Flying Scot Sailing Association



 

FSSA Newest Fleet in the Pacific District

Dale Dunning is helping to form a  brand new Flying Scot fleet in Sequim Washington.  Here is a little background on the efforts:

A year ago at this time we decided that in order to build a robust sailing program we needed to focus on one-design sailing.  We looked at a lot of parameters and after considering everything, we decided that the Flying Scot would be a great fit for our program.  At this time last year, there were no Flying Scots in the area.  We committed to finding used FS’s throughout the west coast and as far east as Denver.  As of today, we now have 5 FS’s in our fleet!

This past August we hosted our Sandy Douglass Memorial regatta in Sequim Bay and we had 7 Thistles and 11 Flying Scots.  There should be story in the next Scot’s and Water on the regatta.  The regatta was a huge success and the Pacific Districts will be held again next August in Sequim Bay. 

At this stage, it would be extremely helpful if we could have official sanction as a Flying Scot fleet.  I discussed this with outgoing District governor Rich Obst and he suggested we take over the fleet 100 from Lake Washington in Seattle since there are only two member boats in Seattle with no active FS racing in the area.   I’m asking for help in either taking the fleet 100 banner for Sequim Bay or establish a totally new fleet. 

What is our next step?

 Since Rich has moved from the area, our district is now without a governor.  Rich asked if I would be willing to take on the task and I said yes as long as no one tells my wife. 

A little background on myself.  I am a former President of the International Thunderbird Class Association and I still own 2 Thunderbird sailboats as well as my Flying Scot #4372.  Sequim Bay would be the Westernmost Flying Scot Fleet in the World.

I look forward to hearing back from everyone and looking forward to your help in building a good strong fleet.

Registration Open for 2015 Midwinter Regatta

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Registration is now open for the 2015 midwinters.. Join us as we return to the Sarasota Sailing Squadron again for another great event! For additional information, NOR, & Registration link visit the offical event page: CLICK HERE

Gator Challenge and Florida District Series #3 - Rudder Club, Jacksonville FL

Gator Challenge and Florida District Series #3 (2014-15) - Rudder Club, Jacksonville FL - Dec. 6-7, 2014 

You don’t need to be a Rudder Club member very long to know that the weather can be anything at the Gator Bowl. Some years it is warm and dry; others it can be bitter cold and wet.  Some days are light wind; others can be whitecaps and blustery.  2014 was no exception.  Saturday, December 6 was pleasant temperature but was a light air struggle on the water.  After a long postponement, we started in light easterly wind.  A big shift to the left was followed by lighter and lighter wind.  The race committee shortened the course at the leeward gate.  Pretty soon, chase boats were towing the fleet back to the dock.  The cold front came through as predicted early Sunday morning.  We started in a 10-12 knot north-northwest wind, which built to 15 to 17 in the last races.  Even in the early races, there was more chop than one expects for that wind, adding to the challenge.

John Kreidler (from Western Carolina Sailing Club) and Joe Brake dominated the weekend, with a 2nd in Saturday’s light air, followed by 4 1st places on Sunday.  Second place went to Jim and Cheryl Signor (from Upper Keys Sailing Club), who finished three points ahead of Tom McNally (Lake Monroe).  Mark Taylor (Davis Island) and Michelle Robinson took fourth, and Dave and Kim Thinel (Sarasota) took fifth.

Unique to the Gator Bowl, the Wallygator Trophy (literally a gator’s head mounted on a plaque) is awarded to the district with the best overall performance.  With only 2 boats from up North, Wally Trophy gets to stay warm in Florida for another year.  In a complete shock to District sailors, Cheryl Signor (crew on top Florida finishing boat for her husband Jim) declined the opportunity to put Wally on her mantelpiece over the holidays.

The Gator Challenge has a great food tradition.  This year, Donna Mohr prepared chicken sauce picante (Saturday) and corn and shrimp bisque (Sunday), and Rob Smith served chicken and sausage gumbo.  

Full results: http://www.fssa.com/content/2014-gator-bowl-challenge

Jon Hamilton, Captain, Fleet 131 (Rudder Club of Jacksonville, FL)

Scots n' Water Schedule

We hope you continue to send your stories to editor@fssa.com so that we can publish them in our Scots n' Water publication and on our website when applicable.  Of course you may submit material to the website and the magazine at any time, or even publish on the website yourself - ask me how by emailing to the address above.  For the magazine, here are the dates for submitting materials for for 2015:

  • November 6, 2014, 59#1 stories due (Mailed on or about January 15, 2015)
  • January 15, 59#2 stories due  (Mailed on or about March 16)
  • March 10, 59#3 stories due (Mailed on or about May 15)
  • May 3, 59#4 stories due (Mailed on or about July 15)
  • July 3, 59#5 stories due (Mailed on or about September 15)
  • September 5, 59#6 stories due (Mailed on or about November 15)

Keep the stories and information coming to both the website and the magazine!

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