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John Dane excels at the Flying Scot North American Championships

By A.J. Giardina – bio | email



50 boats from across the United States hit the high seas and because of weather conditions, the three qualifying races weren't completed until the Flying Scot sailors were out on the water for about seven hours.

One squall blew through the race course and the second race was abandoned, so competitors actually sailed in four races.

Olympian John Dane and his son Schaffer had a tough opening race, but the Dane's ended the day with a 5th place and two first place finishes.

John Dane III said, "First race it was light winds and we got caught on the wrong side and we were almost last and fought our way back. My son Schaffer excelled real hard and played that shoot and we got of opened up on a downward run so it was a lot of fun."

Schaffer has nothing but high praise for his father saying, "I love it. He knows what he's doing. He's been to the Olympics. Yeah, obviously knows what he's doing. It's fun sailing for him. I learn a lot."

Despite a good showing on Tuesday, John Dane says the competition in the first division is going to be rock solid, thanks to a strong field.

Dane said, "It's going to get serious tomorrow. People don't have to be nice just to get in and happy to be in the top fleet. They'll be fighting for every point they can get." 

John Dane and Schaffer are taking aim on their second Flying Scot North American Championship.

They along with Leslie Dane captured the title 10 years ago when the event was hosted by the Gulfport Yacht Club.

Weather permitting two races are slated to get underway Wednesday morning.


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