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    Big Daddy Reinstates Ulitmate 20's, 5.70's and BAMA Multi-hulls in Big Daddy




    A couple weeks back, when the Richmond Yacht Club issued it's annual Big Daddy Regatta NOR, there was an omission of Multihulls and smaller sportboats from the event.

    The very essence of the RYC's mantra was brought into question, on inclusion and that "Sailing IS Fun" was immediately brought to question, and member of the excluded classes rallied in anger. The crux of the issue was whether 22' or smaller boats and multihulls were still welcome vis-a-vis the PRO's issued document.

    Direct contact with the PRO at the time proved ineffective. An email returned to one of the dissatisfied members was answered thusly:

    Hey Xxxxxxxxx, sorry for the disappointment. One of those responsibilities of the PRO is to decide who to invite. I have a long history of running the Big Daddy (not the Great Pumpkin), I was the chairman of 6, the first in 1988 and last in 2000. We have gotten away from the original intent as Bob "Big Daddy" Klein envisioned it. It originally was a IOR invitational but over the years we've had to change it some. Introducing One designs into a PHRF event was a hurdle at first.

    For those new to RYC and or without a historical understanding of the event's origins, it could look like the Big Daddy and Great Pumpkin are the same. They get confused most of the time. XXXXXX runs the Great Pumpkin in completely different way with a very different philosophy. His goals are much different from mine. The Big Daddy does not aim at being the biggest event, but to provide great racing for those boats invited.

    Many boats would like to come that don't fit the parameters. We had to cut it off somewhere.

    I doubt that the U20's and the 5.70 not being invited to the Big Daddy is any indication of exclusion for any other RYC race. There is the Big Dinghy, Beer cans, and RYC Club races. And considering the inclusivity that XXXXXX has brought to the Great Pumpkin, the U20's will surely be invited along with the Catamarans, foilers, wind surfers, and kite boards.

    Given that I had little time to get the NOR together, I am not inclined to make any changes to it. It can always be brought up next year.

    Give a call if you would like to discuss it further.

    XXXXXX
    Members of the RYC were furious, and called together the sailing advisory committee, which rallied other sailors, BAMA member and Jim Antrim to the RYC Board meeting Last Wednesday night. One of the problems with the RYC members was the labeling of the Ultimate 20 as "unsafe", and issue which Jim Antrim shot down like a clay pigeon hanging from string. After members spoke about the unfairness of the decision as well as the randomness of the uninvited fleets, the RYC Board voted to allow the sailing advisory committee to run the event and to allow boats with PHRF and BAMA certs to continue to race. This did not sit well with the existing PRO who then resigned as PRO and promised not to provide any further services to the YC.

    The Sailing advisory committee reconvened the following night and in 1.5 hours time, rounded up the 40 volunteers needed to run the event. The disallowed/uninvited fleets were reinstated.

    Commodore Susan Hubbard wants to let people know that Richmond Yacht Club IS about inclusion and has not changed course. She notes that at the Sailing Leadership Forum a couple weeks ago in San Diego, a topic of discussion which came up was yacht clubs that were struggling, financially and member wise, primarily due to the lack of inclusion. "We want to see EVERYBODY out sailing" she added.

    The NOR and registration has been revised and eligible boats can register for Saturday and or Sunday http://www.richmondyc.org/Calendar/Event/13823~623225~1

    "This is the spirit that Bob "Big Daddy" would have wanted" Susan emphasizes!
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    Well, Bates is an idiot. Not sure why they let him PRO a lemonade stand, much less one of the highlight regattas of the season.

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    Inter club politics is something to avoid like the plague, it sounds like like democracy in swift action won out in this case.


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    Volunteers are tough to come by. Glad it's working out, bummed it might've burned some folks.

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    Volunteers are critical, but it seems The Board made the right decision.

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    Volunteers are tough to come by. Glad it's working out, bummed it might've burned some folks.
    Talked with Tony and RYC volunteers rose to the challenge and had it covered after last nights meeting. Sent a note of thanks to Susan who was great fun on Pelican during Hydroptere speed trial. 6 multihulls so far http://www.regattanetwork.com/clubmg...om_report_id=2

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    Looking forward to the Daddy pursuit race, but the forecast is looking kinda grim. might be a great day, with little breeze. Guess I'll get a chance to see how the Torqueedo works.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kimmy View Post
    Well, Bates is an idiot. Not sure why they let him PRO a lemonade stand, much less one of the highlight regattas of the season.
    You're amongst friends, no need to sugar coat it. Just tell it like it is, we can handle it

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    Does anyone know why so many of the various class results are still missing from Saturday?
    Protests?

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