Number 1 does not concern the duties of my office. (CRE) You would need to direct your complaint or comment to the proper APBA Offshore official or violations board that handled that situation for an explanation.
Number 2 was before CRE's existence and is probably one of the many reasons it was formed and I'm not sure what compliance with todays rules have to do with an incident in 1999.
Your assumption that there was prior application or “notification” is untrue and again I will state that your source(s) have at the very minimum compromised their creditability. Your first post indicates that you were not sure that “it was done EXACTLY on time”. Neither statement is true with regards to this incident, there was no application, only after the fact admissions and notifications.
The rules are clear, "application" for manufactures 60 days prior to competition and "Any request for changes to the original mold (including inserts) or to boats produced from the mold must be submitted in writing to CRE and approved by CRE in writing prior to the change and at least 30 days prior to competition."
No where in the rules have I found a statement that notification vs application and approval of a change to an existing boat is a criteria to make a legal change.
1999 was a long time ago and I would say more than a few things have improved, including better enforcement of rules. I'm sure that rules enforcement will get better in the future as well.
Number 3 answer is that APBA Offshore officials impose penalties, CRE inspects, certifies, keeps records, investigates violations and makes reports of findings with recommendations. It (CRE) has no vote in accessing any penalties and does not benefit. However, I will tell you that it is not the first time that boats making "unauthorized changes" have been accessed weight penalties by this sanctioning body.
Your initial post of "fact" made an untrue statement of something that I "personally" was supposed to have done while insinuating that this office is or I’m less than creditable because it or I consider who the situation involves and I have or intentionally overlooked or approved certain homologation criteria disingenuously.
I would submit that you are more than just a mere fan as you hold out or try to portray on this board because you have facts, albeit a bit skewed by your resource, beyond the normal fans general knowledge or anything that has been posted in public, in fact, I believe the penalties were sent by Certified Mail to the parties involved and have not been released by APBA Offshore or CRE pending written notification.
I have no problem enlighting or steering you in the right direction on anything that has to do with this office and how it operates, or this incident, but you have to keep the subject to things that are done by this office (CRE).
For answers to other situations or decisions, either prior to my association or that have to do with APBA officials, you will have to address those parties at the next race that you attend.
Do try to find a better and unbiased source for your information because it makes you appear to have an agenda to smear CRE, APBA Offshore or myself with inuendo and misrepresetation for a rules violation that was dealt with properly. I doubt that is your intention.
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Edited (corrected spelling mistakes)