Here's a thought....you can only get the kit if you've "sailed on the ship" and by that I mean the chosen big race at least once.
I mean Henley wasn't a massive success but the Outlaw was and Nice has about 30 people going, with Austria next year would be easier to manage.
So it might refocus everything onto the big trip..if you see what i mean
It could be set up to be Europe one year and one of the 17 UK races the next to assist those with family/money/work issues.
You sail once,you can order pirate kit at any order thereafter.
Also introduces you to the core of the group and potentially stops the "i want pirate kit for an IM i plan to do in 2020"
As i say its just an idea i've had and probably not very well thought out......
Shall I send mine back them? Never done the "big race" or the main pirate sailing, but still feel proud to call myself a pirate as have finished 4 iron distance events