Bird Key YC Regatta
Kudos to the Bird Key Y.C. for running a fun Regatta on May 11/12. Friday night started the weekend events with a Keg and hors d'oeuvres party followed by the skippers meeting. Saturday was a terrific day for racing. There were about 35 or so boats in the regatta and we had 6 Flying Scots. The RC ran (3), approx 4 mile windward, leeward (2x around) races for the Scots. There was plenty of breeze, then plenty of holes, then plenty of East then West winds. Really something for everyone. After 3 races Eightball came out on top followed closely by Zoom and Sidewalk Express. The post race seafood buffet was delicious and the post race party and awards were well represented by our Scot fleet. We are certainly putting this on our calendar for next year.
Saturday was a red letter day in our fleet history. We had a super day for racing and when the gulf breeze kicked in the winds were in the 12 -15 kt range. Sue and John Ran 3 races and mixed things up with 3 different course configurations. THANK YOU!! Twelve boats sailed out to the start area and 10 entered the races. We were joined by the Thinels and Lintons from the Tampa fleet. They came down to get some practice in before heading north to the Flying Scot North Americans. Super exciting news for the day and our fleet was having two new fleet members come out for the first time. Both, Andy Lindgren in Over Easy and Mark George in Scot Free Joined us for the first time. Welcome to our fleet!!! On top of the leader board after the 3 races were The Lintons in first, Don & Stu (Leprechan) second and Ron and Richard (Sidewalk Express) in Third.
Although our ranks have thinned some after our snowbird friends headed north we are enjoying an active season with our core group of year rounders. We are currently organizing a forum/clinic/race day this summer for some of our fleet leaders to share some Flying Scot insights and boat time with anyone who would like to improve their performance. We have moved our racing to later in the day Saturdays to try to beat some of the summer heat. Starts are at 4:30 during the summer months. We wish the Domagalas well as they head north to sail in the Flying Scot North American Championships in Carlyle, Illinois later this month. If you would like to crew on a Scot or need crew, let us know and we will try to hook you up.
Tip of the day: When planning your start, think about where you want to be on the course several minutes after the start and then pick a place on the line that puts you in the best position to get there.