2014 Midwinters at Southern Yacht Club, New Orleans - Day 3

2014 MW Day 3 Pic 1

After we made our way out to the race course on Lake Ponchartrain in the sunny 60-degree weather, today's first race was postponed in anticipation of a south wind filling in, but it just did not materialize. The winds continued to shift from northwest to northeast so the Race Committee went with that and ran two 4-leg windward-leeward races in 4-7 knot winds. We had great hope for a 3rd race which got through 2 legs before the wind died and left boats stopped all over the race course, so the Race Committee abandoned the race. As boats began to be towed in, the south wind finally came up and gave us a thrilling ride back to the Club.

2014 MW Day 3 Pic 2   2014 MW Day 3 Pic 3

As of the end of racing today, local skippers Dave Bolyard for New Orleans Yacht Club and Larry Taggart from Southern Yacht Club are 1st and 2nd, and Ryan Malmgren from Ephraim Yacht Club in WI is 3rd in the Championship Division. Jim Legette from Brandon, MS, and Alanna Strong from Dallas, TX, are 1st and 2nd in the Challenger Division.  As is planned each day, there was a debrief session after the racing.  Dave Bolyard and Benz Faget did a super review of the day's racing and eagerly answered questions from the participants.  Another fine day at Southern Yacht Club!  Results to date are here.

2014 Midwinters at Southern Yacht Club, New Orleans - Day 2

The day started out in the upper 40s today but got up to the 50s before the start of the Midwinter Warmups/Leukaemia Cup Regatta.  Ten teams made it out to the starting line on Lake Ponchatrain in 8-12 knot somewhat shifty wind with the lake a bit lumpy.  Harry Carpenter, our builder, and Melanie Dunham from Deep Creek Lake in MD were first, Roger Sharp and John Eckart from Massapoag Yacht Club in Sharon, MA, were second, Ryan Malmgren and Joe Brake from Ephraim Yacht Club in WI were third and John Domagala and Larry Brown from Sarasota Sailing Squadron in FL were fourth.  Full results can be seen here. 

2014 MW Terhune Racing Review    2014 MW Carrie and Nancy

Following the day's racing, there was "the keg" everyone waits for after the day on the water.  Then Allan Terhune from North Sails held a racing clinic, sharing his observations about the day's racing.  He spent an hour answering sailor's questions about what's different about racing on Lake Ponchatrain, what tactics to use in light air versus heavy air, and how to tackle the waves and the chop. 

The evening was topped off with a super welcome party at the Club, with some gifts give by Larry Taggart  to our President Frank Gerry,  In turn, Frank presented plaques of appreciation from FSSA to Commodore Wilson of SYC and Regatta Chairperson Larry Taggart, who works tirelessly with his team to ensure a good time is had by all at the regatta.  Larry also presented gifts to the judges, the PRO and several of the volunteers.  There were awards for the oldest skippers, first time skippers and for the skippers who drove 1500+ miles get to the regatta, all followed by awards for the top 4 skippers and crew from the Warm-up Regatta.  And as if that were not enough, Nancy Claypool and Carrie Berger presented over 75 raffle prizes donated by our WONDERFUL sponsors, so everyone who was present for the raffle won something - from hats and t-shirts to artwork created by local artists. 

Racing for the championship starts tomorrow - stay tuned!

Follow Eric Bussell & Chris Tesdal as they race Windtalker at the 2014 Midwinters

Eric Bussell and Chris Tesdal from the Midwest District are racing Windtalker FS 5631 in the Challenger Division at the 2014 Flying Scot Midwinters Championships in New Orleans.  Visit midwestflyingscot.blogspot.com for daily updates on all the racing action.  A link to the You Tube videos is here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CXPpTrHi_o4

2014 Midwinters at Southern Yacht Club, New Orleans - Day 1

2014 MW Board Meeting

Sunday 3/16 was the first day for skippers and crew to register at the Midwinters at Southern Yacht Club after travelling over the last few days to get to New Orleans.  It was also the day for the FSSA Executive Committee and Board of Governors meetings.  In the picture above, you can see your Board of Governors hard at work taking care of important business before we can all go out and play.  Registration continues on Monday 3/17 - don't forget to wear green, everyone is Irish on St.Patrick's Day!

We have 30+ boats registered for the Midwinters at this point, and several will participate in the warmup Leukemia Cup Regatta on Monday 3/17 benefitting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.  This is a great way to get ready for the Midwinters with many of the sailors getting on the water for the first time since last fall and at the same time give back to a wonderful organization that helps improve and save the lives of so many people.  Results of the warmup regatta will be posted as soon as possible after the racing, which is followed by a racing clinic, competitor's meeting and the welcome party,  Midwinters racing starts on Tuesday 3/18.

Results of VHF Radio Proposal


We have completed the voting and the results have been tabulated and the proposal to extend the use of VHF radios has passed by a margin of 85% for and 15% against.  It is important to know that a significant number of us took the time to review the proposal and to vote so we can feel good that this change has been agreed to by a majority of members.



Sneak Peak - Latest Scots 'n Water!

We are so proud of our magazine that we want to provide a sneak peak to our latest issue.  We don't usually show the current year's issues of Scots n' Water to those who are not yet members of FSSA, but just this once, we would love to give you a chance to see our latest issue.  We hope you enjoy it, and we hope you'll join us as members!!

So click here to see the latest version! 

New Web Site Host

On Wednesday December 3, 2014 the FSSA web site will be unavailable for a couple of hours.

In hopes of stabilizing the web site computing environment we will be moving hosting services.   We currently are using a Rackspace bare hardware solution.  We are moving to a Pantheon hosting solution which is a managed computing situation.

If everything goes smoothly we will be bringing the site down around 3 pm ET and it should be back available around 7 pm.  You should notice no difference in the site content or appearance.

Glenn Wesley - FS#5919 - DJ'

Cajun Country Championship

Cajun Country Champions

Lake Charles Yacht Club hosted the annual Flying Scot Sailing Association Cajun Country Championship on Saturday 22 November 2014. The bad weather forecast was accurate and discouraged participation.  The sole out-of-town entry sailed the course and won the regatta.  Detailed results are below.

Regatta Date: 
Saturday, November 22, 2014

2014 Wife Husband Championship at Sayville YC

2014 H Sunrise 2014 H Day 1

Regatta Date: 
Saturday, August 23, 2014 - Sunday, August 24, 2014
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