HISTORY OF THE FLYING SCOT compiled by Debbie Cycotte
The Flying Scot is a time-tested design that is comfortable and safe as well as fast and great fun to sail. The Flying Scot is one of the few small boats which have been in steady production since 1957. The Flying Scot was inducted into the American Sailboat Hall of Fame in 1998. A look at the entire history of the boat and class starts with the designer, Gordon K. “Sandy” Douglass. In 1939, Sandy pioneered the use of molded plywood hulls for sailboats. The 17’ Thistle was designed in 1945 and was almost an immediate success. It remains an active racing class today. The 20’ Highlander made its debut in 1951. By 1956, Sandy decided the time was appropriate to introduce a new design in the 19 foot field for a planing family-racing boat that had been dominated by the Lightning Class for many years. He also decided to break away from Douglass and McLeod, Inc. and start his own operation in Mentor, Ohio.