Dave Beckett Special Recognition Award - Fleet 203 Outgoing Captain


Dave Beckett has been the Fleet Captain of Fleet 203 at the Sailing Club of Washington in the Capital District for many years. As he leaves that role and moves to another area and another fleet, Chip Lubsen from his club let us know about Dave’s many accomplishments over the years. I asked FSSA President Bill Dunham if there was a way that FSSA could recognize Dave and he agreed that we would do that.  Here are just some of what Dave has done:

  • Outstanding Ambassador for the Sailing Club of Washington (SCOW) & exemplifies sailing’s Corinthian Spirit.
  • Enthusiastic and successful racer - won the 2019 Capital District travelling trophy.
  • Responsible for the growth of Fleet 203 - inspiring many to purchase Flying Scots such that SCOW now has a dozen private owners to complement its fleet of 6 club Scots.
  • SCOW Board member for 7 years - focused on training and racing programs.
  • Mentor and teacher to countless aspiring racers - always ready to share information so everyone improves.
  • The heart of SCOW Wednesday Night Racing.
  • During COVID shut down - conducted 10+ Zoom Scot racing seminars - after conducting/arranging a full series of winter seminars.
  • Student and teacher of the rules of racing - he is now encyclopedic.
  • Often forgoes racing to serve as regatta PRO - so that others may race. 
  • Has trained numerous SCOW members on Regatta/Race management.
  • A family man of integrity and generosity – Farewell Dave

At a recent club event, Chip presented Dave with a certificate from FSSA and he was very surprised and touched by the recognition.  He talked a little about how the fleet has grown “The SCOW fleet consisted of five club Scots in 2014. I got the Board to buy one more and taught people how to race as I was teaching myself. They started loving it and buying boats and we now have the six club boats plus about 15 owners, including several from vaunted clubs from around Annapolis who have decided to homeport their boats at the Washington Sailing Marina to sail with us. Chip is going to take over as the fleet captain for Fleet 203 at the end of the year. He’s as excited about racing Scots as I am and I think there is a lot of momentum, so I’m very hopeful that Fleet 203 will continue to thrive and grow in the coming years. It has been very rewarding to see the fruits of one’s labor of love and a true appreciation for the results by a diverse group of sailors within the club. And that totally unexpected recognition from FSSA was a very sweet cherry on top. Thank you so much for it. I’m going to be living closer to Fishing Bay and intend to continue improving my racing skills and playing an active role some how in promoting Flying Scot Sailing. It’s a great community. I’ve been sharing the greater FS community with the Sailing Club of Washington and they seem to be eating it up.”

Perhaps you have a sparkplug at your club that you’d like to let us know about. There are so many out there. Who is yours?

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