Kinda the same......
"To join a World Cruising Club rally, you will need a seaworthy boat. We don't define the type of boat, but we do set some limits on boat length (see the FAQs in the rally pages), and we expect you and your boat to have completed an offshore passage in the year before the rally."
Note: the only passage requirement for the ARC is to get to St Lucia ~500 miles.
Yes. But the second you start comparing rally against rally, you need to compare the other factors beyond that standard to entry (cost, safety standards, etc.) . Compare those of the C1500 and SDR and you see some striking differences (I laid them out earlier in this thread).
You can't just take one thing in isolation in these comparisons.
Look, there are folks who have sailed more and folks that have sailed less but if someone wants to go sailing and chooses to join a rally it's all on them.
I totally agree with you. That choice of whether to join a rally or not is all on them. But I can virtually guarantee that if the rally organization
encouraging these big groups of sailors to hit the GS in winter has problems like this (necessitating a USCG Marine Safety Alert) - and is not seen to be policing itself to counteract such problems...it makes for a lot of interest from outside parties. Just look at the Farrallones race tragedy aftermath.
LWhat happened in the SDR could just as easily have happened in the Carib 1500. Sometimes, we as sailors are unlucky.
I have this feeling you might have said no to Laura Dekker?
That's true - luck has something to do with it. Good seamanship has a lot to do with it as well. You can't always rely only on luck.
At 13? Yes, I would have definitely said no. At 20, I might consider going out with her.