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US Sailing – Mandatory Ignorance

US Sailing – Mandatory
Ignorance

By
Peter Huston

US Sailing’s recent announcement of mandating membership for helmsmen
has inspired a lot of conversation. It seems that US Sailing has somehow
tied itself to a winning America’s Cup team by employing their same strategy
– that being the Swiss team Alinghi announcing a really bad protocol prior
to consulting with their primary customers, the other teams. Alinghi lost
in a court of law last week because of their lack of candor. So too did
US Sailing announce the mandatory membership initiative before even gauging
the interest of this idea from their customers, sailors around the US.
US Sailing lost in the court of public opinion last week. Rather than
fight them about this bad idea, there is another solution…