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SAYRA Report 2016

posted Feb 4, 2016, 12:46 PM by AUGUSTA SAILINGCLUB   [ updated Feb 4, 2016, 12:46 PM ]

Commodore’s Corner:  SAYRA 2016 Meeting Report

On January 29-31, Tim Buss, Brenda and I had the opportunity to attend the South Atlantic Yacht Racing Association Annual Meeting held in Hilton Head. First, let me encourage everyone to consider attending other events at our sister clubs. Brenda and I have participated in Charleston Race Week for 6 years in a row and attended the SAYRA Annual Meeting for the last four years. These events, and others like them, are a great opportunity to meet people who have the same interests, but different experiences. The people you will meet, and the friends that you will make, will not only be a lot of fun, but will also be a wealth of information and assistance.

There were several things we wanted to share with everyone. Last year, SAYRA had a Club Championship Labor Day weekend. There was an open invitation to all the SAYRA clubs to send a team to Charleston to represent them in a weekend regatta in a one design fleet (J22s which were donated for use by the College of Charleston). Only 4 clubs participated last year, but they are expecting a much bigger turnout this year.  A team from Columbia, S.C. won last year and they have challenged everyone else to try and take their trophy from them.  I would love to see a team from Augusta do just that. If you have any interest in this event, please let me know. The Championship will be in the fall, date to be announced later.

The Atlanta Yacht Club is having a couple of unique regattas this year with their fleet of EC-12s. The EC-12 is a remote controlled keel boat. AYC has a two day regatta scheduled April 9 and 10 which Brenda and I hope to attend. There are several great things about these boats. They are not terribly expensive (around $1500 used). They can be sailed from a chair on land. They are a great learning tool. They sail in very light wind and are a lot of fun. If you have any interest in attending their regatta at Lake Allatoona in April let Brenda or I know. Would love to see a fleet of these boats sailing off the point at the Sailing Club.

Another inexpensive boat that was discussed frequently at the annual meeting was the BIC. We were fortunate to have a fleet of these boats at the Halloween Regatta. They are a one person boat designed to be a step up from the Optis and much cheaper than a Laser or Sunfish. The average cost for a new BIC is around $3,200. If you are interested, there is a BIC challenge Regatta later this year. The BIC manufacturer will be bringing 60 BICs to the regatta and will be selling them at a discount after the racing is over. 

Finally, would like to encourage everyone to take advantage of the internet resources available to you. SAYRA’s website has a calendar of club events throughout the southeast that you could attend.  Also,   U. S. Sailing has a wonderful site. This weekend Tim Buss is attending a U.S. Sailing Leadership Conference in San Diego. This conference has roughly 600 attendees (38 from SAYRA clubs) and will be discussing multiple topics. Although, we cannot all attend, we can all take advantage of these classes as U.S. Sailing will be recording the presentations and putting them on their website. They also have prior webcasts from prior conferences so there is a wealth of information available that is only a click away.

Hope everyone has a great February. Remember Winter Series will be starting and at the end of the month we have our International Food Night and then the Commodore and New Member Reception the first weekend in March. Hope to see everyone soon.

Tony Coy