so not cool

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So, over the last year I have seen a new trend emerge, teams using GoFundMe, Facebook, Pateron or other social media outlets to ask for people to donate to cover expenses for big regattas. These are not community sailing groups or youth teams.  These are privately funded teams owned by regular folks that have cars, houses and their own racing sailboat.  It never occurred to me to ask others for money to fund my hobby to supplement the disposable income that I spend on racing.

On the one hand, I think, no big deal, if you don’t like it don’t donate.  But, on the other hand, I wonder if it is appropriate and actually clouds the landscape for actual charitable teams that need assistance.

So, what do you all think, is soliciting for regatta expenses for everyday privately funded campaigns cool or not cool?

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