the new norm?

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Looking for insight and feedback.  I had a recent discussion with sailing friends regarding what I’d call “pay to play” with crew for races.   The boats I play with as crew it was the norm to BYOB, and perhaps contribute snacks and lunch or such.

Labor for maintenance was desired but not demanded. Transitioning into distance and ocean races I’m hearing more about owners “requesting” contributions, sometimes significant amounts of cash to get on a boat, cash for new sails, more significant entry fees, bottom jobs, yadda yadda.    Thought being if crew forks over bucks. They’re more “invested” in the event.  Is this now the new norm?

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