It presents, in a Yacht club environment as an inability to see, understand and act on the bleedin' fucking obvious, especially to ACT!
It was fucking blindingly obvious even to a brain dead moron like me that Geelong was building itself a massive fixed cost base when it went "Corporate" and especially when it booted out long term cost free volunteer labor (like the Lions Club caterers) and replaced it with commercial suppliers. It then saddled itself with all the costs associated with "entertaining" the corporate clients and their hangers on, most of whom couldn't give a fuck about the sport.
Now of course once the volunteers have been replaced by paid contractors they can't come back, I mean you need a food handlers course to make a fucking sandwich these days! I have to have a fucking firearms licence to be in possession of a starting gun! It all has to be done by professionals these days - learned helplessness.
Here is my advice to RGYC. Tell the members to take their fucking club back and start doing their organising themselves. Get the Lions back. Run the series as a long weekend and to hell with Australia day. Run your courses around fixed marks and don't move them and fuck off these upwind/downwind farces, that reduces your committee boat costs and the inevitable prangs at the end of the reaching leg will make the front page of Australian sailing again. Bring back beer tickets. Try to encourage the old family atmosphere that existed years ago.
Of course if you want to play the "premier Grand Prix" game it serves you fucking right if nobody comes.
And another example of learned helplessness; certain old bastards have been pleading with a certain club to install security cameras for Five fucking years, even to the point of offering to buy a system from Middys for the club and install it ourselves, but oh no! We aren't professional camera installers and there are always more pressing things to do. There was another theft on the weekend, at least Two earlier this year. How long before somebody accidentally surprises one of these bastards at work and ends up getting knifed?
We have had our differences Walrus but I completely agree with all you have said here; both re the impending Geelong debacle and the widespread yacht club management culture of negativity that is far too fond of saying no for expediancy and arse covering purposes rather than finding a practical and workable solution. It has become endemic throughout yachting in this state to my certain knowledge and no doubt it has spread its destructive tentacles to other states as well.
Maybe we need to establish "Occupy Yacht Clubs" and take them all back for the sailors?
Makes the Lipton Cup Regatta in a couple of weeks good value at under $100.
I am giving very serious thought to not doing Geelong, the only way they will learn is if we do not go.