ok, let me lay this out on the table.
within 10 minutes of arriving at the regatta friday the comment was made to me that "some people are pissed at you for grabbing subregatta.com"...bla bla bla.
listen up folks.... here's the deal: my intentions are NOT to create a site that in any way is meant to compete with, detract from, or step on the toes of the subcommittee.com website. IT IS MEANT TO COMPLIMENT and ADD TO our subcommittee home. simple as that!
i thought i was doing something helpful by simply trying to offer my own design abilities, the server space i have available to me, my money (its not cheap to host a photo archive site the size of which this could grow to, with hundreds, if not thousands of photos and videos), my time, etc to have a one-stop-shop for memories of the greatest event of the last 18 years, the regatta. i see it no different as me paying my dues, buying craploads of raffle tickets, buying from our great vendors, or any other such thing that is intended to SUPPORT our hobby. ive been a member for 10 years now, and ive always treid to find some little way to give back. this is nothing more than another way for me to show my support.
if i didnt express my intentions clearly enough at first, then let me do so now: the site, if in fact i do it at all, would be littered with banners and endlessly linked back to subcommittee.com. ....extension of, not competition.
im tired of the drama and ridiculous bickering that has gone on in the recent past. thats why i dont frequent the message boards as much as i once did. when i have a specific question, i usually email directly the people who i know will have the answer. i said as much in a conversation just 2 days ago with skip, brelsford, myles, and others.
if this idea of mine is going to cause some kind of drama, or even give the hint of it, then whoever wants the domain name can have it. i already pay hundreds of dollars a year for the server space and bandwidth that i use for other sites in other hobbies of mine. so the whopping $9.99 i spent for buying the domain is no sweat of my back. if the subcommittee wants it, they can have it. consider it 10 more raffle tickets i bought.
im sorry for the tone of this, but im not going to allow this to become another source of drama or tension. its not worth it to me. so what it comes down to is this: if people would like an archive memory site of regattas past, id be happy to do it. if not, so be it.
now please excuse me while i go build something.