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Re: Collision: Bad News and Good News
Well said Stumble. Thank you. The COLREGS that are taken very seriously while racing here are those having to do with commercial traffic.
Now Jon, if you were to sail your boat across a fleet heading up wind and you had the right of way, the racers might not be pleased, but that's life. Honestly, even though it gets crowded around here at times, it just doesn't happen all that often.If you were a prudent seaman, you probably wouldn't push the issue. I certainly won't if we're out tooling around on the boat and cross paths with a racing fleet. Being that I enjoy both sides of the sailing coin, I just have a hard time with either side calling the other poor seamen, etc... as you have. I'm sorry if you've had poor experiences with your local race fleets in Vancouver. Like any other part of the sport, there are good eggs and bad. People who strictly cruise? Anecdotally it seems that about half don't understand that starboard boats have the right of way. Many seem to think that if their boat's bigger, that's good enough... kind of an SUV mentality. But I'm not willing to let the bad eggs spoil the whole cruising show. It's sort of a 'we've met the enemy and they are us' thing.
Sorry for the highjack. All done.
Last edited by puddinlegs; 06-20-2012 at 02:51 PM.