I think that most everybody is missing T2X's point, it is not the open cockpit boats per se that are dangerous, it is racing them on short courses with multiple tight turns that makes it dangerous. Stepped V-bottoms might go fast but anyone who thinks that they carve turns solidly and safely at speed is kidding only themselves.
Sure, racing is by definiton a dangerous pursuit, BUT not taking obvious precautions to make it as safe as possible is just plain foolish (as in Philip's example). Yes, nobody puts a gun to your head to force you into a race boat, but race promoters and organizers shouldn't condone foolish behavior. They have an obligation to put on as safe a spectacle as they can for the fans AND the racers. If you aren't going to change the boats (i.e. slow them down or insist on canopies), then you really should change the courses they run on!
I was there when Jack Stoerrle died. Yes, we were running in P-3 as a tune up the next days F-2 race, but we were in F-2 trim and racing VERY hard in identically matched boats. It was my boat he was trying to catch and it was my wake that they got hung up on when the boat went over in a turn at speed. A canopy would have clearly saved his life. Let's all try and learn just a little bit from this and other tragedies. I know I did. My boat hasn't been raced since that sad day.
A guy like Rich Luhrs has a lot to offer to those who are smart enough to listen to him. I don't think he is bitter at all. Weary, maybe, from making the same observations over and over to a mostly unwilling-to-listen audience, but not bitter.
Keep it up, Rich.