The Coast Guard and its ally, the U.S. Power Squadron, a national organization of some 26,000 members that teaches powerboat handling and safety, are delighted with the spread of predicted log events. They feel that the navigational experience gained in the races, as well as the high safety requirements laid down by the committees, teach the kind of cruising habits that can keep them out of serious trouble.
The skippers themselves are, for the most part, also aware of the value of the experience. But while they are honestly concerned with improving the breed, that is not necessarily their primary purpose. Their attitude was perfectly summed up by one of the Bellingham racers, Tommy Packenham, who finished well back in the fleet, but was quite satisfied. "We had a great time," he said, "and mostly, that's what we came for."