Thank you to those that attended and contributed to the 49er and 49er FX North American class meeting today.
Here is what was discussed:
1. Class development: The class has grown significantly in the past year especially with the addition to the 49erFX class but it is really important that we continue to support to athletes new to the fleet and promote the class to younger sailors. A bigger fleet is beneficial to every level sailor.
2. Grand Prix Circuit (North East) – schedule to be released soon
Confirmed events: Ice Breakers (Toronto), Ottawa Skiff, Canadians (Halifax) and CORK (Kingston).
US Nationals, see below
Events between Ottawa skiff and Canadians is still TBC. Options are RCYC Skiff, TRY, Newport or National Event.
[Both Newport and National Event are the weekend before Canadians, which could interfere with a training camp before Canadians]
Concerns: Canadians are interested in going to the event if they know there will be Americans attending. The travel time does not make sense to race against only Canadians.
Nothing was concluded on this topic for those regattas for the moment. More information bout the 49er development team summer plans will contribute to decision making.
3. West Coast: West Coast teams will keep us in the loop about any possible events on the west coast. West Coast sailors should contact Ian Woodbury (firstname.lastname@example.org) for this.
4. US Nationals
Timing: Last year there were 2 days between CORK and US Nats, held at Oakcliff. Some people felt this was not enough time. The downside of moving it later would be: a) some people travelling from West Coast or elsewhere might be less likely to attend both events, b) interfering with when teams want to leave for ISAF Worlds.
Some other ideas were suggested as well, like making Newport Regatta the US Nationals, or holding the US Nationals in October, either at Oakcliff or possibly at Heineken. The “fun” aspect of this regatta made it seem less appropriate as a US National Championship. General consensus seemed to prefer the after CORK timing.
Venue: Some people expressed dissatisfaction with the Oakcliff facilities, particularly the launching area. It was mentioned that it might be better to sail a bit farther out too. Trevor B. assured group that these thing could be discussed with regatta organizers.
Fleet size: Same idea as Newport, Canadians want to be sure that there will be many Americans at the event to make it worth the trip. Advantage of having the event at Oakcliff or a venue that Oakcliff could support is that there are charter boats available to contribute to fleet numbers.
5. 2015 North Americans
Ben Remocker (int’l 49er AND 49er FX class manager) discussed 2015 North Americans
- In Clearwater, FL, as a test event for the 2016 Worlds.
- Held about 5 days after Miami OCR
- Logistics to sort out would be for Europeans (for example) to ship their boats to Clearwater and then back to Europe from there.
- Very supportive organizer keen to make it happen and accommodate sailors.
North American fleet liked the idea, and were not personally concerned with the logistics. Only that the logistics work best to get the biggest fleet possible at the event.
6. Trevor Burd is looking for a replacement as American class president. Not enough Americans were present for any changes. If you are an American interested in fulfilling this important role, please contact Trevor Burd.
If you have any questions, concerns or ideas please do not hesitate to message me or email me at email@example.com or contact Trevor Burd
- Arielle Morgan, Cdn 49er & FX Class President