Do you find at your Club that when breezes are light, or maybe above 15-20mph, members simply don’t turn out?? It certainly happens at our Club, though the FF teams generally show up regardless !! So often, great sailing is to be had on those very same days!!!
A while ago we wrote an item suggesting that easy access to accurate internet weather forecasts is what causes this. You know the pattern:-
- wake up
- grab phone
- look at windguru. Inspired?
- snuggle back under duvet
Robert Pitts of Chew has suggested to us that this might also be a phenomenon that is suppressing Open Meeting turnouts. What do you think?? Robert makes the suggestion that we could fix this in one easy step. We only accept entries who pay the entrance fee online in advance – once you’ve paid you are committed – right?…..
BIFFA HQ has learned that the way to make this viable for us, is to have a paypal button online, so that people can easily use their credit cards that way. Saves all the faff of remembering to register and pay on the day at the event, when so often one is short of time. If a club website has no facility for online credit card payment, perhaps we should investigate using the BIFFA facility?? At the same time, advertising the event on the BIFFA website, publishing the results, Rankings etc is all part of it.
Just about any other sporting events like ours do this already – marathons and cycling spring to mind. Plus there is all the planning spinoffs… How many are the caterers planning for? Have we fenced off enough parking? How big a course do we need? etc
A bit revolutionary…. What do you think?? Should we trial it for Regional Championships maybe??