Originally Posted by Charlie
Funny thing I was looking at the Jester Challenge and the Singlehanded Transpac websites yesterday. I sure like the idea of the Jester Challenge but am handicapped in that my boat is 33' long and in Italy.
As Phil said, probably could get invited easily enough - well, as long your boat wasn't a racing
. But a bit of a trek to get to the start line.
I also have another boat on the West Coast of US but I looked at the requirements for safety equipment and realized that even with a boat it would cost me multiple boat bucks to bring my boat up to the standard required for the race. My thought then turned to organizing a race from Ensenada Mexico to Hawaii to get away from the legal hassles and nanny state of California. Didn't get much beyond that thought.
Interesting thought you have. I like the idea of it being a Rally.
Over here (and even in the UK) the potential legal liability side is pretty limited for a simple challenge (like the Jester - which was my inspiration for creating a non-race), as 1 step away from a bet.
But when you become a "race" or likely even a "rally" the scope
for a legal downside increases (whether or not someone has a leg to stand on, rule
1 is to avoid the aggro and cost of lawyers and court), and even my rather laizzez faire attitude to many things legal
baulks at that, even this side of the world. Plus of course I am wayyyyy too lazy
. The idea of doing either in the US of A would fill me with dread (fairly or not)......and would rest on whether I could make enough cash to take the risk, but others clearly have.........
TBH, the reason for going Jersey to Jersey (and back) is to discourage too many folks from taking part (as well as the connection / gimmick) - given that this will be self-funded intially (on peanuts!) and a good chance it will stay that way! (am still puzzling through the details)......the purpose is simply for me to have a "yacht race" under my own banner / brand, even though of course it is not actually a race, but landlubbers mostly won't know the difference - or care
For a rally that I wanted folks to take part in I would pick a route
that folks were going to anyway, or there was a very good reason ($$$
) for me to try and direct folks to a destination
..........from Italy / the Med
given the recent upset in North Africa
a rally might be a goer to a "safe" destination
- perhaps end of the season? or simply a tour. Somewhere like Libya also springs to mind, when it quietens down a bit! - get in on the ground floor (someone will).