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Flying Scot Midwinters 2016 Downwind Mark Rounding - Bold Attempt Results In Bailing Out
This downwind mark rounding is like many others, but watch how the boat in front of us, who must give inside room to the boats in front, attempts to make a bold move to the inside of those boats which are making wide tactical roundings. I like how he casually bails out instead of forcing the issue and doesn't cause a pileup at the mark. This could have been much worse and while the initial move was aggressive, this is a great example of avoiding disaster.
Flying Scot 2015 Egyptian Cup - Race 2 Start with Ryan and Stacey
Start of Race 2 at the 2015 Flying Scot Egyptian Cup (and Midwest District Championships) at Carlyle Sailing Association. Ride along with with Ryan and Stacey from MAD Sails as they execute a perfect a boat-end start and follow them until they make their first tack. This video was edited and narrated by Eric Bussell. You can find other videos like this at www.fleet135.com. This video and others like it are designed to help Fleet 135 racers gain insight and perspective to help them sail faster. We appreciate any questions or comments.
Flying Scot Midwinters 2016 Start - Need to Be More Aggressive at Start
This start takes you though the final minute of a start at the 2016 Flying Scot Midwinters Regatta at St. Andrews Bay during the final minute of a start (race unknown). There are a few things the captain (me) didn't do to protect against boats to windward and we ended up in bad air. The problems were compounded with the two boats immediately to windward being OCS and putting us in their horrible air. Like so many bad starts, we realized this situation could have been avoided if we had just done a few things differently. In this particular situation, we had an incentive to inform the the boats in front of us to get clear. :-)
Flying Scot 2015 Egyptian Cup - Race 1 Start with Ryan and Stacey
Start of Race 1 at the 2015 Flying Scot Egyptian Cup (and MIdwest District Championships) at Carlyle Sailing Association. Ride along with with Ryan and Stacey from MAD Sails as they execute a perfect a pin-end start and follow them until they make their first tack. This video was edited and narrated by Eric Bussell. You can find other videos like this at www.fleet135.com. This video and others like it are designed to help Fleet 135 racers gain insight and perspective to help them sail faster. We appreciate any questions or comments.
Glow 2011 Promotion 1
The Glow in the Dark Regatta is held annually in Clinton, IL and is hosted by the Clinton Lake Sailing Association. Clinton Lake is home to Flying Scot Fleet 135. The 2011 Glow will also be the venue for the Midwest District Championships, so we expect a great turnout and great sailing! Here Nautical Bob discussed his memories of The Glow.
2016 Glow Regatta : Register Here

Clinton Lake Sailing Association and Fleet 135 are once again excited to host the Glow Regatta at Clinton Lake. If you haven't been to the Glow recently, you have probably heard about the exceptional racing, food, and fun atmosphere. Online registration and online payment are required in advance of the event. While many of our guests camp free of charge at the club, we encourage you non campers to book your rooms early at one of the local hotels.

Flying Scot Midwinters 2016: Upwind Mark Rounding Port Layline Approach
On the upwind leg we lost position on a few boats who went to the right side. This vantage point shows us approaching the upwind mark on a port tack. Since the offset mark is slightly above the mark, it seems like we are tacking back late but we aren't. We decide to execute a gybe set and decided to do the opposite of whatever the boats in front of us were doing in hopes we could gain back that real estate.
Tacking in the Zone - Intro to Sailboat Racing - Rule 18.3
Welcome to our introduction to sailboat racing video series! This quick video explains tacking in the zone at the upwind mark and references rule 18.3. Who? These videos are produced by Flying Scot Fleet 135 at Clinton Lake (Illinois) with the help of our friends on the Flying Scot traveling circuit. Why? We are in a tremendous sport and we gain great satisfaction in bringing people up. It’s all about getting better and having more fun. Fleet 135 has partnered with Parkland Community College to offer Introduction to Sailboat Racing and these videos were designed with our students in mind, but should be helpful to all sailors. What? Our goal is to offer simple and informative videos to help prospective and developing sailboat racers develop more quickly. These can be used for instruction or to brush up on general sailing skills. Special Requests? Please subscribe to our YouTube channel and/or check back regularly as we can plan to continually add more teaching videos to this series. If you have any special requests or think we could have explained something better, we’d love to hear from you. Special thanks for Angelo Buscemi who created the Protest Diagram Kit that we used to create the graphics within this video.
Flying Scot Midwinters 2015 Challenger Division - Downwind Mark Rounding
Fleet 135 racers Eric Bussell and Rob Parker execute a mark rounding while giving an inside-overlapped boat room at the mark. Once the starboard boat tacks to port before we cross, the windward boat must keep clear of the leeward boat. During a mark rounding, the outside/leeward boat must give the inside/windward boat enough room to round the mark. In this situation, the inside boat cannot push the outside leeward boat out so long as the inside boat has room, since she must avoid the leeward boat. Therefore, the inside boat must make a seaman-like rounding and cannot perform a wide tactical rounding. In this video, Eric Bussell makes that very clear to the approaching boat and does not give up any ground. His outside boat rounds the mark with speed and was able to point better, ultimately requiring the inside boat to tack away. The GoPro camera makes the boat appear further away as the boats were very close as they rounded the mark. Some boats will try to make a tactical rounding in this situation so it is helpful to communicate clearly and early to avoid crashes and arguments at the mark. This was Rob's first regatta and he does a very good job getting the spinnaker down, getting to the low side of boat to use his weight and boat heel to help drive the boat around the mark, trimming the spinnaker through the turn, and finally getting to the high side to flatten the boat.
Flying Scot Sailing Association

The FSSA is one of the strongest one-design class associations in the world. Our strict adherence to the one design concept means that the Flying Scot built this year will remain compatible and competitive for years to come with newer as well as older boats. Owners of Flying Scots are assured that their boats will last for years, and its re-sale value will remain excellent. Also, the FSSA helps promote the Flying Scot which maintains the boats popularity and value.

Flying Scot Midwinters 2016 - Port Boat Not Allowed to Cross
As we sail to the upwind, we decide we want to get over the right side of the course. Our goal is to sail towards clean air and then tack over. As we are executing this plan, a port tacking boat approaches us and shouts at us asking to cross. If our goal was to go to the left side, we certainly would have waived him by as to avoid him tacking just below us and causing us to deal with him and slow us down. We decline his request and force him to tack to the left side as we tack to the side.
Flying Scot 2015 Egyptian Cup - Race 1 First Upwind Mark Rounding with Ryan and Stacey
This footage was taken at the 2015 Flying Scot Egyptian Cup (and Midwest District Championships) at Carlyle Sailing Association. Ride along with with Ryan and Stacey from MAD Sails as they round the first upwind mark in the first race, raise their spinnaker, and execute a gybe. This video was edited and narrated by Eric Bussell. You can find other videos like this at www.fleet135.com. This video and others like it are designed to help Fleet 135 racers gain insight and perspective to help them sail faster. We appreciate any questions or comments.
Flying Scot Midwinters 2015 Challenger Start Race 1
Flying Scot Fleet 135 racers Eric Bussell and Rob Parker record their first start of the season at the 2015 Flying Scot Midwinters Championship, from inside the boat using GoPro cameras. This was Rob's first regatta outside Clinton Lake after only taking up racing the previous year. This video shows the entire starting progression with notes to help beginning sailors better understand starts. This video takes you from the starting signal through the first tack after the start. For more videos and information on Fleet 135, visit www.fleet135.com.
Learn to Sail

Clinton Lake Sailing Associations offers two great introduction to sailing programs in partnership with Heartland Community College and Parkland Community College. The Flying Scot Introduction to Sailboat Racing experience provides for a 3-hour group racing experience where two students are paired up with a experienced racing instructor after a short safety and training session. This is a unique opportunity to have some fun on the water while learning something new and exciting. For those who find themselves wanting more, all students in both CLSA classes are welcome to join the fleet on a Wednesday night for additional instruction and coaching at no extra cost. Our programs are also designed to train prospective CLSA members to comfortably sail our fleet of club boats (free to rent with club membership). We also have additional training programs for those who want to crew during our weekend sailboat races.

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