Notes from Fleet Meeting

Let’s Party! 
First party of the season Thursday May 26 (the Thursday before Memorial Day); second Thursday Aug. 25 (the last Thursday evening race).  
Let’s Race!
Here’s our racing schedule for the season:
J-World Thursday evening racing May 5 – Aug. 25
Helly Hanson NOOD Regatta – Fri. April 29 – Sun. May 1
St. Michaels Miles River Race – Sat. May 28
Shearwater Twilight – not on CBYRA schedule yet, but usually a Sat. evening in mid-June
SSA Fall – Sat. Oct 22
J-24 ECC – Fri. Oct. 28 – Sun. Oct 30
We spent more that we took in in 2015. Don’t forget to send your $35 2016 fleet dues to Peter Rich, Treasurer, 1146 Mainsail Dr., Annapolis, 21403 today.  2016 Fleet 8 Membership Form
What Else:
-Have the Pro’s sail with us & follow-up with a dock-talk at least as often as last year. 
-Mark Rivera agreed to be the point person for those skippers looking for crew, and for crew looking to race. Also, be sure to join our Facebook group and Crew Finder Group.
-All the skippers at the meeting agreed to pick-out one of their crew and have them buy a used J-24 & to come out & race with us. Just kidding…
But, those who race weekend races would like to invite you who only race Thursdays to come out & race some of our weekend events. 
The J-24 East Coast Championship has been a J-24 tradition, and our season-ending regatta in Annapolis for years. It wasn’t unusual to see 50+ plus J-24’s racing over Halloween weekend where our local racers mixed it up with some of the best J-24 sailors in the world. Since the great recession weekend racing & the ECC have seen declines in participation – a trend we’d like to reverse as far as the ECC is concerned. How? To start the process we have a survey that I will forward to all skippers that would help us in the planning for this years event. And, we need to have more of our local sailors join the fun. 
Example: Mike Murray (Roo) was short crew leading up to the regatta this past October, so he recruited 4 high school/college sailors from the junior program at SSA to crew for him!  Why not make one of your seasons goals this year to join the fun at the ECC Oct. 28 – Oct. 30, if you are able? Let me, Peter Rich, Mark Rivera or Mike Murray know what it would take to have you join the fun!

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