It’s a simple idea: The teams do the traveling, not the boats.
The cost and time commitment of racing, especially in out-of state regattas, has become such that it prohibits most of us from attending our targeted regattas. The ratio of work, maintenance, and travel vs. time on the water racing has gotten way too far out of whack, and since I refuse to give up sailboat racing, we are simply going to start doing things differently.
The structure is as follows…
• Three races per season. The winner of the whole season gets the Cup.
• March – Spring Training Invitational, Phoenix, AZ – racing on E22s.
• Mid-Summer – Park City, UT – racing on Elliott 6 Meters (event to be named shortly)
• Late-Summer – Lake Dillon, CO – racing to be done in J/24s or J/22s, depending on the year.
• Up to eight (8) teams of five (5) register for the Cup regatta. This allows flexibility in all crew members’ schedules (family, work, etc.) The E22 can be sailed with 3 or 4, the Elliott with 3, the J/24 with 4 or 5, and the J/22 with 3 or 4. The key here is flexibility on everyone’s lives. (There are only 8 Elliotts in Park City, therefore we are targeting a fleet of 8 E22s for AZ, and we have been told that 8 I a very doable number for both the J/24 and J/22 fleets in CO, thus, up to 8 teams per year.)
• Different members of the crew may skipper different events, but they cannot switch during an event.
• 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prizes will be given at each event, and the overall winner will receive the Cup, and don’t be surprised if the Cup has four corners to it.
These will be first-rate events. Every dollar of the entry fees will be spent on the racing and festivities.
Our goal is as simple as the idea, we are bringing people back together to do what we all love to do, sail, but we are doing it with one major change…, the teams do the travelling, not the boats!
FOUR CORNERS CUP.