THE ARC unapologetically markets itself at people looking to do their first ocean crossing. (You could argue of course that the ARC then also insists and checks for a level of safety that EXCEEDS Cat 1
and conducts alot of pre departure safety briefings/training - but yeah I will let you argue that
A Rally can promote safety on an Ocean passage. Not only help will be much more at hand as in what regards communications it has a great advantage. But only if the organizers did not dismiss any concern or responsibility regarding safety. On the ARC you don't leave when you want but when the organizers consider there are safety conditions to everybody.
ARC demands mandatory safety requirements regarding equipment and inspects everything. Some of the equipment needed : oceanic liferaft, Epirb, Long Range Communications Equipment, AIS, Clipping Points Attached to through bolted or welded deck plates, or similar, in positions close to the helm, and to enable crew to clip on before coming on deck, and unclip after going below, Emergency grab bag, A recognised secondary or alternative method of navigation, Jackstays/jacklines along port and starboard side decks, Bungs or softwood plugs – securely attached/stowed adjacent to each ﬁtting to enable any through hull ﬁtting (below and above waterline) to be closed off, Hacksaw and spare blades, bolt croppers or suitable method for cutting-away rigging.
Some of the equipment they strongly recommend: Storm jib, Storm trisail or 3rd reef in mainsail, Drogue or sea anchor. A drogue (for deployment over the stern), or alternatively a sea anchor, or parachute anchor (for deployment over the bow), is strongly recommended as a means to reduce the risk of capsize in heavy breaking seas.
Off course that is nany Europe
...but wait a minute, the one that organizes this is a well known American, a guy that circumnavigated several times. I guess that he does not know what he is doing, I mean American and all acting like an European in safety matters?