How much should we pay to enter a sailing regatta?
It seems like this year I've been paying around $40 or so a day as regatta fees to enter Laser regattas around here. Sometimes it's hard to see what I'm getting for my money...
Yes, a race committee... I guess they need gas for their powerboats.
Maybe drinking water between races; maybe snacks before, after or between races. But not always. And sometimes I have to pay extra for food and drink.
The winners get trophies too; they have to be paid for too. I don't begrudge that even though they rarely end up on my shelf.
I've run regattas myself in the past and know the challenges of drawing up a regatta budget. You don't want to lose money. You don't want to overcharge and scare sailors away. And you have no idea how many folk will actually show up and pay their money on the day.
Still, 40 bucks seems a lot. Am I getting old? I don't want to turn into that old curmudgeon who got into a slanging match with his fleet captain over a $5 regatta fee.
Some organizers seem to run excellent regattas for much less. What do they do differently?
How much do you think you should pay to enter a sailing regatta?