Rules and regulations can be good and help keep things orderly. Sometimes it works. But sometimes, it’s just red tape or a bureaucratic mess with people following rules they don’t understand, don't make sense for the situation or simply don't know how to carry out. Sailing is all about freedom, the escape, living on your own terms. Except when it isn’t. Bureaucracy exists everywhere and there is no escape from it. Best we can do is learn how to navigate it.