Join Date: Jun 2000
Location: CT/ Long Island Sound
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At our annual meeting yesterday it was announced that our club would be adding the Long Island Sound Opti Championships and the US Sailing Prince of Wales Match Racing Championships to our racing schedule. The season already includes Wednesday night races for both the cruising and one-design fleets, team racing on Tuesday nights, a half-dozen weekend distance races, a classic yacht regatta, three or four races as part of the club cruise, a 60-mile overnight race, one-design racing on Saturdays, a one-day Opti-Rumble that routinely draws 80 boats, and a Blue Jay/Pixel two-day regatta with about 50 entrants. This year we also won the 12-Meter Challenge in which we compete with neighboring clubs racing chartered 12-Meters, so we have to run that next year as well. Frostbiting has started, with racers in two divisions heading out on Sundays from now probably until March. Though we do hire someone to help with the one-design fleet (Ideal 18's), our hundreds of races are run mostly with volunteers from our 280 some members. We dispense with the tea, and three people man the committee boat: a PRO, a scorer and a signal person. Everyone is expected to help for one or two days over the summer. Crash or Mark Boats are handled the same way when they're needed. (The cruising fleet wouldn't know what to do with one, for example; they use permanently designated bouys as marks, including the starting mark. This saves a lot of time and effort.) We hold seminars at the start of the season teach people what they need to know. The 3-person team approach allows each person to see how others handle each role and to feel competent as they improve each time they go out. Needless to say, the schedule was part of the agenda of the Cruising Fleet Committee meeting last Monday, and the Vice Chair of the Race Committee already has her clipboard out for people to sign up. If you don't get your name in early, the choices get limited the closer Spring comes.