So what does this mean for you, your local sailing scene, or your next class championship? Maybe it’s time we cut back on cold calling would-be sponsors and start putting some numbers in front of city governments. Clearly, there will be real local benefits to our regattas, whether it be the 2011 Lightning North Americans in La Salle, Mich., or the Hobie 16 NAs in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., each of which can attract upwards of 70 boats, most from out of town. We can use the Newport experience to make other tourism boards and Chamber of Commerce groups in other sailing venues take notice of our regattas and support them. We get them to invest in our public sailing facilities so they’re capable of hosting more and even bigger regattas in the future. Everybody wins.