Very sad day for this organization and its racers.
They put forth an extrodinary effort and a very professional image and events to be rivaled by none in some fantastic worldwide locatioins.
The bottom line here for this organization and here in the US with similar programs is MONEY! It takes a great deal to underwirite these organizations and event and the only real media that can pay for and sustain these type of programs is TELEVISION , its groups of media promoters., and advertising sponsors!
As we know televising a great large venue boat race is difficult, expensive and almost impossible to get large viewership to follow and get excited about unless they are performance boat enthusiasts themselves.
As this release states quite clearly its time to get back to "Grass Roots" type performance boat racing events and right here in the good ol USA is the best place.
Lets face it, performance boat racing is never going to secure the support and investment of large televisors like the big networks or even the smaller networks like SPEEDVISION, VERSUS, etc. unless an exciting boat racing platform with awesome video, sound and scene production that goes with it.
My message here is the same as always:
Get all the performance boat racing groups to unify again under a strong viable, cooperative, honest, hard working, sharp national or international organization and promotion association.
The current economy is certainly difficult, however even when our economy was humm'in along strongly, the fractional conflicts, dishonesty, petty bickering and selfishness destroyed a racing sport that was quite marketable and viable.
Even though some of the replacement and new startup racing groups did offer some replacement for the missing national program, they could not put together enough national and international participation and coverage to make the performance boat racing programs grow and receive resoanble sponsorship and media economic support.
I hope our industry and sport can move back to a successful place where this type of racing can again enjoy larger loyal viwership support and the teams and sponsors making the huge investments in the boat racing sport can again see some worth in their efforts!
Ray @ Raylar