I absolutely can't see hiking going away. You'll almost literally have throngs of people with torches & pitch
forks going after whoever outlaws it. Not to mention that pretty much every racing
boat out there is designed from the outset with weight on the rail as part of it's calculations.
On kites, & banding. You can use wool (well, up to a certain boat size), but it's not even a fraction as quick to affix to the sails
. And on most boats, the kites HAVE to be banded, or you'd never get them properly hoisted.
If something that big fills up with wind
when it's only 1/2 or 2/3 of the way up to the hounds, you have a MAJOR problem on your hands. The kind that causes damage in the 4-5 digit range $ wise, & gets folks hurt.
The whole proposal sounds like someone trying to further their political career, by employing the standard ploy of "it's for the environment", or "it's for their own safety". Anyone ever notice how it's not called "Global Warming" any more, but rather "Climate Change". And that thankfully a certain "famous" spokesman about it has finally shut up (more or less).
The last time I looked, the Skipper
of a Vessel is responsible for safety & everything related there to. As well as EVERYTHING which transpires onboard (or so it said the last time I checked, & was taught prior to earning a commission).