There is no question that safty issues will have to be planned out. But, to say it can't be done is very wrong. Every year there are a few little races called Paris to Dakar, Baja 500, & 1000. It's possible to have safty crews. I'm not saying it's easy just that it's possible. There is also a race called The Americas Cup (I personally have no intrest) that race takes place on the open ocean & I'm sure there are safty provisions for it. Also if a company like Baja (not my favorite) was to build a boat & win great that's one more boat company invovled that is not currently racing. Every year there is a Catalina ski race (skiing behind an offshore boat can't be that safe). That seems to happen without major issues. Here's an idea lets do the same only a little longer a little faster & without the skiers.