Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Now in Sosua, DR
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I was in race yesterday and I've realized how many dumbasses are out there. They have no common sense or clue on what is going on. We had one sailboat motoring, cut in front of the fleet. Since he was motoring he could have easily stayed on the side till we cleared. It was also an eye opening to how many powerboaters disrespect sailboats. On several occassions we had huge powerboats/trawlers not slowing down and come as close as a few hundred feet making huges wake and causing confusing seas. We had 25 knots of wind. At the finish line, a 50 trawler pulling his dinghy 30 feet back and going way too fast for a no-wake zone, blew his horn to get the boats out of the way.
So to answer your question, stay clear as a common courtesy and yes, dirty air is not appreciated.