We have made a lot of progress with the new class website. We are almost set on the design. I have to give props to Tracy Usher (SFBayLaser) for all his hard work. Currently, the CSS is being cleaned up, final tweaks are being fixed, and we are preparing to start entering all the information (a lot is already in, but there is still more to go) into the site database. There will be a preview for District Secretaries in the next week or so followed by a public beta. Look for an announcement here on TLF for the public beta and how to access it.
Also, you can expect to still find the link to the forum on the new site plus a list of the latest threads. More details on this are coming soon.
Finally, If the IP address is annoying you, don't worry! Once the new site is online every page will be accessed using http://www.laser.org/pagename.php or http://laser.org/pagename.php. There will not be different pages depending on whether you typed in www or not and all pages will show laser.org in the address bar.
A race calender for all districts would be nice, but, with a kick. Every regatta could have a spot were you can see whos going to be at the regatta by e-mailing your name to a list. That way if your trying to decide what reggatta to go to.
MScott is voicing a concern about which I have personally received a bunch of emails and phone calls and about which I have already privately voiced my concerns to the Leadreship.
You may also note, I made the same suggestion as MScott in one of the earliest postings on this thread.
Just to make things perfectly clear: I AM NOT CRITICIZING ANY OF THE VOLUNTEERS WHO ARE WORKING FOR FREE.
There is not a reason in the world for shutting down the old site for a month while developing the new site.
All websites must be "works in progress." Waiting for perfection is about as wrong as sailing to the layline on your first tack.
This is a critical time of year. People all over the world are scheduling regattas and vacation time. We absolutely cannot go for a single day without our scheduling website in service and here we are at this very most critical time of the year with not a damn thing!
Let's see, How could you do the most possible damage to a sailing class in North America. Here are two really brutal things you might try.
1. Shut down the website
2. Hang onto newsletters for three months after gathering the materials so they are outdated when they finally arrive.
Note to enthusiastic young sailors: The NA Class is willing to pay about $1000 per week plus expesnes to manage our North American Operations. Are any of you interested enough in that position to start begging us to consider hiring you? What could you do for us?
I would like to emphasize that I too have no complaints to anyone volunteering their time and energy to the cause for free. I don't intend to appear angry I am just very concerned and want to stay on top of the racing schedule so that I can plan ahead!
What a tough position to fill! Especially with cantankerous members like me out there!
Ladies and Gentlemen, I now present you a special preview version of the new ILCA-NA class website that will be going live in a matter of days. Not all content areas have been filled in, but your class is working hard to get all the data filled in asap.
Please post your comments, suggestions, and general ramblings in this thread.