Originally Posted by Polwart
But my point is the regulations make no distinction between the actual use of the boat - they make the distinction on the basis of ownership, who recieves any payment, and that it is being used for the sport or pleasure of the club/club member.
Would the situation be different if the "professional film crew" were filming only for coaching purposes, or were an "amatuer crew" filming only for the club website? I'm not seeing the distinction - nor has anyone cited an actual rule that is being broken. Lots of people who are much closer to the commercial side of powerboat use than me are saying it is unnaceptable - but none have actually said where the rules say so; I have cited rules, which to my interpretation say the opposite - although as I noted at the time the "grey area" was whether film crews were there for the sport/pleasure of the club/member.
I think it does. The RYA exemption specifies what you can do and how you do it. The MCA coding specifies that anything done specifically 'for gain' should be covered by the relevant code.
If a yacht club is engaged/sponsored to run a national competition - then as long as the boat is doing stuff regarded by RYA as being in the scope (or the spirit) of their exemption, then that's fine (i.e. safety).
Stick a professional, paid cameraman on the boat, it's a media boat - not a safety boat, so the RYA exemption doesn't cover it - so you'd then need to go to the MCA, and go the coding route.
I understand that coaching videos are included in the RYA exemption (i.e. doing RYA stuff) - so that's fine. If it appears on TV, and is done for gain - then it isn't.
I ran the boat that did the coverage of the harbour and the start for the 3 Peaks Yacht Race (the Barmouth end) in 07 for the C4 TV programme - with a coded boat. I WOULD have been hacked off if someone uncoded had rocked up and taken that work away from me. I also did safety boat cover (unpaid) for a number of regattas for the yacht club along with half-a-dozen other uncoded RIB owners who are yacht club members - which is great - no problem.
As always - IMHO, of course.