2017 Egyptian Cup Regatta - Carlyle Sailing Association, Carlyle, IL

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Bruce and Lynn Kitchen proudly hoist the Egyptian Cup!

Twenty-two boats - 9 from Cliton Lake Sailing Association - registered for the 2017 Egyptian Cup Regatta at Careyle Sailing Association. Due to Sunday's forecast for lstorms and heavy winds, PRO Ted Beier held 4 races on Saturday.  Two W-L races were sailed in the morning in 8-12 MPH WSW winds. In the afternoon the winds held steady and there was 1 modified Olympic and 1 W-L course.  After Day 1 the top 5 boats were separated by just 5 points.  

After racing came the beer, dark and stormies (rum and ginger beer) and a delicious dinner  prepared by Greg and Melissa Ziegenfuss of Butler's Pantry.  Then Saturday night's expeted weather forced everyone to tie their boats down.  A fierce storm with lots of thunder and lightning and lots of rain came and filled the boats with water.  

Sunday the winds started out heavy and gusty but by race time it was 10-12 with some gusts.  hHile the PRO kept an eye on the weather, 1 more race was completed. Bruce and Lynn Kitchen finished first. Frank and Marianne were second. Ben Williams and Deb Aronson were third.

Another great job by CSA!  Full results are here.

2017 Indy Regatta - Eagle Creek Sailing Club, Indianapolis, IN

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Frank and Marianne Gerry in a borrwoed boat since their was in a motor vehicle crash - gotta love this Flying Scot class!  - Picture by Sheila Krout

Flying Scot Fleet 201 hosted the 2017 Indy Regatta on Jun 10-22 at Eagle Creek Sailing Club, on Eagle Creek Reservoir in Indianapolis.  If you were'nt there, you might have missed some pretty great racing according to some posts on Facebook.  The weatehre was great! Saturday  eatured clear skies and winds SW at 15 mph with gusts to 25 mph with 4 W/L races completed.  Sunday also had clear skies, and less wind S at 12 mph with gusts to 18 and 2 W/L races.

From Sheila Krout:

Kitchen Sink III Crew was incredible to watch:

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Picture by Sheila Krout

Lots more of Sheila's picture here:

 

Full results here

From Rich Fox:

Many thanks to all the Club members who helped out on the Race Committee boats for the Flying Scot Regatta, including - Janet Hickok, Bob Hickok, Kenny Chapman, Nan Schulze, Dave Dyer, Stan Kroh, Sheila Krout, Tom Newgent (Spotter), Les Miller. We ran six races for 12 Flying Scots, out of which 10 boats were from out-of-state. Thank you for giving up a good part of your weekend to help ECSC put on a great regatta for some of the top Flying Scot sailors in the country! After each day of racing, we enjoyed the excellent hospitality that was organized by Geoff and Myra Endris, and Nick Mates & Jackie.

If any Flying Scot sailors says they are NOT sore from this weekend's regatta...they are probably not telling you the truth. We tried to make sure they go their money's worth of racing!

UPDATE - We're over 70 boats for the 60th NAC - Are You Coming? -

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Don't Stop Now!!

Hooray! We've officially got MORE THAN 60 boats for our 60th anniversary celebration at the NAC in Sandusky, which is a little over three weeks away! But let's not stop there; let's turn the corner and head now for 80 boats. Don't think of it as moving the goal posts, think of it as a way to share the fun with even more of your Flying Scot family.

After all, it's not like we turn 60 every year!!! Have you registered? If not, why not?   J And if you have, consider trying to encourage another member of your local fleet to join us!  Come join the fun, the racing, the friendship and the adventure!  And remember, if you join us by this Thursday (June1), you'll save $50 with early registration fees.  Information and Registration here

** AND FOR EVEN MORE FUN LATER ON - SAVE THE DATES

2017 Wife Husband - Sandy Bay Yacht Club, Rockport, MA, July 22-23

2017 ACC - Fishing Bay Yacht Club, Deltaville, VA, September 23-24

2017 Southwest Districts Flooded Out - Still a Great Effort by Fleet 23!

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From Fleet 23's Facebook Page:

The 2017 Southwest District Flying Scot Championships have been abandoned today and will be rescheduled later this year. I want to personally thank everyone involved with this event. Despite the flooding and lack of wind we all had a positive experience. Corinthian Sailing Club has great members. I want to tell you that while we waited in vain for the wind our happy group of volunteers and sailors had fun doing several important activities. We rescued a Flying Scot that was found swamped near the spillway. Our group temporarily fixed two broken davits and drained three swamped Flying Scots. The extensive amount of flotsam and jetsam left by the receding water were removed from the docks by our team. Logs, stumps, branches and trees were towed out of the slips and pulled out of the water. The amount of work completed was impressive. Meanwhile the wind never showed up. But the powerful kind spirit of our club reigns supreme. Thank you all for making this a great weekend. Sail a Flying Scot and have an adventure!

More to come once this has been rescheduled!

Tip of the Day and Debriefs every day at the 2017 NAC!

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Zeke Horowitz and Brian Hayes from North Sails will be serving coffee and light refreshments each morning from 8:30 - 9:30 in the launch area.  Additionally, at 8:30 they will do a morning "Tip of the Day" at the tent. This will be an informal chance for them to share thoughts on what to expect on the water that day and for folks to ask questions. They'll incorporate some of the top sailors to join us each day to share a tip and will post it on a white board under the North Coffee tent.  They will also run the debriefs each day and will rotate in the days "stars" and other class experts each day.  

You might want to be at the NAC JUST for this, but come for the racing and the camaraderie too!

Moe information on the Norht Sails Website - https://northsails.com/sailing/od-news/north-will-get-you-perked-up-at-the-flying-scot-nacs

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

2017grits1Despite 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,

Video by Angie Hunt and Eric Bussell

 

 

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