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Wow - this thread goes all the way back to 2012 on the same page.  Come on GMORA peeps - racing is still fun!

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There will be no agenda and no one representing any group other than themselves. My hope is that we can begin to explore, objectively, what people really want as sailors to make things more competitive, fun and the like. We can be open to discussion. We are not calling for any immediate changes but rather trying to figure out what people want rather than telling people what they want. As I said before please remove your yacht club or organization hat at the door and enter the discussion as nothing more than an enthusiastic sailor. While we will certainly touch on the past, the goal here is what we would like to see in a perfect world in the future. Please spread the word...

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This year's recipient has always recieved multiple glowing nominations from several members of his crew. All state similar facts, many of which I have heard "directly" from said recipient in the past (hmmm). Eleven past reciepients voted on the slate of nominations. Of those eleven, eight are intimately familiar with the sailing ability, sportsmanship, and contributions of this years recipient. At least six of those eight were in attendance at the infamous Southport Regatta and three were actual witnesses to "The Incident".

 

I must say, I was surprised. I am more surprised after reviewing the electors and the nominees. Fourteen Gulf of Maine sailors received nominations this year. My personal opinion is that all but one would have been a better choice, though the "one" is actually a far superior sailor. Given the slate, I can not conceptualize the calculus that lead to this outcome.

Thank you. Though I might have been a poorer choice I appreciate your compliment on my sailing ability B)

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This year's recipient has always recieved multiple glowing nominations from several members of his crew. All state similar facts, many of which I have heard "directly" from said recipient in the past (hmmm). Eleven past reciepients voted on the slate of nominations. Of those eleven, eight are intimately familiar with the sailing ability, sportsmanship, and contributions of this years recipient. At least six of those eight were in attendance at the infamous Southport Regatta and three were actual witnesses to "The Incident".

 

I must say, I was surprised. I am more surprised after reviewing the electors and the nominees. Fourteen Gulf of Maine sailors received nominations this year. My personal opinion is that all but one would have been a better choice, though the "one" is actually a far superior sailor. Given the slate, I can not conceptualize the calculus that lead to this outcome.

Thank you. Though I might have been a poorer choice I appreciate your compliment on my sailing ability B)

 

Admiral Stickboy, I can say without reservation that you would have been a better choice all around. -- Spuds

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Is there a subtle, hidden message here, that the December GMORA Board meeting is being held at "Modern Pest Services" in Brunswick?

 

no bugs on us.... been holding the meetings there for several years now, love to see you there....

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PLEASE NOTE, DUE TO A SCHEDULE CONFLICT BRIAN BORU THE "BRAIN DUMP" SESSION WILL BE THE FOLLOWING WEEK, TUESDAY JANUARY 22ND AT 5PM. PLEAS INVITE EVERYONE YOU FEEL WOULD OFFER PRODUCTIVE CONVERSATION. I WILL BE SENDING OUT A NOTE ON THIS BY EMAIL TO ANOTHER GROUP. I THINK WE ALL OWE IT TO OURSELVES TO LET IT ALL OUT.

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Just one more quick note of the YOY topic. If it wasn't for him, I seriously doubt I would know any of you. My sailing skills were I knew port from starboard, I knew the difference between jibing and tacking...very very minimal. He allowed me on his boat, and because of other crew members I worked with, I learned a lot. He gave me self confidence in the sport, and was always encouraging. Yes there were some crazy times...and there was some yelling, but all in all I learned a lot. And if I wasn't involved with racing I never would have met my husband, and have such an incredible boat that we sail together. (next sail is New Years Eve day...out to Eliott Bay, Parking in a slip for the night and watching the fireworks off the Space Needle at midnight from the cockpit)

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Jangles, I was yelling!!

 

I think there are a number of topics to cover but I think the biggest concern is how to get more people on the water. Period. This thing is not going to fix its self. We certainly have a tough economy on our hands and people have seen their discretionary spending drop, food or yacht racing, is not a difficult question for most, though many posting here might be the exception. With this being the case how do we make it more efficient for people to participate at a level they feel comfortable. If people are participating because they want to and don't feel they have to, chances are it will be more fun. Lets just talk it out. I seriously don't care if it takes all night or year for that matter.

 

Peeker, your story is truly one of the best stories that sailing has to offer and my concern is that if we go about things the wrong way, some other lucky lady down the line will not get that same chance. I used my frustration with the award to hopefully launch a greater debate about a broken system, not just GMORA and its people, but everywhere. Only problem is that you have to start somewhere. I was also not trying to suggest that he has done nothing for anyone but rather that he simply does not fit the bill for this particular piece of hardware.

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Hi kids,

 

I was just reading through the thread, I have so much to sayJ. I’ll try to approach each topic separately rather than jumble stuff together. I thought it important to do since communication is usually the center of most problems and eventually the solution.

  1. REGARDING YOY; I empathize with the concern over this year’s choice. Though, even if one deems it a failure, I don’t think that it should be considered obsolete. If there is a failure 1 out of every 14 times or so, it should still be considered a success. I wouldn’t want to throw out the baby with the bathwater. The endeavor has a net positive effect supported by a partner (Points East) who also has a net positive effect on our sport.

  2. REGARDING MISS TEEN MAINE; My badJ, or good depending on your experience at the Banquet. In 2011, a friend of the family, sailor and occasional BUZZ crew, Tara Cavanaugh, was Miss Teen Maine. She and Brianna Brown (I think Miss Maine at the time) dressed up in cocktail dresses and sold our raffle tickets (earning about 750$ which went to Sailmaine). They had a blast and as far as I know they were quite a hit. I tried to reproduce that this year, but I think the personalities and connection that Tara had with the sport played a big role. Katie ended up in the pictures this year last minute; folks were having fun with it and seemed like a good idea. An added note; we helped their organization and Katie (a brilliant kid, you’d know if you met her) get some exposure, and she and her dad are on the list of folks for me to call next year (they both want to go racing!). I think it’s a worthwhile effort to partner with other organizations to get more exposure and find a mutual benefit working together. Even with our long great heritage, it’s tough to argue that our sport doesn’t it. Are there other organizations that might fit better? No doubt…and we should keep working on it.

  3. REGARDING THE SURVEY; it is a great tool. I have a binder that I review before each GMORA meeting (aside from sorting e-mails that need to be on the agenda). In that binder are 1) Bylaws 2) The last three surveys and 3) blank note paper. These do not get filed to be never looked at again; many of the items are actionable and get done and/or will get done bit by bit. Sometimes they do not for various reasons like lack of volunteers, conflicting ideas (from other’s surveyed) etc. In some cases it is information compiled for Yacht Clubs so they can make their own decisions regarding their regattas (all of our member organizations and YC’s RO’s have a copy), and yes, we have witnessed YC’s making changes based on what they see in the surveys. I hope folks keep giving us the feedback we need.

  4. REGARDING BRAIN DUMP SESSION; bring it! I think it is great opportunity to have some productive conversations. Conversations lead to more enthusiasm (hopefully) which leads to more people taking action (our real challenge, because let’s face it; ideas are like assholes, everyone’s got oneJ). I just hope the “Brain Dump” doesn’t lead to an “us vs. them” mentality (in regards to wearing an organizational hat or not), because the organizational hat that folks wear are not much (if at all) different than any other racer’s hat. It’s a misconception; at least that has been my experience over the last couple of years.

  5. OTHER IMPORTANT STUFF;
    • I’d love to join the brain dump if you’ll have meJ (and schedule permitting). I can share some information that GMORA is working with, or not, up to you.

    • I’m sending a personal invite to experience our GMORA meetings to you all. Member or not, I think by the time you see what we are up to, you’ll decide to join, if you don’t, I’ll buy the first round after the meeting On December 11th (at Joshua’s as of late;-).

I’ve left a bunch of stuff out, but this is a startJ. Respect to all!

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Oh, did you all check out the SA front page "A New Model"? Thats what WE ALL need to do (aside from the internal housekeeping we need to do regarding scoring etc. and will be done for 2013) The Portland etchells fleet 27 gave me a call, wants me to join their fleet because it's awesome, and now their up to 22+ boats committed to race in 2013. More fun...nooooo. Members more engaged.....yessss. Our fleet will only be what we all as a group want it to be. Volunteers for a phone tree? No? Oh well....let's find someplace to stick our heads in the sand. Sarcasm, I know. I feel you’re frustration. No need to fret though, there is lots of sailing/racing going on in the Gulf of Maine. If we all get engaged like these other fleets…there is definitely tons of opportunity for us…you can’t tell me any different.

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Mr. Stern, glad you're fired up about this and that there will be some face time to talk things over. Reading over the thread I see most of my points have been covered here and there, so I won't go over it all again. My bottom line is that we need to have more people talking an active visible role in promoting events and opportunities, and that we need to do more than preach to the choir. Yes, YC's need to motivate their members, but there are a lot of other sailors out there that would participate if they knew how (read: when and where) to do so.

 

As far as leadership/guidance in organizing racing in GOM, there are regularly 6-8 people that show up (over the 3 years I've been involved), out of the literal hundreds that could, to make decisions and set some direction...we do the best we can and respond to comments as soon as we can. Obviously the people that meet don't represent all of the concerned constituencies, but we try to anticipate their needs and strive to include things that will interest them. It's a takes lot to be everything to everyone and ultimately there are going to be things missed, all in all it's a big job and we can always use help, even if only in the form of feedback.

 

PS, In my opinion YOY was poorly chosen and others, including stickboy, were so obviously more qualified based upon the selection standards that it's hard to believe they were in the running together. Yes, he's done a lot to introduce people to the sport and should probably be recognized (well, not again) for it, but he doesn't fit the mold of YOY...but that's ultimately a PE call and what's done is done. However, reviving the racing momentum in the GOM, for example, is just one of those things that if successful could restore the significance of the award...just saying.

 

Happy Holidays, see you on the 22nd.

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I'm glad to see this thread is at least still moving along.

 

I miss you guys! Lol... Well, most of you anyway...

 

Maybe making a more committed (ugh. in more ways than one.) return to GMORA sailing this summer. Hope to catch up with y'all.

 

/c

 

 

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I'm glad to see this thread is at least still moving along.

 

I miss you guys! Lol... Well, most of you anyway...

 

Maybe making a more committed (ugh. in more ways than one.) return to GMORA sailing this summer. Hope to catch up with y'all.

 

/c

 

Jesus. You bought another boat didn't you?

 

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I'm glad to see this thread is at least still moving along.

 

I miss you guys! Lol... Well, most of you anyway...

 

Maybe making a more committed (ugh. in more ways than one.) return to GMORA sailing this summer. Hope to catch up with y'all.

 

/c

 

Jesus. You bought another boat didn't you?

 

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Andrew, I'm not going to make it to the brain dump tonight, but I am definitely interested in what's discussed. Hope you guys make some headway and maybe take some notes that can be shared.

 

 

Unfortunately the turnout was pretty light, but on the other hand the conversation was good and honest. Most people agreed that there are different issues that have different consequences for different classes and fleets and that maybe it is time to start to consider each fleet or classes needs individually rather than as a whole. One major topic discussed was the dillution of competition across Maine as something that might be unique to this area. While everywhere seems to be suffering from overall down numbers in the sport over a 10 to 20 year time line, something that may be unique to Maine (and I say may because it is not confirmed) is distance and dillution. Simply put there are too many event each year, at too great an expense and too great of a distance to travel to have increasing participation. It was acknowledged that perhaps the GMORA circuit concept is too blame here because people have become too fixated on winning the year end trophy or that it is the way the overall scoring is actually calculated that is at fault. I proposed that in the future it may be a good idea to consider shrinking the number of events so that each one is of greater caliber, rather than making people pay for 15, 10 boat regattas, they would be able to do 7, 20 boat regattas, or some varriation within.

 

Another topic that came up was travel. It had been brought to my attention recently that Maine averages a growth of roughly 29 people a year or something like that. With that in mind it is probably going to be pretty difficult to really grow the sport unless we can get outsiders to come here to race and unfortunately that probably means that more people will have to step up and travel a bit to spread the word. I think this can be made easier with schedule and scoring changes that will allow people a gap in the schedule to travel if that would help. This actually includes travel to our own east region. One thought involved larger "anchor" events in each region or some variation that allowed for significantly increased competition at these bigger event while allowing some of the smaller regional event to benefit on the shoulders of the larger ones. With this topic also came the concept that we need to be more actively reaching out to business in these regions to help with cost, beyond the sponsorships that are currently in place. The discussion went so far as to suggest that perhaps Yacht Clubs may not be the best hosts for the big regattas but could share in the benefit by encouraging cruises and exchanges with other yacht clubs across New England.

 

This is just a small bit of what we covered and perhaps someone with the notes could chime in further. The net result for me is that people need to be reminded why they race sailboats. They do it because it is fun and competitive, not because there is a pickle dish to be won or because there are technicalities to be exploited. We need to make sure that the programs that teach kids and encourage youth participation are supported by everyone and that Maine is a great destination for sailboat racing and fun parties. We should try to figure out a way to get more small one design racing and dry sail facilities. It is obvious that progress is being made but it needs to go beyond just a few people who work harder than the rest of us combined.

 

One of the final thoughts was the concept of a champion of champion regatta, perhaps hosted in SailMaine's new J22s. Where the winners of the GMORA classes, the one design classes and everything else are gathered in like boats to duke it out. I think it sounds awesome. I am hoping to grab one of those J22's for the SailMaine Shakedown regatta in June and I welcome all challengers.

 

GOOD AFTERNOON, GOOD EVENING and GOOD NIGHT

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Sounds like you did indeed have a substantive discussion. Thanks for sharing, hopefully we can put something (some things) into place that will make racing better for everyone and draw more people to the water.

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Yes we did, and we took some notes, as (of course) GMORA (what ever that is) came up a lot. :-)

 

I am not going to get into a big spiel of my take on it all right at this moment as I am still digesting the conversation. But I will and am quite optimistic about enthusiasm and energy looking forward.

 

If I can share one quick takeaway -which will come up more in the future,

 

it is that we all should look at where we are now and why we are here, what got us here?, and then ask if what we are (have been) doing, (following the past) is really for the best? (best= fun, attendance, growth, etc)

 

gotta run!

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Hello GMORA from the bowels of Texas. Glad to read above discussion. Ironically, we face the same decline in participation on an 8 mile long lake (Lake Grapevine) proximate to Dallas-Ft. Worth's nearly 7 million people. We used to get as many as 100 PHRF boats fro weekend racing. Now, we're lucky to get 15. The marina is stocked with nearly 300 sailboats (as it has been since the 1970s), all of which are raceable in our various racing and cruising classes. Grapevine Sailing Club runs the events and has done an excellent job of promoting, organizing and executing the 50+ races we run year round. All members are obliged to attend race management seminars and actually run at least one race per year. They are scored a first place for that event as an incentive (this doesn't preclude the actual race winner from being scored first place). Thus most of our members are adept at running races. We run an adult sailing seminar/school two weekends in June and get at least 50-75 new participants. The average race boat is a 24 foot 1980s vintage production sailboat that costs $5,000 used, so the expense is nominal. We have social events large and small every week just about. The marina is very convenient to a huge population. The wind blows on average 15 knots ( a #3 jib is the work horse sail, on average). The weather is fantastic 8 months of the year. In the scorching summers, we start races at 6pm Saturdays to avoid heat stroke!

 

Despite all this, our participation struggles mightily. We are trying new and different things and hope to make improvements. I will let you all know if we discover something that works. In the meantime, best wishes to all in Maine and good luck with improving participation.

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32nd Annual MS Regatta, once again we couldn't do it without all of you.

 

Weather was perfect, wind held (although there was some lengthy discussion on the matter), the parade stayed together in a line the entire Parade Route (thank you everyone - the spectators on shore appreciate it!), the Race Committee did their normal perfect job, starts were clean with a minimum of boat to boat "discussion", media coverage was positive and stayed out of the way of the racers (helps alot when the power boat drivers are also experienced racers), food and beverage was plentiful and good, and the band was excellent!

 

Thank you everyone - I hope you had as much fun as I did.

 

Here's what you all want to see:

2013 MS Results compiled.pdf

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Hello?

 

hints of a couple of rumors in Pen Bay. new-old regatta's coming back online. Another regatta shifting destinations, some group brewing something else up as well..

 

anybody heard anything?

 

Usually I am the first to know!

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For those have haven't heard the sad news, Butch Minson died earlier this week.  The funeral service will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, November 4, 2017, at the Hampden-Gilpatrick Chapel of Brookings-Smith, 45 Western Avenue, Hampden, ME. Everyone is welcomed to attend.

The Gulf of Maine is poorer for his loss.

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Possibly interested in a 2018 Monhegan Race charter: 

30' range non-spinnaker suitable for double handing would be ideal.

Will be short on time, flying in from West coast so prefer to pickup/deliver in Portland/Falmouth +/- 50 miles to best enjoy the weekend.

Alternatively two berths for self and son would be fun, we used to race Lioness '04-06 and did well there. 

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Monhegan Race 2020 is full of changes! Longer 142 mile course; Boon Island is new southern mark; mark near Monhegan is new; long course starts Friday @4 pm. Seguin course and Saturday start time as before; seminar Wednesday night; partieS throughout the weekend! Something for everyone! See www.monheganislandrace.org for more info. The notice of race will be on line shortly. 

 

 

 

 

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Who's still on here from the fleet???  Tentative race schedule pending we have a season?

I'm shooting to do about half of the Thursdays at PYC, Interclub, Downeast Challenge, Bluewater, and AIR with the new/old boat.

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One of our own is in a fight for his life right now. If you've ever seen the stern of Buzz in the Gulf of Maine (and we all have) or had the honor of sailing with him, the Captain is in a bit of a jam right now. Thoughts, prayers and good vibes sent expeditiously to one of the good guys in sailing.

#newportbermuda2010buzz

 

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