Sorry for the delay in responding, but I had missed this thread earlier. I think that in assessing the spirit of this 'challenge', one should consider the name that it has been given and what it implies. The original 'Jester', as many of you will recall
, was a 25 foot lap-strake, wooden folkboat
converted to a junk rig
by Blondie Hasler, the man generally credited with inventing the modern windvane
. Blondie deliberately carried a radio
that was only capable of receiving and not sending - he believed that it was inappropriate to call for outside assistance and that, if it came to it, the skipper
should go down with his ship.
I'm with David Old Jersey on this one - simply because we have set up an expensive maritime rescue
network should not mean that NO ONE is entitled to go to sea without equipment
etc. that the government
deems necessary. In any event, much of this was unavailable even 30 years ago and can hardly be called 'necessary'.
we have invested huge amounts in a public health care
system, but we do not (fortunately) pass laws that specify a mandatory diet, that prohibit you from drinking more than 2 alcoholic beverages a day, from smoking and from engaging in any activity that increases the risk of injury over that of of the most sedentary couch-potatoe. Yes, all of these activities/habits cause health
problems/injuries that cost society substantially; nevertheless, weighed against the cost to society of such a huge intrusion on our freedoms, even if only to act foolishly.....
Frankly, I think that this 'challenge' is a terrific idea and suspect that most vessels will be both well maintained and sailed despite
the lack of a plethora of rules and regulations