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Date: 04 May 2005
Time: 05:48:28 -0400
We try to have 7 races total at the Nationals. This includes 2-3 round-buoys races each day and 1 long-distance race approx. 20-25 miles one day. Each modified boat must have a WFPHRF (West Florida PHRF) rating to participate in this event. You can download the application form from their website. The modified class rules state that a minimum of 3 and maximum of 5 crew may be used. The same number of crew must be used throughout the regatta.
The entry fee is $225. This includes use of the SSS facilities, including launch ramp, dockage, camping, barbecue grills, showers, etc. This also includes the Welcome Party, T-shirts, Free beer after racing, Awards dinner and expenses related to running the event such as Race Committee and mark boat fuel, etc. Trailers can be parked in the field just outside the Sarasota Sailing Squadron at no charge. Hope to see as many Stiletto Sailors as possible for the Annual Stiletto Nationals! Bring your boats and crew for a great time!
The best way to get familiar with a new boat is to go out and sail it with a bunch of people who know what makes them tick. I was fortunate enough to buy a Stiletto 27 with my brothers in 1979 when I was 18 years old. We jumped from the Hobie Cat right into Stiletto, and joined the Stiletto Fleet in Sarasota for the 1980 Nationals.
I learned more in that week than I had in years of sailing on our home waters in New England. Over the years, people like Peter and Chris Wormwood, Randy Smyth, Dave Calvert, and many others have given a great deal to the Stiletto Class by bringing their expertise and superior sailing skills and designs into something the average sailor can absorb and become a better and safer sailor. Speed and winning regattas is just a nice benefit of having the wisdom of how and when to allocate resources, and knowing when to hold it, and when to fold it! Fair Winds and Good Sailing! Ron