The Optimist New England Championships were held this week in Newport. One thing I noticed immediately was the sail numbers. When I was sailing Optimists, my sail number had four digits...now they are up to five!
There were so many boats that the organizers had to launch the boats in flights (as indicated by this special notice from the regatta webpage).
SPECIAL NOTICE:There were also quite a few Mommy boats on the water; they even had to register with the race committee (notice the numbered flags on the sterns of the Mommy boats).
Sailors Must not leave the spot to which they are currently parked until beach launch is signaled. To control the access to the beach, optis will be called by FLIGHTS. Do not leave until we tell you by bullhorn to get in line for the beach.