Thanks, Bob…it looks like you’ve done it for us. I have some inside intelligence that Bob got his sail number so fast by calling Bill Young on the phone to register. Bill Young and I are going to verify our lists to make sure it’s official, but it looks like we have made it. I’d like to see a couple more real soon (anybody dragging their Footy out there?) just to make sure.
Thanks to all of you who made this possible. I’m gratified by how quickly it happened, compared to some other start-up classes I’ve seen. The hard work starts now, though, and I’ll need all of you to help! The main thing is for each of you to be ambassadors for the class. Please take your Footy with you wherever you sail. Put it in the water at break time at your regattas and give someone else the transmitter. Demonstrate your Footy in your friends swimming pool…you get the idea. The more people who see these irresistable little boats, the more will build them, and the more fun for all of us.
I’m also desperately needing people to write articles about Footys…building, sailing, why Footys are cool, etc. Your article could end up in the AMYA magazine. Rough stuff is fine…we can edit for you.
I’d also like to collect a bunch of plans that I could make available to prospective Footy builders, so if you designed one that sails well, your contribution would be appreciated.
I’m also looking for regattta ideas…racing, yes, but fun stuff, too. The course concept initiated by Ian is one we will use to overcome geography, but other ideas are welcome.
Graham, your boats look great. The foam-core thing is very interesting. If it wouldn’t give away trade secrets, maybe you could show us how you get from a plan to a foam cut-out. I wish you all the best in your kit endeavors. Nice website, too…very nice photos and overall high-quality appearance.
BTW, it might have been naughty of me, but I had asked Bill Young to reserve sail number 20 for me. Hope you all don’t mind.
And I hope this Footy joke thing doesn’t get out of hand…