That part about not everyone being able to experience the joys of helming started to nag him, so in 2013 Van Vliet, along with fellow J/24 owners, decided to organize their own regatta. The notion: OPBYC'ers are better drivers than boat owners (he adds that this turns out to not be true).
On Sunday, December 11, the third annual Crew You Regatta rolls out onto San Francisco Bay. Race Committee is defogging the binoculars in order to ensure clear view of every rounding. There will be fanciful marks slingin' courtesy the Hey Alice team, ample beer grabbing, signature hull tipping and toppling, plus more spinny set !pops! than there are towel !snaps! in an NFL locker room.
We're broadcasting live from the waters this year aboard Hey Alice. Our guest race reporter will be either celebrity John Pytlak or famed Peter Cornue.