please send me your information new/old address, AMYA # and I will get your subscription straightened out. Pete Maxson the president is really loaded up, and while I am sure that he would want to get your problem solved, it really would be more in the area of Michelle Dannehoffer to get your records corrected. Even if Pete wanted to help, it would still be Michelle that would actually perform the magic that would make it happen. I am sure that there was just a miscue in the information and it can be corrected.
I can’t remember how far back, or what I said… but as to the open events… the one thing that I was amazed to learn was that if a boat is registered in a class… then it does not qualify as “open” class. I thought Open mean… well… Open… as in… anything that you can bring. Not so.
We have the Earthday event at Woodlawn in San Antonio each year, and each year, we try and increase the number of boats that are displayed. Last year I think it was 61 boats. I forget how many classes… but darn close to 20 if I remember correctly. We had almost one of every class save for the Wheeler and Infinity 54, and many that were from bygone eras and either never obtained class status, or… had lost it over the years (6 meter good example)
I would not recommend attempting to do this at an existing regatta or event… because of the problems you mentioned. It would be almost a “catch-all” for complainers and grouches to have a distraction taking place during an event. I have also heard comments from event staff that they did not appreciate someone pulling out a different class of boat after the days sailing was over… and continuing to sail around. It was viewed as a distraction to planned events that were voluntary… but would cause skippers to be missing from them.
I think that having a strong showing of models at a boat show (full size) or a trade/hobby show would be an excellent idea. It could also be very helpful and informative in large metroplex areas which have several clubs that are not always in good contact with each other. This is something John Hanks and I are working on at present is contacting all the clubs in Region 5 so that we can confirm all the needed information… which all too often comes up incorrect. The emphasis should be (in my opinion)
[li]to get the guys out to the lake
[/li][li]to get the boats out to the lake
[/li][li]To get some boats on the water
[/li][li]to get some notice/publicity for the club
Whether or not boats get wet, I think would be second nature to just getting the skippers to come out period. There are so many boats out there right now, in attics, basements, garages… that have been sitting there for years, and even decades… the internet is doing it’s part to help them find their way back to the lake, I think it would be a wonderful thing to help this anyway we can. I think too… that you might be surprised how easy it is to get skippers to show up for these events. Many times this is just what the doctor ordered. I have found a great number of guys with boats don’t come out because of all the obvious reasons, not the least of which are they never finished their boat, they don’t want to race, they want to race but don’t want to be humiliated while learning… and getting them to the lake is the first step.
We will be back out in March, with more boats and more pictures and more cameras… and I encourage anyone that has an area that needs some help boosting out the old and new boats… to please ask for help, either here, or with the AMYA proper, or contact myself, and I will do anything I can to help you down the best possible path.