This poll is for people like me, who crew whenever and wherever they can, purely for the fun of it and not as a source of income.
Presently, I would consider myself regular crew on 4 different boats. I sail with each of them at least once a week (*and this is how I define "regular basis" in Question 5). These four programs sometimes participate in regattas that conflict with each other. In addition, I sometimes get asked to do regattas on other boats when someone else has recommended me to sail with them. This can create further conflicts.
While I admit that I do derive enjoyment from being in demand (OK, it's a big ego booster), it can sometimes be overwhelming, like being caught in the middle of a tug-of-war. So I'm starting this thread to see what other folks think, and how others choose which events to participate in. I'm hoping to tap into the collective of wisdom and experience here to better manage my schedule and maximize benefits to me and the people I sail with.
Lastly, a question for the skippers who have crew like me (posted here because the poll only allows 5 questions): How do you feel about a crew whose racing schedule has some conflicts with yours?
- Zero tolerance. I expect 100% commitment to the entire season (except for major catastrophe like family emergencies or serious injury/illness).
- I tolerate it, but I don't like it. I usually relegate them to less important roles, or positions that are more easily replaceable, where their absence won't affect performance as much.
- I'm OK with it. My crew is versatile enough to be able to fill in when that person is gone, or my crew pool is deep enough that I will always have a backup.
- I'm happy that my crew gets to sail on other boats. It makes them better sailors and they can bring that knowledge and experience back to my boat. My boat is better for it in the long run.
- Other? Please explain...