First let me say thanks to everyone that helped getting the forums functional, while the Yahoo group is a good solution for distro of communication a forum is a considerably better options for topics like these. Also let's hope this forum stays constructive and doesn't spiral down to the level of SA forums.
Here is a reposting of my email about the original questions -
Here are my thoughts on these three questions
1. Should there be a weight limit or not? Or is the current rule fine? **MP** I like the current rule set, but if a weight limit is put in place I think 750 is more appropriate
2. SHould professional sailors (ISAF cat 3) be allowed to drive, own boats, sail on boats as crew...? **MP** I think owners should drive, beyond that no restrictions on who owns or crews
3. Should owners be allowed to remove the winches? **MP** If the thought around this is that they are replaced with plates that are equal to the weight of the winches then yes owners should be allowed to remove them if they wish. Which is something I may ellect to do for light wind regattas