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Meet Harry Carpenter, Karen Carpenter, and Dee Burns
Harry & Karen Carpenter
Harry Carpenter is President of Flying Scot Inc. He, his wife, Karen, and Office Manager Dee Burns are dedicated to building the best daysailer in the world.
Harry Carpenter grew up in Pittsburgh, PA. His parents bought a summer home at Deep Creek Lake in Maryland in 1967 and he soon came to know the sport of sailing. He started racing the Flying Scot as crew to his older brother, Jack, in the early seventies winning the Labor Day Regatta in their first year. Harry loved the sport of sailing and got out on the water whenever he had the chance.
In the mid seventies, Eric Ammann, who owned Gordon Douglass Boat Co., Inc. with his wife Mary, asked Harry to become an instructor in the company's new sailing school on the lake. Harry jumped at the opportunity to get paid for doing something he loved while attending school. Harry graduated from Grove City College in western Pennsylvania in June of 1978 and started to work full time at Gordon Douglass Boat Company with Eric and Mary.
Harry continued to do what he loved most in this world - sail. He began to travel to many of the local events and in the fall of 1979 he met Karen while sailing in a regatta at Smith Mountain Lake near Roanoke, Virginia. Harry and Karen started dating and their time together soon grew to be one of the few things Harry loved more than sailing. They were married in April of 1981 and continued sailing together at many of the local and national Flying Scot regattas.
In January of 1982 Harry and Karen were blessed with their first child, Carrie. She was nine weeks old when she attended her first Midwinters in Panama City, Florida. In December of 1983, they were blessed with their second child, Jimmy. The kids traveled with their parents to many of the regattas over the years as the family grew as a sailing family. Harry & Karen managed to win some of the events including the North American Championship in 1988, but what they cherish most are the life long friendships they developed with Flying Scot sailors all over the country.
Harry and Karen liked the Flying Scot so well that in 1991 they bought the company. Harry is still in love with his family and the sport of sailing. He is blessed to be able to work and sail with Karen, Carrie and Jimmy and share with them his life long passion. Carrie and Jimmy are quite often his crew now. Harry won his second North American Championship in 2000 with Jimmy crewing. Carrie and Meredith Dodd crewed for Joni Palmer to win the 2003 US Sailing Women's Championship for the Adams Cup. Could this be another case of history repeating itself?
Karen Carpenter grew up in West Chester, Pennsylvania. She graduated from the Abington Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in 1970. She worked as an operating room nurse at Abington Memorial, Hanover Memorial, and Chambersburg hospitals.
Karen's introduction to sailing came while working at Chambersburg. Jerry Angulo, an anesthesiologist on the staff, owned a Flying Scot. He invited Karen to join him and his family one afternoon to try the sport of sailing on Lake Marburg. She liked it well enough to accept the position of third crew on Jerry and his wife Mitzi's Scot for racing.
After sailing together enough to feel comfortable at Lake Marburg, they decided to broaden their horizons to include the annual regatta at Deep Creek Lake - home of the Flying Scot. Seeing 30 boats on the starting line was quite intimidating!
The next step after Deep Creek was to travel to a beautiful lake near Roanoke - Smith Mountain Lake. There Karen met Harry and, as they say, the rest is history.
Dee was born and raised on the outskirts of Deer Park, MD, home of the Flying Scot. She graduated from Southern High School and moved to Washington, DC where she worked for the Federal government. She got married and started a family. She and her husband then moved back to her hometown to raise their children. She worked in banking and insurance for approximately 25 years before coming to work at Flying Scot, Inc.
Dee knew nothing about sailing when she started with the company but since then has been involved in about every aspect of the business as well as receiving sailing lessons from the famous Eric Ammann and Harry Carpenter. She has represented Flying Scot, Inc. at boat shows in Annapolis, Atlantic City, St. Petersburg, and Miami. This has enabled her to meet many of the Flying Scot owners across the country. She and her family currently reside near the factory in Deer Park.