FSSA / Lake Norman Yacht Club
Monday Winds: 8 to 14 knots (Perfect Breeze).
Monday morning first qualifying race, we start towards the middle of the line three rows back, take a clearing take to the right ducking 5 to 6 boats, breeze dies out on the left, round with leaders go on to win race.
Monday second race, we start towards the pin, get shot out the back by Marcus Eagan, tack out to the right, cross behind the entire fleet, get right, breeze goes left, play “ketchup” for an eighth. Bill promises his starts will get better. So far, no chance of being called over early!
Tuesday Winds: 10 to 15 knots (Perfect Breeze).
Final qualifying race, good start FINALLY, winning race
until last beat, Marcus Eagan and Bill Ewing get by us by going to the favored
leeward gate and get into better breeze. Hold
on for a 3rd.
Wednesday Winds: 10 to 15 knots (Slowly winding left with heavy shore influence).
First race for the championship, round the first mark in 3rd behind Greg Fisher and Harry Carpenter. Make up considerable distance on downwind leg. Greg Fisher hits leeward mark gate and does a 360. We catch Harry going upwind, lead going downwind. Greg catches up on last upwind leg. The race committee sets our finish line 50 feet beyond the windward and offset mark. As we sail on starboard between the windward mark and the offset mark, the challenger fleet, rounding the windward mark and turning down to the offset mark, blocks us from tacking onto port for the finish. Greg beats us by a boat length. Ouch That Hurt!
Second race for the championship, race committee moves
course to compensate for the wind going left.
Get good start towards the pin, professional photographer’s boat
crosses directly in front of us, had to restrain myself from going crazy.
Initially we stayed left, Marcus crosses in front of us, and we stay left
with Harry Carpenter while the fleet is stacking up right taking advantage of
right shore effect. This is where it
got tough. Trying not to get caught
too far to the left, we start working our way back to the right, end up crossing
behind too many boats. Harry
Carpenter stays left looking bad until the final port tack rounding in the top
three. Marcus ends up winning the
right group and gets launched for an easy win. Greg
Fisher and Ira Cohen eventually grind Harry down for second and third place.
What really happened up front is a mystery because we rounded the first
mark about 15th to 18th place going very slow.
We stayed in slow mode downwind and back upwind.
Wasn’t until the last downwind that we start moving through the fleet.
We decided to go high over the fleet on the port tack, just holding on to
an inside overlap on the left gate. The
race committee had moved the weather mark far to the right; we were hopefully
going to get some right shore effect. Everyone
in front of us was working out towards the middle of the lake.
Bill and I and everyone behind us were stacking up to the right, near the
shore, hopping for a miracle. After
we made it around the right shore, we actually lost a couple of boats.
Everyone around saw us losing ground and bailed out back to the left.
Now there was no option but to head back to the right shore.
We actually had to sail the boat healed up to keep the centerboard from
running aground on the sandbars. Finally
on the last tack to starboard, we were over-standing the finish line, we got a
shot from the right and were now barreling down to the finish line.
Steve Bellows was one of the boats that had been in front of us the whole
race. He said “I couldn’t see
you because of all the other port tack boats, but you guys sounded like a
freight train”. We passed 7 to 8
boats at the finish. At the time, we
felt exhausted and a little defeated. We
were now in fourth place.
Thursday Winds: 0 to 4 knots (Frontal High Pressure System has landed on top of us).
Sat under shade trees all day drinking favorite beverages,
playing touch football, decided to leave boat in water all day and overnight so
boat could become one with the lake. That
was our excuse for being too lazy to pull the boat out of the water.
Friday Winds: 4 to 6 knots (High Pressure – At least one more race is needed to be considered a regatta).
Race committee was looking to get 2 races off.
However, this would be the last race.
I’m glad we didn’t know that at the time.
We start 70% down the line, everyone to windward falls down behind us,
and we end up rolling the boats to leeward, finally a great start.
We start out left but end up working middle right.
A few boats way out to the right get a sliver of breeze and boats on the
far left come in strong as well. We
end up rounding around 8th. Harry
Carpenter is close by and Marcus Eagan is directly behind us.
Marcus brings breeze behind on port tack.
Marcus starts to roll us, so we gybe away back towards the middle.
We never see Marcus again as he gets stuck out on the left.
We go back upwind losing a couple of boats rounding the weather mark
directly behind Harry Carpenter. Harry
looks back at us, as we both barely squeeze around the weather mark and says
“boy that was ugly”. This is our
final downwind leg. Harry Carpenter
is not only ahead, with 10 to 15 minutes left in the race, he is winning the
regatta. We sail downwind on port
tack. Harry decides to sail higher hoping to get to the fresh breeze first and
to roll the boat directly in front of him. The
breeze is filling from behind and Bill sails straight to the leeward gates.
Harry ends up sailing into the exact hole the Eagan brothers had sailed
in the previous downwind leg. We
sail to the left gate with 5 boats ahead. On
this final beat Steve Bellows rounds behind us.
He manages to work right and gets by us with more pressure on starboard
tack yelling “Hey boat buddy”. - This was because we had loaned him some
parts earlier in the week. Bill and
Steve get in a loose cover tacking dual right up the middle of the course that
propels us closer to the leaders just to our right.
As we come in for our final port tack everyone, including Steve, goes in
front on starboard tack. Even though
we’re getting lifted on port, the pressure is now moving left to right.
All the boats that had tacked to weather of us were slowing down while we
were punching through to the right getting lifted towards the committee boat. One
lone boat had stayed to the right of us. It
was Meredith Dodd with crew John Meredith - on her way to her first first-place
finish at Nationals. We tacked one
boat length outside the committee boat to squeak out a second.
The wind slowly shut down to nothing and 90 minutes later
the race committee decided to call it a regatta.
Like last years North Americans at Pensacola this regatta proved to be
chess match. On Thursday, with no
air all day, you just have to keep reminding yourself that the long waiting and
setting around is just part of the regatta.
Lake Norman, in the summer, will test your patience more than any lake
I’ve ever seen. It’s like White
Rock only on a larger scale, so once you commit to one side there’s no going
District Governor’s Notes: The 2003 Flying Scot North American Championship had 90 boat registered. Each boat was measured using a lottery system. Depending on what color you drew determined what would be measured. Our color indicated the boat would be weighed with the centerboard in, the safety equipment checked, and our main sails would be measured. The whole process from our late Sunday registration to final measurement took all of 45 minutes. The crew from Lake Norman had certified almost 80 boats by Saturday. This new system was a huge success and will make it much easier for clubs hosting future Flying Scot Nationals. From now on all boats will be measured at every North American Championship. There is no waiver for having a certificate from the previous year. The FSSA weighed all the rudders to determine a future minimum weight for complete rudder head and blade assembly. All rudder blades must now be approximately 3/16-inch plate. One further note: There will be no sail measurement at next years Flying Scot Mid-Winters. Amen! Next years Flying Scot North American Championship will be at Lake Carlyle, Illinois - July 17-23rd.
Texas District Governor
|1||5346||Bill Draheim & Scott Mauney||Corinthian Sailing Club||2||8||2||12|
|2||92||Marcus Eagan & Andrew Eagan||Southern Yacht Club||5||1||10||16|
|3||5419||Harry Carpenter & Carrie Carpenter||Deep Creek Yacht Club||3||4||9||16|
|4||5391||Greg Fisher & Joann Jones||1||2||14||17|
|5||3933||Larry Lewis & Starr Lewis||Lake Norman Yacht Club||9||7||8||24|
|6||4814||Ralph Coffill & Christine Coffill||Moriches Yacht Club||7||15||3||25|
|7||2068||Ronald Pletsch & David Pletsch||Sarasota Sailing Squadron||14||6||6||26|
|8||2929||Dan Neff & Jim McCarrick||Old Greenwich Yacht Club||6||13||7||26|
|9||5107||Steve Bellows & Cayne Miceli||Pensacola Yacht Club||12||10||5||27|
|10||5246||Bill Ewing, Eileen Ewing & Kris Smith||Monmouth Boat Club||10||9||13||32|
|11||3109||Dave Neff & Tom Lawton||Lake Norman Yacht Club||11||12||15||38|
|12||5510||Larry Taggert & Carrie Berger||Southern Yacht Club||17||11||12||40|
|13||4801||Meredith Dodd, John Meredith & Ashley Dodd||Deep Creek Yacht Club||20||23||1||44|
|14||4240||John Luard & Toni Gahn||Monmouth Boat Club||13||5||26||44|
|15||5040||Mike Roberts & Stacey Roberts||Davis Island Yacht Club||18||16||11||45|
|16||4427||Hans Noordanus & Richard Dynes||Lake of the Woods Sailing||4||14||29||47|
|17||5171||Josh Goldman & Ian Gill||Cedar Point Yacht Club||8||20||23||51|
|18||2162||Susie Stombaugh & Tim Stombaugh||Cave Run Sailing Assoc.||15||18||19||52|
|19||5252||Ira Cohen & Brian Hayes||Hempshead Bay||16||3||34||53|
|20||16||Paul Lee & Denise Lee||Detroit Yacht Club||21||17||16||54|
|21||5347||Charles Buffington & Sarah Buffington||Deep Creek Yacht Club||31||24||4||59|
|22||3913||Chris Danilek & Linda Danilek||Old Greenwich Yacht Club||23||22||17||62|
|23||5318||Jeff Penfield & Bob Nichols||Sarasota Sailing Squadron||24||26||18||68|
|24||5520||Fred Strammer & Fred Strammer Jr||Sarasota Sailing Squadron||29||19||25||73|
|25||5230||Forest Rogers & Mike Ehnis||Crescent Sail Yacht Club||26\ZFP||21||27||74|
|26||5005||Don Smith & Chris Kicinski||Lake Norman Yacht Club||28||30||20||78|
|27||5214||Bane Shaw & Ann Shaw||Lake Norman Yacht Club||22||27||30||79|
|28||13||Al Hersey & Del Foster||Sarasota Sailing Squadron||30||32||24||86|
|29||1104||Starling Gunn & Bill Larson||Lake Townsend||27||25||35||87|
|30||4952||Ken Gorni & Ed Cherry||Lake Norman Yacht Club||33||36||22||91|
|31||4979||Steve Last & Steve Rajkovich||Crystal Sailing Club||36||35||21||92|
|32||4938||Anthony DiResta & Regina Lindahl||Moriches Yacht Club||25||31||36||92|
|33||3076||Tom Pinkel & Peggy Woodworth||Carlyle Sailing Assoc.||26||34||33||93|
|34||2259||Don Griffin & Barbara Griffin||Deep Creek Yacht Club||35||28||32||95|
|35||1866||David Mahan & Bruce Orthrop||Deep Creek Yacht Club||32||33||31||96|
|36||4115||Bernie Knight & Terri Swift||Pensacola Yacht Club||34||29||37||100|
|37||4991||Dan Goldberg & Joni Reis||Moraine Sailing club||38\DNS||38\DNS||28||104|