Honorary DBSCer, and InterWeb pioneer and superstar, Mr Dougie Peckover, Esq., has produced conclusive evidence that Australian productivity has declined by 0.959% p.a. over the last 45 years. Here is a snippet from Dougie's blog:
As a 20-year-old wanting to see the world, I bought myself a one-way ticket from Montreal to Sydney and Double Bay was my first stop to try to crew on an 18. I was teamed up with Art Mayer who had an older 18, but he talked me out of it saying that for every hour on the water, I'd have to spend three working on the boat. I asked him what he would do in my position, he thought for a moment, and then said "I'd call a guy by the name of Frank Bethwaite."
So within 2 weeksof arriving, Frank was my mentor, I'd met all the Bethwaites, and I was race secretary of the NS14's. What a great experience for a kid wanting to learn more about sailing!
The ratio of rigging to sailing for an 18 has increased to 6.17:1, hence the decline in productivity.
This fall in Australian productivity is in direct contrast to what has been happening at the leading Laser club in the World, DBSC, where our volunteers have made our club the most efficient in the world.
The good news is that Dougie now sails a Laser and his blog containing a wealth of information (that even Dear Leader refers to). See you in Sydney soon, Dougie.