A Hail from the Rail

Ann JonesFleet News, Hoover Sailing Club, Leadline

OH, NO—Not Again!This is the story of the almost unbelievable sequence of events that led up to my mast almost falling down on the last Sunday of racing last fall. Thistles have a “forestay tension lever” that we push down to tighten our boat rigs. That lever is attached inside our bows by four screws. For some reason, my forestay … Read More

Scow Scoop

Matt FisherFleet News, Hoover Sailing Club, Leadline

The MC class has been able to keep some regattas going during these crazy COVID times. The class is strong and growing and for the most part, singlehanded, so there are fewer people at regattas. At Lake Eustis Sailing Club, in Eustis, Florida this past January 29, 30, and 31, the requirements of masking, social distancing, and no social events were … Read More

Scot Spot

Marty SweiterlichFleet News, Hoover Sailing Club, Leadline

It has been a long hard 12 months but some of the brightest spots of the last year for me were the days I spent out on the water in Helga. Against all odds we had a sailing season last year. Hard to believe but we are just weeks away for launching the docks and our boats will soon follow.  … Read More

2020 HSC Fleet Racing Season Wrapup

Tom FeeFleet News, Hoover Sailing Club, Leadline, News

Hoover’s 2020 racing season was a great success despite the COVID-19 Pandemic. The Governor lifted the ban on events like softball, baseball, and sporting events, like sailing, so we were off to the races.  We lost 10 weeks of sailing because of the Pandemic in April and May. There were a few boats racing on Memorial Day and on the … Read More

Scot Spot

Marty SweiterlichFleet News, Hoover Sailing Club, Leadline

The 2020 sailing season is over and I am hopeful it is NOT repeated. I hope you got out sailing on your Scot this past season. It was one of the safest activities you could do with the breeze blowing past and the Sect in particular allowing for social distancing between skipper and crew. If you piled the family pod … Read More

Scow Scoop

Mark WhiteFleet News, Hoover Sailing Club, Leadline

MC’s Have Record Year in 2020 Our MC fleet at HSC had a very strong 2020 season, with 92% of the MC sailors getting out to race (at least once)!  This actually means that participation was up in 2020.  We still sailed 73 races this season, the same as during the 2019 season, even with our late start this year. … Read More

A Hail from the Rail

Matt FisherFleet News, Hoover Sailing Club, Leadline

The Hoover Thistle Fleet 126 held the Hoover PLAID/Last Splash Regatta on October 17th.   (PLAID = Please Leave Appropriate Interpersonal Distance) 24 boats attended the one-day regatta in crisp conditions with a great breeze out of the SW blowing 7-12.  The Hoover Thistle Fleet actually held 3 one-day regattas this year with great success.    We appreciate the outstanding RC work … Read More

Scow Scoop

Mark WhiteFleet News, Hoover Sailing Club, Leadline

Cowtown Regattaby Clark Wade The 2020 Cowtown Regatta, re-scheduled from May, happened on a sunny September 19 afternoon at Hoover Sailing Club.  Instead of 2 days of sailing, dinner, awards, and beer… we had 1 day of sailing and none of the above; nor entry fee.  Twenty-five sailors showed up Saturday morning; rigged, launched, and sailed 6 back-to-back races with 1 … Read More

Thistle—A Hail from the Rail

Ann JonesFleet News, Hoover Sailing Club, Leadline

HSC LABOR DAY SERIES RESULTS:  Congratulations to all who participated! Bill Miller Mike McBride/Kimberly Pasley Steve Lavender HARVEST MOON RESULTS: This regatta was raced at Atwood on September 19 and 20, the same weekend as the Cowan Regatta. Chris Diffley was the only Hoover skipper listed, but he represented us well on the first day of the regatta. A total … Read More

Milling Around

Tim BachmannFleet News, Hoover Sailing Club, Leadline

The mud beneath the footbridge from the Clubhouse is peppered with pieces of shale and fallen wood. That strange, thin oily stream with multi-colors is almost dry now. Squirrels have been busy collecting hickory nuts and scattering husks along the south bank of Windmill Cove. As I zigzag through the riprap and onto the boat rafts, two mallards, huddled under … Read More