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Wells Revised to Encourage More Participation at Nationals

February 04
19:45 2009

At its Winter Meeting, the SCIRA USA Board approved changes to the format for the Well Series of the 2009 US Nationals to encourage more participation by a broader spectrum of the USA Snipe Membership. While the Board’s consideration of the recent Nationals Improvement Survey is not complete, one prevailing comment, particularly among the younger sailors, was a lack of vacation time to devote to a week long US Nationals regatta. In response to this, we are going to try something new at the 2009 US Nationals in Pensacola this June. This year, the Wells Series will be an “Open,” free standing, 3 day regatta to be held on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, June 24, 25 and 26, 2009. If you are short on available sailing time, but you want to dip your toe in and see what the US Nationals sailing experience is all about, this year you have the option of participating in the US Nationals by sailing only in the 6 race, 3 day Wells Series at the end of the week. Sailors’ final positions from the qualifying Crosby Series will NOT be carried forward as a separate race score in the Wells Series, so those coming to sail only the Wells Series will not be at a significant disadvantage. The event will have a fresh, new start. However, teams that do come for the entire week and sail the Crosby Series will have 1 point deducted from their final score in the Wells Series. In the case of ties, this will reward them for having sailed the Crosby Series. Teams coming for the Wells Series only will still experience a large portion of the US Nationals on shore, “Serious Fun” activities, including the nights out at the Seville Quarter and the beach, as well as the Awards Banquet. As with the other US Nationals events, advance registration will be required. Measurement for teams participating in the Well Series only will be limited to weighing of the boat and checking of safety equipment on Tuesday evening or Wednesday morning before the racing. The racing on Pensacola Bay will be very comfortable for beginning and intermediate Snipe sailors who are used to sailing on lakes. The Pensacola area offers lodging at very reasonable prices and the beaches are some of the best in the USA. We hope that those who are pressed for time and wish to get a taste of the Nationals experience will take advantage of this opportunity.

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