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/

There's always tomorrow...

Well, the wind just doesn't want to quit. We waited patiently all day for a little lull from the 20-23 mph or so that was whistling by the club. Finally at about 2 Judy Hanlon decided it was dropping and we all trooped out. It was a lovely 11 knots or so as we arrived at the line and as the race committee set up. But it was a trick. After about 10 or 15 minutes the wind cranked up again, just as high as yesterday. Still, we were all game, but the committee boat anchor refused to hold. They had one line, two lines, three lines and then a fourth and still the boat slid downwind.

2013 Midwinters at Sarasota Day 3 - no races

After postponement until 14:00 due to too much wind, we went out and tried to get races in. The RC did all they could, however, the wind built and the RC boat's anchor was dragging. After one abandoned race, the wind just built too much and we went in. It was a beautiful sunny day on the water, so we still enjoyed the sailing.  And we got to see the local manatee swimming around the sandbar in the bay - how cool is that?

Sarasota Sailing Squadron

 

2013 Midwinters at Sarasota Day 2 - Race 3

Brian Hayes from North Sails started the day with a great video review of day 1 racing. Following that were wild times out on the bay today! We got one race in after a postponement and one race abandoned, there was a terrific race held. Some sailors did not go out, or came back in after going out, but those who stayed out got rewarded with a bit less wind 14-17 for most of the race. The boats were all sailing close together and competition was fierce. The last downwind leg had more wind, but everyone finished upright and only one capsize AFTER the race. Results here

Midwinters Day 2

2013 Midwinters at Sarasota Day 1 - Race 1 & 2

After a weather postponement earlier in the day, we went out in 15-17 knot winds and finished the first 2 races of the regatta today. One general recall got everyone in line and we only heard starting horns after that!  Everyone stayed upright, but one collision caused a dismasting. There were several other collisions as well with less damage resulting from those. Despite that it was overall a great day on the water after the bad weather earlier in the day.  Super job of race management by the Race Committee.  Results to date are here

2013 Midwinters - boats going out day 1

Registration is open for the Flying Scot Midwinters - please sign up early!

Hey all you Northerners, it's time to dust off the boat and get ready for the 2013 Flying Scot Midwinters.  And for those of you who sail all winter, add this to your plans!  Registration is now open for the 2013 Midwinters at the Sarasota Sailing Squadron on March 11-15, 2013,  It's a super place to sail and it's always a good time - for LOTS more information, click here

And don't forget the Warm-up Regatta at Davis island Yacht Club in Tampa on March 9-10.  It;s a great way to get back in the game for those who don't get to sail all winter and it's another great venue too  - get more information here.

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