Here's a thought, completely unfinished and spur of the moment:
No reason that Scoot's couldn't happen every year. Or every 2, instead of every 4.
There are obviously a lot more folks interested in it than we thought at first. And lots of reasons why folks who couldn't go one year, shouldn't have to wait for 4 more to go by before having a shot at it.
After all, sailFar and the Scoot website are *only* facilitating YOUR
Scoot. Whenever you wanna do it, is up to *you*. If someone couldn't make this year, but could do it next - well then, put it out there, see if someone else wants to/is able to Scoot on that same schedule. It is *not* a hard-and-fixed thing like a race, after all. Despite what someone may think/feel when they look over at that 'other boat' that is in view with it's sails up...
Adam - We're in the same boat. Metaphorically, of course.
I am still hovering at the edge of being able to make next spring. I am tossing around ideas like "Well, if I can't take the time for several weeks for a full SCOOT experience, I could at least go to the start, sail halfway there, then turn around and head back."
. That way I would at least get to tuck a few hundred miles of offshore sailing under my belt, get to meet some fellow sailFar-ering SCOOTers, spend some time where I really like to be...
I dunno - time will tell. By hook or by crook, I will be there at the start. Good Lord willing and the creek don't rise, I will be able to sail at least a large part of it. If things go really well, I may be able to wrangle doing the whole thing. All I can do in the meanwhile is wish for the best, and work like that ain't gonna happen without it.
It's less than a year away, but a lot has happened since we came up with the idea, some of those are things that affect people's ability to be able to go. You aren't alone in this! And, YES, it *sucks*. But - Life is what Happens while you're busy making Plans...