Today was the start of the annual Around the County Race here in the San Juan Islands (http://www.oiyc.org/race_book/race_b...ty_2008_SI.pdf
The start of the race is just a little way from our marina here on Blakely Island so we always get a bunch of boats here the night before the race. This year through default, rather than choice, Laurie and I are kind of in charge of the marina because the operator left abruptly in early Sept. and the community is trying to figure out what to do long term(the homeowners lease the store and fuel operation and transient moorage from the owner). This means that we are trying to keep the bathrooms, showers and laundry clean and supplied, ice in the self service freezer, garbage cans emptied, etc as well as selling gas and diesel for an hour on Saturdays. The marina is a beautiful little place, well protected and there is a very nice cabana right on the waters edge with a big brick fireplace, picnic tables and a refrigerator for boaters use. The store is now closed so no supplies are available(http://www.blakelyisland.org/gallery/MarinaAerial.jpg
). Transient moorage is on the honor system, it's well posted and the forms and envelopes are at the front door and you just drop them through the mail slot. Generally it works very well, most people are honest and realize that it's tough for a small marina to make ends meet with such a short season around here. So the boats start arriving yesterday afternoon, I was down working on the Laurie Anne, so I move the power boat over to a small slip so there will be another easily entered 42' slip available and help with the arriving boats. In talking to the boats I assisted I told them that the store was closed and moorage slips were at the door to the store. I went down last night about 6pm to check on the place and there were only three boats payments (out of 15+ boats) so I went around the docks and cabana and reminded everyone that the moorage slips were by the door. Everyone was having a good time and there might have been a little beer being consumed
I went back to check at 9pm and there were only three more envelopes. I again went around and knocked on windows and reminded everyone about moorage (I wasn't as friendly about it this time). At 7am this morning I was down there and not a single payment had been made. I had to go around and collect from about a dozen boats and listen to how they "were just going to pay" as they were preparing to leave with engines running. To the ones that had paid early I wished them best of luck in the race, the others just good riddance.
For perspective, just the weekend before the Bellingham yacht club had their annual turkey fry in the cabana and they had 16 sailboats and every single one of them paid in advance and left the place clean.
So is there a basic difference between racers and cruisers, are racers generally a******s, or was this not a fair representation(I know you can never generalize, but just for discussion)? I've never been in a race and have never been around racers as a group.