My take is that rally inspections distract from the two most important elements (1. judgment 2. skill) and divert attention to "stuff" on the boat. The original Salty Dawg Rally had one important criterion: you were supposed to have made the trip before. They've drifted from that since the Knowles sold their franchise but the concept has value. A credit card is no substitute for knowing what you are doing.Would you say that the oversight of a rally organizing body is better than nothing? Or that they lend themselves to under-preparation and mistakes?
I'm more familiar with races and every one I've investigated has a requirement like this. Marion to Bermuda states:The original Salty Dawg Rally had one important criterion: you were supposed to have made the trip before. They've drifted from that since the Knowles sold their franchise but the concept has value.
I had to submit a sailing resume for Newport to Bermuda so that our boat's entry would be accepted:This means that enough of the crew to adequately manage the yacht shall have had prior experience with offshore passages or races of at least 250 miles.
I glossed over this in the rally docs. Looking at a few rally requirements more closely they don't have a requirement to this end; some have a recommendation about crew and skipper "training". I suppose that's because their market is skippers and crews without the experience.a minimum complement of four (4) persons, including a captain and crew who have shown competency in recent offshore yacht races or passages to the satisfaction of the OA.