Jul 16, 2009, 4:37 PM
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Re: [Jock O] America's Sailing Capital
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* From Ray Tostado: Well, it seems that claiming excellence of venue seems to be the topic, I wish to submit that Marina del Rey, California, is the "Floating/storage Capital of America". Less than 6% of all vessels stored there ever see the breakwater more than 3 times a year. OK, on a great day maybe 8% hit the high seas.
A risk bonanza for insurance companies. Not bad for having the title of the largest man-made-marina in the US. And at $19.50 per foot per month.
* From Brooks Magruder, Persian Gulf, Doha, Qatar: Interesting that many claim Annapolis's right to the title of sailing capital of USA is based on a few winter sailing events staged there -- arguing extended sailing season over RI. If that's the basis of claim, then let's hear from Florida's & California's enthusiasts about their "frost bite" series from fetching ice-beers in February… Which region has a better local sailing rag than SF's Latitude 38? Checkmate.
* From D. B. Tanner, Golden, CO: I just can't help but put my .02 worth in since I live in neither Annapolis nor Newport but spend a bit of time each year in both for more than 20 years.
Newport, founded in 1639, summer home of the New York Yacht Club and the Naval War College. Weekly J/22, J/24, Melges 24, Shields and PHRF races (and others I'm sure I haven't mentioned). Home of Americas Cup racing for 53 years. Deep cold water. Narragansett Bay with islands, coves, beaches, great wind, Long Island Sound on the front door. Vibrant sailing community with HUGE boats.
Annapolis, capital of Maryland, founded in 1649, home of the US Naval Academy. Weekly races in more one design classes and PHRF than I'd like to count. Shallow warm water. Chesapeake Bay with tons of inlets and wonderful for cruising. Huge sailing community with more one-designs than anywhere I know.
Which one is the sailing capital? Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa... I honestly love both, have wonderful friends in both, raced in both, cruised Chesapeake Bay, am familiar with some of the history of both and really can't choose - how about a poll?