Monday, January 19, 2015

Strictly Sail Puts Me in the Mood...

Having spent part of the weekend in Chicago for the Strictly Sail (plus motorboats and RVs) show, visiting with Harry and Karen Carpenter, Ryan Malmgren and Stacey Rieu, Rod and Eric Bussell, Jack and Janet Markwick, and many others, my thoughts have turned, naturally, to the upcoming sailing season. Even if it hasn't started thawing out where you are, never fear, I can guarantee you that it will ... eventually.

So, now is the time to fill out your sailing season regatta schedule! Here in the Midwest we have five regular regattas, in chronological order:
Mayors' Cup - Eagle Creek Sailing Club (June 12-14)
Race Weekend-Sheridan Shores (August 1-2)
Ephraim - Ephraim Yacht Club (August 1-2)
[yes, yes, difficult choices will have to be made, since both regattas are on the same weekend...]
Egyptian Cup and THIS YEAR'S DISTRICTS - Carlyle Sailing Association (September 5-6)
Glow in the Dark - Clinton Lake Sailing Association (September 26-27)

Also, you, too, can qualify for the Midwest District Travel Trophy by participating in three of the above regattas. In addition to the perpetual trophy, we will award trophies for the top three finishers.

So get out your calendars, track down your crew and start making plans to participate in these regattas. I know I don't need to remind you that you can find other regattas at In our district it's sometimes a shorter trip to go to the Ohio District events or the Michigan-Ontario events. It's like on the airplane, sometimes the closest exit is behind you, so look at these districts for other fun events to join!
See you on the water!!

Ben Williams and Harry Carpenter at the show

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