Seascout-Net Mail Archive for July of 1999: RE: Event information
RE: Event information
Thu, 8 Jul 1999 20:25:49 -0700
I have a couple of events. The first is the Kings Cup foe long boats at Souke
BC the 14th and 15th of August. The second is more complex.
I was talking to Lee Scarabourgh a skipper on Cape Cod. He and I have been
involved in the Atlantic challenge. The contest will be held in France n 2000,
and back in Rockland ME in 2002. the web site is www.atlanticchallenge.com
The challenge uses class boats which are thirty -eight feet long, and have
three sails, dipping lugs on the first two and standing on the mizzen. the
contest takes several days and has ten events. Navigation, knots, rowing,
sailing, rowing and sailing, Parade, sack transfer, and a test. Normally there
are about seven countries represented. We sent the 1998 entry to Denmark. A
once in a lifetime experience.
The USA foundation hope to emulate France and have 20 gigs from the USA for a
companion event. I have no idea if this can be done it took us two years to
build the gig here in Tacoma. the USA has always had a Corinthian program which
emphasizes competing and not winning. We are developing a fleet of gigs on the
west coast, but most are English and not Bantry Bay gigs.
Anyway they will need help and anyone who is interested should contact the
foundation. We have sent youth for several years and it is a defining
experience. I do not agree with everything they do, but it is an excellent
leadership experience for a young person.
My question for discussion is this: I think that the long boats may be a large
part of the future. There is usually activity for ten to fifteen youth. the
maintenance and cost is minimal, and the program can, at least in Washington be
as intense as you wish. we now have several ships around the country using
these boats and they are flourishing. On the other hand by getting out of the
regatta trap the Charles N. Curtis (Blue) and the Odyssey (Red) are thriving. I
believe that the way to go is to have a fun activity first.
In order to do the kind of thing that results in fun we have to have between
twenty and forty adults involved in any successful ship. You simply can not
keep a three to five person ship running. Is this the experience of other ships
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