At the end of 2019 Gavin Watson indicated that he intended to step down from the role of IOM Class Captain, and now 6 months in to 2020 he has relinquished his duties and passed the batten on to the next person. Thanks, Gavin, for all you have done for the class, and in helping the MYA Racing Officer.

I should now be offering a welcome to the next class captain, introducing them to you and handing them the batten.

However, the batten is currently in fresh air……. we have no members who have offered their services and the class does not now have a class captain.

So, what does this mean?

There are a number of decisions that the CC gets involved with, but primarily at this point in the year we have no one to give the class view on the remaining events for 2020, and how the calendar may look in 2021.

Why does this matter?

Well, a few years ago, it probably wouldn’t have mattered greatly, but in 2020 the MYA supports 13 Nationals Championships and 12 Ranking events, along with many traveller series. And the IOM class needs a voice to help build a sensible calendar for its skippers and owners in 2021, just like the other classes will do. 2021 is important to all classes as they try to rebuild interest in the sport after the effects of Covid-19 and this will require discussion within each class to create a calendar that will be supported, this is one of the key roles of the class captain, they are the link between the owners and the MYA.

What does the class captain role entail?

In all honesty the class captain role is different for each class, but at its most basic its about communicating with the class owners, getting their views and moving the class in a direction that the owners want, hopefully this will enthuse more people to sail the class that you are keen on and show piece our great sport. For the IOM this includes helping to organise the ranking events to give a fair spread of venues and opportunities for all of the class owners. This may sound a bit daunting, but if you are reasonably keen within the racing scene and can handle a bit of email and phone work it is not difficult. The Class Owners Group structure allows for a small team to be built and Gavin has advised that he will assist a new class captain, offering help and support where needed.

It is important for all MYA members that this role is filled, please consider it and if interested contact me.

Thanks for reading and look forward to hearing from the many applicants 😉

MYA Racing Officer.

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