Tim, that's a good idea.All hands on deck!
The Multihull Council needs you
Individual US class associations will be contacted in the coming weeks to gather data concerning class strength and distribution for the purpose of preparing a report for the edification of US SAILING, and for inclusion in a paper from the ISAF Multihull Commission to be finalized at the mid-year meeting in Hungary, following the issuance of the Olympic Commission's recommendations for the 2016 Games in Rio and beyond. You can help now
, by renewing your membership in your class association so that you're counted, and there's no better time to support your class. Strength flows up - a strong class attracts new sailors and fosters youth sailing. Strong youth programs provide the foundation for renewed class growth in the longer term. Growing classes invite greater levels of competition for those that want it. Healthy racing engenders premier events, which position the sport to showcase pinnacle events like the Olympics and World Championships. Your participation at the local
level makes all the rest possible!
The Board of US SAILING has developed a list of five major priorities - Multihull sailing is number two. There has been no other time in recent history that has been more ripe for action; the America's Cup, a well-publicized Extreme 40 circuit, at-capacity numbers in international events like the Hobie 16 and Formula 18 Worlds... we've reached critical mass on visibility due to fortuitous circumstances. As a result, the slightest effort on your
part is magnified tenfold.
Make a commitment for the coming New Year - join your class, make a schedule of events that you will attend, take a friend sailing... there are two US SAILING meetings scheduled in 2010 - if you can, please come. Your expenses are deductible and you'll get a letter for your 2011 filing:
- March 20th (Saturday) at the Sheraton Providence Airport Hotel
- October 23rd (Saturday) at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Phoenix, AZ
Just showing up helps - it keeps us on the radar. On top of that, we actually get some things done - an Ad Hoc committee of the Council will be presenting new off-shore beach cat safety recommendations to the Safety at Sea Committee in Providence. Planning for future qualifying and youth events takes place. Final preparation and discussion of US issues will be ironed out in advance of the ISAF meeting, etc., etc. We need your
Let's change the face of multihull sailing in the US... let's show that despite our diversity, we are a distinct discipline in the sport and recreation of sailing and we recognize the commonalities that unite our interests. Access, youth, disabled, one-design, race administration... pick your poison. I'm asking you to raise your hand this time. This coming year can be epic with your help.