'I think I may have just made a short story long but I think engagement is the key. What's the point of being a pirate if your not 'A Pirate' ?'
That is a very good way of putting it Duda, top of the class (for now)
I like that too... i've only done one pirate event, and the support was unbelievably lifting and something for which I was very grateful.... I sail with the pirate ship in June to Nice for my first IM, and can't wait!
However, as your words suggest, I can't help but feel that you've got to 'engage' and 'care' about the pirates in order to be a pirate to start with... going long in a year helps, but surely its not critical?