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May 1 - Jack Attack 18:30 - MC Open 12:00
May 2 Flying Scot Races - 13:30
May 2 Sharks Tooth Regatta - VYC
May 3 SBYA Sunday Series - 13:00
May 6 E Scow Racing - 12:00
May 8 MC Open - 12:00
May 8 Friday Night Racing - 1830
May 11 SSS Board Meeting - 19:00
May 13 Sarasota Key West Race
May 16 Flying Scot Races - 13:30
May 25 Around Lido Race
May 30 Flying Scot Races - 13:30
April 26, 2015 John Dowd on his Stiletto 27 Iguana bested a fleet of 25 boats at the 15th Annual Sarasota Bay Cup, a pursuit race for the title “Queen of the Bay”. Double handing with crewman Carl Lamparter, Dowd ran down all 22 monohulls that started before him. The scratch boat Double Barrel, Tung Nguyen’s F30 catamaran, passed him at one point but Dowd managed to regain the lead in a neck and neck battle. The multi hull fleet had seven boats out on a beautiful day on Sarasota Bay.
Dave Wilson on his Hunter 30 Solitude, was the first monohull to finish. That put him on top of the nine boat Non-spinnaker Class, a minute and a half in front of Dave Ettinger’s Cal 35 Spindrift. The 5-10 knot westerly suited the Non-spin boats as their leader finished over 4 minutes in front of the first Spinnaker boat.
That first Spinnaker boat was Chad Weiss’ J-100 Zephyr. Zephyr finished inches in front of Bob Miller’s Non Spinnaker S2 White Hawk. Second in Spin class was Randy St. James’ S2 9.2 Gin Queen with a hardy complement of women crew.
The 5 boat Pocket Cruiser class was won by Bob Hindle on his Sabre 30 Windsong. Bob and crew have been steadily improving their finishes in the last year.
Two E Scows sailed the course under Portsmouth handicaps. At the finish of the 12 mile course, SSS Race Captain Richard Elsishan was 2 seconds ahead of Ted Wiehe.
Food trucks were a big hit at the awards presentation. The hand crafted trophies by artist Cindy Clifton topped off a perfect day of sailboat racing.
April 7  Greetings Fleet 36,
Once again we shared the line and course with the MC fleet starting about 5 minutes apart. We had 10 Scots racing in the beautiful conditions.
It was great to see Laurie K racing on of the Lassie boats with her family and Michelle out practicing with her son on the other Lassie boat. The Larabees raced their boat together for the first time in our fleet. Super to see the new faces joining in the fun.
The racing on the course was for most of us very tight and crowded, especially at the windward mark roundings when all boats from both sides repeatedly converged on the mark at the same time. I say most of us because Sidewalk Express was blazing in a tune up for next week's District Regatta, taking the first 2 races with comfortable leads.
Back at the squadron when results were tabulated over libations and snacks, the no contest winner of the day was Sidewalk Express, second went to Serenity and filling out the podium was Ack Ack! A couple, to a few, points back were the rest of us.
Good luck to our traveling teams on the Space Coast next weekend. Our next fleet date is April 18. April 25th is the Sarasota Bay Cup at SSS.
March 29   The Albacore International Regatta took place here. Story and photos.
March 23   The last week has been very eventful. We had three great days of racing at the Flying Scot MidWinters. Local SSS sailors Zeke and Jay Horowitz tied for first but finished second via tie breaker. It was a good turnout from our local fleet. Story
Friday and Sunday we did RC work with Ron Pletsch for the SSS One Design Midwinters.Story
Saturday we took Sunspot, Bill Johnsen's big Stiletto 30 up to Tampa Bay for the Around Egmont Race. They blew off the race at the south end of Egmont when the wind filled in.
The Squadron boats are in desperate need of maintenance. It is silly to get new ones if they are going to be treated like the ones we have. A regular boat maintenance program should be a top priority ASAP.
March 10   Flying Scot Fleet 36 news from Bob Twinem
March 9   Out of towners dominated the MC Scow Regatta. Jeremy Pape, Jeffrey Nicholas and Robert Cole from Lake Lanier, Clear Lake and, Rochester Yacht Clubs respectively came 1st, 2nd and 3rd.
The Squadron's own Dave Hillmyer was the first local boat. He sailed under the flag of the Marianas Yacht Club, an obscure mid-Pacific backwater that he uses to stump trivia participants. Results
February 23   From FS Fleet Captain Bob Twinem - Greetings Fleet 36, Another glorious day of racing on Sarasota Bay was put in the books last Saturday. Thank you to Rita and the MC Scow fleet for RC duties. In ideal conditions we raced 3 windward, leeward, finish to windward races on the South to Southwest breeze that was blowing 10-15. We had a good turnout with 11 Scots hitting the start line. The fleet has been getting tighter and tighter from top to bottom and this day was no exception. It was great to see Wind Up Toy and Lucky Dog back out on the course again. Also Kudos go out to Jim for helping Tom get his boat out racing for the first time! Serenity AKA ChuckNorris took the first race and third for the day. Eightball finished consistently for a second for the day and Zoom rode a screaming reach to first place in the second race and first for the day! Other notables, Leprechaun winning the 3rd race and a birthday celebration for John with cake at the post race gathering. Our next race date is Mar 7th. There is lots going on with our fleet these days with the Midwinter Regatta fast approaching. We'll look forward to seeing you soon and often. Bob Team Eightball
February 17   From FS Fleet Captain Bob Twinem - We experienced great midwinter sailing all across the state last weekend. Seven Scots sailed in the Cherry Pie Regatta Saturday. Conditions were ideal and very challenging. Winds, generally from the north, ranged from around 8-14 and seemed to constantly change in direction and strength.
We had 2 good windward, leeward, finish races with many lead changes. The fleet was very tight throughout.
After we hit the shore for the post race, places continued to change as Zoom withdrew from race 2 after learning of a rule violation and Serenity had scored the dreaded OCS also in the second race.
When the dust settled, Randy scored his first podium finish in 3rd place, Leprechaun was 2nd and Eightball took the day.
Across the state at Lake Eustis, 3 of our fleet members represented well as Serge, Steamboat Willy and JaMingo made the trek to the district regatta. Team Horowitz in JaMingo took 2nd in a 28 boat fleet in a good tune up for the upcoming Midwinter Regatta at SSS.
Our next race date is this Saturday, Feb. 21, start at 1:30. This Friday is a must attend social event, the February Fireside Chat and chili cookoff.
February 16   Congratulations to Phil Karcher, Dave Hilmyer and Kevin Ratigan who raced at the Florida Laser Masers in Palm Beach last weekend. Phil and Dave finished 7th and 16th respectively in the 54 boat Full Rig fleet. Kevin raced Radials.
February 15   35 boats turned out Saturday for the Cherry Pie Regatta. The big draw was Nellie's tasty Cherry Pie.
In the largest class, Dave Wilson and crew on Solitude beat Doug Dearden's In tune crew by a little over a minute. In the fastest class, the Sunspot crew led by Bill Johnsen, bested a Peter Wormwood helmed Iguana. Zephyr, Spindrift and Green Flash won Spinnaker, Cruising and Pocket Cruising respectively.
Scots and Scows sailed two races on a windward-leeward course.The Elswick/Tanner crew on Serenity and the Pether/Dockery crew on Zoom celebrated their 1-2 finishes in the first race by both being OCS in the second. That left the door open for the Twinems on Eight Ball to win that class over runnerup Leprechaun with Don Perry and Stu Smith. John Galick on "10" took the E Scow fleet followed by Jim Barr in second and Jim Barr in third. Results
February 9   Last weekend the third leg of the Viper Winter Series took place out on the circle. Sarasota YSP alumnus Dan Pletsch with crew Peter and Rachel Beardsley placed first. SSS sailors Travis Yates, Dave Banyard, Dave Hillmyer, Michelle Lee and Cliff Whatmore finished 4, 6, 7, 14 and 16 respectively for the series. Ron Pletsch, Kirk Burnett, Barb Branning, Tristan Lee, Larry Brown, Chuck Tanner and Charlie Clifton ran the race committee.
The Cherry Pie Multi Hull Rendezvous also took place last weekend. Squadron members Tony Vandenover, John Novak, Jim Bourgoin and Bob Neff raced. Click name for story.
Flying Scot News from Bob Twinem.
Downwind, watching over the transom and positioning for the next big puff was the name of the game. With temps in the low 70's, winds about 8-12 and flat water the sailing conditions couldn't have been better for the nine Scots on the bay. It was great to see Poco out again for the first time this season. Brave Heart did a nice job in training mode with a crew of 4. Tom certainly learned a lot on that trip, Serge wore out the left corner all day and took the top podium honors. Leprechaun won the first race then sailed consistently to second for the day.
In the show position was Eightball. We are postponing next weeks race to take part in the Cherry Pie Regatta, Feb 14. Please change your calendar. Also note that early registration time for the Midwinter Regatta is quickly approaching. See you on the bay soon.
January 27 Monday evening the Fleet Captain meeting was held with
Race Captain Richard Elsishan presiding.Strategies were discussed to contact new members to encourage them to join a fleet and make it accessible
January 24 Commodore's Cup and other sailing was blown off due to weather. Flying Scot races were rescheduled for next Saturday, January 31.
January 20 Last Sunday a so called "Squadron Championship 15" was held, apparently to provide a venue for Herb Larrabee's Race Committee Class.
Six teams were thrown together at the last minute representing Viper 640, E Scow, M Scow, Flying Scot, PHRF and Cruiser fleets. Six races were eventually completed to comprise a round robin in the YSP supplied J-22s.
The Flying Scot crew consisting of Bob Twinem, Ron Pletsch and Charlie Clifton won the series with three bullets and a third.
The Viper crew with Dave Hillmyer, Randy St. James and Travis Yates was second with 3 seconds and a first.
The E Scow crew with Richard Elsishan, Andy Hodgson and Bill Kimbell was third.
The E Scow and Viper crew had the most exciting race of the day as they battled each other neck and neck in a jibing duel all the way down the run in the last race. The E Scow boys finished ahead by a nose.
A followup race management clinic is in the works which will cover how to avoid oral sailing instructions, how to choose uncongested course venues with sufficient depth, how to avoid general recalls by identifying OCS boats and how to get a race off in a timely manner.
Flying Scot News from Bob Twinem.
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First boat over the line was Jon Dowd's Iguana.
First monohull Solitude toasts their victory at the Sarasota Bay Cup.
The girls had the Gin Queen going fast.
Richard Elsishan leads the MC Scow fleet around the leeward mark at the ODMs on Friday.
Chuck Molineaux, Kirk Burnett and Bill Johnsen begin a beautiful spinnaker leg from the top of Anna Maria coming back from the "We Didn't Go Around Egmont" race.
Will Stocke and Bryan White win the last VX One race at the One Design Midwinters.
Torr-ific, Sidewinder, Tucker McElroy and the Amthor family approach the leeward mark at the Viper Winter Series.
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The PHRF Low fleet comes off the line at the Cherry Pie Multihull Rendezvous.
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1. At the January 18 Squadron Championship 15, the E Scow crew (2) gains control of the Viper crew (4) as the PHRF crew (1) is late and the Cruiser crew decides to go cruising.
2. Elsishan and crew have done a great job eking around the pin, maintaining enough way to bear off ahead of the Viper crew and gain a safe leeward position.
3. In a text book start, the E Scow crew is off to the favored side with speed in clear air. The Vipers are gassed. The PHRF team is forced to the wrong side of the course.