Well said B.J.!!
Go to any book store and the choice is endless. Food, flowers, cute little animals, beautiful tropical beaches, think of it and it has probably been done. People will put what they like on the wall if it is available. But now we have a beautiful cause and you get a CALENDER, Read again, CALENDER! A place to look at the day of the month, make notes, throw darts at or give away. Why have a piece of paper on your wall when you can get reminders on your smart phone, computer, ipads, etc? The CAUSE! MSG!!! Real Ladies, the ones we know, sail with and throw back a few with after a regatta. The sailors that fill their beautiful bodies with black and blue marks and keep coming back for more. I can take an image and run it through powerful pro portrait software and make you a flawless cover girl (ambient light or multi-light/reflector illuminated) I can't look at a magazine without thinking how worked is the photo. I hope that I get the chance to meet every one of the wonderful ladies, that put their modesty aside and is pictured, in my travels. The WOMEN of SA!! Not the spank yourself calenders, filled with "perfect" self-absorbed, overpaid, and over opinionated "PROs". The ones that will kick your ass setting a chute, cuss you stupid for not giving right of way and carry a smile on the rail across the finish line! That's the women I respect and want to look at when I scratch my notes and throw my darts.
MSG we miss your smile and flash of your tits across the finish line. You are always welcome back in S. FL. BUY your calenders, give your donation, kill the shit on this thread and pass the word. We all know someone close that has been touched by this uncaring disease. Just my long $.02!
Oh Nauti, I don't need to peddle my amateur available light photographing on SA it carries itself just fine in the sailing community on it's own. You do the work of finding it if it fills your need. You sure know how to stir a pot, even when it's not needed and only fills your gratification! I'm done.
Here's to a good laugh: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U9MGOckIzlU
I've got to say - around this time of year all the malls have Calendar Stores open. There is usually anywhere from a full rack to an aisle dedicated to the sort of calendar you are looking for. You know, the SI Swimsuit Models Calendar, the FHM calendar, Cheerleaders Calendar, Playboy Calendar...whatever.
Shiny glassy pictures of really made up professional models in their teens to mid twenties in unrealistic poses designed specifically to look "Hot" as you put it. Photoshopped, airbrushed and edited to glossy perfection.
This is not that calendar, and it's clearly not for you. It is not intended to enrich your spank bank. Well, except maybe for Da-Woody.
I've seen the majority of the submissions (though I don't know which made the final cut) and taken some of the pictures. There are some very lovely, real women in there. Doing real things on boats in some cases, posed in others. They are women that we KNOW and love, doing something to help someone else we know and love. They are not all 19. They are not wearing layers of makeup artfully applied by some $200 an hour professional makeup artist to be shot by a professional photographer, or posing in a $800 thong smaller than an Opti protest flag. They are all, in my opinion, without exception absolutely beautiful. They are beautiful because they think they are and you can see it, but even more so for their willingness to step up and put themselves and their self images and self esteem on the line to help a friend. And if not every woman there makes you want to excuse yourself to go rub one out, well that's not what it's for...but we DO have some hotness factor in our little community here. And you certainly aren't going to see anything repellent.
They are real people.
Lets be coldly commercial in our analysis here for a moment, shall we? This calendar was never meant to be sold in a mall for 15 year old boys to put on their walls or to grace the pool room in a frat house. This is targeted at a market of 41,928 people (OK...more like 8-10,000 when you eliminate the sock puppets and spammers) that are members of the Sailing Anarchy community. Very few people that aren't part of this club, that don't know the players will even consider buying this calendar - never mind for $30. Who cares, we are not now or ever going to sell 100,000 or 1 Million of them. That's not the point.
Whether it goes on your wall or not...immaterial. I suspect it won't go in the usual calendar spot in our kitchen that is generally covered by sailboats, tropical islands, otters or some other marine mammal. But that doesn't matter, we have other places it can go. I've ordered one because I'd like to support the effort, I'd really like to see the faces behind the names on it, and I think it's a cool thing to have participated in.