2010 NAC

I was very surprised by the decision of the FSSA Executive Committee to keep the NAC at Bay Waveland, YC. The oil spill is not contained and is likely to worsen. There are genuine concerns regarding boat and equipment damage, and even if the oil is not visible to the naked eye, there are concerns that any exposure may pose health risks to competitors. The results of the FSSA Survey indicate that the majority of members would favor a change in venue. I request that the Executive Committee reconsider their decision. Sincerely, Richard Krumdieck

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Tough call here either way but lets give the Executive Committee

Tough call here either way but lets give the Executive Committee and Bay Waveland, YC the benefit of the doubt with respect to this decision. The host club has worked probably more than a year in planning and staging this event and to cancel it without reasonable probability that the oil spill will effect the sailing area by the end of June seems drastic and unfair to BWYC especially since they have developed a contigency plan. Probably the most important item that the host club has done to ensure a successful regatta is to develope a contigency plan or a plan "b" in the event that the oil spill becomes a problem in the race area. According to our President, Bay Waveland will move the regatta more than 50 miles to Lake Pontchartain if conditions require it and use the same group of volunteers to conduct the regatta. I for one pray that the NAC goes off without a hitch and that there are great racing conditions for all competitors. But if not, then I am confident that the national host committee in conjuction with the national class officers have weighed the pro's and con's of this decision and have good alternative ready to employ. Best wishes to all. Willson Jenkins. FS 5639 and 2979.

First, where is the decision posted as to keeping the NAC at BWY

First, where is the decision posted as to keeping the NAC at BWYC ? We all will agree that this is a no-win situation for the Gulf region and BWYC; yes, planning has taken a long time, with high expectations for the event to go off as anticipated. Reality is that this event is out of the hands of the FSSA and BWYC with respect to the venue; Federal and State officials are going to determine access to Bay St. Louis for recreational purposes based on oil infiltration to the bay. Federal waters adjacent to MS are being shut down tomorrow for fisheries and the 3 - 5 day forecast for the oil movement is directly toward Long Beach, MS, the entrance to Bay St. Louis. At any point in time, from now to during the regatta, the venue can be shut down to prevent the migration (contamination) of estuaries further inland by recreational (or commercial) boating. This is why MS River commercial traffic entering from the Gulf must have their hulls pressure washed prior to moving upstream in the MS River, to help prevent carrying oil into pristine areas. Why would the Association seem so uncaring toward what is taking place in the Gulf and be brazen enough to move forward with the BWYC venue ? Please look on Facebook under the 'City of Gulfport' and go to photos; Here you will find pictures of oil already in Bay St Louis, one of which has BWYC in the distant background. The survey results which had been tallied when my response was pegged were overwhelmingly in favor of a change in venue. The cry must be shared to reconsider this decision as it does not reflect a prudent choice, for many reasons.

It seems that if the decision has been made to keep it at BWYC,

It seems that if the decision has been made to keep it at BWYC, that should be trumpeted on the front page of the FSSA site. Decision made, support the NAC! That said, the backup plan of having a second major regatta for the class on Lake Ponchartrain may be a little skewed geographically for most constituents of the class. To be fair, I planned to skip both (NAC and MW) as they are both too far for working stiffs like me. The bright side is that the 2011 NAC should be huge, just like the 2007 Fishing Bay NAC after the 2006 disaster at Marblehead. See you at the 2011 NAC. Phil Scheetz FS 4086

Phil Scheetz

FS 4086

Fleet 163, Nockamixon Sail Club

Here is a link to an article about the authorities looking into

Here is a link to an article about the authorities looking into the photos of the oil reaching Bay St. Louis; http://www.wlox.com/Global/story.asp?S=12512092 The headline is "Officials: Suspected oil in Bay of St. Louis likely not from BP leak"

The racing area in Bay St.

The racing area in Bay St. Louis is clear of oil and based on present weather and current conditions, will remain protected and clear of the FS NAC venue. The backup racing venue, if needed, on Ponchatrain is even more protected and only about 40 miles away. In my opinion, hurricane season is more of a consideration for the FS NAC, to *any* venue near a coastal area (Gulf coat, East coast). Support the class and BWYC. With the primary and backup plans in place, BWYC has gone above and beyond as host to support the Flying Scot class. Michael Mittman FS# 5804, Fleet 23 Captain Corinthian Sailing Club White Rock Lake Dallas, TX

Michael Mittman

FS 5804, Fleet 23

Corinthian Sailing Club

White Rock Lake, Dallas, TX, USA

Update on FS NAC at BWYC http://www.

Update on FS NAC at BWYC http://www.bwyc.org/images/FSNAC2010Bulletin20100601.pdf Michael Mittman FS# 5804, Fleet 23 Corinthian Sailing Club White Rock Lake Dallas, TX

Michael Mittman

FS 5804, Fleet 23

Corinthian Sailing Club

White Rock Lake, Dallas, TX, USA

I agree with MMITTMAN on this and fully support the FSSA decisio

I agree with MMITTMAN on this and fully support the FSSA decision not to move the venue. However, I'd like to express my disappointment with the national reaction to our situation here on the Coast which, unfortunately, many of the posts in this thread and other 2010 NAC threads echo. Booms have been in place across the mouth of the Bay of St. Louis, where BWYC is located, for at least three weeks that I'm personally aware of. As far as I am know, there is NO VISIBLE OIL SPILL RELATED CONTAMINATION on the mainland Mississippi Coast. Nor am I am aware of even single closed mainland MS beach. The tar balls reported on the mainland beaches appear to be from naturally and constantly occurring seepage in the marshes and other tributaries. Until this disaster occurred, few of us here knew what a common occurance that natural seepage is. It's no wonder that folks looking from the outside would assume that they are BP related. They are not. To be clear, the Mississippi Coast and the Bay of St. Louis are OPEN FOR BUSINESS. Much of the area is naturally protected by the barrier islands and the venue waters are further protected by booms and other measures. It's extremely unlikely that those waters will ever be closed to recreational users. Again, the Mississippi Gulf Coast is OPEN FOR BUSINESS and we need your support. If the $h!t really hits the fan (like it isn't a disaster already) and the race can't happen at BWYC, the FSSA community and individual members should strongly consider setting recreation aside and instead using race week to doing something tangible to help minimize the impact of this environmental catastrophe.

This is now the second report of oil in Bay St Louis.

This is now the second report of oil in Bay St Louis. Gooey globs wash ashore By GEOFF PENDER - glpender@sunherald.com E-MAIL PRINT REPRINT OR LICENSE TEXT SIZE: BILOXI — Emergency workers found small brown, gooey globs of material along the shoreline in Bay St. Louis and Waveland on Sunday, and wildlife officials rescued what appeared to be an oily pelican on the beach in Pascagoula. Hancock County Emergency Manager Brian Adam said he and state Department of Environmental Quality officials found the globs during their daily beach patrols Sunday. He said they didn’t appear oily, but more like “melted Tootsie Rolls,” and looked different than the tar balls found previously. He said they were from pea- to quarter-size, concentrated mainly in Bay St. Louis off Washington Street toward St. Charles. He said DEQ teams were cleaning them up Sunday afternoon and would test them to see if they were from the oil disaster. ALAN HINKEL/SPECIAL TO THE SUN HERALD Wildlife officials rescued what appeared to be an oily pelican on the beach in Pascagoula on Sunday. LINK: Read more coverage of the Gulf oil spill from the Biloxi Sun Herald GALLERY:Gooey globs wash ashore STORY: Gathering prays oil will pass Coast by STORY: Spill may linger into fall STORY: Many federal judges have oil links STORY: Moss Point center will train volunteers STORY: Barbour says no oil here STORY: Pace of beach cleanup angers visitors, officials Waveland Mayor Tommy Longo said the substance “looks like it’s a newer substance,” than the tar balls he’s seen previously. Bay St. Louis Mayor Les Fillingame said it looked like the material that washed ashore on Petit Bois Island last week — the first confirmed landing of oil, not counting tar balls, on Mississippi shores. Fillingame said his concern was the material wasn’t floating on the water as it came ashore, and that could mean oil near mainland beaches that hasn’t been spotted. Harrison County Emergency Manager Rupert Lacy said Sunday that his office had responded to scattered reports of tar balls on shore, and two reports of two dead turtles and some dead fish. He said the turtles and fish could be the result of the start of shrimping season. “That’s kind of normal once shrimping starts,” Lacy said. “Even though they are supposed to be using (turtle exclusion devices), it does happen.” As Alabama and Florida dealt with oil coming onshore this weekend, Lacy said his latest reports were that Mississippi waters were still clear. He said this is partly just the luck of winds, tides and currents and that Mississippi doesn’t get much open surf. “We do also have the barrier islands, that helps protect the Mississippi Gulf Coast,” he said. “But of course, we don’t want to see the barrier islands hurt, either. There is oil out there, and while it’s still not in Mississippi waters, we are watching it closely and ready to react if we have to.” State officials said rough weather over the weekend has made oil surveillance, by boat or aircraft, difficult. The apparently oiled pelican was captured by wildlife officials and taken for medical treatment and testing. Alan Hinkel, a photographer from Pascagoula, was one of the first to find the distressed bird on Sunday and photographed it before wildlife officials got there. “It appeared he had oil on him, and he wasn’t happy,” Hinkel said. “He was kind of howling at one point. The guys in white suits captured him and took him to Theodore (Ala.).” Longo said he is worried that oil will eventually land on Hancock County shores. “My concern is that we’re going to wake up one day like Grand Isle (La.) and there will be oil on the beach,” he said. Staff writer, Donna Melton contributed to this report. Read more: http://www.sunherald.com/2010/06/06/2237162/gooey-globs-wash-ashore.html...

A BIT OF AN EDITORIAL: As Gulf District Governor I strongly

A BIT OF AN EDITORIAL: As Gulf District Governor I strongly encourage our FSSA membership to participate in the 2010 NAC if at all possible. While I cannot guarantee with 100% certainty that the oil will not get into the Bay, I can guarantee excellent competition and hospitality. As we are now some 3 weeks away from the first day of racing, the possibility of oil getting into the Bay seems quite low. Bay-Waveland Yacht Club puts on great regattas, and rises to the challenge no matter the circumstance. One year after Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast in 2005 BWYC hosted the prestigious GYA Lipton Regatta – using a “club-house” consisting of 2 house trailers with a tent between them. The pool was OK and portable restrooms and showers were brought in. That weekend was also my first real trip to “the Coast” since Katrina and I was awed by the destruction. Essentially nothing had been left standing – all of my friends homes were just slabs now. As Dan Baird, the SYC Fleet Captain, and I rested between measuring boats for the Lipton’s, we observed a Scot in the water and pondered what the Katrina storm surge must have been like – a surge that was actually higher than the Scot mast we were looking at. But, BWYC wound up putting on a great Lipton regatta. BWYC built a new clubhouse in the ensuing years, but then along came Hurricane Gustav in August of 2008. (See photo of BWYC during Gustov on the Web.) But 9 months later they successfully hosted the GYA Opening Regatta! We are certainly expecting a great 2010 NAC, despite the negative press the area has been receiving about the oil spill. And yes, I still am eating the seafood from our area! You may have other reasons for not wanting to attend, but please do not let the FEAR of oil be the reason. --------------- PLEASE SEE THE FLYER FROM BAY WAVELAND YACHT CLUB (BWYC) ON THE FSSA WEBSITE.ALSO PLEASE NOTE THAT THE DEADLINE FOR EARLY REGISTRATION HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO JUNE 12. CHECK THE FSSA WEBSITE FOR FUTURE UPDATED As has been noted elsewhere, due to the Gulf Oil spill the potential to move this event to a nearby location does exist. The Pontchartrain Yacht Club (PYC) on the North shore of Lake Pontchartrain has been selected as an alternate site for re-location should oil get into the Bay. PYC is located about 45 miles from BWYC, much of which in Interstate. It is similar in size and offers similar facilities to BWYC, including ample accommodations nearby. If this should occur, competitors will be advised via e-mail from the FSSA as well as post on the website. It is expected that if this move is necessary the decision will be made approximately 1-week prior to the event. Anyone with housing problems please note that Missy Altesse is the contact for housing. Her email is missyaltese@cableone.net. Oil Update 6-7-10: THE LOCATION OF THE SOURCE OF THE OIL SPILL IS 125 MILES TO THE SSE OF BWYC. · The latest surface oil forecast has it moving toward the coast west of the mouth of the Mississippi River, and East of the mouth of Mobile Bay. · Keep in mind that Bay St. Louis is "tucked in" behind both Mississippi and Louisiana barrier islands some 8-15 miles distant, as well as Louisiana marsh to the South and Southwest. It has a relatively narrow mouth opening into Mississippi Sound (NOT the Gulf of Mexico). And, there are 2 rivers that flow into it. There is already protective boom in place across the mouth of the Bay just in case. · There is clockwise "Loop Current" in the Gulf (well-known in the coastal areas but not to the rest of the U.S.) that appears to have two benefits to the oil not interfering with our NAC: (1) it flows east near the shoreline, so it would take any near-shore oil to the east (as noted over the weekend with the Florida and Alabama beaches). (That is why the oil is currently headed towards Pensacola, not Bay Waveland.) (2) it flows west further south. (That is why the oil nearer to the spill is headed to Louisiana, not towards Bay Waveland). If you Google "Gulf of Mexico Loop Current" and then click on the Weather Underground, there is a good description of the loop current with graphics. · U.S. Congressman Gene Taylor (a sailor and a BWYC member) and Dr Michael Carron, Director of the Northern Gulf Institute, flew the Mississippi Sound, state line to state line on Saturday. They found no oil. Closest oil was about 30 miles south Petit Bois Island, the island on the AL/MS state line. WLOX TV-13 just aired the interview. Dr Carron said the currents are protecting the Mississippi Coast. · A local Louisiana sailor recently sailing from Mandeville, LA to Gulfport. MS and the barrier islands saw no oil on the water. · My brother and his wife went to the Mississippi Coast last week and saw no oil, just preventative boom. · Participants in a distance PHRF race from New Orleans to Gulfport, MS this weekend reported no oil sightings. The race course passes about 5 miles south of BWYC. · A comparative chart that shows oil flow forecast from early May to that of early June is on the FSSA Website so that everyone can get an idea of the movement that occurred in approximately 30 days as well as today’s forecast. Good Sailing! Larry Taggart FSSA Gulf District Governor Good Sailing, Larry

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Greta and I are ready for our trip tomorrow (Saturday) to the 20

Greta and I are ready for our trip tomorrow (Saturday) to the 2010 Flying Scot NAC, which is going to be a fantastic regatta, This will be a great time for all Scot sailors. The 2010 FS NAC will certainly be a fantastic regatta with terrific hospitality. All they nay-sayers, you're going to miss out. Thank you so very much to our hosts and volunteers at BWYC,to the backup club on Ponchartrain, all the Gulf Flying Scot sailors and everyone traveling in from across the country. We look forward to seeing you all! Michael Mittman FS 5804 Michael Mittman FS# 5804, Fleet 23 Corinthian Sailing Club White Rock Lake Dallas, TX

Michael Mittman

FS 5804, Fleet 23

Corinthian Sailing Club

White Rock Lake, Dallas, TX, USA