The most important reason to attend Open Meetings is to have fun, both on and off the water. I have sadly not attended many in the past few years for no other reason than a lack of a good crew. High expense must be a deterent factor to many at the moment, but this can be minimised by camping on site and simple catering such as barbeques. We cannot do much about the cost of fuel.
Good topic, Colin – I hope plenty of people contribute.