We have got to tidy up our act.
I’ve been in the class only for the last few years and having just returned from another F15 event, the Scottish at Loch Lomond, I am continually astounded and disappointed at the blatant disregard for the sailing rules amongst some of the competitors in our class. I have sailed many boats over the years and in my opinion the F15 class is currently the worst for infringements that I have experience of.
From speaking to others it transpires we are “known for it” which is a pretty poor reflection, equally within the class those that push it and continue to infringe are known, and it is just ….. “he always does that”. This cannot be allowed to continue. The rule observation at the Scottish was appalling, I saw many collisions and rule infringements but very few completing turns. Those infringing seem to adopt the approach of if I don’t look at the guy and ignore him it will be okay. Mark rounding’s are a shambles and simple port and starboard incidents are common place.
Amongst some there seems little give and take round the race course, expecting space when in the wrong and giving none when in the right. Do unto others springs to mind…. The few events I have participated in this year have all been similar, except the Europeans when the on the water jury and their whistle perhaps helped improve behaviour, or maybe some of the offenders weren’t there? The simple reply I am sure will be – just protest – and that is often the right thing to do and perhaps we should all do more of it, but is that what we really want in the class, sitting in the jury room?
We all make mistakes on the race course, I know I’ve made plenty all season, acknowledging this by doing turns should be a given but also a simple “thanks” if space is given or needed should be common place – just it isn’t regrettably currently. That way we might all have a better experience on the race course and improve our image to others at the same time. Just a thought…..