Topic : Oh my life!!!

Will you lot just stop complaining!!!
Its meant to be a bit of fun the whole sailing thing, just calm down.
It makes the fleet sound ungreatful and I really dont like that, so unless you have something intresting to say I dont think we need a weekly report of what the club could have done better.
Granted sometimes there are things that need to be discussed but i hardly think a public forum is the place to do it, i mean how would you feel if you read a thread about the race you had organised. I think we should be more thankful to the people who give up their time to run races and provide catering at events, after all they could be off sailing or whatever themselfs.
Anyway its been annoying me for awhile so sorry to complain myself but it needed to be said so...

Posted: 20/06/2006 12:26:12
By: ellie
Round of applause for Ellie's comments.
Organising and then running an event takes loads of time and effort, and we should be thankful that clubs agree to host events for our class.
OK we can complain about the weather and yes not everything is perfect but at the end of the day thats life, and thats also what makes our sport so great.

Posted: 20/06/2006 12:48:59
By: Hamish 3321
I think the complaints about the food are just a bit of fun and not to be taken too seriously. It was a fantastic event and I enjoyed every minute of it. The race was organised beautifully and Ranelagh were wonderful as I'm sure everyone will agree.

Posted: 20/06/2006 13:40:55
By: The Minx
ellie, im right with u!!! it was a well organised event, i think it was very personalised too by he individual emails sent out by the comodore Mr Price(that must have been very time consuming)and that it was a great turn out too!! sailing was awesome, we had a bit of every thing to deal out there and i think the atmosphere before and after was great!! our results have been sorted, thank you for the quick reply, and i want to thank Ranelagh for a great Merlin event, I would definatly be back next year if i wasnt gonna be stuck in the Bahamas!! It takes a ton of work just to organise a regatta and one for this many boats and sailors must have been extremly stressful and time consuming!! here here Ranelagh!! 3 Cheeers!

Posted: 20/06/2006 14:17:01
By: Shane (1018)
Any more at home like you Ellie?

Posted: 20/06/2006 14:36:06
By: Fan
Rockin Roll

Posted: 20/06/2006 15:09:38
By: Spot On
not just the tideway complaints but since rutland pretty much every event seems to have not met someones expectations. i know not many people do it but i just dont see the need of those that do.
oh yeah, and i think im a one off special...=/ lol

Posted: 20/06/2006 16:55:10
By: ellie
Ellie, consumers have become more demanding in all walks of life. It used to be very British to put up with poor quality without saying anything, however things have changed and I think that rolls through to our sports and hobbies. Whilst a £10 entry fee and a £5 for lunch isn't expensive, are you saying that you wouldn't complain if you spent £10 on a CD and it didn't work and £5 on a burger in a bun to find that there was no burger? I think you would.

Now I'm not complaining about any of the events, as for some reason I was lucky, at Rutland we were the only boat that didn't enter so didn't throw £15 into the bin. We didn't go to Bolton (too far), nor Tammy as there was no wind and was likely to be a pumping race like Hampton was. And I just had a premition about the catering at Ranelagh for 100 plus people so packed my own sandwiches.

But I can see why people do complain, and I defend their right to do so, as long as they congratulate when deserved too. The Forum is a 'safe' place to do so, and the feed back can be used by those people who give up their time to work out how to give more people more enjoyment, as they don't give up their time for any other reason than trying to make people happy and they deserve feedback.

Posted: 20/06/2006 17:50:18
By: Alan F
It's strange how the people who do consistently well don't generally complain. I'm with Ellie. OOD's cannot be blamed for the wind (lack of or a big shift on the line) or the depth of the sides of the lake. For sailors who make errors of judgement or deliberately cheat there is the protest route.

There is such a thing as feedback on the day (privately).

People put alot of effort organising the events and can be really upset by comments published on this forum. Don't discourage the organisers!

Posted: 20/06/2006 18:22:27
By: Nigel 3280
Have to agree that congrats where it is due. Lets not forget that 99% of the people organising are Volenteers with better things too be doing! That is why i missed the Tammy open as i was at Cookham introducing new members to the club facilities and boats, but have to say it is generally a thankless task as people do not understand what is involved untill they have to do it themselves.

Oh and Ellie you are deffo a one off!!

Posted: 20/06/2006 19:18:21
By: Jeremy3550
I do agree OD's have a very tough day, my gripe was with the "fellow" cheating merlin sailors not the OD, I think he did the best he could given the cards delt to him on the day.

Posted: 20/06/2006 19:20:32
By: DaveF
I agree, let the cheats and poor management get away with it. 'Britannia waves the rules'

Posted: 21/06/2006 07:44:09
By: In agreement
Ellie - I am with you 100% - the Tideway and the Tammesis events were great fun and well worth the 1000 mile round trip!!  I'd do it again tomorrow given the chance.  Organising about 80 boats with the tide and flights took some organisation and as there were handicaps etc I thought that the team did a great job and it all went off smoothly.

Posted: 21/06/2006 10:29:31
By: Garry R
We can always constructively grumble but hey, it was a great weekend. I do still hurt now but have pulled through the other side. People may not have been satisfied with the catering, but to be frank, entry cost could have been more!

Posted: 21/06/2006 11:22:41
By: Bryn
But Bryn you are still the dancing queen!

Posted: 21/06/2006 14:49:43
By: ..
Oh no, not a witness! Reveal yourself you cowardly minion! It won't be happening again!

Posted: 21/06/2006 16:42:38
By: Bryn
"Knowing me knowing you"

Posted: 21/06/2006 17:00:13
By: ..
Ah ha!

Posted: 21/06/2006 17:44:55
By: Bryn
what was in those sandwiches?

Posted: 21/06/2006 19:21:18
By: ?


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