|Debrief and Survey Results Reviewed
Thanks to all of you who tendered input to allow us to improve the last of the three-year term at Geneva. The second year was a much easier task: the facility and grounds are much improved in terms of ease of operation, the routine is set, your desires are better known. But there is still improvement to be made.
The good news - the survey indicates that in every category you judged this to be excellent or very good --- 70-80% of you. That speaks volumes to how efficient Geneva has become, how much you like sailing together and how exceptionally our race management - committee and water usage - has evolved.
Bar - we did loads right this year. Faster service, more servers, credit card sales.
Launch - the longer stagger times, the exclusive use of the waterfront by the next fleet made a monumental improvement in the flow on the property.
The band - no one else will do.
Acoutics - Dave Berg and Michael Moore, Geneva club manager, worked wonders but we still have massive work to handle the throng, the enjoyment and the ability to hear the program. More speakers - AGAIN -, a re-orientation of the setup and a kind reminder to those who are not interested in the program to respectfully save seating for those who do want to hear the program --- all bugs to figure out.
Things to improve - launching still has some room to improve but you and we (Geneva/ILYA partners) are getting it down. The traffic pattern, the car parking, the use of the waterfront (longer delay between fleet starts) - all have new ideas to implement but was improved beyond measure this year. Best of all, Geneva feels it can absorb more boats and cars on the property. Many of you may not realize:
1- Gage Marine accepts 11 boats (5 A's) on its property which helps immensely with launching. (Please indicate if you would like to be there or return to the club). This has essentially been a hub for MN boats who are A's with a multitude of secondary boats attached to a particular A scow. Any one is welcome there but a maximum of eleven boats is all Gage can handle.
2 - Moorings are available and widely underutilized
3 - Beer --- we were faster distributing cans during after-race time rather than having you pump your own. Yes, we realize what is really important! Every second counts to get you up to your parking spot.
4 - Protest meetings - look for better coordination of jurors and protesting parties. We had a good start to a system with a consistent hearing time each day but improved communication for the affected parties will be implemented.
5 - Volunteers - this is part of the equation that most of you don't see. We definitely need more of YOU to volunteer at the waterfront on your off-time. Honestly, there are nearly 500 slots to fill and any club, even one the size of Geneva, can't man all the work. Plan now to invite your spouse, your neighbor, anyone who enjoys sailing to help us next year.
6- Sponsorship - with more sponsorship, we can lower meal pricing or give back in other ways to make your experience more value-packed. If you have an interest in sponsoring a meal, a special aspect of the event, a better idea - contact Dave Berg. We are actively seeking sponsorship of breakfasts, after race apps --- all this will include some video time with Dave Berg. We can only thank our last minute 2016 sponsor Dave Davenport for outfitting the site with boosted internet capability which vastly improved our experience. All our sponsors make this a more affordable event for our youth and you. Special pricing for the social package was provided our youth. We appreciate each and everyone of our sponsors. If you are in the Geneva area, consider visiting our local sponsors. Or say thank you to Geneva area papers, Lynch, Gage, Abbey and on and on. You know them. Remember to support them or thank them.
The sheer scope of this event is measured by the size of the parties. Some of you eat elsewhere but then join us later. But 525 and 625 for the two meals is mammoth!! It is a lot of organization for the evening meals but all day long.
Progress for 2017
Dates - August 16-20; A's again Wed night
Hotel - Abbey is booked
Friday Night and overall theme - Family