Don't condescendingly quote rules and regs to me. We are talking about the whole lame concept, not the minutiae. If we bring the actual rules into this, the snoring will be over powering.
Look a lot of us, yourself included, have invested a great deal of time in this sport and want to see it flourish. Believe me I respect your effort...it is your results I take issue with.
Many of us have competed, promoted, and watched this "thing of ours" (ours...not yours)..... rise and fall over years and years. Some things have worked and some have failed...and sadly many of the things that don't work....come back more frequently than the things that do...(self promoting "money guys" who want to mold the sport strictly around there own egos for instance). But, the bottom line is that no significant fan base has been created since the mid to late 90's. Fan base, by the way, is measured in TV/media viewers and live paid (or at least documented) attendance by significant sponsors. All of that has tracked downward as a direct result of too many sanctioning bodies coupled with too many classes ( and in the case of bracket racing... too many illusions of racing), and too much pandering to every variation of boat and engine owner imagineable.
There has always been a "class" war between the haves and the have nots, as well as the winners and the wannabes in this sport. I have listened for years to the guys with the smaller boats whining about not getting as much TV time as the top boats. There has also been whining about "conforming" to simple rules that will assure consistent competition by levelizing HP, weight and dependability. .....because of the "cost"....or effort in changing to suit these rules. Finally, there has also always been a lot of whining about the cost of safety...a priceless commodity.
This sport is under attack from many sides. The economy is dreadful. The tree huggers are more powerful than ever. The Poker Run circuit has drained countless potential racers from the mix. A myriad of new "extreme" speed sports are taking up the TV airtime. Fewer kids are growing up watching boat racing or even relating to it. The worst thing that we can do is add to the damage by following some lame competition formula that makes no sense and does not add to the marketability of powerboat racing.
With all due respect to the powers that be, some of whom are friends of mine for many years, this era represents the single greatest leadership void in the history of powerboat racing...... and without leadership...even the greatest empires fall.
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I am considering renting Giants Stadium and throwing a victory party for all of the Champions in Offshore racing. If we use the portable seats, we might be able to get them all into the facility.....but, unfortunately we will not be able to include the "shootout" winners.
Obsolete and proud of it
All joking aside, I have a deep respect for the guys who raced and laid the foundation for Offshore racing. Yes, It's not what it used to be. I hear you.
OPA has a good thing going. As does OSS. IMHO they compliment each other.
Ah, offshore boat racing....this thread brings back the good and bad memory's.
Any of you actually know where P class racing came from, the intent of this class and were OPA and SBI actually got it's rules from?
I just read the first page so sorry if its been posted before, but, why not just make it understood that anyone wishing to use "World Champion" or "National Champion" etc must have the year or years that it was won?
I mean when i look at anything...be it boat, car whatever....when i see it stickered with "World champion" it doesnt do a thing for me...almost like these rice burners with NOS and Eibach stickers all over the place ......but when i see....take for instance when i first got sucked into street bikes, my dream bike at the time was a Kawasaki ZX-7R and on the tank there was a sticker under the clear "AMA World Champion 1993" And i thought that was cool as hell.....and even now when i see a car with lats say "World speed record xxxmph 1991" you can say wow it went that fast back then!! same thing with boats....if i saw one that had "World Champion 95, 96" you can say to your self "thats presty bad ass that they can defend the titls 2 years in a row...." ok thats my .02
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