13 April, 2001
If I can get enough help, we will meet our deadline of this coming fall to turn all text and illustrations over to Jim Mairs at W.W. Norton. Then, over the course of a year, he will turn it into a book. Im ready! Heres where I need help:
Illustrations: Several people have asked me to tell them exactly what I want for illustrations (drawings and/or photos, specific named yachts, etc.). I am working hard right now coordinating a trillion details and so Id like you guys not to wait but to submit to me as many possibilities as you can. Easiest and safest is to send photocopies and let me know what format I can expect them to be in when and if specific images are chosen. Remember: there will be approximately 700 illustrations in the book. They represent a lot of work. Please help.
Dont forget that we have a budget for illustrations (thank you, Subscribers). The average we have budgeted is $50 per image. Some are going to cost us more, some less, some will be free. It is vitally important that we acknowledge copyrighted material and credit and/or pay for the images. Attention to these details is essential.
Writers still need a few more for U.S. and U.K. designers. The rest of the world did fine. Contact me for details.
Collections: It is our intention to have information at the end of entries, where appropriate, on where designers plans are located. Anyone anywhere having specific information should tell me. Id also happily accept research assistance in contacting various museums, libraries, and associations to ensure that this vital information is included in the Encyclopedia. Barney Boardman has developed a slick form that is most useful when talking to archivists, etc. Let me know if you want a copy.
Bibliography: (Writers take note) Our list is growing and Id like to remind you that this is an important source for readers who want to learn more. Please take the time to send me the details of books and articles that were essential to you in writing entries.
Thats the bulk of help I need. Together, lets get this thing turned into a fabulous book.
Handicap and rating rules: Im very happy to say that Sir Peter Johnson of Lymington, England, author of Yachtsmans Guide to the Rating Rule (Quadrangle Books, 1972) has agreed to write an appendix on handicap and rating rules. Hes come up with a list that is circulating through the Editorial Board. There are bound to be more rules surfacing from around the globe that merit space and well carefully select the ones that will be elaborated upon by Peter. This is another important place for a list of further reading.