Jan 27, 2011, 6:18 AM
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From Scuttlebutt 3266:
Re: [The Publisher] Decline at Key West Race Week
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* From Travis B. Weisleder, Layline owner:
I personally think Key West is getting a bad rap for various things, but most people still don't really and truly understand the real budgets of doing it; it's less than they think. For instance, my housing for KW this year cost me $2,450 for 8 days and 4 bed rooms in Truman Annex (two condos). That’s cheap.
I think where the issue really comes for most people who have small keel boats is that there is no real YC in KW. Think about it. You grab your boat, hitch on your car and go. You pull into the YC and there is a crane to hoist your boat and dockage at the YC to keep it for free. So for the small boat guy that expense for KW "seems" expensive. It costs ~$1,000 just to do that. If you pull that out you can do a M24 campaign for under $2,800 not including getting there. That's $466 per day...not too bad.
All owners and crews need want to make their money count, so they are watching numbers on the new online registration systems and waiting and waiting and waiting to see who else joins the party. So my comment to all owners thinking of doing any event is REGISTER! It doesn't cost you a dime to register, only when the fee is due and then that is the point of reckoning.
Numbers breed numbers....so if you think you can make it, fill out the registration form to let others know too. Show your support because there are more people on the fence out there doing the same thing and if they see a critical mass forming then they will also jump in and the snowball begins to form.
* From Ted Mahoney, National T-Ten Class Fleet Captain:
The T-Ten Class, like many other classes, is struggling with declining membership and regatta participation. We still get 30+ boats at most NAC events (not bad for only 378 boats built back in the 80's), but local participation is declining. The level of competition is better than ever as owners rebuild 25 year old boats and increase their sailing skill, but we see fewer boats on the starting line than ten years ago.
As you know, we are a 33' one design boat with density in the Midwest class - mostly on Lakes Michigan, St. Clair and Erie. Our class is trying to do our part by increasing the quality of our newsletter 'Tenspeed' (linked on the front page of the website) and we recently updated our website (www.tten.com) with more color, content, photos and videos. We also try to cover non racing articles like rebuilding, rigging, training etc. to attract every owner and crew.
This year we are bringing back our T-Ten Midwinter Championship which is going to be held during Charleston Race Week. Seven boats are signed up to trail in from the Midwest!
It might be a good idea for Scuttlebutt to create a directory of One Design Classes along with links to their respective websites and newsletters. This would give participating One Design Classes additional exposure and possibly bring more people into the sport.
=> Curmudgeon’s Comment: Good idea on the OD class directory, but I would prefer that the national sailing authorities do the heavy lifting. Therefore, I have added links to these organizations in the Sailing Suppliers & Resources page on the Scuttlebutt website. I did take a look at the US SAILING website, and while they do have a page dedicated to OD class information, it is in dire need of details. If you are a U.S. OD class, you need to take a look to see if your info is complete. Here are the links:
Scuttlebutt resource page: http://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/ssc/suppliers/
US SAILING class page: http://tinyurl.com/USSAILING-OD-Info