With all due respect, I used to promote the heck out of the military regatta - flyers in local hobby shops, posts on the Internet message boards, USENET, and so forth for many months ahead of time.. I would liaison with the combat guys to get their group out for the event too. It was the mix of disciplines within the hobby that made it such a great event IMO, and encouraged a lot of participation, not to mention a lot of new blood - people who never heard of any type of radio control modeling, and who were drawn by one of the three main components - and once there, perhaps even decided to get into R/C submarining.
By cutting the surface ship component to the regatta, I saw no point in doing that this year. Sorry, but as Jeff mentioned, the club is about promoting submarines only - fair enough there, but I have a hobby to promote myself, and devote my energy to where it is wanted and appreciated. At one time, I thought that the two hobbies were closely linked, as evidenced by having a joint regatta, but I see now that I was mistaken. In the future, I will be working with others on military regattas, perhaps in Southern California as there is an active core of modelers there. And yes, submarines will be welcome at these events, although they will have no connection with the Subcommittee. Look forward to annoucements early next year as plans firm up.