2013 Hospitality Regatta in Jackson, MS

2013 Hospitality Regatta, Jackson MS

On October 19 and 20 2013, the Jackson Yacht Club hosted its annual fall regatta, the Hospitality Regatta.  In the past, this has been a premier regatta for sailors all classes in the Deep South with several hundred boats participating at its peak including a large Scot fleet.  Unfortunately participation has dwindled over the years.

Thanks to the tireless work of regatta chair, Sherrye LaCour, that trend was reversed this year.  Our record turnout for recent years featured Flying Scots, J22s, multihull, PHRF spinnaker and cruising fleets.  In addition, area Lightening has added Jackson to their traveling circuit. 

2013 Chaos Cup at Quannapowitt YC in Wakefield, MA

2013 QYC

From Diane Kampf - Greg and I had the pleasure of participating in the 6th Annual Flying Scot Chaos Cup regatta at Quannapowitt Yacht Club in Wakefield, MA, on Saturday, October 19.  the Chaos Cup has a long history at QYC, but most recently has become a Flying Scot regatta. QYC has a long history as well, being the oldest inland Yacht Club in the country having been founded in 1884! 

2013 Sail for the Grail, Moraine Sailing Club, Portersville, PA

2013 Sail for the Grail 1

It would seem the grail of Fleet 80's Sail for the Grail Regatta hosted by Moraine Sailing Club on Saturday Sept. 21st would overflow from the persistent rain that fell that day, but not the case. The good spirits of those on 6 MSC boats and 11 from out of town displaced that rain and filled the grail with fun, competition, and camaraderie. Every person on a Flying Scot and on the Race Committee should commend themselves for stepping out of their comfort zone and facing the elements as the schedule was maintained and three races completed. The wind for the first race was lighter than expected and shifty, and the fleet got spread out. But the wind picked up for the next two races and the racing got tighter with the fleet crossing the finish well grouped together. Don't let the results fool you, everyone was very competitive. After putting the boats away and getting dried off, we enjoyed a delicious catered dinner at the Red Rock Falls Restaurant in Slippery Rock, PA. I heard a few found their way to the excellent North Country Brewery also located in Slippery Rock.

Update on the Grand Annual Regatta - Cave Run Lake, KY

You might not think that the government shutdown could affect our sailing events, but it actually can, and it did.  The Grand Annual Regatta was scheduled to be held at Cave Run Lake, a Corps of Engineers lake in Daniel Boone National Park in Kentucky, the weekend of 10/6-10/7/2013.  However, due to The US government's partial shutdown the lake was closed!  Racing was cancelled, but not the party!  They still held a Not-a-Regatta Pig Roast in Lexington.  That's the spirit!

2013 Punzi Memoral Regatta at Candlewood YC, New Fairfield, CT - Day 2

Roger Punzi

Roger Punzi, in whose honor this regatta is held, would be thrilled to see the number of boats that came to this regatta!  He was an avid Flying Scot sailor who supported the fleet for many years.

Day 2 on Sunday 10/6 brought pouring rain and 10-12 knot winds, 4 guest boats we're still at the regatta, but two of those decided not to brave the elements.   In the end we ran two races with 8 boats on the line with Roger & Kate Sharp from Massapoag walking away with first place honors, John and Connie Eckart from Massapoag took second and Candlewood's own Corey Loke came in third. People tell us they enjoyed the hospitality and will be back.  Fleet 24 is rebounding and this was our first attempt at putting on a sanctioned event in many years.  To receive such great support from neighboring fleets and individuals in the region really speaks to the quality of the community of folks who race this little boat.  Candlewood Yacht Club would like to extend a hearty thank you to all who supported this event even if the sailing was not what we had hoped for If your ever in the area please stop by and say hello and perhaps we can find some better wind than we had on Saturday.  Thanks again -CYC

Full results are here

2013 Punzi Memoral Regatta at Candlewood YC, New Fairfield, CT - Day 1

Candlewood pirates

Well, we didn't get any wind on Saturday, 10/5 at Candlewood, but we had pirates! I guess they thought they could scare everyone out on the race course in case pure skill was not enough! Argh I say!

While we did not race, we had a really great time visitng with old and new friends. There were 20 boats from 3 states registered and ready to go if the predicted wind actually materialized.  Brian Hayes from North Sails was good enough to hold a sail trim clinic while we were waiting and lots of good questions came from both new and experienced sailors - there is always someting new to learn and the tips can come in handy.

We felt a little better when we checked what was happening at the J22 Worlds in Newport, RI, where they ran out of wind for the second race today. By the way - good buddy Al Terhune and crew took 1st place and another good buddy Benz Faget and crew took 5th place in a field of 71 boats!  Congratulations!

After waiting until 2PM, the Candlewood regatta committee fed us a fabulous barbeque and offered to reschedule racing for Sunday, 10/6. Many of the boats could stay, so they will try it again tomorrow. Two of the 4 boats from Massapoag will be there tomorrow to make us proud - hope all goes well for all the participants. More to come...

Sailing Your Flying Scot by Moonlight

Have you ever sailed your Flying Scot in the moonlight? It is an extraordinary experience to be on your boat at night with just the moonlight and Mother Nature to guide you. Our club, Massapoag Yacht Club in Sharon, MA, organizes two of these events a year, and although it is always a blast being out there with others, it does not need to be an organized or group event. You’ll want to do this on a night that has as close to a full moon as possible to get the best results.

2013 Glow in the Dark Regatta, Clinton Lake, IL

Saturday of the seventh annual Glow in the Dark regatta at Clinton Lake Sailing Association was a blowout. Winds gusted to the low 30s as the afternoon wore on, like a sirocco or the Santa Anas. Still, there was plenty of beer and friendly visiting. Many of us enjoyed admiring class president Frank Gerry’s new boat, Eva, which Harry and Karen delivered to the regatta.

Sunday weather was absolute perfection. Winds from the north, northeast, northwest…okay, not perfection, very shifty. Still, the velocity was perfect and the air was crisp and the sky was blue! We squeezed in three good, long races before the noon cut off time and everyone went in happy and satisfied.

Racing was highly competitive. Ryan Malmgren and Stacey Rieu, just back from their honeymoon, were the most consistent, closely followed by Harry and Carrie Carpenter. In third place was Randy Adolphs from Madison and his son, David. Ben Williams and Deb Aronson grabbed fourth, one point ahead of Frank and Marianne Gerry, who were fifth.

With 20 boats participating, magnificent conditions (on Sunday), lots of support from our club, Clinton Lake Sailing Association, the regatta was mah-velous!

In addition, Ben Williams and Frank Gerry were in neck-and-neck competition for the first annual Midwest District Travel Series. Ben beat Frank by a nose in the last race Sunday and that ended up making all the difference in the travel series, with Ben winning it by one point.

2013 results are here

 

2013 Fontelieu/Fall Classic at Cedar Point YC, Westport, CT

Flying Scot fleet 177 hosted the Fontelieu / Fall Classic this past weekend at Cedar Point YC in Westport, CT. 15 Thistles and 9 Flying Scot enjoyed Cedar Point YC sailing at its finest. SE winds at 10 knots on both days and spectacular sunshine. The PRO for the weekend was Dick Thackaberry and team who also were the race committee team for the 2011 NAC’s at Cedar Point.

On Saturday, 3 races were held with Josh Goldman and John Cooke trading first and second place position throughout the day. Rob and Linda Cohen show great speed throughout the day to settle into third place. Sister Fleet 142 from Sprite Island sent four fast boats around the corner to partake of the great sailing conditions. At the end of Saturday Sprite sailors Tom Gordon, Fred Breekland, Jim Cummings, and Peter Feick settled into places 4 through 7 trading finishing places throughout the day. Cedar Point die hard sailors Chris Grantham and Sharon Herring hung in for places 8 and 9.

Saturday night dinner for the Fall Classic is something not to be missed. Thistle sailor Steve Gruver and team always put’s on the best steak dinner on the east coast followed by pastry chef and Thistle sailor Sam Bauer’s fantastic homemade cakes, brownies, and cheesecake. The rest of the night we had Green Eye Lady, a favorite local band playing great dance and rock music.

2013 Scot a Hoochee, Lake Lanier Sailing Club

The "First Annual" Scotahoochee Regatta was held at the Lake Lanier Sailing Club on September 14-15, but it was actually the second Flying Scot regatta held at LLSC -- the first being our 2012 Dixie Lakes District Championship Regatta on the same weekend last year.  Scott and Sharon Adams, helped by several fleet members (a special "thank you" to Peter Kowalski), have figured out very quickly how to put on a first class regatta.  Keith and I shared a sweet little rental cabin on the LLSC property with John Sensor and Matt Tringali from our own club.  As for us, we traded tacks in every one of Saturday's three races and Sunday's three races with the teams of Peter Beam / Lee Estes and Eric Ashaffenberg / Paul Beaudry.  There were 11 entrants and three races in beautiful, sunny, and very, very shifty 5-15 knot conditions on Saturday, plus three more in a slightly steadier 5-10 knot breeze on Sunday morning.  Peter won 2 races, but so did Eric, and so did Keith and myself --but in the end it was Peter's consistency (two seconds and two thirds to go with his pair of bullets) that won the regatta.  John Sensor, attending his first ever off-lake regatta since retiring here to the "Golden Corner" of SC-NC-Georgia, had a great trio of finishes on Sunday to finish fourth overall.  In sum, I think "Scotahoochee" is an old timey Cherokee word meaning "great hospitality, great weather, great competition, and great fun!"  Hey Scotters --put this one on your calendar for the second weekend after Labor Day next year if you live anywhere close!

Sandy Eustis, Dixie Lakes Governor

Pictures are here  and Results are here

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