Flying Scot Sailing Association



 

2016 Scots on the Rocks - Lake Murray Sailing Club - Chapin, SC

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Fourteen hardy competitors braved Hermine’s stormy prospects to ultimately enjoy sunny skies, cool temperatures, and enough breeze to sail 5 races over our annual labor day weekend Scots on the Rocks regatta.  Although Saturday’s racing was initially postponed for about 45 minutes of calm, a southerly breeze filled in nicely and the fleet was off at about 1:45 pm. With two great races in the bag, the Race Committee shortened the course to squeak in race 3 on rapidly lowering pressure backing from the east.

Robert & Nina Cummings from Dallas dominated Day 1 racing with 1-1-3 finishes for 5 points. In close competition for 2nd was John Kriedler from Greenville, with LMSC youth crew Jacob Dixon, earning 7 points. At the end of three, our own Willie & Tammy Liddicoat were tied for 3rd place with Mark & Michele from Tampa with 9 points each. Close competition all round.

Day 2 racing continued Sunday with easterly winds challenging the fleet to stay in variable pressure and catch some fairly rapid shifts. Mark & Michele swept Sunday’s competition with two bullets and a solid win for the regatta. Robert and Nina hung on with a 3-2 finish to tie with John and Jacob at 13 points. The Cummings two firsts on Saturday was the tie breaker that awarded them 2nd for the series, moving John and Jacob to 3rd. Had the the Liddicoats been able to compete on Sunday, there would have been a “dog fight” for the top three spots. Lynn and Bill Bruss from Lookout Mountain, Georgia, captured hardware for 5th place with some very consistent sailing and LMSC stalwarts John & Kaaren Rue stormed back with 2-3 finishes on Day 2 to capture the 4th place trophy.  Full results are here.

We were pleased and privileged to have Bill Walter and Annette Gardner, new LMSC members and new to sailing, compete in their first ever regatta. We were also very happy to have LMSC members Frank & Lynn McKinnon and Ivan Lopatin, with crew Tom Berens, sailing the Flying Scot competitively for the first time.

To those who weren’t directly impacted by Hermine, who thumbed their noses at the nattering weather oracles to go sailing, and who traveled from afar, we salute you! Thanks for the great competition and camaraderie.

Flying Scot sailing . . .It doesn’t get any better!

2015-2016 Biscayne Bay Yacht Racing Assoc Series

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The BBYRA consists of 5 member clubs - Coconut Grove Saling Club, Miami Yacht Club, Key Biscayne Yacht Club, Coral Reef Yacht Club and Biscayne Bay Yacht Club.  The 2015 - 2016 series was won by Jim and Cherl Signor from Coconut Grove Sailing Club. Full results are here.

2016 Sandy Douglass Memorial Regatta - Deep Creek, MD

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Skippers Meeting - story by Doc Templeton

The 22nd Annual Sandy Douglass Memorial Regatta was held at Deep Creek Lake in Deer Park, Maryland on July 30 and 31.  Deer Park is the home of Flying Scot, Incorporated and, nearby, the two yacht clubs that make up the Deep Creek Yacht Racing Association: Deep Creek Lake Sailing Association (DCLSA) and Deep Creek Yacht Club, Inc. (DCYC).  This memorial regatta is an annual tribute to Sandy Douglass, the designer and first builder of the Flying Scot.  This is the only regular regatta here in Western Maryland in which boats are invited to attend from off the lake.  In addition to Flying Scots from these two yacht clubs were out-of-towners from neighboring states.

The racing weekend, hosted by Doc and Judy Templeton, kicked off with a Burrito Bash party on Friday night with entertainment by DCLSA club member Joan Coraor.  This event gave visiting sailors a chance to get acquainted with the DCLSA Club layout as well as the local sailors from both Clubs.  Everyone enjoyed the beautiful decorations and great food.

Saturday morning began with a hosted breakfast and skippers’ meeting prior to the first race.  There was a total of 43 boats divided into four classes: Gold, Silver, Masters and Challengers.  There were eight boats from off the lake.

2016 NE District Championship at Massabesic Yacht Club, Manchester, NH

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         Championship Division Winners                                                           Challenger Division Winners

We started the day with an hour postponement with a promise of wind coming around 11:00 AM.  The wind came and the 17 teams, including 6 visiting boats, sailed out to the course, expertly set by the Race Committee.  But the wind gods had other ideas and took the wind out of our sails.  Never fear, the wind returned, albeit light, and we had a couple of long Olympic course races.  Roger and Kate Sharp, who won 4 of the 5 races in the Championship Division, were in the lead by nearly a leg in the second race when the wind shifted to where we were not flying spinnakers on the second reach.  We did fly them on the final "upwind" as the wind shifted 180 degress and nearly died.  First, second and third were just seconds apart in the end and the race ended with Ned Jeffries inching out Roger Sharp who barely inched out Greg Kampf.  The Challenger Division was extrememly competitive as well, sometimes grouped in bunches at the marks.  The end result was a tie for first place between Keith Conington and Glenn McKibbon, with Tim Hefferan in 3rd and a tie between 4th and 5th, Kamiz Moin and Carter Brown. After the 180-degree shift, the RC reset the course and ran 3 W-L races, the last of which was heavier air than we had all day.  We all headed in after 5 races, tired but happy and ready for dinner and awards.  I am happy to say that our club Massapoag Yacht Club placed 1st - Sharps, 3rd - Kampfs and 4th - Rousseaus, with DG Ned Jeffries in 2nd and Massabesic's Dennis Dobe in 5th in the Championship Division.  It was a pretty good day all around for all of us!  Many thanks to Fleet 196 for hosting 2 years in a row!  Full results are here.

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    Relaxing between races - what a pretty sky!                                 Massapoag Yacht Club winners

2016 Saratoga Lake 30th Annual Fleet 161 Invitational Regatta & NY Lakes Districts

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The weather predictions for the weekend were for intermittent thunderstorms so the Race Committee had its hands full trying to get in races for the Saratoga Lake 30th Annual Invitational Regatta which was also the NY Lakes Districts. There were 25 boats registered, 14 Championship and 11 Challenger, with 13 teams vying for the District Championship Friday night was a fun welcome party and we tried to ignore the storms - some brave folks still slept in their tents on the lawn! 

Saturday morning was sunny, hot and calm with a light breeze and it looked like we would get in a race or two so we went out.  By the time all the boats made it to the Race Committee to check in, the wind had died.  The forecast said it was coming, or was it?  When it didn't come, the RC sent us in under postponement.  We went back out when the wind came, but then some storms that were not on the radar sent us in under postponement again - and we never got to go back out.  There was a storm followed by a beautiful rainbow followed by a really nice dinner prepared by club members. But then we had the NEXT storm, a seemingly never-ending thunderstorm with high swirling winds and lots of thunder and lightning.  A couple of boats were hit by lightning with one melted masthead fly and several tents were collapsed!  Most people waited it out in the clubhouse but some of us stayed out under a tarp and just marveled at the most ferocious storm we have ever seen short of a tornado!  Some people spent the night in the clubhouse, some went to a member's home a few miles away, but some (brave?) people actually slept in their tents!

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Sunday was much kinder. We went out at 9:00 and the RC got in 3 great races with good wind and lots of great competiton.  My club, Masspoag Yacht Club from Sharon, MA, was 1, 2, 5 so we all went home with trophies!  It was a great day that made us forget about the day before - well at least for a little while.  Full results, including District results, are here.

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