2011 is here and I am looking forward to another great year for the American Section. There are many promising events scheduled this season highlighted by the North American Championship in fall on the waters of Long Island Sound. This event is not one to be missed. In addition, the East Coast Championship and the Pacific Coast Championship are scheduled to be held in two of the most renowned sailing venues in the country, Buzzards Bay and Monterey Bay respectfully.
I am excited about the different opportunities this season for all of our members. Whether you are looking for world class competition at our major championships, learning how to make the boat go fast at many scheduled training events, or enjoying the camaraderie of a group of individuals that share a passion for the water, 2011 has it all.
The past few years, the other dedicated officers and myself have been working to improve the transparency and value of our organization to all our members. We have tried to coordinate the scheduling of events, promote open and structured training sessions, improve our relationship with US Sailing, and formalize guidelines for USSF grants.
More work is to be done however and in 2011 my goals are to finish reshaping the American Section web site and to improve the value of our class to those that focus solely on local sailing.
Of course I also plan on spending as much time as I can on the water enjoying all that the 505 has to offer. I hope to see everyone at some point and wish all the best of luck and a lot of fun.