Very Very disappointed..
Dont let this thread die for a whole year. This could be the beginning of the advertisement for next years event. They now have plenty of time to organize, hype, and advertise a HUGE event. Consider what some of the nay-sayers are sayin, adjust pricing if necessary, and make this thing bigger than life! Good luck and I hope everyone make next years event a huge success.....
What a shame, I was really looking forward to getting to attend this year. Oh well, I guess we will just have to try harder to make it a success for next year.
I am just curious, with this year, you listed 7 teams that expressed serious interest in competing, with 2 actually registered/fee paid. If all 7 were registered with entry fees paid, would that have been enough for this year's race to be a competitive & financial success? If not, what is that minimum number? Just curious so we know what to try to work towards for next year.
Best of luck as always & thanks Charlie for your hard work in trying to put this together for this year!
Hmm.. All I can say, that I am sorry to see this happen.
Sad, that there wasn't enough interest.
more like onshore only.
once again the americans look like the sad sacs they are.
Don would not be proud of this,
I feel very sorry for last years winner, Joe DeFusco.
I met him at the Event last year and he is a "Top Bloke".
He has worked his socks off getting his Sonic sorted for this year, with extra fuel reserves, navigation instruments for his "Tom Cruise" Look Alike Navigator Jon.
I have had the job of running the Cowes Torquay Cowes race for the last 2 years - It is never easy to put on, but my team do the very best to make sure it runs.
In my young 25 years of existence, I have never seen an organization/business put down potential participants/customers like you have in this thread. i.e. "Hey, you guys all suck and arent true boaters but can you still come to my event anyways?" GET REAL.
Honestly, I am sorry people werent interested in your event but instead of name calling you should open your eyes and do something different next year. the attendance was poor last year. its poor again this year...guess what einstein its going to be bad next year; unless you do something about it. try:
1. adjusting the entry fee
2. including food, t shirts, etc
3. giving the participants a reason to win (money, goods, gift certificates, etc)
4. making it a 2 day event
5. marketing it to a broader audience
6. provide a free "sea tow" service to all participants (im sure many are affraid of getting stuck)
For many boaters, times are tough and adjusting to the economy is a tricky/fickle task. After all arent you trying to appeal to a person like me. Take my word for it...If you dont, i fear we will be having the same conversation next year. dont let me say "i told you so".
Good luck next year, hope everything works out for the best.
Last edited by 1MOSES1; 09-19-2011 at 07:06 PM.
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