Sailing for All - Petition to Provincetown Harbor Committee will remain open

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Petition to be signed by the Public (anyone from anywhere; use your Cape Cod address when you have one)

Do you think P-town's harbor is underutilized? Do you, your family, your friends, aspire to Learn Sailing Right in an achievement oriented Corinthian style level playing field, excelling and competing in a one design racing sailboat, as part of an educational, sporting, charitable non-profit, community shared resource, with Access to All, including young adults, adults, families, seniors, veterans, mobility challenged, and the disabled? The proposed model has successfully driven local economies in sailing venues worldwide! It facilitates sailing for locals, visitors and regattas and through more seasons, even frost biting (weather permitting)!

This petition is to present the public's voice (your voice, from P-town, the Outer Cape, from anywhere) to the P-town Harbor Committee to support allocating space (likely shared space), with appropriate waterway access, to install a hoist and accessory to launch sailboats and fenced parking space for an initial fleet of dry sailed boats (when not in use, boats are on their trailer, mast up, rigged, nearby the hoist). The member run fee based operating model has been proven worldwide under the best practices of venues serving US Sailing, country sailing, all connected by World Sailing (formerly ISAF).

Sailing For All is for the spunky do it yourself sports people of high integrity, that want to excel at sailing and in all phases of life. The model is an easier, healthier, and more affordable way to access the waterway and get more sailing, with less time and difficulty (for some an impossibility) dealing with distant moorings. Plus dry sailing eliminates the need for mooring and toxic bottom paint. The model includes sailors of varying abilities and disabilities aspiring to learn and sail. The plan intends to have one US Sailing Level One instructor to start. It provides most everyone an opportunity to participate in a sport considered one of the greatest things one can do. It is for everyone!

This is the model you will find from Marblehead to Annapolis, Newport to Miami, San Diego to Hong Kong. It is the standard model at leading yacht clubs, frugal boat clubs, and charitable non-profit community sailing programs everywhere. Because space is gifted and resources are shared, it is more affordable, more educational, and more inclusive. The proposed model is subsidized, fee based, member supported, and run. As an educational sporting facility, it is almost always a charitable non-profit. In the end, it is the most trusted and best setting in which to learn. The hoist and dry sailing model facilitates extending the sailing seasons and makes the town attractive as a sailing destination, and a host for regattas, P-town merchants can expect a boost to the local economy from this model.

As part of the approved recommendation to allocate space in the new 5-year Harbor Plan, the plan is also seeking seed funding from the Harbor Access Gift Fund for the feasibility study for site selection. Sailing For All has four locations in mind. After one site that works for all is selected, Sailing For All will raise funds from grants, foundation, corporate, and wealthy donors for the engineering, acquisition and installation, accessories, a small fleet of suitable community shared one design race boats (to be dry sail parked in proximity to the hoist) and adaptive equipment for the disabled, and reserve, all of which can be used by the membership for a subsidized seasonal fee. Also, in accordance with US Sailing’s recommendations for an educational and sporting program, Sailing For All intend to have one US Sailing Level One Instructor, an important requirement to qualify for a special insurance that covers everything and everyone including borrowed boats for coaching and for race committee.    

By comparison a membership and use of Sail Newport's fleet of boats is $100 flat for a family ($25 for seniors) per season. Donor sized memberships are available and encouraged. It is not uncommon for reduced individual membership to be confidentially provided on a need assessed basis. Also to dry sail park a private boat on its trailer, and use a hoist at Sail Newport is around $1000 per season. In another private venue use of the hoist by non members is $100 total for in and out. 

NOW! Your voice is needed to tell the P-town Harbor Committee you want this and time is running out!

The new 5 Year Provincetown Harbor Plan - Early Stage Public Comment Period is over and few people knew!!! This petition is the public's greatest opportunity to say yes to The Harbor Committee, you want the Sailing For All model for P-town.

This plan does NOT compete with The West End Racing Club (youth facility up to age 14) or the Provincetown Yacht Club. Rather this plan can complement the clubs. To start Sailing For All may get its start from an existing Charitable Non Profit while its own applications are pending. It is in discussion with the Provincetown Community Compact and The Cape Cod Foundation to get started.

If you agree, please sign this petition and also come to the next meeting to tell the Harbor Committee you want Sailing for All in P-town and the Committee should be including this in its New 5-Year Municipal Harbor Plan. This could be the catalyst to favorably modify the Provincetown Harbor Regulations and amend one of the Chapter 91 Waterway Access Licenses to accommodate our cause. Ultimately the Plan and any modifications will be submitted to the Provincetown Board of Selectman, opened for the required legal public comment period, and once finalized submitted to the Secretary of Energy and Environmental affairs of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for approval (I may not have the order of process correct but generally this is what is happening).

The entire process will go on into the fall of 2017 and by year end, it is expected there will be acceptance. So, now is the time to keep moving this petition ahead. Also, Like Sailing For All Provincetown on Facebook and message us there with any questions you may have.


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