Roy I hear ya! I've talked to Paul about this many times and it comes back to the same issues.
3) Races have classes and rules; Poker runs= no rules or "run what you brung"
4) You can't take 4 of your friends on an offshore race.
5) No cold beer for lunch.
7) Races aren't as much fun as chasing a bunch of friends around the delta all day.
oh, in case I didn't mention it already; Insurance.
It's too bad that racing has gone this way. I know there are a whole lot hotter boats on the poker run circuit than the POPRA circuit. Maybe if there where more West Coast races like they have back east it would be more popular.