2015 Flying Scot Midwinter Championship
Sarasota Sailing Squadron – March 15-17

The husband/wife team of Jeff and Amy Linton fought a seesaw battle with the father/son team of Zeke and Jay Horowitz at the 2015 Flying Scot Midwinter Championship March 15-17. The lead changed three times in three days as 54 Flying Scots in two divisions completed 8 races in picture perfect conditions on Sarasota Bay.

After the last race, the Lintons from DIYC and the Horowitzes from SSS were tied with 22 points. The Lintons won the Championship Division by virtue of scoring two bullets versus one bullet for the Horowitzes. The Lintons’ names will be inscribed on the Mary Meno Perpetual Trophy.

In third place, Ned Johnston and Ryan Donahue came all the way from Northeast Harbor on Mount Desert Island in Maine. They had never before sailed a Flying Scot, let alone raced one. They arranged to buy a new boat and have it delivered to the Sarasota Sailing Squadron. With a little tuning help from their fellow sailors, they were quickly up to speed. They finished in the top four in five of the eight races, winning race 5.

The DIYC team of Mark Taylor and Andy Hayward sailed consistently to clinch fourth place, winning race 6. They finished one point ahead of the Tampa Bay based team of David Ames and PJ Buhler in Pig Pen, one of the oldest boats in the fleet.

In the Challenger Division, Jim Leggette and Mike Funk from Jackson, MS took the top spot. Perhaps it is no coincidence that Brian Hayes from North Sails gave a Flying Scot Clinic at Jackson Yacht Club the previous week. The names of Jim Leggette and Mike Funk will be inscribed on the Brenda Pollak Perpetual Trophy.

Second place went to Norris Elswick and Chuck Tanner . Norris is a relatively new racer who, with coaching from Chuck, has been improving rapidly in the twice monthly Scot races at SSS. They won 6 of the 8 races. Confusion during a shortened course race cost them dearly as an apparent first place turned into a twenty second.

Tied for second, Randy Rubinstein and Jim Cavanaugh were bumped to third on the tie breaker. The Sarasota crew won the first race and was very consistent thereafter.

David Strawbridge and Joseph Connolly from St. James City placed fourth. They beat out Lawrence and Ruth Bigus who came all the way from Kansas.

The Allen Douglas Memorial Sportsmanship Award, determined by a vote of the sailors which ended in a tie, was presented jointly to Amy Smith Linton and Ron Pletsch . Despite being under the weather, Amy sailed every race. The second day she had to lay down in the boat from time to time.

Ron has been a long time promoter of the class. He spearheaded measurement duties at the Midwinters and is always ready to help with questions or repairs. Ron and Amy are exemplary of why it is such fun to be associated with and go to events run by the Flying Scot Class.

Complete results at: http://www.regattanetwork.com (Click on "Results Archive")

-Copyright 2015 Charlie Clifton