Seriously, how can anyone make such a broad assertion? After a single offshore passage, some may have a very good idea what it's about... Others, after several more benign passages, still might not...
Why would any organized rally have such a "broad" requirement for entry? The exact opposite of your above assertion can be, and likely is, more common. And that's exactly the problem.
Look, I know your position and you know mine. All we - and/or the CG - can do now is pray for fair weather and wait. Because it seems the only lesson that has been learned from last year's SDR-debacle is that there's money to be had in this thing.