Maybe we are also missing on what the commercial operators are having now to contend with from their clients and just maybe the RYA/MCA are recognising the need to raise the bar in response to these demands.
As an example I am aware (from the work we do) that there are Energy Companies who are instisting that all Skippers who drive WFTV's hold the MCA STCW 95 Master <200gt CoC even if, from MGN 280, an APB Commercially Endorsed is accetpable within the Small Commercial Vessel Code.
What we should also be doing is watching the investigations from the MAIB as these reports contain recommendations which should be complied with. It is a choice bit also remember that, should a similar accident occur at a letter date, MCA Enforcement will be able to show that the operator hasn't followed the law (if the recs become Regulation) or best practice (if they don't becoem law)
Are the RYA protecting us all from ourselves I ask?