Florida District

The Florida District encompasses most of the fleets in the state of Florida.Active fleets include Sarasota Sailing Squadron in Sarasota, Coconut Grove Sailing Center in Miami, Rudder Club of Jacksonville, Lake Eustis Sailing Club in Eustis, Davis Island Yacht in Tampa and Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club in Port Charlotte. With developing fleets in Merritt Island, Orlando and Key Largo.

Florida has an active open circuit consisting of one regatta a month from October through May. Race Schedules are posted on FSSA and Facebook. You can follow the Florida District at

https://www.facebook.com/groups/fsfloridadistrict/.

Any questions about the Florida District or the Florida Circuit please contact the District Governor, Mark Taylor.

2018 Midwinters at Sarasota Sailing Squadron, FL - 60+ boats are here!

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As 60+ boats are setting up for the practice race at the 2018 Midwinters, your Board of Governors is working to keep up the FSSA business!  President Bill Vogler thanked Chief Measurer Bob Neff for his many years fo service to the organization and his tireless dedication to keeping our class strong and our boat's one design intact.  We have indeed been fortunate to have Bob's service for these 25+ years.

The 2018 Midwinters Start 3/26 - 60 Teams are Registered and There's Room for More!

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Next Monday, March 26, 60 boats carrying more than 120 of the best sailors in the country will take to Sarasota Bay for four days of racing in the 2018 Flying Scot Midwinters at the Sarasota Sailing Squadron.

Competitors start arriving Saturday, March 24, and compete in a warm-up race Sunday, March 25.

There is still room for more - it;s not too late to register at the event website 

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Hope to see you there!

2018 48th George Washington Birthday Regatta - Lake Eustis, FL

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For those of us that are stuck in the winter doldrums, think about what's going on in the Florida Distirct!  The District Series in in full swing and there are lots of teams participating.  This weekend, the wind did not make much of an appearance at the 2018 George Washington Birthday Regatta at Lake Eustis but the fun sure did. First, let's note that 30+ Flying Scot teams were registered for this event - woohoo!  AND, the weather was just beautiful!  When the teams weren't racing, there was lots of hositality and even a giant Jenga game going on. 

Saturday there was just ONE race, but as we said, not much wind - only 11 boats finished and the rst tied for 13th!  Sunday there were no races, so it was a wrap. Full results are here  and the top 5 winners were:

1. David Moring & Arial Harrington
4. Dave Chapin & Caroline
2. Jeff & Amy Smith Linton
3. Zeke Horowitz & Jay Horowitz
5. David Helmick & Fred 

Pictures are at https://gwbregatta2018.shutterfly.com/pictures/233#266

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There are still several more events in the DIstrict series - you should think abo9ut going if you aren't already planning to go. And the Midwinters are just a few weeks away, so get on down to Florida and have some Florida weather and fun!

2017 Jeff Penfield Memorial Regatta - Sarasota Sailing Squadron, FL

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Jeff​ ​Penfield​ ​Memorial​ ​Regatta Nov.​ ​11-12,​ ​2017 by Dave Thinel

The​ ​Sarasota​ ​Sailing​ ​Squadron​ ​and​ ​the​ ​Flying​ ​Scot​ ​Fleet​ ​36​ ​hosted​ ​the​ ​seventh​ ​annual​ ​Jeff Penfield​ ​Regatta,​ ​Nov.11​ ​and​ ​12,​ ​2017.​ ​The​ ​regatta​ ​is​ ​also​ ​one​ ​of​ ​the​ ​stops​ ​on​ ​the​ ​Flying​ ​Scot Florida​ ​District​ ​traveling​ ​series.

We​ ​had​ ​24​ ​teams​ ​of​ ​Scot​ ​racers​ ​ready​ ​to​ ​tackle​ ​Sarasota​ ​Bay​ ​Saturday​ ​morning.​ ​A​ ​passing cold​ ​front​ ​to​ ​our​ ​north​ ​brought​ ​a​ ​brisk​ ​easterly​ ​breeze,​ ​temperatures​ ​in​ ​the​ ​seventies​ ​and​ ​sunny! Racing​ ​started​ ​promptly​ ​at​ ​12:30​ ​on​ ​a​ ​windward​ ​leeward​ ​course​ ​about​ ​1.5​ ​miles​ ​north​ ​of​ ​the club.​ ​Zeke​ ​Horowitz​ ​and​ ​his​ ​dad,​ ​Jay,​ ​took​ ​the​ ​first​ ​bullet​ ​with​ ​their​ ​new-ish​ ​FS​ ​6138,​ ​JaMing-O. The​ ​Lintons​ ​also​ ​in​ ​a​ ​new-ish​ ​boat​ ​FS​ ​6133,​ ​The​ ​Scuppernong,​ ​finished​ ​second.​ ​The​ ​excellent RC​ ​had​ ​the​ ​second​ ​race​ ​going​ ​promptly​ ​in​ ​a​ ​building​ ​breeze.​ ​Some​ ​40​ ​minutes​ ​later​ ​the​ ​top​ ​two finishers​ ​from​ ​the​ ​first​ ​race,​ ​finished​ ​1​ ​and​ ​2​ ​again.​ ​There​ ​was​ ​plenty​ ​of​ ​hiking​ ​and​ ​some​ ​planing downwind​ ​so​ ​things​ ​were​ ​getting​ ​fun!​ ​Race​ ​3​ ​had​ ​Jim​ ​and​ ​Cheryl​ ​Signor​ ​blasting​ ​out​ ​ahead​ ​in​ ​a new-to-them​ ​FS​ ​5982,​ ​earning​ ​a​ ​nice​ ​win.​ ​In​ ​second​ ​place​ ​was​ ​Tyler​ ​Andrews​ ​and​ ​Eric​ ​Bussell FS​ ​6135​ ​who​ ​traveled​ ​from​ ​Deep​ ​Creek,​ ​MD​ ​and​ ​Illinois​ ​respectively.​ ​That’s​ ​some​ ​dedication!

Sunday​ ​was​ ​a​ ​bit​ ​cooler,​ ​about​ ​as​ ​breezy​ ​but​ ​much​ ​more​ ​overcast.​ ​The​ ​fleet​ ​beat​ ​out​ ​of​ ​the harbor​ ​for​ ​a​ ​10:30​ ​start,​ ​under​ ​a​ ​few​ ​drops​ ​of​ ​rain.​ ​After​ ​a​ ​general​ ​recall,​ ​we​ ​got​ ​off​ ​clean​ ​in​ ​the breeze​ ​and​ ​chop.​ ​Zeke​ ​and​ ​Jay​ ​wasted​ ​no​ ​time​ ​adding​ ​to​ ​their​ ​lead​ ​from​ ​day​ ​one​ ​with​ ​a​ ​nice win​ ​but​ ​the​ ​Lintons​ ​were​ ​second,​ ​still​ ​close.​ ​The​ ​5th​ ​and​ ​last​ ​race​ ​would​ ​soon​ ​decide​ ​the winner.​ ​Sadly,​ ​Zeke​ ​had​ ​a​ ​slight​ ​mechanical​ ​issue​ ​and​ ​finished​ ​back​ ​in​ ​the​ ​pack,​ ​a​ ​shame​ ​after such​ ​a​ ​good​ ​series.​ ​The​ ​Lintons​ ​seized​ ​the​ ​opportunity​ ​and​ ​won​ ​the​ ​race​ ​and​ ​the​ ​regatta.​ ​David Ames​ ​with​ ​his​ ​dad,​ ​Larry,​ ​crewing​ ​grabbed​ ​second​ ​place​ ​in​ ​a​ ​new-to-them​ ​boat​ ​FS5350.​ ​The new​ ​boat​ ​theme​ ​is​ ​hard​ ​to​ ​miss!
Awards​ ​went​ ​to​ ​the​ ​top​ ​five;​ ​1-​ ​Jeff​ ​and​ ​Amy​ ​Linton,​ ​2-​ ​Jim​ ​and​ ​Cheryl​ ​Signor,​ ​3-​ ​Zeke​ ​and​ ​Jay Horowitz,​ ​4-​ ​Mark​ ​and​ ​Michelle​ ​Taylor​ ​and​ ​5-​ ​Tyler​ ​Andrews​ ​and​ ​Eric​ ​Bussell.​ ​Well​ ​done​ ​to​ ​all!


Kirk​ ​Burnett,​ ​PRO,​ ​the​ ​RC​ ​team​ ​and​ ​volunteers​ ​did​ ​a​ ​great​ ​job​ ​running​ ​the​ ​races​ ​and​ ​providing safety​ ​boat​ ​coverage.​ ​Alan​ ​Staniforth​ ​volunteered​ ​to​ ​take​ ​photos​ ​and​ ​got​ ​many​ ​great​ ​shots which​ ​can​ ​be​ ​viewed​ ​through​ ​the​ ​link​ ​below.​ ​​Thank​ ​You​ ​volunteer​ ​team!!

Each​ ​year​ ​since​ ​Jeff’s​ ​passing​ ​we​ ​present​ ​the​ ​Jeff​ ​Penfield​ ​Leadership​ ​Award​ ​to​ ​the​ ​person who​ ​best​ ​leads​ ​the​ ​Florida​ ​District.​ ​The​ ​previous​ ​year’s​ ​recipient​ ​is​ ​tasked​ ​with​ ​selecting​ ​the new​ ​leader.​ ​Barry​ ​Millbourn​ ​made​ ​an​ ​excellent​ ​choice​ ​in​ ​choosing​ ​John​ ​Pether​ ​for​ ​2017.​ ​John has​ ​been​ ​a​ ​true​ ​leader​ ​at​ ​the​ ​Squadron​ ​and​ ​with​ ​the​ ​Flying​ ​Scot​ ​Fleet​ ​36.​ ​He​ ​has​ ​recently authored​ ​a​ ​book​ ​of​ ​history​ ​for​ ​the​ ​Sarasota​ ​Sailing​ ​Squadron​ ​and​ ​is​ ​serving​ ​as​ ​regatta​ ​chair​ ​for the​ ​2018​ ​FSSA​ ​Midwinter​ ​Championship.​ ​A​ ​truly​ ​excellent​ ​choice,​ ​​congratulations​ ​John!!

Full results are here.  Click here for photos and here to go to Facebook and view the and posts and a video of the awards ceremony.

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Winner, winner, chicken dinner for Jeff and Amy Smith Linton.  They must LOVE chicken! (and beer)

2nd Place Jim & Cheryl Signor
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3rd Place Son/Father Team Zeke & Jay Horowitz 4th Place - FL District Guv Mark and Michele Taylor
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5th Place - Eric Bussell & Ty Andrews - love the spinnaker!

The Signors aboard Cool Change!

 

 

 

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