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obanarama 07-24-2012 04:14 PM

Who pays for the food and beer?
 
I've always provided beer, snacks, and sandwiches for my Tuesday night can racing crew. My wife just realized this and says I'm too generous. I say its what every skipper does for his race crew.

Who's right?

mgmhead 07-24-2012 04:18 PM

Re: Who pays for the food and beer?
 
Have you ever won a 'who's right' fight with your wife?

Cruisingdad 07-24-2012 04:24 PM

Re: Who pays for the food and beer?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by obanarama (Post 900644)
I've always provided beer, snacks, and sandwiches for my Tuesday night can racing crew. My wife just realized this and says I'm too generous. I say its what every skipper does for his race crew.

Who's right?

THe capt would provide some beer but we always brought some too and some food for single bouy races. For long distance races (1-2 day), he always provided everything, though we generally brought items of our own. My experience.

Brian

miatapaul 07-24-2012 04:25 PM

Re: Who pays for the food and beer?
 
I think it really depends on the skill level of your crew. I would love to crew on some races, but since I have no racing experience, I would bring beer/snacks enough for myself and some extra. But if I were an experienced racer, and was grinding the winches and what not it seems only fair that you provide the snacks and refreshments.

I never won a "who's right," but not stopping may explain my singledom! I sometimes have a hard time learning. But on the positive side I drink mostly quality local brew.

So if your wining races due to an experienced crew it is really quite cheap labor if all you pay is beer and chips!

obanarama 07-24-2012 04:26 PM

Re: Who pays for the food and beer?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by mgmhead (Post 900645)
Have you ever won a 'who's right' fight with your wife?

Ha! Damn good point.

SVAuspicious 07-24-2012 04:26 PM

Re: Who pays for the food and beer?
 
Varies a lot from boat to boat and region to region. I grew up with all food and drink provided by the boat. More recently I've seen a shift to boat buying the drinks and crew bring their own food. It really does depend.

If you are feeding crew you should be getting good crew who are loyal and show up regularly. Help cleaning the boat, hauling sails from storage, Spring prep and Fall lay-up are all reasonable to expect. It's a relationship.

You can save a bit if your wife makes the sandwiches at home. *grin*

bljones 07-24-2012 04:29 PM

Re: Who pays for the food and beer?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by obanarama (Post 900644)
I've always provided beer, snacks, and sandwiches for my Tuesday night can racing crew. My wife just realized this and says I'm too generous. I say its what every skipper does for his race crew.

Who's right?

It's not a matter of who is right, it is a matter of peace in the household. Now, you can fold, and alienate a whole crew to satisfy one wife, and start sliding down the slippery slope of the henpeck highway, or you can create peace through Mutually Assured Destruction:
Tell her you just realized how many pairs of shoes she has in her closet, and offer to stop buying sustenance for the crew if she will stop buying shoes.

Then run.

Tim R. 07-24-2012 04:35 PM

Re: Who pays for the food and beer?
 
Around here captain supplies the boat. Crew provide the beer. What is food?

SVAuspicious 07-24-2012 04:45 PM

Re: Who pays for the food and beer?
 
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Originally Posted by treilley (Post 900658)
Around here captain supplies the boat. Crew provide the beer. What is food?

You need to sail in longer races.

sea_hunter 07-24-2012 04:50 PM

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Originally Posted by treilley:900658
Around here captain supplies the boat. Crew provide the beer. What is food?

I agree. For long haul races Capt. supplies basic food groups and TP. Day race-beer race it's the crews' responsibility for beer and snacks. Any extras provided by crew approved by captain.
It's not like the crew's paying for any rent or upkeep on your boat. You might end up with a few new crew members willing to pitch in to the greater good.


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