When I organized bicycle races and rides the USCF and municipal government required me to have medical aid and ambulance service on sight. How is it that ocean racing (under ISAF?) does not carry the same burden?
Uhhh, maybe because there's just a SLIGHT
difference between following a herd of bicyclists on a public road in a motorized vehicle(s), and attempting to chase a fleet of racebboats spread out over tens of thousands of square miles of open ocean???
Rather than a lifetime limit on "freebies" the CG should be permitted to examine your state of preparedness and determine from that if you should have to pay.
If you are experienced and on a well found boat but run into problems - that's why they are there.
If you buy a San Juan 24 for $500 and set off across the Pacific - you pay full freight, plus a penalty.
So, how would that work, say, in the example of the OI 41 abandoned in the Salty Dawg Rally?
A CG rescue swimmer, who jumps into the ocean in the middle of the night, but never sets foot aboard the boat, is also charged with 'evaluating" the condition/state of preparedness of the yacht?
Hmmm, perhaps we on various internet sailing forums could serve a the 'Jury of One's Peers' when these cases are brought up for evaluation? :-)
You do realize that the USCG already has the authority do declare any voyage "Manifestly Unsafe", and prohibit departure, or 'force' a vessel underway to be abandoned, right?
And yet, it is a power that is VERY rarely exercised... A classic recent example is that of the RAW FAITH, which finally went down off Cape Cod a few years ago... That piece of crap sat under the CG's nose in Rockland for years
, embarking on several false starts which either failed, or required rescue, and yet they never did anything to prevent that moron from trying again...
Maine-built ship Raw Faith sinks off Cape Cod coast ? Midcoast ? Bangor Daily News ? BDN Maine