Following the presentation by Barney at the Ints this year, there is a lot of positive feedback from members about attending the Ints in Sarasota in March 2015.
To this end, it has been suggested that the best way to get positive commitment and therefore to properly plan shipping of boats, is to set up a savings fund to spread the cost.
I am more than happy to organise this side of things and have made some provisional enquiries about the logistics. The general idea being that a sum of say £50 per month from September 2013 till February 2015 would amass £900 per participant. That is felt to be more than enough to cover shipping and should leave a bit spare.
In order to get a feel of the likely numbers I would welcome firm responses from those who will commit immediately to this plan.
From what I have heard we can fit 8 Albs in a 40 foot standard container and 12 in a 45 foot high cube container. Therefore with a minimum of 8, almost any increase in number could possibly be catered for (multiples of 4 obviously best)
If you are seriously committed, please respond within the next 2 weeks.
If it is a feasible plan we can then organise a logistics committee and a marketing committee (a shipping sponsor and a flight sponsor hopefully).
Warm seas, sand and sunshine - bring it on.................
STOP PRESS>>> Dates confirmed 20th to 27th March 2015.
Matt thanks for posting this thread and yes I think it a great idea. £50 a month should be quite painless and it gets a commitment early - so count me in. Opportunities such as this do not come around that often so time to grasp the nettle. I have always wanted to do a long haul event and missed out on the last few so Florida 2015 is very appealing. I came back from Abersoch and have started to sell some of my 'junk' on E bay - Target was £100 a month - the idea was to help fund the boat going to USA and also to empty my (many) sheds! _ So if any one wants to but some old copper kettles or bits for seagull outboards they will be on E bay next week!!