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Free Sailboat Rides!

Starting as early as 8am, before scheduled weekend racing events (12pm) at Clinton Lake Sailing Association, fleet members will give free sailboat rides. The length of the ride will be determined by the number of boats and riders. This is a great opportunity to bring friends and family out and try something new and fun. Those who want to sail on multiple weekends will be asked to join our fleet by joining the Clinton Lake Sailing Association ($65) and the Flying Scot Sailing Association ($35). 

June 1, June 7, June 15, June 21, July 13, July 19, July 27, Aug 10, Aug 16, Aug 24, Sep 7, Sep 13, Sep 21. 

To RSVP contact Eric Bussell at (217) 377-0661 or eric@ericbussell.com in advance and before driving out. If there are no scheduled rides, Weekend Sailing may be cancelled without notice. We do not carry cell phones while we are sailing.  Please RSVP and wait on the dock after arriving so that boat captains can see you and come pick you up. We try to make it so that you do not wait more than 30 minutes. 

Registration Open: Spring Sailboat Racing Workshop

***OUR SUMMER WORKSHOP IS SET FOR JUNE 14.  LOOK FOR THE SUMMER PARKLAND 505 CATALOG IF YOU MISSED THE SPRING WORKSHOP***

Fleet 135 is excited to once again work with Parkland College!  We will be offering a Spring Introduction to Sailboat Racing on Saturday May 10th from 10am to 4pm.  The price is $95 and provides participants a fun-filled day of on-the-water training in a laid-back racing setting.   Look for class information/registration details in the Spring 2014 Parkland 505 catalog on page 20/45.  Parkland publishes two catalogs each session, this opportunity is offered through the Community Education Department (not offered in the general course catalog).  

This is a great opportunity to try something new with friends and family.  We want to introduce people from Central Illinois to the sport of sailing as most people do not think of sailing as fun and affordable family activity.  While the America's Cup was certainly entertaining to watch and we appreciate the new interest in sailing, it is not the "rich man's sport" some believe it to be.  The Clinton Lake Sailing Association (home to Flying Scot Fleet 135) offers access to sailboat (free with membership) and an enjoyable sailing venue for less than $100/year.  

Those who want to try something new or simply enjoy a great day at beautiful Clinton Lake will certainly get their money worth as we will spend most of the day on the water after a short safety orientation and sailing principles.  No experience needed!  

Lunch will be provided and we will mail you a textbook and materials to review before the class.  We recommend reading the book and reviewing any posts/videos from our website before the class as you will certainly get more out of the experience.  We will provide life jackets and encourage participants to bring gloves (especially if higher winds are expected) and to dress appropriate for the weather.  

We will sail in light rain and will schedule a make-up in the event weather conditions do not offer safe and enjoyable conditions.  Please be sure to register earlier as we have limited availability (our 2013 workshop were completely booked before the registration deadline).  Feedback from our inaugural workshop was overwhelmingly positive and workshop participants appreciated the hands-on (almost zero classroom) approach to learning.  Our experienced skippers only have 1 goal (other than safety) and that is to ensure that you have a good time on the water.   According to feedback after our first workshop, the workshop was an overwhelming success and several students have continued to remain involved in sailing. 

Any class members who want to pursue sailing as a recreational or competitive hobby will have access to great (and diverse) team of sailors dedicated to helping you with any questions or concerns you might have after you get on the water.  We have recreational sailors and championship racers always available to help you.  

Fleet 135 also offers business and organizations team building workshops and we can customize an experience for you and you and your team that will be fun, challenging, and recreational.  This is not offered through Parkland, but our approach would be very similar.  

Please do not hesitate to contact Eric Bussell (217) 377-0661 (eric@ericbussell.com) with any questions.  

Local Flying Scot #5927 for Sale


2010 Flying Scot # 5927 is in excellent condition.The boat comes with aluminum trailer w spare, outboard motor bracket, swim ladder, compass, skirted mooring cover, master helper and life jackets. Asking $15,500. Contact Dave: email: od-sherw@illinois.edu telephone: 217-356-5860

Local buyers of any Scot who join the Clinton Lake Sailing Association and the Flying Scot Sailing Association will receive 4 hours of coaching from local Fleet 135 Captain Eric Bussell. 

Midwinters 2014 - New Orleans

Follow Eric Bussell and Chris Tesdal as we race Windtalker (FS 5631) in the Challenger Division at the 2014 Flying Scot Midwinters Championships in New Orleans.   We will be posting daily updates to the Midest District Blog (midwestflyingscot.blogspot.com).   We are having way too much fun trying to figure out iMovie and the GoPro cameras, but hope to share some entertaining footage with our friends back home. 

Wednesday Night Racing

Wednesday night what Flying Scot sailors look forward to every week!  Racing starts promptly at 6pm.  We typically have 4-5 Scots on the water and sail short Windward-Leeward courses with 2 minute starts and sail until sunset.  This is an opportunity for prospective sailors who develop an interest in crewing on a Flying Scot during a club weekend race or regional/nation regatta. This is also an ideal opportunity for prospective Flying Scot owners to get more experience before buying a Flying Scot of their own.  Please email Rod Bussell (rodbussell@mac.com) to get on our email list. Captains typically sail with their regular crew members, but will send an email to those on our crew email list if a spot opens up.

You Vote.  You Decide.  FSSA members to decide on VHF radio use during sailboat races.
Fleet 135: Radio Vote

Please contact Eric (Fleet Captain) by email (eric at Eric Bussell dot com) and vote.  You must be a paying member of the Flying Scot Sailing Association (FSSA).  

A Special Meeting will be held (electronically) on February 7, 2014, to accept or reject a proposed revision of Specification S-V.7 to allow the use of VHF radios for specific limited purposes. The proposed revision, the reasons for the changes, and the pros and cons of the changes have been posted to the website for your review, on page 1 of the Documents and Forms list (or click here). A copy has been snail-mailed to members without email. Any discussion can be posted to the Racers Rap section of the Forums page of the website.

You can vote for or against by contacting your Fleet Captain. If you do not belong to a fleet, you can email your vote to FSSA at the email address below.

If approved, the revision will be in effect for the 2014 Mid-Winters.

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