Should be the exact same rules for both Paul. RPAYC isn't the bad guy here, neither is Darren. It might be the case where B2G hasn't enforced the rule? RPA hasn't just made up a rule...
Morticia had all the required paperwork in 2 months early. Owner received email notification on the afternoon before the race start that the paperwork was inadequate. Who is the bad guy there?
If the requirements were in the Blue Book (as I believe they are, mine is on the boat) then it was NOT the RPA's requirement to bring them to the notice of anyone. It was the responsibility of owners to check that their boats could comply with the rules when they got their entries in.
The requirement for this paperwork was quite explicitly set out in the multihull NoR of 21 September, isn't it?
5.2.1 Entries in the 33rd Club Marine Pittwater to
Coffs Harbour Ocean Race must lodge with
the Organising Authority a valid:
Verification of stability (YA SR 3.05 and
amendments issued by YA);
Verification of construction as per YA SR Part
1, Section 3.03.
Isn't it also mentioned in the entry checklist, as below, published 10 December?
Verification of Construction
Supporting Documentation: _____________________________
The NoR also states that these items "must be received by
the Organising Authority no later than
1700hrs on Friday, 6 December 2013."
So if (as appears to have been the case) RPA clearly stated twice that the construction had to be documented, AND gave the multis almost an extra month after the due date, then how in the world can they reasonably cop any blame in this matter?
The NoR and other rules set down the minimum standards. Owners must ensure that they meet them. It is NOT up to the clubs to hold owners' hands by ringing them up and saying "oh, we have done your homework for you and found that you ignored rule X, but don't worry about it we'll just let ourselves be sued if anything relevant goes wrong."
Have you ever sat in an inquest and seen the junior staff in a club's sailing office get grilled? I've seen it and it's not something I would want to go through, nor was the condemnation of the club and named staff members by the coroner. Why on earth should the RPA be supposed to be the "bad guy" when all it was doing is ensuring that it, and its staff, were not put in such a position?
You wrote of personal responsibility earlier. In this case, the personal responsibility is on owners to ensure that their boats comply with the rules. As others have noted, even boats like Wild Thing have been bounced from races for failing to meet this sort of rule.
If anything, it sounds like RPA bent over backwards by giving boats the maximum possible time to get their homework done. And for all that, they get whinges and abuse. Great PR for offshore multihull sailing!