I read this whole thread, and now we're getting somewhere.
I think Love Machine is right, the racers need to define the course and settings they want to run, and then a sanctioning body (God help us...) will pony up.
I would love to see REAL offshore racing. We have the technology today that a long-haul race could easily be televised. No, with GPS it won't be the same grandeure of the "old-days", but it would be more of a test of man and machine.
Fan Base -
We don't have any fan base to speak of. Let's be honest. OSO has what, 30,000 members? We're the die hard fans.
Last year I was in KW watching the races, sitting next to a gal that was dating a member of the Swipes team - she couldn't believe that my wife and I actually came to KW "just for the races".
This year, I was in St. Pete - again, small turnout on the beach.
My wife likes to watch the racing, but she even said "this is better on TV". I have to agree.
Even though they are running a short cirlce course, you actually see very little of it.
So, cut the crap, let's do the real thing!
I'll watch the televised race. but I will miss "feeling" the sound of the motors.