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February 17, 2015     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.

February 2    Flying Scot News from Bob Twinem.
Greetings Fleet 36, Super super day of racing last Saturday. We shared the bay with close to 30 VX ones. Their part of the bay was most of the circle and we found a good place to set up racing windward leeward races in the area between marks C and L. Thank you to Ted and Ted for running 3 good races. Being tucked up under the mainland and racing on the easterly the conditions were very shifty with large changes on velocity. The shifts kept us all on our toes searching for the fastest route to the top.

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.
- Bob Team Eightball

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 for them.
It was decided to put the monthly club regattas back on their traditional dates and start times. A history of the origins and traditions of the regattas was commissioned. Jack Attack format and scheduling was continued pending consultation with Jack Attack participants.

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.
We had a beautiful day of racing last Saturday sharing the circle with the MC fleet. Thank you to Ted, the Dans, & Tom for RC duties in the changing conditions. We heard before the race that the wind might clock right during the afternoon but we did not expect it to clock 270 degrees right. Nine Scots race in 3 races with winds about 5-10 and temps around 70. It would be great if we could bottle these conditions up and bring them out every Saturday during the winter months. Steam Boat Willy (Brown/Pletsch)is rounding into form, winning race 2 and taking 3rd for the day. Zoom (Dockery/Pether)was sailed consistently fast for a daily 2nd place. Winning 2 of the races and the day was Eightball (Twinems). There was good food for the post race gathering. Next up for us is the Commodores Cup Regatta, this Saturday, Jan. 24th. Its a great time of year to be out on the bay.

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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.


Susie Domagala shows husband John how to hike.
Blammo's crew uses kinetics to go faster.




Jeff Penfield, Chuck Tanner and Steve Osler finished in an impressive 5th place. Here they lead regatta winners Egan and Elsishan up the beat.

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