This will be my last post on this thread, obviously “the boys” have taken it so far off topic it has become worthless.
A friend called me last night and said he knows Fatech2 and he is only in his early 20’s and probably the other kid is too, acts like it anyway. He said the best thing to do is to ignore them, which I will be taking his advice.
We started out with the idea that we would honor one of the greatest names in our sport, Don Aronow. We thought the best way to do that, was to have a race over the same course that he himself once competed on, the Around Long Island Marathon. We have no sponsors and very little in the way of funding for publicity, but we decided to go ahead and do it anyway.
Last year we had a very small number turnout, but a very high quality turnout, from the latest 4 engine 50 foot Outerlimits all the way down to a guy who towed his 18 foot Donzi up from Virginia. As these races do, the attrition took out everyone but one boat and he completed the course in 6 hours and 15 minutes. He did it.
This year we attempted to gain some sponsorship support, hoping that the sponsors would see the value of a sporting event in the New York metro area and the many millions of potential eyes that could see their brand headlined. No takers, over and over again the economy and cutbacks in budgets were cited. We understand but went ahead with it anyway.
Billy Frenz and his NPBA were the ones who really did the hard work putting this together last year, taking a pretty good loss financially also. However, he agreed to take it on this year and see if it could build it up. He even offered discount entry fees if people registered early, $600 rather than the full $1,000.
As the date came closer, we tried to pump up the interest, with no budget and have had some success, in both competitors from last year and attracting some new ones, who all seem to say…”I’ve been reading about this kind of racing since I was a kid, thanks for the opportunity to do this now.”
One of the efforts was to start a thread on this site and others to inform people of the event and be able to answer questions and concerns about the race itself. Our good friend Fastech2 starts with this question……in post 28.
i hate to bring this up again but the entry fee is pretty staggering for the average boater ($1,000). yikes...
dont complain about lack of entrants when the price tag for entry is a g-note. not to sound like a smart ass but what makes this run so special that it costs so much? what else do you get for entry? i would hope food at least?
Just hit me wrong, it can be seen there is no real interest in either the race or rules or anything but busting over the price of the entry fee. I find out later this is common with this kid especially over poker run fees. Simple, if you don’t like the fee, don’t enter.
Common sense for anyone who has been to a race or helped put on a race…a real open ocean race…would know. If there is more involved and you have less people to spread the costs, you have to charge more….simple, but.
Some other people started to respond, one of which was my friend Dan…..and this was the response back to Dan…
not all of us live off our parents for a hobby much like yourself
nor are we sponsored by companies like many others...people should stop complaining about the number of entrants if you dont want to hear potential solutions. goes both ways. just playing devils advocate. sometimes the truth hurts. some potential solutions to entice more people would be: food, shirts, dvd's, etc...imagine that. i get such wise @ss responses for asking a simple question like whats included? sorry didnt know that wasnt allowed.
The thread is about a race and now we are starting on the personal attacks? His first question had only to do with is disagreement with the cost of the entry…and now it morphs to this.
Unfortunately, SS930 had started on the same theme on another section thread that we were talking about the race…basically asking…What do you get for the entry fee? So when he started up on this thread, he came on at just the wrong time, I responded based on that and the previous.
They are kids, and they really have some kind of axe to grind with NPBA for Billy actually trying to make money at putting events on, strange. Maybe they expect them to be free. However, my apologies to both of them for my less than gentle responses and I wish them both well and happy boating.
For anyone who is not that concerned with how much Billy makes or loses with this race, we look forward to seeing you next weekend, please stop by the pits after the race and join us for the awards ceremony. Once again we are looking for 8 to 10 entrants and hoping for more last minute entrants. Looks as if we solved the race gas problem also, thanks for your input.