Yacht Racing News, Views and Notables….. and Conversation! By John McNeill
In April of 2017, Tom Ehman, a long standing supporter of ICOYC and representative for Gstaad Yacht Club in Switzerland, launched a web based journal intended to make news and opinions of our sport much more available and up to date for sailors. His long career in the sport and worldwide connections provided a fascinating perspective on affairs and events, leading to the success of Sailing Illustrated.
A year later, Tom volunteered his services and skills to helping us videotape and record most of the Forum Sessions in San Francisco, and a week later spoke of his impressions to his audience. That talk is in the first ten minutes of this video: https://youtu.be/R-5jHaUxFSA
Just last week, as I was watching the show which featured our first female Commodore at St. Francis YC reviewing her year and impressions, I was struck by the many viewers online who were part of ICOYC Clubs around the world, and were offering comments on the discussion. One club actually had most of their general committee watching. That caused me to realize that, if these fellow Council members found the programs without prompting, it might be good to introduce all the Council.
I strongly recommend that you take a few moments to look at the website https://www.sailingillustrated.com/ and consider what value may be there for you and your club members. All the past programs (hundreds!) and articles are archived there for viewing, which helps deal with time zone issues. You will find some of the material very relevant to the very same topics we discuss in Forums and Conferences, and others that are simply entertaining. A directory of the video sessions is found at https://www.facebook.com/pg/SailingIllustratedBlog/videos/?ref=page_internal
Try it!! You’ll find much to entertain and inform.