Re: Who pays for the food and beer?
I'll chime in again.
The answer is, it depends.
If the boat is an old racer cruiser with old sails, family crew, and beers in hand during racing, then NO. The owner probably shouldn't care to much about winning either.
If it's a grand prix boat with a GP budget, paid pro on board and doing expensive away regattas, then yes. Heck even the the average boats on the bay do that. I do that with my 25 footer. But then again, I expect people to do their best, show up on time, and get better each time out.
The trick is to match up the crews expectations with the skippers expectations. When those align, the boat does very well.
Merit 25 # 764 "Audrey"