SSA Open Sailing Demo Day
SSA and the Chesapeake Bay Sport Boat Union got a gift this past weekend with a sunny day and lots of interested parties, stopping in to look and sail performance sailboats. The Vipers alone took out more than 50 first-time Viper sailors. Above, Dan Bowman gives the low-down on the newly acquired Shaw 650 "Sock Puppet," campaigned, until recently, by a certain sailing website creator in San Diego (note the transom sticker).
THANK YOU CMA!
Chesapeake Multihull Association raised over $500 for CBYRA at their event last weekend featuring Gary Jobson's take on the America's Cup! A huge thanks to the mutlihullers and we hope everyone had a great time at the event.
Work in Progress:
On March 26th, approximately 25 racers from a wide variety of clubs, fleets and backgrounds met at EYC for a working session on what the new CBYRA should look like. Discussion centered around five topics or questions, such as what should a YRA's membership consist of? what should the geography encompass? how should the Greenbook be published? how can volunteers be recruited?
The conversation was cordial and the ideas came fast and furiously! And now the task is for the CBYRA RO (Reorganizing Committee) to parse the data and define what the next round of conversations will be. Last night was a very productive first step, so stay tuned!
What's in a name?
CBYRA thinks it's pretty clear that the folks at Potapskut Sailing Association have figured out how to revive a dying race. Last year they increased participation in their old Queenstown Race by choosing a new destination and including top-notch post-race festivities.
The result? A 220% increase in participation. Rear Commodore John Aellen of PSA understands "branding," and is assured of even more participation in this year's Race to Rock Hall.
For 2014, John is giving PSA's old "Overnight Race" a face-lift, too. The new race? PSA's "Moonlight Race." All fleets except the fast multis will sail a 25.08 nm course. You can read the entire rationale behind the changes here.
Photos above are from Mark Jeffries's video's of the 2008 race, which sent us a thunderstorm at dusk that blew 30 to 40 for a while, and peak gust on Mark's ano was 47.5 kn. Good times!!!