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Tips on Growing Your Local Fleet

Published on June 13th, 2017

Chris Ryan offers these tips in SpinSheet magazine for growing your local racing fleet.

Be enthusiastic. A fleet sparkplug is someone who generates enthusiasm and helps jump start others to participate in your fleet events.

Be goal oriented. “More boats equals more fun” became my personal motto, and we found several ways to immediately improve this and have built on our strong foundations to continue to (do so) in the longer term. Generating enthusiasm for some common goal everyone can get on board with like getting more boats on the line helps to achieve your goals.

Get others involved. A sparkplug can only do so much by itself. I have been successful only by getting to know all my fleet members and what their goals and interests are. Building on enthusiasm and common goals, getting people personally invested and involved helps share the load but also increases the number and types of activities your fleet can focus on.

SpinSheet is a Chesapeake based sailing magazine delivering news about racing, cruising, and daysailing on the Chesapeake Bay.


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