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2018 NAC at Rush Creek Yacht Club, Heath, TX - Juniors

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photo by Diane Kampf

It was a beautiful sunny day in Texas with a 12 MPH southerly breeze - perfect for sailboat racing.  That's good because the Junior NAC was held today with 5 boats competing for the Fleet 76 Trophy.  After 2 races, there were two points separating 1st and 3rd place so it was very competitive.  After 3 great races, detailed results are at: http://www.regattanetwork.com/event/15922#_newsroom .  Overall results are:

First place: Lucy Brock, Julius Heitkoetter and Taylor Synder  

Second Place - Rachel and Greta Mittman

Third Place - Sydney Calk and Jeff Progelhof 

Fourth Place - Cullen and Graham Bryant 

Fifth Place - Jamie Weston, Thomas Bergeron and Brandon Evans  

Thanks to Rush Creek Yacht Club, Steve Comen and his entire Race Committee for doing a great job of running the races.  Congratulations to all the competitors!

Pictures are being uploaded at https://imageevent.com/ericbussell/nacsunday1

2018 NAC at Rush Creek Yacht Club, Heath, TX - Lots of boats have arrived

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From registration to measurement and everything in between, Rush Creek Yacht CLub is ready for the 54 boats coming to race in this year's NAC.  Almost half the boats are already measured and everything is like a well-oiled machine.  The weather is beautiful and there is a nice breeze.  Are you here?  You should be!

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Get Fast and Stay Fast - by Zeke Horowitz, NAC Champion

 
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Important factors that affect your Flying Scot boat speed

 

 

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© Art Petrosemolo

We’ve all read it a million times from all of the sport’s top performers – “boat speed is king,” “the key to winning consistently is boat speed,” “you have to have top boat speed to win”…. There’s a lot of ways to say it… But how do we achieve it? THAT is the question.

In the Flying Scot, one of the most important factors for boat speed both upwind and downwind is the center board engagement. When sailing upwind we need to accurately trim the sails, put the boat on the right heading, and get the body weight in the right spot so that the boat can get going fast enough to allow the centerboard to start working and achieving maximum lift. If any one of those three trims are off, the boat will experience some sort of stall which will decrease lift of the board and increase the distance between us and the fast guys!

The generic tip is “speed before height”. This is a simple concept that most of us understand – but it’s the execution of this technique that can be difficult. It all starts with positioning. The boat has to be in a place where you are able to ease the sails a bit, put the bow down, and let it rumble. If you are sailing with someone to leeward, you aren’t able to make this move and instead you are stuck trying to live in high mode which can be very unforgiving. It’s crucial to make every effort to make tactical decisions that keep people away from your leeward hole. Make sure that you have a big hole to leeward of you right after the start.

A couple keys to achieve that are:

1. Use a “high kill” in the last minute where you get the boat to coast at head to wind (without losing flow/steerage). If the boat to leeward of you isn’t matching, then that hole is getting bigger.

2. Accelerate the boat in the last 10-15 so that you can ultimately “pull the trigger” at 2 or 3 seconds which allows the boat to be already close-hauled at full speed at the gun. Of course this requires accurate knowledge of where the line is, but if you can already be full upwind with the center board working when the gun goes off, you are going to have plenty of room to leeward of you to let the boat rumble.

Are you going to the NAC at Rush Creek Yacht Club, Heath, TX?

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At least 54 boats will be competing at the NAC at Rush Creek Yacht Club.  There are 5 boats registered for the Junior NAC too!  The competition will be great with lots of our best sailors competing.  Rush Creek has been working very hard to make this a great event. Check here for all the information on who's coming http://www.regattanetwork.com/event/15921.  Hope we get to see you there!

Online join/renew process is working again!

The online join/renew is working again - thanks to some help from class volunteers!  We apologize for the interruption and appreciate your patience.  Let us know at info@fssa.com if you have any further issues.  Thanks!

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