Letter to the Editor of Sailing World Magazine

In a recent Sailing World issue, October 2012, there was a cover feature and article titled "The Eight Most enduring One Design Classes"   Featured in that article were the Highlander, Optimist, Lightning, Sunfish, Snipe, Dragon, International 14 and 505, but curiously the article did not include the 55-year-old Flying Scot.  I wanted to share here on FSSA.COM the letter I wrote to the editor about what I feel was an oversight.  I am sure you will agree.

Dear Editor,

2012 Dixie Lakes Video

The following video was sent in by Kirk Jockell.  Thanks Kirk!

 

2012 Wife Husband Championships, Rogersville, AL - Day 2

The day started out as another winter day in Rogersville, about 5 degrees colder than day 1 and a little more wind.  But that did not stop the hearty Flying Scot sailors from trekking out for another day on the water.  The winds settled a bit and we had about the same as day 1, 10-14 knots, perhaps a few times as much as 15.  And by race 2 the big ball of fire in the sky appeared and warmed us all up tremendously.  The race committee continued with the practice of flying the "round the ends rule" flag, so we had no general recalls.  After 2 great races, we were back

2012 Wife Husband Championships, Rogersville, AL - Day 1

We weren’t sure if we were at the Midwinters or the Wife-Husband today at Lake Joe Wheeler in Rogersville, AL.  But in fact it was the Wife-Husbands, hosted by the Privateer and Muscle Shoals fleets.  Many couples went out wearing winter caps and everyone had several layers of clothing to be prepared for to low 50’s, the cloudy weather and the wind. 

Medals provided by FS Foundation used for ACC and Carolinas Districts

What Kind of Trophy?

A young sailor once asked me why we didn’t give monetary prizes instead of trophies, or “little tin cups” as he called them.  I gave him the long version about how sailing is a Corinthian sport where sportsmanship and fair play are an integral part of the game and how exaggerating the value of the prize might challenge that philosophy.  When the reward for winning is are large there is temptation to cut corners for some.  Look at all the professional major sports and you can see proof of this all too frequently.

2012 Flying Scot Wife- Husband Championship coming up on 10/6 - 10/7/2012

*** WIFE HUSBAND TEAMS *** Don't forget the wife-Husband Regatta coming up on 10/6 - 10/7/2012 hosted by Privateer and Muscle Shoals Scot Fleets at Lake Joe Wheeler in Huntsville, Alabama.  Look under Upcoming Events for details about the event.

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