The Flying Scot Women’s North American Championship (NAC) — a nationwide competitiveness — was held at Deep Creek Lake this earlier weekend.
The Traveling Scot is built proper right here in Garrett County, and the proprietors and previous proprietor have been right here to operate the race (Tyler Andrews/Harry Carpenter) and take part (Carrie Andrews).
Typically at this time of calendar year, the Deep Creek Yacht Racing Affiliation (DCYRA) does weekend collection racing exactly where only two boats, race committee, patrol, and four people are needed to coordinate the race. A countrywide sailing competition requires five boats and eleven 11 to the run the race.
On the RC boat was Harry Carpenter/Bill Dunham/Chris Drury on the mark boat was Ray Gauthier/Tyler Andrews on the pin boat Ryan Malmgren/Benn Williams on the patrol boat was Quoc Tran/Joe White, and on the judge boat was Bill Ross/Larry Taggart — equally of whom have been previous presidents of the Traveling Scot Sailing Affiliation (FSSA).
The races were definitely run by the top specialists, so thank you all! My mind is however seeking to comprehend, digest, and remember everything I noticed, read, and felt this weekend.
To take part in the Women’s NAC, all individuals have to be female. This year’s Women’s NAC had 24 registered boats with 24 skippers and 29 crews although some boats had 3 girls on the boat. Members arrived from all over the place, like Maryland, Florida, Ga, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, and Virginia.
The pairings of skipper and crew in this regatta is a story in itself. I know of at the very least 1 boat where the members fulfilled each other for the 1st time the day prior to the races commenced. Other participants knew every other but usually sailed with another person else on a frequent basis. There have been a good deal of household groups like a mother(skipper)/daughter(crew) or daughter(skipper)/mom(crew), as effectively as sister teams. Some teams had sailed with every single other for decades whilst other people had been childhood close friends reuniting.
Whatsoever group or groups describes your sailing practical experience, sailing with someone else enhances your sailing talent, not to point out the advantages acquired from seeing the levels of competition up close. A person of my fellow sailors, Louise Schaefer, teased that 1 of her fans that wished her luck in advance of the races claimed, ‘I am listed here! Everybody is previously a winner!’
This previous weekend, I experienced the satisfaction of sailing with Sarah Buffington, who has sailed on Flying Scots for the very last 22 yrs and who has participated in many national competitions. Thank you, Sarah. I hope I can bear in mind all the recommendations I figured out this weekend from you!
On Saturday, the racing began at 11:05 a.m. with a Winner Fleet consisting of 14 boats, and a Challenger Fleet consisting of 10 boats. Luckily, all the races were windward/leeward two occasions around with a setting up line under the leeward mark and a finish line that did not interfere with any windward mark roundings.
The to start with race’s commence was around Holy Cross, with a windward mark previous the Turkey Neck Yacht Club. Sarah and I did very well in this race but we have been nowhere in close proximity to the leaders, Greta Mittman/Heidi Gough, as properly as Joni Palmer/Katherine Bennett. Both of their boats ended up so considerably ahead of the rest of the fleet, and it appeared that they ended up acquiring a match race in between the two of them.
The racing committee modified the class for the next race, but it nevertheless remained in the vicinity of the Turkey Neck Yacht Club. This was unexpectedly our very best race.
We rounded the windward mark in fourth location, but I managed to sail into a no-wind gap when the boats behind me on the suitable and left just sailed previous us. “Stay serene, do not shift, the wind will get here ultimately,” I prayed/chanted until sooner or later the wind came and we finished up in the inside pileup at the outrageous leeward mark rounding.
“Stay tranquil, keep your velocity, and get out of below as speedy as possible,” was all I was pondering as the boat in the inside of me was yelling to her competitor. On the final upwind leg, we caught a fortunate breeze and completed correct behind Meredith Hillyer/Carrie Andrews in fourth spot. The racing committee tried to established up a 3rd race, but the wind circumstances became far too light so races ended up postponed right until Sunday.
Saturday night time I obtained a lot more of a glimpse of all the participation and support that went into arranging the event. Jenifer Meehan (the event organizer) and the assistance from Deep Creek Lake Yacht Club hosted meal, which turned into a huge group of 53 members, plus spouses, as effectively as the race running group.
To retain the evening exciting, Jenifer Meehan and her workforce held a silent auction and gave absent prizes. Her and her friends’ efforts ended up discovered. Kathy Parks said, “Look at these expertly embellished cookies and matching napkins. This sort of planning is only at a Women’s Regatta!”
Jenifer Meehan and her crew also assisted the out-of-towners in discovering a place to remain. The event also included serving breakfasts, lunches, and cocktail hour with the assistance from each yacht golf equipment. I know Geri Meehan in the past experienced established a significant bar for arranging the Women’s Regatta.Jenifer Meehan, you have lifted the bar, thank you.
Sunday races started at 10:05 a.m. in purchase to total 3 races in advance of 2 p.m. that afternoon. The 1st race on Sunday was in place four by the Turkey Neck Yacht Club. The winds were gusting in excess of 12 mph at moments, and whitecaps had been on the drinking water.
I wished we experienced 3 persons on our boat, but oh nicely. If there was time, perhaps the wind would lighten. Soon after our prosperous first day, it appeared like the level of competition was gunning for us. A boat just pinched us out on the upwind leg, and I haven’t see a person do that to a boat I was sailing in considering that higher education.
I consulted an professional, and they explained that they do that all the time. You billow out your mainsail and have your crew hike out definitely tough. I wondered that probably it was a superior signal that another person felt the have to have to do that to our boat. I guess that trick could be a great instrument to master, so I submitted that trick for upcoming weekend.
The previous two races on Sunday have been in the regular spot by the Deerhaven Yacht Club. Sad to say, the wind did not lighten and at some stage my brain went into a fog asking yourself why I retained taking care of to tack the boat in all the erroneous spots. I vaguely don’t forget in the past race we rounded the very first windward mark in fantastic place all around 3rd place, but my nerves and mind fog could not keep the focus for the rest of the race, so we finished with a different weak end.
I verified with some of the opponents young and outdated and asked how fatigued they had been after the weekend’s five races? All verified that they ended up fatigued but pointed out they experienced a wonderful time.
My mate and fellow sailor Jill Bennett had a great weekend sailing with one particular of her daughters Jessica Bennett, and they competed with her other daughter, Katherine Bennett, who sailed with Joni Palmer. The Bennett relatives was surely element of the team and all people was a winner!
A special many thanks goes to all our sponsors: Flying Scot Inc., Simon Pearce, Sipside Lounge, Vagabond Taproom, Schoolhouse Earth, Rudy’s Apparel Professionals, UPMC Overall health Strategy, Mad Sails, Ace’s Hardware, and Beem Studios.
We all seriously value our nearby sponsors that provided a hometown environment for this function.
2021 Traveling Scot Women’s NAC Results
Championship Fleet: 1 Greta Mittman/Heidi Gough (Texas), 2 Joni Palmer/Katherine Bennett (Maryland/ DCYRA), 3 Meredith Hillyer/Carrie Andrews (Maryland/ DCYRA), 4 Lynn Bruss/Jennifer Iketa (Georgia), 5 Jill /Jessica Bennett (Maryland/ DCYRA)
Challenger Fleet: 1 Tracy Crothers/Jennifer Judkins (Texas), 2 Jenifer/Christine Meehan (Virginia/ DCYRA), 3 Alice Kemp/Cheryl Shafer (Pennsylvania/ DCYRA)