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01-24-2009 12:09 AM
Sailormann Not sure what area you are in, but here you are fairly likely to be ignored if you stand at a club or marina gate waiting for someone to invite you in. This is a big city. Security is an issue. If you want to come in then call ahead and make arrangements.

I think it's wonderful that you take the time to organise a Regatta and I can honestly say that I have never encountered a club or marina that did not provide a space for the posting of promotional literature...but you usually have to have it initialled by someone before it goes up.

So call ahead - talk to the Rear Commodore or the Marina Manager and find out what the process is. Don't take offense though, if some folks choose not to participate. Sailing is many things to many people and not everyone enjoys the social or competitive aspects of it to the same degree.
01-23-2009 05:37 PM
bljones They're definitely easier to throw.
01-23-2009 05:35 PM
smackdaddy Dude - everyone knows that!
01-23-2009 05:26 PM
Originally Posted by CaptKermie View Post
especially the smaller older boat owners, but I cannot say the same for the larger boat owners.
So, elderly dwarves are more fun than fat people?
01-23-2009 05:07 PM
Originally Posted by sailingdog View Post
There's a difference between marinas, sailing clubs and yacht clubs... the ones with the snooty officers, blue blazers and such are often very insular and not worth dealing with. Most of the other ones are far more open... Maybe it is the area you're in... I've noticed the smaller the boats, the generally more open and friendly the people...
Maybe the area or even the type of boat you have and very likely the size and cost.
Here in the Pacific Northwest (British Columbia, Canada) we have a little club that is growing fast MYCBC MacGregor Yacht Club of B.C. Yes, they are small and inexpensive and the members are from an obvious income level. Never the less, we have good leadership, great events, lots of fun, and are always looking to recruit new members. We are a freindly bunch and will stop and talk to anyone who will listen. We are not all in the same marina due to geographical challenges and trailerability but we do meet regularly to plan events. Most of the boat owners at my marina are freindly especially the owners of smaller older boats, but I cannot say the same for the owners of larger boats. There is a private yacht club at the marina but I have never met any of them as they tend to keep to themselves. For the most part I notice it has more to do with the boat one owns that dictates their demeanor.
01-23-2009 04:13 PM
NCountry and If ya come our way just bring a bathing suit all other clothing is optional. The rum, wine and or beer are all on us. We'll throw some form on dead animal on someones grill and eat till we can't move. You might even see the sailboats rafted up with the houseboaters at paradise cove. Problem is that once there we forget to leave!
01-23-2009 03:59 PM
Originally Posted by Rockter View Post
Come to Loch Ness and you won't see it at all. It's a bit far for your regatta though. If you do I'll stand you a beer, or 5, and we won't have to worry about spilling it down our blazers because we won't have any blazers.
There ya go brother. Now that's what real sailing is all about!
01-23-2009 03:45 PM
WouldaShoulda Star-bellied Sneaches are the best on the beaches!!
01-23-2009 03:40 PM
Rockter Sometimes you see snootiness, and yes, it tends to be more common from those with the blue blazer and badge, and (in the UK) with the so-called "blue ensign". Blue ensigns I avoid. They are simply too good for me. Some of them don't even have to pee, they are so good.

Being smart in appearance is one thing. Looking down on others is quite another.

Come to Loch Ness and you won't see it at all. It's a bit far for your regatta though. If you do I'll stand you a beer, or 5, and we won't have to worry about spilling it down our blazers because we won't have any blazers.
01-23-2009 03:21 PM
NCountry Kind of interesting, the responses to this thread. I just pointed out that I was at a yacht club to promote a regatta but the regatta wasn't the issue. Check out the response about the regatta. If there are "recipricals" between clubs shouldn't there be some interest in attending different events? Then I notice not one comment about how the people going in and out of the gate reacted when I just tried to stop one to ask a question. No responses at all to that. Does it seem like that kind of makes a statement about why the popularity of our passion is declining?
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