FSSA Newest Fleet in the Pacific District
Dale Dunning is helping to form a brand new Flying Scot fleet in Sequim Washington. Here is a little background on the efforts:
A year ago at this time we decided that in order to build a robust sailing program we needed to focus on one-design sailing. We looked at a lot of parameters and after considering everything, we decided that the Flying Scot would be a great fit for our program. At this time last year, there were no Flying Scots in the area. We committed to finding used FS’s throughout the west coast and as far east as Denver. As of today, we now have 5 FS’s in our fleet!
This past August we hosted our Sandy Douglass Memorial regatta in Sequim Bay and we had 7 Thistles and 11 Flying Scots. There should be story in the next Scot’s and Water on the regatta. The regatta was a huge success and the Pacific Districts will be held again next August in Sequim Bay.
At this stage, it would be extremely helpful if we could have official sanction as a Flying Scot fleet. I discussed this with outgoing District governor Rich Obst and he suggested we take over the fleet 100 from Lake Washington in Seattle since there are only two member boats in Seattle with no active FS racing in the area. I’m asking for help in either taking the fleet 100 banner for Sequim Bay or establish a totally new fleet.
What is our next step?
Since Rich has moved from the area, our district is now without a governor. Rich asked if I would be willing to take on the task and I said yes as long as no one tells my wife.
A little background on myself. I am a former President of the International Thunderbird Class Association and I still own 2 Thunderbird sailboats as well as my Flying Scot #4372. Sequim Bay would be the Westernmost Flying Scot Fleet in the World.
I look forward to hearing back from everyone and looking forward to your help in building a good strong fleet.