The jump I've seen that seems a bit much is the assumption that the crew will be ONLY greenhorns that are paying some "nefarious skipper" to have the privilege of working their butts off.
I don't see a lot of evidence that that's the case. So some of this thread seems a bit melodramatic given what's really known.
Like I said above, I'd definitely pay to be part of a seasoned crew and skipper on a Maxi 80. What a ride! Sounds like Dog would too.
Brendan - if you're still around, can you give some more clarification of the situation?