2015 Flying Scot Raffle - you have bought ALL the tickets - THANK YOU!


2015 Raffle Tickets Sold

You may remember that we are raffling off a brand new, built to order Flying Scot in the color of the winner's choice.  We said we would sell a minimum of 200 tickets and a maximum of 250 tickets.  The proceeds after paying for the boat will benefit the Flying Scot Foundation that helps us ensure the future of Flying Scot Sailing.

Well...we are very happy to report that ALL 250 tickets have been bought. Thank you so much!  Now we wait for the drawing at the annual meeting at Bay Waveland, MS, in June. The Flying Scot is such a great boat and FSSA is such a great organization - we can't wait to find out who wins the boat - oh, and there will be a few runner up prizes in case you don't win the boat!


Former FSSA President and Chief Measurer Don Hott dies at age 95

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This week, the Flying Scot community is a little sadder for the loss of long-time Scot sailor Don Hott, who passed away Sunday, May 3, at age 95.  He is a founding father, a former Chief Measurer and former President of FSSA who sailed in the first 50 NACs.  As Harry Carpenter said "We lost one of the really good guys with the passing of Don". Harry had crewed for Don in the first NAC Harry ever attended at Riverside in 1973.  Don was also a founding member of Deep Creek Yacht Club and the members there will miss him dearly.

Our thoughts are with his dear wife Charlotte and his family as they go through this difficult time.  We will always owe a debt of gratitude to Don and it was an honor to have known him.

Did you get to go to the Great 48?

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The 2015 Great 48 was this past weekend 5/2-5/3/2015 at Lake Norman Yacht Club in Mooresville, NC.  Unfortunately Mother Nature was not as kind as one would hope and there was little wind Saturday and none on Sunday.  But If you were there lucky you - there were 42 teams to share the fun times with and it's always a great time at Lake Norman!  Here's a few words about the racing from Deb Aronson, who was there:

On Saturday, "We were so excited to get out on the water this morning! It was about 70 degrees, sunny, and they promised wind about 6-8. Sadly, by the time we got to the course, it was as if God had taken her finger and swirled the wind around in a big, slow mess. The first race the wind just died, with tiny little patches at various places but with very little rhyme or reason. Rounding the windward mark, the wind shifted and, at least at times, boats were sailing upwind again. We never did see a single spinnaker that leg! Thankfully, the race was only three legs long ... but it took a full, long hour for the first boat to cross the line.

If that race took the patience of Job, the second race was no better ... well, maybe a little better, since we did actually hoist our spinnaker. We noticed Harry Carpenter's new, one-of-a-kind spinnaker, complete with a Pittsburgh Steelers logo. Nice!!  It was a real challenge to be consistent today, but a few boats did manage. (Note, racing Sunday was cancelled due to ZERO wind)"

Results are here

2015 Space Coast Invitational Regatta / Florida District Championship

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Indian River Yacht Club hosted the Florida District over the weekend of April 11th & 12th for the Florida District Championship.

The weekend kicked off with many Scots arriving on Friday afternoon and early evening; the much anticipated Space-X rocket launch was delayed due to weather and was pushed off until Monday evening; however, the weather delay that was not good for rockets was great for sailboats!  Brisk southerly breezes settled in both days allowing for some great, tight sailing for eleven Scots.

The truly big news of the weekend did not take place on the water, but rather at the end of the Skippers Meeting when our District Governor, Mark Taylor, proposed to his lovely girlfriend Michelle, asking for her hand in marriage !

Scot sailors are really one big family and let’s wish them all the happiness in the world.

The Race Committee did an excellent job getting in six races over two days; after a postponement on Saturday waiting for the sea breeze to fill in, the breeze built nicely throughout the afternoon.  Sunday went off on schedule and the boats were all back in & out of the water by 1:00pm.

The regatta ended with a tie between Mid-winter Champions Jeff & Amy Linton and Florida District Series Champion Tom McNally, with Jeff & Amy taking it on a tie-breaker, followed by Dave & Kim Thinel rounding out the top 3. The FSSA Foundation donated medals for the District Champions, along with the Indian River Yacht Club commissioning a new perpetual trophy that featured a space shuttle made from an actual shuttle tile.


Results are here.

Thank you to all the sailors, IRYC and many volunteers that made the regatta a success. We look forward to everyone marking their calendar for next year’s Florida District Championship.

Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show - Flying Scot will be there, will you?

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Who's going to the Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show?  Make a weekend of it and enjoy the charm of Annapolis' historic seaport while you shop for the latest in equipment, electronics, clothing and boating accessories at the 100+ on-land nautical exhibits.  Lots of demos, sailboat rides and lessons, even rum tasting, and some other fun events.  Nearly 80 sailboats on display, including a Flying Scot and Dave Neff will be there to answer any questions you have.  Could this be your boat? 

Date:          Friday, April 24, 10AM - 6PM, Saturday, April 25, 10AM - 6PM - Sunday April 26, 10AM - 5PM
Location:  City Dock, 1 Dock Street, Annapolis, MD 21401
Tickets:     Adult One Day - $12, Adult Two Day Combo - $19, Children 12 and under - Free

Annapolis in the springtime - celebrate the joy of sailing!

Picking up Flying Scot 6092

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Have you been to the Flying Scot, Inc., factory to pick up a new boat?  Watch a film about Dave Batchelor picking up FS 6092 with new owner Joe Price recently.  They got a great tour of the factory from our builder, Harry Carpenter.  It really illustrates the love and care that goes into building each and every Flying Scot.  Doesn't it make you want to order one of your own?  I sure want one!  Watch the film here.

2015 ACC at Blackbeard Sailing Club, New Bern, NC

Are you thinking of coming to the ACC this year? It's bound to be a great time and is being held at the Blackbeard Sailing Club in New Bern, NC.  Click on the photo below to view a video about the host club!


How You Could Win a Brand New Flying Scot

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Have you always wanted a brand new Flying Scot like this one and didn’t know how to make that happen?  This one is sold, but now may be your chance to get one of your own!  The Flying Scot Sailing Association is raffling off a brand new Flying Scot, built by our builder Harry Carpenter at Flying Scot, Inc. in Maryland. The boat will be raced rigged in the color of your choice and will include a galvanized trailer and a full suit of sails, including a custom spinnaker.  Of course, you can feel free to add other options at your own cost.

Here’s how it works.  Chances to win are available as of the 2015 Midwinters in Sarasota, Florida, in March, and the winner will be chosen at the North American Championships at Bay Waveland in Mississippi in June. FSSA will have 250 available tickets at $100 each – that makes your chances 1 in 250, some pretty good odds.  And you may buy more than one ticket.  NOTE: Membership in the Flying Scot Sailing Association is not required to enter!

The proceeds after paying for the boat will go to the Flying Scot Foundation to help ensure the future of Flying Scot sailing. Instructions for entering either online or via mail are here.  Get yours soon and good luck!

More Reports from the 2015 Midwinters at Sarasota Sailing Squadron - Florida

Besides the stories and pictures you have seen daily from the 2015 Midwinters, reports are still coming in.  I hope you were luckiy enough to be there, If not, there was plenty of publicity - thanks to all for sharing their experiences.

Here's a link to some videos taken by Eric Bussell from the Midwest District; https://www.youtube.com/c/Fleet135

Look what Zeke Horowitz is saying at North Sails One Design - The 2015 Flying Scot Midwinters reminded all who attended why we love this sport. Eighty-five degrees, abundant sunshine, and beautiful breeze every day made it impossible not to have fun. http://www.onedesign.com/One%20Design…/…/23032/Default.aspx…

See us on Scuttlebutt - Lintons win Flying Scot Midwinters

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More pics like the one above from the Herald Tribune of the Midwinters: http://galleries.heraldtribune.com/?id=369560#/0 

And a story http://health.heraldtribune.com/…/flying-scots-take-to-the…/ 

And another story: http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.heraldtribune.com%2Farticle%2F20150319%2FARCHIVES%2F503191056%2F-1%2Fsearch10%3FTitle%3DLinton-duo-first-at-Midwinters-event-SAILING-Flying-Scot-regatta-finishes-day-early-on-Sarasota-Bay&h=iAQHOLQI0


2015 Allen Douglas Memorial Sportsmanship Award

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Each year at the Midwinters, the sailors nominate a fellow sailor for the Allen Douglas Memorial sportsmanship award, given to an individual who demonstrates behavior that is deserving of this honor.  It is one of the most prestigious perpetual awards awarded by the Flying Scot class.  Each nomination is written with the name of the nominee and the reason that person should be considered for the award.  This year we were unable to award this trophy to any individual because the voting resulted in a tie between 2 very deserving individuals - Amy Smith Linton and Ron Pletsch.  As a demonstration of how honorable both of these people are, each felt the award should be given to the other person.  Ron being the gentleman that he is gave Amy the keeper trophy, however both names will be engraved on the perpetual award.  Mr.Douglas and his family would be proud of this choice.  Thanks to Amy and Ron for all they do for the Flying Scot family to promote the class and make us happy to know both of them.

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