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  1. Saw it over the weekend. Highly recommended on many levels, the sailing, the ambition, the struggle, the organization and for those of my age the memories it brings back. Robin
  2. I am sure that I will regret getting back into this but there are so many misstatements about the S38 that I need to correct a few: First S38 was delivered in 2000 so there were (are) no 1990s boats. Clearly built as a racer/cruiser (emphasis on racer) deck is similar to the Farr 40. (agreed that they were much cheaper particularly when the AUS dollar was way down) It is not a Sidney 40 with two feet of the transom--it did borrow a lot from the 40 but I understand the redesign took most of the length out of the middle of the boat Built like a fortress with ordinary gl
  3. This 38 was indeed Serenissima and it was well maintained by me and my team. I know for a fact that there were both sail upgrades, good maintenance by Jones and team, electronics etc (in addition to the paint job and name change). The 38 is a great boat, competitive and very well built. I regret not owning her today. Robin
  4. RIP Jim Webb. I have been informed that Jim Webb, owner of Witchcraft among other things, was painting the clubhouse at Jackson Park on the 25th when he lost his balance and fell to his death. "hale fellow, jolly well met" an all around good guy. Robin
  5. Around 1980 owned a Cal3-30 inventory was all Dacron or nylon. Mylar laminate sails were appearing on other boats. One race day during pre start maneuvering my foredeck at the mast during a tack pulls out a big sheet of Saran wrap and shakes and snaps it yelling "Mylar" to the fleet. He got me laughing so hard we were late for the start. Robin
  6. That should be the business of the individual fleets, not CASRA. CASRA stated that as one of its goals. For most people, including me, who care about the sport the greater the participation the better the racing and the better long term outlook for the sport. Every sailing organization (CASRA or otherwise) has an interest in that outcome. Robin
  7. I beg to differ. Each of the 5 Clubs went into sailyachtracing.com and pulled the email addresses of the boat owners who entered THEIR clubs races. This did not include crew, dinghy sailors, participants, etc., UNLESS the survey link was sent to them by a friend. I suspect most of the answers were provided by boat owners, and probably less than 10% were "others." The important point is to listen to the customer. CASRA has done this and invited those customers to a town hall meeting to assure the customers were listened to and in fact added additional changes to the 2017 program from t
  8. Do you own a boat ? Didn't you sell yours? It seems like every comment you make is about the way it 'used to be'. With all respect, things have changed- alot. Yes I sold my boat. How do you get that I value "how it used to be" out of "Clearly there is something wrong with what we are doing today but the answer is not organizing around yacht clubs or even around current racers but rather in [sic] our target market which is owners of sailboats that do not race." I am still an active racer on other peoples boats and I truly believe that while well intended that CASRA is much more of the
  9. I am not an apologist for LMSRF although I have been a member since its first organizational meeting at the Belmont station of CYC. However, there are a lot of things both administrative and substance that CASRA is not going to do that some organization needs to do. I am going to list a few off the top of my head but I am certain the list is much longer: Hear appeals from protest committees; Provide scholarships; organize ladder events for qualifying to race in other national events, select area K representatives to various US Sailing Committees; select area K representatives to sail in nation
  10. I too was there and I have a slightly different take even though I believe the reporting above is a reasonable representation of the events. If CASRA is primarily intended to improve attendance at races and to grow the sport they are not focused on making that happen. The survey, while helpful, was taken of people like me, dedicated racing sailors. What we need is to understand why it is that the owners of the hundred of sailboats in Chicago that do not race and never have raced, do not try our sport. We have all kinds of opinion based ideas: cant get crew, too expensive, too complicated, do n
  11. Vast majority are PHRF. The Chicago to Mackinac and a few other races sponsored by Chicago Yacht Club are ORR or have ORR sections.Robin
  12. I disagree. Many, even on this very thread, have cited smaller fleets on race day as a reason to not show up. If the fleet is being split, that is bad racing which makes people not want to show up. The thrill of big fleets is a big draw. Apparently our psyche is so fragile that we need to think we are doing something cool, not just enjoy it for its own sake. But that's fine - we can eliminate that variable/argument easily. Like so many things on the internet just because it is said does not make it so. Look at the history and the actual facts. The fleet (MORF is special case with which I w
  13. The "schedule" is not the problem and has not been since the "clubs" have coordinated the "schedule" as far back as the Chicago Yachting Association (CYA) days. It is participation. No amount of "scheduling" will get a single NEW boat or crew out to the race course. Robin
  14. In a PM to someone (not to be identified) I said that I was going to sit this one out but changed my mind. To the extent that anyone is focused on increasing participation in racing by focusing on the yacht clubs that is a mistake. The yacht clubs will take care of their own membership and the various yacht club racers will work on others to do that. I am with Blubber on that. And on the concept that many of the “traditional approaches” are just more of the same. In my opinion the target focus has to be on how to get the 4ktsb that does not currently race out on the race course. All of yo
  15. There is a long history in Chicago of changing "Chicago Area" racing organizations (LMYA, CYA, LMSRF, Area III and other smaller fleets and organizations that have come and gone). So I do not really care about which "organization" is in charge. However, I can say, that balkanization of the various clubs and disintegration of cooperation among all of the clubs, including MORF and the smaller brick and mortar clubs will not do anything for participation. At the moment I have less "skin in the game" than I used to (I am looking for a ride for next year) but as an owner/participant for 35 years my
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