First of all, as Fleet 193 captain, I see lots of value in a having a strong Class association, how we get to that goal is my issue. There is currently scuttlebutt going around that next year the association wants to require all Scots entering a "Scot" regatta to be association members.
My fleet situation: Fleet started in 2008, with 4 members, currently up to 12. We have about half that are interested in racing on a regular basis.
We started this quest for a fleet in September of 2005 by buying a boat and taking anyone and everyone out on it for a sail. We stress the stability and ease of sailing.
We are the most active group racing at our club. For the racer tired of PHRF or looking for a boat where the competition is located, it is a no-brainer to go find a Flying Scot.
We are trying to get everyone going fast. We hold back no secrets and help each other tune and rig their boats for speed.
It is all a soft sell and we are typical for the fleets in the new Dixie Lakes District. Some are starting up and some are being revived.
What we do not need is an obstacle of a membership requirement to hold us back. It is not the dollars, but the "requirement" to which folks object. My appeal to the members is to find a way to make membership more desirable. One design sailing is fun. If we appear to be having more fun they will come to us. We have to keep making it fun.
Give me some ideas!