While our sister club in Europe, Yacht Club de Monaco, is fully funded by the member's annual subscriptions, DBSC relies on members volunteering their labour, random (tax-deductible) donations and very modest annual subscriptions to fund its world-class Laser racing program and humber timber clubhouse.
Each funding model has its own pros and cons, as expounded by dual-member, Hadrien with a H:
"Back home, it was so easy to pay a big annual fee and then just drive and park the 488GTB at the club, leave the blazer in the locker room while the paid crew gets the Farr40 prepped and then enjoy the attention of the Russian guest workers after the racing. When I heard that DBSC was a sister club I expected the same. How surprising that DBSC was not only different, but better. The fees are lower, I discovered that I liked doing the volunteer stuff, and best of all I didn't have to wear the designer stuff. I even got to wear a hijab in a non-judgmental, socially progressive environment."
The point is action is required if you still want to race Lasers in the world's biggest club fleet.
We have $50k in the bank and $50k of expenditure on the remedial works occurring in the next two months, so we need money to do all the other stuff (engine maintenance, anti-fouling committee boat, etc, etc) over the winter-break necessary to ensure we have world-class Laser sailing from August 1.
To donate to the work to fix the piles of the website, the relevant part of the ASF website is: https://asf.org.au/donate/dbsc-development/.