Your point is valid, of course. Just like in racing - it always comes down to the skipper. But how on earth can one argue against standard safety regulations in sponsored rallies when those rallies increase potential risk, just as a a race increases potential risk? It makes no sense.
How does such a rally "increase the potential risk" of any of the participants?
Have any of them been coerced, or even 'encouraged', to make the passage from Hampton to the Caribbean, against their will?