Where to sail/race?

I want to improve my racing/sailing this summer. I'm looking for the ideal place. Specifically, I'd like to find a lake with an active Flying Scot fleet that:

Races on weekdays and weekends,
Tolerates/encourages beginners,
Has reliable wind
Has comfortable daytime temperatures (not Hot!),
Has nearby camping for my 28' motorhome,
Is beautiful,
And is not expensive

Got any suggestions?

Have Scot, Will travel

Thanks

Floyd

I don't know how far you would like to travel, but Fleet 163 at Lake Nockamixon in Eastern PA, has all those. You may have to do some research on where to setup the 28' camper, but all the rest is accounted for.

Stop by if you are in the neighborhood for some fun racing. You're always welcome.

The club schedule of events can be found at:

http://www.nockamixonsailclub.org/

Phil Scheetz
FS 4086

Phil and Matt,

Thanks for the gracious responses and invitations. I hope others will let me know of their situations.

My wife Pat and I live just south of Birmingham, Alabama. We are members of the Muscle Shoals Sailing Club http://home.hiwaay.net/~mssc/ which is north of us on Wilson Lake on the Tennessee River near Florence AL. I am 59 years old, and we are retired. I have raced some in small keelboats, but I have never been serious about it, nor have I done any class racing in dinghies.

We bought the Scot in hopes of improving our racing/sailing skill, and to have some fun.

I would be willing to travel anywhere in the lower 48 states and eastern Canada. Ideally, after we got in a region we would stay in that area for most of the summer.

Please let me know the size of your fleet an estimate of the number of boats that actually race.

Thanks again,

Floyd

We have about 35 boats in the fleet, and we normally have 6-10 boats racing on any given weekend and 3-5 on Wednesday nights.

We also have a Challenge of the Lakes series, which we run along with the Scot fleet at Hunterdon Sail Club, which is about 45 minutes away in NJ. The turnout for these is a little higher as both fleets participate.

Also about 1.5 hours east is Monmouth Boat Club which has a really cool regatta in June called the Full Moon regatta.

We are very beginner friendly, but there is not really a place right at the lake to camp.

Phil Scheetz
FS 4086

Check out Birmingham Sailing Club near you. Great facility, sailing area, and active membership. It would be cool to add a Scot to the starting line.

www.birminghamsailingclub.org

Dan
5480

I agree that Birmingham Sail Club is a great club, as is the Muscle Shoals Sailing Club, and all the other clubs on inland lakes in Alabama. There are two problems with all these places in the summer. They can be very hot, and the the wind is unreliable. I'm looking to sail nearly every day and to race twice a week in the summer. I need tiller time, and time competing against better sailors (which is nearly all racers). It may be a character flaw, but I don't like baking myself on the water.

As much as I love Alabama lakes in the spring and fall (and frequently in winter), I'm looking for someplace else this summer.

Floyd

I agree that Birmingham Sail Club is a great club, as is the Muscle Shoals Sailing Club, and all the other clubs on inland lakes in Alabama. There are two problems with all these places in the summer. They can be very hot, and the the wind is unreliable. I'm looking to sail nearly every day and to race twice a week in the summer. I need tiller time, and time competing against better sailors (which is nearly all racers). It may be a character flaw, but I don't like baking myself on the water.

As much as I love Alabama lakes in the spring and fall (and frequently in winter), I'm looking for someplace else this summer.

Floyd

In that case, try them all. If your budget and schedule allow, maybe you should make it a goal to sail a race with every fleet in the country.

You would get all the breeze you can handle at the various locations, and meet a lot of great people in the process.

It's a great job if you can get it... by the way, this years NAC and Wife-Husband are both at spots that tend to be on the windier side, compared to most lakes. They are on the Chesapeake Bay and Long Island Sound respectively. Who knows, there may even be some good Scot sailors there to compete with. :-)

You could loop from the NAC, directly to Deep Creek for the Scot 50th Anniversary Celebration.

Phil Scheetz
FS 4086

Pat and I find that we like to pick an area, go there, meet some people, learn what there is to see and do, and get the feel of the area. We find that a continuously moving road trip is tiring, and we miss a lot. Two years ago we spent the summer fly fishing in the San Juan mountains of Colorado. We spent one summer on the Cook City - Red Lodge highway on the Wyoming/Montana border just east of Yellowstone. Several years before that we spent the seven weeks in the Pacific Northwest. We tend to drive like hell the first week or so (especially if we are crossing the plains in the hot summer) then we pick a place and spend a week or two. We'll make day trips in our little Suzuki Sidekick, then we'll move 50 or 100 miles to someplace nice and do the same again. Seems to work for us.

Do you really think a sailor with less than a half dozen races in a Scot should participate in the NAC? I've been studying the rules and I have fair idea of their application, but I would hate to mess up someone's chance either out of stupidity or incompetence.

I think that you should be comfortable with the rules to sail in a race that has as many boats as a NAC would have.

Sounds like your plan to find an area and explore makes sense. There is quite a bit of Scot racing all around the Mid Atlantic/Ohio/Greater NY region.

Have fun,

Phil Scheetz
FS 4086

"Do you really think a sailor with less than a half dozen races in a Scot should participate in the NAC? I've been studying the rules and I have fair idea of their application, but I would hate to mess up someone's chance either out of stupidity or incompetence."

That is the purpose of the challanger Fleet at the Nac to allow less expeerienced racers to gain experience. By all means, you should be there. You will learn a lot just by hanging around the parking lot...

Bob New
FS 5143
Merritt Island Florida
Fleet Captain Fleet 179

I want to again thank all of you who so graciously extended invitations to their area. As with so many things in life our summer vacation was delayed by things unforeseen. It now appears that we will leave Sunday, July 22. We will be heading to Deep Creek Maryland to see the Flying Scot factory. I think we will be gone about a month. We plan to stay in West Virginia/Maryland area for most of that time. Perhaps there will be other years to visit. Who knows, if we learn to handle our Scot we may see some of you at midwinters or nationals next year.

Thanks,

Floyd

You will have a great time at the factory and Deep Creek Lake in general. If you are still fairly northeast in August, check out the fssa.com calendar for regattas. I mention two here: the Saratoga Lake (NY) Invitational on Sugust 10-12, and the Wife-Husband Nationals at Cedar Point YC in Westport, CT.

Saratoga always has a huge turnout.

The Wife-Husband is a super way to try a nationals regatta in that there is a non-spinnaker division in addition to the challenger and championship divisions.

FSSA Forum editor

Please consider sailing with Flying Scot Fleet 23, located at the Corinthian Sailing Club on White Rock Lake in Dallas, TX. There are over 100 Flying Scots on our lake, many of whom enjoy all-year-round club racing on Sunday, first signal at 1:30pm CT. Our lake is somewhat unique in that there are no motorboats, except those used for race committee by our club.

The Flying Scot Open House regatta is a GREAT time! Always the third weekend in October. Come on down to enjoy a weekend of outstanding competition and superb hospitality of the Open House regatta. FS Fleet 23 hosts this Flying Scot only regatta, with racing over two days in two fleets (you pick Championship or Challenger ...Championship fleet is usually has FS North American Championship and Mid Winters winners). The FS Open House Regatta usually draws 40 to 50 Flying Scots. The regatta is all inclusive at around $70 for the weekend; included are Welcome Party Friday evening, Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Saturday (usually steak catered by Outback Steakhouse) then live band, Sunday Breakfast.

more info? www.cscsailing.org click on Racing, then Regatta Notices

Michael Mittman
FS# 5804
quote:[i]Originally posted by fhauffe[/i]
[br]I want to improve my racing/sailing this summer. I'm looking for the ideal place. Specifically, I'd like to find a lake with an active Flying Scot fleet that:

Races on weekdays and weekends,
Tolerates/encourages beginners,
Has reliable wind
Has comfortable daytime temperatures (not Hot!),
Has nearby camping for my 28' motorhome,
Is beautiful,
And is not expensive

Got any suggestions?

Have Scot, Will travel

Thanks

Floyd

Michael Mittman
FS# 5804, Fleet 23
Corinthian Sailing Club
White Rock Lake
Dallas, TX