You put all those boats on the course at the same time and you can't tell the difference between a 42 and a 36. Hell the people that we had on the yacht right next to the course couldn't tell the difference between the IOs and outboards never mind the difference between SC and SCL. I believe the reason APBA ran us together was to make the fleet look bigger making a bigger impact to the average Joe sitting on the shore. Didn't do anything to build fan loyality though. The races came to town then left leaving with it the one day fans from that town.Originally Posted by noboat
Either you build a professional race organization of one or two classes or you have what you have today, self sponsored club style racing. Would it be more exciting to have ricers running the Daytona 500?
We had a corporate sponsor that used the events to entertain clients. There was way too much confusion when the boats ran. Most the the people back at the company would listen to the web broadcasts, they had no idea who was in the lead. The CEO used to say "when you guys going to beat Don Q?" They weren't even in our class. We spent more time explaining who was racing against who than anything else. It was very frustrating to us and guests the company flew in for the race.
To make it work you needs fans, loyal fans and lots of them. Even if every performance boater was a fan there just aren't enough of us.