A lot of weirdness and negativity in this thread. I'll try to balance the scales-
Last year, I crewed on a boat for their Wednesday night races and the occasional extra regatta/long haul race. I was on time, and worked hard for every single race. I shut my mouth and opened my ears and learned as fast as I could.
When his season ended, I found that I wasn't quite ready to be done racing. My own river club was hosting a Frostbite series. I decided that I wanted to learn what it was like to run my own program, including but not limited to:
Working up the boat for racing
Strategy and tactics
The people I found were absolutely first class. They gave me plenty of notice if they couldn't make a race, never complained, didn't bring any drama onboard, and we all had fun. Lapworth here on Sailnet was one of them.
S/V Old Shoes
1973 Pearson 30 #255