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Flying Scot Fleet # 163 "mini" Report - Spring 2012

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By msman64 - Posted on 30 April 2012

To: All the Friendly Sailors of Flying Scot Fleet # 163 at Lake Nockamixon...
Fleet Update:  The 2012 sailing season has begun!  Our first "official" sailing day was Saturday April 14 for the Frostbite #1 where we found Flying Scot sailors Rich and Betsy Baucom (#5862 ) on the starting line ringing in the new season all 3 races, Phil Scheetz (#4086) flying solo in his Sunfish, and fellow fleet members Mike and Sam Mandell (#5010),  Glenn Wesley (#5919), and one of our newest members Bob Van Orden (#5819) on RC for a beautiful day of sailing and some lively race-day follow up at the local joint down the road Beckers Corner.
Frostbite Race day #2 was scheduled for Saturday April 28 with the RC ready and able manned by our Fleet Secretary Mike Noone (#5850) and fellow member Rob Wilkinson (#4516), however the stormy weather kept enough sailors away to prevent conducting racing (a minimum of 4 boats are required for any racing event), so no races were held that day.
Frostbite Race day #3 was held yesterday, April 28 under beautiful sailing conditions with only the occasional spring gusts to keep us on our toes.  On the starting line were Mike and Sam Mandell (#5010) with Annapolis rock star Pete Pollinger on board to help us remember everything during our first time out this season, Rich and Betsy Baucom (#5862), and Glenn Wesley (#5919) sailing solo, and on RC fellow fleet members Rob and Wanda Rauch (#4573).
Today, Sunday April 29, a Portsmouth fleet "long distance" race was held (in which we were all invited) under sunny skies.  Sam and I were prepared to sail but the forecast of gusts in the 30's persuaded us to choose the safer path of not sailing.  It looked like a beautiful day to be on the lake, but perhaps not in a Flying Scot.  Glenn Wesley was found in the rigging yard working on his boat, and fellow member and immediate Past Commodore George Balas  (#1892) was spotted towing his Scot towards the lake, perhaps the "King of Heavy Air" could not resist the forecast and was returning his beloved "Silver Girl" (after extensive restoration) back to the lake to reign again!?!?
Coming Up: Tuesday May 1: is opening day of the summer dry slip season and those of us who have one reserved can make plans to return our boats then.  Word of warning:  do not place your boat in it's assigned spot before 00:01 2012-05-01, the Park management strictly enforces the winter/summer dry slip lease agreements and will fine anyone found in violation.
Saturday, May 5:  NSC Invitational Regatta and Flying Scot Saturday #1:   Please make plans to join us for what is traditionally the "unofficial" opening day of the Flying Scot sailing season!  Many of us will be there to sail, race, and most of all share the joy of being in our great fleet.  Many of you may be launching your boats for the first time and you can count on lots of help, hands, and advice from your fellow fleet members who will also be there in the rigging lot.  Racers typically start arriving anytime after 8:00 AM and the yard is abuzz with activity up until 10:00 am when the skippers meeting begins, and then later that day when we return.  Please grab your boat and come on over and join us, you will be most welcome.  And for those of you who desire that special personal touch...
Saturday and Sunday May 5 & 6: 2012 "Rig-Check" days:  Once again Mike Noone, our Fleet Secretary, Mechanic, and resident expert in all things Flying Scot has volunteered his boundless energy, expertise, resources and generosity for the benefit of our fleet.  However, his services are always in great demand so it is advised that you please contact Mike in advance ( to discuss the nature of your interests.  Just about every member of our fleet has benefited (and avoided numerous major headaches!) by taking advantage his vast knowledge and sound advice.
Happening Now:  If you have renewed your membership to FSSA (as you should!)  I am in possession of your 2012 FSSA transom sticker.  As Fleet Caption the association issues them to me so I can distribute them to you with that "personal touch"!  If you are unable to join us in the rigging lot on a race day soon, please contact me and I will be happy to mail it to you directly.
Happening Soon:  We are discussing a fleet Sunday Brunch at the Carversville Inn, owned and managed by fellow fleet member Will Mathias (#3984) to welcome our newest members and otherwise get together for some off-the-water socializing.  We hope to schedule it for a non-sailing Sunday, please contact me with your comments, availability.
See you at the lake this weekend!
Mike Mandell
Fleet Captain - Flying Scot fleet #163
Lake Nockamixon