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Originally posted by Oinks

How important are prizes? I think the satisfaction of achieving a good finishing position is the greatest incentive and I wouldn't expect to receive anything outside the podium places. A mention in a Y&Y report is always nice! Recognition from my fellow competitors if I've done well. The prizes on offer aren't really what incentivises me to go to an event.


My thoughts exactly.
The point of going to an event is to sail against the other people.
While it's nice to recognise those that have done well, handing out loads of 'gifts' doesn't really inspire me.
I'd rather see lower entry fees so more people turn up.
The odd well-targeted award for improvement or tenacity usually goes down well with the crowd  though.
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At most events I've been involved in running prizes far into two categories, the plaques/glasses/medals etc for finishing places and product prizes, the former are usually paid fro from the event budget so economies could be made and the latter come from the event sponsors so don't have a direct impact on entry fees.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote patj Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 Nov 19 at 9:37am
How important are prizes?
If it's a cvrda nationals event you could be awarded a nail stuck in a bit of wood or an old Int14 mast gate and those are returnable trophies. Unless it's a really big event and we've got some sponsorship you're likely to get a bottle of wine or beer at the most!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Rupert Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 Nov 19 at 9:40am
Of course, with the cvrda nobody remembers who wins, either. But we all remember the boats and the conversation.
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