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2015 Wife Husband at Davis Island Yacht Club - Day 2

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Here are pictures from the 2015 Wife Husband Championship at Davis Island Yacht Club in Tampa, FL, where there was beautiful weather, lots of Tampa hospitatlity and lots of Flying Scot camqraderie!  With 19 boats in the Cmahpionship Division, Jeff and Amy Smith Linton were winners of the Division, with Carrie & Tyler Andrews 2nd and Lisa & Andy Hayward 3rd.  With 4 boats in the Challenger Division, Leann & Robin Roberts, newest members of Fleet 168, were 1st, Donna Mohr & Jon Hamilton 2nd, and Cheryl & Bob McCorkle 3rd..  

Full results are here.  

2015 Hospitality Regatta - Jackson, MS

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The Scot fleet winners from the Hospitality Regatta, First place, Larry Taggart and Tina, second place Jim Leggette and Will Manuel and third place Claude and Randall Dannerman.

2015 Wife Husband at Davis Island Yacht Club in Tampa, FL - Day 1

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Reports are that the weather was beautiful for Day 1 of the 201 Wife Husbands.  We're awaiting furhter reports, but the Lintons are leading with the Andrews' in 2nd. The results to date for the lucky ones who are there can be found here.  

 

2015 Michigan Ontario District - Pinckney, MI

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Michigan-Ontario District Regatta: A Tail of Two Winds

Steve Rajkovich, MI-ONT District Governor

Portage Yacht Club and Fleet 20 hosted the Michigan-Ontario Districts this year and part of the annual Michigan Hot Scot Regatta.  8 boats competed for the Fanshawe Trophy.  Included in the race was our new District Governor, Steve Rajkovich.

As is often the case at Portage Lake the wind was going to be an issue.  A cold front was expected and for Saturday the wind was expected to be 15-21mph with gusts to 30.  Sunday was another story… winds calm to 3mph.

Saturday Morning started off with coffee and registration in the PYC club house and a lot of activity in the parking lot and the docks as folks readied their boats.  There was also a lot of sharing of information gleaned from various phone apps as sailors tried to figure out whether the wind was going to stay within safe limits.  Portage is a small, inland lake with a reputation for very shifty winds.

The wind was indeed building as Principal Race Office Bill O’Donnel gathered his crew, composed entirely of members of PYC Interlake Fleet 22, a great bunch of guys and gals that chip in every year to make the Flying Scot regatta a success.  Brook Smith, chief judge, assistant pro, and scorer; Rick Jarzembowski, service boat driver; Steve Zawaki, mark setter; Ty and Flea Cathy, second mark boat; and Tom Ehman, Judge.  Nancy Staub from Fleet 20 served as the on-water recorder.  On Sunday Craig Kivi and Tom Kimball took over the mark boat duties. 

At the Skippers’ meeting discussion about the wind continued as safe sailing was discussed.  The Regatta was planned to consist of five races and the race team intended to do just that.  Steve Rajkovich took the opportunity to introduce himself as Governor and to publicly thank Bill Pfund for serving as governor for the last 6 years.

Folks “saddled up” and headed out to the course for he first race.  Winds held steady at 16 MPH with moderate gusts and the race was closely contested.  At the finish the fleet returned to PYC for lunch.  Skippers and crew were asked about going back out and it was decided that the prospects of little to no wind on Sunday persuaded a majority to try one or two more races while the wind held.

Lessons Learned from the 2015 ACC

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Lessons from the ACCs 2015

At the Atlantic Coast Championship on the Neuse River in September a fleet of 23 Scots was hit by a microburst with winds going from 12 – 15 knots to 50 – 60 knots in less than a minute and staying  high for 10 + minutes.   Seas quickly built to 3+ feet.  The teams sailing in this championship were well qualified skippers and crews, and yet 20 capsized.  There was extensive property damage including 8 -9 damaged mast, some of which are still on the bottom.  We were fortunate indeed that no one was seriously injured which could have happened very easily.

A few people shared some ideas on shore aimed at avoiding or at least minimizing the risk and damage in such situations.  Such conditions are thankfully rare.  I have been racing sailboats very actively since 1966 and this is the fortunately the worst weather I have encountered.  I emailed all the teams and asked that they share their thoughts on avoiding or managing bad weather in the future.  I will summarize these ideas and suggestions for the benefit of all Scoters.  I received 7 out of 23 entrants plus another from the team that did not launch after reviewing the forecast.  And, they were very capable sailors.

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