January 2020 - Happy New Year! I hope Santa brought everyone the new Jib, Main or Spinnaker they asked for.
It is the start of a new decade with so much to look forward to especially the 2020 Mackinac Race. So far, we are off to a great start with 38 boats entered in the month of December. I am also happy to report that Sport Boats make up 4 of those 38. Keep it up!!
For all of you out there that intend to sail in a one design class, 8 boats are needed to create a one design class. The individual classes need to do their own class promotion and ensure that you reach the required 8 entries. I strongly suggest that each class that intends to sail one design have a class representative work with / call/ pester the other class members to register early and confirm participation. The race chairman and the MRA have more than enough to do and are not responsible for creating your class. Please help us out.
In December I participated in the Wirth Monroe race. For anyone who has not done this race you must put it on your bucket list. Great race, amazing club and a great dinner after the race, almost as much fun as our race. The Wirth Monroe race is a certified Gold level regatta by Sailors for the Sea. What does that mean? In the case of this race it means, no printed materials, online everything, SI’s prohibit single use containers and much more. Significant effort is made to make the race virtually trash free. Every year more and more of the races I participate in are working to become certified sustainable by Sailors for the Sea.
A regatta becoming sustainable is a process that takes years. It is unrealistic to think we can do this in a year, but it is something we need to start working towards. This year the MRA and all those that work to support our race are going to review everything we do that creates waste and ask ourselves if we really need it? Such as, some of the information you have become to expect as a printed document will only be available online. The best place to look for the most up to date information is always the web site. Everyone has at least a few crew members that have smart phones that can download the documents before the race. There is nothing I know of that is provided in paper form that is not also available as a downloadable document from the web site. Easy Peazy! We make a big step on the green sustainable scale. I would like to encourage us all to think about what we can individually do to help make the race more sustainable than last year. If we all do this a few years in a row we can make a big difference.
Remember Register Early!! Chris Clark 2020 Race Chair