Racing practice weekend in the SE

All: I belong to a rather small and inactive FS fleet. Too, I am new to sailing and Flying Scots; my wife and I bought the boat and started sailing late in '05. We try to race every weekend and tend to be about 5% to 10% slower (based on times) that the other Scot in our typical club race. And, overall on Portsmouth handicaps, tend to finish in the middle to lower-middle of the pack. I want to get better. Would any FS sailors in the southeast be interested in planning a weekend somewhere we all could travel to and spend some quality time practicing on the water and exchanging information? I've read about the value of practicing boatspeed alongside other boats of the same class, about sailing drills to improve tacks and jibes, about starting drills and techniques, of videotaping to point out slow spots when puffs hit or crew position, and so forth. I'd really like to get together with some Scot racers and learn! If you're interested, please share your thoughts or ideas. - Jim Locke - FS 4592 - Montgomery, Alabama

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First, welcome to Scot's, they're a great boat.

First, welcome to Scot's, they're a great boat. I think your best bet is to seek out an active fleet that's reasonably close by and attend a few of their regattas. Don't know how feasible this is for you, but as you pointed out you learn the most by being around similar (and better) boats. We just had our club's annual regatta in which boats from several other clubs travelled to participate. I know we learned a lot from just being around better sailors in better prepared boats. Tips/tricks in boat handling, prep and set up were all openly shared. Good luck on your search. [8] FS4830

Dear Jim, The ACC in Edenton, NC is a wonderful opportunity to

Dear Jim, The ACC in Edenton, NC is a wonderful opportunity to meet fellow Scot owners and enjoy a terrific weekend and see other Scots. Check the cover page for regatta updates as the event draws near. Fair Winds [:D]

Hi Jim, Willson and I were talking today about doing a racin

Hi Jim, Willson and I were talking today about doing a racing seminar in August up here in Muscle Shoals - probably the week before the race you guys were coming up for anyway. We are using the FS fleet and you're welcome to come - you can leave your boat for the week too if you like. Byron Jamerson