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The 36.7 Beneteau Regatta raises the National's profile (updated)
September 27th, 2011 @ 07:12 PM EST by admin

The 36.7 regatta produced some fantastic photos and press.

Olga Nabatova, who races on After You, shared a photo album with some excellent imagery. View it online here. The photos aren’t particularly high-resolution but she has offered to send better imagery to anyone who e-mails her with a request.

Photographer Bianca Wong has hundreds of excellent photos of the welcome event, dock party, race, and hockey game available for viewing on her site.

Correspondent McKay points out coverage in Scuttlebutt:

REGATTAS AREN’T JUST FOR WINNERS
It was two weeks ago when 29 boats competed in the Beneteau First 36.7 North Americans, which was hosted by the National Yacht Club in Toronto. While we’d all like to be winners, the reality is that most of us are mere ‘entry fees’. But regatta participation should be more than the pickle dishes awarded, and by all accounts, this regatta made sure of it.”As we marveled at the job National did this time,” said local class booster Don Finkle, “one of our crew said ‘regatta organization has become an arms race’, and I think he is right. With so many events competing for sailors’ limited time and budgets these days, organizers are constantly having to step up their game to keep events viable.”

As Finkle notes, the participant experience begins with simply feeling welcome. “Folks at National were friendly and helpful, everyone involved seemed like they were happy to have us at their club. This is an under-appreciated factor that often makes the difference from a competitor’s standpoint.”

Sometimes the success of a regatta has to do with its creativity. “The night before the event we had a reception,” explained Finkle, “and instead of another skipper bag that most of us have way too many of already, each owner got a commemorative regatta hockey jersey – a sweater in Canada – with the boat name on the back. This was a prelude to the 3 on 3 ball hockey tourney that each boat could enter. They had set up a ‘rink’ in the parking lot where after each day’s racing, crews would take turns playing, watching and critiquing. This turned out to be a great way to blow off steam from any frustrations brought back from the lake.

Here are some of Finkle’s other observations that contributed to the event’s success
– Cold beer delivered to each boat as we hit the dock every day
– Results sheet handed to us along with the beer at the dock
– Excellent race committee led by PRO Wayne Bretsch
– Each boat had its own dock with power and water
– Parking pass for every boat
– Kattack race player online for every race
– Unique Awards made by First Nation Artists
– Spectator boats
– Live weather briefings
– Regalia on-site
– Bow numbers
– Commemorative Hockey Puck and Jersey
– Banquet cooked and served by NYC volunteers
– Food & drink available at the club each night
– Box lunches available
– Plenty of sponsors headed by Barbados
– Convenient measurement, check-in, inspection
– Online registration, scoring, event news, etc. through yachtscoring.com