Wondering about the future of Scuttlebutt >> Scuttlebutt Sailing News

by Craig Leweck, Scuttlebutt Sailing News
The proverb “All good things must come to an end” is rooted in the 14th century, and while I’m not sure if they were talking about popsicles or calm before the next battle, this 25th anniversary year from Scuttlebutt Sailing News has done I think.

What started as a lark in 1997 when the internet was young and fun, the publication now lives on in the madness of what the modern internet is.

I thought about the future of the publication. Do I sell it and see where it goes, or do I end it like Thelma and Louise? And then a letter like this arrives that warns me:
As a former Snipe sailor and now steeped in catboats, I want to thank you for your publication of Scuttlebutt over the many years.

You have always been a reasonable and moderate voice in the inevitable controversies and problems. You have covered events of regional, national and international significance with insight and photojournalism. You connect with new and more experienced sailors, without condensation, but rather with a serious effort towards inclusion.

Also, I appreciate your “Curmudgeon” ideas at the end, many of which I have passed on to friends and relatives for their relevance and insight. Your Scuttlebutt is probably the last thing I would delete from my inbound email blogs.

I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate what you do and what you have done over the years. Please continue.
–Woody Norwood; Atlanta, Georgia and Beaufort, South Carolina
What the future holds is yet to be determined, but I remain immensely proud to guide the publication, and I still hope it contributes in some way to making the sport such a great one. Sail on!

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