If you see something, say something

Published on July 27th, 2022

Despite time-consuming and costly efforts to improve all manners of race management, the weak link in all training exercises is the trainee. Human error is human, but mistakes make for the best stories. To celebrate these moments of misfortune, an organization in Long Island Sound has a message for you:

The ISPCRY (International Society for the Perpetuation of Cruelty to Racing Yachtsman, aka the “Moosehead Committee”) is an organization dedicated to calling attention – in a good natured way – to the foibles and fumbles of various Race Committees.

For the uninitiated, the perpetrators of the most significant race management moose-demeanors receive real stuffed mooseheads for their troubles. Other less egregious instances are rewarded with mounted body parts of other animals. The ISPCRY also awards citations to those race committees and other race officials for work above-and-beyond.

The last few years have seen a bumper-crop of nominees (which can be submitted by anyone anony-moosely), forcing the committee to work late into the night – fueled by no small quantity of adult beverages – to make difficult decisions as to which incidents were “moose-worthy” and which were not.

In 2022, however, something is different. Thom Hering, Chair of the secretive ISPCRY, is anxious about the lack of nominations. “It seems as if there has been a sudden outbreak of extreme competence by the race committees. To date, we have only received a couple of nominations, none rising to the level of a full moose.

“After being in ‘business’ for almost 80 years, it seems more likely that, rather than a sudden improvement in RC performance, sailors simply have not reported the gaffes.

“Have there been no marks sent adrift? No scrambled signal flags? No sailing instructions with indecipherable language, or courses over rocks?! We may have to resort to sabotage, such as divers cutting the anchor lines of marks, or wrapping committee boats’ props with line, or supergluing all their flags together.”

Please, if you have any moose-matters to report, send them to the Moosehead Hot-Line email: mooseheadcommittee@gmail.com. The hot-line is monitored daily. All reports will be kept confidential.

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