Jan 26, 2006, 6:32 PM
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St. Pete YC has a fleet of Sonars. There are some clubs in the Boston area with club fleets (Rhodes 19's, soilings). Also, several colleges have keelboat fleets (Navy, MIT, Coast Guard, KP, etc.).
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As mentined above, NYYC has had a fleet of Sonars in Newport (primarily used for team racing, with some use for match racing) for several years. These boats have been used in events ranging from "introduction to team racing clinics for members", to intermediate level one day team race invites, to team racing championhips. NYYC was able to use these boats to get older members interested in team racing and to get younger people psyched about joining the club so they could join in the fun. Other clubs have seen how successful this process was at NYYC, and I belive this is behind a number of clubs elsewhere getting their own fleets (the Ideal 18 fleets mentioned above at numerous clubs all over LIS, the Sonar fleet at Seawanacca (they use it for TR'ing as well as fleet racing), Ida Lewis renting J-22's from Sail Newport for their own club team racing events, etc.) These fleets are being used for both "masters" and "open" team racing events, typically without spinnakers (it keeps the racing closer), which are very popular right now in the northeast. This year numerous teams sailed Ideal 18's in the Hinman Masters alongside the Hinman (sailed in V-15's) at Larchmont YC (amazing event), and everyone came away from the event psyched to do more.
Anyone interested in hearing more about the use of club keelboat fleets and team racing and how both have been used to reinvigerate YC sailing activities should take a look at the report from the 1st Team Racing Summit held at NYYC last year. A link to the report is on this page: http://www.ussailing.com/...c/TeamRacingNews.htm
Full disclosure: I am a NYYC member and chair of the US Sailing Team Racing Committee, so I obviously am a BIG fan of team racing.