Sorry Mark, I had missed that, and a lot more interesting detail as well, I put it up under YNZ as I considered it the appropriate place for it, and that it was in my opinion relevant to Cat 1 rules in NZ, and the folk who decide what they will be. If the GGR was in NZ maybe Rehab might have had a point, but it is not.
Your heading for a start is misleading as no way have the GGR committee ever suggested that CAT 1 should be made redundant it is only your opinion.
With the climate and severe weather becoming more frequent and devastating CaT 1 should not be made redundant.
It would appear some have larger boats that they want to race but can't afford. If so sell your boat, buy a smaller boat and you will be able to meet CAT 1 regs as any changes will take yonks' like most wheels in big brother..
No quotation marks or url in order your post is relative to the title or that it could be verified as summary of GGR Committee opinions.
I add this and quote a article with an interview analysing / comments from Don McIntyre re the race and changes plus with an experience respected off shore racer and participant.
What can we learn from Race?
"The Golden Globe is different from the established ocean races in every way, and it fills a very particular, yet surprisingly popular, niche in the short-handed calendar. It needs to avoid repeating the same problems in this edition, but with the mooted rule changes, the 2022 Golden Globe may be a very different beast from the 2018-19 Golden Globe "
"Whether you think the Golden Globe Race concept madness or genius probably depends on whether you adhere to the view that traditional long-keeled yachts are the most intrinsically seaworthy."
"In 1968 nobody knew what type of boats would perform best. “They weren’t the right boats last time around – Suhaili was not, Joshua was not, but they created unique stories,” points out solo racer Mike Golding, who has sailed through the Southern Ocean multiple times in BT Challenge yachts and IMOCA 60s."
"Actually Robin Knox-Johnston’s first choice of vessel for his 1968 circumnavigation, a 53ft steel schooner, would not have been allowed under the new race rules."
My opinion Even R K - J was wise enough not to sail such small vessels.
"On the face of it, they did not come out of it very well. Of the 18 entrants, 13 had retired by the time Jean-Luc Van Den Heede won in 212 days. Five were dismasted. Four of those were abandoned."
"Three more had to stop racing after their self-steering systems failed. Others have been plagued by extreme barnacle growth and toxic mould, due to the sheer length of time spent at sea. The last skippers to finish were battling infections and food shortages.
But is such a rate of attrition surprising? Don McIntyre admits that the drop-out rate has been higher than expected, “As a gut feeling I didn’t think we’d have this low number of finishers, I was thinking maybe half or just less than half might have been realistic.”
Comment Mark Slats.
"The yachts’ relatively light weight is also a factor – the Rustler 36 is about 7.5 tons unladen. “I’ve done a non-stop round-the-world before on a 51-footer, it was a steel Buchanan, and it’s just a whole different game,” commented 2nd-placed finisher Mark Slats.
“That boat weighs 20 tons, so you can leave it beam on to the waves for quite a long time and nothing really happens. But on these little boats I get really nervous – the boat has to keep going forwards or you just get in trouble.”
"There was no prerequisite to carry a drogue, and no briefing discussion of storm tactics before the start, although Slats says it was a big topic of conversation among the group of skippers he chatted with on the radio."
Windvane failures led up to two of the dismastings. According to McIntyre, Are Wiig was lying hove to in 35-40 knot winds because he was working on a repair to the coupling of his Monitor windvane.
McIntyre says Goodall had deployed her series drogue before she was pitchpoled because she too had been repairing a coupling on her Monitor. When her Rustler 36 righted one side of the drogue bridle had broken away.
Three competitors – Francesco Cappelletti, Nabil Amra and Philippe Péché, all carrying Beaufort windvanes – retired following problems with the vanes or the brackets.
"Windvane reliability is an area organisers are looking to improve in the future. McIntyre is reluctant to prescribe equipment, but says they are considering making recommendations for the 2022 race."
MY OPINION Perhaps YNZ should take note and consider when he makes his recommendations although his recommendations re mast and rig where completely wrong. OPINIONS FROM THE COMPETATORS WOULD BE MORE VALID.
Plus they should consider this perhaps to ad to CAT 1, I say consider !!! if they are taking any notice of the threads.
"The Golden Globe is the only race that requires entrants to demonstrate they can set a jury rig effectively (using spinnaker poles) before the start. Wiig covered 400 miles to South Africa successfully under his. But Goodall lost DHL Starlight’s remaining spinnaker pole, boom and sails during her pitch pole."
"There will be a change to the course for 2022. Next time the fleet will have to round the island of Trinidade in the South Atlantic to port. “It takes out the whole issue of trying to cut through the South Atlantic High,” explains McIntyre. “That was challenging on the boats and it wasn’t enjoyable, because they had a lot of windward work.”
Other changes include an increase in the qualification requirements for skippers, doubled to 2,000 miles in the yacht in which they will enter."
QUOTE Dee Caffari, "And I think now the question is, is it acceptable for us to abandon these boats? Is it acceptable to leave it as a hazard or to break up in our oceans? Should we have a responsibility to scuttle our boat if we know we’re not going to have the funds to salvage it? It’s a conversation that has to start in our sport.”
How is all that relevant to CAT 1
The correct way in my opinion if you what changes to the NZ Cat 1 regulations is through your own individual yacht clubs for a resolution to be voted on and if passed then taken on to YNZ. by the clubs representative which will carry more weight than a small minority that YNZ, the world body and clubs could consider REBELS. Then YNZ takes the matter on to the world body that sets the rules and CAT 1 conditions for the individual countries affiliated clubs to administer. A individual can not make direct contact with the world governing organisation they only consider via in NZ's case YNZ. I agree with some of the comments that some off the CAT 1 regs are ridiculous or out date especially when it comes to flares is one issue. But posting such as Stev Pope which can be interpreted as misleading and manipulating reports/ comments / and implying them as quotations, which is totally unprofessional and borders on dishonesty. Some off the other posts does little to give YNZ the inclination to even consider some of the postings as browsing through the numerous threads and new topics I get the impression they are trying to distance themselves from this website. They started off in the beginning with enthusiasm answering questions fairly quickly and now no response or contact so and so ...