OK, I admit that’s a pompous title, but now I’ve really got something to live up to. No shirking at the club, the regatta circuit, or the writing. I'll be keeping this blog. I’m getting ready to give my first fleet party. Some fleet parties are more like business meetings, with meting out the RC duties, collecting dues, and beating the drum for National dues. That’s got to be done, but I’m aiming to come away more with a feeling that you’ve been to a party. One thing I’m planning to do is play the raw footage from Rooster Sailing’s Boat Whisperer. There’s about 40 minutes offered of silent footage of high speed upwind and downwind sailing. I’m going to have that on my big screen TV in the living room as people arrive, and I’d like to compile some tunes to play along with it. I’ve got some stuff already that I’ll keep as a surprise, but does anyone have any ideas for some high-energy music to go with Laser sailing? Back to that nitty-gritty stuff--I'm restarting my fleet at my club. Last year I was a fleet of one, with occasional walk-ons, or sail-ons, if you prefer. There are at least half a dozen people with Lasers at the club, but they just sail them when their other boats don’t work out for crew or what have you. There has been some interest from new people, so there’s hope. I'm weighing how much to charge for fleet membership, obviously, not much at this stage of the game. Yet you get what you pay for, and I’m still feeling my way on what you get. So I'm curious how much people are paying in fleet dues, and what they get in return for it?