Team Racing in New Orleans

November 9, 2009
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November 17, 2009

Team Racing in New Orleans

Reprinted from our friends at Scuttlebutt

BIGFOOT ON STARBOARD By Kimball Livingston On the West Coast we have more Bigfoot sightings than team races, but that’s changing. No less than three California yacht clubs sent delegations of 12 sailors apiece to New Orleans for the Southern Soiland Cup on Lake Pontchartrain last weekend. Even left of the Rockies, people have noticed that team racing drives youth recruitment, member satisfaction, and bragging rights. As trends go, it’s a trend, all right. Around New England, especially, team racing has grown to be a major thread in collegiate competition, and when yacht clubs pick up where schools leave off – which is exactly what they’re doing – they bridge the gap in which too many young sailors otherwise drift away from the sport. Southern Yacht Club saw this years ago and undertook to build itself up as a team racing power even while rebuilding from what Hurricane Katrina did to the Gulf Coast. For most of us, their Southern Soiland Cup last weekend was a first opportunity to enjoy the new clubhouse (clubhouse number four) of this 160-year-old institution, along with a bit of extreme southern hospitality. Frankly, my dear, the cobwebs have yet to clear. — Read on:

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Michael James has been with Murray Yacht Sales since 1995 and is in the the New Orleans office.

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