My point has always been that with the newer sailors allowed in via low experience requirements...
yeah, keep on repeating that nonsense, perhaps someday you'll get someone else to believe it... :-)
The difference is, with no real safety standards in place, all the SDR can count on is luck. I've never seen that as good seamanship.
, yet again... :-)
If you were organizing an offshore rally to the Islands, what sort of crowd would you prefer have sailing in it?
Those that are willing to assume TOTAL AND COMPLETE RESPONSIBILITY
for the preparation of their boat and crew, and make their own decisions regarding the point and time of departure and route?
Or, those willing to pay a substantial fee to sit in a marina, rely on a cursory safety check to spot shortcomings in their preparation, and wait until some Rally Guru gives them the green light, and tells them when it's OK to leave?
Dave has it EXACTLY right:
The safety standards of the NARC and SDR are the best there are: experience on the part of the crews. Experienced owners, skippers, and crew will make educated decisions about what is appropriate for them and their boats before heading offshore.