I watched the RYA interview. I'm not sure quite what I expected Gus to say, but I was disappointed with the apparent justification/approval he gave for the current position. He sounded like a supporter of the status quo and I was left with the impression that they consider the current position w.r.t. mainland Europe as acceptable.
So, after an exchange of emails with Gus, I am now convinced that the RYA have little or no intention to argue or lobby for any changes to the supply of fuel and that they consider the supply of red as an immutable requirement.
As some of the exchanges were quite lengthy, I've set out one of his responses below, together with a summary of the point to which he was responding.
I asked about the fact that it'll take me approximately 1.5 years to adequately dilute my red to a legally acceptable limit.
and Gus' reply (copied entirely) I take to mean that he agrees that Belgium is off limits to UK sailors who are not prepared to flout Belgian lawOriginally Posted by My Question
"My particular circumstances" being the same as most sailing boats who may sail to Belgium. I think this is an unacceptable position for the RYA to take.Originally Posted by Gus Lewis' Response
I also asked about many other issues. E.g.
- How do I get proper, reliable supplies of white?
- I asked what the RYA's view on filling from cans was (because of the associated spillage risk and the fact I have to put to sea to fill)
None of which he answered despite being asked each twice.
Putting aside my preferred solution of banning red and requiring leisure users to use white, I feel that the RYA should be campaigning for some kind of improved situation (whatever it is) rather than seeming to agree with the unsustainable bodge we have at the moment.