Gulf District

The Gulf District encompasses several fleets along and near the Gulf of Mexico from Florida's panhandle to Louisiana and one fleet in Arkansas.

Active fleets in Florida include Choctawhatchee Bay in Ft.Walton Beach, Garcon Point Spirited Sailors in Bagdad, St.Andrew Bay in Panama City and Pensacola Bay in Pensacola. In Mississippi we have Bay St.Louis and in Arkansas we have Grand Maumelle Sailing Club in Little Rock. In Louisiana we have Lake Arthur in Lafayette and New Orleans and Southern Yacht Club in New Orleans.

The District Governor is Larry Taggart, who is also FSSA Parliamentarian.

FLYING SCOT TRIFECTA 2014

2014 Gulf District Trifecta

Once again wind forecasts were incorrect.  All of the “best” websites for forecasting winds on Lake Pontchartrain were wrong.  All had predicted light southerly’s the entire Memorial Day weekend of the Gulf District Trifecta.  And all weekend we wound up with 8-12 knot northerlies for the 5 race series.  But at least there was no rain!

On Memorial Day weekend of 2014 Flying Scot Fleet 96 and Southern Yacht Club in New Orleans hosted the first Gulf District Trifecta.  It was a Trifecta as the Flying Scot Class (also the largest class in the event) sailed for three different perpetual trophies as part of the 2014 Juby Wynne Memorial Regatta: The Commissioner General Trophy, the Charles L Dees Memorial Trophy and the Cock-of-the-Walk Trophy.

What was unique is that each of these trophies had its own individual criteria within the Flying Scot class, although everyone started together and sailed the same course.

2014 Midwinters Photos

2014 W Pics from Bob

Here is a link to lots of pictures from the 2014 Midwinters at Southern Yacht Club, New Orleans, LA.  Thanks to Chris Bennett from SYC for taking and providing these pictures and thanks to Bob Mayer for posting on his photo gallery - click here to view them.

2014 Allen M. Douglas Award Recipient

2014 A Douglas Award

The Flying Scot class is well known for being a close group of sailors, really good sports who step up to help each other when needed.  At the Midwinters each year, we like to acknowledge an individual who demonstrated exemplary sportsmanship at the event.  This prestigious award is in honor of Allen M. Douglas, a long-standing member of the Flying Scot class who gave a great deal to the class.  This year’s winner received the award for giving up a day of racing so her husband Dave could crew for another skipper whose crew had become ill and was unable to sail that day.  While she minimizes this by saying she was able to have a great run, sit in the sun, have some great soup and just relax and enjoy the day, we all think this was a great gesture and she deserves this award.  She is truly a generous person who always makes herself available to help whenever anyone needs anything – you don’t even need to ask.  Congratulations to Florida District's Kim Thinel from Davis Island Yacht Club for being the 2014 recipient of this award.

2014 Midwinters at Southern Yacht Club, New Orleans - Day 6 Final

 

2014 MW Day 6

Another beautiful day on Lake Ponchartrain starting out in sunny 60-degree weather, later getting up into the 70's.  It's hard to say what wind we had as we started at 11:00 with very little and shifty wind, so the Race Committee postponed for an hour.  When the wind finally came up, it shifted from NE to E to S to SE to E and everything in between, giving the Race Committee a pretty big challenge to get in the final 2 races for the regatta.  Once the wind came up and the Race Committee set the course, the first race went off without incident and there were no changes of course for any of the 4 Windward-leeward legs.  But in the second race, we moved pretty far from shore then had 5 starts and a few postponements, with one general recall, before we got the race in.  We finished about 2:30 PM and headed back in for the awards.  The final results include Zeke Horowitz winning the Championship Division and Alanna Strong winning the Challenger division.  Congratulations to all and thanks to Southern Yacht Club for hosting us this week!

Full results are here.

2014 Midwinters at Southern Yacht Club, New Orleans - Day 5

2014 MW Day 5

The winds were ready for us today with the sun shining, 62 degrees and the wind blowing 7-10 from the NNE and we got out to the race course in less than 1/2 hour.  We had a great race going but the winds were shifting faster than the Race Committee could react and that led to the abandonemnt of the first race after 4 legs.  Never fear, though, we moved the race course and got in a great race Windward-leeward 5 legs, with places changing fast - John Wake from NC won the race coming from 7th to 1st in the blink of an eye!  After a correction to the online scoring, Paul Abdullah leads the Championship Division and Alanna Strong still leads the Challenger Division.

Results to date are here.

Regatta Results