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Re: Nacra 17 selected for 2020 Olympics in Japan [Re: Jeff.Dusek] #267601
12/09/13 03:35 PM
12/09/13 03:35 PM
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(ok, maybe a bit sarcastic)


Hmm.... this is the huge depressing problem right.... how to replenish the ranks..

We can either hope and pray that the events like the mixed olympic class on N17s or the AC will send us new blood.. (how's that working out?)

We can breed our own and pray that they are chips off the old blocks and want to race against dad and mom...
That hobie way of life SHOULD have generated a huge wave of 20 and 30 something sailors.... How is THAT working out?)


OR... we can try and recruit RACING SAILORS from the ranks of juniors who go racing...

Seems to me... this is the ONLY choice we have... and sadly... I don't see a pathway that current catamaran fleets support going forward.

Who out there has an idea... or program to replenish the fleet?


Last edited by Mark Schneider; 12/09/13 03:50 PM.

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Re: Nacra 17 selected for 2020 Olympics in Japan [Re: Mark Schneider] #267604
12/09/13 04:45 PM
12/09/13 04:45 PM
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Issaquah, WA, USA
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Well, the way to build fleets is to work with your local sailors. Last year, we took four Youth Teams to the Hobie Cat National Youth event in Lake Huntington, CA. Like all sailing, only a small percent of the sailors that take classes at Sail Sand Point, in Seattle, move on to racing. While we have six H-16's and next year, twelve Waves in our program, just a few sailors move on to racing. Still working on ways to improve the numbers. Hobie 101, Wed night racing, and increasing Hobie Cat Div 4 events to include Points Regattas and Fun events help.

No magic solution, just work with what you have, and increase the number of volunteers working on the problem.

May not results in Olympic sailors, which is a huge commitment, but will increase the number of racers. BTW, Seattle does have a long list of past Olympic Sailors, and one of our SSP Youth was on the Red Bull Youth America's Cup Team.
Caleb Tarleton
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