Originally Posted by killarney_sailor
If someone is on a tight budget, as we are, the Caribbean 1500 is pricey by the time you pay the entry, dockage and extra social charges for crew. If someone has a bigger, more expensive boat they are more likely to be willing to pay for the rally. If cost were not an issue I think there would be enough boats in the 35 to 40 foot range to provide a secondary 'fleet' to keep in touch with one another.
I saw on the rally website that the average (median?) length of the entrants is 47 feet. Getting up there.
From the blogs and interviews I've read, these rallys started as a grass-roots way to provide a passage with guidance and protection offered by having a caravan...and introducing an aspect of competition to it all.
Its a shame that dollars and cents have changed this into yet another open ocean race where the entry criteria are catering to the deepest wallets...wonder if this is run as for profit or not for profit.