CASRA SECOND ANNUAL TOWN HALL MEETING: SURVEY PARTICIPANTS CITE POSITIVE PROGRESS

We’d like to thank everyone who joined us for our Town Hall Meeting and End of Season Celebration.  More than 100 sailors joined us for a recap of the season, and a total of 250 celebrated with us afterwards at Columbia Yacht Club.  We enjoyed seeing so many of you, and hope you enjoyed the evening.  If you missed the meeting, you can click below to see the results of the survey and our takeaways from it. 

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Like any new organization, we had some bumps along the way.  But we are delighted with the results in our first year of operation.  We saw an average participation increase of 5 percent from 2016.  In addition, our Casual Race Series – generously supported by Westrec Marinas – was very successful.  The six-race series saw an average of 14 boats on the start line, with more than 20 new types of boats joining our community.  And our five member clubs collaborated to run a very successful inaugural Chicago Junior Race Week, with more than 100 junior sailors participating! 

Survey results also showed progress in many other areas, including: 

  • Substantial improvement in entry procedures, viewing of results, and communications 
  • Improvements in scheduling coordination 
  • Clearer and easier to understand race documents   
  • Better section breaks for PHRF boats 

In summary, more than 62 percent of our sailors believe that CASRA improved racing in Chicagoland.  We are particularly grateful to the Chicago Yachting Association and all of its member clubs, which honored CASRA at its annual Yachting Celebration last month!  

Of course, we still have more work to do.  We plan to continue working to bring more people into sailing.  We’re going to work to improve our race management and protest process, and work to get documents to you in plenty of time for you and your crew to process them.  We are working on the 2018 schedule right now, and plan to publish it by the end of 2017.  

We owe a great debt of thanks to our sponsors, who provided the support necessary to improve racing in Chicagoland.  Thanks to Westrec MarinasWintrustPinnacle YachtsNorth Sails, and Quantum Sails for their support.  We encourage you to support our sponsors.  Please visit them often, and thank them for supporting racing in our community! 

We’ll be in touch with you often during the off-season with news and information about the 2018 season.  Best wishes for a terrific holiday season.  And as always, please share any comments with us at chicago.sail.racing@gmail.com!

Ryan Smith