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Re: Should I offer to pay part of a race fee
The real answer probably is 'depends', as indicated by the responses above.
I've never asked crew to split regatta fees, but for much of our racing time we co-owned with partners, and all costs were shared - it also meant that we didn't need to line up many crew most days either, as the kids were usually along.
I think most skipper/owners who want to race are going to be happy to get reliable crew.. and anything the crew might bring to the picture is appreciated - but probably mostly the odd case of beer, munchies, and most importantly bottom scraping and boat maintenance and prep labour.
When race fees are onerous, such as the Vic Maui, then I think it's reasonable that the entire crew pitch in, if only to ensure they'll get the ride they want. On a commitment like that it's also a sign of genuine intent, with increased odds you won't bail at the last minute..
Also important that the crew and skipper/owner are more or less on the same page re dry vs wet during races, weight/gear restrictions, race schedule/frequency etc.
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