Originally Posted by CJL
Andrew, Why do you consider this normal? Based on the terms you are suggesting I am surprised that you have got anything more than a handful of boats to help you.
Many of these events tend to have large entry fees £150+ and its a shame that these commercial event management companies or charitable class associations expect RIB owners to pitch up and spend a lot of money and get treated like dirt by the competitors for no re-imbursement. I suspect a lot of the money from these events goes back into the coffers of the organisers.
NORMALLY event organisers at the very least cover boat fuel.
You must go to differnet powerboat races to me!
It really is a 'for the love of it' sport and certainly no money to be made form organising.
At the same time safety cover can be a great way to be involved at a race and I believe most competitiors really appreciate the help from saftey crews and are more than happy to share a beer in the bar at the end of the day.
Doing safety cover really is for people who are interested in the sport and would be looking at taking their boats out anyway or doing something a bit different and enjoying using their boat.