Do you know that it it's inaugural year, 1947, the Ensenada Race had 117 entries, all racers. So, that means that in 65 years, the race has "grown" by 33, or 28%. That equates to .4% per year! Nice job, NOSA!
Now, in the heyday, 1983, there were 675 boats, all racing. This has been diminished to today's 150. Nice job NOSA!
It's probably inaccurate to suggest that NOSA alone is responsible for the decline in N2E participation; violence in Mexico, poor economic conditions and on line posts decrying the race have all contributed to it's decline.
Did NOSA blow it with the multihull thing? Yep, no doubt about it. Has NOSA catered to the maxi boats to the detriment of other classes? Maybe. Do cruising classes chase away the pure sailing classes? I don't see how that has been proven.
More likely the time constraints and pure logistical considerations are influencing participation more than any other factor.
Now, Walter B., you do know that the violence and BHO economy (or GWB, as you prefer) were events begining in 2008? the decline in the Ensenada Race has been, more or less, straight line (for racers) since the peak in 1983. So it would be easy, and convienent, to blame the economy and beheadings on the decline, but the fact is, the degredation of the event commenced 29 years ago, not three years ago.
As to your last point, time constraints and logistics, were these same factors not present in 1983? In fact, the logistics are substantially better today. With better transportation back to the states, with far better hotels, and Hussong's actually cleaned their bathrooms once in 1996.
My real point is that it is so easy to point the finger and say, oh, the world is different. It's the economy. It's this and it's that. And some want "proof" as to the nature of the problem. The "proof" we have is the steady decline in the event over many years. The "fix" was, among others, to add and promote cruising.
It didn't work. In fact, the inept NOSA group even enabled the formation of a competing event. Now, how insulting was that? As in "We don't like the way you run your race so we will start our own and compete with you. And do better than you."
Yes the issues are many, but it is never inept leadership is it? Best look inward on this one, not outward.