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Flying Scot boat

Flying Scots

Flying Scot boatThe Flying Scot is a 19’ sloop, typically sailed with 2 or 3 onboard. The boat has 10 active racing fleets in the Midwest and four national sanctioned events annually. EYC owns ten Flying Scots, and combined with member’s privately owned Scots, is the most competitive fleet at EYC. Use of EYC Flying Scots requires a skipper’s license or equivalent.

Fleet Activities

Flying Scot boatThe fleet activities include chalk talks to improve racing skills, boat maintenance and repair information, as well as a fleet pot luck. The fleet holds an annual meeting, typically following the Saturday morning race at the end of July, to discuss fleet activities for the coming year and select a fleet captain. See the racing calendar, or contact the Flying Scot Fleet Captain, Woody Heidler, if you are interested in learning more about Flying Scot fleet activities at EYC FSfleetcaptain@EYC.org.

In 2015, the fleet instituted a Flying Scot Fleet Recognition Award, which is awarded by the Flying Scot fleet captain to an individual who has given back to the fleet, demonstrated significant sportsmanship and collaboration, and/or improved significantly over the season. The winner’s name is engraved on a permanent plaque kept at the EYC, and the winner receives a keeper prize.

Weekly Series

The Flying Scots race on Monday evenings, 6:00 p.m. and Saturday mornings, 10:00 a.m. starting in mid-June through mid-August. The Saturday series is scored in two fleets: Championship fleet, for experienced racers, and Challenger fleet, for less experienced racers. There is one throw-out for every four races held; typically trophies for 1st – 3rd are awarded at the Commodore’s Party at the conclusion of the season.

Regattas and Clinics

There are five regattas at EYC that are held in Flying Scots: Fyr Bal, Family, Geezer-gatta, and Ephraim Regatta. Regattas are open to non-club members; however, you must be a club member to be eligible for the EYC-owned boat draw. Details are listed below.

Fyr Bal Regatta

Open to all Flying Scot racers, held in conjunction with regular Saturday morning series races, during Fyr Bal Festival, which celebrates the summer solstice. Up to three races will be sailed. Trophies for 1st – 3rd are awarded at the conclusion of the races.

Family Regatta

Open to all Flying Scot racers who sail as a combination of husband/wife, parent/child, or siblings and held in conjunction with regular Saturday morning series races, in late June. Up to three races will be sailed. Trophies for 1st – 3rd are awarded at the conclusion of the races.

Geezer-gatta

Open to all former instructors at EYC, held in conjunction with regular Saturday morning series races, in early July. Up to three races will be sailed. Trophies for 1st – 3rd are awarded at the conclusion of the races.

Women’s Regatta

Open to all female Flying Scot racers, held on a week night, around Ephraim Regatta. Up to three races will be held. Trophies for 1st – 3rd are awarded at the conclusion of the races.

Ephraim Regatta

The Ephraim Regatta is one of the largest Flying Scot regattas nationally. In 2016 we had over 35 boats compete, including top caliber competition. Trophies for 1st – 5th are awarded at the conclusion of the regatta, as well as the following trophies:

  • The Charlie Sauter Memorial Trophy was donated by the Sauter family “in recognition of Charlie’s love of sailing and his undying commitment to finishing the race.” The trophy is awarded to winner of the last race in the Flying Scot class in the annual Ephraim Regatta. The winner’s name is engraved on a permanent plaque kept at the EYC, and the winner receives a keeper prize.
  • The Peder E. Knudson Husband-Wife Trophy is awarded to the Flying Scot placing highest in the annual Ephraim Regatta carrying a husband-wife team, one of whom is the skipper. The winners’ names are engraved on a permanent plaque which is kept at the EYC, and a keeper prize is also awarded to the winning couple.
  • The Sturgis Trophy is awarded to the highest placing skipper in the Flying Scot class in the annual Ephraim Regatta who is age 18 or under. The trophy is in honor of Katy and Raynor Sturgis. The skipper’s name is engraved on a permanent plaque kept at the EYC, and the skipper receives a keeper prize.
  • The Ephraim Regatta Longest Drive Award is awarded to the skipper traveling the farthest to compete in the Ephraim Regatta with boat in tow.

Pre-Ephraim Regatta Clinic

EYC hosts a Flying Scot clinic on the Friday prior to the Ephraim Regatta. Previous clinics have been held by Ryan Malmgren, Mad Sails and Harry Carpenter, Flying Scot Inc. Click here for more details