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

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?


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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Photos courtesy of Lake Murray Sailing Club

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


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


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 

Submitted by Liz Cowles pictures by Frank and Carolyn Belknap

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.

2018 Greater New York Districts at Sprite Island, CT

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1st Place - Daniel Vought and David Watts Downwind 

Submitted by Peter Eldridge

The 2018 Greater New York District Championship was held at Sprite Island Yacht Club, Norwalk, CT., in conjunction with Fleet 142's annual Douglass-Orr Invitational Regatta and the first leg of the Connecticut Cup. Twenty four boats registered and participated in the two day event, June 23-24.

Participants arrived at neighboring Cedar Point Yacht Club (Westport, CT.) Thursday evening and early Friday and Saturday mornings to use CPYC's hoist and launch their Scots for a tow to Sprite Island. Chris Perez and his fellow Fleet 177 Scot sailors and other volunteers from CPYC were very cooperative in helping  to organize the launch and tow. 

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Brian Hayes from Norht Sails shares his vast knowedge Upwind

Friday afternoon, Brian Hayes of North Sails conducted a sail trim clinic in challenging winds, but the 13 crews attending the clinic found it to be an excellent experience. Brian followed the clinic participants providing real time commentary as well as video taping the boats. After an afternoon of practice starts and short course practice racing, the crews relaxed over some beer and hamburgers while reviewing the video tape and listening to Brian's commentary. Everyone was dialed into the hour long discussion and question and answer period that followed, hoping to pick up a new idea to improve performance.

On Saturday morning, the Race Committee, chaired by Peter Feick and the PRO, Todd Field (a Certified Race Officer with USSailing), set a course in moderately strong winds. Peter Eldridge, Fleet 142 Captain, found the start with 24 Scots on the line to be inspiring, as well as a bit intimidating. But the winds and Race Committee kept things moving and were able to get three races in before threatening weather closed the day.

Saturday evening was highlighted by a happy hour in the truly unique setting of Sprite Island and a lobster/clam bake dinner for 80 plus sailors and guests. The discussion topics ranged from the day's races and  the exceptional food and beverage, to the incredible views of Long Island Sound at sunset.

In the words of Todd Field, the PRO, the wind gods were not generous Sunday. The Scots headed out to the starting line for an 11 AM first warning horn- only to sit becalmed for more than an hour. With no wind on the horizon (or radar), the race was called and the visiting boats were towed to Cedar Point. Everyone reassembled at Sprite Island for light snacks and libations, as well as the award ceremony.

The top four finishers of the 2018 GNY District Championship/Douglass Orr Invitational regatta were:

In fourth place, boat # 5516 Mark Riefenhauser and Adam Riefenhauser of Fleet 24 (Candlewood Lake Yacht Club, New Fairfield, CT.);

In third place, boat # 520 Matt Cohne and John Weldon of Fleet 163  (Lake Nockemixon, Quakerstown, PA.)

In second place, boat # 3289, David Irving  and Warren Schutt of Fleet 24; and

In first place, boat # 5688 Daniel Vought and David Watts of Fleet 157 (Monmouth Boat Club, Red Bank, NJ.)

Full Results are here.


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