History-Making Flying Scot #6000 On Display in Chicago
Deep Creek, MD - The 6000th Flying Scot has been built and was on display at Chicago's Strictly Sail boat show January 26-29 at the Navy Pier. After the show it was delivered to its new owner, Dan Koules, who requested the number and ordered the boat more than two years ago. Koules sails out of Sheridan Shores Yacht Club in Wilmette, Illinois, where Flying Scots are the most active fleet in club racing.
The Flying Scot is a beautiful, all-purpose boat with lovely traditional lines that is obviously very well made, says Koules.
Koules, who had been looking to buy a new Flying Scot, thought it would be a thrill to own such a milestone boat. He started sailing for something to do with his nephews, Charlie, now 16, and Christian, now 14. Koules loves racing his current Flying Scot , #5567, with his nephews. He says they take turns at the helm.
Buying the Scot is a nice opportunity to get out and race with them, he says. The Flying Scot also has a very strong class association, which I like.
Flying Scots are a strict one-design class, with all boats being pulled from a single master mold. The Flying Scot was designed in 1957 by Gordon K. (Sandy) Douglass, who wanted to design a boat that was roomy, comfortable and stable and could be used for both racing and cruising. The Flying Scot was inducted into the American Sailboat Hall of Fame in 1998.
Harry Carpenter, the current builder, has been building Flying Scots since 1978 and owned the company with his wife, Karen, since 1991. Today the Flying Scot is a leading one-design class in the United States. While many small boat builders have folded their tents, Flying Scot, Inc. has continued to grow.
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