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Response to Whidbey Island Race Week Editorial
Dear Joe,
Thank you for the opinions you expressed in your August 2017 editorial, “Why I Love Whidbey Island Race Week.” You credit Race Week with many of your sailing “firsts,” such as racing One Design, being coached by a pro sailor, and the epiphany that you were part of an extraordinary sailing community in the Pacific Northwest.
I’m grateful for this reminder of the impact Whidbey Island Race Week has had in our region (way before you were on the Race Week Advisory Board, or I took over as the Event Producer!). I’m certain that you’re not alone in your assessment that participation over the years has shaped you as a sailor. All of us have stories about Race Week (some we can share and some we keep secret!), and these stories reveal that Race Week is more than just another sailboat regatta. Spanning 36 years, Whidbey Island Race Week has strengthened our sailing community and has always been there to build the sport in our region.
As you accurately point out, race weeks across the country are all but gone. Many that are still afloat and attracting new sailors have adopted a shorter format that includes weekend dates (such as Chester and Charleston Race Weeks). We’re all really hopeful that the shift to a Thursday- to-Sunday four-day event, as well as things like a one- race-per-day cruising class and a new perpetual trophy for women skippers, helps others feel more able to come create their own Whidbey Island Race Week “firsts” and stories.
Best regards,
Schelleen Rathkopf
Event Producer, Whidbey Island Race Week
Joe Cline, Scott Pittrof,
Karen Higginson, and Benjamin Harter
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