Posted: 29/11/2013 at 11:34
The issue is now being blown out of all proportion, I agree with that. Perhaps I was to vociferous in making my points yesterday. Whilst I fear a further bottom smacking, ill try and clarify, but realise im potentially treading the hazardous path of Ctrl v.
Im not saying who should and shouldn’t race in pirate kit, ive never criticised Rosey for the sponsorship logo, it was a one off. But I don’t see anyone in favour of sponsorship on kit.
I still stand by the thrust of my argument but realise I may have jumped to conclusions, im afraid the concept wasn’t explained clearly, and a number of factors compounded that.
Looking at it from a non race team perspective, ive read phrases like leverage pirate brand, discounts and sponsorship, ive seen the kit Joddly used at Kona. Yesterday I looked at the Buccaneers website and saw banner adverts and if im honest what really put the wind in my sails was the Meridian advert and the comments ‘nut butters and fruit spreads are to die for’.
I now understand a lot of this is misunderstanding, the site was is in development but I reacted to what I saw.
Clearly this is being discussed amongst the pirate race team members and I applaud that not everyone is in favour of advertising. I wasn’t aware of that, but was aware of Joddly’s willingness to race at Kona in free redesigned kit, that compounded by the adverts led me to wonder where the lines were drawn?
I am not having a pop at the Buccaneer concept, I support it. Ive said this countless times. Im not against getting discounts for Buccaneers and Pirates, FFS ive arranged race entry discounts and freebies for pirates myself.
Unless im mistaken not all the Buccaneers are in favour of the advertising? I just cant see why its needed, if the discounts are available via doing magazine pieces etc. For me this is the thin end of the wedge.
I thought most of us did this for fun and that includes room for those with sub 10 ambitions. For me the fun is about giving, supporting, all in it together, Buccaneer or otherwise.
People have and do give a lot of time contributing to the pirates in all sorts of ways, we pride ourselves on support. If you add commercialism/advertising into the equation and it proliferates and is perceived that a minority are benefitting I think you risk losing the support of the majority, people who are happy to give their time to help out at feedstations etc. If that happens we could lose everything which is special (to me at least) about being a pirate, if thats being sanctamonious then so be it.
I shall reserve judgement for now and seem to be in a minority of one.