> Whilst I nearly always enter, I have two major dislikes about the
> race. One is the cost! Still seems phenominally expensive in
> comparison to other tideway events. (yes, I know the PLA need their
> pound of flesh to close the river but even so)
As Chris Shea manages to so succinctly say, "Personally, knowing what is
involved, I don't know how we manage to do it so cheaply."
Likewise, I know all too well what is involved. As Luke suggests, a
per-boat cost is not an unreasonable perspective to take.
Quite apart from the PLA (for closing the river), Wandsworth Borough
Council (for closing the Putney Embankment), we have all manner of
safety and equipment costs - we hire 50-odd radios amongst all the other
things! As with most events, we are not in it for the money - but while
the event costs are under-written by Vesta, the club is unwilling to
soak up a loss. Why should it, after all? It's not as if running the
event has any particular kudos or financial advantage. (Unless you
include the bar takings while we artificially hold back the publication
of the results :-D )
Twenty two quid is expensive. I'll readily admit it. I'd love to offer
the chance to offer the race at half that - but the race would be dead
by next year. We don't raise the fee lightly.
And that's before we start considering the amount of time that a whole
band of people put in, both before and on the day.
chris harrison, entries secretary, the scullers head. (and number 72 in
this year's race.)