2017 Buckeye Regatta - Hoover Sailing Club, Westerville. OH

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The winners - the Kitchens - first, the Bruss's - third and the Trasks - second.   Congrats to all!

49th BUCKEYE REGATTA 2017 - HOOVERS SAILING CLUB

Ten intrepid sailors and crew made it to Westerville, Ohio for the 49th Buckeye Regatta held as Hoover Sailing Club.  Number 11, Frank and Marianne Gerry, were sidelined by an errant motorist in Indianapolis to the detriment of their boat and car but fortunately no human injuries.  The good news is there was wind; the not so good news is that it was out of the East on Saturday and shifty. Made spinnaker flying a challenge. By Saturday the wind shifted to its natural position out of the Southwest, the race committee set a great course and we were off.  Being intrepid we did not let a little rain stop us!

Full results are here but Bruce and Lynn Kitchen took home the first place treasure ( again) followed by Hoover sailors Ray, Scot and Kathy Trask in second and Bill and Lauren Bruss in third. At least we kept some of the treasure at home!  We should also note that everyone stayed in their boats and upright – seemingly quite an accomplishment for the Kitchens. (If you missed the Scuttlebut video you should take a look) Video is here.

2017 Grits and Haggis Regatta, Keowee Sailing Club, Seneca, SC

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Despite a very iffy weekend weather forecast, 19 Flying Scot crews attended the 2017 Grits and Haggis Regatta on beautiful Lake Keowee, in the Blue Ridge foothills of South Carolina, on Saturday, May 20 and Sunday, May 21.

But Keowee was not very beautiful for this year's event. In Saturday's hot and very muggy first race, Richard Wade and super crew Jim Leonard had an OCS start in near drifter conditions, then restarted, caught up to the leading group by the end of the first leg, but then drifted into the weather mark, yet somehow managed to come all the way back to record an impressive third place finish. They then won Saturday's very light air second race by several boat lengths to lead the regatta at that point. First race winners Don Smith and Chris Kacinski from Lake Norman followed their win with a third place finish in Saturday's second race to stand second on the day. Locals Sandy and Keith Eustis, with a fourth and a second, and Barry and Tracy Hambrick, from Birmingham, AL, with a second and a fifth, were close behind, and the fleet made it home before the rains began.

Saturday evening featured dark 'n stormies for all, a cut-and-grill-your-own sirloin steak dinner, and the “Fleet 193 Olympics” as evening entertainment. The Olympics included a thrilling game of “Pin the Blame on the PRO”, as well as “Boat Number Bingo” and a golf ball roll on a gravel drive to “Win the Starting Line.” Among the delicacies provided by an overthe-top food committee were a dark 'n stormy cake, both non-alcoholic and rum laced bread
puddings, and a platter of genuine Scotch eggs.

Sunday morning dawned to a steady downpour during our signature Grits and Haggis breakfast. Food Captain Cheiko French's famous Haggis cassarole recipe includes only a small amount of Haggis (oh thank you, Cheiko!), which went nicely with the scrambled eggs, South Carolina grits, and various other dishes. About half the fleet, including Smith/Kacinski and Sam Secrest/Sharon Hamilton who stood fifth after Satureday's races, then decided to
not go out for Sunday racing. Some of these competitors just didn't want to sail in a steady rain, while other simply had waaaay to much to eat at breakfast.  Sunday's racing included two more races in a relatively steady 5-7 mph breeze with diminishing rain; it even stopped raining altogether about halfway through the final race. Wade/Leonard won both Sunday races by 5-10 boat lengths each, while the Eustises and the Hambricks both recorded two more top finishes apiece to take 2nd and 3rd overall respectively. John Kreidler and junior crew Mitchell Brannon from nearby Lake Hartwell scored a second and a fith on Sunday to get back into 4th place overall, while Fleet 193's Fleet Captain Bob Graves, with Roger Sulhoff as his crew, managed to recover from a disastrous 18th place finish in race #2 on Saturday to take 5th overall in the final standings. We look forward to seeing all of you here for more Southern hospitality and much better racing conditions in 2018.

If you want to view two short but excellent drone video programs by Wilson Jenkins of the Muscle Shoals, Al, Flying Scot fleet, OR if you want to browse the complete set of over 600 downloadable pictures taken by KSC member Liz Keenan, you can visit the Keowee Sailing Club's website at http://www.keoweesailingclub.com.  Just click on the regatta story posted there.

Full results are here.

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2017 Final Florida Series Regatta - Upper Keys Sailing Club

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From all accounts on Facebook, this weekend was a blast at the Upper Keys Sailing Club in Key Largo, FL, hosted by Jim and Cheryl Signor.  This was the final event in the Florida Series for 2017.  Mark Taylor noted after day 1 "Beautiful day on the water. Close racing....except Jeff/Amy. Fyi I dont care how flat the water is....14-18 and puffy hurts after 3 races.  Cheryl Signor noted after day 1 "Getting ready to do this again. We need you to work up an appetite as we've got a barbecue planned after we get in off the water. Congrats to the top teams!"  Amy Smith Linton noted after the event  "Really great weekend in the beautiful Florida Keys! Thank you Cheryl and Jim SIgnor who not only hosted, but got a bullet today and finished in the top two!"

And the winners are three Wife-Husband teams - Jeffy and Amy Smith Linton, Jim and Cheryl Signor, and Mark (birthday boy) and Michele Taylor.  Congrats to all!   Full Results are here.

 

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Greg Fisher clinic at the 2017 Great 48, Lake Norman Yacht Club

At the 2017 Great 48, Greg Fisher was generous enough to join us and conducted a sailing clinic. Special thanks to Sean O'Donnell for coordinating and uploading the video footage. Click on the picture to enjoy the video!

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2017 Great 48 Had a Bit of Excitement - Even Scuttlebutt Noticed!

There were 38 Scots registered for the 43rd Great 48 at Lake Norman Yacht Club in Mooresville, NC .  A full story and pictures are coming soon, but for now, enjoy these videos.  The capsize even made Scuttlebutt with the caption "Paul Simon says there are 50 ways to leave your lover but we found a Flying Scot skipper who came up with another way".  Full results are here.

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Sunday was a beautiful day for racing at the 2017 Great 48 Regatta. Click on the picture tp enjoy some aerial footage as Harry Carpenter and Carrie Andrews lead the 30+ boat pack around the first downwind gate.

Video by Eric Bussell

 

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So we were filming at the Flying Scot Great 48 Regatta and just happened to have a camera pointed at Bruce Kitchen as he fell out of the boat, causing it to capsize. Thanks to Bruce and Lynn for being such great sports and having such a great attitude so that we can learn and share a good laugh with them. Boat footage by Angie Hunt, who drove from Illinois to volunteer and help us with our promotional project. Click on the picture to enjoy the video,

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2017 Make Your Scot Fly - Lake Murray Sailing Club, Chapin, SC

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The Phinneys show us family sailing at its best. Nate (Dad), when responding to our request for impressions of his Make Your Scot Fly experience, said his son liked best that his name was on the MYSF completion certificate along with Mom & Dad.

With 1-1-2 finishes, these youth sailors  handily won the Sunday morning 'Make Your Scot Fly Challenge". Skipper Jacob Dickson, with CrewAsa McMeekin and Patrick Lloyd were working like a well oiled machine!

Want to Make Your Scot Fly? Follow the lead of these 21 sailors who enjoyed 2 days of learning and took their Flying Scots to the next performance level in a very supportive coaching environment at Lake Murray Sailing Club.

Our 2017 event,hosted by Flying Scot Fleet 158, featured a five coach support team headed by Mad Sails owner and Flying Scot regatta winning sailor, Ryan Malgrem, four LMSC coaches, Allan Gowans, Tommy Weaver, Willie Liddicoat, and Ryan Gaskin and visit...ing coach John Kriedler of Western Carolina Sailing Club. Participants had plenty of on board mentoring from coaches who used chase boats to transfer from sailboat to sailboat.

Sailors ran the spectrum from former keel boat sailors looking for more portable fun to beginners who had yet to fly a spinnaker. In addition to our local participants, we had guests from Keowee Sailing Club in the SC upstate, Privateer YC near Chattanooga, TN, Berlin YC near Canton, Oh, and Moraine Sailing Club in Pittsburg, PA.

I think our most heart warming guest scenario was offered by the Phinneys who sailed with their 7 year old son and 4 year old twin daughters, making sure they had fun doing it. Sort of a Joe Brake model of family sailing. Good on 'em!

We had super fun sailing the most versatile day sailor on the planet.

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"Top Gun" coach Ryan Malmgren from MAD Sails with chase boat driver and support coach Willie Liddicoat John and Debbie Dickinson show great spinnaker trim as they lead most of the fleet on the downwind leg.

 

2017 Choo Choo Regatta - Loads of Hospitality, Not Too Much Sailing

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The Privateer Yacht Club in in Hixson, TN, hosted the 2017 Chatanooga Cho Choo Regatta that featured lots of fun and hospitality this year, but Mother Nature had other ideas.  On Saturrday, 29 boats, count them, 29, went out to see how they could do in very light air.  There just was not much wind and the race committee was able to get just one race in.  On Sunday, it was just too wet to go out, so the regatta was decided by just one race.  And the top three boats went over the line together with just inches between them.  Cheers to the RC fo figuring that one out.  Privateer always puts on a great event and the folks who went all had a great time. For example, each traveler was partnered up with a sailor from Privateer Yacht Club for the cornhole tourney. Unfortunately the tourney was cancelled due to rain, so Eric Bussell and John Cassada remain the defending champs.  Wait until NEXT year!

The pictures posted in tis story are courtesy of Eric Bussell.  Eric shared all his pcutes on Facebook here.  Oh, and the winners, Rob Fowler, Mark Taylor and Ryan Malmgren.  Thanks to Rob Fowler and Privateer for another fun event!

Quote from Dixie Lakes Sailing Facebook Page by Rob Fowler - "Thanks to everyone who made the 2017 Chattanooga Choo Choo Regatta such a great time! 29 boats showed up and I think everyone had a great time. We did a "cook your own steak" for dinner, drank Dark and Stormy's, played corn-hole and had a traditional English Breakfast on Sunday morning. The only thing in short supply? Wind."

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2017 NAC at Sandusky Sailing Club, Sandusky, OH - Register Early!

The NAC is Coming, the NAC is Coming - Sandusky Sailing Club 2017

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Are you excited about the 2017 NAC?  This is an event that you won't want to miss, The team is busy getting ready for us and registration is open! Want to see what you can do while you're there in Sandusky?  Click on the icon below.

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Don't forget this is our 60th Anniversary year, a very special milestone - so make your plans soon and join the fun! You can get your 60th Anniversay Commemorative Apparel from Coral Reef Sailing Apparel..

Learn to Sail at the Deep Creek Sailing School – Celebrating 25 years!

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Registration is open at the Deep Creek Sailing School. Enjoy beautiful scenery as you learn to sail in the mountains of western Maryland. In addition to our very popular junior weeks and teen week, we have three adult instruction weeks scheduled. The weeks of June 19 and July 17 will focus on beginner/intermediate levels of sailing and introduction to racing. The week of July 24 will focus on intermediate/advanced levels of sailing including sail trim, racing, and spinnaker skills. We understand that a week may be too much of a commitment - hence we are offering both Monday to Friday and Monday to Wednesday options for adult weeks. The school also offers 3-hour private lessons. On July 8, 2017, the Deep Creek Sailing School is celebrating its 25th year since being established in 1992. Former instructors and students are welcome to join the celebration. Contact the sailing school if you are interested. 

www.deepcreeksailingschool.com

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2017 Space Coast Invitational - FL District Series #6 - a REAL BLAST!

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When there is a regatta in Merritt Island, FL, you will probably have great racing, but Henry Picco arranged a rocket launch during this year's Space Coast Regatta - how cool is that?  On Saturday, there was a great day of racing. with 2 races in 4-6 knot wind and 2 races 8-10 knot wind.  Sunday brought another 4 races and according to the teams that were there who commented on Facebook, if you didn't come, you really missed out.  Congratulations to Tom and Melanie McNally - full results are here.

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