Rich and Tony. This is a problem but hard to solve as people that have not yet joined may at a later date Yes you could say they are not a a member at the time they raced so scores should not count for those races. I know it changes peoples position but for it to be amended and amended again and again if people join later would be lots of work for poor Simon. Leaving the visitors in keeps the attendance figs up and shows us as a friendly class, which we are. I think it was discussed at a AGM a few years ago and it was agreed that visitors from their home club would be allowed to race at their club in our Open without joining. I believe these results should stand but a traveling visitors should not. I guess the easy answer is to get people to join early who intend to join. ( Yes that's me included) I thought we encouraged visitors to try to grow our membership in the future. I do see both your points though. New Boy
The question of BMBA/Visitor being shown in results is IMHO rather unnecessary. I can appreciate that it might just persuade some sailors to join, but shows a negative impact if you add up the numbers for the Somerville series. There are only 18 members active in this series and it definitely gives a false impression of the state of the Association. I would suggest that the BMBA/Visitor column is removed from the results, because most of the non members will not qualify anyway.
The BMBA / Visitor column is a separate Fleet. At the beginning of the season quite a few competitors had not actually paid their subscriptions. So to make my life easier I have included all results. At the end of the series I can separate the fleets as necessary to give a different results standing.
As a class we actively welcome visitors from home "Open Meeting" clubs to attend and it is only fair to let them see how well they do.
As far as the Nationals are concerned only those who are paid up members of the BMBA will have their results counted, so if you are going make sure you have paid your Subs to Ian, and all the documentation is now available on the web.