Anything to accomplish what "All the King's horses, and all the King's men" haven't been able to do is great in my book. ( What the heck did the horses have to do with it anyway?) I applaud any effort to create one sanctioning body for not only Offshore, but all boat racing in total. This reduces overhead, creates economies of scale and critical mass, while providing credibility and less turmoil on potential sponsor's tables.
That having been said, the true test is are these guys up to the task? John's behaviour, Steve's buying dinner, etc mean very little after years of finger pointing, disappointment, bankruptcies, and accusations of financial and political malfeasance.
If both sides are going to get anywhere, the "My way or the Highway" attitude has to stop. I'm sadly doubtful that either the timing or the participants are in place to actually make this happen........ But, I have been mistaken before ( Just ask Steve David!)...........
Good luck to Mssr's Fountain, Allweiss, and Carbonell. Here's your collective chance to prove me wrong.