The Westhampton Yacht Squadron held Flying Scot races in the safety of its harbor on Moriches Bay on Saturday afternoon. The races held a dual purpose: for the Greater New York District Flying Scots Championship and as the third leg of the Long Island Flying Scots Championship.
The Greater New York District includes clubs that are from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Clubs that sailed on Saturday included the Babylon Yacht Club, the Candlewood Yacht Club out of New Fairfield, Connecticut, the Monmouth Boat Club of New Jersey, the Moriches Yacht Club, the Sayville Yacht Club, the Westhampton Yacht Squadron and the Wet Pants Sailing Association out of Sayville.
According to regatta chairman Ed Surgan, there were 21 boats out on the water on Saturday, which enjoyed sunny skies with winds at 10 to 15 knots out of the southeast, shifting 10 degrees left and right. The races were run on a windward leeward course. The primary race officer was Jim Hulme.
Frank Castallano and Bill Donaldson from the Moriches Yacht Club won the Greater New York District Championship. David Becker and Brock Krabel of the Sayville Yacht Club placed second, while John and Sharon Schwarting of the Sayville Yacht Club placed third.
The Long Island Flying Scot Championships occurred over three separate weekends, starting in July and continuing into August. The first two legs were held at Babylon and Moriches, respectively. The Schwartings of Sayville were the overall winners, with John and Sue Callis of Wet Pants placing second. Norm Wentworth and Ed Surgan placed third.
A Flying Scot is a 20-foot sloop-rigged boat that flies a spinnaker. It is the adult version of dinghy-style racing.
On Sunday, September 8, the fall sailing series will start at both the Moriches Yacht Club and Westhampton Yacht Squadron. Moriches will host Flying Scot races while Westhampton will host Sunfish, Optimists and 420s.
WYS held the eighth week of its summer sailing series on Saturday, August 17. There were light winds of 5 to 8 knots and Flying Scots and Sunfish raced on courses on Moriches Bay.
Norm Wentworth and Ed Surgan won the first Flying Scots race with Nick Purpura, Sue Jenkins and James Fink placing second. Lou Mancuso and Tom McGinnis placed third. In the second race, Purpura, Jenkins and Fink placed first with Mancuso and McGinnis placing second. Wentworth and Surgan won the third and final race with Purpura, Jenkins and Fink placing second.
Wally Dawydiak won the first Sunfish race with Sundy Schermeyer and Smetana placing second and third, respectively. Schermeyer took race two with Wally Dawydiak placing second and Ava Dawydiak placing third. Wally Dawydiak came back to win the third race while Schermeyer placed second and Janet Jurgielewicz placed third.