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.

2019 New York Lakes Districts, Skaneateles Sailing Club, NY

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The New York Lakes Dostricts were held at Skaneateles Sailing Club in New YOrk on 7/27 =7/28. 2019. The weather cooperated and the racing was competitive.  First, Second and third place winners are pictured above along with a cake that looks too good to eat!. Full results are here.

2018 NY Lakes Districts at Central Adirondack Sailing Association, Inlet, NY

 

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Some of the leaders showing off their colors

FS Hull #32 competing well even at its advanced age of 61 

Submitted by Liz Cowles pictures by Frank and Carolyn Belknap

The Central Adirondack Sailing Association hosted the Flying Scot New York Lakes District Championship in Inlet, NY on 7/28-7/29.  This Regatta also served as the Blakeman Regatta for the Flying Scott Fleet 104 Championship.  18 boats sailed in very challenging conditions on beautiful Fourth Lake.  Winds were generally from the Westerly direction, but as is typical for lake sailing in the mountains, never stayed in any one direction for very long.  A total of 5 races were sailed over two days.  Wind velocity ranged from 5-22 knots, often on each leg of the triangle and Olympic courses.

Saturday was a bit overcast, but temperatures were in the 70’s and the wind came in at about 10AM to provide a full day of racing.  Each race seemed to feature a different challenge; from starts in light air to legs with 20+ knots.  Huge wind shifts would shuffle the positions and make large leads appear and disappear like magic.  The downwind legs went from reaches too tight to carry a spinnaker to dead runs with many jibes.  Good crew work was at a premium and several crews were heard questioning the sanity of the skippers after the 10th or so jibe on a downwind leg.  Sunday was beautiful and sunny and more of the same windy conditions (except when there was no wind).  Overall, the regatta provided two days of great racing in a beautiful mountain setting.

As is usually the case in the Flying Scot class, this was a very family oriented affair as there were numerous wife/husband, father/son, father/daughter and sister/brother teams.  It was also great to see FS hull #32, a 61 year old boat, out racing and even leading the fleet at times.

The hosts did a fantastic job and the Woods Inn provided a beautiful site to serve as the base of operations.  Ryan Malmgren of MAD Sails put on a sail trim and boat tuning seminar Friday evening before racing got started.  Beer and wine were served after sailing each day and the Saturday evening dinner was superb.  Inlet, NY is a very happening place in the summer and there was a classical music concert and fireworks on Friday night, another concert and outdoor play on Saturday afternoon and a concert by the US Army band on Sunday afternoon.  If there hadn’t been any wind we could have had a great weekend on shore!

Full results are here.

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. 

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