sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : Don Finkle named Sailor of the Week
Don Finkle named Sailor of the Week


'Don Finkle'    US Sailing ©
Yacht Clubs and other sailing groups around the world take great pride in running their own signature regattas. These events create enthusiasm, build tradition, and support the organization’s brand. The Youngstown Yacht Club (N.Y.) will host the 40th and final edition of The Youngstown Level Regatta on July 27-28. Thanks to regatta founder Don Finkle and countless volunteers, this event has helped develop the club’s own unique identity.

Don and other members of the club were interested in creating a regatta for big boat racing that did not use a rating or handicap system. In order to make this a reality, they needed to create a format that allowed different boats with similar speed potential to race fairly against each other. They wanted to compete boat-for-boat with no time allowances involved, so that it was easy to determine who won, and what place each boat finished.

The first Level Regatta took place in 1974 with 20 boats in participation. The number of participating boats doubled the following year. Popularity grew each year and maxed out at 466 boats. Each year experienced an increase in attendance and the addition of more classes. A growth spurt occurred when they added one-design classes. Over the years, the Level Regatta has settled into the more manageable 180 boat range.

'Probably the toughest job we have is breaking the fleet into divisions that are as fair as possible for all and we work hard at it,' said Don. 'In a few divisions we may still be able to sail level (no handicaps applied), but most of the fleet now competes using PHRF or IRC ratings. A higher percentage of the overall fleet is now made up of one-designs ranging from Vipers to eight Metres.'

Rolling Stone magazine labeled the Level Regatta as one of the top ten outdoor parties in North America. In addition to the racing and social scene, another attraction was the location at the western end of Lake Ontario.

The Youngstown Yacht Club was truly stretched to its capacity. 'We’ve always focused on providing quality racing while doing our best to be friendly hosts,' explained Don. 'We accomplished our goals and that is the real story of the event, the amazing contributions of the large number of volunteers who have made it all happen.'

This signature regatta has benefited the club in many ways. 'The event does a remarkable job at promoting our club,' said Don. 'Most of our own racing sailors compete, and it is our contribution to the sailing scene. Various clubs put on different events that make up the overall regional racing calendar, and the Level is our part in that.'

'Maybe best of all is the camaraderie developed by members working together. It is a lot of fun and there is a real sense of satisfaction for those involved. We garner plenty of positive comments from sailors who take part. Finally, what brings me personally to put forth the effort, time after time, is something I figured out years ago. If you have the power to make that many people happy, why wouldn’t you do it?'

Don also had some helpful tips for clubs interesting in starting or improving a signature event. 'The regatta landscape is very competitive these days. There are plenty of similar events out there, so you need to differentiate yourself in some fashion. You need to make sure that your Organizing Authority, your club or class is really committed to the cause. There is an arms race taking place where each of us running an event is faced with keeping up with the latest twist that others have built into their events. To do the job right, it is essential to enlist a sufficient number of volunteers who are actually going to do the work, not just show up for meetings. Finally, make sure you are hosting for the right reason. Your purpose should be to do the best you can for the sailors themselves.'

For more information on the 2013 Youngstown Level Regatta, visit the event website


by US Sailing

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=112153

3:02 AM Fri 19 Jul 2013GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.







News - USA and the World



















































America's Cup: Challenger calls Competitor Meeting ahead of deadline *Feature by Richard Gladwell Sail-World.com/nz,
















New Classification Code for consultation released by the IPC
Clipper Round The World Yacht Race fleet heads for London
Volvo Ocean Race - Abu Dhabi and Team Alvimedi head for England
Rio 2016 in the sights of ISAF Youth Worlds 420 sailors
Exciting new International Audi Melges 20 Ranking System now in play
FISU World University Match Racing Championships - GBR women win gold
2014 Seiko 49er and 49erFX European Championship - Day 2
Volvo Ocean Race teams Abu Dhabi and Alvimedica leave Newport, RI
Half Ton Classics Cup - Champagne conditions on Day 2 + Video
ABYC Fourth of July Regatta - Snipes join the action
Volvo Cork Week - Three bullets for ballistic catapult
Nacra 17 Europeans - Besson and Riou lead the overall standings
Formula 16 World Championship - Aussies claim title in Newport
Vestas Sailrocket 3 - The journey beckons
Clipper Round the World - London to provide emotional heroes welcome
ISAF Youth Worlds - Italians to lead RS:X fleet in Tavira
Vestas Sailrocket 3 - Over the Horizon
Foiling Week - Italian Moth Championship - Final results
NYYC Race Week - Yachting history on display
Rescued sailors reach shore after dramatic ocean rescue
Half Ton Classics Cup: Swuzzlebubble out front on Day 1 + Video   
New York Yacht Club Race Week - Yachting history on display   
Volvo Cork Week - Thrilling conditions welcome international fleet   
Nacra 17 Europeans: Success for Italy's Bissaro and Sicouri   
America's Cup: 2017 venue short-list reduced to two Cities   
Formula Windsurfing Youth and Master Worlds overall   
49er and 49erFX Europeans: Pitfalls aplenty on day 1 + Video   
ISAF Youth Worlds - Laser Radial sailors look to join list of legends   
Coville soon to chase solo circumnavigation record in giant trimaran   
Fierce competition at the Meanline Fins Slalom Challenge   
Volvo Ocean Race - Team Brunel opt for experienced winner   
Bakewell-White supermaxi designed to take Transpac's Barn Door Trophy *Feature   
Crew rescued by navy patrol from J/111 racer after Mayday in storm   
Team Alvimedica practice in Newport, RI - Photos   
18 foot skiff European Championship (Open Europeans) - Final results   
Nacra 17 European Championships - No action on day 1   
ISAF Youth Worlds - 29er and SL16 sailors prepare for battle + Video   
Volvo Ocean Race: Eight new crew members named by teams   
Volvo Ocean Race: New additions to Spanish team announced   
2014 Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek - Phuket Island is ready to host   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT