Letter from USSCA President

*** Summer 2015 ***

Happy summer! I hope that all of you are enjoying a wonderful sailing season.  So far we have had a great year with our early regattas, the International Midwinter Masters and the US National Championship at Midwinters being held last March.  Turnout was good and there was some great racing! Several Regionals have been held around the country with many more to follow.  I’d like to extend a special tank you to all of the folks at Rush Creek Yacht Club for an outstanding NAs.  The club and race organizers ran an excellent event getting in 11 races and providing top notch on-shore activities.  59 sailors competed including 8 who represented their countries at the Pan Am Games in Toronto.  Conner Blouin represented the USA at the Pan Am Games and placed 6th.  The Women’s North American Championship will be held in September at Rehoboth Beach, DE.  Check the schedule for an event in your area.

One of the goals of the class for this year is to increase membership.  Our membership numbers have been dropping over the last several years and we’d like to reverse that trend.  If you know of someone who is sailing a Sunfish and is not a class member, encourage them to join.  Dues are reasonable and they would be supporting a great class and a great group of sailors.  We are continuing to work with some of our vendors to provide discounts to class members.  Watch the website for more information.

There’s still plenty of time to get out and go sailing.  If you haven’t had your boat out in a while, dust it off, kick the mice out of the cockpit and get out on the water!

Smooth sailing,
Rich Chapman
USSCA President

*** Spring 2014 ***

Dear USSCA members,

Well, summer has finally arrived and, after one of the worst winters I can remember, I’m looking forward to a great season of sailing.  I’d like to thank the Pensacola Yacht Club for hosting the International Masters and the Midwinters back to back last March.  It was great to be able to go to one club and sail two regattas.  (Especially since it coincided perfectly with my spring break!).  This summer looks to be another great one with the US Masters in North Carolina, the NA’s in Mississippi, the Women’s NA’s at my home club near Chicago and the Worlds in North Carolina.  Of course there are many regionals and local events all over the country for you to attend.  Why not get out and enjoy some of these fun events?

This winter the class made a change in the Class Office.  All class business is now being handled by Sherri Campbell at One Design Management in San Diego, CA.  Sherri has done a great job of transitioning into the new role and I’m excited to have her on board.  See PJ Patin’s ISCA letter for more details.

If you haven’t joined the Sunfish Listserve on Facebook, you should!  There’s a lot of activity there and it’s fun and interesting to see what other clubs are doing.  Sign up and post your stories and photos!  Let people know where you are and how to join your fleet.

For those of you who have a boat that hasn’t been used in a while, why not dust off that old boat, find all the parts and get back out on the water?  Get the kids in the boat and have some fun!  Isn’t that why most of us started sailing anyway?

I’m looking forward to seeing many of you in Bay-Waveland this summer for the NA’s or in North Carolina at the worlds.  Both regattas promise to be awesome events as the organizers are working very hard to make them the best that they can be.

I hope you all have an enjoyable summer filled with sailing fun.

Rich Chapman,

USSCA President

*** Spring 2013 ***

Dear Sunfish Sailors,

It is with great pride that I represent you as the president of this great Class and great group of people.  I’m looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead and hope that I can help to lead the Class into a strong future.  The Sunfish Class is entering a new chapter in our history.

The board has been hard at work with some great projects to help your Class grow.

  • The resurrection of The Windward Leg Newsletter (the first in almost 3 years!) - a great resource for race results, tips and tricks and upcoming events.
  • A new and dynamic website (you are looking at it) - Instant access to all of the information you need to make the most out of your Sunfish sailing experiences.  Please take some time to explore the new site and book mark your region's page, the calendar and any other pages that you might find helpful! You can also join the Class / renew your membership right here on the site.
  • Increasing membership in the Class - Why should you be a member of the Sunfish Class and what benefits will you receive?
    • Very affordable sail boat racing,
    • International competition at the highest level
    • A gender- and age-inclusive activity
    • A very friendly and family oriented group of people.
  • Beyond personal reasons for membership, sailors should be aware the their Class dues also support an organization of committed individuals who organize regattas, oversee Class functions, develop and enforce Class rules, publish the Windward Leg and maintain the web site. Most of these individuals are sailors just like you who want to do all they can to make the Class as great as they can be!

Interested in racing your Sunfish?  There is a very full slate of regattas already planned for this summer including:

  • US Masters at the Rochester Canoe Club
  • Youth and Open North American Championships at Brant Beach, NJ
  • Youth and Open World Championships at Brant Beach, NJ
  • Regional events all over the country for your enjoyment

Why not get out and sail with some old, or even new, friends!

The Class is also making a concerted effort to include more youth in our events.  I’d like to encourage all of you to connect with the young people in your area and get them in the boat. Teach them the basics of sailing or even racing. Why not bring them to your next regatta? How about a special division in your local club events? Got a hotshot in the group? Bring them to the Youth NA’s!! Try to remember who it was that introduced you to sailing or brought you to your first event. Would you still be sailing today if it weren’t for them? This is the future of the Class, let’s get them excited about our great sport!

Finally, I’d like to encourage you to get involved in the Sunfish Class Association. What can you do to help?

  • Rejoining the Class if your membership has lapsed. Your dues are our only source of income and if we don’t have you, we don’t have a Class!
  • Start a new fleet at your club or get your old one back on it’s feet.
  • You could even do something as simple as show up at a local or regional regatta to see what they’re all about.
  • Volunteer for a board position and help guide us into the future. Great people with great ideas are always needed.

Again, it is my pleasure to serve as your Class President. I hope that together we can make this a great season with many of you being active locally, regionally and even nationally. What can you do to make us better?

Smooth sailing,

Rich Chapman