Carolinas District

The Carolinas District encompasses fleets in North and South Carolina as well as a fleet in Virginia.

In North Carolina we have Carolina Sailing Club in Durham, Lake Norman in Mooresville, Lake Townsend Yacht Club in Greensboro and Moorehead City Boatin Club in Moorehead City. In South Carolina, we have Lake Murray Sailing Club in Columbia. And in Virginia we have Smith Mountain Lake in Lake Roanoke.

The District Governor is Carol Claypool.

US Sailing Arthur B. Hanson Rescue Medal for ACC rescuers

                                                          US Sailing Rescue Medal

The Hanson Safety at Sea committee has voted to award the US Sailing Arthur B. Hanson Rescue Medal to the seven boats who recovered people out of the water during the FS ACC storm and subsequent recovery efforts.

Mauntauk 17 rescued 4 (Eddy Parker & Richard Schott)
Aquasport 19 rescued at least 5 (Ken Gurganus & Jeff Thomas)
Triumph 17 rescued 1 (Dave Brown, Polly Brown, & Joe Gormley)
Weather boat rescued 4 (Jim Zaradka & Mark Brennesholtz)
The Big Parker rescued 3 (Roger Brake & Eric Rasmussen)
17' Key West rescued 4 (Skip Byrum & Gus)
Sea Hunt 235 rescued 2 (Malcolm Shaffer, Robin Shaffer, Charlie Marr)

Also providing assistance were Flying Scot sailors Dave Neff and Gabe Hermans and Jason Hairf who took to the water to assist boats get righted and the boat ready and towed in.

From the US Sailing website - about this award:

"This award is given to skippers of boats or race support vessels who effect rescues of victims from the water. The award is made for rescues in U.S. waters, or those which occur in races originating or terminating in a U.S. port. The purposes of the award are to recognize the significant accomplishment in seamanship which has saved a life, and to collect further case studies in rescues for analysis for the US Sailing Safety at Sea Committee which will eventually be incorporated into the extensive educational programs of US Sailing"


Lessons Learned from the 2015 ACC


Lessons from the ACCs 2015

At the Atlantic Coast Championship on the Neuse River in September a fleet of 23 Scots was hit by a microburst with winds going from 12 – 15 knots to 50 – 60 knots in less than a minute and staying  high for 10 + minutes.   Seas quickly built to 3+ feet.  The teams sailing in this championship were well qualified skippers and crews, and yet 20 capsized.  There was extensive property damage including 8 -9 damaged mast, some of which are still on the bottom.  We were fortunate indeed that no one was seriously injured which could have happened very easily.

A few people shared some ideas on shore aimed at avoiding or at least minimizing the risk and damage in such situations.  Such conditions are thankfully rare.  I have been racing sailboats very actively since 1966 and this is the fortunately the worst weather I have encountered.  I emailed all the teams and asked that they share their thoughts on avoiding or managing bad weather in the future.  I will summarize these ideas and suggestions for the benefit of all Scoters.  I received 7 out of 23 entrants plus another from the team that did not launch after reviewing the forecast.  And, they were very capable sailors.

2015 ACC at Blackbeard Sailing Club - video by NishFuts Productions

The 2015 Flying Scot Atlantic Coast Championships were in New Bern, N.C. and was a great event. A nasty storm came through and cut things short but everyone was okay and it was still a success.  Here is a video from the event produced by NishFuts Productions - thanks to Joe Brake for sharing!


2015 ACC at Blackbeard Yacht Club, New Bern, NC - Squalls!

r2015 ACC Aftermath

Info from Deb Aronson and Joe Brake, photo by Mike Funk

Ben and I decided at the last minute to drive to New Bern, NC, for the Atlantic Coast Championships. We had always wanted to participate in that event, one of only four national events the FSSA sanctions. Plus, we've always wanted to sail at Blackbeard, since it is near Ben's parents' home.

2015 Scots on the Rocks Regatta - Lake Murray Sailing Club, SC


Fleet 158 was pleased to host its 11th annual “Scots on the Rocks” Flying Scot regatta the weekend of September 5th and 6th – 2015.  Eighteen competitors, including one in the Youth Division, came to play in two days of moderate temperatures and spectacular sailing conditions.  

Day one saw fairly consistent breezes averaging around 7 to 8 knots with enough gusts, lulls and oscillations to keep everyone on their toes.  ”Winds were generally out of the northeast with occasional north tossed in to keep our race committee engaged.  Early forecasts of “T” storms kept the committee boat closer to shore with fairly short courses, but none of the bad stuff materialized.  We had three great races and a hungry crowd swarming the club to do justice to cocktails and great Southern pulled pork BBQ from Farm Boys, our local go to guys for such delicacies.

Day two was better!!!  At the 0930 warning signal, winds were pretty steady out of the northeast averaging around 11 knots with plenty of gusts between 15 t0 17 or so.  No threats, so our race management crew set up in open water with some nice long legs to help us shake out the morning cobwebs.  Sailors who spotted the headers and tacked to pick up the lifts early really stretched out to early leads.  Discipline had to be maintained, however, when the headers were in during the lulls.  The patient ones kept moving in the “soft” spots and went for the pressure waves marching down the lake.

Regatta Results