Flying Scot Sailing Association


2016 North American Championships at Sail Newport - Qualifiers

2016NAC monday

Things were wild on the water today at Newport for the 2016 NAC Qualifiers.  We had a nice ride out to the race course past so many sailboats/yachts you could not count, then under the Newport Bridge - what a beautiful sight!  On a nice sunny day in the 80's, 46 boats were ready to vie for their place in the Championship or Challenger Division, hopes were high for getting in all 3 races today, and we did.  

Race 1 with group A and B sailing together then group C and D sailing together, brought 10-12 MPH southwest winds, quite manageable and everyone sailed the race.  Race 2 with groups A and D and B and C, brought 12 MPH winds which had built to 16 by the end of the race and a few boats retired immediately after the race.  

Race 3 with group A and C and group B and D,  was a different story.  The wind at the starting line had continujed to build and was getting close to the limit in our guidelines.  Upwind we definitely had gusts way into the 20's and several boats retired before the race.  Sailing back we had 2 huge car carrier ships coming through the channel and the second fleet had all they could do to avoid them.  

With all that wind, there was just one protest which was denied and 1 request for redress which was granted.  Monday night was a free night so there were no formal social events.  Ready to do it all again tomorrow.  Results are here.

2016 North American Championships at Sail Newport - Women's NAC 07/17


Four women's teams sailed out under the Newport Bridge for the 2016 Women's NAC.  When they left the dock around 11:00 AM< the wind was light but by the time they got to the race course, the wind had picked up and there was plenty of breeze. The finishes were close between the 1st and 2nd place boats in all 3 races.  But in the end, Lynn Bruss and her crew, Deb Aronson and Stacey Rieu prevailed.  Full results are here.

Qualifiers for the NAC start tomorrow.  Good luck to all!

2016 North American Championships at Sail Newport -


Your FSSA Executive Committee is hard at work taking care of business while the women are getting ready to sail the Women's NAC.  Skipper's meeting and welcome party later today!  

2016 North American Championships at Sail Newport - Boats are Here!


The 2016 NAC is here!  Boats are arriving - 14 so far - and as you can see in the picture, the sail measuring team is ready for action!  Down by the hoists boats are being measured.  The views are just beautiful in Newport - looking forward to great weather and great sailing. 

2016 Douglass Orr Invitational - Sprite Island Yacht Club, CT

Story by Erin Cummings - Fleet 142 Captain 

Sprite Island Yacht Club Flying Scot Fleet 142 hosted the 34th annual Douglass Orr Invitation Regatta on Saturday, June 25th and Sunday, June 26th.  Six SIYC sailors and their crews were joined by 10 other skippers  and crews from surrounding clubs and as far away as Maryland and Massachusetts making for a very well attended event. Fleet 142 as very proud to host Harry Carpenter, the builder of the Flying Scot. 

While the racers were challenged on Saturday by very light winds, Sunday offered a great day of sailing with a consistent, moderate breeze.

Fleet 142 takes pride in their hospitality; providing breakfast on both mornings, lunch makings, and a wonderful Saturday dinner party complete with cocktails, appetizers and dessert. Sunday afternoon culminated in a luncheon and awards ceremony.

Fleet 142's Captain, Erin Cummings, was very proud of the success of the regatta and thanked all the members of the fleet and the members of SIYC who worked so hard to accomplish such an event.

Many of the participants at the Sunday awards luncheon spoke of what a unique and beautiful experience it is to sail at Sprite Island. Everyone left the event looking forward to 2017's regatta.

Top 3 finishers were Roger Sharp & Laura Favicchio of Massapaug Yacht Club, Bob McElwain & Amy Bullard of Cedar Point Yacht Club and Mark Reifenhauser & Adam Reifenhauser of Candlewood Yacht Club.

Pictures are here.  Full results are here.

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