By BILL WAGNER
Since John Aellen took over as race committee chairman, the Potapskut Sailing Association has been thinking outside the box and initiating changes aimed at increasing participation in the club’s various events.
Last year, the Potapskut Sailing Association revamped its annual point-to-point distance race, changing the finishing destination from Queenstown Harbor to Rock Hall where there are more amenities. That succeeded in attracting twice as many entries as the previous edition and was well received by skippers and crews.
Aellen felt revisions were also required with the annual PSA Overnight Race, which as the name implies often finished in the wee hours of the morning. So, after 74 years, the event name was changed to the PSA Moonlight Race and alterations were made to ensure all boats finished before midnight.
“The issues facing most clubs sponsoring races today is one of demographics. While many of the racers from the 1970s and 80s are still active, they face more time constraints than ever before,” Aellen said. “So getting in a quick race, and still having some weekend to spare, is important. So this was revamped to make for an event that we hoped would wind up before midnight, allow crews to get a nice breakfast at the clubhouse and get a decent night’s sleep.”
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