One Thursday Night in America

Given the enthusiastic response to SW's recent One Wednesday Night in America story, we're doing it again, this time on Thursday, July 29.

Sailing World
One Thurs. Night
Kurt Hoehne

When it came time to plan our One (Insert Weekday Here) Night in America feature last year, Wednesday was the most logical choice. It's the ideal day of the week for a short respite from the 9-to-5 routine. But around the Sailing World offices in Middletown, R.I., Thursday night is the favorite night of the week, albeit by a split decision. Thursday is when Newport's J/24 Fleet 50—and two-thirds of Sailing World's editorial team—takes to the East Passage of Narragansett Bay for some NASCAR-esque action.

So in selecting the night for the sequel to One Wednesday Night in America, it didn't take long to narrow it down to Thursday (and yes, we are planning to hit the rest of the workdays further down the road). Next summer's feature will be composed entirely of your stories and photos documenting the evening racing on Thursday, July 29, 2010. By selecting one specific night, we're taking a chance. Some series will get skunked with no wind. Others will be blown out by too much. Perhaps a vicious thunderstorm will send everyone scurrying for safe harbor. But for this to be an accurate snapshot of weeknight sailing—where you can see the pulse of sailing beat—we need to take the good with the bad. So whether your weather is great or awful, whether your results are fantastic or forgettable, we want to hear (and see, pictures are as welcome as text, in fact both would be perfect) how your evening went. Tell us the story that you might tell a co-worker at the water cooler the next day. Or the tale you'd recount to a longtime crewmate who missed the evening because he was out of town. Give us the highs as well as the lows, the humorous and the serious, what you remember most. Maybe it's one great mark rounding or one horribly bad tactical call. Maybe it's the post-race social. Or an off-beat conversation on the way out to the course. Sailing is a lot more than simply what happens between the five-minute gun and the finish. Whatever you submit, however, has to have taken place on July 29. Photos, too, must be from that evening. (Remember to set the resolution to high on your digital camera)

We'll publish the best entries in the July/August 2011 issue of Sailing World. All acceptable entries will be part of our online package that accompanies the issue. Be sure to include your sailing location, the boat on which you sailed, and fleet in which you sailed. Email them (and/or any questions you may have) to OneThursdayNight@SailingWorld.com.