Yes you are naive! A bit more to it then that but not saying it can't be done. As I have said before it takes someone to take the bull by the horns and do it. Just calling it an NA doesn't make it an NA. If you reasonably expect out of town boats to travel to it as opposed to just a local regatta, you have to give owners ample time to plan for it. It is a big expense with lots of logistics and planning. You don't just throw a J/35 on a trailer and haul it across the country with your SUV. Wide load, height and therefore routing issues, permits needed for interstate travel, etc.. Just saying it is really late in the game to try and pull this off and really expect out of town participation. If part of another regatta the judges and RC may not be an issue but you still need to do boat measurements, equipment checks etc.and then of course everyone who participates has to be a member of the national org, which is in ICU at the moment, so That said I would love to see it happen so good luck! With a lot of hard work and committment it could happen, just a lot of hurdles to overcome, Happy to do what I can from Lake MI but unfortunately other than cheerlead for ya, not sure that will be much.
I'm sure I'm naive, but what has to happen to get an already-planned Annapolis-area event also called the J/35 North Americans? If we need a regatta chair, I'd be happy to volunteer (see how innocent I am?), but I am not an owner nor a member of the class association. I imagine that someone who is would need to email the class association membership and ask for a vote. As for sponsorships, I note that 2013 is the 30th anniversary of the J/35's introduction to our world. Perhaps J/Boats might be interested in providing some bling or other recognition if we held NA's this year? In fact I had a conversation with Rod Johnstone at last October's Annapolis Boat Show and he was quite amenable to honoring the J/35 this year in some way. So how about it owners?
Why does it have to be major production? Why does it have to be some big ass glitzy event?
Do you want to sail or get your picture taken?
I revived the MA's from the grave 4 or 5 years ago and hosted it at WRSC.. a little fucking hole in the wall club about 2 hours by water from Naptown. we had a cookout at the club after the first day, a potluck dinner the 2nd day and pizza delivered for the awards ceremony.. This has enabled us to keep the entry fees under $200. How much was Gibson Island? how much were the entry fees for the last go round on the lakes?
I didn't hear anyone complain about the venue or the post race activities...
Do we need to hire an orchestra and have wolfgang fucking puck cater the thing to get the GL guys to drive over?
ok, so we can't make it prestigious enough for y'all to call it an NA, fine, then come on over and try to take our Mid Atlantic trophies away..
there, gauntlet thrown.. I dare ya.. and you can still tie up your boat(s) at my dock.
Bring it in September and leave it here until November and get to sail in some fun events for a couple extra months. .
Or.. charter a couple boats from here and bring your sails.
Or.. Given that a couple of the local boats are always struggling to get a full crew together, contact us and we'll connect you to morph a couple crews together.