Greetings WYC members!
As many of you know, my WYC team (Brent Peterson’s J/22 1209) was nominated and sailed in the US Sailing Adult Championships (the National Championship for all US sailors) this fall (we finished ninth!). In order to participate, we needed a nomination from a Regional Sailing Association (RSA). We talked to the Inland Lake Yachting Association (ILYA) of which the Wayzata Yacht Club is a member via its Laser fleet and they nominated us.
In investigating this process, it became clear to me that there is a need for an RSA that represents keelboat racers in the Twin Cities. After all, most of these events are on keelboats. Currently, Twin Cities keelboat sailors can only receive nominations to these events through affiliated organizations like the ILYA or the Great Lakes Sailing Association (GLSA - mostly Great Lakes big boat sailors) who would prefer to nominate sailors that are more in line with what they do (scows and big boats, respectively).
Accordingly, I talked to US Sailing and am in the planning stages of setting up a Regional Sailing Association for the Twin Cities area (the Twin Cities Regional Sailing Association (TCRSA) or maybe we go broader and be the Lake State RSA). One significant benefit the Association can provide immediately upon its inclusion into US Sailing, is to submit nominations to US Sailing’s Championship events in various disciplines.
These Championship events include:
- U.S. Adult Championship
- U.S. Youth Championship
- Chubb U.S. Jr Championships
- U.S. Singlehanded Championship
- U.S. Match Racing Championship
- U.S. Women’s Match Racing Championship
- U.S. Offshore Championship
- U.S. Multihull Championship
- U.S. Team Racing Championship
- U.S. Disabled Championship
- U.S. Jr Women’s Doublehanded Championship
- U.S. Jr Women’s Singlehanded Championship
- U.S. Youth Match Racing Championship
- International Women’s Keelboat Championship
- Championship of Champions
The winner of these events may be named as the US representative in international regattas in those disciplines.
The next steps are to finalize a preliminary set of by-laws that have been created, creation of a simple informational website, and to get the group incorporated (probably as a 501(c)(3) organization). I also would like to create a board initially with six board members that will represent the organization and am looking for people interested in filling the Board.
Please let me know if you would be interested in helping with any of these items or sitting on the Board. My hope is that this organization will be beneficial to the adult and youth sailors of the Twin Cities by allowing us greater access to these national events and hope that you will volunteer to help make this association a reality.
See you on the race course!