2017 Roger Punzi Memorial Regatta - Good friends. Good Times

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A few boats pretty close to finishing up race 1

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Fifth place Mark and Adam Riefenhauser from host club Candlewood Yacht Club in New Fairfield, CTd

Thirteen boats from 3 Districts came to Candlewood Yacht Club to enjoy some great friends, some fun, some food, oh yes, and some racing.  There were 4 boats from Saratoga Lake Sailing Club in the New York Lakes District, 3 boats from my club, Massapoag Yacht Club in the New England District, 2 boats from Sprite Island Yacht Club in the Greater New York District and 4 boats from the host club Candlewood, also in the Greater New York District.  Participants included New York Lakes District Governor Ann K. Seidman and Greater New York District Governor Mark Riefenhauser 

While we started with a postponement first thing in the morning, we were pretty happy that our great Race Committee, led by Commodore Tom Mullen and crew, got in 4 good races on Saturday.  You really can't ask for better than that.   With steady 10-12 MPH winds from the south, and loads of shifts to discover as there often is in lake sailing, there were places changing on every leg in each race, sometimes on each tack.  The racing was pretty close and there was not much time waiting between races.  The top 3 teams won all the races, but the rest of us had a great time with just a 1 point difference between 4th and 5th place, and lots of tie-breakers after that.  On Sunday, we waited a while in the rain, but the predicted gusts up in the 20's and possible lightning made it just too risky to put people on the water, so we packed up and went home knwoing this was the last race of the year for us..  

The hospitality was great and the club members offered to help rig, park, launch and of course they fed us all.  This is our 5th year in a row and Greg and I will definitely be back!  Come and join us, you won't regret it.  Full results are here.

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Third Place Mark Swanson and Mike Henne from Saratoga Lake Sailing Club in Saratoga, NY

2017 Atlantic Coast Championship - Fishing Bay YC, Deltaville, VA

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Flying Scot ACC's -
Another successful Flying Scot ACC's are in the books. Thirty boats participated in two divisions at Fishing Bay Yacht Club this past weekend. The competition was fierce as the results from Saturday were completely changed on Sunday that showed the talent in this highly competitive fleet. The Championship Division had 26 teams competing and the Challengers had 4 teams. We were blessed with great weather both days, excellent race management, incredible food including a fantastic taco bar on Saturday night prepared by FBYC Nica Waters, lots of Southern hospitality and loads of fun visiting old and new friends. Saturday the wind was between 4 - 7 and Sunday was slightly higher with 8 -10.
First place team of David Neff and Jason Hair from Selby Bay won three of the five races to take overall honors as the ACC Champions and Capital District Champions. Second place went to FBYC's Rob Whittemore and Kevin Clark who won the other two races. Finishing in third was another FBYC sailor, Len Guenther and Ron Thompson. Charlie Clifton sailing with his son, Chip from the Sarasota Sailing Squadron finished in fourth. Fifth place went to John Kreidler and Joe Brake from the Western Carolina Sail Club. In the Challenger Division FBYC's Ric Bauer and his wife, Sharon had five bullets winning the title to this division

Results are here and pictures should be coming soon!

Lots of activity in the FSSA this weekend - hope you were at one of these!

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There was lots of activity in the Flying Scots class this weekend - the ACC at Fishing Bay Yacht Club in VA, the Glow in the Dark Regatta/Midwest Districts at Clinton Lake Sailing Association in IL, and the Scot-A-Hoochee/Dixie Lakes Districts at Lake Lanier Sailing Club in GA.  I am waiting for some write-ups and some pictures, Meanwhile, the results ofall thre regattas are under regatta results.  

2017 Makeup Women and Junior NAC - Corinthian Sailing Club, Dallas, TX - Complete!

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Women's NAC winners Greta Mittman and Heidi Gough   Junior NAC Winners Rachel and Michael Mittman 
Photos courtesy of Dari Esfahani  

Corinthian Sailing Club in Dallas, TX, hosted a terrific makeup Women and Juniors NAC, with 2 great weather days, shifting conditions, great race management, and great Texas hospitality.  By 11AM on Saturday, the boats were all rigged, skippers meetings were done and racing was on!  There were two races on Saturday morning and one in the afternoon, then here were 2 more races on Sunday. With the 10 women's teams and 6 Junior teams participating, there was loads of good close racing with multiple lead changes, 

Practice Day, Southwest District Governor Robert Cummings wrote "The Practice Race went well for the 2017 Women & Juniors North American Championship Re-Scheduled Regatta in Dallas. Looking forward to a beautiful day of sailing tomorrow! It was so much fun meeting sailors from across the country!".

Day 1, Jody Smith reported  that "the first two races had great wind with great sailing" and later reported that "the third race was a great race! A lot of changes of position. The racers put on a sailing clinic. the Junior sailors were sailing close at each mark. The wind was up and down and shifty. The women's standings demonstrate the talent and challenging conditions. Nice job to all the sailors!"

Dari Esfahani reported "What a great day on the water. It was just as much fun to be helping on Race Support, as it was racing" seeing all the smiles on the participants.

Day 2 began with only 4 points separating the top 5 boats. and Dari reported that after 2 more great races "Final Results. Mom wins the Women's and Daughter wins the Juniors", referring to Greta Mittman and Heid Gough as the Women's Champions and Rachel and Michael Mittman as the Junior Champions.

We will gather more pictures and let you know when they are available, but here are some links to some pictures on Flickr by Bruce Moore for you to enjoy, and there are lots morepictures on Facebook.

Race 1 - https://www.flickr.com/photos/22470241@N07/albums/72157689155560245

Race 2 - https://www.flickr.com/photos/22470241@N07/albums/72157685256175702

Race 3 - https://www.flickr.com/photos/22470241@N07/albums/72157686747204624

Congratulations to all the participants!  A big thanks to Corinthian's Fleet 23 and the Southwest District for hosting this great event.  It was wonderful to have 16 boats on the water!  Full Results are here.

2017 Makeup Women and Junior NAC - Corinthian Sailing Club, Dallas, TX

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So exciting!  There are 10 Women's Teams and 6 Junior Teams at the 2017 Makeup Women and Junior NAC.  There will be more to come, but just wanted to share the excitement,  There are lots of pictures on Facebook and we will share some of thoise later, but here is a link to some pictures on Flickr by Bruce Moore for you to enjoy,  https://www.flickr.com/photos/22470241@N07/sets/72157689155560245/

The races are very close and things could change today!  Watch here for further updates! 

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Have you registered yet for the 2017 Make-up Women and Junior NAC?

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Planning is ongoing for the Women's & Juniors Nationals 2017 Makeup Regatta at the Corinthian Sailing Club on September 16-17 in Dallas, Texas!  And what a deal!  For $50.00, they will find registrants a boat, a room, airport transportation, even good crew. All you need to do is get there! If you were already registered in Sandusky, the regatta fee has been waived.

There are currently 8 Women registered, including skippers from Tennessee, Virginia and Missouri! Two were previously registered in Sandusky!  There are also 3 Juniors registered, with 3 thinking about it, and we  need 5 to make a fleet by September 11.

What are you waiting for?  Sign up now - see more information and a link to the registration site here.

Fishing Bay YC's 78th Annual One Design Regatta

Fishing Bay Yacht Club in Deltaville, VA, held their 78th Annual One Design Regatta the weekend of 8/12-8/13/2017, with 20 boats entered in the Flying Scot division.  Here are some photos of the Flying Scot winners from the event with a little explation from Julie Ann Walsh:

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First PLace Rob Whittemore Second Place John Buhl Third Place John Wake

 

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Hawkworth Trophy winner Rob Whittemore "Lemonade" winners" Perry Guy and Jeanne Hamilton

The overall winner of the Hawksworth Trophy was Robert Whittemore. This trophy recognizes the class winner who has been most competitive as measured both by the degree to which he/she has consistently been at the top of his/her class and the number of boats against which he/she has competed.

Perry Guy and Jeanne Hamilton were recognized for making lemons into lemonade and staying "sunny" with abottle of our sponsor Chesapeake Bay Distillery's lemon vodka for taking out a club Flying Scott and racing against many finely tuned private boats, and having a great time!

Full results are here.  Come on over for the 79th Annual One Design Regatta in 2018!

31st Annual Saratoga Lake FS Invitational and NY Lakes Districts

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Another wonderful Saratoga Flying Scot Invitational is in the books.  We had two great days of racing and loads of fun visiting with old friends and new friends.  We had beautiful weather in the high 70's and mostly light air both days.  But we had enough wind to get in 4 races on Saturday and 2 on Sunday (one less race for the Challengers), with a mixture of Windward-Leeward and Triangle courses, keeping the divisions on different courses in each race.  The winds were a bit shifty and the race committee had their hands full keeping the races going and keeping the courses as straight as they could - not easy when you need to move the marks and the other division is still sailing the course.  We always appreciate what it takes to run races with multiple fleets. The results from Saturday were completely changed on Sunday, with Saturday's ties for 1st and 3rd in Championship and 1st in Challenger getting resolved on Sunday.  As we all know, lake sailing keeps you guessing and sometimes it does involve a bit of luck - your results may vary!

And the food - pancakes Saturday, French Toast Sunday, the you make it, you bag it you bring it lunches, and the beef and taco dinner on Saturday - delicious as always!  You are sure to have gained a few pounds over this weekend!  Oh, and we did have the usual Saturday thunderstorm at Saratoga, this time a little less dramatic than last year with no huge floods and no close lightning strikes, but one tent was upended and collapsed in the storm!  And the rainbow afterwards was lovely!

With 17 boats in the Championship Division and 9 in the Challenger Division, the competition was pretty tight.   The 6 races were won by 4 different teams in the Championship Division.  In the Challenger Division all 5 races were won by different teams.  In the end, the  Winners in the Championship Division were Mark Swanson and Scott Meyer who also won the New York Lakes District Championship.  The Challenger Division was won by Samantha Butler and .  Thanks to Paul and Shirley Waterfield and teams, who do a great job running the regatta and keeping us fed, to Bill Hudson, our hard-working PRO, to Rob Hayes for registration scoring., and the Saratoga Lake Sailing Club for hosting this terrific event.  The final results are here.  My unedited photos are here.

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Challenger winners Samantha Butler and Portia Studenroth with chairperson Paul Waterfield     Championship and District winners Mark Swanson and Scott Meyer with District Governor Ann K Seidman and Chairperson Paul Waterfield

 

2017 112th Annual Ephraim Regatta, Ephraim, WI

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Glimpse of Friday's weather (video by Eric Bussell)        Gorgeous glimpse of the regatta (photo by Jorie Johansen)

On Friday, Eric Bussell wrote:

Looks like Harry Carpenter and Ryan Malmgren will be having their racing clinic today on shore. One of my favorite things about Ephraim is all these future sailors running around and having fun no matter what. They are playing telephone upstairs and doing arts and crafts downstairs. Weather is expected to clear for the 30+ racers who have pre-registered.

Things turned around quite a bit and On Monday, the EYC Facebook Page said this:

Thanks to everyone for coming out and making the 112th Ephraim Regatta a success!

A special thank you to the people who generously used their boats to help run the regatta: David Chomeau, Chris Bungener, John Huff, Jim Rowings, Bob Kieckhafer.

We would also be nothing without our amazing volunteers: Nancy Claypool, John and Deanna Peterson, Wally Waleffe, Sibylle Tasker, Heather Andersen, Susan Reynolds-Smith, Lisa Gifford, Matt Winnacker, Steve Crane, Cain Goettelman, Liz Dischner, Michael Faugust, Ryan Malmgren, and Harry Carpenter of Flying Scot Inc.

We also had volunteers from South Shore Yacht Club, Moraine Sailing Club and Milwaukee Yacht Club: Dan Goldberg, Fred Horowitz, Bob Aring, John Archibald, Tom Salkowski, Dave August serving on Race Committee and as judges.

Thanks to Jorie Johansen for taking these great pictures of everyone.

There will always be an Ephraim Regatta thanks to all of you!

Full results are here:

2017 US Sailing Chubb US Junior Championships at Toms River Yacht Club, NJ

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We all know how great it is to see younger sailors in our boats!  Well, the US Sailing Chubb US Junior Championships start Monday August 7 and run through Friday August 11, 2017, at Toms River Yacht Club in Toms River, NJ.  One of the 3 boats being sailed will be Flying Scots, with Junior teams going three up.  It's great to see the class promoting the sport for Junior sailors, and there will be 10 teams racing Flying Scots in the event!  We're hoping there will be some pictures to share during and after the event.  The link to the event is at 

http://www.ussailing.org/racing/championships/youth/juniorchamps/

Brian Hayes from North Sails will be there Sunday to give a clinic at Seaside, get the boats tuned and share some tips with the Junior Sailors.  Aftter the event, some of you who were lucky enough to get in on the deal will be the owners of the North Sails used in the event.

This is all around good news for Flying Scot sailing! Good luck to all the Juniors - we will be watching!

 

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