Recovered from Hurricane Sandy, Tom’s River YC to host Flying Scot NAs
Published on July 17th, 2014
The annual Flying Scot North American Championships will be held in Tom’s River, NJ on July 19-25. Hosted by Tom’s River Yacht Club, the venue was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy two years ago and almost destroyed by frozen water pipes this past winter, but has been fully renovated and is up and running.
“Tom’s River is a world-class venue,” says Frank Gerry, Flying Scot Sailing Association Class President. “We are all really looking forward to sailing in Barnegat Bay and enjoying the beautiful facilities at Tom’s River Yacht Club.”
The first two days of racing will involve a three-race, round-robin style competition that will divide the fleet into a championship and challenger division. Finals begin on Wednesday and will include no more than five races. Within the Championship and Challenger divisions, there also will be a Senior Championship that is open to all skippers at least 60 years old who also have at least one crew member who is at least 60 years old.
Among the competitors will be last year’s national champions, Jeff and Amy Linton, and Al and Katie Terhune, who won last year’s Thistle nationals and placed second in the Flying Scot nationals.
In addition, on Sunday, July 19, the junior national championships will be held. Juniors must be under 19 years old. They may have an adult on board but the adult may not take the helm except when going downwind.
First built in 1958, the Flying Scot is one of the oldest and largest one-design sailboat classes in the world. Designed and built by the late Sandy Douglass, the Flying Scot was inducted in the American Sailboat Hall of Fame in 1998.
Report by class media.