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post #520 of Old 08-07-2013
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Re: Mutiny at Dawn - Transpac Race 2013

I'm not familiar with these kinds of races so bear with me. Aren't there some kinds of basic requirements in order to be admitted to participate? Shouldn't some of those requirements, if any exist, address the issue of crew competence, possibly in the form of some kind of required shakedown cruise? It seems to me that this kind of problem could be avoided if the crew had to actually work together before signing on. Do they just accept anyone willing to pay an entry fee regardless of experience or SOME sort of qualifying information, relying on release forms to shield themselves from liability? A questionnaire with wording such as, "How many sea miles have this captain and crew recorded together?" Circle the best answer: 0 miles 25 miles 100+miles. If any answer is <100 miles then the boat does not get to participate.

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