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What good will any of that do if you decide to "cut the corner" and get too close to a lee shore? THAT is the decision in question here.

I can see it now:
Crew: MS, you're steering us too close to the rocks! We're inside the break line if a big set comes!!!
MS: Don't worry. I have a turkey baster and a spare prop. We'll be fine.
Agree, it is where you go that matters. When I raced off- road motorcycles in the desert a "course" was set up, with check points to keep the riders "on course". The course was laid out to keep people from riding down abandoned mineshafts, blind washes and so on, a safety factor. Way points in about 80 feet of water would have likely prevented this accident. Waypoints seem very simple, am I missing something?

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Re: Bryan Chong's first hand recount of the Low Speed Chase tragedy

MS,

What is ridiculous is to expect the CG to just carry on, business as usual, after FIVE PEOPLE DIED. WHAT THE F__K is so important about a few silly boat races that they can't be suspended while this incident and its associated safety issues are sorted out?

If Capt. Stowe wants to make sure none of her people have to unnecessarily risk their lives rescuing racers who can't keep their boats away from hazardous surf (all in the name of "fun", or the pursuit of a shiny pickle dish), HOW THE F__K are you qualified to second-guess that decision? When was the last time YOU dropped from a helicopter and pulled someone out of such a mess, or had the responsibility for sending others into such danger??? Why don't you just go play with your toys, write your little web postings on the best crimping tools, and let the safety professionals do their jobs?

Never forget them. Do something to prevent it from happening again.
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Re: Bryan Chong's first hand recount of the Low Speed Chase tragedy

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Agree, it is where you go that matters. When I raced off- road motorcycles in the desert a "course" was set up, with check points to keep the riders "on course". The course was laid out to keep people from riding down abandoned mineshafts, blind washes and so on, a safety factor. Way points in about 80 feet of water would have likely prevented this accident. Waypoints seem very simple, am I missing something?

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Waypoints may well be the answer, or at least a major component of such. But, let's give the professionals a little time to sort things out, and make a well considered decision. Let things cool off a little. Let everyone have some input, before a "solution" is enacted.

Making a hurried decision often results in the Law of Unintended Consequences asserting its authority.

Never forget them. Do something to prevent it from happening again.
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Making a hurried decision often results in the Law of Unintended Consequences asserting its authority.
Couldn't have said it better myself... Capt. Cynthia Stowe's hurried decision comes immediately to mind...

I fully suspect the private sector race organizers WILL set a rounding mark for that course and the safety issues will be addressed.


Now what about all those canoes, kayaks, open motor boats and unsafe cruising sailors, why are we ignoring their safety......

Why can my daughter ride a big yellow death trap with NO SEAT BELTS yet I must be strapped in or face fines. What about the "children"..

There's no need to get all riled up, use masked four letter words or make weak attempts at personal level insults. The four letter words and menial attempts at personal level insults are not going to change my opinion of the situation at hand. I am also certain my approach to the situation will not change your mind but hopefully it does make some think about our approaches to judging others sailing decision making processes..

I am sure you and others feel I carry waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay to much stuff and it is over kill. Yet I may feel 95% of boaters carry to little to be safe. I am merely trying to promote some critical thinking of how we judge from the sidelines while at the same time perhaps not being 100% safe ourselves. That makes us hypocritical.

Can anyone of use 100% guarantee we will never need rescue from the USCG? Absolutely not. There are far to many scenarios to account for all we can do is do our best. I feel LSC made the best decision they THOUGHT they could make that day and it was still not good enough. Someday perhaps you or I will make a mistake too and everyone will be sitting here stomping the keyboard arguing for more government intervention because of your or my lack of forethought or planning. The difference is I don't believe government intervention will solve anything here and it is simply to appease non-sailors. I still find that offensive and condescending to the sailing community.

If it makes you feel better about yourself then by all means feel free to use the masked four letter words and make attempts to trivialize and demean my contributions to the community.. That becomes a reflection on you, not me....

You don't agree with me, I will never agree with your position on this level of government intervention on sailing because I believe the private sector race organizers and US Sailing will work it out.... We already have the COLREGS in place that are a darn good set of rules for ocean safety.. I was just at a US Sailing seminar two weeks ago and they take this stuff VERY, VERY seriously. I have faith that the race organizers will address this, some don't.

That's the nature of life. Not everyone is of the same belief. However, I think we can continue to discuss it without using masked four letter words or taking it to personal level.....
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Check. Oh, you forgot rum and condoms.
Yeah I forgot my entire "medical" stock pile....

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(Turkey baster is a nice touch though.)
Never know when you might need to artificially inseminate someone or clean up spilled battery acid or oil.....

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Where does the nanny madness stop? What is "safe" and prudent for YOU may not be safe and prudent for ME....
Honestly maine, I think you're making a weak point...rather hysterically...but still weak. The USCG is doing the right thing. And the OA - and wider SF racing community - will make the right call in imposing some sensible rules for increased safety in the future races. It'll work out.

And you'll still be free to use your turkey baster as you wish.


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Honestly maine, I think you're making a weak point...rather hysterically...but still weak. The USCG is doing the right thing. And the OA - and wider SF racing community - will make the right call in imposing some sensible rules for increased safety in the future races. It'll work out.
Sure..... As I said my "opinion" and it differs from yours... I think I have made my point "sarcastically" not "hysterically". The only ones getting hysterical are the ones who have resorted to four letter....... well.......

If 1 person had perished would the USCG have done this? Doubtful. It has apparently happened before, and they have not. It is still but ONE tragic accident in a long history of safe rounding. I just find the reaction is one of the knee jerk type and I see it as a move of public appeal, not real problem solving....

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Re: Bryan Chong's first hand recount of the Low Speed Chase tragedy

Aside from how the boats are equipped I am not sure why a big time investigation is necessary? Bryan didn't mention any kind of gear failure. I believe the SF Police Dept did their investigation and determined it was an "accident". I don't know of anything else being found other than that they got too close to the rocks. Solution, stay farther away from the rocks by whatever means available. Am I over simplifying the whole thing?

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Solution, stay farther away from the rocks by whatever means available.


Am I over simplifying the whole thing?

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No not at all. It's pretty simple....

Lesson learned, give wider berth to the lee shores of the Farallones. Now lets race... Oh yeah we can't Captain Cindy said we can't.....

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