The NOLA fleet did adopt some antiquated bylaws (based on another class) back in September. They are being clarified and spiffed up and will be submitted to the fleet for adoption.
Fleet rules do require driver be either: owner ($100 per year dues) or "associate" [I think that's what its called] ($50 per year dues).
The keel steeped mast is a #%(!&% to deal with, especially if you have a painted mast. The again, if one is going to spend $8 to $10 K to travel to a national event, the mast hoist is likely not an iimpediment.