Thursday, May 25, 2017

Memorial Day is almost here and that means June 1 and the NAC deadline is almost here

Want To Save $50 Bucks? Register For The NAC Before June 1!
We already have  more than 50  boats registered for the NAC, which is great! We are  well on our way  to our goal of 60 boats for our 60th! Meanwhile, we are forcing our sailors into the 21st century by requiring online registration. I know, I know! I hate progress too! And change? Forget about it!!
But there you have it; even us oldsters have to accept the inevitable. So sit down in front of your computer (oh, if you are reading this you already are). So, go get an adult beverage, come back, sit down, go to FSSA.COM, and follow the links. If you need to, find your daughter or your grandson or your neighbor to help you navigate. Don't let the internet stop you from having the time of your life!
But the main point of this particular message is that registration for the NAC Championship goes up by $50 smackeroos after June 1. And as some of us get older, time flies. June 1 will be here before you know it!!
That fee includes two tickets for the Wednesday night annual banquet for skipper and one crew. Additional tickets are $50. Greg Fisher will be the featured speaker at the banquet. Plus, there will be cake. Enough said.
~ Your NAC Organizing Committee

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

33 Boats at Lake Norman, and Plenty of Wind

Well, there was already a fair amount of coverage of the Great 48, held the first weekend of May, but I figured I’d write a quick log anyway.

We didn’t make it to the lake in time for the clinic that Greg Fisher held on Friday, but it sounded — no surprise! — extremely useful for those who participated. There is a post about it on

Also, Eric Bussell, Tyler Andrews and Angie Hunt came to Lake Norman to shoot some publicity photographs and videos for the Class. They got some outstanding footage; Tyler learned fast how to operate the drone and get some awesome sky-high footage.

You can see some of their work on the Flying Scot Facebook page and at And for those of you who don’t read Scuttlebutt or haven’t been on the Flying Scot pages or Facebook, videographer (Angie? Eric?) also happened to get Bruce Kitchen falling out of his boat and, despite crew and spouse Lynn Kitchen’s best efforts, the boat going turtle. Bummer!! A couple other boats also went over but of course once it’s on video, you are an internet sensation! This video, for example, made it to Scuttlebutt and beyond:

Congrats to Eric, Tyler and Angie for a job well done. Imagine driving 12 hours or more to a regatta, but not to sail, even when races are being run, but instead watching and recording everyone else having fun. That’s real dedication to our class and I, for one, thank this fabulous team!

Meanwhile, the racing itself was extremely well run. Kudos to the race committee. The winds were forecast to be on the high side with gusts outside Flying Scot guidelines. The race committee postponed long enough for the worst puffs to leave the neighborhood and then sent us out for two great races. Even so, about 14 boats stayed on shore, showing more wisdom and maturity than the rest of us.

The race committee ran two races four-leg races Saturday and Harry Carpenter and Carrie Carpenter Andrews owned the fleet with two first-place finishes. John Kreidler, Ryan Malmgren and John Aras battled for the next three places.

Sunday, to the best of my recollection, was about the same conditions … this is what happens when it takes more than a week to write a blog! The first race we missed because the halyard knot on the spinnaker came undone and we had to go to shore to retrieve the halyard. Grrr! But the next two races we still liked the pressure on the left side. On one of those races (the last one?) the boats on the boat end of the start benefitted from a huge shift and those of us on the left were hung out to dry. Still, even though Harry, for example, was over by us, he recovered for a 5th place finish, maintaining his lead on the rest of the fleet overall.

Following behind him in the standings were

(see what I’m doing here? I’ll just say again that it is extremely disheartening for crew to not be listed in any results. What is with that regatta committees?!)

This is going to turn into a full blown rant sometime soon…..
Anyway, the rest of May is quiet for us. Will some Midwest District sailors join us the first weekend in June at Cowan Lake? It’s always a good time!

After that we have two district events:
June 10 & 11 The Indianapolis Regatta, Eagle Creek
June 17 &18 Egyptian Cup, Carlyle Lake
Then it’s NACs!!!! Sign up now!!!!!

Signing off.