I was with you up to this point. Maybe most crew would prefer to sit and home and jerk off, why should I care?
The most common complaint boats have (word of mouth, not a survey of all) is they can't find crew. I put up a theory of why turnover is high, and that is all. We need to build a community. Crew are a key part of the community. While the owners go online to sign up for races, they read the barrage of information on NORs and SIs, and everything else, the few lines about a "party" at a club afterwards gets lost in the volume. An email blast should go out to all participants (owners and crews) weekly informing them of the social aspect after racing. Learning what crew want is an important part, regardless what the like to watch, other than SA, on their computers! Why should we only talk to 1 (the owner) out of 4 to 10 people on the boats?
Glenn, I'd like to suggest (at least from a PHRF or handicapped racer's perspective) that the difficulty in keeping or getting crew may be partly due to the fact that all that is touted by the 'squeaky wheel' is that OD is the only racing that has merit. Eventually, this mindset takes hold in a crew member's thoughts as they seek to improve and grow as a sailor.
From what I've seen in my 20 years of skippering racing (handicapped mostly) this eventually drives not only crew but skippers to gravitate to an OD class that they can afford. So, we get fragmented handicapped racing and lots of fragmented OD racing. Look at the J105 fleet for example. A reasonably priced boat that's been fragmented by J's own doing. J111, J80, J88, J70, etc...