What gets me is anybody can buy/build a boat and sail anywhere within our NZ waters when they like and do so in a boat of any condition. The only repercussion would be embarrassment on national TV.
The same people could organize a race under their own steam (even with a club not affiliated to YNZ -eg Mana CC) and race boats with no regs/inspections... and no worries.
Organize a race with a YNZ associated yacht club and BAM!... rules, regs, cost, finger pointing....
Some how the old days of commonsense and freedom has been overtaken by .......
I,all leave the rest to you guys
To leave the country you need cat 1.
And when we are talking racing, there is a driver to make your boat lighter than the next gys, hence weaker. Sure, it is stupid to go too far, but who knows where too far is?
Some form of regualtion is fine with me, as long as its sensble and not pricing people out of the game.
Some say there should be no rules.
Most "racing Yachties" are great When you consider the muppets that venture out in fizz boats, and some go way out wide in search of groper etc, every weekend and with bugger all safety certs/ inspections etc...
Most sailors in NZ, and more so the racing types, are very safety conscious and WOULD BE FINE WITH LITTLE REGULATION as they all want to return home.
The rules are made to allow for the 1% idiot factor... and in most cases they deserve exactly what they get.