Here's what I would like to see:
First no classes. Well maybe just two, open cockpit and canopies other than that run what you brung. Whether it be a twin turbine 42 MTI or a 29 Activator with a Merc 850 in it. Remember it's not just boats racing other boats , they are battleing distance and seas. Anything can go wrong.
I'm into boats and racing , but my eyes just kind of glaze over when someone starts asking questions about classes. I can't keep up with all the rules between all the sanctioning bodies.
Second, I think the venues have to be from point a to b and back to a.
Port Huron MI to Lexington MI and back (Lake Huron)
Mentor OH to Kelly's Island OH and back (Lake Erie)
Grand Haven MI to Ludington MI and back (Lake Michigan)
Luna Pier MI to Put in Bay OH and back (LAke Erie)
Mackinaw City MI to Cheboyagon MI and back (Lake Michigan)
Key West to Miami and back
I think if you start having races like this you will see a change in the boats.