Our newest fleet, the Flying Scot Fleet, is coming together. The feedback has been fantastic with several people interested in this classic racer. The Flying Scot is a time-tested design that is comfortable and safe as well as fast and great fun to sail. The Flying Scot is one of the few small boats which have been in steady production since 1957. The Flying Scot was inducted into the American Sailboat Hall of Fame in 1998.
The Flying Scot is a 19-foot day-sailor that is sailed throughout North America. The large, deep cockpit is ideal for family sailing, providing safe, comfortable sailing for up to eight people. If your interest is racing, a crew of two or three will find the Scot a great boat for competition at all levels. The Flying Scot is easily trailered and rigged; and can be launched in as little as 12″ of water. The boat is stable and fast, able to get up on a plane and take off when reaching.
Flying Scots have been around since 1957, designed by Sandy Douglas. The Flying Scot is a time-tested design that is comfortable and safe as well as fast and great fun to sail. The Flying Scot is one of the few small boats which have been in steady production since 1957. The Flying Scot was inducted into the American Sailboat Hall of Fame in 1998. A look at the entire history of the boat and class starts with the designer, Gordon K. “Sandy” Douglass. In 1939, Sandy pioneered the use of molded plywood hulls for sailboats. Sandy Douglass designed the 17’ Thistle in 1945 and was almost an immediate success. It remains an active racing class today. The 20’ Highlander also designed by Sandy made its debut in 1951. By 1956, Sandy decided the time was appropriate to introduce a new design in the 19 foot field for a planing family-racing boat that had been dominated by the Lightning Class for many years.
See also the following videos:
- Why We Sail Scots 2018 – Chicago Boat Show – YouTube
- Flying Scot surfing waves with Ty Andrews – YouTube
Past Commodore Ken Ross’ Flying Scot Celtic Joy (#4155) arrived at Chatfield in 2020 and is the third Flying Scot he’s owned. The Flying Scot fleet is forming at Chatfield lake this year and has 6-7 boats so far. Want to be part of a great adventure? If you would like to learn more about a flying Scot please contact Ken Ross at 719-447-5658 or email him at FlyingScotFleet@csyc.org