Seascout-Net Mail Archive for February of 1999: US Sailing National Sail Training Symposium, Report #4
US Sailing National Sail Training Symposium, Report #4
Mon, 1 Feb 1999 10:39:25 -0600
NOTE: Sorry about the late posting of reports #2 and 4. I've tried a dozen
times to post this but was having problems with the laptop working properly
from two remote (hotel) locations. Back at home base now, my luck is sure
to be better... I hope. rtm
Saturday morning came early for those who went to the party that was
going on in the room that adjoined mine. It quieted down when the empty
cask became jetsam. With no more refreshments, the party was sure to break
up soon. The alarm clock went off only shortly after my head hit the
pillow. Jimmie Homburg wanted us to meet at 7:30 to attend an award
presentation to be made during the Community Sailing Council Committee
meeting. I was on time, but there were a few tired looking sailors arriving
after the kick off that morning.
The first speaker of the morning was Dennis Morgan of Morgan Marketing
Group, Torrance, CA. His "Marketing Your Program" talk was energetic
and right on the mark, describing many of the flubs I've made and
providing great suggestions how not to goof up again. He talked about
seven most common mistakes businesses make. He gave some keys to
identifying your most probable customers at little or no cost and how
to get their attention with a clear message with a short, clear
message. I haven' read his $20 book I bought, but I intend to. It's
called "A complete guide to Marketing A Small Business or Product
Successfully." If you're interested, call him at 310-891-0951.
After a break, there was a talk "From Rehab to the Olympics" on
handicapped sailing. Jimmie had me doing some other things, so I
missed it. For the rest of the morning, there six workshops to choose from.
They included: 1) building a program for sailors with special
needs; 2) successful youth regatta management; 3) "clients, and
parents, and problems, OH MY!";4) US Sailing instructor course
details; 5) maximize the potential of your sailing program; and 6)
rewards of developing programs for at risk students.
At noon, we loaded "yellow dogs" for the Mission Bay Aquatics Center.
It makes me want to move here! They have a fantastic community sailing
program here. A zillion great small boats renting for almost no money,
a perfect bay to sail on, clear blue water, great weather, and a few
"California Girls", what more could one ask? Vanguard Sailboats, Hunter
Marine, Hobie Cat, Byte Boats, DeWitt Dinghy, Snipe Fleet, and others, had
their tales and greatest boats on display and in the water to sail for the
afternoon. There are some great new boats out there. I tried to get them to
donate a new 29er to my good cause, but ... I probably couldn't sail
There were 8 workshops to choose from, all dealing with either the
Marina Bay facility, the boats on display, or activities on the
water. We got to applaud as a master IT got dumped in the bay while
demonstrating how to "Properly" operate a safety boat while assisting
a downed FJ. It was pretty predictable and pretty funny to watch.
Perhaps they were demonstrating how NOT to do it?
While at Marina Bay, the Sea Scout representatives met with the US
Sailing Training Committee for two hours. The purpose was to introduce
ourselves and promote improved understanding between our two
organizations. It was a start and went relatively well. The meeting was
lead by Jimmie Homburg and Tim Daly. The twenty participants were an
equal balance from both groups. I think that the meeting really helped
answer some questions that both groups had. The meeting produced improved
relationships, an exchange of Email addresses, and a commitment to meet
again at he next US Sailing meeting.
After returning to the hotel and cleaning up, the closing banquet
brought the symposium to a close. During the awards, one of our own
received an award that read:
The Community Sailing Council
Boy Scout Sea Base
For Outstanding Director
of Year Round Program
The keynote speaker was Gary Jobson, world renown racing sailor and
ESPN Sailing Analyst. He combined four video segments with his talk to
illustrate points about dangers of the sea and safety, building
enthusiasm for the sport, and returning to the fun of sailing when
competition wears on the athlete. It was a great way to cap off the
I believe that all of those who attended benefited greatly. The
relationship between US Sailing and Sea Scouts will continue to
improve as a result. The time, effort, and cost was well invested.
Special thanks is due Jimmie Homburg and Tim Daly for encouraging us
to attend and helping make it possible to meet with the most
influential people in the sport of sailing in the United States.
Yours In Sea Scouting,
Roy T. Mast
Skipper Ship 303 "Fandango"
Cradle of Texas District
Bay Area Council (Galveston, TX)
Lake Jackson, Texas
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