I'd venture to say - overscheduling.
You had the Statue Race, then Rock Hall JO event (that drew a lot of Hobie parents), then the Barnegat Breezer regatta, then the Corsica River event last weekend.
Area C is pretty much Hobie 16 and 17 territory - they're not so much interested about winning a spot to compete in an event on a spin boat that's totally different than what they're used to sailing.
Add in the decent sized Hobie 18 Fleet... again... a spin class event is not interesting or important to them.
The A cat fleet does not see the two man championship on spin boats as interesting or important.
The F16 fleet is primarily single handed in the region... again the championship is not interesting or important.
The Chesapeake Nacra 20 fleet does not travel, especially to a buoy race. (see NA attendance). Buoy races are not that interesting or important to these guys.
OVERSCHEDULED??? relative to the interest in attending the area championship... ABSOLUTELY....
We also had a conflict with Special Olympics this weekend and Wildwood (Hobie) and Bristol (A cats) the following weekends... (Our most dedicated racers also make the Special Olympics happen.)
Unless the one design classes agree to exchange one of their OD events for the Area Championships, we will be over scheduled.
By design.... each OD class is scheduling the number of events that they believe they (the OD class) can optimally support... Add one more event like the Area qualifier and you are over scheduled!
We need to restructure or punt on the championships in my region
(Area C includes Va Beach, Hampton, Annapolis, Washington DC, Baltimore, Wilmington, Philadelphia and up through North Jersey just south of New York City.)