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Re: Bryan Chong's first hand recount of the Low Speed Chase tragedy
I do not think the US Coast Guard is quite as likely to dismiss the idea of a physical or virtual stand-off mark out of hand as "too burdensome". And if I were the USCG, "more education and awareness" would seem not a good enough answer. Also, I suspect that the organizing authorities might not have so much latitude in the future to water down the requirements for flotation equipment to where a professional skipper could be okay with a belt pack inflatable. And, it might not be surprising if wearing tethers became required under certain conditions.
-- As I understand it, the waves can refract part way around the Farallones, and do a certain amount of swirling and bouncing around the shallow areas, so that there is often not much of a lee shore. In other words, some of it is bad, and the rest is worse.
-- One thing that has not been addressed in the reports I've seen is whether the authorities might want to impose a no-go zone for racers on the basis of the Farallones being a marine sanctuary and critical marine habitat.