Why was the Bee Fleet formed? Early in 2017 I was the new race director without a clue. I wasn’t new to sailing, but I had only been racing since 2014. I knew the enjoyment I was getting out of sailing in Wednesday night racing and club regattas. But, I also remembered some of the hesitations I felt when I started participating. The start line, the close quarters sailing, it seemed intimidating. But on the other hand, sailing a course, working on boat handling skills, comradery with a crew and other sailors was very satisfying. With the help of some good friends and some forgiving competitors, I was able to get started and found it very rewarding.
Fast forward to 2017. Kenny Cooper and Gene Loveless had raced together for years. Gene had some great advice on things he had done at Harbor Island. So, I started meeting with other sailors, researching what other yacht clubs were doing and the idea of a new fleet was formed. The idea was simple, structure a new fleet to have activities that would be friendly to beginning sailors and fun for sailors who are primarily cruisers. Format the racing to be lower pressure, relax the rules to allow on the water coaching and don’t pressure the skippers to move up to more competitive fleets if they aren’t interested. So, the Bee Fleet was born.
If the “why” I spelled out above sounds like it is a fit for you, or you are just curious, please sign up now and come see us on the 30th.
Don’t miss these upcoming events: Sign up now for the Bee Fleet Meet and Greet on 3/30. LATH and Wednesday Night Racing start 4/2 and 4/3. Check out our full slate of activities on the PPYC website. Don’t forget to login to see all the events.
The Force Five Regatta is now open for registration!
Let’s go sailing!