Join Date: Jun 2000
Location: CT/ Long Island Sound
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Re: Dauphin Island Race Incident Findings and Safety Recomendations.
Not everyone can afford inflatables. I don't use one. The recommendation would apparently be to have the RRS changed for EVERY sailboat race in the U.S. It hits 100º F in many places in the summer down here. Sometimes often, and often miserably humid. To be totally safe, perhaps people could stay home in bed?
Of course, this change would only affect racers, who are probably already better aware and equipped safety-wise than many other recreational sailors. Racers sail in bunches - so there are boats nearby to effect rescues. Class rules require equipment like tow ropes, paddles, buckets, and anchors in order to race. Racers often have RC or crash boats on hand to monitor the fleet and provide help. Races are run in conditions that might send non-racers to the mall, so racers learn how to deal with nasty weather. They sail frequently and know their boats. Yes, sometimes weather events can overcome even the best-prepared sailors or their vessels. Buildings and roads can be damaged or destroyed by weather too. Does that mean we should live in holes in the ground and travel only by tunnel?