Spreading the Word
When President Obama made his inaugural speech, he beckoned to Americans to roll up their sleeves.
…In November 2008 a number of sailing industry professionals met for a “Sailing Renaissance “ gathering at the South Beach Yacht Club in San Francisco. Initiated by Drew Harper of Spinnaker Sailing and Shawn Grassman and John Ardnt of Latitude 38, the impetus was to mind storm and gather ideas to help stimulate the local sailing economy. Many were tossed around and yours truly had the stupid idea of tossing a bunch of broadcast media types into skilled sail boats with crews and have a fun regatta.
For some years the nagging thought that the local broadcast media never has shown much interest in sailing events, and even attempting to some likely candidates onboard for fun sails when interesting regattas pass through town needed to be addressed. Picking the minds of a couple local radio D-J’s, we gathered enough feedback and confidence that this concept actually had legs. We chose a date and a place and set out to set the world afire…
Not so fast Bucky