31st Annual Saratoga Lake FS Invitational and NY Lakes Districts

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Another wonderful Saratoga Flying Scot Invitational is in the books.  We had two great days of racing and loads of fun visiting with old friends and new friends.  We had beautiful weather in the high 70's and mostly light air both days.  But we had enough wind to get in 4 races on Saturday and 2 on Sunday (one less race for the Challengers), with a mixture of Windward-Leeward and Triangle courses, keeping the divisions on different courses in each race.  The winds were a bit shifty and the race committee had their hands full keeping the races going and keeping the courses as straight as they could - not easy when you need to move the marks and the other division is still sailing the course.  We always appreciate what it takes to run races with multiple fleets. The results from Saturday were completely changed on Sunday, with Saturday's ties for 1st and 3rd in Championship and 1st in Challenger getting resolved on Sunday.  As we all know, lake sailing keeps you guessing and sometimes it does involve a bit of luck - your results may vary!

And the food - pancakes Saturday, French Toast Sunday, the you make it, you bag it you bring it lunches, and the beef and taco dinner on Saturday - delicious as always!  You are sure to have gained a few pounds over this weekend!  Oh, and we did have the usual Saturday thunderstorm at Saratoga, this time a little less dramatic than last year with no huge floods and no close lightning strikes, but one tent was upended and collapsed in the storm!  And the rainbow afterwards was lovely!

With 17 boats in the Championship Division and 9 in the Challenger Division, the competition was pretty tight.   The 6 races were won by 4 different teams in the Championship Division.  In the Challenger Division all 5 races were won by different teams.  In the end, the  Winners in the Championship Division were Mark Swanson and Scott Meyer who also won the New York Lakes District Championship.  The Challenger Division was won by Samantha Butler and .  Thanks to Paul and Shirley Waterfield and teams, who do a great job running the regatta and keeping us fed, to Bill Hudson, our hard-working PRO, to Rob Hayes for registration scoring., and the Saratoga Lake Sailing Club for hosting this terrific event.  The final results are here.  My unedited photos are here.

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Challenger winners Samantha Butler and Portia Studenroth with chairperson Paul Waterfield     Championship and District winners Mark Swanson and Scott Meyer with District Governor Ann K Seidman and Chairperson Paul Waterfield

 

2017 112th Annual Ephraim Regatta, Ephraim, WI

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Glimpse of Friday's weather (video by Eric Bussell)        Gorgeous glimpse of the regatta (photo by Jorie Johansen)

On Friday, Eric Bussell wrote:

Looks like Harry Carpenter and Ryan Malmgren will be having their racing clinic today on shore. One of my favorite things about Ephraim is all these future sailors running around and having fun no matter what. They are playing telephone upstairs and doing arts and crafts downstairs. Weather is expected to clear for the 30+ racers who have pre-registered.

Things turned around quite a bit and On Monday, the EYC Facebook Page said this:

Thanks to everyone for coming out and making the 112th Ephraim Regatta a success!

A special thank you to the people who generously used their boats to help run the regatta: David Chomeau, Chris Bungener, John Huff, Jim Rowings, Bob Kieckhafer.

We would also be nothing without our amazing volunteers: Nancy Claypool, John and Deanna Peterson, Wally Waleffe, Sibylle Tasker, Heather Andersen, Susan Reynolds-Smith, Lisa Gifford, Matt Winnacker, Steve Crane, Cain Goettelman, Liz Dischner, Michael Faugust, Ryan Malmgren, and Harry Carpenter of Flying Scot Inc.

We also had volunteers from South Shore Yacht Club, Moraine Sailing Club and Milwaukee Yacht Club: Dan Goldberg, Fred Horowitz, Bob Aring, John Archibald, Tom Salkowski, Dave August serving on Race Committee and as judges.

Thanks to Jorie Johansen for taking these great pictures of everyone.

There will always be an Ephraim Regatta thanks to all of you!

Full results are here:

2017 US Sailing Chubb US Junior Championships at Toms River Yacht Club, NJ

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We all know how great it is to see younger sailors in our boats!  Well, the US Sailing Chubb US Junior Championships start Monday August 7 and run through Friday August 11, 2017, at Toms River Yacht Club in Toms River, NJ.  One of the 3 boats being sailed will be Flying Scots, with Junior teams going three up.  It's great to see the class promoting the sport for Junior sailors, and there will be 10 teams racing Flying Scots in the event!  We're hoping there will be some pictures to share during and after the event.  The link to the event is at 

http://www.ussailing.org/racing/championships/youth/juniorchamps/

Brian Hayes from North Sails will be there Sunday to give a clinic at Seaside, get the boats tuned and share some tips with the Junior Sailors.  Aftter the event, some of you who were lucky enough to get in on the deal will be the owners of the North Sails used in the event.

This is all around good news for Flying Scot sailing! Good luck to all the Juniors - we will be watching!

 

Rigging Video by Tyler Andrews from Flying Scot, Inc.

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Tyler Andrews from Fying Scot, Inc. has put together a video of the new tuning technique. He hopes that it will be helpful. Click on the picture above to view the video.

2017 SANDY DOUGLASS MEMORIAL REGATTA, Deep Creek Lake, MD

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Fifty two boats completed in this year's Sandy Douglass Memorial Regatta, while the factory celebrated 60 years.  With 24 boats in the Gold Class, Zeke Horowitz and Cole Allsopp came away with first place.  The Silver Class was won by Emily Meehan and Ashley Fulk, and the Masters Class was won by Ed Peters and Sue Chase. 

District Governor Martha Sweterlitsch wrote on Facebook:

A great weekend at the Sandy Douglas Memorial Regatta with Cathy Huston, and Larry and Deb Anderson, our hosts. Larry is a great skipper as you can see by our finish in the Masters. Deep Creek has some amazing sailors. 52 boats including 16 from off the lake. Love this year's shirt!

Mark Reifenhauser wrote:

A great chalk talk session this morning at the Sandy Douglas Regatta. Many thanks to Tyler, Ryan and Zeke. It's great to hear different perspective and I actually used some of the tips or ideas.

Full results are here.

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Flying Scot 60th Anniversary Celebration at the Factory

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One boat is 60 years old the other 23. The newer one is like new for sale by the factory. Come check them out 0n 7/28/2017 at the Flying Scot Factory 60th anniversary - Oakland, MD.

Possible Make-up 2017 Women's NAC - Are You Interested?

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Weather in Sandusky prevented the Women's Nationals. Corinthian Sailing Club in Dallas is interested in hosting a make up Regatta - CSC is prepared to host the Women's Nationals on September 16-17. Loaner boats could be provided, or bring your own. If crew is a problem, you can find crew ready, willing and able from our Club. If you are interested in this Regatta, please respond at 5658cummings@gmail.com. If there is interest we will proceed with approval from FSSA. We hope you can join us!

2017 Wife-Husband Championship at Sandy Bay Yacht Club, Rockport, MA - Photos

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Beth Leahy took some great photos at the Wife-Husband Regatta this weekend.  Photos can be found here.

We have a few more that I took that can be seen here.

2017 Wife-Husband Championship at Sandy Bay Yacht Club, Rockport, MA - It's a wrap

 

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What a difference between yesterday and today! With the Northeast wind blowing 12-14 and 2-3 foot waves, the RC went out to see what it looked like. They came back with a big thumbs up and we made our way out to the race course. The wind continued to moderate a bit during the races, but the waves stayed! The RC did a great job of setting great courses and getting us back in with lots of time to enjoy each other's company before it was time to head home. With 2 W-L 4 leg races for the Championship and 1 for the Challenger Division, the racing was done and we were back in by 1:30. The winners in the Championship Division are Jeff and Amy Smith Linton, and the Challenger winners are Kristian and Kay Weeder. Sandy Bay Yacht Club did a great job for this event and we thank them so much for their great hospitality, great food, and a great time!  

Final results are here.

2017 Wife-Husband Championship at Sandy Bay Yacht Club, Rockport, MA - Day 1

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After Steve Ouellette led the skippers' meeting at 9AM, there was little to no wind in the harbor, so we did not go out immediately.  Teams took advantage of the goodies that were put out for a continental breakfast, then made PB&J or Fluffernutters to take out on the boat with them.  Teddie Peanut Butter donated the peanut butter and whatever is left over after the regatta will go to a local food bank. 

Unfortunately, the wind did not fill in before 11AM, so up went the Postpone Flag, jokingly called the Cat-in-the-Hat flag.  But that did not lessen the spirits of the Wife-Husband teams, they just kept on sharing stores of other regattas, bragged about their children and grandchildren and some went for a walk in Rockport to take in a bit of this historic New England town.  Meanwhile, Brian Hayes did what he does best, gave an impromptu talk with some Flying Scot footage he had from previous events, sharing stories, answering questions and really entertaining the crowd.

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About 12:30, the wind came up enough to take down the flag and get us out on the water and get in two races.  The first race was a W-L 4 with the wind blowing 4-6, occasionally getting to 7 or 8.  In the second race we had a little more wind, maybe 8-12, with some rail time and vang time.   Going right was the order of the day for most boats and that choice was not for the faint of heart - you had to go WAY right to be successful.  A few boats were successful going left.  In the seocnd race, the boats that went left really did not make out well, unless they went left a little way, then going right not too far up the legs. 

After racinng, Brian Hayes showed videos that he had taken on the race course and explained what went well, what were not the best decisions and what some could have done better.  In the end, the CHampionship leaders are Jeff and AMy Smith Linton and Challenger leaders are David and Marilyn Archibald.  Tomorrow is looking like there will be a little more wind coming in from the north/northeast, so be ready!

Day 1 results are here

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