+1 As a Governing body all I really see coming out of them are barriers to entry
Just what we need, more paperwork BS to wade thru so we can go sailing
Ya know, what with starting lines getting so crowded with hordes of enthusiastic newbies, it's great to have some way of thinning out the numbers
You don't get it, do you? You can go sailing anytime you want. After all of the tragedies of the past 3 or 4 years, US Sailing has made a commitment to safety, and if you are going to race in the US, they want you to make a bigger commitment to getting home safely. Period.
No, I don't "get it."
US Sailing is not doing ONE THING to improve safety. They are hassling sailors. How does that improve safety?
Of course, if you have a nagging-mommy complex, you might -believe- you are making somebody safer by harassing them into doing things they otherwise might not. But it's THEM taking action, not you. And it doesn't take a lot of nagging before Mommy is put out of the picture.
Sailors are the only ones who can improve their safety.
He does get it. Racing is dying. And the tragic events are you are referring to were not Beer Can race related, they were offshore events, some overnight. This is a non-sequitor association.
Beer can racing is an informal event to improve the social aspects of sailboat racing and give those with less experience an opportunity to learn. The step up to weekend racing, distance racing and overnight racing, and perhaps even ocean racing, requires a step up in regulations and requirements. Think of BC racing as running a 5K versus running a marathon. From gear to preparation, it's a lower key event meant to bring in new participants.
There is danger. But people must accept that there is risk in everything they do and stop expecting someone else to neuter those risks for them. I have seen ocean racing boats that have met all of the tick marks in the requirements, but not at all prepared for what lay before them. The regulations you are pointing at will offer no real safety for the same reasons. And you will drive away inexperienced racers due to complications, hoop jumping efforts and added cost. All to go two white sail racing.
Fortunately, SA is the place where few boat owners actually come to talk and almost no RC's visit. So this entire thread is likely moot.