Thanks for the thoughtful replies. I guess I am stumped. My club took over a local run that had gotten too big for its facilities a few years ago. We run it on a cost basis - the only profit the club makes is on food and beverage which is very good and provided at a very reasonable menu price (catering price would be higher). The club kicks in for good bands Friday and Saturday and the run pays for island music on Sunday at the pool (recouperation day). We've even made arrangemetns the last two years to include a gentleman's club that is on the water as a stop with girls in swimsuits outside. We cater to all boats and all boaters (we have an early start for the 2-3 cruisers that like to run and don't have any prizes or mention for first/fastest/etc. - althoug we are thinking of starting a broken boat prize for the biggest breakdown). We've been keeping the run distances shorter (less than 75 miles total) because of gas prices. The price is around $200 for boat, skipper and mate and that includes shirts, dockage for 2 nights, heavy apps and a band Friday, donuts, lunch, and a good dinner and band Saturday, and a nice brunch and poolside band Sunday. Hands are $50 and everything after expenses goes back out the door with the boaters. Everybody seems to have a great time and nobody throws an attitude - but I can't figure out why more people don't come? (we usually have 40 or so boats, had less this year becuase of threatening weather). I would like to see more boats - it's not a money thing as we only cover costs and send the rest out with the boaters - from my standpoint I'd like to see some different boats and meet some more people. Maybe its advertising. Maybe its not having a copter (we tried that, the copter pilot dropped out the last minute and we had to rent a plane - hard to get good pics from a plane! - and we are trying to keep costs down). Maybe it is timing (we run the second weekend of June). I had thought maybe it was that we didn't have a guaranteed hand but it doesn't sound that way.
So, we have good folks, bands, chow, babes, and a big lake. What am I missing? Any thoughts would be appreciated so I can get started on next year.