When people see “BREAKWATER IRREGULARS” they tend to ask what it means. That’s an opportunity for us to tell them all about Tuesday night racing, and that can translate into MORE BOATS, MORE SAILORS, and BETTER RACING.
So, we have a good reason to get the name out there.
There are many small ways to do this. One example is the car magnet we distributed at our kickoff meeting in 2016. We have a few left for interested members and will try to remember to bring them to the kickoff meeting on May 2, 2017. (Remember: It’s not for your refrigerator.)
We encourage you to include the logo on any racing apparel you may be purchasing for yourself and/or your crew. All current Breakwater Irregulars members are exclusively licensed to use the logo, in any size but without other modification, appropriately and in good taste. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain a copy of the logo in EPS vector or JPG/PNG raster files.
We looked into having the logo digitized for embroidery (DST, PES, etc.) files, but were advised that (1) many embroiderers want to digitize their own work and (2) the logo’s layout of colors and text makes good embroidery unusually difficult. Your results may differ, so we’re just passing along what we were told. A close alternative is to create a woven or screened patch, and we will look into that. Meanwhile, screen-printing on apparel may be the best course. Screeners will charge a bit more for the use of four colors, but the finished product looks great and anything less will not be our logo. A simpler and less expensive option is to use only the red symbol from the BI burgee. Yes, we have a file for that.
We considered affiliating BI with apparel providers, but we learned these arrangements tend to increase your cost so the merchants can pay royalties to BI. We would prefer to stay out of such deals and let you obtain the apparel of your choice at the best possible prices in a competitive market.
When you tell us about merchants offering good merchandise at attractive prices and/or waiving setup charges when offered our files, we will make that information available here. Send any such information to email@example.com.
Other ideas or information? Let us know!
Here’s the beginning of an alphabetized list of merchants with which our members have some experience. This is not an endorsement. Caveat emptor!:
Screening on a variety of apparel. You can upload the BI logo or any other image file of your choice, combine it with text in a variety of fonts, and see exactly what you are ordering. Their artists will make suggestions if they think something went wrong in your on-line design. And they will send you a final proof before printing. One of our boats just dealt with them and is very satisfied.
Appears to be similar to above, but we have not tried it beyond the on-line design feature.
Stamford Yacht Club has a “club store” relationship with T1N, and seems happy with the selection and service. We do not yet know whether they waive setup fees for individuals providing image files. Broad variety of customizable sailing apparel.
Customized bags from this supplier were used as our sailing awards for 2016. We mention that because, if the embroidery was done there, you might be able to avoid a setup fee for the BI logo.