New York Lakes District

The New York Lakes District encompasses the fleets in New York that are not on the Atlantic Coast, and are on the many beautiful lakes located within New York State.

The current fleets are Chataqua Lake, Lake Ontario in Oswego, Mountaineers, Oswasco Lake, Owasco Lake, Saratoga Lake, and Skaneateles Lake.

The District Governor is Ann K. Seidman from the Saratoga Fleet.

31st Annual Saratoga Lake FS Invitational and NY Lakes Districts

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Another wonderful Saratoga Flying Scot Invitational is in the books.  We had two great days of racing and loads of fun visiting with old friends and new friends.  We had beautiful weather in the high 70's and mostly light air both days.  But we had enough wind to get in 4 races on Saturday and 2 on Sunday (one less race for the Challengers), with a mixture of Windward-Leeward and Triangle courses, keeping the divisions on different courses in each race.  The winds were a bit shifty and the race committee had their hands full keeping the races going and keeping the courses as straight as they could - not easy when you need to move the marks and the other division is still sailing the course.  We always appreciate what it takes to run races with multiple fleets. The results from Saturday were completely changed on Sunday, with Saturday's ties for 1st and 3rd in Championship and 1st in Challenger getting resolved on Sunday.  As we all know, lake sailing keeps you guessing and sometimes it does involve a bit of luck - your results may vary!

And the food - pancakes Saturday, French Toast Sunday, the you make it, you bag it you bring it lunches, and the beef and taco dinner on Saturday - delicious as always!  You are sure to have gained a few pounds over this weekend!  Oh, and we did have the usual Saturday thunderstorm at Saratoga, this time a little less dramatic than last year with no huge floods and no close lightning strikes, but one tent was upended and collapsed in the storm!  And the rainbow afterwards was lovely!

With 17 boats in the Championship Division and 9 in the Challenger Division, the competition was pretty tight.   The 6 races were won by 4 different teams in the Championship Division.  In the Challenger Division all 5 races were won by different teams.  In the end, the  Winners in the Championship Division were Mark Swanson and Scott Meyer who also won the New York Lakes District Championship.  The Challenger Division was won by Samantha Butler and .  Thanks to Paul and Shirley Waterfield and teams, who do a great job running the regatta and keeping us fed, to Bill Hudson, our hard-working PRO, to Rob Hayes for registration scoring., and the Saratoga Lake Sailing Club for hosting this terrific event.  The final results are here.  My unedited photos are here.

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Challenger winners Samantha Butler and Portia Studenroth with chairperson Paul Waterfield     Championship and District winners Mark Swanson and Scott Meyer with District Governor Ann K Seidman and Chairperson Paul Waterfield

 

2016 Saratoga Lake 30th Annual Fleet 161 Invitational Regatta & NY Lakes Districts

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The weather predictions for the weekend were for intermittent thunderstorms so the Race Committee had its hands full trying to get in races for the Saratoga Lake 30th Annual Invitational Regatta which was also the NY Lakes Districts. There were 25 boats registered, 14 Championship and 11 Challenger, with 13 teams vying for the District Championship Friday night was a fun welcome party and we tried to ignore the storms - some brave folks still slept in their tents on the lawn! 

Saturday morning was sunny, hot and calm with a light breeze and it looked like we would get in a race or two so we went out.  By the time all the boats made it to the Race Committee to check in, the wind had died.  The forecast said it was coming, or was it?  When it didn't come, the RC sent us in under postponement.  We went back out when the wind came, but then some storms that were not on the radar sent us in under postponement again - and we never got to go back out.  There was a storm followed by a beautiful rainbow followed by a really nice dinner prepared by club members. But then we had the NEXT storm, a seemingly never-ending thunderstorm with high swirling winds and lots of thunder and lightning.  A couple of boats were hit by lightning with one melted masthead fly and several tents were collapsed!  Most people waited it out in the clubhouse but some of us stayed out under a tarp and just marveled at the most ferocious storm we have ever seen short of a tornado!  Some people spent the night in the clubhouse, some went to a member's home a few miles away, but some (brave?) people actually slept in their tents!

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Sunday was much kinder. We went out at 9:00 and the RC got in 3 great races with good wind and lots of great competiton.  My club, Masspoag Yacht Club from Sharon, MA, was 1, 2, 5 so we all went home with trophies!  It was a great day that made us forget about the day before - well at least for a little while.  Full results, including District results, are here.

Smooth Sailing at Saratoga for Some Massapoag Skippers

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                             by Diane Kampf, FS5857

As we do each year, Greg and I trekked our way for the 20th time to Saratoga, NY, for the 29th Annual Flying Scot Invitational.  We joined fellow Massapoag Yacht Club sailors John and Connie Eckart, who were traveling to this regatta for the 1st time.  We were delighted to find that a couple of husband and wife teams from Massabesic Yacht Club in NH, Dennis and Nancy Dobe and Scott and Argelie Cunan, had also made the trip for their 1st time.  Massabesic has one of our newest fleets in New England and is hosting the New England Districts this year.  One of the skippers told me that they decided to come to Saratoga after reading previous articles of mine in Scots n’ Water!  I sure hope I have not put too much pressure on our hosts.

Saratoga Lake Sailing Club is one of the neatest places to visit.  There is room on the property to stay overnight in the house and plenty of room for camping, and several members also host visiting teams at their homes.  The hospitality at the club is always great.  We got there late on Friday night and just parked our Roadtrek, plugged it in and went to sleep.  So we missed the Friday night welcome party, but we heard it was great as usual!

On Saturday, Shirley Waterfield was there with some others helping making blueberry pancakes, or custom made pancakes for the 1 or 2 people (like me) who actually like them plain.  There were other choices for breakfast too but I think most people gravitate towards the island in the kitchen where the pancakes are being served.  No one goes hungry at this regatta.  Although your belly is full, you then make the famous “you make it, you bag it, you bring it” lunch on shore because once racing starts, you don’t come back in shore until the end of the day.  Some people can make it all day, others need a snack, but some need their lunch to make it through a whole day on the water. 

2014 28th Annual Saratoga Lake Regatta

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The Saratoga Lake 28th Annual Flying Scot Regatta in Saratoga, NY, fielded 26 boats, 17 in the Championship Division and 9 in the Challenger,  We started out Saturday 8/9/2014 with little wind on the lake, so we visited with old friends and made some new friends as we waited for the wind to fill in.  The Race Committee decided about 2PM that there might be enough wind to get us out there.  We paddled part way out to the course, then flew spinnakers to get to the RC boat.  In light air we raced 4 legs of an Olympic course in about 1.5 hours, so the race was shortened at the windward mark.  We hoped for a little more wind on Sunday, but it never came.  Greg and Diane Kampf from Massapoag Yacht Club won the Championship Division and Greg and Steve Northrup from Candlewood Yacht Club won the Challenger Division. Final results are here.

2013 27th Annual Saratoga Invitational - Day 2

 

Sunday 8/11 brought us another beautiful day at Saratoga Lake, NY, with light and variable southeast winds to start the last race. The winds were fluky and spotty towards the middle of the race, then died near the end if the course. The leaders sat near the finish line waiting to see if they could get what they needed to just make it across the finish line. The wind finally came in from the southwest pushing several of the other boats right up to the leaders, but not quite in time to beat them. Several of the boats behind changed places with each other as the wind got to them at different times.

Trophies were awarded to the top 5

1 Ryan Malmgren & Stacey Rieu - Ephraim YC

2 Jay & Brian McNeff - Massapoag YC

3 Bernie Zabek & Bill Metz - Saratoga Lake SC

4 Jim Cavanagh & John Houstle

5 Greg & Diane Kampf

 

Thanks to regatta chairs Misha and Olga Gutin and crew - always a fun time! Full results are here 

Regatta Results