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Clearing crab pot buoys/lines
We had Columbus Day Regatta this past weekend and had, I think, 25 boats in our little bay. We (committee boat) went out at 1100 on Saturday and set up our markers. There were crab pots everywhere as usual and the Coast Guard Auxilliary let them know that they were on a race course and should move. I didn't hear any griping near us but I'm sure there was some but they all either went in or moved up bay and we had racing all afternoon.
On Sunday word had gotten out that we were racing again and there were very few crabbers around. But as we were setting up the committee boat and course markers, one salty old crabber moved right into the finish line area and started dropping pots. One salty sailor sidled her boat up next to the crabber and let him know about the regatta, our Coast Guard permit, finish line, etc. Salty Crabber got salty with the Salty Sailor and so she just sidled away and said "have a great day crabbing".
Sailboats were soon everywhere around us getting ready to race. Dodging the little crabber and his pots and then one fast sailor, a Santana 20 I think, went by fast and then just like in the cartoons slowed to a halt like it snagged a rubber band. It went slinging back ward and a crew member deftly reached overboard and sliced the buoy line. Off they went, away went the buoy and off went Salty Crabber's short fuse. He pulled up his pots and went off to find a CG Aux boat to gripe to. They told him he was warned, there's a race, a permit, etc. Problem solved.
I wouldn't advocate it on non-race day, but it worked yesterday. I'm pretty sure the S20 did it intentionally too because the crew member with the knife was too quick to cut the line for it to be unintentional.
Cal 36 #54