The only problem was that only 7 boats showed up for the event. Seven! Our district has the largest membership in North America with around 200 members. We would normally expect at least 20 boats at an event like this, ideally more.
So what's going on? From what I hear, regatta attendance is down in other classes too. What are the reasons? Why aren't people coming out to race like they used to? Help me please. Let me know what possible reasons you would not turn out for the major local event for the class you sail. Here are some explanations I can think of...
- I would come if it were a one-day event. Two-day events take up the whole weekend and I have other commitments.
- I heard Tillerman would be there and I didn't want him to humiliate me in his blog.
- The same three guys win all the regattas round here, so what's the point?
- I'm not good enough to sail in a district championship.
- There are too many regattas. I can't do them all.
- I was sailing on my Daddy's yacht this weekend.
- I had a bad experience last time I sailed there.
- I'm too good to sail in a district championship.
- I don't want to be the only woman there.
- I was sailing my Force 5 this weekend.
- It's too far and gas is too expensive.
- I didn't like the weather forecast.
- The entry fees are too high.
- The fleet is all young kids.
- The fleet is all old guys.
- I had to mow the lawn.
- There's no free beer.
- There isn't a party.
- I didn't hear about it.
- All of the above.
- None of the above.
Just to be clear, I'd like to hear from racing sailors in any class anywhere, not just Laser sailors in New England. Seriously, what are the reasons you wouldn't sail in the major local event for your class?