To me, discussions like this are essential. Because most of the people involved are not racers (me, for example), organizers and promoters tend to discount them. And that's a mistake, because while admittedly it's neither our cash nor our backsides on the line, we are the closest thing the sport has to fans. We don't climb in the cockpit and we don't put on races. That's true and worht keeping in mind. We're also not too close to it. That's also worth noting.
What sparked this entire topic for me, Rich, and made your commentary so essential and on point in just about every way, was the mainstream performance-boat enthusiast interest the Around Long Island Endurance run sparked. To write that off or ignore it would be a mistake on the part of any organizer.