I have a question which may cause some debate among the USA skippers but it does need to be talked through.
What is the "OFFICIAL" position on "International Entrants" to USA regional and national championship regattas?
I know from my readings that some of these regattas are restricted to maximum numbers, due to size of venue, limited resources, time constraints, or any number of factors, which is totally understandable.
Therefore, is it fair that a local is pushed aside for an outsider?[:D]
Or is it felt that if an "international" is prepared to meet the considerable costs in both time and money, that they should have the privilege of a "preferred entry" ?
Perhaps it is thought that an international who is keen enough to attend would be of reasonable competence and hence help the locals to measure their standard on the world stage.[}:)]
Perhaps restricting visitors to the "National Championship" only is the answer.
How about a "World Ranking" system? (What a can of worms that could be.)[:(!]
Anyway, having stirred the mud, now I would like to wish you all the very best of good fortune for the coming year. May you allways be on the correct side of the lift.
Cheers from NZL. Ian.
DO IT NOW, Before it`s to late