2023 Sail Fest at Kenlake State Park, KY


Photos provided by Doug Cotton here.

From Doug Cotton on Facebook:

The Sail-Fest Flying Scot Regatta on Kentucky Lake gave racers an experience in extremes this weekend.  For race one on Saturday, winds were out of the South at 16-18 kts with gust at 24 and maybe higher.  Of the 15 boats checked in, 9 boats braved the strong winds for a "white knuckle" ride.  After a 2 hour postponement to see if the wind would calm a bit, race 2 had 12 - 14 kts. with gust of 20 out of the West.  Race 3 had winds from the North at 10-12 kts. 
The race committee stayed busy trying to maintain a windward course with the winds clocking 180 degrees during the 3 races.
Sunday showed promise for race 4 at the warning signal with 5-6 knots out of the NW, but slacked to 1 kts at times.  The lack of wind and time did not allow for a race 5.
A Special THANKS to Kenlake State Park and Kenlake Marina welcoming us and providing a great place to host this event.
We could not have pulled this off without the sponsorship of Casey Jones Distillery providing the unique Kentucky Bourbon Awards and the Kentucky Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Thank you to Green Turtle Bay Marina for providing materials, equipment, and logistic support.
Thank you to Kenlake Marina for providing wet slips for the racers and 2 pontoons for mark / tow boats.
Thank you to Tyler Andrews for delivering Bill Vogler's new Flying Scot and helping many of our racers with technical advice.
But Most of ALL, THANK YOU to the racers that traveled from 2 hours to 12 plus hours to attend our first regatta here on Kentucky Lake.  
Personal note:  As a retired school principal, I have met with many different groups of people over the years.  I am honored to have met this wonderful, helpful, and friendly group of racers.  You made this an excellent and memorable experience for me.
We hope to make Flying Scot Racing on Kentucky Lake an annual event.

The Results can be found here.