I still count myself as an amateur and a latecomer Pirate.
I'm only going to vote if I have a realistic ambition to get to the official sailing. I'm realistic that semi-commitments aren't good enough.
As has been said, I feel special when I pull on the Pirate colours. Everybody knows and recognises us. It's an impressive marketing triumph. There's no need for a "club" name.
Which races do I fancy going to?
Lanzarote, Nice, Austria, Switzerland, Mallorca, Wales, and Outlaw.
Why? The opportunity for decent support and a party atmosphere, preferably with a good course.
One by one each got a negative mark, except Wales.
I can see why the UK races have less of a party atmosphere, it's that the morning after is like a hangover. Everyone staggers about, fails to meet up, and buggers off home. As far as I can tell the party is still going on in Mallorca.