Midwest District

The Midwest District encompasses fleets in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Our active fleets are at Wilmette Harbor, Lake Carlyle, and Clinton Lake in Illinois, Lake Freeman in Indiana, Lake McBride in Iowa, Medicine Lake in Minnesota, and Ephraim, Madison, Neenah, and Delevan Lake in Wisconsin.

Our District Governor is Bronson Bowling from the Lake Carlyle Fleet. the Midwest District is also home to FSSA COmmodore Frank Gerry and First Vice President Bill Vogler. Read more about the Midwest on the blog http://midwestflyingscot.blogspot.com

2016 Midwest District Championship - Delavan Lake Yacht Club, WI

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Delavan Lake Yacht Club hosted the Midwest Districts on August 12-14, 2016.  While it seems like it was hot everywhere else in the country, it was actually a little cool in Wisconsin.  Twenty-four boats participated from several fleets in the Midwest!  

There was wind on Saturday when there were 3 races before the wind pretty much died.  But the wind gods were less friendly on Sunday and there just was no wind!  In the final accounting, there was a 4-way tie for 1st place with Ben Williams and Deb Aronson winning on a tiebreaker.  Fleet 135 from Clinton Lake Sailing Association, which was the Best Fleet in the NAC this year, was also the best Fleet in the Midwest District this year!  

Read LOTS more fun details from Deb Aronson on the Midwest District blog here.

Full results are here.

 

37 Boats Were at the 111th Ephraim Regatta!!!

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Clinic by Harry Carpenter - photo by Jennifer Ikeda              1st Place Ryan Makmgren & Stacey Rieu - photo by Jeanne Papenthien

You’ve probably been wondering what happened at the Ephraim Regatta last week. Well, here’s the scoop from Jennifer Ikeda:

Under the leadership of regatta chair, Nancy Claypool, a cadre of volunteers helped to welcome 37 competitors to the 111th Ephraim Regatta, including guests from FL, TX, TN, MD, LA, OH, PA, and throughout the Midwest.  Harry Carpenter led an informative "Make Your Scot Fly" clinic on Friday afternoon, with support from Larry Taggart, Ryan Malmgren and Michael Faugust. 

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 2nd Place Bruce and Lynn Kitchen     (photos by Jeanne Papenthien)        Big crowd at Ephraim!

PRO Dan Goldberg ably led the race committee, completing four races in light, shifty conditions. Congratulations to Ryan Malmgren and crew / wife Stacey Rieu, who won the regatta with 12 points!

2nd: Bruce and Lynn Kitchen, 15 points

3rd: Harry Carpenter with Melanie Dunham, 19 points

4th: Larry Taggart and Carrie Berger, 25 points

5th: Ben Williams and Deb Aronson, 27 points

Full resutls are here.

2016 Egyptian Cup Regatta at Carlyle Sailing Association, IL

Story by Linda Vitt, pictures byJeannette Beier and Rachel Bowling.  Full results are here.

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Things heated up this weekend at Carlyle Sailing Association with the Egyptian Cup Regatta. It was no surprise that the parking lot seemed to melt under your feet and the downwind runs reminded you of a rotisserie oven.  The only relief was a wonderful cooling tent set up on the asphalt desert by our wonderful Fleet 83 Captain Bronson Bowling and the welcome AC in the Observation/Club house building which gave us each a break from the heat. The winds were variable in the 5-8 range and allowed us 3 races on Sat and 2 on Sunday morning.  The Egyptian Cup Regatta (ECR) was founded at the Crab Orchard lake and over the years has evolved to be Fleet 83's home turf Flying Scot event.

2015 Glow in the Dark - Clinton Lake Sailing Association, IL

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Lots of Boats, Plenty of Wind by Deb Aronson

We had another wildly successful (if I do say so myself) Glow in the Dark this past weekend. With 26 boats registered, we beat our all time record by one boat, and everyone came ready to have a good time. This year we had mostly boats from our district, except for Mark and Maria Benner, who came from Moraine Sailing Club (outside Pittsburgh), Bruce and Lynn Kitchen from Cowan Lake (Ohio), and Carrie and Tyler Andrews, who came from Deep Creek in western Maryland. We also had Chuck and Denise Hollman, from Delavan Sailing Club in Wisconsin. Even though they are in our district, we have not seen many Delavan sailors over the last few years, so that was wonderful to have them here!!

Unfortunately, Luther and Deb Torgerson, from Madison, who have NEVER missed a Glow had to stay home this year because of an emergency (now mostly fixed) surgery. Even though they couldn’t come, they still sent a six-foot long cooler full of Madison beer for the event. Thank you Deb and Luther! We missed you!

2015 Midwest Districts and Egyptian Cup - Carlyle Sailing Association, IL

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The Midwest Districts began Friday 9/4 when Brian Hayes of North Sails conducted an all day seminar on how to improve set up, sail trim and boat handling. Demonstrations of tuning and sail trim were held on a boat in the shade. That was followed by in class power point review. Then we launched boats in light winds for on the water exercises. Brian had just raced with his son, winning the New York District in a Scot. His insights were very helpful to all. We are looking forward to racing Saturday with our new level of understanding the dynamics of sail trim.

Saturday at CSA was hot and winless. We were unable to race but Brian Hayes continued instruction with strategy and tactics. The afternoon found the competitors anxiously looking at the water and getting to know one another. Once it became hopeless all turned to their libations at the wine and cheese party.  Our professional chef sailor Greg Ziegenfuss presented a fabulous dinner. After dinner we were entertained by ourLinda Ditzler who wowed the crowd with her singing.  Fireworks lit up the sky as darkness fell upon the day. A good time even without wind. 

On Sunday our astute PRO Ted Beier called for the competitors to leave the harbor at 8 AM. Racing commenced shortly thereafter and two races were finished in light air. After the results were tallied Ryan Malmgren of MAD Sails and crew Stacy Rieu led all 21 competitors to the finish line in both races. Bill Vogler and crew came in second followed by Ben Williams and Deb Aronson. Frank Gerry and Marianne took Fourth with Jim and Betty Harris in Fifth. (Tyler Andrews and Carrie Andrews finished second in points but were only qualified for the Egyptian Cup as Deer Park MD is a long way from the Midwest District).

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