How would members of the team feel about "volunteering" for the recreational team? The rec team cannot fill the boat during their practices. We could both interact with the rec team and offer them a more enjoyable experience if we filled some of the empty seats. We also may be able to recruit some of them if we "volunteer" over a period of time. I suggest that at least four of us rotate through the rec boat each week. It would require, at most, one day per team member per month. A team member who is paddling on the rec boat could skip one of his or her team practices so that he or she does not become overly "dragonboated" in a particular week. Does this work for all of you? I can take next Tuesday. I am willing to do more than one day a month if we can get this idea moving.
In the interest of full disclosure, I have a friend on the rec team. However, I am more concerned because most of us started paddling with the rec team. I view the rec team as a potential source of recruits and a form of TRRA outreach. We will suffer in the long term if we lose that link with the community, and we may lose that link if people lose interest in the rec team because the boat is perpetually half empty.