This thread would have to be the biggest heap of stinking armchair excrement I have seen on Sailnet in a while.
Two boats we know very little about have gotten in trouble offshore in circumstances we know very little about. Thats the story. That and they were part of a rally.
You can have the best weather router in the world - but weather changes - as you've just pointed out. Then it comes down to the preparedness of the participants. If they aren't prepared - you have a serious problem.
Why not hold rallies to the same safety standards as races? It really makes little sense not to.
Standards??? Regulation??? From Mr BFS.......
Because cruising is not racing.
I go cruising to escape bureaucratic morons trying to tell me what to do. Thankyou very much but I will not be asking them to inspect my boat and grant me permission to take my boat offshore.
It begins and ends there.
Rallies can be fun. I didn't think they would be our cup of tea, but they have helped us build confidence, not because we expected other experienced boats to bail us out offshore, but because we got to chat with those guys before we went and we learn't a thing or two and when we got there those guys were also there to raise a glass and toast the fact that we had conquered challenges.
If any one let's a rally make decisions for them and follows blindly then they are an idiot and need to read the two words above. However if being in a rally every now and then makes us bad, irresponsible silly sailors then......
As for PCP charging us all, taxing and licensing sailors to the hilt......
That conversation annoy me and i have had it several times.
I personally think as a group sailors contribute enough to society, but this is the kind of wonderfully emotive topic that get's people all angry and righteous everytime some poor bastard punches his eprib.
Without getting political- I think you will find that the money spent rescuing sailors is insignificant compared to the money governments spend dealing with things like self imposed health issues, crime, etc etc. When everyone receives a bill for their burden on society then I will be open to sailors paying more.
BTW I am a RYA Yachtmaster (Offshore). So yes I have done safety and sea training and my boat currently meets ISAF CAT 1.
Yet there would be people on here who have none of this and are 100 times more suited than I to cross oceans.