The Greater Richmond Sailing Association and Fleet 155 Host the Capital District Championships

The Greater Richmond Sailing Association and Fleet 155 Host the Capital District Championships

By John Reilly FS 3867

Tropical Storm Andrea was an unwelcome guest as the 2013 Flying Scot Capital District Championships were held June 8th and 9th.  The event was hosted by Fleet 155 as part of the Greater Richmond Sailing Association Invitational on the Swift Creek Reservoir located in Midlothian, Virginia.  The regatta drew a total of 19 Flying Scots with ten traveling from outside of Richmond.  A small Daysailer fleet also competed while GRSA’s formidable Thistle Fleet was away competing in the Central Atlantic Districts up in Baltimore, MD. 

As a steady rain fell, Regatta Chair Pete Cookson and a dedicated committee of volunteers kicked things off on Friday evening under the GRSA Pavilion as racers began to arrive from all over the district.  They included guests from Fishing Bay Yacht Club (Deltaville, VA), Lake of the Woods Sailing Club (Lake of the Woods, VA), Selby Bay Sailing Center (Edgewater, MD) and the West River Sailing Club (Galesville, MD).  Racers checked in and were greeted with warm hospitality including beer, wine, soft drinks and snacks while GRSA members helped racers stage their boats for two days of racing.  While the rain undoubtedly caused several racers to scratch last minute, the Regatta team monitored the weather to determine if it would let up in time to race on Saturday and the members of Fleet 155 took comfort in knowing their reservoir would now be full for several weeks.

2013 Wife-Husband Championships - 6/29-6/30/2013

2013 W-H Sharps

As of race time Saturday, there were 42 wife-husband teams registered, from 11 different states, for the Flying Scot Wife-Husband Championships at Deep Creek Lake, MD. Regatta Chair Bob Vance and his team gave us a great day and we could hardly wait to go back out on Sunday.  With 28 Championship boats and 14 Challenger boats, we started racing at 12:00 noon on 6/29 and had two fairly long races. We had mostly sunny conditions in the seventies, and with a southwest wind and shifty conditions, there were lots of boats hugging the shore to get the best of the winds, and lots of tacking duels going on. You found yourself ahead of a boat, then behind them, then ahead of them again, and never knew where you might end up. The spinnaker legs had boats doing the same thing and two boats side by side had totally different wind. At the end of the day's racing, we were treated to a great meal at the Deerhaven clubhouse, prepared by Bob and his wife Karen - what a treat! And we sang happy birthday to Bill Ross, who is here working as a judge along with pals Larry Taggart and Forest Rogers. 

On Sunday, there was little wind so we started with a postpone.  Around noon we went out and the RC set the course 3 times with the winds shifting southeast to east and sometimes no wind at all.  For the Championship Division, the place to start was at the pin end, with everyone at the boat end getting the short end of the stick.  We were able to finish a W2 and the Challenger Division had their course shortened when the wind died down quite a bit.  The Merediths won the Championship Division and the Wesleys won the Challenger Division.  The winner of the Century trophy for the highest place for any couple with combined ages of 100+ went to John and Sharon Wake.   Congratulations to all the winners and thanks to Deep Creek Yacht Club for hosting a wonderful regatta!!

FINAL RESULTS ARE here

Pictures taken by Doug Williams are HERE

Pictures from Glenn Wesley are HERE

Pictures from Diane Kampf are HERE

 

Flying Scot Foundation - New Web Page is Live!!

Our Flying Scot Foundation's web pages have joined the mother ship FSSA.com rather than having its own separate website.  Click here or click "Foundation" on the menu bar above to access these pages. Have a look at the new pages and the content, and consider making a donation while you are there.  Many thanks for your support of this important initiative that helps to assure the future of Flying Scot sailing.

Our Thoughts are With the Tornado Victims

We want to extend our thoughts and prayers to all the families who are touched by the volume of tornado activity that is currently spreading across the mid-south and midwestern United States.  And to those who lost family members, our sympathies go out to you.  The damages that are seen on tv don't come close to giving the whole picture.  Those of us who are far away can only imagine how this is affecting so many people who no longer have homes or who are forced to leave their homes. Fellow Scot sailors, please keep all these folks in your thoughts. 

Sell Your Old Sails at the 2013 NAC

The Flying Scot Foundation has generously awarded a grant to North Carolina Community Sailing & Rowing (NCCSR) to purchase used sails for our 12 Flying Scots.  NCCSR is located on Lake Norman not far from LNYC host of 2013 NAC.  NCCSR will pay $200 for each retired racing set of main & jib brought to the NAC.  We will have a table set up at LNYC.  Selling your old sails to NCCSR will really help the community sailing racing and learn-to-sail programs and also help you dramatically reduce the cost of attending the event.  We have no limit on the number we will buy and will be writing checks at the event. 

Advance notice will be helpful but not necessary.  Contact Larry Vitez or Christy Lux.

Sad News in the Flying Scot Family

I am sad to inform the Flying Scot community that Charlie Fowler passed away on April 21, 2013,at age 74.  Charlie was a real friend of the Flying Scot class, having served as Florida District Governor for many years, and founding the Dixie Lakes District and where he served as Governor for a few years.  He was a friend to everyone he met in the Flying SCot class.  He founded and ran Fowler Sails for 33 years and suppled sails to many of our members over the years.  He is survived by his loving wife Nancy and his 3 children, his 4 grandchildren and lots of other fam

2013 Midwinters at Sarasota - Pictures

We have uploaded lots of pictures from the 2013 Midwinters hosted by Sarasota Sailing Squadron.  You can see them on the Community menu below under Photos

Pictured here - The Allan M. Douglas perpetual trophy is awarded to Florida District Governor Mark Taylor for 2013.  This award is voted by the participants at the Midwinters and is given for sportsmanship demonstrated at the regatta.  Mark received a majority of the votes and is truly deserving of the award.  Congratulations Mark!

 

Mark Taylor and the Alan Douglas trophy

2013 Midwinters at Sarasota Day 4 - Race 4 and 5

A wonderful day on the water with lighter air and lots of sunshine. Got in 2 good races but the 3rd race did not materialize with not enough steady wind to pull it off. Congratulations to Championship Division winners Paul Abdullah and Alex Krumdieck and Challenger Division winners Harry Bernstein and crew. The prestigious Allan M. Douglas award for sportsmanship was awarded to Mark Taylor. Full results are now available here. Thanks to Sarasota Sailing Squadron for hosting and to Regatta Chair John Domagala and PRO Judy Hanlon for a wonderful week! Super regatta!

                        Challenger Winners                                                                 Championship Winners

2013 Midwinters Challenger Winners 2013 Midwinters Championship Winners

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