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Looks like they should have cleared off a bigger area, or started the race somewhere else so the spectator fleet would have perhaps been smaller or had an easier time maneuvering. Video is at least a year old. Hope they do a better job next time.
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Re: insanity afloat

I believe this mentality on the part of the sailors in these races is why some Chinese fishermen lost their lives last year. It seems so unnecessary to put people's lives at risk in a race that isn't going to be decided by seconds or even minutes. And even so, what race is worth killing people for?
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Re: insanity afloat

I recall that vid coming up in a discussion of stand-on ColRegs some time back. Something enormously stupid was happening there, but the spectators clearly had a primary responsibility to give way and, of course, the sailboat was supposed to do so prior to a collision. IIRC, the skipper tried defending his move, but I may be wrong.


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Re: insanity afloat

Spectator boats should be well clear of race courses. And commercial and recreational boating cannot work the same waters as racing. While I see some round the buoys racing which may be right on a course I need/want to sail... I simply sail around the race and let them do their thing. This is not a consistent "hazard" so I defer, detour and all ends well.
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Spectator boats should be well clear of race courses. And commercial and recreational boating cannot work the same waters as racing. While I see some round the buoys racing which may be right on a course I need/want to sail... I simply sail around the race and let them do their thing. This is not a consistent "hazard" so I defer, detour and all ends well.
When the AC45's raced in Newport a few years back, there was a notice to mariners that prohibited transit of the East Passage course. That's the way to do it. If that's not the case, the ColRegs still apply, even to racing boats and spectators.

I fully agree with the etiquette and practice you follow, I do the same. However, it seems obvious that course was full of spectators and probably shouldn't have been. However, the power driven vessels should have given way and, if a another recreational sailboat sailed perpendicular to their course, sail to sail give way rules apply. Perhaps, the fact that you and I (and probably most) will give way early, regardless of conflict rules, emboldens the racer's expectations.
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On any given weekend off Annapolis/ Severn River there can be up to 6 different races going on.
It’s not as easy to avoid as you might think as the course is set according to wind.

I always try and avoid where possible.


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Re: insanity afloat

Sailboat racing is a game. It's a fun game and its an expensive game, but it's still just a game.

To me organising a sailboat race in a busy harbour is no different than organising a full contact rugby game in a crowded city park. Families picnicking and folks laying on the grass reading novels shouldn't be expected to get out of the way of the rugby players.

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On any given weekend off Annapolis/ Severn River there can be up to 6 different races going on.
It’s not as easy to avoid as you might think as the course is set according to wind.

I always try and avoid where possible.
How about a course which includes the harbor entry buoy? hahahahaha
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