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Old 08-01-2006, 05:59 PM
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I went to a couple of races as a volunteer, paid a lot of money to get there, hotel, fuel, food, all that stuff. The race organizer both times promised the moon, shirts, bst view poiints, get to be a rescue boat, great passes, dinner parties, free stuff, only to ignore, abuse, and belittled. The last one was particularly bad. After months of building up how great it was going to be I found it disappointing at best. The first time we almost got arrested because race control was screaming be in a particular spot and Fish and Wildlife wanted us to move. You know how the fish and wildlife guys are, any attempt at discussions practically gets you arrested.... we bailed on both events half way through after basically feeling like we were someones punching bag....

The boating community will come to the table and help, but these organizations have to do some little stuff to say thanks to volunteers, not a lot, but maybe a shirt, a free round of drinks, talk to us like people not dogs, stuff like that..... or quite asking people to be punching bags.....

I may have just happened into two poorly organized events in a row, but it was bad enough there will not be a third.... I will be a spectator only from now on, in the cheap seats.....
All valid points and regretable..... but based on last weekend, there is hope for better days to come.

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dean...

i assure you. we appreciate our volunteers. IN A BIG WAY. We know how much hard work goes into putting on an event. And it can not be done without you. I know that I, personally treat all the volunteers with respect and whenever I get the chance, I say thank you.

Dont let a couple bad experiences cloud your judgement in general. give it another try if you get the chance. Things are changing for the better, and whether you are a volunteer, a racer, or a team crewmember, you will be well received.
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I would like to see Factory 1 and Factory 2 come back to life. Most of us common , ordinary people don't have an exotic canopied pleasure boat. The general public can relate more to these classes and the quicker we bring them back , the quicker the sport will grow. Just my opinion of course!
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Phantom 1 you are right it was a Blue water and OPA event with OSS being the guest.It was great to have all the boats at one race site no matter who the host is.
I sure hope some how Cambridge, Md one day can be one of those joint events..

Within a few hours for me so I can drive!

I had a great experience in St Clair this weekend.
It reminded me much of how the Bennihana in NJ used to be when I was growing up as a kid. All that was missing was the Clydesdales and a parade. With the layout in St Clair though, you don't need a parade. As T2x said, everyone was accessible.
Great meeting you Tom! Keep up the great work....

There is light at the end of the tunnel.........
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I would like to see Factory 1 and Factory 2 come back to life. Most of us common , ordinary people don't have an exotic canopied pleasure boat. The general public can relate more to these classes and the quicker we bring them back , the quicker the sport will grow. Just my opinion of course!
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I would like to see Factory 1 and Factory 2 come back to life. Most of us common , ordinary people don't have an exotic canopied pleasure boat. The general public can relate more to these classes and the quicker we bring them back , the quicker the sport will grow. Just my opinion of course!

Unfortunately in truth it is....."The more classes ...the quicker the demise."

The sport grew fastest with only 5 classes....total...and would have grown faster with fewer yet. If you look at other motor racing series , those that have the most classes (SCCA...etc)...have the smallest followings. The misguided position that more classes will attract that guy with a hull in his garage....drives away many more potential competitiors with the budget to buy a new boat for a class they understand.

Simplicity is the key to this......remember KISS.

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Picture this...IMHO.

The sport needs:

1. ONE entry level class...low budget, learners...maximum time in class 4 years.

2. ONE single engine class....for the single engine budget teams...(SVL?)

3. ONE multi engine class...for the multi engine budget teams
(SCL?)

All "spec" engines.

Fountain can sponsor #2, Mercruiser can sponsor #1...and Budweiser can sponsor #3...or whomever.

Take a potential fleet of 100 boats......

NOW You've got something worth building on!

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I went to a couple of races as a volunteer, paid a lot of money to get there, hotel, fuel, food, all that stuff. The race organizer both times promised the moon, shirts, bst view poiints, get to be a rescue boat, great passes, dinner parties, free stuff, only to ignore, abuse, and belittled. The last one was particularly bad. After months of building up how great it was going to be I found it disappointing at best. The first time we almost got arrested because race control was screaming be in a particular spot and Fish and Wildlife wanted us to move. You know how the fish and wildlife guys are, any attempt at discussions practically gets you arrested.... we bailed on both events half way through after basically feeling like we were someones punching bag....

The boating community will come to the table and help, but these organizations have to do some little stuff to say thanks to volunteers, not a lot, but maybe a shirt, a free round of drinks, talk to us like people not dogs, stuff like that..... or quite asking people to be punching bags.....

I may have just happened into two poorly organized events in a row, but it was bad enough there will not be a third.... I will be a spectator only from now on, in the cheap seats.....

Dean, having just done the patrol boat thing at the OSS Toronto races, I can tell you that the experience was vastly different from what you describe. The volunteer organizers did a great job of taking care of us lowly volunteers. We were fed and watered, received nice commerative golf shirts, were giving free access to all events, launching, docking and definately had "the best seats in the house". I will gladly do it again next year when OSS comes to town.
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Dean, I am sorry you had such a bad experience volunteering. I started doing it about 16 years ago and now I am a director of our race because I loved it so much. We always try to make sure our volunteers are well taken care of for that very reason. This year we are giving them a free fun run, slips, shirts, a couple of meals, and absolutely the best seat in the house. If you get a chance try it again with one of the organizations around now, I know everyone tries to do their best to keep the volunteers happy since they are so crucial to what we do.
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Dean, having just done the patrol boat thing at the OSS Toronto races, I can tell you that the experience was vastly different from what you describe. The volunteer organizers did a great job of taking care of us lowly volunteers. We were fed and watered, received nice commerative golf shirts, were giving free access to all events, launching, docking and definately had "the best seats in the house". I will gladly do it again next year when OSS comes to town.
Sean as you know we were there as well and yes I agree with your comments on how well OSS treated the volunteers.
I will be there again next year and hope Dean will give them another chance. I came away greatly impressed with the whole OSS approach. I feel their future is bright and can only hope the other groups will see the light and jump on board.
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