I agree with David there are a few in our fleet who quite frankly don’t think the RRS apply to them (a bit like double yellow lines really) and they continue to flout the rules at every opportunity. I am of course assuming they know the rules as given the average age in the fleet is quite high; however I could be wrong and they really don’t. Mind you the number of times this year I heard people asking for “water” at the mark rather than a request for “mark room” then perhaps they haven’t read the updates or changes!
Interesting really the amount of abuse as well I get quite shocked at how angry people get insisting on their supposed “rights” then using their boats like a battering ram, quite ridiculous really. As are the words “oops I didn’t see you” from the give way boat as it rams into the starboard tack boat!
If you can’t abide by the rules or keep your eyes open when you’re sailing then take up golf or go sit under a tree; but don’t come sailing with us!