Dixie Lakes District

The Dixie Lakes District encompasses several fleets in the South that are not on the Atlantic or Gulf Coasts, and span Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama and South Carolina.

In Georgia we have Lake Lanier in Atlanta. In Tennessee we have Privateer Yacht Club in Hixson. In South Carolina we have Western Carolina Sail Club in Anderson and Keowee Sailing Club in Seneca. In Alabama we have North Central Alabama in Birmingham, Mussel Shoals Sailing Club in Lauderdale and Brown's Creek Sailing Association in Guntersville.

The recently retired District Governor is Charlie Fowler, who founded the District and who also has worked tirelessly for the Florida District. The new District Governor is Sandy Eustis from the Keowee Sailing Club fleet.

2014 Scot A Hoochee Regatta - Lake Lanier, Atlanta, GA

  2014 Scot A Hoochee1      2014 Scot A Hoochee2

The Flying Scot fleet at Lake Lanier and their guests had a great time on 9/13 and 9/14/2014 at the Scot-a-Hoochee regatta.  Racing was challenging as storm clouds moved around us Saturday, creating big wind shifts.   We got in four races Saturday and finished in a dying breeze.  Sunday conditions were light rain and a shifty east breeze and we got in two races before we headed in for lunch.  The top four finishers were from out of town, including some top notch national competitors - Rob Fowler, Peter Beam, Sandy Eustis, and Joel Verplank.  One highlight of the regatta was the after dinner leader’s debrief when the top skippers sat down and discussed the technical aspects of the days racing. See more details, pictures and full results here.

2014 Choo Choo Regatta, Privateer YC, Chatanooga, TN

Choo Choo Regatta by Rob Fowler, FS 5152, Fleet 13

2014 Choo Choo Downwind    2014 Choo Choo Porch

The annual Choo Choo Regatta was held at Privateer Yacht Club in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on April 26th and 27th. As usual, we had a great turnout of scots from our sister Dixie Lakes fleets, and from our “adopted” members from Clinton Lake in Illinois. Privateer’s Fleet 13 was proud to host the first regatta in its “almost finished” brand-new clubhouse. The new facility, which replaced an aging structure built in 1953, should be finished in late June and will provide sailors with expanded and modern bathrooms, showers, bar and dining area.

2014 Grits ‘n Haggis Regatta - Keowee Sailing Club, Seneca, SC

2014 G&H Scots  2014 G&H Sandy

    Scots move to the line at the Grits 'n Haggis regatta                       Sandy Eustis leads the fleet

2014 G&H Leeward  2014 G&H Spinnakers 

                  Busy at the leeward mark                                                           Spinnakers full

Lake Keowee is about 8 miles west of Clemson, SC at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  For 6 years now, Fleet 193 has hosted this regatta on the 3rd weekend in May.   It is usually temperatures in the mid 80’s by now, but this weekend was different.  As boats came in from other clubs on Friday the gusts were 20+, usually a precursor for no wind the next day.  Depending on which website you checked, the weather & wind reports varied wildly. We had light breezes on Saturday morning, but by the noon competitors’ meeting it was a steady 10 to 12.  The sun was out, but it felt more like October than May.

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

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

Regatta Results