but will hope to make 2018 if decision is favourable.
Oh, and could I put in an early vote for it NOT to be Zurich in 2018, as we always take my old mum with us to these things, and she tends to get a bit twitchy if I start to show her brochures for Switzerland
I still count myself as an amateur and a latecomer Pirate. I'm only going to vote if I have a realistic ambition to get to the official sailing. I'm realistic that semi-commitments aren't good enough.
As has been said, I feel special when I pull on the Pirate colours. Everybody knows and recognises us. It's an impressive marketing triumph. There's no need for a "club" name.
Which races do I fancy going to? Lanzarote, Nice, Austria, Switzerland, Mallorca, Wales, and Outlaw. Why? The opportunity for decent support and a party atmosphere, preferably with a good course.
One by one each got a negative mark, except Wales. I can see why the UK races have less of a party atmosphere, it's that the morning after is like a hangover. Everyone staggers about, fails to meet up, and buggers off home. As far as I can tell the party is still going on in Mallorca.
Very much this ^^
Would love to make a Championships, but unfortunately a lot of mitigating factors (kids etc) tend to dictate my races ... so fo rme next year is Vichy, but will hope to make 2018 if decision is favourable.
Would also need to cater for some form of username too, in order to stop unscrupulous techno-whizzes from just selecting say 'Vichy' as their IM of choice (*cough *cough) and then voting multiples of times for that making it the winner ...