Fleet 158 hosted its annual “Scots on the Rocks” Flying Scot invitational regatta the weekend of September 7th and 8th – 2013, an event open to all currently registered FSSA members.
LMSC and Fleet 158 were pleased to welcome Flying Scot sailors from every venue. The combination of exciting racing, renewing old friendships, and making new friends was a truly satisfying experience. Certainly one not to be missed, it is exactly what Flying Scot One Design racing is all about.
For the 21 boats who competed in 2013, down home Carolina style barbeque and the fellowship was great! ¬†The competition was, well…the competition was mostly trying to find pressure!! ¬†A big high settled over our gorgeous lake, but PRO Chris Mielke managed to find a brief window on Saturday with 3 to 4 knots and a similar one on Sunday. ¬†We managed three races with lots of place changes in each race of the series. ¬†With light air and shortened courses, there was a clear premium on getting good starts and clear lanes.
John Kriedler (WCSC) and Joe Brake earned a bullet on day one and stayed in the top five on day two to take the series. ¬†Corky and Molly Hadden (BWSC) tied with Eric Aschaffenberg (SYC) and Carol Claypool on points, but Corky edged out Eric by garnering 1st place in race three. ¬†John and Kaaren Rue (LMSC) flew the local colors to 4th place, edging out his son Zachary by only one point. ¬†Zach, Connor Sweet, and Kenzie Currie made us proud by winning first place in the Youth Division.
Particularly exciting for us was the inspiring number of youth sailors attending this event. We had a total of 19 sailors under the age of 20. ¬†These young sailors are the future of our sport. ¬†We extend a special invitation to your youth sailors. ¬†Please help them come and join us next year.
We hope to re-create the great camaraderie of this year’s event and get back to our more normal fall breezes in 2014. ¬†Be sure to join us in September on the deep clear waters of Lake Murray.
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