Every year new sailors come the Nationals for the first time wondering if they should, questioning themselves based on what they feel is their lack of experience. Every one of them has indicated they were so glad they did because they learned so much, had a great time meeting new friends who also enjoy sailing, and found there were others with their exact same ability to have fun competing against.
So why should you make this year, the year to attend? We could list many reasons, but here are our top 3.
1. Tampa Sailing Squadron- A great sailing facility with friendly people who are excited about hosting the Mutineer Class and seeing you have a great week in the beautiful Florida sun.
2. Tampa Bay - With average winds in the 8-12 mph range, and sailing a close proximity to the club, the Bay bay will provide a great non threatening sailing experience that will allow sailors of all abilities to enjoy their time on the water.
3. Ernie French, 9-time Mutineer 15 National Champion is offering a special reason to attend this years Nationals. Ernie will be available Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons just prior to the start of this years Nationals to sail with, advise, and help anyone and everyone answering any questions you have regarding your boat or just getting around the course faster. Ernie is willing to discuss and demonstrate skipper & crew roles, spinnaker setting/trimming, and everything in between. He does a great job helping beginners as well as experienced sailors become better. No matter what your level of sailing experience, this is a great chance to drag your boat to Apollo Beach and gain a ton of knowledge. Experienced sailors are encouraged to come early for the weekend also, as he will sail and help everyone.
He has also indicated he would love to lead a Q & A session of the top finishers and allow all competitors to ask questions after each day of racing. A great way over some beverages to have some relax time to learn more after a great day on the water.
If you would like to reserve a time to sail with him on your boat, or his, please email Herb Maquire of your day of preference.
In addition to the Mutineer, he has also won 5 National Championships in 2 other classes (MC Scow and Santana 23), twice been selected to US Sailings Championship of Champions (2006 & 2011), has been an Instructor Trainer for US Sailing, and is currently Head Coach for his local High School Girls Tennis Team. He is in his 37th year as a State Farm Insurance Agent.
WE WELCOME BEGINNERS WHO WANT TO LEARN TO BECOME BETTER SAILORS!!! THIS WILL BE A GREAT YEAR TO LEARN, SO PLEASE COME JOIN US!!