The following is from the NZ regs, I imagine the OZ stuff is much the same, why do we then have AS and YNZ sticking their noses in so much? Why do they seem to think that they have this massive liability that they want to avoid, I see that the more they involve themselves the more potential liability they have.
Or is it that they have inescapably become rampant bureaucrats and can't help themselves? Its definitely not helping grow the fleets.
A conspiracy to make sure only the fat cats can afford to enter a race, and so get the dish? Making sure those pesky weekend warriors don't show up in an old Kiwi boat and embarrass the hell out of them at the prizegiving? or even worse a boat they owned 20 years ago cleaning up their latest bling
Compliance with these safety regulations is the responsibility of the owner and skipper.
2.0 SKIPPER’S (MASTER’S) RESPONSIBILITY, CREW
2.1 The safety of a yacht and her crew is the sole and inescapable
responsibility of the skipper who must do his/her best to ensure that
the yacht is fully found, thoroughly seaworthy and manned by an
experienced crew who are physically fit to face bad weather.
He/she must be satisfied as to the soundness of hull, spars, rigging,
sails and all gear. He/she must ensure that all safety equipment is
properly maintained and stowed and that the crew know where it is
kept and be trained in its use.
The Maritime Transport Act 1994 states that the master of the vessel is
at all times responsible for the safety of the vessel, the safety of those
on board, discipline on board and for complying with all maritime
rules, regulations and bylaws.
2.3 Neither the establishment of these safety regulations and their use
by organising authorities, nor the inspection of a yacht under these
regulations in any way limits or reduces the complete and unlimited
responsibility of the skipper.
2.4 It is the sole and exclusive responsibility of the skipper of each yacht to
decide whether or not to start or continue the race or voyage.
2.5 Skippers and crews - the Maritime Transport Act 1994 states that it is
an offence to operate, maintain or carry out any other act involving any
vessel or maritime product that creates an unnecessary risk or danger
to persons or property.