As we here in the Midwest saw other districts launch successful travel series (I’m speaking mainly of the Dixie Lakes district, thanks to the late Charlie Fowler), and because we’d also like to encourage sailors in our district to travel more within the district, we decided to create our own Midwest District Traveling Series.
Our plan is that each club in our district may nominate its regatta to be included in the series, though only one regatta may be nominated per club. Some clubs, like Carlyle and Eagle Creek, host two or more regattas in a year, and it wouldn’t be fair for them to have a home court advantage (ie not having to travel) more than once. The Districts (held this year at Eagle Creek, June 21-22) will always be included in the series.
The Midwest District covers a lot of highway miles, from N. Dakota to Indianapolis, so we had to come up with a reasonable number of regattas sailors had to participate in to qualify for the trophy. We decided that 50%, or the next nearest number, would work, so if five clubs nominate their regatta, participants must sail in three of them to qualify. In the event of a tie the trophy will go to the boat that sailed in the most regattas.
To qualify skippers must also be a member of a Midwest District club and a member of FSSA.
Clubs will send their nomination to our district governor, Ben Williams.
I imagine it might take a few years for the idea to catch on, but so far this year we have five regattas signed up, which is great! They are:
· Flying Scot Midwest Districts, Eagle Creek Sailing Club, June 21-22
· Sheridan Shores Race Weekend, Wilmette Harbor, July 26-28.
· Ephraim Regatta, Ephraim Yacht Club, August 2-4
· Egyptian Cup, Carlyle Sailing Association, September 2-3
· Glow in the Dark Regatta, Clinton Lake Sailing Association, 27-29
I am hopeful we’ll have some Scot sailors who’ve been considering traveling and this series will provide just the impetus to do so! See you on the circuit!