Originally Posted by BubbleheadMd
Americans like safety, Paulo. We just don't like the government to force it down our throats. We prefer to police ourselves.
I know that, but different concepts. It is not a question of Police but of choice.
If I understand the differences on America each one decides what it is important for the safety of the boat and crew and the organization is not responsible for anyone's safety.
In Europe each one decides what it is important as safety equipment but besides each one's opinion (that are different) there is a list of mandatory equipment you have to have, agreeing with it or not and that equipment will be verified by the organizers. That list represents what the organizers see indispensable for safety and as they are responsible for the safety of all, you have it or you will not participate.