Multihull Racing Committee Q4 2013 Report
The final quarter of 2013 saw quite a bit of activity for the MHRC. Energized by the America’s Cup and the US Multihull Championship (Alter Trophy) events in San Francisco, we had a very successful annual meeting and teleconference in FL. Immediately following this meeting, the Formula 18, Hobie 16 and Hobie 18 classes crowned new North American champions (Mike Easton/Tripp Burd, Enrique Figueroa/Carla Malatrasi, and Jim Doty, Jr./Barbie Doty, respectively). The Wave class national champion (Kenny Pierce) was crowned in December. Many of our member classes held annual meetings to wrap up the season, and to prepare for 2014.
During the wrap-up teleconference following the 2013 US Multihull Championship (doublehanded sloop discipline), it was obvious that the event has re-energized sailors across the disciplines; and that the recommendations of the MHRC to move to a discipline-rotating format, and to move the event around the country, are paying dividends. Planning is underway for the 2014 (singlehanded discipline) and 2015 (spinnaker discipline) regattas.
For 2014, the MHRC is poised to rebrand itself, with a new initiative to answer the age-old question, “What does US Sailing do for me?” in a whole new way. We have several very strong, traditionally independent, class associations who are asking a similar question, “We are successful on our own, why do we need US Sailing, and why do we need the Multihull Racing Committee?” Since the MHRC is composed of leaders of these classes, we have thought about this and are taking their input seriously.
We believe that by differentiating ourselves from (and not competing with) the strong individual class associations, so that we offer complementary services which will benefit multihull sailors across class boundaries, we will be in a position to offer a transcendental approach to answer this question.
Said another way, we will focus on the key elements our charter (Promotion, Communication, Handicapping, Safety, Championships, Training and Youth Development) by leveraging knowledge from within our classes, and reaching out to the broader assets and knowledge of the larger US Sailing organization. This will begin with the creation a best-practices clearinghouse of ideas, and will then allow us to develop new programs as needs are identified.
We will be scheduling additional meetings to work through this plan. The next teleconference will be scheduled for March. The following is the slate of MHRC officers approved at the Annual Meeting; all other members will be confirmed in March:
- Chair: Mike Levesque
- Vice Chair: Mark Schneider
- Secretary: Jeff Dusek
Submitted by: Mike Levesque, MHRC Chair