All good points. So far NSW has been pretty good - enshrined RRS between yachts racing under an aquatic licence, and even better streamlined the Aquatic licence process.I'm excruciatingly aware of the AS Prescription to RRS 46.
So AS has invented a rule that it's not practical for competitors to enforce in accordance with RRS Basic Principles Sportsmanship and the Rules, harms participation, and is unpopular with competitors.
Jolly good luck to AS.
I'll start to believe that crew lists contribute to safety when I see a Maritime Safety Regulation requiring every 12 ft tinnie, and every 60 ft gin palace from the Fish Markets to complete a crew and passenger manifest.
I'm also aware that in France, every sailor requires a licence to go racing, and in NZ the government can prevent any boat from putting to sea if they don't think you're safe enough.
Can you imagine what will happen if the NSW government realises that people are paying what is effectively a licence fee to go sailing? How long before the government decides they want a piece of that?
Now all they need to do is understand that as much as they want us to obey the KFC mark at Bradley's Head, we can't according to the same rules!