Congratulations to our very own Ryan Malmgren who finished third overall in the Championship Fleet at the Flying Scot North American Championship at Fishing Bay Yacht Club in Deltaville, Virginia! This is the 50th anniversary year of the Flying Scot and there were a record 101 boats registered for both the championship and challenger divisions. Ryan did a tremendous job against the competition with 59 boats in the championship division. First place went to a newcomer to the Flying Scot class, Jeff Linton, the Lightning Class World Champion. Second place went to Kelly Gough of Texas, a top Flying Scot Sailor and former North American Champion. This is a tremendous accomplishment. We’re all very proud of you Ryan and representing the Ephraim Yacht Club so well.
The only other EYC member in attendance was Carol Claypool, who crewed for Bill Ross, a past president of the Flying Scot Sailing Association. They finished 6th out of 42 in the Challenger Division.
Ryan, Carol and Virginia Claypool attended the Flying Scot 50th Anniversary Celebration that took place in Deep Creek Lake, Maryland.
Submitted By Nancy Claypool
EVENT PRESS RELEASE:
RECORD SUCCESS FOR FLYING SCOT NORTH AMERICAN SAILING CHAMPIONSHIP
Event turnout made championship the largest of its class in the country
Deltaville, VA — June 28, 2007 — Local and national sailors completed the largest Flying Scot North American Championship (NAC) in history on the 50th anniversary of that one-design sailboat yesterday at Fishing Bay Yacht Club (FBYC) in Deltaville VA.
From Sunday through Thursday, 119 Flying Scots competed for continental championship honors in 18 races in the Championship, Challenger, Women and Junior Divisions in the Piankatank River mouth and Chesapeake Bay just off Middlesex County, Virginia. Their success stood in marked contrast to the disastrous 2006 NAC in Marblehead, Massachusetts, struck by as microburst tornadic storm that damaged or destroyed much of the fleet.
According to participants, record attendance at the regatta was attributable to pent up demand for a championship after last years’ catastrophe, the central location of Deltaville on the east coast, and the proximity to Deep Creek, Maryland, where the 19 foot one design boats are built by Flying Scot Inc., and where boat owners from across the country will gather to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of this long lasting sailboat design with over 6,000 boats in existence.
Those attending last night’s award ceremony saw awards to the top finishers in each of the fleet’s divisions, many of them husbands and wives and fathers and sons or daughters, typical of this family oriented class, including:
Championship Division (59 Boats)
1st Jeff Linton/Amy Linton, Tampa FL
2nd Kelly Gough/Heidi Gough, Dallas TX
3rd Ryan Malmgren/Kris Smith, Madison WI
4th Ronald Pletch/Dan Pletch, Sarasota FL
5th Hunter Riddle/Suzanne Riddle, Pensacola FL
Challenger Division (42 Boats)
1st Michael Mittman/Greta Mittman, Dallas TX
2nd Tom Clark/Dick Dommell, Chattanoga TN
3rd Greg Kamf/Diane Kamf, Linwood MA
4th Jack Stewart/Martha Stewart, Alliance OH
5th Stewart Cofield/Rob Fowler, Chatsworth GA
Junior Division (12 Boats)
1st Elliot Lee/Paul Lee, Detroit MI
2nd Cori Radtke/Art Radtke, Weems VA
3rd Alex Jacob/James Jacob, Alexandria VA
Women’s Division (8 Boats)
1st Greta Mittman/Heidi Gough, Dallas TX
2nd Melanie Dunham/Carrie Carpenter/Carrie Berger, Pawling NY
3rd Linda Nicholson/Ginny Mangan, Huntingdon Valley PA
Jeff Linton, winning skipper in the Championship Division, heaped praise on the volunteers of FBYC, including the race management, catering, launching coordination at three launch sites, trophy selection and presentation, and the many other aspects of managing this record breaking one-design regatta.
Hans Noordanus, the Governor of the Flying Scot Capitol District, the 2007 host district, thanked the Event Chair, Noel Clinard of FBYC, for running the greatest NAC ever and challenged next year’s chair, Joe Thorpe, of Toms River NJ to equal or exceed it. Clinard remarked, “This record event would not have been possible without the extraordinary effort of over 75 volunteers at FBYC, from the tractor drivers at the launching stations to the incredibly professional race management team lead by John McCarthy of Portsmouth, VA, and the hospitality of the Deltaville community.”
Despite the heat on shore, the sailors were fortunate to experience four days of excellent wind conditions with winds predominantly from the south at 6 to 18 knots, with more to the latter end of the velocity spectrum. These varying conditions challenged both the light and heavier crews and leveled the field of light wind competitors from the lakes of the Mid-west and those from the East and Gulf Coast accustomed to heavier winds.
At 6:00 am this morning, the fleet loaded their boats on trailers and headed for the 50th Anniversary celebration at Deep Creek, MD.
For more information, photos and complete results from the Flying Scot North American Championships visit the event website at www.fbyc.net or contact the FBYC Event Chair, Noel Clinard, at [email protected]. For information regarding FSSA matters, contact Hans Noordanus, Flying Scot Capitol District Governor and FSSA Liaison, at hans.noorda[email protected] or visit the Association website at www.fssa.com.