A while ago, Rob Denney (harryproa) put forward an idea.
http://forums.sailinganarchy.com/index.php?/topic/177359-gunboat-68/&page=5 post no. 440.
At the time I wondered how long until this idea, or a derivative of this idea will become de rigueur.
It is only a matter of time, with a large part of the french ocean racing scene being sponsored by "clean/responsible" ocean use.
It is the last thing necessary to fit within it's own framework/guidelines, - ie. they already have kick up rudders, the boat cannot sink (imoca), they are self righting - it is the last thing to be addressed, so as they can sail on home/continue to race. So, to not deal with this is NEGLIGENCE.
Sticking your head in the sand & saying "it will not happen" is not acceptable anymore.
The 3 most current races, minisat, TJV & brest atlantiques have highlighted this problem.
Alex could have lost a 6(?)million dollar boat, there could have been loss of life, there could have been very large costs involved in a search & rescue operation
& of course their sponsors would have been very pissed off. (ok, they could have had a lot of exposure - but it is not positive exposure)
I have mentioned imoca above - but it applies to all boats going long distance racing.
YES - there will be some loss of performance, with the loss of the canting keel.
But with foils now clearly the way forward, the slight loss of performance (with no canting keel) can be more than made up for.
I am sure that i am not the only one thinking along these lines & it will be interesting to see how long before these measures can/will be implemented.
And for the whingers - it COULD be retro fitted to all existing boats for a reasonable price. ( POSSIBLY less than the insurance excess costs )
Have a good day.