Originally Posted by Martin
I feel it is a shame that the smaller classes are no longer supported. You would think that there would be a good number of people who would like a Rib for the odd race and cruise with the family.
However the very nature of racing leads us to push the edge of the envelope further and further in pursiance of a competitive edge and as a result the people without the budget fall behind.
But I suppose that in motor racing there is carting for starters......I think that there should be more basic races where people can just turn up and have a go (hardboats and ribs). Without more people starting in the smaller classes the already greatly reduced racing scene will shrink further
In addition to the forums here there is also a dedicated BIBOA forum on Boatmad: http://www.boatmadforum.co.uk/forumd...?s=&forumid=18
as well as one for the new Formula 200 class: http://www.boatmadforum.co.uk/forumd...?s=&forumid=14
which is designed to bring people back into the sport who don't have the latest race boats but want to try it out.
The smaller classes died in Offshore and Ribs because fewer and fewer people raced in those classes and they just wasted away to nothing.
I think it was because people moved up to bigger classes and there was not enough promotion of the sport in general to bring new people in with the smaller boats.
There are some very good people putting a lot of effort in for this season, and I hope that it will all pay off and be something to be proud to be part of!