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2018 NAC at Rush Creek Yacht Club, Heath, TX - It's a Wrap!

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The Flying Scot 2018 NAC at Rush Creek Yacht Club in Heath, TX, is complete with 5 great races over 3 days and great competition all the way. The food was great, the hospitality was great!   We started the day celebrating Flag Day with the participants holidng up a giant flag in honor of our country and our wonderful veterans.

The final race was held on another fine 90-degree day with south/southwest winds starting out around 5 up to about 10 mph in the last leg of the 5-leg windward leeward course.  The Race Committee did a great job moving the marks a few times as the wind shifted from southwest to south.  Once again, places changed many times and it was an exciting race to be watching.  One protest resulted in no changes to the scores.

After the final race After race the top 3 in Championship are Zeke and Jay Horowitz, Tyler Andrews and Bill Bruss, and Jeff and Amy Smith Linton.  In Challenger, the top 3 are Randy Pawlowski and Rafael Melendez, Jody Smith and Annette Johnson and Steve and Renee Comen. 

Thanks to all the sponsors who so generously donated to the event – Quantum Sails, North Sails, MAD Sails, Flying Scot Inc., Cummings Marine, Coral Reef Sailing Apparel, Rush Creek Yacht Club, Corinthian Sailing Club, Sail with Scott, Vela Sailing Supply, and Makeska, Peschel McBee Group of Wells Fargo.  We cannot do this without you!

Rush Creek Yacht Club pulled out all the stops to give us a great regatta.  Thanks to Regatta Chair Mike Brown and his crew for super regatta management and PRO Mark Foster and his crew for excellent race management.

Full results are here: http://www.regattanetwoMakeska rk.com/clubmgmt/applet_regatta_results.php?regatta_id=15921&show_crew=1

Pictures from today are being uploaded to:

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2018 Fleet of the Year Award

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The Fleet of the Year Award is presented to an outstanding Flying Scot fleet each year at the Annual Meeting during the NACs. This very prestigious award is given to the fleet that demonstrates some or all of these:

  • FSSA members in the fleet
  • Racing Flying Scots
  • Provoding articles for Scots 'n Water and FSSA.COM
  • Members of the fleet in leadership in FSSA - Executive Committee or Board Of Governors
  • Attendance at District and National regattas
  • Special activites such as clinics, seminars, sailing schools
  • Activities that encouragie membership in the fleet and in FSSA

This year's Fleet of the Year embodies all of these and more and is one of our largest fleets.  They held the 2017 Women and Junior NAC after weather prevented us from holding them in conjunction with the rest of the NAC and they were instrumental in establishing the Women's NAC as a separate event.  This fleet provided lots of help for this year's NAC at Rush Creek Yacht Club.  Congratulations to Corinthian Sailing Club's Fleet 23 from Dallas, Texas -  this is a well-deserved honor and the fleet should be very proud.

2018 NAC at Rush Creek Yacht Club, Heath, TX - Finals Day 2

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The NAC at Rush Creek Yacht Club in Heath, TX, had another awesome weather day, with south/southwest winds 10-12 mph and 80 degrees.  With only a few minutes delay to make sure the pin was set correctly, both the Championship and Challenger Divisions had started by 10:30.  We had 2 5-leg windward leeward races.  In race 3, the Challenger Division was anxious to start and there was a general recall.  In their restart, we did not see a flag indicating that any boats were over early.  

The wind had shifted quite a bit from south to southwest in race 3 so the marks and gates were moved accordingly. In race 4, it was the Championship Division with a general recall.

In both races, leads changed often for both divisions.  In race 1 there ws a clear split between boats going left and right, but in race 2, not so clear.  We had one boat that lost a main halyard but no other issues for the safety boat today. After race 4 the top 3 in Championship are Zeke and Jay Horowitz, Tyler Andrews and Bill Bruss, and Jeff and Amy Smith Linton.  In Challenger, the top 3 are Steve and Renee Comen, Jody Smith and Annette Johnson and Randy Pawlowski and Rafael Melendez. 

One more race tomorrow will determine the final winners.  Tonight is the Annual Meeting and Banquet and Rush Creek Yacht Club has planned a great dinner for us!

Full results are here http://www.regattanetwork.com/clubmgmt/applet_regatta_results.php?regatta_id=15921&show_crew=1

Pictures from today are being uploaded to:

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2018 NAC at Rush Creek Yacht Club, Heath, TX - Finals Day 1

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The 2018 NAC Day 1 Finals had a nice south to southwest 12 mph breeze in the morning, so 51 of the 52 boats ventured out for race 1. With the sun disappearing behind the clouds, the morning stayed in the low 80s and the folks who went right seemed to get the best lifts so the places changed again and again in both the Championship and Challenger Divisions. The RC ran a 5-leg windward leeward race that lasted a little over an hour. The wind moderated and picked up a few times to about 15 mph but the breeze stayed. The finish of the Championship Division was about as close as it gets, with Zeke and Jay Horowitz nosing out Samuel and Mike Mandell and Tyler Andrews and Bill Bruss.  The next 10 boats came in within 2 minutes of the lead boat!  In the Challenger Division, things were very different.  Forest and Mandy Atkins had a nice horizon job on the rest of the fleet, so far ahead that I could not get a picture of them finishing that showed the boats behind them- they went right both times!

We came back in for lunch and went back out for a 2PM start.  The wind had better ideas and the postpone flag went up.  When we got out to the race course, the wind had died and we waited over an hour before beginning to tow boats back in.  Wait, there’s more!

A little after 4PM the RC decided to go back out and we had race 2!  The wind was about 10-12 mph from the south and course 5 (windward leeward 5 legs) was posted.  The wind laid down a bit and the RC shortened the course to finish at the gates.  After 2 races, the top 3 in Championship are Zeke and Jay Horowitz, Griffin Orr and Tim Ponter, and Kelly and Heidi Gough.  In Challenger the top 3 are Melissa and Eric Hemker, Jody Smith and Annette Johnson, and Randy Pawlowski and Rafael Melendez.  Full results are here: http://www.regattanetwork.com/clubmgmt/applet_regatta_results.php?regatta_id=15921&show_crew=1

Pictures from today are being uploaded to: https://imageevent.com/ericbussell/nac2018tuesday

2018 NAC at Rush Creek Yacht Club, Heath, TX - Qualifier Races are Done!

  2018NACqual   After 3 postponements due to heavy winds and gusts, we headed it out to the race course today at 2PM. The sun peaked out from behind the clouds but with the breeze it was not so hot, even though it was in the 80s out there. PRO Mark Foster and his Race Committee got in 2 excellent 4-leg windward leeward qualifying races in 10-14 MPH south to southwest winds. In both flights the leaders split off from the rest of the pack before ever reaching the windward mark and their chutes were flying a while before the next teams rounded the mark.   After qualifiers, the leader is Zeke Horowitz with his dad Jay crewing. The results will be split 50-50 between the Championship and Challenger DIvisions, with 26 boats in each divisions. There will be 3 days of finals with those two divisions. You can see the results here:   http://www.regattanetwork.com/clubmgmt/applet_regatta_results.php?regatta_id=15921&show_crew=1   Lots of pictures are being uploaded to:   https://imageevent.com/ericbussell/nac2018monday1
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