Florida District

The Florida District emcompases 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 Central, Davis Island Yacht in Clearwater, St.Lucie Sailing Club in Stuart, Melbourne Yacht Club in Melbourne and Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club in Port Charlotte.

The District Governor is Mark Taylor. Follow the Florida District on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/fsfloridadistrict/ and Fleet 168 at https://www.facebook.com/groups/98437668559/

2015 Midwinters at Sarasota Sailing Squadron - Florida - Warmup Regatta

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The Midwinters warmup regatta was sailed today in perfect conditions on beautiful Saratoga Bay with 36 of the 54 boats registered for the Midwinters participating in today's event.  With 80-degree temperatures and 12 MPH winds, 2 races were sailed with a Championship and Challenger Division.  There was some confusion on the scoring, and as of now, pending final results, Tom McNally with crew Henry Pico won the Championship Division and Jim Leggette with crew Mike Funk won the Challenger.  Watch here for final results as soon as they become available.

The boats are coming, the boats are here at the Midwinters!

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The boats have arrived and checked in that the Flying Scot Moidwinters in Sarasota Florida.  How many boats you ask?  There are 54, count them, 54 Flying Scots here in the 80+ degree sun, some who are just heading out for the warm-up regatta this afternoon.  Watch here and Scuttlebutt, as well as the local Sarasota news for updates, photos, videos and results each day after racing.  It is going to be a great week!

Less than a week until the Midwinters in Sarasota!!!

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Greetings Flying Scot Sailors!  Tired of the long winter?  Well, it's just a week until the Midwinters in sunny Sarasota Florida, and we hope you are one of the lucky 50 skippers and crews coming from all over to enjoy this event.  It's not too late for you to come - click here for details!

And if you can't make it but wonder what's going on in the South while the North is frozen in 6 feet of snow, follow FSSA, the Florida District, Fleet 168 and Flying Scot South on Facebook and get your sailing fix!

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Early Registration Discount for 2015 Midwinter Regatta Ends 2/15

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   Last chance for the early registration discount is 2/15. Join the 42 other sailors who have already signed up to come. Zeke Horowitz will be there to defend his midwinter title. Paul Abdullah will be there to win back the title he won last time midwinters was in Sarasota while Jeff Linton will be trying to add his 1st midwinter title to his NAC and Wife Husband titles. 

Gator Challenge and Florida District Series #3 - Rudder Club, Jacksonville FL

Gator Challenge and Florida District Series #3 (2014-15) - Rudder Club, Jacksonville FL - Dec. 6-7, 2014 

You don’t need to be a Rudder Club member very long to know that the weather can be anything at the Gator Bowl. Some years it is warm and dry; others it can be bitter cold and wet.  Some days are light wind; others can be whitecaps and blustery.  2014 was no exception.  Saturday, December 6 was pleasant temperature but was a light air struggle on the water.  After a long postponement, we started in light easterly wind.  A big shift to the left was followed by lighter and lighter wind.  The race committee shortened the course at the leeward gate.  Pretty soon, chase boats were towing the fleet back to the dock.  The cold front came through as predicted early Sunday morning.  We started in a 10-12 knot north-northwest wind, which built to 15 to 17 in the last races.  Even in the early races, there was more chop than one expects for that wind, adding to the challenge.

John Kreidler (from Western Carolina Sailing Club) and Joe Brake dominated the weekend, with a 2nd in Saturday’s light air, followed by 4 1st places on Sunday.  Second place went to Jim and Cheryl Signor (from Upper Keys Sailing Club), who finished three points ahead of Tom McNally (Lake Monroe).  Mark Taylor (Davis Island) and Michelle Robinson took fourth, and Dave and Kim Thinel (Sarasota) took fifth.

Unique to the Gator Bowl, the Wallygator Trophy (literally a gator’s head mounted on a plaque) is awarded to the district with the best overall performance.  With only 2 boats from up North, Wally Trophy gets to stay warm in Florida for another year.  In a complete shock to District sailors, Cheryl Signor (crew on top Florida finishing boat for her husband Jim) declined the opportunity to put Wally on her mantelpiece over the holidays.

The Gator Challenge has a great food tradition.  This year, Donna Mohr prepared chicken sauce picante (Saturday) and corn and shrimp bisque (Sunday), and Rob Smith served chicken and sausage gumbo.  

Full results: http://www.fssa.com/content/2014-gator-bowl-challenge

Jon Hamilton, Captain, Fleet 131 (Rudder Club of Jacksonville, FL)

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