dont know who was willing the event to fail tim - cant see any evidence of that on the threads - perhaps I'm missing something - I certainly wasnt and even some of the most ardent posters didnt go that far - it's all about attitude as far as I'm concerned and just because I think the organisers came accross as clowns doesnt mean I wanted the event to fail "by default". Most ribnetters have a sufficiently high IQ to be able to seperate an event from the personalities behind it and I'm sure you do too..
As an example, I think Ken Livingstone is an arse and Tony Blair and deceitful lizard but still wanted the London Olympic bid to be successful becuase of the benefits it should bring to the capital. In the same way, events such as the DV rally can only be could for boating in general - but it doesnt mean I have to have any respect for those behind it.
As for comments being bitter - perhaps, but more likely it has been that people have become a bit weary of bullshit over substance and the use of the forum to abuse the very people the organisers should be trying to attract.
As far as I am aware, nobody went out to destroy the event - eupa threatened to ride accross the thames but I would hardly call this a feat of destruction would you?
The organisers not being part of my or anyone else's clique is neither here nor there - I have very little in common with the Earl of March and am certainly not in his clique, but he organises one of the best days out of the year at the Festival of Speed at Goodwood for all car lovers, regardless of their backgrounds, social standing and wealth. Being part of a clique is absolutely neither here nor there in determining how successful an event is or how much support it gets from the public...
"small minded jealousy" - trust me tim, from recent experience, most people on here have absolutely no reason to be jealous of anybody involved in the organisation of the rally.