Feb 6, 2014, 11:40 AM
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From Gary Edelman, Sail America:
Something to Think About (Scuttlebutt 4016)
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Nice job on the editorial "Something to Think About" (‘Butt 4016), and very timely given the US Sailing "Leadership Forum" begins today with registration. Hopefully, some of the questions and issues you raise will be substantively dealt with.
I read the article and a few related articles I had missed in sailingscuttlebutt.com. (inlands, and promoting keelboat racing, etc.). A couple of thoughts given I work for Sail America in a position that is charged with helping to grow the sport - these are my thoughts and not those of Sail America. And really just to point some things out that you may not be aware of.
US Sailing commissioned a committee headed by Don Glassel of Chicago to put together a keelboat curriculum based on the program in Annapolis (can't remember the name off-hand). Despite having raised some funds to help defray costs, Don couldn't get it printed/published.
Candace Porter has been a tireless promoter of the Inlands and sailing, and especially youth sailing. But I attended a "Winter Inlands" where a workshop was titled "The Community Sailor - Do We Need Him?". I think that says it all.
I totally agree that 2 of the best features of events like the AC, the Olympics and the Volvo Ocean Race are the trickle down technology, and the goals they help us set and hopefully achieve. However getting there for most of us is way out of the question, no matter how good we are. Read on
And one of the main problems is sponsorship. Larry Ellison doesn't need a sponsor. But as great a sailor as Reynolds is, he needed financial help. In the US corporations are not as easily tapped for "ideas, dreams and concept", as they are in Europe and other places. Is this made worse by some sort of nationalistic bias ? Possibly. (How readily would a US corp. or wealthy donor support a not yet proven challenger and find out that 90% or more of the crew comes from outside the US ?)
Some years ago at Strictly Sail Pacific Roy Disney stopped in with more than a trailer but less than the full version of Morning Light, along with crew members and coaches. During the Q & A Bill Goggins, CEO of Harken asked Mr. Disney what his thoughts were on growing the sport. Disney's response was that he was a film maker. That was up to the people assembled (many were from the industry as exhibitors at the boat show) to figure out.
And I guess we're still trying.