Membership Enhancements for 2008!!!
Your Class Association
Board has been working very hard over the past three months to solicit
input from all of our members on ways to change and enhance the
membership experience of joining the Class Association. We want to
provide you with a membership product that you think will
be worth the cost of your dollars.
There are three areas
of improvement for you. One - You will get more bang for your buck. Two
- The Association will be more responsive to the needs of the average
sailor. And Three - The Association will be better at supporting the
individual Fleets. Here’s how we’re gonna do it:
Bang for the Buck
immediately, your $50 fee will cover not only the owner, but will
include associate memberships for your crew as well. A lot of S20
owners began as S20 crewmembers, and it’s a great way for your crew
to get the same newsletters, notices, training aids, as well as the
feeling of “community” that will help them become better crewmembers
for you. It’s a great 3-for-1 deal.
- With each
membership fee you will receive one free royalty tag, which will
save you $15 when you buy any new sail, and will help you with the
replacement of that baggy ol’ main that you’re getting tired of
- An improved
website with a revamped layout that is visually more impressive. We
will also feature a sailor and action picture “of the Month” to
highlight the great people and boats that make up our class. This
will also help sell the boat to visitors that might be thinking
about buying a boat and joining the class too.
Middle of the Pack
- These sailors are
the backbone of our Class. We all learn by doing, and future
newsletter articles will focus on the things that turn
middle-of-pack sailors and new S20 sailors into front-of-the-pack
and winning sailors. We’ll focus on the basics – things like crew
choreography, roll tacking/gybing, division of labor during mark
roundings, i.e. “things I wish I knew when I was new to the boat”.
“technicalities” video will be re-done at this year’s Nationals when
Andrew holds his annual clinic and will be in a DVD format.
- S20 Maintenance
issues, how to trailer your S20, how to trailer launch your S20, the
new backstay modification for the classic-decked S20’s, PHRF racing
your S20, cruising/overnighting your S20 (it is doable and fun), and
Fleet and/or Sailor profiles will all be subjects on upcoming
newsletters. Basically, articles that will help you gain more
pleasure out of owning our great little boat.
Support to the
- This Board intends
to be a lot more supportive of our individual Fleets, especially the
smaller ones. Usually, each fleet has a “sparkplug” type individual
that provides energy and leadership. However, burnout is always a
problem if you feel you’re all alone in your efforts. The smaller
and up-and-coming Fleets will be receive better attention and
support from the Board and from newsletter articles that showcase
the good work of these “sparkplugs”.
- Encourage local
Fleet “clinics”, either with your local expert, or with Andrew, or
with an acknowledged expert such as Pete Hunter or Mark Forrest, who
do travel with their businesses and have experience and training in
building their Fleets.
visibility of local regattas within the class. Encourage people to
travel to participate in these regattas. This has a synergistic
affect that improves the skill of those who participate, enhances
class camaraderie, both that helps keep the smaller Fleets afloat.
We hope that you will
like the changes we’re making to the management of our Class and will
show your support by joining or rejoining the Association. We are also
tweaking the fiscal and administrative management as well, to make sure
that we remain “in the black” and that member’s records of payment and
membership are better kept.
MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS US ALL – PLEASE JOIN US!!