THE FLYING SCOT
The Flying Scot Sailboat has proved to be a ideal boat in which to realize the many benefits of the WRSC racing program. The boat is so well suited to the conditions on the West River that the club elected to use the Scot for our adult sailing school. The boat is stable as well as fast, and can easily be raced by a husband and wife team. The fleet has several members who have proved that, yes, married couples can race together, and not only enjoy it, but keep up with the competition. In fact, the Scot is the only class that conducts a separate championship regatta for married couples, and the event, the Wife/Husband Championship, routinely attracts 40 to 50 boats every year.
Flying Scot Fleet 97 is based at The West River Sailing Club in Galesville, Maryland and has been a part of that club's one-design racing program since 1979. Fleet 97 also enjoys a diverse schedule of sailing events sponsored by the club. There is racing from May to October for all levels of experience, from beginner to expert. A typical season will include six days of summer series racing, with three races each day, usually on Sunday afternoons. These races are well attended by both the beginners and experienced sailors in the fleet, and as a result, sailors new to racing can use these races as a gauge to measure their progress. There are also several club invitational regattas scheduled that will attract other Flying Scot sailors. That will provide a good opportunity to test your speed against Scot sailors from other clubs on the Bay. And finally, for a true test of your skills, there are the Association events, including the Capitol District Championship, Midwinter Championship, North American Championship, and Wife/Husband Championship. Some of the country's top sailors are in the Flying Scot Class and the competition at these events is at the highest level.
So, if you are interested in one-design racing, come to WRSC and check out Fleet 97's program. For those new to the game, take some lessons in our adult sailing school. You'll have fun and get familiar with the Scot at the same time, and the price is right. If you're already an experienced racer, you'll find plenty of good competition. If you have any questions, email
The flying scot fleet uses a google group like many other fleets at WRSC, it's easy for anybody to join! This is how the fleet captain, the fleet, and others at WRSC communicate specifically to each other! All important fleet specific information is sent through this group.