre registered and we're still a week away!   To register and see who's coming, visit http://regattaregistration.com.  

2019 Florida District 4 - Davis Island Yacht Club - from Eric Bussell

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Winners 0 Mid fleet - Eric Bussell and Rich Wojnar, Mark and Michelle Taylor (3), Jeff and AMy SMith Linton (1) and Rob Whittemore and John Wake (2) Chris, Monica and Oliver Morgan enjoying their time in Tamo Bay!

From the Midwest District Blog - by Eric Bussell

The extent to which local regatta hosts go out of their way to welcome and accommodate travelers continues to blow me away.  During the snowbird series, the whole Florida team has taken things to another level.  Thanks to Mark Taylor and Jeff Linton, our boats were at Davis Island Yacht Club with the masts already rigged.  Andy Hayward graciously allows us snowbirds to park our boats and vehicles on his property just outside Tampa of all winter for free.   To help with logistics, Mark Taylor offers to have our car and boat at his house waiting to save on Uber costs and travel time.   They’ll always let us crash on the couch if we need to stay until Monday to catch our flight.  This past weekend, Jeff and Amy Linton hosted a football watching gathering on Sunday and offered us burgers and beds.  How do you return the favors?   

Turns out Michelle Taylor (from Kankakee IL and a fellow Cubs fan) is a huge fan of Monicals Pizza from Central Illinois so I smuggled 10 frozen Monicals Pizzas to Tampa in a cooler bag.   I planned to buy a handle of Captain Morgan for Andy and Lisa Hayward on Saturday before the racing, but Melanie McNally insisted she could go out Saturday and grab that for me while we were racing.  So even while I’m trying to repay my debt of gratitude I end up going deeper in the hole.  These people are just awesome.  Even the local PRO (not a Scot enthusiast) was gushing over how awesome, friendly and easy going our group was.  Rob Whittemore drove down 12 hours from Fishing Bay YC and finished an impressive second.  When accepting his trophy, he emphasized how special the Florida group is and how the Florida circuit is great for our class.   I couldn’t agree more!  Word will certainly keep spreading and I noticed last night that 20 boats were pre registered (with a month to go) for Lake Eustis with a large contingent of snowbirds planning to make the trip south.  I suspect we’ll have more than 40 boats on the line.

The atmosphere at Tampa was amazing.  Amy Linton and her team hosted a great regatta from start to finish.  The atmosphere at Davis Island Yacht Club is paradise, especially to those of us escaping winter storm warnings.  The Yacht club allows us vans to park and camp and they have a full service bar and restaurant so you don’t have to leave the club if you don’t want to.   Multiple hoists and plenty of dock space make getting in/out smooth.  On Friday night, we took a hop on hop off water taxi through downtown Tampa to a fun bar with live music.   So much fun!   Bill Bruss and I loaned our jackets to Tom and Melanie McNally who were struggling in the “cold” temperatures as we sat there comfortably in short sleeves.   It was a great night and we looked forward to having 28 boats on the line on Saturday.  With big wind expected for Sunday, we heard rumors that we would be getting all of our races in on Saturday.      Rick Wojnar and I would be racing together for the first time, even though he is an accomplished sailor from my home club at Clinton Lake.  Rick usually sails with his dad Chris at the Midwest District regattas and has recently started to travel more outside the district.  I picked him up at 5:30am on Saturday from the Tampa airport as he flew in on the red eye out of Denver.  I had rock star crew and the weather was looking perfect for the day with winds expected to be in the low to mid teens with gusts up to 20.   Hugh Haggerty and Allison from Ephraim also flew down for this regatta so we had multiple boats from the Midwest District representing.      The racing was incredible in a competitive fleet that reminded me of sailing in a NAC because of the fleet was so deep with talent.   We sailed very well and had a great day finishing mid fleet in the standings.  There would be no racing on Sunday.  For finishing mid fleet we came home with a huge Mad Sails flask in recognition of that milestone.   It was the type of fleet where if you slow down or get out of rhythm just slightly, you quickly fall back in the pack.   The winds weren’t quite as strong as predicted with moderate pressure and the chop since the wind blowing across the bay.  After the top 5 or so boats, it was a hornets nest of 20 boats in every race.   The mark roundings were action packed and could be treacherous if you made one bad move.   We had many good ones and couple not-so-great ones.   When we made a minor mistake, we’d lose 5 boats just like that.   The boats in front of us never seemed to make those mistakes, but many were within reach in most of the races even thought our score may not reflect that.   Rick and I kept our focus and made adjustments and feel we improved our boat speed, breaking into the top 10 in the last race.   We would finish 13/28 oats while Hugh and Allison finished 9th on a borrowed boat.  It was a solid day in beautiful conditions in a big fleet of very friendly but very formidable competitors.   It just doesn’t get much better.  

Florida District is STILL in Full Swing While it's a Bit Cold Up North


Are you missing sailing because it is too cold where you live? Did you know that the Florida District is on the FIFTH of eight regattas in its District Series?  So get yourself to one or more of these events before the winter is over.  The winners so far Florida 1 - David Hemlick and crew, Florida 2 - Jeff and Amy Smith Linton, Florida 3 - Jeff and Amy Smith Linton, 4 - Jeff and Amy Smith Linton, Results to date can be found here.  Oh, and don't forget the Midwinters at Sarasota Sailing Squadron coming up in March.  Here's the full schedule:

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Zeke Horowitz makes the final 3 for Rolex Yachtsman of the Year 2018

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Shortlist for 2018 US Honors

Published on January 11th, 2019 is Scuttlebutt

Bristol, RI - Three men and three women have been shortlisted for US Sailing’s 2018 Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year awards. The annual rundown of the year’s “best in the U.S.” represents a wide range of accomplished sailors from various disciplines and at different stages of their respective careers.

All three Yachtsman finalists earned their way on to this exclusive list by winning a J/Boat World Championship in 2018 while the three Yachtswoman finalists represent a combination of the youth movement currently taking form in the U.S. sailing circuit and a two-time Olympian on the comeback trail.

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2018 Wife Husbands at Jackson Yacht Club, Ridgeland, MS - It's a Wrap!

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CHampionship Winners - Jeff and Amy Smith Li nton Challenger Winners - FSSA President Bill Vogler and Jill 
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Best first time team - Maryann and John Hopper The closest distance between lodging and launching ever!

Sorry for the delay in getting this published.  I ran into some technical issues and could not get steady internet access until now.  Since we drove 1500 miles to get to Mississippi, we are still travelling home. Meanwhile, I have to say that I am THRILLED that the Red Sox won the World Series and I got to watch it all on my phone from the Roadtrek – the foibles and the wonders of technology!  Now back to our regularly scheduled program.

The dinner on Saturday was wonderful, a true Cajun feast with lots of choices including fried chicken, turnip greens and a yummy pecan pie for dessert.  Visiting with so many friends was so much fun and we shared stories of Wife-Husbands past.  We also talked about who’s going to next year’s event in Dallas at the Corinthian Yacht Club and it sounds like lots of folks will be going there too!  There were a few first time Wife-Husband teams and many who have been to 10 or more of these regattas.  IF you are a Wife-Husband team and have not been to one of these, think about coming - you don;t know what you are missing!  The competition is amazing and so much fun!

If you can believe it, the second day of racing at the Wife Husband Championship was even better than the first day.  The breakfast was great, including Flying Scot Communion (as our late friend Charlie Fowlers called itt).  The sun was out, the temperatures were in the 80’s AND there was plenty of wind, but not too much!  PRO George Hero and his Race Committee ran three 4-leg windward-leeward races in the 6-10 SSW winds.  Once again the races started right on time at 9:55 AM and we were back at the docks by 1:30 PM.  Places changed many times in each race with some pretty good size shifts that could confuse even the best sailors.  First place in the Championship Division races went to 3 different teams and there was an 18-point difference between 1st and 2nd place.

The lovely glass trophies were designed and made by JYC member and Candy Spurzem!  There were awards for each of the race winners and several went to teams that are not amongst the trophy winners.  The award for the best finish by a first time Wife-Husband Team went to Maryann and John Hooper from Texas.  Championship winners were  (1) Jeff and Amy Smith Linton from Florida, (2) Ryan Malmgren and Stacey Rieu from Wisconsin, (3) David and Kimberly Thinel from Florida (4) Tyler and Carrie Andrews from Maryland and (5) Kelly and Heidi Gough from Dallas.  Challenger winners were (1) FSSA President Bill Vogler and Jill Rendleman from Illinois, (2) Barry and Tracy Hambrick from Alabama, (3) Patrick Whatley and his wife from Alabama, (4) Derrick and Gwynn Van Valkenburg from Arkansas and (5) Bruce and Jackie Cattanach from Georgia. Full results are here.

Thanks so much to Jim Leggette and Jackson Yacht Club for putting on such a fabulous and fun event.  Make sure to start making plans for next year in Dallas!

PHOTOS AND VIDEOS:  There was live drone coverage by Eric Bussell providing lots of cover photos for Facebook!  There were loads of photos taken and video shot as well as local TV coverage on Jackson’s WLBT station.  Here are some links and we will post more as we get them.  There are also several photos and videos shared on the Flying Scot Sailing Association Facebook page if you get a chance to go to Facebook.  Maybe your new profile picture or cover photo are in there!

Links to videos:

Highlight Video: https://youtu.be/jvXpTmGY2xw

Start Video: https://youtu.be/bwdEwdpmBK4

Leeward Gate Video: https://youtu.be/-UdWmTRwcLQ

Windward Mark: https://youtu.be/DSTG94pOlqE

Google Wife-Husband Regatta 2018 Album

Link: https://photos.app.goo.gl/2GmQRg4F8fqU4mCp7

2018 Wife Husbands at Jackson Yacht Club, Ridgeland, MS - racing Day 1


The Wife Husband Championship scheduled race start was 10:55 AM and the PRO George Hero and the Race Committee were right on time! On a beautiful sunny day in the 70's with a WSW wind that moderated from 8 MPH down to 4, the 29 Championship and 7 Challenger teams completed Race 1. Although most boats went left, right seemed to be the way to go because the boats that started late and went right, caught up to the boats that went left. The wind died near the end of the race and several boats did not finish within the time limit - a few from each fleet.   And then there was none - wind that is, The wind just died so up went the postpone flag and we waited. Who can complain being out on the water on a beautiful sunny day? Some boats were trying to stay closer to the club, and each time some wind showed up, it went away as fast as ir appeared. But then - after over an hour of waiting - there was finally enough wid to start Race 2. This time going right was NOT the way to go, but several boats went right and were pretty far behind the rest. The Challenger Fleet had very little wind for their start, so they started a little slow. The wind never really came back near the Committee Boat and by the end of the Challenger Race, the boats had to be towed in from the "no wind" area. Championship Leaders after 2 races are (1) Jeff and Amy Smith Linton, (2) Ryan Malmgren and Stacey Rieu and (3) John and Sharon Wake   Challenger Leaders after Day 1 are (1) Bill Vogler and Jill Rendleman, (2) Barry and Tracy Hambrick and (3) Derrick and Gwynn Van Valkenburg.   A Cajun dinner is planned for tonight with live music and loads of fun. We'll be back at it again tomorrow.   Full results are here.

2018 Wife Husbands at Jackson Yacht Club, Ridgeland, MS - 35 boats are here!

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It's a bit chily today here in Mississippi but that has not dampened the spirits of the regatta team or the 35 Wife-Husband teams that have come from 7 states to compete.  Regatta Chair Jim Leggette and team have made sure we all got checked in, boats parked, cars and campers parked, barbecued ribs on the grill and plenty of beverages ready for us,  There was lots of time to say hello to all our friends and   And then after the announcements and skippers meeting, some southern cooking featuring fried catfish and peach cobbler and ice cream for dessert.  And what would a Flying Scot regatta be without bagpipes - yup, they have those too!  Can't wait for tomorrow to get out on the water since we're told that will be sunny with the temperature in the 70's!

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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


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

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